Sunday, July 31, 2011

Kerri and Kendall: Milwaukee Area Wedding

Kendall and Kerri are a match made, almost literally, in heaven. They met at the church that Kendall was a deacon at. Incidentally, Kerri was just visiting the church because her aunt invited her to come and meet- you guessed it- Kendall. And meet they did. Kendall introduced himself to her, and their love took off. Three months later they were engaged, and planning their future lives as husband and wife.
I had the tremendous honor to be their photographer, and it was another beautiful Midwest summer day for their wedding. Surrounded by their family and friends, they vowed to love each other as long as they live. And we all cheered them on :)

Ceremony: Grace Lutheran Church Downtown Milwaukee
Second Location: Lake Park, Milwaukee
Reception: The Grace Center, Milwaukee

And the beautiful couple's beautiful parents:

Monday, July 25, 2011

Justin, Cindy, and Alex: Milwaukee Area Family Portraits

Photo Shoot Giveaway!

Since I started this blog at the end of May, I have had over 2000 pageviews. WOW! I couldn't believe it when I saw how the numbers kept climbing. I have all of YOU to thank for that. And, to say "thank you" with more than just words, I thought it would be great to have a little giveaway.

What you get if you win:
Family Portrait mini-shoot
What this includes:
1/2 hour outdoor portrait session with me.
This shoot is only for a FAMILY of 3-8 people (this is NOT for engagement, wedding, high school senior portraits, etc.)
Time and date tbd with winner: MUST be used by the end of October.
Location must be in the Milwaukee, WI Area
Online Hosting, and $25 towards ordering prints online.

To Enter, you MUST to do the following TWO things:  
1. Comment on this post with your first name and last initial, and
2. E-mail me: With the subject line "Family Photos Contest" (or something to that effect) AND include the best way to contact you if you win. (i.e. email, phone number, etc.)

If you do not do these two things, then I cannot enter your name into my "hat of random drawing"
Yes, I will literally put all names entered properly into a hat and choose one.
Contest will CLOSE on July 31 at 11:59 pm CST. Only comments entered before this time will be included in the drawing.
I will announce the winner August 1 by 11:59 pm CST.

Thanks for your comments! Have a Happy Monday!!!


PS. I will NOT add your names or email addresses to any mailing list. I don't even have a mailing list. :) So don't worry, you're not gonna get spam from me!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Amy and Steven: Watertown Wedding

Amy and Steven are the kind of people I strive to be: loving, gracious, and immensely cool. Like, I wanna be like them, cool. One year ago today I did their engagement portraits at Amy's family farm, and shortly after that they left to teach in the Dominican Republic. And yes, I followed them on their blog. I am addicted to blog reading, by the way.
I was amazed by their little adventures they got to experience together, the comical way Steven could tell a story, and the happiness Amy could exude through words, even during the rainy season. And I fell in love with this couple more and more, and could NOT wait to shoot their wedding.
The day certainly did not disappoint. When a couple shows their love to each other the way Steven and Amy do, it makes me smile and jump for joy, because that stuff SHOWS on camera. And, quite honestly, makes my job a lot easier. So, Steven and Amy, please enjoy these pictures, and enjoy all the little adventures that are in store for you as a married couple.
PS. I will definitely have to visit you in your new home in AZ!  Yes, I just invited myself over. How does January look for you?? :)

The beautiful Diana was able to assist with this wedding, and her photos compliment mine just SO wonderfully- she was shooting wide-angle:

while I kept the shots nice and tight with my 50 mm:

Since I was up in the balcony, Diana stayed downstairs and was able to get this shot:

while I was getting the shots above of the bride and groom with wedding party, Diana focused in on just the wedding party (the next two are from her angle):

Diana loves doing shoe shots :)
After working with the whole wedding party, we went off with just Amy and Steven for their first portraits as husband and wife:

these are from my angle:

and this is the same spot from Diana's angle:

and another from Diana:

A great big shout out to their parents: the love they have for family and for each other is obvious!

Diana got the detail shots of the cake this time, since I was attempting to move my equipment out of the way before the dinner started.

and I made it just in time to get them cutting the cake :)

Diana got this one of Amy and her dad:

And this one is just adorable- Diana was at the right place at the right time!