How to Know if a Boudoir Shoot is a Good Idea for You!

Here's 3 ways to know for sure if you should do a boudoir shoot
1. If you're single or taken
2. If you're completely comfortable in your own skin or if you're still working towards that
3. If you like to have a damn good time

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I think there is a huge misconception about boudoir photography. To me it isn’t pornographic or strictly sexual. It is a celebration of these beautiful and unique bodies God has given us. It’s about women embracing both the things they love and the things they have a hard time loving about themselves. It’s self acceptance and art and inspiration and empowerment. 

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wisconsin boudoir photographer madison photography women portrait

I am totally awed and grateful that this is my job. I get to meet so many different women. I get to lift them up and help them feel fierce and liberated and lovely. I have had the privilege of photographing women of all different walks of life, all different shapes and sizes, and different personalities and gifts. It’s downright inspiring.

I battled an eating disorder and depression and had an unhealthy relationship with my body for far too long. Because of that I am a huge huge believer in spreading body positivity. I’m so thankful that these ladies are open to letting me share their images. Because maybe one other person out there, who is struggling or feeling inadequate or not good enough, will see these photos and maybe it will give them courage to keep going. Maybe they will see someone who has a similar body type or story or background celebrating and embracing themselves and it will be an inspiration. 

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wisconsin boudoir photographer madison photography women portrait
wisconsin boudoir photographer madison photography women portrait
wisconsin boudoir photographer madison photography women portrait
wisconsin boudoir photographer madison photography women portrait
wisconsin boudoir photographer madison photography women portrait
wisconsin boudoir photographer madison photography women portrait

Ladies- I think we can all agree that there is enough pressure and enough judgement thrown at us on the daily from the world. We’re not pretty enough. We try too hard. We’re not smart enough. We’re too opinionated. We’re not confident enough. We’re prudes. We’re too skinny. We’re too fat. We’re sluts. We’re just moms. We work too much. We’re confusing. We’re too vocal. We’re too emotional. We’re always going to be too much of this and not enough of that for someone. 

So ya know what? Who cares?! Seriously! Who the hell cares! Forget all that noise. You’re pretty freaking fabulous. You’re a god damn she-wolf! Let’s spend more time celebrating ourselves and each other. Look in the mirror and tell yourself just how special you are! Then call up your best people and tell them how special they are. Ok? Ready go!

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Also if you were wondering if you should do a boudoir shoot. If you've even had the smallest desire to do it well then I think it's about time you do it.

3 Steps to Pursuing Your Passion

We were all made to live creatively and passionately. Everyone has something special about them. Something that they are passionate about. These things are not happenstance. I truly believe that your passion is your purpose. 

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You have passion. I know it's in there. That thing that intrigues you. That thing that you could spend hours talking about. That thing that you get lost day dreaming about. Maybe it’s writing or painting or cooking music or acting. Maybe it’s teaching or design or fitness or style. Maybe it’s planning events or helping and serving others. Whatever it is. It’s there. And you need to use and share that passion and those talents. If you don’t you are wasting it. Plain and simple. 

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Now I’m not telling you to quit your job or move across the world to pursue a hobby you enjoy. I mean, if God and the universe are telling you to go live on a beach and start surfing every day, who am I to stop you? But in most cases your passion can live pretty comfortably within the life you already have. But you have to make a little room and let it in. Start a blog, join community theater, organize a writers group that meets once a month, record a podcast, host a dinner party for friends, start a garage band. Do something with it. Which brings us to step one.

1. Just do it!
Seriously. Get started. I guarantee there is something small you can do today. There is one thing you can add into the daily routine you already have that will help move you closer to living a passionate life. Even if you’re already on that path, there is always something new to learn and ways to grow. Make time for it! We all have the same number of hours in a day. If you care about it you will make time for it. I have a friend who gets up sometimes as early as 4:30 to work on her own business before she heads to her full time job. Because she is that passionate about it!

