Posts Tagged ‘family photos’

Portraits: spring mommy and me session at green bay botanical gardens

Spring in Wisconsin is unpredictable. Sometimes it’s 85 in March, and sometimes we get three feet of snow in April. After a long winter (and a few trial versions of spring), May is a welcome month. The leaves start to bud on the trees, fruit blossoms appear, and the gardens burst with tulips and daffodils. We held this year’s Limited Edition Spring Sessions at Green Bay Botanical Gardens to capture this beauty. Lucky for us the day was warm and sunny, and it couldn’t have been better weather to be outdoors capturing happy families and playful kiddos.

These images are from Jen and Briella’s mommy and me session. The pair had never had professional family photos done together and this was a way for them to mark this time in their lives as they prepare for a big move across the country. Their session was casual and fun, and you would think they were experienced in front of the camera — Briella even came up with her own pose she wanted to do! Sending this family best wishes on the move! Stay posted for more family sessions from our 2018 Limited Edition Sessions!

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!

Portraits: winter family session at door county tree farm

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Portraits: fall family session at westwood hills nature center, minneapolis minnesota

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Portraits: family session at the national railroad museum, green bay, wisconsin

National-Railroad-Museum-Trains-Green-Bay-Photos-Family-Photographer-Winter-Outdoors-Kids-BirthdayI have always loved trains. I’m not exactly sure where the fascination comes from (my best guess is that it’s a mix of mid-century nostalgia and unquenchable wanderlust). Regardless, I was thrilled when Meagan suggested the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay as the location for their family session. As it turns out little Rowan also loves trains!

Our session took place the week after the first big snowstorm hit Wisconsin, leaving it under a blanket of white. Rowan and Hawthorn were both excited to explore the train museum, climbing inside the engines to see how things worked. We photographed the family out front in the frosty landscape, then spent some time inside with the boys as they discovered all there was to see in their very first visit. As the sun began to go down, we snagged a few more moments outdoors in the beautiful, evening light. This family is always a joy to photograph – so much love and so much play!

Portraits: morgan turns two, barkhausen preserve

Green_Bay_Photography_Child_Barkhausen_Reserve_Two_FamilyEvery now and then we have a session where I just can’t believe how much someone has grown up. Last year at this time Morgan was this tiny little girl with a bob of hair, just walking. Now here she is, still with those big blue/green eyes, but with long hair that curls at the ends, and full of energy and conversation. Morgan has no fear and is interested in exploring everything. During our session at Barkhausen Waterfowl Preserve, she ran her hands through tangles of flowers, peered over the bridge and through crevices, and kept close observation on everyone who passed by. We love watching children as they grow up and share their personalities and interests with us. Happy Birthday, Morgan!

Personal Post: the family of over-celebrators

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I come from a family of over-celebraters.  As a child I had naturally assumed every family had not only Christmas decorations, but also an array of Easter decorations, Halloween Decorations, and 4th of July paraphernalia.  It wasn’t until I grew older that I understood that Memorial Day and Labor Day are not actively celebrated holidays for most families.  In my family every holiday is an event, and every event is a party.  This means themed weekends with historical research, homemade costumes, and period-specific antiques dug up from grandma’s basement. It means multiple Birthday celebrations, because lunch with friends didn’t involve cake, and the party with family wasn’t on your actual Birthday, and if the present arrives late there should be some sort of event associated with opening it.  I’m kidding (kind of).

I think the reason I never saw this as anything extraordinary is because it is so clearly a part of who I am in this family.  I am an over celebrator.  Each Wednesday farmers market in summer, every live music event downtown, any oddity that I’ve discovered… I want to be there and I want the full experience. I’m tempted to blame the beginning of this phenomenon on my wanderlustly mother, but only a moment discussing party plans with my grandma and I know this is not the case.

These photos were taken last weekend at the Baileys Harbor Winter Carnival on Kangaroo Lake.  We spent the day on the ice eating Coyote Roadhouse chili, and watching pond hockey and snowmobile races.  As it does, the morning carnival stretched into the afternoon and became pizza at my uncle’s house, night ice skating in Sister Bay, and a family movie night… because every event is a party. 🙂

Portraits: rowan turns one

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We had the most beautiful day for Rowan’s one year session outdoors at Green Isle Park here in Green Bay.  It was one of the first spring days where everything was turning green and we all began to have a little hope that warm weather would finally come to Wisconsin.  Meagan and Adam were one of our very first weddings we photographed professionally, and it is so special to see all the changes in their lives since then – the most beautiful of which is this smiley, goofy, contagiously happy little boy.  Rowan thought everything we did was hilarious, and he enjoyed watching the bicyclists, runners, and puppy-dogs pass him by.  He did a great job (and mom and dad picked out the cutest outfits!)  Happy First Birthday, Rowan!