Navy at One Year

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Navy at One Year

One Year Milestone Photo Session in Waukesha


Love love love when I get to see my newborn clients all grown up (well, as grown up as you can be at one years old). I had the honor of capturing this family of three when Navy was just born, along with their pup named Dragon. And luckily we had a 50 degree day in March and was able to celebrate her turning one years old at Retzer Nature Center.

At one years old, I'd say Navy loves clapping, kisses from mama, and giving hugs to daddy - sounds like most one year olds I've met ;) 

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Barrett at 7 Months

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Barrett at 7 Months

Lifestyle Milestone Baby Session in Oconomowoc


The greatest complement I receive is when people invite me back into their lives to document milestone after milestone, it means they truly love the moments I capture for them. I first met this sweet family documenting big sister at 7 months old, then again at one year, then again when mama was pregnant with this little guy, then fall family photos and now AGAIN for little Barrett's 7 month milestone.

How CUTE is this little guy, his family is obsessed with him and I think these images clearly show that. And one of the other greatest parts of this "job" that I have is seeing those memories plastered all over their walls in their homes - this mama made sure I saw her new gallery wall in her kitchen which was filled with moments from our sessions. Seriously the best <3

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Spring Style Guide

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Spring Style Guide

OUTFIT INSPIRATION FOR SPRING FAMILY PHOTOS


Who is excited for SPRING?! I know I am, I'm itching to get outdoors again and see all my families I've had the pleasure to photograph in the past and meet new awesome families. 

While we wait for spring to arrive, I wanted to create some spring outfit inspiration for you to help as you plan for your session. These outfits are to be used as a guide, it doesn't mean you need to follow them and you maybe have similar pieces already in your closet. It's all about pairing neutrals with a hint of color (usually a muted or pastel color, think: light, rose-y pink, soft olive greens, light blues). In Spring, Fall and Winter I always suggest adding layers to your outfits as well. Layers photograph really nice and it also helps incase the weather turns out to be cooler than planned. Layers like cardigans, jackets, vests are the perfect finishing touch!

To make it simple, all of these outfits below are from one of my favorite stores, Old Navy. They have the perfect timeless pieces for the entire family at reasonable prices + they almost always have an extra 30-40% off coupon going on.

 

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Finding the perfect outfit for your family session may take a little bit of work, but you probably have great pieces already in your closet that could work together! Also, use these tips below to help formulate a plan. If you need help deciding what to wear or want feedback, I'd love to help with that, just send me an email!

 

5 BASIC TIPS FOR PLANNING FAMILY OUTFITS

1. Coordinate your outfits by finding a color palette you love and finding pieces that compliment one another. Avoid matchy-matchy and black as your main color. Soft, muted colors and neutral colors look great for my style of photography, please avoid bright/neon hues.

2. Layer and add accessories with a hat, headbands, necklace, jacket, or vests. Layers especially helps when the weather turns out to be cooler than planned (good ol' Wisconsin).

3. Wear clothes that are fashionable, yet still functional for the location. Keep in mind we will be moving around! 

4. When it comes to patterns, a good rule of thumb is have one or two patterned outfit for every three people included in the session. Floral prints, polka dots, plaids work great! Also, avoid large logos. I typically like to start by finding a dress for mom or a daughter and then building the rest of the "ensemble" surrounding that piece, pulling colors out of the dress.

5. Shoes! Remember that you'll want them to be comfortable as we move around, but please stay away from character themed shoes, athletic shoes, and bulky soles. 

6. If you are looking to purchase new clothes, my favorite is Old Navy, as they are very affordable, coordinate well from baby sizes to adults sizes and have timeless pieces that photograph well.

 

ADDITIONAL INSPIRATION FROM PINTEREST
If you need some more visuals, here's a pinterest board to help get some ideas of great outfits that work well together and what works best for my photography style.

 

*This style guide contains affiliate links.

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Baby Grace

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Baby Grace

Pewaukee Lifestyle Newborn Photography


Baby Grace arrived just three days after Christmas, and I'm sure she was definitely their favorite gift this year. This family of three (actually five, including their pups) are hunkering down for a Wisconsin winter and cuddling up inside, which is my favorite way to photograph a newly expanded family!