2. Don’t Worry About the Outcome 
“your art
is not about many people
like your work
your art
is about
if your heart likes your work
if your soul likes your work
it’s about how honest
you are with yourself
and you
must never
trade honesty
for relatability”
-rupi kaur
For real though guys. Your only job is to create, do, pursue. Not to make people like you or get rich and famous. But if it’s your dream then it shouldn’t matter what people think or say anyway. It shouldn’t matter if you’re a complete success or you’re never recognized. That’s not why we do the things we’re passionate about! We do it because it makes us come alive. It sets our souls on fire. It is an extension of ourselves. 

3. Be Grateful/Be Generous
When you include other people in your journey with a grateful and generous heart it’s a hell of a lot more fun. Let those who are mentoring and inspiring you know what their influence means to you! Make sure you’re thanking God and the universe for instilling such unique interests and desires in you. And then you must be willing to share your knowledge and gifts, however small it may seem, with others. Be relentlessly generous. Help someone else out. Put it all out there. I am a firm believer that you get what you give!

And because free stuff is where it's at I've got a special little shareable/printable graphic. So grab it below, share it on instagram with the hashtag #wildishheart and tell me what you're passionate about! 

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And because free stuff is where it's at I've got a special little shareable/printable graphic. So grab it below, share it on instagram with the hashtag #wildishheart and tell me what you're passionate about! 

Sara + Jordan | Winter Elopement | The Red Mill | Waupaca Wisconsin

They say when you know, you just know. And from that first date, Sara and Jordan knew. She made him feel at ease and comfortable enough to be himself. And hugging him was like coming home.

Sara messaged me at the beginning of February asking if I had plans on Valentine’s Day because she and Jordan were planning a spur of the moment wedding. I cancelled my romantic evening of Netflix and Jim Beam with my cat and said “Hell yes. Sign me up.” 

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winter wisconsin elopement the red mill wedding photographer

These two had been tentatively planning a summer wedding but when it came down to it they realized the only thing they really cared about was committing themselves to one another, being husband and wife, starting their life together. And to do that they didn’t need to plan out some extravagant event. And they didn’t want to wait. So we met on a windy February evening at the place they went the first time they exchanged vows to love, support, and care for each other. 

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winter wisconsin elopement the red mill wedding photographer
winter wisconsin elopement the red mill wedding photographer
winter wisconsin elopement the red mill wedding photographer
winter wisconsin elopement the red mill wedding photographer
winter wisconsin elopement the red mill wedding photographer
winter wisconsin elopement the red mill wedding photographer

This is why first looks are lit-er-ally the best! 

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winter wisconsin elopement the red mill wedding photographer
winter wisconsin elopement the red mill wedding photographer
winter wisconsin elopement the red mill wedding photographer
winter wisconsin elopement the red mill wedding photographer
winter wisconsin elopement the red mill wedding photographer
winter wisconsin elopement the red mill wedding photographer
winter wisconsin elopement the red mill wedding photographer
winter wisconsin elopement the red mill wedding photographer
winter wisconsin elopement the red mill wedding photographer
winter wisconsin elopement the red mill wedding photographer
winter wisconsin elopement the red mill wedding photographer

Like for real. Can we take a moment to appreciate both of their outfits? I know brides normally steal the show but Jordan was also looking hella dapper and killing the game. 

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winter wisconsin elopement the red mill wedding photographer
winter wisconsin elopement the red mill wedding photographer
winter wisconsin elopement the red mill wedding photographer
winter wisconsin elopement the red mill wedding photographer

Like I said these two went to The Red Mill the very first time they met. And then Sara dreamt of marrying Jordan there. And it could not have been a more perfect spot. We were the only ones there and there was only the sound of the water in the background. They performed their own ceremony (which is quickly becoming my favorite thing!) so it was perfectly them and heartfelt and genuine to who they are separately and together.

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winter wisconsin elopement the red mill wedding photographer
winter wisconsin elopement the red mill wedding photographer
winter wisconsin elopement the red mill wedding photographer
winter wisconsin elopement the red mill wedding photographer
winter wisconsin elopement the red mill wedding photographer
winter wisconsin elopement the red mill wedding photographer
winter wisconsin elopement the red mill wedding photographer
winter wisconsin elopement the red mill wedding photographer
winter wisconsin elopement the red mill wedding photographer
winter wisconsin elopement the red mill wedding photographer
winter wisconsin elopement the red mill wedding photographer
winter wisconsin elopement the red mill wedding photographer

I just want everyone to know that getting these sparkler pictures were a struggle! Between actually getting them lit to me running around them with my frozen toes to my camera falling in the mud.... but I'd say it was worth it.

