Outside Family Portraits | Chelsey & Jeremy

Fall is a beautiful time to capture family portraits outside, on location. The gorgeous reds, oranges and yellows of autumn make a rich, warm backdrop for the photographs. When Chelsey wanted to capture her family, I knew October was going to be a great time to use my favorite park that had pretty maple and oak trees. Here is a look at some of the images I got that day!

outside child portrait session with fall leaves kid on yellow chair

outside child portrait session kid on yellow chair

on location in fall sisters together on bridge with leaves

family photo in fall leaves outside

Engagement Session | Rebekah & Jason

I love when couples get a book or album of their images! Rebekah and Jason have this great book to use at their wedding as a guest book!

We did their engagement session in Marion because that was where they first met and also where Jason proposed! It’s fun when the location for a session has special meaning like that. We then went through the images to choose their favorites. These images were designed into the 20 page book, along with open, “negative” space where guests will be able to write.

There are some questions about the couple to serve as writing prompts, as well as pages that are without text. I see guests flipping through books like this at weddings. They love to see the couple, and their personality, from the engagement session. Then, they will often write a thoughtful, loving note to the couple.

Rebekah and Jason will be able to return to the images and words in this book to remember all the love from their wedding day and I’m so excited for them to have it as a keepsake!

Family And Baby Portrait Session

I was so happy that Erin and Marty asked me to photograph their family. Their daughter Ellie was just turning one year old and it was the perfect time to capture her personality and to get the three of them together.

Often, young children have a very small window of time that they want to cooperate for photographs. To make it easy on everyone, we did the whole session in the family backyard. This allowed us to start as soon as they were ready, and when Ellie needed a quick snack, the kitchen was close.

We were able to use every moment that Ellie gave us and got some great images!

baby photo black and white outside session

one year old baby session outside

family session with baby black and white portraits

family photo with one year old in front outdoors

Engagement Session | Paradise Springs

Paradise Springs is a unique natural park near Eagle, Wisconsin. And it was a special place for Laura and Joe to have their engagement session because they got engaged near there.

The mix of history and old ruins of Paradise Springs makes a great story. From the late 1800’s, people enjoyed the spring water and it’s the former site of a bottled water facility that closed in the 1960’s. There are even the remains of a fancy resort hotel that was built near the springs. The old architecture, along with the contrast between the property’s former life and the natural woods that cover it now, makes for an amazing portrait session location!

engagement session park fall leaves water abandoned building

engagement session outdoor fall colors park

Be Soft

“Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let the pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place.” -Iain Sinclair Thomas

Be soft

Finished Wedding Album | Marissa & Adam

custom wedding album for bride and groom details of cover and pages

A photography album is like your own personal story book. It preserves memories for you to look back at again and again. It reminds you of special moments that you might otherwise forget.

And when that album is filled with images from your wedding day, it’s the story of the beginning of your new life together as a couple. A story you’ll want to tell future generations–your children and your grandchildren–and a story that you’ll look at and enjoy yourselves, even many years from now.

Adam and Marissa recently picked up their finished wedding album and were very happy with the final result. Holding a finished album is so much better than just looking at images on your computer or phone!

The album was specially designed for the bride and groom as an 10×8 album with a custom cover. They chose most of the images, with just a few extra additions that I suggested to round out the story-telling details from their big day.

The album shows off all the events from the day, starting with Marissa getting ready and the couple’s “first look,” which we did on location, at a nearby park. It goes on to show the ceremony, family groupings, romantic images of the couple together and finishes with the party at the reception.

It will be a beautiful keepsake of their marriage, family and the whole wedding day.

You can see more images from their wedding here.

High School Senior Sneak Peek | Christian

high school senior boy by brick wall photo session

It’s that time of year where the mothers of high school senior boys everywhere force them to clean up and dress up to have their photographs taken.

Like most guys, Christian was not excited about having to shed his usual Under Amour sweatshirt for a shirt and tie. But, because he’s a good kid, he did it for his mother without too much complaining. 😉

More images to come!