Posts Tagged ‘downtown green bay’

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!

Seniors: karlie, downtown green bay & bairds creek

It’s no secret how much we love fall! This year, with the arrival of baby Juniper, I knew we were going to miss most of the gorgeous color and warm fall light. Lucky for us, we had a couple sessions right before our baby girl arrived, like this one with Karlie! Karlie’s session was one of our favorites because she chose two very different locations which gave us really different looks – downtown Green Bay was all about the modern lines and urban textures, and Bairds Creek was filtered light and natural spaces. I adored her outfit choices (I mean, plum suede boots? Yes please!) and we had a great time exploring different poses and expressions with her. Karlie is on the swim team and throws for Ashwaubenon High, so we ended the session with a few photos in her letter jacket with some of her sports paraphernalia. Enjoy your senior year, Karlie!

Seniors: luis, downtown green bay & voyageur park

Luis’s senior session was planned for the rainy month of July and needed to be rescheduled due to a storm that passed through. Happily, we ended up with a gorgeous afternoon with golden sun going down over the water and tree line at Voyageur Park on the De Pere waterfront. Before heading into De Pere, we spent time in downtown Green Bay capturing photos inspired by urban lines and architecture – something Luis plans to study in the future. There are so many we love from this session and we had a hard time narrowing them down for sharing! Enjoy your senior year, Luis!

Portraits: summer family session on the green bay citydeck

As a kid growing up in Door County summertime was all about being near the water – bay, lake, or river – by boat, beach, or bridge, it didn’t matter, as long as there was water. When we started planning the {D} Family’s session, we imagined waterfront and planned outfits around cool, summer tones. Isaac and Deacon were in good spirits enjoying the beautiful weather, and fun interactions with mom and dad. Some days our work feels more like play, and this was one of those days.

Happy Birthday to little brother Deacon who just celebrated his one year milestone with a cake smash (with bow-tie and birthday hat) on the Green Bay Citydeck!

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