Helen and Kyle had by far one of the most laid back weddings I have every photographed! They wanted a quick ceremony without a lot of decorations and fuss and to focus on each other as well as their friends and family on their wedding day. And I think it was achieved, the day was hot but no one complained or had any issues throughout the day. And the wedding meal I have to say was probably my all time favorite, a taco bar! For all my future bride & grooms, the "bar" has been set high, haha!
I can’t say enough about how much I love photographing this little one! So there is this "newish" coffee shop in The Lismore called Eau Claire Downtown Coffee, check it out if you haven’t been there, and it is so gorgeous, filled with natural light and such a great space I knew I wanted to do a shoot in there. So I got the idea to style and bring all the props to make my friends 3 year old look like a blogger.
We had so much fun, first checking social media while waiting for the coffee, then it was writing out the "to-do" list, next a little computer time all the while jamming out with her headphones on and then time for a sweet treat, macaroons!
Finally we finished up with a little coffee for ourselves, I LOVE the Chai lattes! Everything went great with a little hiccup I didn't plan on, Avery does not want anything to do with hot chocolate, we couldn’t even get here to put her hands on the cup! But I'd say that it was a successful shoot overall.
Rachael and AJ had a glamorous, loving, international, family filled wedding day. With friends from all over the globe the day was filled with love from every corner of the world. Notes of well wishes and love were read from those who couldn’t attend. And guests from all over the US and Australia got to see the beautiful day in person.
When Rachael told me she wanted her wedding party photos to look like a Vanity Fair cover I was ecstatic for the big day and it didn’t disappoint. Rachel had 2 amazing gowns for the day and a cathedral length veil. The bridesmaids wore elegant one sleeved white dresses, with Hollywood-like hair and a gorgeous red lip for all. And the men in tuxedos it was by far one of the most high fashion weddings I had photographed all year! And even with all the glamour and elegance they didn't leave out the fun, with everyone doing their best "blue steel" poses during photos!
Not only did Rachael bring the glamour but she put so much of herself into the big day by doing all the florals and décor, even greenery from her own garden made it into the wedding bouquets.
Every year for the past 3 years the end of September-beginning of October I love being able to photograph this beautiful little girl. I mean who am I kidding I have quite a few images on my phone from times when I get to hang out with her and her mom that don’t every get posted anywhere. But come early October this little beauty has a birthday, it just so happens to be today! So we come up with a plan, outfits, a locations and every year I think we cant top ourselves from the year before but somehow I fall in love more each time I photographer her! Happy birthday Avery! And if you want to see more images from past shoots just check out the blog!
I had so much fun checking out a new park in Chippewa Falls during this shoot for Macie who turned 5 a couple of weeks ago. And since the whole family was there we got a couple of everyone, even little brother on the way!
We don’t really need much for words when looking at these images. I had so much fun with this family both inside and outside their beautiful home. And with the amazing Kasey Greenheck from Kase Styles doing the wardrobe and styling we couldn’t go wrong! If you are looking for a little something different for family photos, I would love to come to your home, inside or out, and capture some true moments that will be family treasures for years to come!
So this blog is going to be a bit of a throw back Thursday, with the warmer weather and spring on it’s way in Wisconsin it got me to thinking about the beautiful blue bonnets blooming in Texas. In the spring of 2015 I was headed to Texas for a work trip and decided to take on a little vacation for myself by visiting my friends in Austin. I had visited them in Austin a few years before and was excited to go back.
One of our main goals while I was visiting was to get family photos with the blue bonnets. I have to say if you ever have the chance check it out! I was so excited to capture images of this amazing family they are so fun, warm and loving. And while I think we got some of the traditional smile and look at the camera family photos I think that fun, loving vibe comes through during those in between moments. I hope you all make sure to get these real moments when you get family pictures taken. The posed ones are great but it’s those in between real images that make you feel all warm and fuzzy.
Lifestyles family photoshoot at home
Rachel and Danny had an intimate romantic wedding in Madison. Madison is one of my favorite places so when I found out the wedding would be at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, a classically beautiful church, doing photos at the Wisconsin State Capitol after and the reception Brickhouse BBQ I was bursting with excitement.
