a lace tapestry

Before my husband and I got married, before we were engaged, we traveled to Mexico together for his sister’s wedding. While we were there, we were at a market and the only thing we bought was this beautiful lace tapestry. We both stopped and fell in love with it. So much so it was one of those things we deemed unusable for fear of ruining it. So it’s sat, safely protected tucked away since the day we returned from the trip. Through a move, through three children entering our life. We’ve talked about pulling it out but always quickly talk ourselves out of it. It’s one of those special things loved with irrational thought.

On this day, it was just me and my girls home, after what feels like the longest grayest winter, the sun was pouring through the window, we had music blasting from the speakers and I had the urge to pull out the tapestry. No idea why. I asked the girls to dance around with it while I took photos.

The funny thing about sisters is their bond is so deep yet so fragile. It’s raw, beautiful and full of drama. It feels rare they just click. Usually it’s this tug of war of emotions, belonging, acceptance, trust, admiration, love, frustration etc, with girls, pretty much a storm of every emotion at different moments. Like most mothers, I plead to them to realize how lucky they are to have one another, I bait them with my desires for a sister and yet the push and pull game constantly continues.

In this moment, I was able to capture the lovely side of their bond. It wasn’t forced. Maybe just pulling out something they haven’t seen and telling them the story of it transformed them. Maybe it was the music, or the sunshine. Maybe it’s always there I just can’t always see it. Regardless I snapped away feeling thankful. Laughing with them. Endlessly loving them and their relationship. Naturally wishing my son was part of it but also grateful to be capturing sisterhood. A simple moment, maybe lasted three songs and I love the results. I didn’t photoshop messy hair, I didn’t put them in brand new clothes. This is them, in this moment, living their best life.

I can’t stress enough that you don’t need perfect outfits, neatly combed hair, perfect furnishings. You need to focus on the imperfect moments that you will look back on as perfect. Don’t overthink photo sessions. I know its an investment and you want it to be beautiful but you need to realize your life is beautiful. They way it is. The stage of life you are in. The ages your children are at, their favorite outfit, their favorite toy. And you are beautiful. They way you are. Your life is worth documenting. Message me. Lets set up a creative shoot and capture your magic. An old tapestry, a pillow fight, a tea party, baking, a dance party (I know we aren’t the only ones who do this daily) I could go on an on with ideas. Try a different kind of session and let’s see what emotions come out. I’ll even offer special pricing on these. Message me, let’s talk.

welcome sweet demi

the beginning…

newborn sessions are such an extraordinary gift, watching people in those first few moments of parenthood is not like anything else. It’s not a new chapter in their life its an entirely new story.

I love seeing the space parents create for their new additions. There is always so much thought and care put into it and now it’s full and I’m able to capture the palpable love and excitement all within the walls of their home.

Beyond that newborn sessions are full of vulnerability. It goes without saying the beginning with a little one is exhausting and confusing, it’s trying and full of questions. There is a beauty in all of it that is so deep and pure it’s begging to be documented.

This session was so beautiful. These two were lost in the sensation of becoming parents. They were soaked in their love for one another and for their sweet little girl. Their beginning. Their story. Such an honor to be the one snapping the photos.

RACHEL & EJ

spent an afternoon wandering around the third ward with this beautiful couple. It was just the start of winter when the cold is bitter and hits you hard because of how new it is but I couldn’t tell with their laughter and energy I think we were all completely in the moment. Me lost capturing them and they were enthralled with each other. We went into Kickapoo coffee to warm up. Every moment was sweet, genuine and completely fun. I’ll let the images say the rest…

walls family

a warm summer evening...the sun quickly lowering, sandy feet, skipping rocks, beach soccer, three brothers, lots of laughter, immense love all with lake michigan constantly kissing the shore

this is why I love capturing people and this is why I absolutely love beach sessions

the o'tool family

simply put I adore this family. 

I think these images accurately tell the story of our sessio so I'll let them do the job. 

note: my favorite image is the last one, it just so honestly depicts marriage with a side of parenthood. 