Also, how cute is this nursery?! While small, white paint, a graphic wallpaper and moroccan inspired accents (which mom and dad brought back from their latest trip) make this space the perfect spot for baby Grace to grow!

Thank you for inviting me into your home to document some of the sweetest moments as you bring your baby girl home, welcome home <3 

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Baby Rowan

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Baby Rowan

In-Home Lifestyle Newborn Photography in Tosa


Beautiful baby Rowan was born shortly before Christmas! I'm not sure what can make the holidays more exciting than a brand new baby! I love lifestyle in-home newborn sessions because we can capture and remember the exact time of the year they brought their sweet baby girl home, and all the crazy cold days to follow where they stayed home and snuggled forever <3

We also made sure to capture some special moments by their Christmas tree in their living room, but all the gray, whites and floral prints in her nursery and home, made my light and airy heart burst. 

 

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At Home with Quinn

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At Home with Quinn

Home Lifestyle Family Photography in Pewaukee


When the weather turns cold (or even in the summertime), I love to head inside client's homes to photograph them where they spend most of their days. There's something so fun and memorable about having your home be the backdrop to your photos. We'll be able to capture some of you and your families favorite activities and they'll some day love to look back at what their home used to look like <3

Loved capturing sweet little Quinn in her Pewaukee home with her parents and puppy Lola!

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Thoele Family

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Thoele Family

Fall Family Photography in Delafield, Wisconsin


One of my absolute favorite parts about photography is getting to meet awesome and sweet families, become friends with them and then watch and document how their family grows. This family I've photographed more than others (well besides my own), you may remember Charlotte at six months, Charlotte at one year, then when they were expecting sweet Barrett, and now as a family of four <3

We ended up having our baby boys just days apart, and it's been fun to have another mama to share motherhood with, as well as capture these sweet, but fleeting moments. I'm always so honored when clients pick me to share these moments with them.

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McKinney Family

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McKinney Family

Fall Mini Family Session in Brookfield, Wisconsin


Mini sessions have been in full force this fall, every other Sunday night! Thankfully we've had beautiful weather, light and fun families! Families like these make my job sooo easy.

It's also been great seeing past families again, 95% of my mini sessions this year are repeat clients, so watching their families expand and grow is so much fun!

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Baby Cara

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Baby Cara

In-Home Lifestyle Newborn Photography in Nashotah 


Welcome baby Cara! This family welcomed me into their home again to capture there newest addition. I first captured big brother Connor's newborn photography session last year, then again when he was six months and a year, and now as their family grew by another member. I love getting to watch my client's families grow and thankful they invite me to be a small part of it <3

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Kasinskas Family

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Kasinskas Family

Fall Family Mini Session in Brookfield, Wisconsin


Many times when I photograph families, I've never met them before and I slowly learn about their family and what makes them unique. But this family I've had the honor of becoming friends with them over the past few years. They are the kindest people with the biggest hearts. They choose to live outside their comfort zones to make a place for kids in foster care to call home and then love them like crazy.  So glad I could capture their crazy in love family this fall <3 

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Baby Ella

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Baby Ella

In-Home, Lifestyle Newborn Photography in Erin, WI


I was so honored to capture this family in their home with their second born child, baby Emmett last year - and I was so honored to photograph them again when they brought baby Ella home. The story these images tell doesn't start with Emmett or Ella though, they begin with Madelyn, Emmett's big sister, who was born 15 weeks too early and lived an amazing five weeks before passing away. Even with only five weeks, Madelyn has made an impact on so many, so we included her in the photographs below.

You'll see two bears, one bear weighs exactly her weight, another is made from a onesie she wore before passing away. Also, the bracelet that mama wears has Madelyn's bow on it and her pretty little face was present in every room we went in a frame. 

Emmett, Ella & Madelyn's parents are incredibly brave and are amazing parents <3 This family is so beautiful and I'm so glad I could capture their joy again.

