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Portraits: family photos at green bay botanical gardens

Ten years ago on this day, Emily and I were in Italy together studying art history and printmaking. It’s strange for me to think about years later with graduations, weddings, homes, art-making, jobs, and babies filling the time in between. Now we photograph Emily’s family and she watches our baby, Juniper. There are all these versions of ourselves keeping in contact though memories and photographs, and I can remember exactly what it felt like to sit side-by-side sketching in Florence, or walk the streets while trying to make up rhyming songs about what we were doing (something Emily was always much better at than I). Now the photos include our families and the rhyming nonsense songs have a captive audience (Charlotte, Nora, and Juniper). So amazing how time works.

Happy first birthday, Nora!

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!

Engagements: lauren & zach, green bay botanical gardens

I met with Lauren and Zach over drinks at Kavarna in downtown Green Bay, only to find out that’s where they had their first date nearly four years earlier. They gathered for tea which blossomed into a relationship built on so many things they share: biking travel, music, and spending time outdoors. Although their engagement session date predicted lots of rain, we ended up with a bright, clear day to walk around Botanical Gardens, take photographs, and chat about their wedding plans. We are looking forward to kicking off our 2018 season wedding with them at Meyer Theatre and Tundra Lodge this April. Best wishes and happy planning, Lauren and Zach!

Seniors: greta, botanical gardens and de pere waterfront

I have always loved bold fashion choices. I may not have been savvy enough to figure out what I could (and could not) pull off when I was a senior in high school, but seniors like Greta already know exactly how to put an outfit together. When Greta showed up at the Green Bay Botanical Gardens in a yellow floral jumpsuit, I may have made the heart eyes emoji with my actual face. I love the vibrant color choice and it was a perfect fit for a summer evening (especially with those boho platforms!)

Greta is a senior at Green Bay East High School in the class of 2018. She is involved in soccer, cross-country, and yoga and loves art and painting. She spent the summer as a lifeguard and is currently thinking about a path in medicine for her future. We wish her the best of luck on all her future endeavors!

Portraits: tori’s one year session, green bay botanical gardens

Tori is full of personality! Just a moment with her and you’ll realize how closely she watches everything around her. She learns quickly how things work, how they go together, how they come apart (and, when possible, how to get inside). Tori makes people work for her sweet smiles, but the moment she brightens up, we all smile along with her.

We had the most beautiful evening to document Tori’s first Birthday at Green Bay Botanical Gardens. It was mid-May so the fruit blossoms were still on the trees and the fields were filled with tulips. Spring is such a gorgeous time for family sessions like these! Happy First Birthday, Tori!

Senior Session: paige, botanical gardens & downtown green bay

senior-pictures-green-bay-senior-portrait-photographer-botanical-gardens-downtown-broadway-notre-dame-high-school-brick-urban-1 senior-pictures-green-bay-senior-portrait-photographer-botanical-gardens-downtown-broadway-notre-dame-high-school-brick-urban-2Senior sessions are always a blast! We meet fun people in cute clothes and spend the afternoon making beautiful images. Paige’s session at Green Bay Botanical Gardens and downtown Green Bay in the Broadway District was especially fun because she brought along her best friend, Hanna. The day was filled with warm fall light balanced by rough urban textures – a perfect combination for vibrant images. Paige is a student at Notre Dame High School where she is involved in sports and attends many school sporting events with friends. She is enjoying her senior year and looking forward to everything that comes after. Congratulations, Paige (Hanna too!)

Senior Session: ashley, green bay botanical gardens

botanical-gardens-senior-portraits-oconto-falls-high-school-yearbook-pictures-garden-flowers-park-session-green-bayThe best part about late summer (for photographers) is the way the light changes from pale and bright, to warm and vibrant. August evenings are full of golden, tree-filtered sunbeams that are absolutely wonderful to photograph, especially with a location like Green Bay Botanical Gardens and a beautiful subject like Ashley. Ashley is super involved at Oconto Falls High School from running cross country and track to participating in student council and FFA. She is making the most of her last year of high school. We enjoyed spending the evening photographing her and soaking up that summer light! Cheers to one last year, Ashley!

Weddings: jenessa & joe at green bay botanical gardens

Green-Bay-Botanical-Gardens-Wedding-Photographer-Photography-Oval-Garden-Wisconsin-Outdoors-1 Green-Bay-Botanical-Gardens-Wedding-Photographer-Photography-Oval-Garden-Wisconsin-Outdoors-2 Green-Bay-Botanical-Gardens-Wedding-Photographer-Photography-Oval-Garden-Wisconsin-Outdoors-3I love how things can come full circle and wonderful people we meet can reappear in our lives. Jenessa was one of the first seniors we photographed as Ben and I were just starting our business post-college. Things have circled back and we were able to photograph her next milestone as she married her best friend, Joe, late this June. Jenessa is kind-hearted and bubbly, and in Joe she has found someone just as caring and fun-loving. Their wedding was on one of the hottest days this summer and yet everyone was in the best spirits, happy to be celebrating together at the Green Bay Botanical Gardens. The ceremony was held in the Oval Garden in the afternoon and the reception followed at Green Bay Distillery with everything decorated in shades of aqua and coral. We loved the colorful details and Jenessa’s beautiful corseted gown, but most of all we loved how much energy and excitement their friends and family brought to the event (including on the dance floor!) Congratulations, Joe and Jenessa!

Senior Session: dana, green bay botanical gardens

Green-Bay-Botanical-Gardens-Senior-Photos-Photographer-Preble-High-School-Senior-PortraitsI live for late summer days like the one we had for Dana’s session. These are the days where it’s warm into the evening hours, and reaches that perfect golden hour light just before sunset. Days like this make me glad my job has me outside exploring, photographing, and getting to know cool people like Dana.

Dana goes to Preble High School in Green Bay where she is involved in everything music – jazz band, pep band, and head of props for school performances (to name a few). She is funny, fashionable (I mean, check out that blush romper), and easy to get along with. It was a great experience photographing her. Enjoy your final year, Dana, and cheers to an exciting future!

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