 

take advantage of the short time we can bask in warm weather and book a beach session. I still have a few spots left and I would love to work with YOU. Message me. 

the ibarra family

I left this session with a bouquet of hand picked wild flowers a huge cheek to cheek smile, bursting with inspiration. Two parents madly in love with two little girls, one beautifully outgoing and one shy drenched in charisma and a little boy in suspenders with the biggest most contagious smile I've ever seen. This session was pure magic. 

Beach sessions are definitely a favorite for me. Children are so carefree by nature and the backdrop of the beach is just an effortless setting for their fanciful behaviors. Living in WI these beach days are definitely numbered and worth seizing. Message me to book a beach session. Lets build sandcastles, collect rocks and flowers and capture those fleeting moments. 

greenhouse elopement

There is nothing more authentic than a greenhouse filled with immense beauty and cared for with pure love. It's a truly magical backdrop. Monches Farm is an incredible space with intrigue every where you look. From the doves, to the chickens, the gentle dogs that live there, the beautiful pottery for sale, and of course the variety of flowers and plants that cover every inch. It's the perfect backdrop for a love story. The details of this styled elopement are breathtaking and the connection between Cassandra and Ryan was deep and effortless to capture. A truly beautiful start to a marriage. Such an honor to work along side such talent to document such a beautiful couple. 

Wedding Planning: Et Voila Events

Flowers: Feisty Flowers

Dress: Miss Ruby Boutique

Hair & Make Up: Hair By Smash & Lustrous Beauty Studio

Shot along side the beautiful and talented: Autumn Silva Photography

the beautiful scholz family

I always walk into sessions with no expectations. Having the majority of my job revolving around working with children I know that they run the show. If they want a snack we stop, if they are sad we slow down, if they are having fun and running then I am running right along with them. With that being said somehow with no expectations this session far exceeded any I could have had. That little girl is so full of life and her little brother though shy was completely endearing and was more than willing to follow along with little smiles that melted my heart all while keep a close eye on me. These stunning parents are not only enamored with their beautiful children but also with each other.

I can't help but be in awe when I walk into a home in the middle of winter with light pouring in and an abundance of love set in front of me to capture. And honestly my favorite part about it was the little in between moments, whether that be a few tears (lets be real, kids cry) a bit of attitude when little brother stole the show, and lots of genuine laughter and kisses. 

Book a session in your home. Yes outdoor sessions are great, without a doubt. But your home is so much a part of your life. It's beyond beautiful and you won't regret it. Children especially respond differently to photo shoots in their space than anywhere else. This is an investment worth making. I promise that. Message me please. Let's work together! 

welcome vienna

It goes without saying that children are loud, if you are a parent you know that the moments where your children are sleeping or when they are away from home there is a deafening silence. When you bring a baby home for the first time that is one of those enormous changes. The noise. And although it is fairly instant (lets be honest newborns can belt it out with the best of them) there is also a quiet and stillness with a brand new baby that is so fleeting it's hard to remember it when it passes. That is my favorite part of getting to do newborn sessions. Sure they cry during our sessions and we laugh at their little noises and stretches and sound just fills the air but there are moments where things are so peaceful and just covered with love that I absolutely adore. This whole session embodies that. 

These brand new parents, their beautiful peaceful brand new daughter and their incredible dog who was calmly checking things out gave me all the feels. It was such an honor to document this beginning. 

I'll allow the images to say the rest <3

casey & carlos

I usually photograph children and families and I've always said adults were easy but I'd be lying if I said it's where I am most comfortable shooting. Children think I'm funny, adults don't always. As my business grows and I expand to shoot more weddings and more engagement sessions I am learning that while adults don't throw tantrums they do a really good job and not always being vulnerable in front of the camera and honestly I love that challenge. 

Casey said she wasn't sure about being in front of the camera but she trusted me and allowed for her love with Carlos to take over. We laughed and talked our way through our time together and I am just so proud of these images. 

These two are incredible. They have a beautiful home and a fun and beautiful marriage. They are clearly adoring of one another. The light poured in and we moved effortlessly throughout their home. When I left the only thing I was thinking is I should have shot more. 