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Thoele Maternity

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Thoele Maternity

Sunset Maternity Photography in Brookfield, Wisconsin


Love to watch my families grow! I first photographed this sweet family when Charlotte was just six months old (she was such a little doll!), then we celebrated her first birthday with a milestone session, and now documenting adding a baby boy to their family! I'm so sad I won't be able to photograph their new little guy since our little guy will be arriving within days of each other. <3

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Baby Henry Fresh 48

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Baby Henry Fresh 48

Fresh 48 Newborn Photography at Elmbrook Hospital


Welcome to the world baby Henry! There's nothing quite like those first few days with a fresh new baby in the hospital. After I had my first, you crave that new-ness, so I LOVE doing fresh 48 hospital sessions for families so they forever have these moments saved. I know not every mama feels comfortable getting photographed SO soon after giving birth, but there is so much beauty in your new mama roll and it's worth being captured - you won't regret it!

Baby Henry was the perfect addition to this new family of four! Big sister was so excited to meet him and was so loving (hopefully those feelings have carried on) and loved laying on the kisses. He also had the sweetest little glances at mama that made my heart burst!

Documenting these moments have me incredibly excited to add a sweet little boy to our crew in just a few days <3

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Tang Family

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Tang Family

Family Beach Mini Session at Pewaukee Lake


Beach + Sunset + Cute Family of Three = LOVE! It was so great to see this family again, after I shot Nora's newborn photos last year. She had just turned one year old and was mastering walking. So crazy how fast a year can fly by!

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Bingen Family

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Bingen Family

Sunset Family Photography in Brookfield, Wisconsin


There's a little bit more "pressure to perform" when you know the family you are photographing! I met Katie and her kids last fall after we set-up a play date. We both were local photographers in Pewaukee and had girls similar in age. Em and Lilly became instant friends and so did Katie and I. It's been so great to share ideas and location scout with her. So thankful she trusts me to capture some sweet moments for her family - it's always a treat to get in the frame when you are a photographer and usually the one behind the camera!

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Von Rueden Family

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Von Rueden Family

Family Photography in Brookfield, Wisconsin


This sweet family of five is growing by one more come December!

Jamie is a fellow Pewaukee photographer and we've gotten to know each other over the past year. It's been great making community rather than compeition with some of the other local mom photographers in the area. It's fun to bounce ideas off of each other, share location ideas, and for referrals when one of us is swamped. 

So fun to do this family session for them as the cherish these moments of a family of five before they become six!

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Toshia Beach Maternity

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Toshia Beach Maternity

Pewaukee Beach Maternity Photography


I met up with this gorgeous mama to be at sunset at Pewaukee Beach in early June! It was such a beautiful night documenting her pregnancy with her partner. I love when clients are willing to get into the water at the end of their sessions - those are always my favorites shots!

Can't wait to see her become a mama to a handsome baby boy in August!

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Simler Family

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Simler Family

Spring Family Mini Session in Waukesha, WI


Love seeing repeat clients again! Last spring I photographed this super sweet family while baby boy was still in mama's tummy! So fun to see them as a family of four, especially since we'll be welcoming a baby boy into our family in a few days!

Also, isn't the vintage tricycle they brought so much fun! I love when families bring special things to incorporate into their sessions, especially if they have meaning <3

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Baby Alisa

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Baby Alisa

Lifestyle In-Home Newborn Photography | Hartland, WI


It's a GIRL! You may remember this sweet family from a lifestyle in-home maternity session a few months ago. The little girls were hoping for another sister and big brother was hoping to even things out with a brother. Sorry buddy!

Sweet baby Alisa fit right in with this adorable family, her older siblings can't get enough of her. For a portion of their session big brother was at school and dad at work, so we made sure to capture some sweet moments of mama and her little girls <3

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Lenny is One

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Lenny is One

One Year Milestone Photography in Waukesha, WI


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Sweet little Lenny turned ONE! She had such a spunky little personality, loved to laugh and stick out her tongue at us, but was the sweetest! Even grandma came along to the photoshoot since she's a huge part of Soleen's life! So fun capturing these moments for this family.

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