Georgia Wedding at The R-Ranch in the Mountains // Chelsea + Donny //

We just got hit with another snow storm here in Central Wisco. So I'm just looking back through all my favorite happy warm wedding pictures. Le sigh. 

In September I went to Georgia to photograph Chelsea and Donny's mountain wedding. It was my first time really hanging out in the south and I don't think it could have been any better. My first night there I hung out at Chelsea and Donny's house with them and their friends. We sat on the deck and drank beer and ate pizza and I laughed until I had a headache. The next day at breakfast I ate the best biscuits and gravy (courtesy of Dakota's plate. Whoops.) in the world. Amen. Seriously though guys. Like I will travel for food.
The rest of the weekend was basically like adult camp. Everyone stayed in cabins at the R-Ranch. I rode on the back of a motorcycle and tried moonshine and it was perfect. I honestly have never felt more welcomed by a wedding party in my life. It was like I knew them my whole life and I might have even shed a couple tears when I got on the plane to come home. Anyway. Enough about that. 
Did I mention we were in the mountains guys?!?! And this wedding was so freaking beautiful?! 

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Brides. Take note. This is how you do cowboy boots on your wedding day. Mmmk?

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But did I tell you about the mountains yet? Sorry. I'm from Central Wisconsin and it's all flat here.

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For the record I 100% support shotgunning beer on your wedding day...

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I CAN'T!!! This ceremony. I cried. I cried when I watched Donny see Chelsea for the first time. I cried when both of her Dads kissed her before giving her away. I cried when Donny told her that her beauty rivaled the Georgia mountains and streams. Whatever. Don't judge me.

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These are my new best friends guys. They know how to have fun and they look goooood doing it!

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It's always a good idea to take a break from dancing and get some sunset pictures and time alone together... Especially when this is the backdrop...

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Sparkler send off and motorcycle getaway?!?! Have mercy.

Chelsea and Donny-
I'm pretty sure you already know how much I adore you but I'll say it again... You are the best! I love the way you love each other and your banter. Thank you for trusting me before you really knew me. Thank you for opening your home to me and making me feel welcome and sharing your friends with me :) I am so excited for you guys and this journey you're on together! I am coming back because obviously Blakely needs to meet me and know how cool I am. And also I need to redeem myself and show you all how we hang in Wisconsin. Mk? Love ya guys! Take care of each other!

5 Easy Go To Senior Poses

I'm not going to lie, posing has always come really easy to me. I started photographing my friends in my high school photo class and it was just came naturally to me to direct. I also really enjoy studying editorial work and translating that into my own work. I'm saving you the trouble of all that though and just giving you some of my favorite go to poses for seniors.

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When in doubt, Hug It Out!
I tell my clients to hug themselves or hold their elbows. Then I tell them to move their hands up or down, drop a shoulder, bring one hand up to their collarbone or face. I really enjoy this one straight on or from the side.

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The Senior Pose
I honestly call this the senior pose even when I'm using it during boudoir or couples shoots. The model sits with their legs out to the side and you can have them rest their hand on their thigh/hip and drop their elbow against their side to create a super flattering line. The hand that is supporting them can move out away from their body to create more length. Have them change it up and bring a hand up near their face or in their hair.

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Walk The Line
Think less Johnny Cash and more sobriety test... I tell my clients to pretend there is a straight line and they have to take big steps that cross over the line. I tell them to look down and then look up and then back down and then back up and so on. This will get them laughing and make it look more natural instead of them just staring straight into the camera. I have them put their hands in their pockets or hold their hair back out of their face. And then put it in reverse and make them walk backwards.

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Hands in the Hair
Twirl it, gather it all to one side, hold it out, shake it from side to side, tangle fingers in it, gather it all up and hold it with both hands. The options are endless. And sometimes hair is the only accessory one needs.

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Squating
This is another one that you can shoot straight on and from the side. Have them rest their forearms on their knees, or cross their arms over, bring a hand up in their hair, etc.

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Like I said posing has always come pretty naturally to me but even so I get stuck sometimes in the middle of a shoot and there really is nothing scarier. So I'm offering you a mini guide. Just a few photos with quick cues that you can print off and keep in your camera bag or just download it and keep it on your phone to sneak a peek at. Sign up for more tips, tricks, offers, and pep talks and snag your free download right away. 

Cookie | Class of 2018 | Wisconsin Senior Photography

if it's all in my head there's nothing to fear
nothing to fear inside
through the darkness and the light
some sun has got to rise

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Sometimes you meet people and you know right away that you're vibrating on the same frequency. Their energy and your energy are just made of the same stuff. From the moment Cookie got to my house it was like that. We clicked on an artistic level and I knew that I could shoot exactly how I wanted to during this session. She's basically the cool little sister I always wanted.
We bonded over our mutual love of Karen O and ended up jamming out to Yeah Yeah Yeah's while we drove all over town. There was no awkward, getting warmed up phase to this shoot. I think we both had the same vision for this shoot so we already knew what we were doing. 

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urban grunge madison wisconsin senior session chloe ann photography
urban grunge madison wisconsin senior session chloe ann photography

I think we both really wanted this to be kind of an anti senior session. None of the stereotypical "senior poses". We wanted it to be grungey and fashion forward and editorial in nature. I'm pretty positive we nailed it.

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For years I've have this vision of shooting inside a greenhouse and I've had my eye on one overgrown floral shop in particular. We were shooting in the parking lot when Cookie looked at me very seriously and said "I'm going in. You can follow me or not." and immediately hopped over the wall. And that's the greatest part about photographing seniors. They're fearless and it's always a collaboration. I'm really glad we risked the trespassing fine because this 100 year old greenhouse was recently demolished. Obviously I'm heartbroken. And I have nothing else to say on the subject at this time. 

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urban grunge madison wisconsin senior session chloe ann photography
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urban grunge madison wisconsin senior session chloe ann photography

Someone please just use this set for some sort of advertising. I promise you'll sell out of whatever it is you're selling.

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Cookie- You already know I think you're coolest. You've got the most unique taste in music and fashion, a wicked sense of humor, and a wonderful understanding of art. I can't wait to hear all about your adventures next year. 

We can all thank Emily Olson for Cookie's amazing, phenomenal, second to none makeup job.