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winter wisconsin elopement the red mill wedding photographer

Shooting in the pitch black was definitely a challenge for me. But I loved getting to experiment and try new things. And I actually think these turned out pretty rad.

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Justin + Anne | Winter Wedding | The YMCA Camp Alexander Wisconsin Rapids

Justin and Anne got set up years ago and man I think everyone is glad they did. These two got married on a windy Saturday at the end of January. Their Camp Alexander wedding was like a cozy winter retreat with beautiful decorations and the most bomb dresses. And any wedding that has a hot cocoa bar and soup for dinner is my kind of wedding!!!
I was so honored to be able to document this day. I think everyone will agree with me when I say it was a long time coming. Justin and Anne just go together. She is calm and sweet and he is funny and caring. My favorite part of the day was during the ceremony when Anne reached the front of the aisle and I heard Justin whisper to her telling her how beautiful she looked. Aaaand then to no one's surprise, Anne had to try to avoid eye contact with Justin because she was trying not to cry haha. 

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winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids

Anne's dress. Lord have mercy!!!

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winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids

The Y Camp has been and always will be one of my favorite wedding venues in Wisconsin.

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winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids

The decor was legit to die for. This cozy little cabin was perrrrfect for a winter ceremony.

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winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids

After their first kiss Justin said "One more." and they kissed again. And then my heart nearly exploded from cuteness overload.

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winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids

Brides!!! Take note! It is perfectly acceptable (it's encouraged actually) to wear booties for your wedding!

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winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids

Once again brides, I hope you're writing everything down because these bouquets are to die for.

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winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids

When the bride dons a cape and everyone starts humming the GOT theme song you know you've scored big time.

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winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids

Soup is my love language. Lit-er-ally the best idea for a winter wedding.

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winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
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winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids
winter wedding y camp wisconsin rapids

The Most Boring Thing About You

It’s not your clothes, or your face, or your personality. It’s not your taste in music, movies, and books. It’s not your career or your hobbies. 
It’s your fear.

That thing that’s stopping you from chasing after your dreams. That thing that’s keeping you stuck in unhealthy relationships and situations. That thing that’s holding you back from being unapologetically yourself. That thing is called fear.

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You see fear is at the root of all our procrastination, our hesitation, our excuses for not using our gifts and reaching our potential. Fear of failure. Fear of rejection. Fear that we are inadequate. Fear of being unoriginal. Fear of being misunderstood. Fear of loss. Fear of being alone. Fear of uncertainty. Fear of not being good enough, smart enough, pretty enough, wealthy enough, strong enough. And the list goes on.

And while those are all very legitimate fears, guess what. The result of listening to and refusing to act because of those fears is always the same. Nothing. Nothing changes if nothing changes. We don’t progress, move forward, or grow. And that is boring as hell.

Not only is fear boring, but it’s also a liar. You are original and adequate. You are enough. The world needs what you have to offer. The world needs you to be brave and bold and courageous. Because that’s what you were made for. You were made for more than a life of mediocrity. 

So it’s time to face those fears. Whatever it is that you’re afraid of, run right into it. Grab hold of it’s boring face, look it in the eyes, and say “You will not decide my future.” 

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Maya Mendoza said, “No amount of security is worth the suffering of a mediocre life chained to a routine that has killed your dreams.”
Whoa. Go on and preach!!! Remember that when you feel doubt creeping in. Remember that fear is a liar. Remember that fear is boring. And no one wants to be boring. 

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If you want to read more about living beyond fear and what it can do for your creative life definitely check out Elizabeth Gilbert's book Big Magic. She is much more intelligent and eloquent than I am on the subject.

Also because I wanna connect with you guys more I've got some rad little graphics for you to share on social media to remind yourself and others of the truth. So go on, sign up, get a little party going in your inbox, and don't forget to use the hashtag #wildishheart on instagram so I can come say hey!

