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Green Bay Holiday Session with the {H} Family

Christmas Card Pictures Green Bay Family PhotographerWhen Sara and her family contacted us about our Limited Edition Sessions, the first thing she said was that they had never had a family photo with everyone looking at the camera and smiling. This was not for want of trying. Sara’s family had been photographed many times as a group, but since becoming a family of five three years ago they couldn’t seem to get one of them all looking and smiling.

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Sara had read on our website that we are a husband and wife team and work together to capture real expressions in even the hardest situations. We met up, I learned about her kids, Natalee, Molly, and Alexander, and that Alex is on the spectrum. He’s a smiley kid, but he’s adventurous and wants to run, play, and explore. We chatted a little more, I learned about Alex’s interests and what gets his attention, and Ben and I prepared for their session (which mostly involved Googling “Hot Dog Dance” lol). When the family arrived, we felt like we knew them already.

Winter Family Photos, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Alex and the girls did great and we were excited to take on the challenge of creating the family photo that Sara and Andrew had been dreaming of. It makes our hearts so happy to get to share these images with their family!

Courtney & Tanner’s Winter Log Cabin Engagement

Green Bay Wedding Photographer Green Bay WisconsinCourtney and Tanner’s engagement session was such a blast! When we started planning for it, Courtney knew she wanted a location that had a rustic feel to it, and after sharing a few samples, we settled on this log cabin location in Green Bay. A fresh layer of snow had just fallen and the day was bright and sunny. The cold temperatures required some layering up, but Courtney and Tanner had one another to keep warm. With a few car breaks for fingers and faces, we had a great opportunity to photograph throughout the space and capture cabins, evergreens, and lots of snow!

Courtney and Tanner have been together four years and have the sweetest little baby girl, Ainsley, and a snuggly fur-baby, Baxter. We are so excited to celebrate this milestone with them and look forward to photographing their reception next October!

Tips for Safe and Beautiful Winter Photos

Snow winter photos wequiock fallsHere in Wisconsin the winters are long and it really gives us two options; we can stay inside for months on end, or we can learn to appreciate the snow and tolerate the chilly temperatures. For many people (Ben included) the prospect of winter sports like skiing and ice fishing make the season something to look forward to, but for the rest of us, we need something else to help us through. For me, that something is the cozy factor.

Like most people, I love warm, summer days where the light is long and jackets aren’t required, but one thing winter does better than any other season is provide us with a reason to snuggle close to our loved ones. Winter is wool blankets, candles in the windows, and silent, snowy nights. As a photographer, winter gives us so much to work with — there are the snowflakes clinging to tree branches, families snuggled under blankets, couples holding one another close, and kiddos playing in the snow. Everything is intimate, the closeness amplified by the cold temperatures.

Winter Photos in Green Bay, Wisconsin

Although winter is our slow season, we photograph weddings and portrait sessions all year long. February is our favorite month for winter photos as it usually offers plenty of snow (more than plenty this year!) I know there are many people considering having photos done outdoors in the winter, but there are worries holding you back. So I thought I would take a moment to talk about our process and how we keep the experience safe…

  1. Sometimes Cold is Too Cold

There are limits to when it is safe to be outside for extended periods of time. Just like a rain date in spring, we keep “cold dates” in winter in case the temperature or windchill are unsafe. If it’s a couple’s session, 15 degrees many be tolerable, but if it involves young family members, we are better off waiting for a warmer winter day.

2. Pay Attention to Footwear

Cold, wet feet are the end of a session, so prepare by choosing appropriate footwear, namely boots. There are so many options for cute boots and socks for adults and kiddos alike, that there is no worry of finding something that will work well in photos and still keep you warm and dry.

3. Take Breaks

Every session we photograph takes place a few hours before sunset to ensure the most flattering light. In winter, we build in a little extra time knowing that we will need to take breaks every ten to fifteen minutes to keep everyone comfortable. We also choose locations where vehicles can be parked nearby or where there is a heated building just steps away. This way when the cold starts to bother, everyone has a moment to warm their hands and reset.

4. Watch Out for Extremities

Fingers are usually the first thing to get cold. Although most people choose not to wear gloves in photos, we suggest having them along to slip on between photos. We also recommend hand warmers in each pocket. It’s amazing what a difference they can make!

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We love getting the perfect shot in falling snow with a snuggling family, but safety always comes first. We would never put you or your loved ones at risk by choosing a remote location, or pressuring anyone beyond their comfort zone. Feel free to CONNECT with us to talk about your vision for a winter session and how we can make beautiful, unique photos happen while keeping everyone safe.

Cozy Cabin Family Session

The new year has rolled around, and we’re busy making plans for next season, but as we do, we have a few favorite sessions left to blog. One of those is Amanda’s cozy log cabin session as part of our Limited Edition Seasonal Sessions we hold each spring and fall. Amanda is our web designer, and very talented, so we’ve had the pleasure of working with her as her photographers and as her clients. This session was her family’s first official family photos and it was a blast! Jameson is smart and funny, full of brilliant ideas, and clearly has lots of love for Amanda and Jason. We loved teasing and joking and making images together! Cheers!

Winter Family Portraits at Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary

The skies were bright and the wind was calm for Vicent’s third birthday and family session. We met at Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary in Green Bay, which is a favorite spot for the family to explore and feed the birds. Snow had melted and left puddles perfect for splashing in galoshes, and geese and ducks were flying and landing in the water. Vicent has a December birthday and so photo sessions are always on the chilly side, but with their warm wool clothes, boots and scarves, the family kept warm and we enjoyed the morning adventure. I love the candids of him watching the birds, asking questions, and splashing in the puddles! Happy Birthday, Vicent!

