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Downtown Green Bay Senior Session on the Citydeck

Downtown Green Bay Senior Photos Senior Portrait Photographer Green BaySometimes high school seniors are looking for something sweet and simple. They don’t want to travel across the city for different locations or have full wardrobe changes onsite. And that’s great. We want to give you a relaxed experience and beautiful images, however we can best make that happen. We love a simple golden hour session, especially when it involves the Green Bay Citydeck! I’m a waterfront lover myself (blame it on my Door County roots) so anytime we get to shoot along the river, I’m pleased.

Bryce’s session was on a hot August evening with lots of golden sunshine. We captured some photos along the water, then headed around the corner for some downtown shots with brick and a more urban look. Bryce is thoughtful, observant, independent, and easy to be around. We enjoyed photographing his session and wish him the best of luck in all that comes next!

Fall Citydeck Senior Photos, Downtown Green Bay

Green Bay Senior Photographer Downtown Citydeck PhotosI cannot express how excited I am to share these images! Miranda’s session had all the things I love best: golden sunlight, fall color, and cute clothes. It was such a pleasure to get to know her, hear about her life, and enjoy the October weather.

Fall Senior Photos in Green Bay, Wisconsin

When Miranda called to start planning her senior session, we were immediately struck by how independent and decisive she is. This girl knows what she wants and chases after it; we have no doubt that she will achieve anything she puts her mind to. Planning a session in fall, she knew she wanted a place that was woodsy enough to have fall color but still had a meadow area with long grasses. We had the perfect location in mind! Following that up, she was hoping for a waterfront locale, and after a few different options, we chose the Citydeck which worked perfect with her outfit.

Senior Photos, Citydeck, Downtown Green Bay

We got to share Miranda’s images with she and her loved ones earlier this week and I can’t wait to see them when they arrive! (We’ll share on our Instagram so you can enjoy too!) Best wishes on all your future endeavors, Miranda! It was such a pleasure photographing your session!

Twin Girls Senior Session, Downtown Green Bay & Botanical Gardens

Downtown Green Bay Twin Senior Girls Green Bay Botanical Gardens PhotosEmma and Lauren’s session was the third senior session we got to photograph for twins and it was such a joy! I love the challenge of creating equal images that are completely different to reflect their individual styles. It is also so much fun because of the dynamic of siblings and the fact that we get to do photos of them together as well! Lauren and Emma are really incredible people. They are both musically talented, and individually participate in student council, forensics, and school sports. When we planned for their session, they said the most important thing to them was vibrant color, which is a perfect fit for our style.

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We planned two locations for their session — Downtown Green Bay for rustic brick and bright murals and Green Bay Botanical Gardens where we got to capture golden hour light and vivid yellows and purples that brought out the color in their clothing. Both girls chose fun wardrobe pieces to amp up the color, which worked well for both their individual photos and their photos together.

Downtown Green Bay & Green Bay Botanical Gardens

Their prints, albums, and wall art pieces have been arriving all week and it’s so much fun to see all the ways this family will get to enjoy their session for years to come!

Badger State Brewery and Green Bay Church Wedding

Green Bay Wedding Photographers Kasey and Ben Photography Green Bay Wedding PhotographerDowntown Green Bay PhotographerGreen Bay PhotographerMallorie and Chris’s wedding was the perfect day. It was the most beautiful weather, the most fun bridal party, and the sweetest couple. Add in visits to two of Green Bay’s best breweries as the icing on the cake! Mallorie and Chris met at a mutual friend’s retirement party in downtown Green Bay three years ago. Fast forward to today where they love being outdoors, traveling, camping, running, and spending time with their little girl, Remi Claire. They both clearly know how lucky they are to have found one another, and there is nothing more beautiful than seeing a couple whose love is matched by their gratitude.

Badger State Brewery Wedding

Mallorie and Chris got married at St. Matthews church with a reception at Badger State Brewery in Green Bay. Along the way we stopped downtown for photos at the pop-up park on Broadway and candids at the Titletown RoofTap bar by Titletown Brewing Company. During photos, clouds covered the sky creating bright, lovely, even light — perfect for pictures — and as we reached the bar, the rain came down in sheets which somehow added to the celebration!

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We loved being a part of this great day with wonderful people! Happy (almost) three months to Mallorie and Chris!