Picking Your Pack and Galentine's Day Goodies

Babes. We're talking about something real serious today. Picking your pack.

They say you're an average of the 5 people you spend the most time with. So go out there and find a pack that's impacting your life in a positive way! It's amazing what happens you start doing life with people who are heading the same direction you want to go. Put your time and effort into cultivating healthy friendships. I've had to make some changes the past year in who I'm spending my time with. And I can not stress enough how important it is! It's amazing what happens when you start cutting out the negativity in your life. I'm sharing the top 5 things I've started looking for in people I bring into my life.

Why yes. Yes my mom is one of my best friends. No shame in my game!

Why yes. Yes my mom is one of my best friends. No shame in my game!

1. Trust- You should be able to confide in one another. You should be able to tell your pack exactly what is going on in your life, your struggles, your pains without being worried that they might share that with someone else. 

2. Support- I can not stress enough how important it is to surround yourself with people who are supportive. People who believe in you and push you to chase your dreams and grow.
 
3. Common Interests- There should be things you bond over, whether it's music, or books, or running, or travel, or cooking, or shopping, or the fact that you binge watch the same shows on Netflix. You should be able to discuss things other than other people. You should be able to have real conversations about things that matter to you. And you should be able to do things together that bring you both joy.

4. Humor- Because if you're not taking hilarious boomerang videos of each other in the grocery store what's the point???

5. Honesty- You need people who will be straight up with you and give you sound counsel. Being a good friend doesn't mean you always agree with every decision the other person makes. Sometimes you need someone to say "check yourself before you wreck yourself!" 

This woman. I can't say enough good things. Anytime I need sound advice she's my go to! Or if I need to laugh until I cry when it's zero degrees outside.

This woman. I can't say enough good things. Anytime I need sound advice she's my go to! Or if I need to laugh until I cry when it's zero degrees outside.

My sister, my best friend, my favorite travel partner, the one who I tell all my dreams to and the only person who truly appreciates my dance moves.

My sister, my best friend, my favorite travel partner, the one who I tell all my dreams to and the only person who truly appreciates my dance moves.

If you're lucky enough to have good people in your life then you gotta celebrate those relationships! Make sure you're giving these things back to the people in your life. I am a firm believer that you get what you give. So if you start to be the type of friend you want, you're going to attract those kinds of people. 

In case you weren't aware the best day of the year is coming up! Galentine's Day! (duh!) If you're not a Parks and Rec nerd, it's a holiday all about ladies celebrating ladies (and breakfast food) and since that's totally my jam I'm hooking you up with some free printables to gift to your best gal pals on the 13th. Just sign up for ol' email list below and download these adorable little Leslie Knope inspired cards. Then print em off, share with your best lady friends, snap a picture and share it on instagram with #wildishheart so I can come say hey. 

Joanne + Adam | Elopement | The Alexander House, Port Edwards, WI

I got a text message from my high school friend Joanne a little over a week ago “Things took a turn for the worse.” Joanne’s mom has been battling lung cancer. Some of you might know Suzanne but for those of you that don’t I’ll try to sum her up for you. She is the kind of person you want to sit and talk to over coffee when you’ve had a bad day, you want her to take care of you when you aren’t feeling well, when you just really need a hug she’s the one you want to give it to you. She has one of the most warm, calming, loving, generous spirits you’ll ever encounter. And you can feel it right when she walks in the room. 

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intimate wisconsin wedding the alexander house
intimate wisconsin wedding the alexander house

When I got Joanne’s text my heart broke a little bit for her and her family. But then my heart was soaring too. I have never met a group of people who have dealt with something like this with such grace and love and gratitude. Plus the rest of the message was to tell me that her and her fiancé Adam were getting married on the 21st. Super intimate. Low key. Spur of the moment. Just a celebration of love between two people and their families. 
Because a wedding doesn’t need to be about the floral arrangements or the invitations or how big the guest list is. Don’t get me wrong I’m not saying those things are always bad. But what’s most important is that two people are committing to starting a life together. What’s most important is that the people who love them are there to witness it. 

