Sweet Newborn Uriah

I’ve known Latoya my whole darn life… we were cheerleaders together waaaayyy back in the day…eherrrm…  I have been lucky enough document lots of important movements of their lives together as well! I took Dave & Latoya’s engagement photos a few years back but was too pregnant to be her wedding photographer. (I did make sure to get a few fun shots as a guest though!)  So yeah, I was pretty excited to meet their sweet new baby.

August (my new photography assistant) and I packed up all my camera gear and headed over to meet sweet Uriah for the first of many play dates they will surely have together in the years ahead.  Walking into the home of brand new parents and a brand new baby is like walking into a new and magical universe.  Honestly, it’s magic… I love soaking up all that sweet, fresh energy of a newly created family.  (I love my job…) These two parents were as cool and calm as they get.  They moved so naturally around each other and Uriah.  So we chatted and laughed.  They filled me in on Uriah’s crazy entrance into this world, one thing is for sure, his Momma is strong and powerful!  What a lucky boy, indeed!  

I got to marvel at their new son for a few hours capturing this very special time that lasts only for a few short days…(Have I mentioned how much I adore my job!)

Oh and I just had to end this newborn story with a photo of Dave cooking up a yummy breakfast for Latoya as I left… Dad’s play such an important role for new Momma’s and Dave seemed to know just what it was… diapers and food! 

I can’t thank you both enough for sharing this special time with me & August too!

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In studio with the blue flower couch!

I was pretty excited nervous when Meghan and Ryan wanted to do some studio portraits of their family.  I’m not one for overly posed placements so getting everyone relaxed and having fun in my small studio was going to take some thought.  Then BAM, it hit me… add the blue flower beast of a couch we have for client meetings… yes, it was a stroke of brilliance if I do say so myself.  After some chill time in studio we had just few moments to take a couple of photo’s near this sweet patch of red sumac I’d been eyeing up before the rain came in.  Even with the cold those colors made for a perfect fall backdrop.  

The girls were so full of energy, Alice sure knows how to dish out some sisterly love! Thanks for rolling with my ideas ya’ll.

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Connor & Caydence ~ a playdate!

Justine contacted me for some fun photo’s of her amazing kids Connor and Cay-Cay.  Boy did we have a blast, I love it when kids come with their game faces on, ready for action.  Connor has these amazing dimples and, my gosh, Cay’s missing two front teeth were just too sweet! I had so much fun with them, they laughed and giggled and did all the crazy stuff I asked of them… 

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Betsy & Jared (plus three)

Betsy and I both grew up in Cottage Grove and our paths crossed again last week when she her husband, Jared and their three children came to Stoughton for a family lifestyle portrait session.  Betsy won this session in a silent auction helping a mutual friend as she is helping her sweet little girl fight off cancer. We are all rooting for little Victoria Walhovd in her recovery and praying for their family to have some much-needed peace in their life once again.  Both Betsy and and I have three children of our own, and I’m pretty sure we both can agree that Victoria’s parents Brian & Melissa are about the strongest people we know.

I was so glad to help and I got to meet some really great people on a beautiful fall day… so gee, a win-win for me!

Betsy let me take the lead on choosing a location and I have been wanting to do some family photos in this park for a while, so thanks so much for being so agreeable.  I had a blast, and I hope you did too!

Here are a few of my favorites from our session. Enjoy!

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At home with Monirose

Today my daughters and I were invited to the home and studio of Madison dress designer Monica Freng of Monirose ~Bespoke Wedding and Party dresses. Not only is Monica an amazing designer, she is also one of my best friends.  We’ve been bouncing wedding industry ideas around, meeting for coffee breaks and play dates for the past few years.  Our little get-togethers have been such a blessing to both me and my girls!  Naturally, I jumped at the chance to come and take a more detailed look into her work space and home studio.

Monica works from her home where she collaborates with her clients to creates unique, custom designed and artfully crafted dresses that leave many breathless, including myself!  As a stay at home mother her girls, Clair and Hannah, play a huge part to her creative and work flow process.  Gosh can I relate to the crazy hours she keeps.

A peak inside the studio of Monirose.