More couples please! Message me lets work together<3

afternoon tea party

Often people hesitate for in home lifestyle sessions because "my house is a disaster" or "there is no good light in my home" I feel EXCATLY the same way about my home and let me tell you every home, even the darkest, has a pocket of beautiful light that photographers drool over. 

This is my home. The light was pouring in so I grabbed Story's coveted tea set from santa and got her set up. I removed distractions; a poster from the wall, a basket of clean folded laundry that had been sitting there for days, and my reheated cup of coffee. Story grabbed my ukulele, her sisters hat, her camera, roses from the dining room table and a bunch of her favorite friends. She quickly became lost in the moment with her little imagination running wild while I moved around the room documenting it. I am left with a collection of images that perfectly portrays my beautiful & wild 6 year old basking in her childhood on a bitterly cold winter day. 

Children are most themselves for photo shoots in their own home. It's their space where they feel most safe. They are surrounded by their favorite things. I love when a tiny hand proudly pulls me into a room to show me their favorite toy. And I promise by the time I am there, parents forget about the disaster they were ashamed of. They too become lost in the moment. So hire me to come into your home to document your life. Make pancakes or bake cookies, have hot coco together, dance, play, build a fort or simply snuggle in with a favorite book. Allow your children to bring their treasures into the photos and I will take care of the rest. All I know is someday Story won't grab that big bear for a tea party anymore and I am so glad I have a photo of it to look back on. 

For the month of January I am offering $100 off in home lifestyle sessions. That's how much this means to me. I'm taking a pay cut :) For the remaining openings I have, I want to fill it documenting real life moments. It would be such an honor  and something I truly don't believe you will regret investing in <3

harmon family at monches farm

I fell in love with monches farm years ago if you've been there you know exactly what I mean and if you haven't I strongly urge you to check it out. A true hidden treasure. 

It's a place so carefully cared for that is filled with beauty around every corner. Between the roaming chickens, beautiful flowers, the greenhouse, the doves, the little shop and all of the incredible plants it's hard not to become consumed with whimsy. 

Exploring this magical place with the Harmon family was simply amazing. Our session was short and sweet but not at all lacking any depth. There is a calmness to this family that I have admired since the first time I met them. The way they are all looking out for one another and checking on one another is so sweet and such an honor to capture. 

We fit in dancing, kisses, close snuggles, lots of giggles and even feeding chickens while the sun lowered in the sky and monches farm closed for the evening and I smiled behind my camera the entire time moving quickly to document all of the beauty around me. 

 

family session at retzer

beautiful light pouring through the trees, surrounded by wildflowers and chased by butterflies, grass tickling our ankles, sweet kisses, laughter and tree climbing all created a lovely session with an incredible family of five...

"we all have a weakness for beauty" albert camus

 

villa terrace maternity session

this session was everything...

We met at the incredibly beautiful Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum, with beautiful cloudy lighting touching this family so perfectly we began our session. Lots of laughter, sweet kisses and chasing sweet Liam around. Then the clouds rolled in and we took cover while a storm took over. We sat together and talked about parenthood and life. When the storm passed we finished our session complete with puddle jumping (and if you know me, you know this is one of my favorite pastimes). I left session knowing I didn't just have a wonderful new client but also new friends and of course a beautiful set of images to go through <3

simple 02

a quiet tuesday after school...

homework was finished, crumbs from snacks lay on the table, the wind chimes were roaring and these three were having a sweet moment together on the porch.

our life these days is full. often spent driving from place to place, attempting to balance three schedules, two schools, friends, family, work and play. lately I leave my camera behind in the midst of the chaos I want to view them not through my lens but through being present. only I noticed that the result is I don't capture them as often as I used to.

on a day like this one though I couldn't resist. I raced inside and grabbed my camera with only a sliver of charge left and snapped away while they played with the flowers on the porch, whispered secrets and gave gentle kisses. I am certain a lot of that was for my entertainment; knowing my camera was out, feeling my enthusiasm and knowing the direction I often give but even still I was in awe because hidden behind that posing was something so pure and so genuine...my three children...a brother and his two sisters just basking in childhood.

our backdrop wasn't fancy and this moment was short and sweet but this is our now. I was thinking the other day I don't know where the time has gone but then I do because I've been here for it all. through all the tears, the bumps and bruises, the triumphs and moments of defeat. I've watched them grow and change right before my eyes and I know if I blink for too long so much will be missed. and so I am glad I have images to relive these fleeting moments of their childhood.