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I got to Joanne’s parents’ house Saturday morning. It was perfectly foggy and still outside and Joanne and her family were calm and laid back while they got ready. Joanne was putting the finishing touches on her vows, her sister Katie was running to pick up flowers, Suzanne showed me the mantle and shelves Joe had built, and Joe put on a tie. Everyone was stress free and relaxed.

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intimate winter wedding the alexander house wisconsin
intimate winter wedding the alexander house wisconsin
intimate winter wedding the alexander house wisconsin

Once Joanne had decided that her and Adam would be getting married, she and Katie went on a hunt for a dress. They found one on a sale rack. Perfect style, perfect fit and hella gorgeous.

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Can we all take a moment to appreciate this freaking ring? Have mercy!

intimate winter wedding the alexander house wisconsin
intimate winter wedding the alexander house wisconsin
intimate winter wedding the alexander house wisconsin

Joanne and Adam had their ceremony at The Alexander House in Port Edwards. It's an art gallery and local history museum in our home town. It's an old house with tons of character, lots of cool little rooms, and some of the most rad wallpaper you've ever seen.

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intimate winter wedding the alexander house wisconsin
intimate winter wedding the alexander house wisconsin
intimate winter wedding the alexander house wisconsin

Any wedding that starts with snacks is pretty great in my book.

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intimate winter wedding the alexander house wisconsin
intimate winter wedding the alexander house wisconsin
intimate winter wedding the alexander house wisconsin
intimate winter wedding the alexander house wisconsin
intimate winter wedding the alexander house wisconsin
intimate winter wedding the alexander house wisconsin
intimate winter wedding the alexander house wisconsin
intimate winter wedding the alexander house wisconsin
intimate winter wedding the alexander house wisconsin
intimate winter wedding the alexander house wisconsin

That wallpaper though!!! Be still my heart.

intimate winter wedding the alexander house wisconsin
intimate winter wedding the alexander house wisconsin
intimate winter wedding the alexander house wisconsin
intimate winter wedding the alexander house wisconsin
intimate winter wedding the alexander house wisconsin
intimate winter wedding the alexander house wisconsin
intimate winter wedding the alexander house wisconsin

One of the coolest things about being friends with someone from adolescence into adulthood is that you know them. I mean you really know them. And you watch them grow up and become confident in who they are and they pursue their passion and they start building a life. And then they find their soul mate. And it’s the most amazing thing ever. You see them find someone who compliments them so well it’s hard to imagine that they ever existed without each other.
Joanne and Adam met and right away they eased into each other. They’ve fallen in love in the small, quiet, in-between moments over the past three years. They fell in love over the sushi dinners (sometimes multiple times a week), the netflix binges, listening to records, and taking their dog Yoko for walks. And that’s the way it’s supposed to happen. There are big moments in love, yes. But if you truly love someone, I think you really feel it in the little moments. 

One of the coolest things about being friends with someone from adolescence into adulthood is that you know them. I mean you really know them. And you watch them grow up and become confident in who they are and they pursue their passion and they start building a life. And then they find their soul mate. And it’s the most amazing thing ever. You see them find someone who compliments them so well it’s hard to imagine that they ever existed without each other.  Joanne and Adam met and right away they eased into each other. They’ve fallen in love in the small, quiet, in-between moments over the past three years. They fell in love over the sushi dinners (sometimes multiple times a week), the netflix binges, listening to records, and taking their dog Yoko for walks. And that’s the way it’s supposed to happen. There are big moments in love, yes. But if you truly love someone, you really feel it in the little moments.
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intimate winter wedding the alexander house wisconsin
intimate winter wedding the alexander house wisconsin
intimate winter wedding the alexander house wisconsin
intimate winter wedding the alexander house wisconsin
intimate winter wedding the alexander house wisconsin

There are three states in the US where you can marry yourselves. Wisconsin is one of them. So you better believe Joanne and Adam did just that. And their ceremony was beautiful and personal and heartfelt and unique.

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I trampled through the snow for this shot and had wet socks the rest of the day #worthit

intimate winter wedding the alexander house wisconsin

And then Adam humored us and let us shoot the crap out of some portraits.