Three Generations Cozy Cabin Family Session

Three generations of beautiful women to photograph at a cozy winter cabin? Yes, please! Danielle and her family booked one of our Limited Edition Cozy Cabin Sessions this November as an opportunity to get Hazel’s four year photos done, have images for the yearly Christmas card, and get pictures as a family. Grandmother, Debbie, was along to help out with the pup and jumped in for a few photos with her girls. We loved Danielle’s fur-lined puffer vest and Hazel’s buffalo plaid — too cute! Their session was at the windiest point in the day, but Hazel was tough and a couple car breaks with some hand warmers and a little teasing by Ben helped her make it through. Bentley was his puppy self, happy with the snow and snacks, and pleased to have room to run. The family traveled from Wausau area to Green Bay for their family session and we’re so glad they did!

Cozy cabin family photos

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Katie writes one of my favorite mom blogs, My Darling Days featuring lots of DIY cooking/crafting, travel, and outdoorsy midwestern traditions (which you know I have a soft spot for!) We first met when she stood up in a wedding we photographed and after that she did a handful of photography mentoring sessions with me and we got to know each other better. Since then we’ve both started our families and I’ve enjoyed reading her down-to-earth honesty and humor about what mom life is about on the best and worst days.

When Katie saw our Limited Edition Cozy Cabin sessions pop up on Facebook, she tagged her hubby in the post saying this was what she really wanted for their anniversary. I was thrilled to get to work with them as a family, and couldn’t imagine a better way to celebrate the milestone (8 years together!) than with pictures to preserve the memory. Congratulations, Katie and Zac!

Portraits: cozy cabin session with baby wilson and family

The {S} Family was our first session of the day for our Limited Edition Cozy Cabin Sessions this year. The sessions were held in Green Bay with a winter set up including tin mugs, wool blankets, cut logs, and all the cozy essentials. The night before brought a light dusting of snow, which made the backdrop all the more perfect for Kasey, Ross, and baby Wilson’s session! The family was dressed in seasonal layers with puffer vests and sweaters and Wilson had the tiniest sherpa hat and duck boots ever. Even though young babies are usually uncomfortable with strangers, Wilson was smiley and happy the whole way through. With the cold temperatures, we took a break to let the little guy warm up, and finished up with some cute lifestyle shots in front of the cabin. These are going to make for the cutest Christmas cards, and we can’t wait for the {S} Family to have their beautiful wall art!

Engagements: regan & zach, woodsy snow session

Winter-Engagement-Green-Bay-Photos-Suamico-Wedding-Photographer-Wisconsin-Snow-Couples-Woods-Rustic-New-Zoo-Reforestation-Camp-1 Winter-Engagement-Green-Bay-Photos-Suamico-Wedding-Photographer-Wisconsin-Snow-Couples-Woods-Rustic-New-Zoo-Reforestation-Camp-2Staring out my office windows, there is nothing but sunshine. It’s hard to imagine that just a few weeks ago there was a fresh blanket of snow on the ground, and tiny, spiraling snowflakes falling overhead for Regan and Zach’s winter engagement session in Suamico. The evergreens were made even brighter by the precipitation, and although the wet snow made the cold day colder, Regan and Zach were happily teasing one another and laughing as we wandering through the woods.

The couple met three years ago after being set up by mutual friends. It’s not often we hear brides and grooms tell about romances that began with a blind date, and I think the success of their meeting has to do with how well their friends know them. Whether or not Regan and Zach knew what they were looking for, their friends knew what they needed. This one is a love story with a side of best-friendship. Congratulations, Regan and Zach; we can’t wait for your October wedding!

Weddings: taylor & joey at st. johns lutheran, pulaski and tundra lodge, green bay

Green-Bay-Winter-Wedding-Photography-Snow-Door-County-Photographer-Tundra-Lodge-Pamperin-Park-Photos-1Green-Bay-Winter-Wedding-Photography-Snow-Door-County-Photographer-Tundra-Lodge-Pamperin-Park-Photos-2Green-Bay-Winter-Wedding-Photography-Snow-Door-County-Photographer-Tundra-Lodge-Pamperin-Park-Photos-3Green-Bay-Winter-Wedding-Photography-Snow-Door-County-Photographer-Tundra-Lodge-Pamperin-Park-Photos-4After nearly a decade together, high school sweethearts, Taylor and Joey, tied the knot. Their wedding was held at St. John’s Lutheran in Pulaski with the reception at Tundra Lodge in Green Bay and a short stop at snowy Pamperin Park for photos. When Joey proposed to Taylor it was also winter. February 4, 2015 Joey asked Taylor to a nice dinner, and once she was all dressed up, he had her put a full snowsuit over her dress and took her hiking. As they crossed a river, he gifted Taylor a necklace with his grandmother’s diamond in it, and once they reached the top of the cliff, he got down on one knee and asked her to marry him. On their wedding day, she wore the diamond pendant for the first time.

Their wedding was held on New Year’s Eve with mild weather and a heavy blanket of snow. The church featured beautiful stained glass windows that stretched floor to ceiling behind the alter and the aisles were lined with white branches. Taylor’s vision was winter wonderland and that came through from the sparkling details to the blue ombre bridesmaids gowns. At the park, their dog, Lady, joined them for a few photos – she has been with them since they were in high school and she was just a tiny pup. She wagged her tail, cried happy little cries, and ate as much snow as she could. The bridal party was good-humored out in the elements (even when we asked each of the attendants to toss handfuls of snow high into the air for a final photo!) It was a beautiful day with a fun party to follow. Cheers, Taylor and Joey!

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