Love is not only something to be seen, love is also something to be felt. These two connected with each other on such a deep level, they read each others minds, leaned into each others nervousness in front of the camera, and showed me how their love feels. Moving from Texas to Wisconsin recently I was happy to share with them my connection & love of Texas but also let them in on a shared love for Madison and it's hidden treasures. Thank you to these two beautiful people for allowing me to capture this treasured time in your lives!
Oh sweet Texas, you're the piece in my heart I didn't know was missing. Last year we had the opportunity to visit not once, but 4 times! Each was lovelier than the next and each came with some fantastics memories. This family and I were finally able to connect in October and plan a date to get together for photos during my visit. The warmth of the sun, the rich bold Texas greens and yellows, and these two beautiful girlies (and their stunning parents) made for the most perfect evening Texas session. Can't wait to go back!
There will always be a special spot in my heart for those babies I get to witness being born. Arlo is one of those special little babes and just a week before this session his beautiful Mama gave birth and I was able to capture it for this sweet family. There's something about this session that just makes me fall in love with what I do all over again. Not to mention gives me some sever baby fever! I was so honored to be invited into this little mans new digs, and so so happy for this beautiful family of 3!
Miss Ada is so so special to everyone around her. She just lights up a room, or in this case the whole nature center. When I got a message from Katie at 2AM asking about photos soon as they were leaving for their big move to Seattle the next week I knew this was so important to her, especially to be wracking your brain at 2 in the morning over it. So we quickly picked a day that weekend, invited the grandparents that were helping while Dad was out getting settled in their new digs and explored this "new to us" place. When I got this email from Katie after sending the images her way I just about cried. This is EXACTLY why I do what I do. "I will literally love these images forever. I cannot wait for Ada to see them when she's older and appreciate them in a whole new way. Now I'm gonna go look at all of them a million times."
Tomorrow is not promised, our lives can change in an instance for better or for worse, but memories will remain, and we can encapsulate those memories with photos. And how she told me one day Ada would look at these is a whole new light hit the nail on the head. We may not print or frame every single picture of our children but one day when they ask, or when we are not there to tell them they will have these knowing that we were THERE.
It's crazy to think how much life can change in a day. One day you're a family of 3 and the next, a family of 4! There was no shortage of love or patience to go around for new baby & big sister though! I loved meeting this family watching all the sweet interactions between them. Here are just a few of my favorites.
If you couldn't tell by now, anywhere near the water is my favorite place to shoot. This park in particular quickly became one of our favorite places to visit when we first moved to Madison. The easy parking, playground near by, and the view of the lake and beautiful colored boats. We could easily spend a few hours here every visit. So when this family offered to meet me here I was excited! And when I saw their parked bicycles in the lot I knew this was a perfect spot for them. We had so much fun checking out the lake from different spots and we even got to see an awesome water plane which the boys were both so fascinated by. Thank you so much to this family for coming out, here are just a few of my favorites.
There's something so magical about the water at sunset. There's also something equally as magical as capturing childhood on the water. It brings out the true essence, the playfulness, fearlessness, and happiness of being a kid. I can't thank this family enough for trusting me again and again to capture these memories!
Loved this Mother/Daughter duo! And how amazing is this matching dress and top set from Ele Story I recently had the privilege of photographing some new pieces for Judy, the creator of these beautiful dresses and tops. If you haven't checked them out be sure to! They are beautiful hand crafted with gorgeous little details that encapsulate childhood all in one piece. Thank you to these two beautiful ladies for joining me on a fun adventure as we explored a new part of town. Here are some of my favorites!
What a gorgeous night to celebrate this man's 1st birthday on the beach! The water & beautiful sunset and an adorable family - what more could you ask for? Watching this little man grow over the past year has been so fun. What's even better has been watching these 3 become a family together. I love being able to capture these precious moments together. Here are just a few of my favorites!
As summer has progressed I've realized how much I enjoy my freedom and getting in on the action - not so much being tied down with a camera. So I've decided this summer to do a play on the 100 days of summer project by doing 100 days of phone pics over this time. That way I'm not feeling obligated to haul my camera around with me to places like the pool, etc. Although it will come out for personal projects on occasion this summer, for now it's quick snaps on the phone for simple summer memories. Here's our June!
Not much better than a smiling, happy baby and adorable parents right? Just wait until you see him in a fedora ;) I loved meeting this sweet family and so grateful they welcomed me into their homes to capture this time in their lives. Here are just a few of my favorites!
There is not much better than Spring in Wisconsin. After the long stretch of winter everyone gets a little restless to get out of the house, breathe in that warm air and see a little color back outside. The Arboretum has an amazing display of blooms and with the brief window of warm weather we had to take advantage. I love this sweet family and had so much fun at sunset with them and their precious little lady!
Summer vibes, summer love, climbing to the top of a beautiful cliff at sunset in Wisconsin with a stunning couple? What more could you ask for? Seriously. A few favorites (ok a lot, but how could I not?!)
Oh the sweetness of this family. They waited 9 long months, all of which I'm sure felt like an eternity for little man Jack. Well this bundle of perfection made his way into the world without hesitation and what a beautiful addition he has made to this family. Here are just a few of my favorites!
April started with a surprise trip to Texas where I can go ahead and cross of blue bonnets & pics with long horns off of my photo bucket list! The weather got nicer, and yucky again, and nice and then rainy & cold but hey, nothing surprising there. We played with friends, celebrated Easter, started enjoying our deck again and spent some time with cousin to end the month. Thanks April, you were great!
Oh my goodness do I love watching these girls grow! They are sweet and funny and so kind to each other. I love the way their Mama loves them so and you can just tell they all love her back something fierce. Thanks so much to this sweet family for inviting me into your home and for allowing me to capture these sweet 6 month pictures for Miss K!
Our March started with an amazing trip to Texas. We got to spend some time with cousin on her spring break, and ended with concerts and a few travel days around the state. All in all March was pretty darn good to us!
Tonight I chased you, my daughter around the school. We ran and raced and laughed and clapped. We sat in different colored chairs and climbed up the stairs. We played hide and seek and laid on the ground. Our Moana piggy and chicken toys raced and walked on the carpet saying "walk, walk, walk" over and over. You asked me to lift you high and I did. We counted the lockers and you looked a me with those big doe eyes and said "Mommy play" and that's what we did. I will admit, very truthfully that life with you as a toddler is a challenge. The number of difficult, long, stressful days have been outnumbering the fun, adventurous, stress free days as of late. Surprisingly you demand much more of my attention than you did when you were a baby. You have an opinion on everything even though you only have a couple of full sentences in your arsenal. You are emotional. And when I say that I mean to the extreme. Things are incredibly happy & exciting, or they are horrible and screaming/kicking/crying worthy. You have learned the word "NO" and don't respond well to other people telling you no. You eat like a bird and run like a gazelle. You are in so many ways exhausting.
Often my mind wanders - what are we doing next, what should we have for dinner, what time is it, I'm tired let's stop playing, are other people watching you run around the store and wondering what the heck kind of Mom I am. The obsessive need to check my phone for notifications or emails makes it hard to fight the impulse to pull my phone out of my pocket every 5 minutes. Every moment is so involved it is hard to chose just one thing to focus on.
To put all of those things aside - the constant focus & attention you demand, the million thoughts on my mind at any given time and really be there with you is so so challenging, but it is also incredibly rewarding. I need to remind myself that it's ok to just be here, that my presence is equally as important as those other things that pull me away along the way.
When we left the school tonight and you chose me to carry you to the car instead of Grandma (that NEVER happens) I couldn't help but smile at the connection we just had. Those moments that are forever ours.