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Baby Sullivan

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Baby Sullivan

Lifestyle Newborn Photography in Sussex, WI


This new family of four welcomed handsome Sullivan into their family in January. Despite the negative temps, we stayed warm and cozy inside their gorgeous light-filled home to capture these fleeting newborn memories.

I always strive to capture those perfect “everyone-looking-and-smiling” portraits, but let’s also be real with two kids under two, we definitely have fun and I love to capture those moments as well… those are the real life moments with a newborn and another child. One day you’ll look back on these images and say “those were the days” <3

Learn more about my in-home lifestyle newborn sessions by visiting my newborn session guide.

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Baby Hudson

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Baby Hudson

Waukesha Studio Newborn Photography


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It’s easy to see why newborn sessions are just about the sweetest photo sessions ever! Watching mom and dad star-y eyed (and maybe a little sleepy) over their newest bundle of joy is so fun to watch and capture on camera. The endless kisses, forehead rubs and smiles make my job so easy.

For Hudson’s newborn session, we met at my new studio location in Waukesha. The clean, white, natural-light filled space made it the perfect spot to photograph this new family of three for the first time. The simple and clean keeps the focus of these images to these three, and with the studio so warm and cozy, he was happy and let out quite a few smiles!

Welcome Hudson <3

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Hirtz Family

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Hirtz Family

Fall Family Photos in Waukesha, WI


One of my big rules for family sessions is to leave the stress at home, and come to your photo session to have fun! Kids sense when you’re stressed out, and begging them to freeze and smile doesn’t always work for everyone…. so instead, we have fun and capture those genuine smiles and laughter.

I’m always up for any games the kids want to play whether it be racing, running under the blankets, getting thrown in the air, I’m game for anything! Scroll through this session and you’ll see this family brought the FUN!

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The Potasek's at the Orchard

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The Potasek's at the Orchard

Apple Orchard Family Photography in New Berlin, WI


It’s such an honor to photograph a family again and again - knowing they trust you to capture important moments in their family’s lives. It’s also so fun to watch them grow up. It all started over two years ago, with big brother’s newborn photos, his six month photos, his one year photos, and then little sister’s newborn photos, her six month photos and now one year photos!

This time we met up at a local orchard (Weston’s Antique Apples) that had special meaning to this family - they also love to pick apples together in the fall, so what better than a location other than an apple orchard. We captured some family smiles, but also just had fun exploring the orchard, capturing memories and Cara at age one <3

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Fall Style Guide

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Fall Style Guide

OUTFIT INSPIRATION FOR FALL FAMILY PHOTOS


As sad as I am to see summer go (I will forever be a summer-lovin' girl, I'm so excited to photograph some past and new clients this fall! To help you have the best experience I've created some fall outfit inspiration to help you plan for your upcoming session!

These outfits are to be used as a guide, it doesn't mean you need to follow them to a T, and you maybe have similar pieces in your closet already. It's all about pairing neutrals with a hint of color (usually a muted color, think: whites, tans, mustard, muted wine colors, etc). 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!

The end goal of your photos isn't to look back in 10 years and say "ah, what did I wear!" it's about the love and connection with your family that I want to be the center focus, so wearing something timeless helps achieve that.

 

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fall family photo outfit wardrobe ideas
fall family photo outfit wardrobe ideas
fall family photo outfit wardrobe ideas
fall family photo outfit wardrobe ideas

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 floral 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.

 

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Jipp Family at the Beach

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Jipp Family at the Beach

Beach Family Photography in Waukesha


Nothing says summer more, than a family beach photo session! I love these types of sessions because you are remembering a certain season in life, like how much your boys loved the beach and getting soaked at the end - summer memories are my favorite!

Summer mini sessions are my favorites, your kids get to stay up late and you get to have some genuine fun, all while I capture it on my camera!

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Koper Family in the Spring

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Koper Family in the Spring

Spring Blooming Magnolia Family
Photography in Pewaukee


Spring this year took FOREVER to come, right?! Snow in late April meant that a lot of my spring mini sessions got pushed back a few weeks because waiting for these spring blooming magnolia trees was definitely worth it!

So fun meeting up with the Koper family for Spring Family Mini sessions, I first photographed them a few years ago before their gorgeous baby girl was born. I love watching families grow, and makes me so happy to know they loved their images when they come back year after year <3

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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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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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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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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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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!