Wisconsin Beach {Summer Family Session}

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!


The H Family {Indian Lake Fall Session}

These are the moments you will remember forever. The hugs, the cuddles, the goofy faces & tickles. If there’s one thing I can leave you with in our session, these moments are it. I loved the personalities of these three kiddos, these are some of my favorite ages to capture! There's so much curiosity and goofiness and imagination! I absolutely adored this family and the crazy warm weather we got at the end of this fall made for some super pretty moments. Here are just a few of my favorites!

Adventures Together {Madison Children's Museum}

If you haven't been, you need to check out the Children's Museum in Madison. It is full of things to discover, play in, create, etc. Perfect for your pint size cuties! We had great fun showing our friends around and they even got to meet some creatures of the rain forest. (Don't miss the club house on the roof!!!) Thanks for coming with us ladies, here are a few favorites from the day!

The I Family {Pheasant Branch Fall Session}

Dare I say I love morning light?! Albeit this was the perfect warm November day with 2 beautiful little ladies with bright colorful personalities (and dresses) - all that combined with morning light = a pretty great combo. It was so much fun meeting this adorable little family and adventuring. Here are just a few of my favorites from the morning!

An Invitation to Get Together

We all do it, I am guilty of it for sure. Talking more to someone online than in real life. Don't get me wrong - the internet is a great place to connect with people, to keep up with friends and relatives that are hundreds or thousands of miles away, to meet others who have the same interest but may not always have the time or schedule to get together frequently. It's pretty amazing really. But what I've discovered the last year or so is that if you just put yourself out there - just ask, or plan a date, you will generally get a great response - "LET'S DO IT!" or "I WOULD LOVE THAT!" and then you can breathe a sigh of relief and plan your day together. It's usually as simple as that! 2016 was definitely the year of get togethers for me - I have met SO many photographers both local & a few non (hey Jess!) IN PERSON. What I can tell you is it usually results in a few of the following : A) Amazing conversations. B) Beautiful pictures. C) Great friendships. And most of the time it's all of the above!! So this year I encourage you to put yourself out there. Invite your photographer friend out for lunch, or your best Mom group friend on a play date. I'm sure your results will be amazing!


Finding Simplicity {New Beginnings}

A lot of times I question myself as a mother - Am I doing enough? Am I doing too much? Should I be doing something else? What I've discovered in my last 2 years of motherhood is that it's hard for me to sit idle. There's always cleaning to be done, or places to shop, or new adventures to be discovered. So being at home for entire days at a time aren't really at the top of that list. But when we do spend days at home, or long chunks of time I tend to over think it. As an Aunt to my niece I always had these grand days at home packed with games and projects and arts & crafts. With Graycen it's different. I don't always know what to do with a 2 year old. It has really taken me a while to figure out that a SIMPLE project can keep her entertained for long periods of time. I don't need to go out and buy $50 craft boxes or plan several different projects for her to do. One simple project can keep her active and keep me idle long enough to capture her expressions and excitement of "painting Mommy" and that makes both of us happy. So yesterday we did just that. We happened to be at Home Depot so I bought a little clay pot and a new plant for the new year and we painted and planted and we were happy together as a family, at home, with the simplicity of each other and a little paint. This year I plan to do more of that. To slow down, to not over think or question my abilities as a Mother in the day to day. We have thus far raised a pretty happy little girl and I plan to keep it that way!

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