Rachel looked stunning and was glowing on her wedding day! Now if you have read my blog before you know I love when couples choose to do a first look but I understand some wanting to keep with tradition. Danny and Rachel wanted to wait to see each other and it made for a beautiful moment, as Rachel walked down the aisle Danny couldn't hold back the emotion. The wedding was smaller than I am used to but you could tell just how each person in attendance cherished both them. The wedding ceremony was full of laughter and personal stories and following the ceremony we got a group photo with everyone in attendance. Rachel is a girl with a love for photos, much like myself, so we planned lots of time to go to both The State Capitol and Picnic Point Park in Madison. While I know some in the wedding party were getting antsy I was loving every minute of the 3 hours we had for photos after the ceremony. The Capitol building made for a beautiful backdrop that allowed for the bridesmaid's navy dresses to pop with color and the golden light shinning through the colorful fall leaves at Picnic Point made for another stunning backdrop. I think if you look at the images you can see it was worth it!
The night finished out with the reception at Brickhouse BBQ which served a mouth watering meal of barbecue and cheesecake for dessert. I think this is a new must spot in Madison for me from now on, the brisket was to die for! The third floor was reserved for the wedding, with a loft that had games and a patio with market lights strung overhead it kept that intimate warm feeling that was felt throughout the entire day. Thank you again Rachel and Danny for sharing your special day with me, it was amazing!
Cassandra and Andy’s fall wedding in Wausau, Wisconsin couldn’t have been more wonderful. When I meet with Cassandra earlier in the year she told me how important family and photography were on her wedding day. Fast forward to the Monday before the big day when Cassandra’s grandfather passed away, while it was a difficult time she and her family wanted to continue with the wedding day and make it not only a celebration of Cassandra and Andy’s love but of life overall. The importance of family could be seen throughout the day from the stitching of the wedding date in into her wedding dress by Cassandra’s grandma, to the flowers arranged by Andy’s aunt, and the tattoo Cassandra got only day’s prior in her grandfather’s handwriting. She hind that tattoo during the week so the first time her parents would see it was when she was in her wedding dress, a moment that made us all tear up.
Cassandra was also very excited to have everything fall in Wisconsin be a part of her big day. The bridesmaid dresses were a rich burgundy color, sunflowers and a small blue piece of cloth from her grandfather in her bouquet. At the reception pumpkins along with family moments decorated the hall at the Holiday Inn, Rothschild. We couldn't have had better weather with the rain holding off for the bridal portraits at the Stoney Creek covered bridge. While the trees weren't at peak colors the small pop of red in the leaves along with the red covered bridge made for a beautiful backdrop.
Thank you again Cassandra and Andy for letting me document such a wonderful day.
Caitlin and Josh had the most amazing classic and romantic fall wedding at The Waters in Oshkosh, WI. The venue was built in 1903 as the Oshkosh Yacht Club with Nantucket-inspired porch and balcony facing the waterfront. When we arrived at the venue friends and family were bringing in decor, flowers, everything needed to create a beautiful day. You could tell by the amount of people who showed up hours early to help out this day was not only about Caitlin and Josh but about their families too. After getting dressed in a beautiful bridal room filled with light, the couple shared a “first look” on that balcony where the two couldn’t stop smiling and you could see the love between them. I am always an advocate for a "first look" as it gives the couple time to be alone before all the actives of the day, and makes for some of my favorites photos of the day.
The weather couldn’t have been more perfect for a fall wedding in Wisconsin, the ceremony was on the grass facing Lake Winnebago following guests mingled inside and out on the porches during cocktail hour. The dinner space was decorated with personal touches like Caitlin’s favorite candy, Skittles, and the cake topper with the letter "P". Gorgeous light pored in from the large windows and large chandlers added to a sense of warmth in the room along with the beautiful flowers from Petal Pusher Floral.
The day had been mostly cloudily so we weren't sure were would be able to get in the sunset photos we had planned for. But during dinner with the last few minutes of daylight the sun peaked out and created a beautiful pink sky allowing us those few last portraits of the day.
Caitlin and Josh thank you for allowing me to photograph your beautiful wedding day!
I love when couples pick a location that means something to them for their engagement photos. So when Caitlin and Josh told me they wanted me to come to their home and the farm Josh works at in Watertown, WI I was all in! I have to say it was my first photo shoot that included a tractor and a hay barn but I think it turned out amazing. It wouldn’t matter where these two were you can see the love they share, Caitlin lights up with the biggest smile when Josh snuggles into her neck and makes her laugh. Add on top of that a dog that just wants to run around in the snow and you have a fun winter afternoon photo shoot.I can’t wait to capture the wedding day of these two at the amazing venue The Waters in Oshkosh, WI this coming weekend.