Hannah & Jake’s 5 Year Anniversary Session, Downtown Green Bay and Hotel Northland

Hotel Northland Green Bay Wedding PhotographerWhen Hannah and Jake approached me with the idea for their 5 year anniversary session, I was 100% onboard. Their wedding was a small affair and they didn’t get to have the photos they felt truly captured the celebration of their marriage. As their anniversary approached, Hannah got an idea for a chic, glamorous, downtown session with a floor-length gown and city all around them. I got her email and was like, okay, we need to shoot this session. I could imagine her vision and couldn’t wait to bring it to life!

Downtown Green Bay Anniversary Session

On the morning of Hannah and Jake’s session we were met with rain. Hannah and I debated on whether to cancel or continue with the session that evening as planned. I knew a rainy day would be harder — there’s lots of picking up dresses and hiding under umbrellas — but I also knew that the rain was supposed to let up, and if the timing was just right, we could get the dramatic, overcast light and the glossy, vibrant color that rain brings to every surface. We decided to go for it, and as soon as Hannah stepped out in her long black dress and flawless makeup, we were ready for the challenge.

Hotel Northland, Green Bay

As predicted, the rain stopped for the perfect window of time for a jaunt around downtown Green Bay stopping at various spots for photos. As we finished up our last shots outside Hotel Northland, it started up again, and Hannah and Jake snuggled under an umbrella for intimate photos that wrapped up the session. We loved every minute of it and felt honored to be chosen to bring their ideas to life! Happy 5th anniversary, Hannah & Jake, and cheers to 50 more!

Kavarna Coffeehouse on Broadway, meet the new owners, Kayla & Mike

As is the case for many Green Bay locals, Kavarna Coffeehouse tops the list of places we want to hang out. In my college years, it was a luxury to gather with friends over board games and lattes; in my newly married years it was a short bike ride from my home and a place to connect with the hubby and work on our various creative pursuits; and as a new mom it is the coffeehouse that has a play area (ingenious!) to keep my roaming 15-month-old occupied while I get to dress cute and interact with adults. No matter your age or your reason, Kavarna is the place. It’s full of positive energy, natural light, playful architecture, and, of course, scrumptious treats.

Green Bay Coffee Shop

The news of Kavarna changing hands may have come as a shock, and you might be fearful that your favorite spot is going to lose all its best qualities. But the new owners, Kayla Viste and Mike Hastreiter, are friends and clients of ours, and we are happy to say that is not the case. “We love Kavarna for all the same reasons the average person loves Kavarna,” Mike says, as we sit down over coffee. “And we wouldn’t come in and get rid of all the things we love. That just doesn’t make sense,” he states simply.

Mike was born and raised in Green Bay, and went on to college at UWGB where he earned his bachelors and masters and met Kayla. Kayla grew up in Door County, and, after earning her bachelors at UWGB, attended UIC for her graduate degree. While attending college, Kayla worked as a barista at local coffee shops and found she loved the atmosphere. “All throughout my schooling working at those places, I always dreamed of owning my own coffeeshop,” she says.

Years later, the couple began making plans to enter the world of entrepreneurship, and Kayla reflected back on her experience as a barista, which drew them to owning a coffee shop. When they found out Kavarna was for sale, they knew it was the perfect fit.  “I love that Kavarna is community center that brings people together and that is a really good feeling we want to keep going,” Kayla says.

Both Kayla and Mike have management and food service  backgrounds “We’ve done the parts but not the sum,” Mike muses, thinking about the job ahead. “But we are really excited to take over and try this out.”

Kayla and Mike live in De Pere where they raise their 11-year-old daughter, Dezi, who is into music and sports. “She is super excited. She wants to be super involved…Perhaps more involved than she can be at this point,” Kayla says. “She won’t clean anything at home, but she’s super pumped about wiping tables here,” Kayla laughs. In their spare time the couple enjoys creative pursuits, baking, and home-brewing. They recently began making their own kombucha and plan to introduce their homemade kombucha in a “kombucharator”. “It’s just going to be another option for people to enjoy in addition to our chilled teas,” Mike reassures customers who may fear their favorite drinks being replaced. “We just want to maintain the quality and keep things consistent. Our main goal is going to be working with and perfecting what is already here.”

Kavarna itself has happy memories for Mike and Kayla. “I remember coming here with friends for what we called ‘Kavarna-burbia’ with my friends. There’s this board game called ‘Suburbia’ and we would meet here and everyone would get food and drinks, hang out and play,” Mike reflects. “I think that’s the kind of place [Kavarna] is for a lot of people.”

