Maybe infant sessions with former wedding clients will always be my favorites… to see these two, so in love, so new in their journey together, grow to be three!  To become parents and welcome the joys/sorrows/adventures of family life together.  It truly is a beautiful thing.  As is this baby girl.  🙂  Congratulations, Ali & Adam!  So much joy in your little house, and so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.  Hope you’re savoring that tiny face and getting a little more sleep a few weeks in, or at least making strong coffee and a little time to hug and encourage each other.  Welcome, sweet girl!

Born Yesterday  (excerpt)

Tightly-folded bud, I have wished you something
None of the others would: Not the usual stuff about being beautiful,
Or running off a spring of innocence and love —

But most of all, may you be safe, may the spaces around you that I can’t touch be filled with my love, and may you go to sleep at night believing there’s always tomorrow, and the day after that, and the day after that.

-P. Larkin

Leave this new fam of three a ‘congrats’ or bit of advice in the comments!  If they receive ten comments, they’ll receive a free 8×10 of their favorite blog post image.  As a new mama, I’d want to print them all.  😉

  • November 22, 2017 - 12:44 pm

    Christina L. Schultz - So so so beautiful!!ReplyCancel

Here’s to marrying a person who challenges you and makes you the best version of yourself.  🙂 Tae and Bill did just that, at the Iron Horse two weeks ago.  Congrats you two– hope you had the best time relaxing after the festivities and soaking up some Hawaiian sun for the rest of us chilly Wisconsinites.  Thank you for letting us be part of such a special, intimate day for you and your families.  Enjoy this preview!

i carry your heart with me (i carry it in
my heart) i am never without it (anywhere
i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing, my darling)

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)

– e. e. cummings


I thought my little sis couldn’t get prettier, but now she’s expecting her first babe and there’s something so beautiful, so womanly about her, with her husband’s hands on that bump… I loved capturing the quiet happiness in this season of waiting.

Lydia & Elliot you are super blessed, and already great parents!  🙂 One proud auntie can’t WAIT to meet Baby J come December!!



Every year I get sappy and inspired changing it up for a few days of family mini sessions, and this year was one of the best!  Happy kids and good weather (after avoiding the 90’s forecasted for one of our original session days!), and clients who trust my vision that candid can be even better than posed.   Who let me in to their little corner of the world with the people they care about most.  I need to get my own little family in for a mini!!

Minis also let me see repeat clients I might not otherwise have time for in the middle of wedding season.  As a huge fan of finding the everyday beauty in the chaos of raising kids, I love watching families grow and couples grow together as parents!  Every one of these stories, even with only 30 minutes behind the lens, was full of spunky characters, love, mischief, adventure and happily ever afters.   Here are just a few of the families that came out this year; hope you enjoy these previews and glowy fall light as much as I did!


On another sunny fall day, Ali & Adam had photos after their wedding at a lake park on the Eastside.  Ali this year you might be a little rounder but no less happy to be hanging out in the leaves with your dashing hubby, the next Ward adventure snuggled under your ribs.  🙂  I love watching my wedding couples embark on the journey of parenthood, and not gonna lie I’m already super excited to get a tiny explorer in front of my camera the next time fall hits the lakefront!  But first things first, this baby is already surrounded by a lot of love.  Ali & Adam make having a baby with your best friend look pretty dreamy, and really isn’t that what it is?  A dream come true.  Can’t wait to see these arms filled with some cuddly, soft, newborn sweetness come November.  Congrats you two!  Baby Ward, you make Mama look goooood!

As if Baby wasn’t already the star of this show, he/she was moving around in these last few frames.  Those kicks are amazing, and make it seem that much more real for both parents.  🙂

  • September 25, 2017 - 4:34 am

    LouLou - These photos are amazing! There’s so much feelings and charm. Great work, honestly..ReplyCancel

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