Can you say babe couple?? You ain't lookin too bad either Alexander House!

I don't even care that this photo isn't "technically" good. emotion > perfection

Lisa + Wes | Waupaca WI | Wisconsin Couples Photographer

These two met because Lisa wanted a free dinner. No I'm not kidding. I've known Lisa since high school and when she told me that I wasn't even the least bit surprised. She has always been super independent and career driven. So the fact that she was trying to be resourceful instead of romantic is right on point (and hilariously adorable!). She never expected that Wes would turn out to be thoughtful, sweet, caring, the father of her daughter and her future husband. But here we are! Less than a year away from their wedding. These two were such troopers for their engagement shoot. To say it was chilly would be the understatement of the year! But Lisa and Wes were totally down to run around down town Waupaca with me, do whatever I said, and look completely bad ass while doing it. 

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Even little Cleo came and toughed it out in the bitter cold. And we bonded over the fact that people have always called me "Cleo" by mistake and people will no doubt call her "Chloe" by mistake. We're basically the best of friends now. 

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waupaca engagement session wisconsin wedding photographer

Wes is a cop which means Lisa probably won't ever get to be on a jury (she's extremely disappointed. f'real.) but it does mean we got to sneak inside the police station to warm up a little bit.

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waupaca engagement session wisconsin wedding photographer
waupaca engagement session wisconsin wedding photographer
waupaca engagement session wisconsin wedding photographer
waupaca engagement session wisconsin wedding photographer

Lisa kept telling me she didn't know what to do in front of the camera and that she needed lots of direction..... ummmmm I beg to differ.

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waupaca engagement session wisconsin wedding photographer
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waupaca engagement session wisconsin wedding photographer
waupaca engagement session wisconsin wedding photographer
waupaca engagement session wisconsin wedding photographer
waupaca engagement session wisconsin wedding photographer
waupaca engagement session wisconsin wedding photographer
waupaca engagement session wisconsin wedding photographer
waupaca engagement session wisconsin wedding photographer
waupaca engagement session wisconsin wedding photographer
waupaca engagement session wisconsin wedding photographer
waupaca engagement session wisconsin wedding photographer
waupaca engagement session wisconsin wedding photographer
waupaca engagement session wisconsin wedding photographer

We ended our shoot with coffee at Little Fat Gretchen's. If you're ever in Waupaca definitely definitely go to this adorable quirky joint and stuff your face with their unique spin on diner food! 

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waupaca engagement session wisconsin wedding photographer

Rachel- Class of 2017

I'm already missing senior season terribly. I honestly wish it could be late summer/early fall all year round and I could just run around with my seniors and laugh and make pretty pictures. Unfortunately this is Wisconsin. And soon it's going to be winter. So I'll just keep revisiting my sessions from this summer to tide me over. 
This year was gooooood. My seniors were seriously killing it. This session in particular is pretty special. I used to babysit Rachel a thousand years ago. And now I feel especially old. It's been so cool watching this girl grow into an incredible young lady. She is witty and smart and focused and unique and talented and sweet and unapologetically herself. And she didn't even hate me after we both got poison ivy. So yeah... She's basically the best.

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wisconsin senior photographer
wisconsin senior photographer
wisconsin senior photographer
wisconsin senior photographer
wisconsin senior photographer
wisconsin senior photographer

remember what I said about killing it?? 

wisconsin senior photographer
wisconsin senior photographer

did I mention that Rachel is extremely well read and works at the library? yup. we're basically best friends.

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wisconsin senior photographer
wisconsin senior photographer
wisconsin senior photographer

when your senior is some sort of 90's dream. gush.

wisconsin senior photographer
wisconsin senior photographer
wisconsin senior photographer
wisconsin senior photographer

This last image is one of my most favorite portraits that I have ever taken. I imagine Rachel's great grand kids finding it in a box in an attic someday. They'll talk about what a natural beauty she was and how she was full of grace and wit.