Kayla and Mike plan to run Kavarna full time. They believe a business as big and community-centered as Kavarna requires all their attention. “We’ll be here, we’ll be around and hopefully people can get to know us,” Mike says. “We strongly believe that if you’re going to own a business, you should be all in. We want this to be our living. We want to be here when we’re needed, you know? Who could have a better office than this anyway?” jokes Mike.

There are no big changes on the horizon for Kavarna, but there are a few small things to look forward to. Other than the introduction of fresh kombucha, they are looking at making a few upgrades to the play area and starting a new arts program. “We are also super excited about introducing Dark Roast Art nights where adults could come for arts and crafts night,” Kayla says. “Our general hope is to work with local artists to provide this,” Mike adds. The adult classes will take place in the evening (possibly monthly or bi-monthly) and occasional daytime classes called Light Roast Arts will offer STEAM programming for parents and children to enjoy together.

We finished our chat by talking about favorite coffee drinks. While Kayla loves lattes best, Mike confesses that his drink favorites change month to month, “I feel like I’m affected by season, but I think my favorite overall coffee drink is light roasted coffee,” he pauses. “But I like to do geeky things with it like pour-over combinations.”

Whatever your favorite coffee drink, Kavarna will still be there to serve it. You can be sure we’ll be there as well, devouring tortellini pasta salad and chocolate chunk cookies, and chasing a bald baby who likes to wander around scowling at strangers. Cheers!

Seniors: hope, cave point, door county & downtown green bay

It’s amazing how much variety we can capture when seniors pick two really cool locations! We started Hope’s senior portrait session in the summer at Cave Point in Door County and ended it in fall in downtown Green Bay. The variety of the seasons, wardrobe, and setting made it such a fun session for us to photograph. The Niagara Escarpment is always gorgeous to photograph and even though the water has been high this year, Hope braved the rocky climb down to the water and was rewarded with beautiful Lake Michigan waves crashing and pouring over the rock face. When we met up in Green Bay, the leaves were just turning gold and we were able to get an urban mood with brick, murals, and industry for our backgrounds. So much to love about this session!

Branding: josh hembel music

A few weeks ago we got to photograph a few lifestyle headshots for Josh Hembel, a local musician who happens to also be my brother. Josh is writing music for his first album and performing in songwriter shows in Door County and Green Bay. His music lyric-centered with poetic turns-of-phrase. We held his session at his beautiful brick home in downtown Green Bay and his toy aussie, Echo, even made an appearance. To follow Josh and find out more, check out his Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/joshhembelmusic

Weddings: lauren & zach, meyer theatre and tundra lodge, green bay

The moment we met Lauren and Zach we knew we wanted to be a part of their wedding. They are interesting, down to earth, and fun to be around. They love dogs, music, bourbon, and the outdoors. Lauren and Zach’s wedding was such a blast for us because it was a creative challenge. The intimate Meyer Theatre ceremony meant we got to play with the drama of stage lighting; afterwards we photographed in the center of the theatre with dramatic flash and backlighting, and from there we went downtown into full sun on Washington Street, the Citydeck, and Lambeau Field. It was like photographing three short weddings in one and we are SO excited about the results!

Their reception was held at Tundra Lodge and was full of excitement with a dessert bar (including a Wisconsin Badgers cake, Lauren’s pride and joy), and dueling pianos for entertainment. They set the stage, and their guests brought the party. The dance floor was never empty and Lauren and Zach were always front and center. Congratulations, Lauren and Zach! It was our pleasure to be a part of your special day!

Portraits: spring family session on the green bay citydeck

During spring 1.0 this year (the one before stowstorm Evelyn dropped 30 inches over Northeast Wisconsin) we met up with the Ortiz family for their spring session celebrating Lizzy’s 3rd birthday and Laney’s sitting milestone. It was a sunny afternoon with beautiful waterfront views from the Green Bay Citydeck.

Laney loved being tossed in the air by daddy and snuggling against mommy. Lizzy was ready to run and play. She spotted birds and fish and wanted to be a part of every game or idea we came up with. Rachel told us that for the next few days after their session, Lizzy was practicing setting up her stuffed animals and dolls for “picture time”. Too cute!

The grass is growing and the trees are starting to bud, which means photography season is here! Looking forward to seeing all your smiling faces and growing kiddos for 2018!

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