Intimate Elopement Celebration {Indian Lake Park, WI}

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!

Texas Family Sunshine {The M Family}

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!

Arlo - Lifestyle Newborn {Wisconsin Newborn Photographer}

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!

 

Mommy & Me {Lifestyle Retzer Nature Center - Waukesha, WI}

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.

 

Family Love {Wingra Park - Madison, WI}

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.

Mother & Daughter {Ele Story at Downtown Madison}

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!

The R Family {Wisconsin Beach Family Session}

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!

Project 365 {June}

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!

Kennedy - 6 Months {Belleville, WI}

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!

Letters to My Daughter {The Present in the Presence}

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.

 

 

The N Family {Middleton, WI Family Photo Session}

Why don't we go ahead and think about warmer days while it is still snowing, in March. Thanks Wisconsin!! I LOVED capturing this family, the boys energy and the love Mom & Dad shared for each other was so much fun. The colors & sun of fall just brought it all together. Thank you Marissa & family for coming out!

Prairie Inspired {Photo Session with Ele Story & Thr3e Styling}

All this warm weather reminds me of the long summer evenings and strong heat of the sun. Summer is just around the corner (I hope). Some of you have had some awesome experiences with Brandy of Thr3e Styling last year (yay for a successful launch of this new service & thanks to B for all her hard work!!) Well I'd like to introduce you to her beautiful little ladies. We did a "Little House on the Prairie" inspired shoot and these dresses from Ele Story were the perfect match to these two ladies personalities & overall vibes of the session. Here are just a few of my favorites. Prairie

Adventures Together {Milwaukee Public Market}

I mentioned in a previous post that 2016 was full of adventures and meeting new, amazing people! Well after mustering up some courage I asked a few photographers I have been admiring so much (especially their beautiful images of their own children) to get together. Ironic that I know more Milwaukee photographers now that I don't live there. Our group grew by a few other lovely people and after much debate we found a date that worked for all of us. Here's a little peek at our morning adventure. It was truly amazing meeting all of these wonderful ladies in person!  

Aspen {6 Month Session}

1st Year plans really give me the amazing opportunity to meet families and really get to know them. From baby in belly to a walking, talking 1 year old so much happens in that first year and I am so grateful for those families who have entrusted me to capture that. Thanks to this beautiful family (and sweet little nugget) for coming out on this crazy warm November day!!

Fields of Gold {Photographer Family Session}

Amazing part of this community? Meeting others who are as passionate & honest about their craft as yourself has to be at the top of the list here. It's amazing following someone's work online, but it's even better after you've met and gotten to know them and then continue to follow them as they grow as an artist, mother, wife. Birdie, I truly loved meeting your family, I'm so glad we were able to make this session work - the very last bits of October with your beautiful soul and beautiful boys just made my soul happy. Thanks for coming out!

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Ezra {6 Month Baby Session}

If you needed a little something to brighten your day look no further. This little man has a smile that could move mountains! Seriously how can you look at that face and not give him all your chocolate?! I love love LOVE watching you grow little man! Thanks so much to this beautiful family for coming out :) 2016-12-01_0002.jpg 2016-12-01_0003.jpg 2016-12-01_0004.jpg 2016-12-01_0005.jpg 2016-12-01_0006.jpg 2016-12-01_0007.jpg 2016-12-01_0008.jpg 2016-12-01_0009.jpg 2016-12-01_0010.jpg 2016-12-01_0011.jpg 2016-12-01_0012.jpg

The C Family {Pheasant Branch Family Session}

I really loved getting to know this family. The different age ranges and the adorable little lady everyone just adored made for a really great time. I especially loved the sweet candid moments everyone shared with little Nora. But how could you not love that face?! Thanks so much to Susan and her beautiful family for coming out! 2016-11-30_0004.jpg 2016-11-30_0005.jpg 2016-11-30_0006.jpg 2016-11-30_0007.jpg 2016-11-30_0008.jpg 2016-11-30_0009.jpg 2016-11-30_0010.jpg 2016-11-30_0011.jpg 2016-11-30_0012.jpg 2016-11-30_0013.jpg 2016-11-30_0014.jpg 2016-11-30_0015.jpg 2016-11-30_0016.jpg 2016-11-30_0017.jpg 2016-11-30_0018.jpg 2016-11-30_0019.jpg 2016-11-30_0020.jpg 2016-11-30_0021.jpg 2016-11-30_0022.jpg 2016-11-30_0023.jpg