I've said it before and it's because I am so passionate I'll say it again. don't wait. pull out your camera or your phone for the moments inbetween. hire a photographer to capture these moments in your life. on your porch, in your yard, having breakfast, snuggled reading a book. I so strongly believe having these images are the one investment you will never ever regret. just remember to keep it simple and don't wait for a perfect moment. the moment is now.

the family narrative

I never want to stop learning. Whenever I take time to embrace the photography community I am left inspired. It can be a lonely business. No happy hours, no Christmas parties and no co-workers to vent with. When I throw myself into the community at a workshop or over coffee I feel an excitement for the art of photography that fuels me to continue to grow.

Early March I went to New Orleans for The Family Narrative. A weekend spent with family photographers from all over learning from one another. I had the honor of observing, learning from and shooting alongside the beautiful and talented Brooke Davis for a live shoot. I love seeing how other photographers approach a session. It's beautiful watching an artist work. To then get to capture this beautiful mother on my own left me feeling completely fulfilled.

Madeline and her three gorgeous children were so much fun to capture. There is an obvious beauty with all of them but it was so much more than that. Watching a mother of three so calm and so clearly in love with her babies made me homesick for my own babies. We took turns holding those beautiful twins while capturing sweet kisses, beautiful smiles and that lovely New Orleans light covering all of them. A big brother constantly showing his tough boy love to his sisters, sweet baby girls who would share their beautiful smiles with us and a patient mother who laughed with us as we talked about motherhood and the immense patience and grace it takes. It was an incredible session and truly such a gift to be part of.

 

a family session by the river

The milwaukee river is one of my favorite places to be...this spot in particular is where I played as a child. Returning here to capture children and families means so much to me. There is something magical about the connection between children and nature. They quickly become lost in their imaginations and the freedom to embrace all of their senses.

Once we all kicked off our shoes and got our feet wet this session became effortless. Snuggles, splashes, laughter and sweet kisses filled our time together. We all went home with dirty feet kissed a little by the sun.

I will be offering sessions at this spot throughout spring and summer. Contact me if you would like to get a spot on my calendar. I would love to work with you especially in this incredible spot <3

simple

a slow Monday morning...

music playing, sipping on a cup of coffee that was quickly cooling off and snow falling outside

I looked in our bathroom and noticed the light. It was soft and simple. I bribed the kids with cookies and asked to photograph them.  In this tiny space, with changing light as the snow fell we turned up the music and had our little photo shoot. They grabbed the eucalyptus from the dining room table and their personalities took over. The ever changing 10 year old balancing confidence, silliness and uncontrollable laughter. The quiet 7 year old with all of his sweetness and sincerity giggling his way through the attention of the camera. The wild 5 year old with her charisma shining through constantly asking for more cookies.

It's a good reminder that it doesn't always need to be complicated. Perfect lighting, perfect backdrops and perfect behaviors are hard to obtain. I would rather document honesty and childhood which is far from perfect. This wasn't about anything but them. And I'm left with images that I could stare at forever. I see bits the past when they were babies and I see so much of what the future holds. And above all of that this is the now. All within a tiny space and a tiny moment. And sure shortly after the cookies were gone and the moment had passed the chaos of life ensued and they bickered, messes were made, my coffee was cold and exhaustion took over but days are made up of all of the moments and I was glad these photos were one them on this day.

Don't wait for good weather, a perfectly clean house, haircuts or the best outfits. Capture your children now. Document your life now. Keep it simple. The results are guaranteed to be something you will cherish.