Witchy Shoot // Outdoor Boudoir // Wisconsin

When I was born, the name for what I was did not exist.
-Circe by Madeline Miller

I read Circe this spring and I’ve referred it to anyone and everyone. It easily made its way into my top 5 favorite books. And ever since I read it I had this idea for a shoot brewing in my mind. I was dreaming about a shoot of women realizing the power they hold inside, a celebration of femininity, strength, the human form, and nature. So I teamed up with my right hand ladies (Hannah and Emily) and we brought it to life.
When I originally thought this up and put a model call out, I honestly didn’t think anyone would volunteer or really “get” my idea. But then these beautiful women showed up. Not only were they the most badass models (it was freezing and they just ran around the woods naked without complaining and the camera loves them all) but they all embody the spirit of this shoot. The central idea of strong, beautiful, unapologetic women, who lead and fight for who and what they love. I’m honestly obsessed with them and I just want to sit around a campfire with them every day. They did all the work and I’m forever indebted to them for making my wildest witchy dreams come true.
Now enjoy my little loves!

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“It is a common saying that women are delicate creatures, flowers, eggs, anything that may be crushed in a moment’s carelessness. If I had ever believed it, I no longer did.” -Circe

Maija + John // Backyard Wedding // Vesper Wisconsin

Maija and John are just good freaking people. They're the kind of people who honestly deserve happiness. They are funny and family oriented and from the moment you meet them they feel like your oldest friends. I'm obsessed with them. Whatever. I said it.
Maija and John balance each other out so well it's hard to believe there was ever a time when they weren't together. They are best buds who love traveling, seeing live music, and drinking beer. So yeah, they're my kind of people and I knew their wedding was gonna be pretty damn amazing. Honestly I would have been pissed if they had let someone else photograph it ;)

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Prep pictures are always some of my favorites. I love watching my couples hang out with their closest people. The excitement is contagious. 

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I had to climb onto the window ledge in my socks to hang Maija's dress up... totally worth it.

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Maija and John met at Jennings, so obviously they had to have their first look behind the bar. I 100% support this decision. 

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Weddings are.stressfuuul. Plain and simple. But the moment Maija saw John she went from anxious to totally and completely relaxed. That's why first looks are the best.

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This wedding party though!!! I already told Maija that I want her and John to have a party with their girls and guys so I can hang out with them again.

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Maija and John whispering and laughing during their ceremony!! I'm NOT crying!

I already said this but weddings are stressful. So I'm totally fine with breaking for drinks.

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I love seeing backyards get transformed into pure magic. All the greenery and cake on every table. Yup. It was gooooood.

I don't mean to brag, but my mom made those cakes. And those sugar flowers. If you want the most gorgeous and most delicious cakes. Pam is your lady!

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I hound all my couples to sneak away from the reception so we can take more awesome pictures. And obviously so they can make out.

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I only spent approximately 15 minutes off of the dance floor. Because these are the most fun photos and I like to party.

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Pearls & Tar // Madison Wisconsin Band

Pretty decent guys. 10/10 would recommend. 
For real though. I had a blast running around Willy street with Pearls & Tar. They're so laid back, they've got great banter, they're family men, and they are really fucking talented musicians. This shoot was actually supposed to be of their show but it stormed like crazy before this. I'm not mad though. I'm 100% down to drink and b.s. and make cool pictures all day long. 

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I basically had to sit with some families having dinner to get this picture but it was totally worth it. 

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If you find yourself in Madison, hit up Gib's. They've got the best cocktails, the best vibe, and they let us invade the upstairs even though it wasn't open. 

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Now everyone go find Pearls & Tar, follow them, and harass them to play more gigs. Kthanksbye!