This girl first came into my life as a sweet, lanky freshman who joined our high school cross country team.  Somehow we survived both high school boys AND those long runs, and Rachel grew into the loveliest woman– a fun loving, elegant bride.  Being part of her and Nate’s wedding at Grace Downtown was so special!  What an awesome way to kick off my sixth year of weddings.  🙂 Congrats to the Shaners!  Wishing you the happiest new life together on the east coast!

 

Rachel & Nathan // May 20, 2017

Rachel is the youngest and only girl in her family.  It was sweet to capture her big brother grin and struggle once or twice to keep it together as he married off his little sis.

Rachel surprised Nate with a custom Star Wars groom’s cake.  “Best. Wife. Ever.” He was pretty excited.  🙂 Nice work, Mrs. Shaner!

It poured off and on through out the wedding day but, amazingly, was clear for a few portraits with the wedding party, and after dinner at Boerner Botanical Gardens.  Rachel was so looking forward to photos in the garden so we snuck 15 minutes of them in while we had the chance.  The mist and the wet leaves made for a lush look– these moody shots are some of my favs of the relaxed, super-happy newlyweds:

Leave these two some love in the comments!  If they receive 10 comments they’ll receive a free 8×10 of their favorite blog post image.  Congrats to the new Mr. and Mrs!

  • August 3, 2017 - 8:14 pm

    Raymond Jacobson - Best choice ever by Rachel and Nathan to pick Fresh Frame Photography! They were very patient with us as we put groups of people together for photos. They take great pictures as you can see.

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By the time you read this I’ll be on a rainy camping trip that I’ve still yet to pack for (!), and seeing as how I ought to have included less photos in this post anyway, I’ll keep this text short.  Julie and Steve were meant to be together.  Two doctors with hearts for service trusted their families with the planning of an elegant wedding at the Pritzlaff in Downtown Milwaukee.  This event was a labor of love for Julie’s mom but the beautiful, gracious, beaming bride herself was the real credit to a mother’s love and care over the years.  It’s easy to see why Steve couldn’t get enough of his bride and seized every opportunity to make her laugh.

Julie had considered getting married in the backyard of the home where she grew up so we arranged a first look in the garden there.  The couple decided to include their parents on the ‘reveal’ which was a sweet touch; unexpectedly both DADS couldn’t help tearing up.  🙂 After giving the family dogs some love, we settled into the rest of the day at a historic venue filled with one magician of a wedding planner’s artistry/attention to detail.  Julie holds her faith close to her heart and this traditional Jewish ceremony was one of my favorite parts of the day (and the hora, because, seriously SO FUN).  Julie & Steve it was an honor to capture your killer moves on the dance floor &, your pure joy in each other and your guests on such a special day.  Have the best time exploring a new city together as you begin your married life in California!  Send a little sun to central Wisconsin this weekend, we’ll need it.  🙂 Congratulations!

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I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine.  Song of Songs 2:16

Ryan is a senior at Brookfield Central and requested a casual, organic session.  We headed to the lakefront to highlight him and a few of his favorite things:  cars, football, his dog, and the great outdoors!  It was a perfect, calm night for photos and a friend of his family let us borrow his babay–ehem, car for a few frames.  🙂  She was a beaut!  Good thing we photographed the car last; it was by far Ryan’s favorite part of the shoot and he’d have happily started at that engine rather than my camera.  🙂

When I asked Ryan about his plans after high school, he mentioned his admirable goal of becoming a Navy seal.  For now though (this week already) football practice is starting back up and between sports and lifeguarding he’ll be kept plenty busy.  Congrats on your graduation, Ryan!  You were so chill and easy to work with– enjoy your photos &  have an awesome senior year!

 

Anniversaries are the perfect time to invest in photos of your family.  When Marie described what she wanted to capture for her mom and dad I knew they’d be a great fit for a casual beachy shoot on Lake Michigan.  Some of these siblings are starting families of their own; a little one will join this crazy bunch in October.  Grandparenting, woohoo!  Another happy step in your journey as a couple!  This dad will be one fun, mischievous grandpa for sure (too bad I didn’t get more shots of his antics behind me as I photographed the rest of the fam).  🙂  Kriege Family thanks for making the effort and taking the time to let me capture you.  Happy 30th Anniversary Mr. and Mrs. K!

 

The first time I met the Trumps they were back in the States from Africa to welcome their third little boy.  This summer, a few weeks earlier than expected, they made it four!  Jeremiah is already a pro at ignoring the craziness of three older brothers and slept through most of his shoot like a champ.  Plus that sweet FACE!

This family is the one every photographer wants to get their hands on: comfy in their own skin, authentic and a little silly, with lots ‘o love sauce poured all over the whole bunch.  Krista & Shauen trusted me with their memories of a special, busy time when a baby and a new home (!) happened in the space of three weeks.  Kinda makes me want to take a nap, just thinking about it…  Helping you remember the cuddles over the clutter of a new space is part of me doing my job.  🙂

I wanted to capture each of their sons even though this shoot was mostly about sweet baby J.  Each one a unique blessing, and more then a little eager to help mom & dad with the newest member of the crew.  Krista assured me there won’t be a fifth brother in summer 2018 😉 but I’m already looking forward to the next time I get to document this little football team.

 

Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them.

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Psalm 127:4

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