It was a hot Sunday evening (and by hot, I mean I sweat through my backpack full of equipment kind of hot) on the outskirts of Baraboo, WI. We visited a family farm and finished the night at a notebook-worthy park. The charm of the night was uncanny. They laughed, they drank, they toasted, they danced, they played, they popped some champagne. It was absolutely magical. The true power of love was on full display between these two. Every single photo shows their nine-year history as well as their bright future together simultaneously. I am in love with every single shot and feeling so blessed to have the opportunity to take their engagement photos. Words cannot describe how happy I am for Ryan and Katie. I cannot wait to see what their future holds.
On a 95 degree Memorial Day, the Pingel family and I spent our morning at Olbrich Gardens. This place and these people were beyond perfect, even in the blistering heat. This growing family (all of whom happen to be a part of my family!!) is beyond precious. I am grateful for the opportunity to capture their love for one another year after year and am so happy I got to meet new baby Brody. He melted my heart within seconds. I cannot wait to watch both of these boys (and their family) grow.
After the first scheduled photoshoot had to be cancelled due to an unexpected April blizzard (thanks, Wisconsin!), Ryan, Karsen, and I spent a beautiful morning in Baraboo--where the happy couple will get married in 9/2019. From Circus World, to under a bridge, to just off-shore at Devil's Lake, this photoshoot was absolutely breathtaking. The love these two have for one-another is palpable. I am honored I was able to play a small part in their happily-ever-after. I cannot wait for their big day and their ever-after. Congratulation on your engagement, Ryan and Karsen!!
On a frigid almost-winter morning, Ryan and Karsen brought me out to a winery in the midst of the Baraboo bluffs. This is view and this couple warmed my heart even as my fingers froze.
They, along with their dog (Oakley), were complete champs in the glacial temperatures as I bossed them around for the perfect picture. Their love for one another makes each picture cozy and bright even though I know their noses and their toeses are cold to the bone.
A large thank you to both Ryan and Karsen for allowing me to shoot these precious photos. I had an absolute blast with you and Oakley.
On a brisk fall morning, I invited some friends out to a recreational trail in Verona to take some couple photos. I asked them to cuddle on a bridge, hug next to a fence, and snuggle in a ditch bank. Boy was love in the air.
These two are high school sweethearts who have been together for over eight years. They have stuck together through it all. The fact that they are palpably in love after all of those years truly melts my heart.
I am thankful for such kind, loving, and sweet friends that allow me to take their time, boss them around, and take way too many photos. I am grateful. I am lucky. I am blessed.
The best part of having gorgeous family members? Getting the opportunity to take their family portraits. On the first chilly day in October, the Harris family (my aunt, uncle, and cousins) joined me on a Madison-area trail for some fall-tastic family photos.
After winning a whole bag of Twix (because my football team won against my uncle's--go Titans), we set out in the cold, dodging the mist, bicyclers, and runners, to take these intimate photos. I have to say, I have the most BEAUTIFUL family. Look at these four!
It was a scorching September Saturday when I had the opportunity to take Alex and Katie's engagement photos. They were nothing short of delightful as they danced and dipped their way through the session.
Their happiness is contagious. I smiled as I edited every one of their photos.
T-minus ten months until they say "I do" and I could not even begin to describe how excited I am to see them tie the knot. Nobody deserves a "happily ever after" quite like these two.
On a rainy, early September Saturday, I made my way back home to photograph the marriage of two high school sweethearts. It was precious. It was perfect. There was family galore. It was as if my whole hometown gathered together for this very special occasion.
The bride and groom were truly a match made in heaven. Their wedding day was the first time I have seen the two of them since high school and it was obvious that their love has only grown since graduation. The entire night was nothing less than a celebration of these two beautiful people, inside and out.
The wedding was full of nostalgia for everyone present. The venue was at a place special to my own heart, a place I used to go every Tuesday night to golf with my own high school sweetheart.
Every detail was elegant. Every guest was beaming. I am beyond blessed with the opportunity to photograph such a fantastic afternoon and evening.