Class of 2017 // Central Wisconsin Senior Photography //

If you know me at all then you know I've got a passion for empowering and encouraging women. And seniors were my first love!

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Being a teenager is hard. Like really freaking hard. Being a teenage girl? It's basically the worst. Trying to figure out who you are and what you want to do with the rest of your life plus all the pressures society and your peers put on you?? It's a lot. Each year I get to meet so many amazing young women who are the verge of the greatness. They are getting ready to start their adult lives. It's such a cool and exciting time. And the fact that I get to capture them at that stage and remind them that they are perfect and beautiful and powerful and unique and have worth beyond measure? That's pretty cool. 

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The class of 2017 though?? Seriously stole my heart. I have gotten to know these girls outside of just their sessions. We've talked about their relationships, their dreams, we've laughed and prayed together. I've hung out in their homes. I've waited to hear if they got accepted to the school of their choice. They let me know when my hair is good and when it's bad, they keep my wardrobe in check and tell me when to stop saying things like "bomb". 

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These ladies are passionate and funny and empathetic and brave and bright and some of my favorite people. And I'm already getting a little sad that they're going to leave me in a few months. But I'm more excited to see what's in store for them. These ladies are world changers, movers and shakers. So this post is a little early but congrats girls. I'm so freaking proud of you! And fyi I'm totally coming to crash in your dorm room! xoxo

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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remember what I said about killing it?? 

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

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

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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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Leah + Tyler

I arrived at Leah's parents house early the morning of the day that marked 6 years of her and Tyler being together. It was overcast and the tree in the front yard that blooms only one week a year was heavy with huge white blossoms. In half an hour we'd be going to see her groom for the first time that day but Leah was as calm as ever. I think her lack of nerves comes from the fact that there is no denying that these two belong together.

Leah and Tyler had their morning ceremony at the most gorgeous of outdoor locations, Historic Point Basse in Nekoosa. It's in the middle of the woods with the Wisconsin River running alongside it. There are tons of beautiful old buildings including the Wakely House which was absolutely amazing to shoot in/around. Basically the entire location was a dream come true. 

first look goodness. photography was one of the top priorities for these two so seeing each other before the ceremony was a no brainer. it gave them some time alone to take each other in, talk, touch, laugh and allowed us to have lots of time for pictures. this was seriously one of the most laid back weddings I have ever photographed and I loooved it.

One thing I never get tired of is meaningful ceremonies. In an industry where everyone is often in such a hurry to get to cocktail hour, dinner and dancing we sometimes forget to put thought and time into the one thing that weddings are centered around. Leah and Tyler's ceremony was one of the best I've had the chance to be a part of. You could tell this was the moment they had been waiting for, planning for, and dreaming of. The moment when their two lives became one. These guys are a team. They know each other inside and out. They embrace the other person wholly. They push each other to grow as individuals. Leah said something to Tyler in their vows that I think sums up their relationship better than I could try to 

"Thank you for being my rock but never weighing me down." 

Leah and Tyler ended their day with a private first dance. gah. perfect ending to a perfect morning.