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Dani + Nate - Justin Trails Wedding

and you shall take me strongly in your arms again
and I will not remember that I even felt the pain
we shall walk and talk in gardens all misty and wet with rain
and I will never never never grow so old again
oh sweet thing

I'm so excited to be showing this wedding off finally! I don't know how I got so lucky to book these guys but I'm pretty happy it happened. I've photographed Nate and Dani twice before and it never gets old. They are super sweet and comfortable with each other and hey they're pretty good looking too which is always a plus! 
Dani and Nate could not have scored a more perfect day for their wedding. rolling hills and blue skies were the backdrop and laughter was the soundtrack. gorgeous flowers, the most delicious food, hilarious wedding party, well dressed bride and groom and llamas.... yup LLAMAS! all my dreams came true at this wedding.

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Justin Trails is the greatest. future brides- please have your wedding here. mk? k thanks.

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can we talk about this father daughter first look please??? seriously. try to keep it together people.

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when your couple is straight up killin the game! 

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I honestly didn't think this wedding could get any better... and then I walked into the barn....

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If everyone could keep up the BBQ and mac n cheese business at weddings I'd greatly appreciate it. 

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wisconsin was pulling out all the stops.

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these llama pictures make me happier than a lot of things.

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Laura + Naul - Rothschild Pavilion Wedding

so when our eyes have seen their better days
and our hearing starts to fade
put your arms 'round my neck, and your heart on my chest
"i love you" will still sound the same

Laura and Naul's day was magical to say the least. I mean who isn't a fan of succulents and ferns? And the Rothschild Pavilion was the perfect location for that enchanted forest feel. When I say this wedding was flawless I'm not kidding. Not a single detail was overlooked. Add in the fact that Laura and Naul are two of the most genuinely sweet people I have ever met and you've got yourself a pretty great day. 

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Sarah + Zach - Engaged

I'm sure most of you have seen these photos all over facebook already. they kind of blew up. and for good reason. I mean these two are freaking perfect. but I still wanted to do a quick blog post because I love them and I don't want anyone to miss out on them. 
Sarah and Zach easily became one of my favorite couples on this shoot. sure I knew right when Sarah messaged me about their wedding that it was going to be good and everything I love... intimate, outdoors, laid back, and boho. but what I fell in love with was their connection. and the connection I have with them. these two have fought through more than most people can say they have. seeing two individuals who are striving every day to the best version of themselves and who are constantly pushing and encouraging one another is seriously inspiring. it was so refreshing to photograph these guys because their love is evident. it's not forced. no amount of posing or direction from me could produce the emotion that's in these pictures. that's just Sarah and Zach. and I can not freaking wait for their Devil's Lake wedding.

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all three of us: "let's crawl under this sketchy old bridge."

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f'real. I'm probably just going to make them model for me allllll the time.

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Mac + Elle : Woodland Wedding

sometimes I get really lucky and super awesome couples randomly find me through social media or friends or family. or girls tell me in advance "when I get married you're totally shooting my wedding!" these guys though.. I called dibs on them years ago. I've basically been waiting for this wedding since I started shooting. 
Mac and Elle are high school sweethearts and I've known them since the very beginning. a lot of my favorite teenage memories include these guys. campfires and swimming all summer long, drama club, costa rica (aka sleeping in the same bed for 10 days), lots and lots of time at the Arendt's (that time Elle chipped my tooth), dances, frappuccino runs, moving Booth all the way to Hayward. I'm so glad I get to call these two my friends. I feel pretty honored that I've gotten to see them grow individually and together over the years and that they thought I was cool enough to photograph their wedding.
I didn't really give them a choice though I guess.. because like I said before, I have been waiting years for this wedding. and damn it was worth the wait. Mac and Elle aren't just my friends they are my ideal couple. fun, low maintenance, trusting, and great taste in music (that's probably the most important attribute). and their day was totally a reflection of them. it was so laid back and fun. they seriously thought of everything! every little detail was perfect and there was so much to do but it didn't feel flashy or over the top. no one was stressed out. it was all good music, yummy food, cold beer, laughing and dancing. and did I mention freeze pops?!?!

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I think Burlap and Bells is my new favorite venue. f'reeeeaaaal. first look on the bluff, ceremony in the pine trees, and dinner in the valley. I nearly lost my mind.

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I love that Mac and Elle had a dictionary for their guestbook instead of something traditional. keep breaking the rules kids!

