Sam R

Here are a few shots from a recent 15-20 minute Senior Photo shoot.

I met up with Sam & his mom at Wingra park just before sunset. We hit the ground running … er. photographing … and got some great shots. As his mom says, this photo shoot was “painless”. 🙂

It doesn’t take a lot of time to look good now, does it? That’s a great smile Sam!

Becky & Ben tie the knot!

September 22nd 2012

From the moment that I walked into the Gates of Heaven synagogue; I knew this was the perfect place for Becky & Ben to share their vows. Intimate, classic and comfortable – qualities I see very much of in Ben & Becky together.

Sure, the acoustics were outstanding and the wood floor was solid. I had to tiptoe in my heels so I wouldn’t make any embarrassing sounds during their ceremony. I tend to run around a bit when photographing … 😉 But, other than my awkward ballet-style gait … it was lovely.

I’m a huge fan of small weddings. I had one myself. I think it’s fun to get lost in the glamour and minutiae of a lavish wedding. But, it can become too easy to get lost in the distractions and forget what the day essentially means. Becky & Ben are aware of that: Love & their commitment to their (now larger) Family, was the essence of their wedding. One that shone brighter than the sun peeking through the clouds that day.

Their ceremony was led by their close friend Garth; included readings from two family members; a lovely rendition of “Blackbird” by the Beatles sung by Becky’s brother-in-law and they shared personal, intentional vows.  (Not to brag here, but they totally used one of the vows from my wedding that I shared with them! Sure, I “borrowed” them from a wedding I photographed two years ago, but still … YAY! 🙂 )

It was perfect.

Once B&B got their hands on each other for our after ceremony photo shoot … it was hard to separate them. Every time I’d take a picture of Becky alone, Ben would have to swoop in, to be near her again. Pretty. Darn. Sweet.

It really wouldn’t be a B&B wedding without salsa. They made salsa, in personalized jars none-the-less, for everyone. AND did I mention they had a paired beer & cheese tasting for their cocktail hour. Beer. Check. Cheese. Check. This Wisconsin girl was in heaven. ❤

Congrats you two!

Becky come on! Look at those eyes. You are a stunner.

I have to brag a little here … it was a touch to cloudy to get a great sunset where we were. But, I saw this park light & voila! Sunset.

Charlotte & Jon get married in the Tetons

I can count on one hand (okay, maybe two hands) the number of friends I have, that I’d be willing to drive over 4,000 miles and take almost two weeks off of work, to see get married. Two weeks vacation, camping in Grand Tetons National Park none-the-less … oh how I suffer for my friends. 😉

When Jon & Charlotte announced they were getting married, I didn’t even give them a chance. I told them I wanted to be their wedding photographer … what better gift could I give? Plus, I really hate shopping, and this saved me a ton of time! Besides, they’re wonderful friends and it would take some gymnastic-thinking to find a present worthy of them. Luckily they were on-board. Who wants to struggle finding a local photographer from over 2500 miles away? No thanks.

Charlotte & Jon picked a vista along the Snake river for their ceremony … a perfectly intimate place for 40 people. There was only a little bit of drama before the wedding: a torrential rain, wind & hail (!!!!) storm. I arrived at the site 30 minutes before the guests to prep and I ended up sitting in the car for 25 of them. But, once the guest bus pulled up, the rain disappeared and the bright bright sun came out: just for Charlotte & Jon. They’re lucky like that.

I love you guys. Congratulations.

*bonus – see if you can spot my ever helpful husband Ezra assisting me in one of these photos!

*hint – here he is! I love that man.

It was too cloudy to take this picture on wedding day, but Charlotte & Jon are good sports.

We took this one a few nights later.

Becky & Ben; 2 lovebirds in a nest

Don’t you just love it when friends-of-friends prove to be as awesome as your friends? And then you have new friends!

Becky & Ben are the proof of that pudding … they are well awesome! Any couple that buys rice and beans in bulk; gardens;  cans their own pesto AND salsa, are instant friends of mine. It’s true: I’m a little bit jealous.

These two lovebirds are planning a wedding in under 4 months, and are doing a great job. They aren’t even superheroes! Just amazingly organized & efficient. {with excellent taste 😉 }

Shooting their engagement photos was a ton of fun; I’d never been to this location before so I had to wing it. Lucky for me, Becky had scouted the location early. She even called me to make sure she was setting up in a spot that worked well for lighting, THANK YOU!!!  The hammock was perfectly romantic. Trying to move two people around in one however {one in a skirt!!} … was a little bit of a challenge. But we kept it strictly PG.

Voila, what do we have? Two lovebirds in a perfect nest.

Seriously Becky, when am I getting some of that salsa … hint hint?

Angie – belly update!

Angie & I got together for a little Farmer’s Market shopping & brunch this Saturday …

However, when I saw that amazing belly we had to take a 15 minute photo shoot detour.  I am so grateful she’s such a good sport.

I mean cm’on … look at that belly!!!

David & Angie are expecting!

I am truly blessed.

Here I am thinking that I’d really love to start adding maternity & newborn photo shoots to my repertoire … and bam! Both of my brothers & their wives get pregnant within 6 months of each other! Woo Hoo. Not only am I soon to be the proud aunt of TWO nephews; but I have generous siblings who let me follow them around with my camera. And SUPER amazing sister-in-laws, who let me touch their bellies constantly … and you know, get half undressed for belly shots.

If you think I’m feeling lucky, you should see my mom2 … she has lost her mind with glee.

Miss Emi – at night with light

Take 2!

Last week Emily (Emi) and I explored the great outdoors. We had a great time capturing well over 100 seriously amazing portraits.

However we knew – we were going to have to go downtown. Not “downtown” where the lights are bright – but downtown where it’s dark, and moody and industrial.

We had one goal in mind – to get one perfect shot – painting with light. It only took us about 30 minutes to get all the elements together.

First was the hard part, waiting for the darkness. So, we played around a bit; on the parking structure, and near some abandoned (?) metal buildings, dancing around with glow sticks to kill some time.

Second was me, I had to paint with light behind her, quickly, in cursive and backwards. Um! Not easy. I am the worst cursive writer.

Third was mom, her job was to aim the flash (to make Emi look great) in the right direction, and to pop the flash at the exact right time.

Fourth was Emi, she had to sit relatively still, and look gorgeous. {She’s pretty good at that .. so she had the easiest job ;)} We are a great team, I think it only took us about 8 shots to get all the elements together …

and hey, why not add show you a few more 😉

Emily

Ah! When Emily wrote me asking for senior photos, she made a point of telling me that she wanted something fun. She brought along the balloons and bubbles, I brought the blankets and the bug spray.

We had a blast. Literally! We totally popped one of those fabulous red balloons in less than ten minutes. Thank goodness we got some great shots with them first! Luckily, bubbles were meant for breaking. I wouldn’t be surprised if we went through the whole bottle.

Emily told me she wasn’t concerned about “looking perfect” for the camera. I’m sad to disappoint her; I think she looks stunning in every-single-one. Am I right mom?

Fisheye Fun

I took advantage of this perfect Madison day to go explore a new nature area!

I was scouting out a location for a Senior Photo Shoot next week, and I needed a good excuse to play with my new iPhone fisheye lens. Best part about my new lens: totally affordable. Technology is awesome!

The Pheasant Branch Conservatory in Middleton is a beautiful place, with so many areas to explore.

I’m super excited for our photo shoot this week!!!

Pheasant Branch Conservatory