Beach and a Bridge on a Back Country Road | Spindler Family Session

After a cool and cloudy day, the sun decided to peek out just in time for this fun family session!  We had a perfect afternoon running in the warm sand, throwing rocks in the river, and snuggling up for some adorable photos!  Beau and Austyn Rose were on point with their poses as always (I’m pretty sure they should sign up for a Gap casting call), and although Stetson is usually Mr. Serious, we were even able to squeeze a few smiles out of him! 🙂

The kids thought it would be really awesome if Mom & Dad took their photo in the water … (did I forget to mention that “Mom & Dad” are also model worthy???)

 

Toonen Family | Eau Claire, Wisconsin

These 3 (and a half) showed up to my home right after finding out that her little bump was indeed a BOY!!  While no one at the time could find out, they let me in on the secret so we could take some super cute blue propped photos!

Not long after, I found myself giddy with joy when I received Danielle’s text wanting to setup another photoshoot!  Cody is so precious, and was by far the best little newborn I’ve ever had the opportunity to photograph.  He slept when we needed him to (for the most part), and opened his eyes when we wanted him awake.  And as always, Carter was quite the little charmer, and such a good Big Brother! 🙂

Abby + Ben | Eau Claire Wedding

With beautiful blue skies and the perfect amount of snow, Ben & Abby’s wedding day was a success!  It may have started a little hectic with the snow we got the night before, but it made for some amazing pictures and luckily wasn’t enough to keep guests from witnessing the romance. Abby was a beautiful Princess Bride and Ben her Phantom!  A storybook love, straight out of Broadway!

Prohovnik Family

I just have to start by saying that I absolutely LOVE this family.  They have been coming to me since Jocelyn was pregnant with little girl #1!  It is so much fun to watch a family grow, and it is even more fun to be the one capturing those special moments along the way.  As always, the girls show up smiling and adorable as buttons.  We ran around, escaped from frogs and watched ducks … oh, and I guess there was a little picture taking in there too! 🙂

Jeremiah, Kristy + Aiden

Talk about an amazing family! Not only are they super cute on the outside, but they are genuinely sweet people on the inside. I met them at a wedding, Kristy and I then decided we needed to work together. It went so well she scheduled more for when her family would be in town again! With a trailer packed full behind their SUV, they made a pit stop at the park for some photos before being on their way to Virginia. Can’t wait for them to come back for more (this time as a family of FOUR)!

Alysia

From the Gander Mountain roundabout to the slightly dangerous, slippery rocks under Phoenix Bridge – we ROCKED this session! While the locations didn’t seem to be extravagant, my model certainly was. Lysia is not only a natural when it comes to being in front of the camera, but she has an amazing spunky personality that shines through the photos as well. We jammed out to Blurred Lines and basically just took some awesome shots … Oh yeah, and did I mention we had a paint party?!

Tali + Garrick

I’ve known Tali AND Garrick for a long time, but not as a couple.  I went to high school with Tali and have always looked up to her.  She is sweet and smart, but what really fascinated me is her ability to dance!  I LOVE to dance, however my idea of dancing is a disgusting version of the MC Hammer, The Sprinkler, and just general flailing around.  Tali – not so much.  She is poised, filled with grace and other fairy like features.  Garrick is part of a family that I used to spend a lot of time with.  He was like a little brother.  Also just as sweet, Garrick is a perfect fit for Tali.  They actually met at a wedding (what a perfect location)!  They share a love for football and each other; and I’m pretty sure, knew immediately they were meant to be!  The engagement went (somewhat) as planned.  Although Tali’s hand was hurting, and she was slightly grumpy because of it, her morning was quickly turned around when Garrick surprised her with the ring! 

Tarin + Dave

A few years ago, I started a journey that would bring me into something so magical I would have never dreamed it. The first time I photographed a wedding.  It wasn’t like the abstract work that had been my previous passion where I only dealt with stationary objects.  It also wasn’t even a little bit similar to the few portrait sessions I had under my belt.  No, a wedding day was a whole new experience.  After all, this wasn’t something you could look at the pictures later and decide you wanted a do-over.  This HAD to be perfect the first time.  It is a big risk hiring a photographer for your wedding day.  You are trusting that not only will they show up (literally and figuratively), but also that you are going to love them still after 10+ hours, and you have to trust that their photos are going to rock, since it is the only memory you will have to remember the day.

Tarin & Dave did just that – trusted me.  And what came from their complete trust was something amazing.  A wedding day is a rush, from start to finish.  Even when you do have the little bit of downtime, you are still thinking and moving to the next magical moment that is about to occur.  Photography has always spoken to me, but photographing a wedding – that is my calling. For someone who loves love as much as I do, there is really no explanation to how a wedding day can make you feel.   (…cue the Kleenex…)  Luckily, I have a camera over my eyes all day… Dad wiping a tear as he hands his little girl over gets me every time. 

The Diehl’s wedding day was no different from every wedding I have photographed since, but it is more special because it was my first.  They are the reason I fell in love with weddings.  They showed me for the first time a real life job where I could witness pure joy, raw emotion, and intense love like never seen before.  Now that I am a mom, the only thing that tops a wedding day, is the birth of a child, but that’s a completely different kind of love and a completely different kind of blog post!

Vicky + Robbie

This session was by far my coldest photoshoot ever with a balmy temp of -16o. You know, after two hours out in it, you don’t even notice the cold anymore. 🙂 You might think we would want to quickly get these done or re-schedule, not these two! Vicky & Robbie were ready for anything, cold weather and all! I don’t mind crazy weather conditions at all. In fact, I am a weird one that actually enjoys the winter and the cold. Unless little kids are involved, I won’t reschedule. So I was really excited when this shoot decided to stay on! With a stroke of genius, Robbie brought a pop-up ice shack with a portable heater so they had somewhere comfortable to change. As for Vicky, all she needed to bring was that pretty face!

Amanda + Brian

I’ve always been in love with the thought of being in love.  I was the typical little girl who dreams Prince Charming is going to come along and carry her off into the sunset, and then, yes, live Happily Ever After.  Unfortunately, this thing called “life” usually smacks us in the face and forces us to realize it isn’t quite that easy.  I ended up finding my imperfectly perfect person, and we suit each other just perfectly.  I am still deep inside – well let’s face it, it is right on the surface – a hopeless romantic. 

However with Amanda & Brian, real life somehow has managed to not break through their barrier.  They continue to surprise me with the way they love each other through crazy little goodness and large emotion.  I often find myself staring in awe.  From meaningful tattoos, surprise treats at work, and puke worthy adorable notes on FB, the two are simply put – perfect for each other.  And it makes me (and I’m sure many other romantics out there) jealous every day!

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