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gah. all that first look goodness! I think this was the second time I cried on their wedding day (the first was on the drive to Black River Falls... not kidding. and I'm not even a crier!)

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Mac and Elle dig a ring warming ceremony where they passed their rings around and all the guests had the chance to send warm thoughts and well wishes or prayers for them and their marriage. 

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Their vows were probably the sweetest I've ever heard (not to mention almost identical despite the fact that they wrote them separately) and then everyone cried...

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what did I tell you?! freeze pops!!

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have mercy. I'm still dreaming about this build your own burger bar. I loaded mine up with sriracha mayo, habanero peppers, pepperjack cheese and mushrooms. amen. and then I wanted to kiss Dan and Bobbie. I didn't kiss them for the record... that would have been weird. but seriously if you want your guests (and your photographer) to be happy you should probably have Dine-1-1 cater your wedding. or birthday. or just hit up their food truck in the cities.

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donuts are always always always a good idea.

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this was as legit as it gets. I've gotta give a shout out to everyone who was a part of it.
Dress: Elle got that stunner dress from Foreign 5 in Chippewa Falls
Suits: JC Penny's
Venue: Burlap and Bells in Black River Falls <--- seriously guys. this place is amazing. all the tables and chairs and a lot of decor came from them as well.
Flowers: Elle's and her bridesmaids' bouquets and the boutonnieres were done by Lynn Riojas from Black River Falls
Hair: Faye Provost from Wisconsin Rapids
Makeup: Faces by Hillary from West Salem
Food: Dine-1-1 Dan and Bobbie killed the game like always.
Second Shooter: Matt Greene- huge huge shout out to this guy for tackling any job that was thrown his way this day (drive a 15 passenger van up to the bluff? no problem!), taking some awesome photos that compliment mine perfectly, and for reminding me to drink water!

Mac and Elle- thank you thank you thank you! for being the sweetest ever. for having a down right bad ass wedding. for proving that love can last. for playing good music. for letting me stay and dance to said good music. for trusting me and letting me take "just one more picture" even though it's not your thing. you guys are some of the best, most down to earth people I know. I honestly couldn't be happier for you both. you already know this because everyone says it but you are perfect for each other. there are people who just fit together. who push each other to do and be better but don't try to change who they really are. you are lucky enough to have found that. hold on to it. cherish it. don't even forget that it's true. and take care of each other. love you both so much! and now I'm crying again....





 

ZION

so I am heading out of the country in just 16 days to shoot my first wedding on the year in Mexico! and I just realized I haven't shared my photos from my Utah trip yet. I know. I'm a slacker. 
so back in November I attended a workshop with the awesome kick ass photog phenom Brooke Davis Johnson of Blush Photography. Just the thought of workshops normally freaks me out. I mean, sitting around in a classroom with a bunch of stylish bubbly ladies sounds painful. Brooke's workshop was suuuper laid back though. We sat around a campfire and her hubby Tavis hooked me up with some delicious Utah beer (it may have been like 11 am but hey I'm a Wisco girl. totally acceptable.) There were only 5 of us who attended so it was nice and intimate. We spent the first half just relaxing and talking about everything from our personal lives to our biggest fears in business to social media. After shooting in the afternoon we went back to the campground and ate and drank (more) bourbon under the stars. It was fantastic. now I'm going to overwhelm you with workshop pictures. eat your heart out. 

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shooting in direct sun might be my new favorite thing...

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oh sweet baby jesus. that is some delicious light.

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zion national park engagement session
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zion national park engagement session
zion national park engagement session
zion national park engagement session

have mercy!!! I seriously want to only shoot in Zion foreverrrr.

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zion national park engagement session
zion national park engagement session

so besides learning a bunch of new ish, I did some adventuring. because how are you gonna go to Utah and not?! this was my first time doing any sort of back country hiking. My shoulders and feet ached afterwards. I froze my butt off on the ground in a really small tent one night. I got all sorts of sweaty and gross during the day. and honestly it was on the happiest times of my life. Zion is breath taking. literally. most of the time I just looked around me barely able to breathe or form sentences other than "oh. my. gosh." 

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