Sometimes in life people show up and you don't know why or the influence they will have over you but it becomes so right. The right person, with the right project, at the right time. And that was Kasey Taube with her lifestyles/fashion blog KaseStyles.com. At the time she asked me to shoot some photos for her I just thought it would be a fun different kind of shoot so I said Yes! That was over 1 year ago and this blog of hers has become not only a passion project for her but for me too. For those of you who follow me on Instagram you have been seeing more of a beautiful blonde girl coming up on my page. That is her! the wonderful Kasey Taube, my time shooting with her has taken me to new places, taught me new things, and overall making me a better person. It has allowed not only my fashion photography to grow but her warm spirit and positive attitude have allow me personally to grow!
I have so many images I could share from this past year, over 4000 to be more precise. But below you will see images from about the past 9 months, when I think we really hit our stride. I've included some of my favorites both when we are shooting "true fashion" and some of those in between moments when we are being silly and having fun. I will try and update more often and give you even more behind the scenes view of the fun we have.
Oh and if you are looking for a wedding or event planner her check out her out here kasestyles.com/services/ We've had so much fun planning out the shoots and blog posts she has decided to offer her services to everyone!
With summer and high wedding season winding down I am finally able to blog about some of the amazing weddings I have photographed this year. First up Alissa and Dave, some of you may have seen their engagement session and as I said in that they did not disappoint with the great locations and day filled with beaming love. I get emotional myself when looking at the images and see just how much love they have for one another. With the wedding in the assembly chamber at the Madison Capitol building and reception at the UW Memorial Union I could have stayed at each location for hours making beautiful images of the two of them!
Thank you so much Alissa and Dave for allowing me to witness your love and capture your special day!
Travel and photography are two of my favorite things! So when my Friend Alissa asked me to come to San Diego to take her engagement photos I knew I had to find a way to make it happen.Alissa and Dave had picked out just a few of the beautiful spots in San Diego and with such an amazing couple I knew no matter where we went the photos would be beautiful! With just two weeks until their wedding in Madison keep an eye out for the blog on that, they once again have some amazing spots and with a day planned full of family and love we can’t go wrong!
I was so excited an honored to be asked by my best friend to photographer her newborn baby. Being that I had never done any newborns before I would have thought she would want someone who knew all the tricks. But just as many years ago I tried to tell her she needed someone with more experience to photograph her wedding she insisted she wanted me. And I think in both situations our relationship and friendship help to make some of the best images possible.So we went through a couple of feedings and messes that babies always tend to make and created some beautiful images. After having such success with the newborns we teamed up again for 3month photos. I am so filled with joy to both be witness and be asked to document the ever growing and changing personality of little Miss Avery!
This year’s Femali Christmas Card involved some uncooperative chickens as well as a boy who were not excited to be models for the day. We got the boy on board and ready to go but not so much on the chickens so we moved on quickly to another idea. For those of you reading my blog for the first time every year around Thanksgiving I shoot photos for my sister’s family Christmas card. So idea number two this year, roasting marshmellows and s’mores! I’m not sure how many more years I’m going to get that boy and his sisiter to ham it up and pose for me but I love every chance I get and am honored to be allowed to document as they grow up!
Despite most brides being worried about how they will look if they cry on their wedding day, I love it. Not to have ugly crying photos but it shows just how important the day is and I’m so honored to be able to document that! You could see that throughout the day of Brooke and Kenn’s wedding. From the start of the day putting on her dress to the “not looking” first look, to the ceremony itself Brooke could not hid her emotions. I think it’s great for a bride and groom to have a moment to themselves prior to all the craziness of the day beings. But many couples don’t want to see each other so we find a stop they can exchange cards or even a few words and it makes for amazing images. The love and fun Brooke and Kenn share with each other and their family and friends could be seen at every moment of their day!
While I wouldn’t choose the stress of changing your wedding date due to circumstances out of your control on anyone I’m so glad it happen to this couple. It was that situation that brought them to me and allowed me to document their amazing love for each other and their families. High school sweethearts Ali and Steve looked so in love and smitten with each other you would think they were still those teenagers who started dating 7 years ago. The love of their families was apparent to all of those attending big day as well, with everyone pitching in to make things run smooth despite the rain. The couple took it all in stride delaying the ceremony a bit but never bringing their sprits down. The wet grass brought out beautiful lush green that just added to the beauty of the day.