Monday, August 8, 2011


Fresh little ones like this are such a joy to photograph.  A baby snuggled into an old bike basket is one of my favorite poses, and thanks to my aunt who gave me this gorgeous vintage tandem bicycle, I have one to use whenever parents are looking for a unique posing idea.  Of course, the red barn in the background is the finishing touch for that Wisconsin summertime photograph.  : )

Friday, July 29, 2011

{A Little Magic}


Every little girl needs a little bit of magic in her life.  My little girl wholeheartedly believes in magic and I just love it!  Her eyes light up and her words spill over one another out of her mouth any time she talks about it.  It's so sweet.  Needless-to-say, we both truly enjoyed ourselves with this session.  We made the props together, deciding on the labels and stamping them together, filling the jars with precious sweets we bought at the store, picking out the perfect jewelry to complete her magical ensemble...And now looking back at these pictures, I realize I captured an essential part of my daughter's childhood.  : )

And I want to share a bit of this magical with you all:
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Wednesday, August 17th, 6 pm to 8 pm
Sunday, August 21st, 9 am to 1 pm
Heckrodt Nature Preserve, Menasha
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Sunday, July 17, 2011

{Sweet Country Home}

When I have the chance to photograph good friends, I feel so lucky.  One of my oldest and dearest friends now lives in Florida, but she visits every summer for a few weeks (yeah!!!).  This summer when she asked me to photograph her children she explained she wanted something simple, something outdoors near a red barn.  Few other things shout Wisconsin! more than this, let me tell you.  And while I know the chances are slim that she will ever move back here permanently, at least she has some nice photos capturing Wisconsin flavor.  : )

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

{Good Finds}

First of all, let me say I think this little girl is simply beautiful.  And what fun was she in the park!  At 8 years old, she was polite and happy and oh so eager to play with the camera.  She just loved all the fun goodies I brought along, and I must say, she has great taste!  The pink beads she picked out have been a hit with almost all the little girls I've shown them too, and I've definitely got my money's worth out of them.  Those of you who know me, know I just love searching for treasures with vintage flair.  I found 2 necklaces at the flea market last weekend, both for 50 cents, so I can finally say I have a bead collection to be proud of!  Lots of fun colors and bright chunky beads.  And the hat?  I know you're all wondering where I found this gorgeous piece.  This was hidden amongst vintage linens and gloves at the antique mall in town and I fell instantly in love.  I knew it would work great for photographs and little girls just LOVE the color!  I actually found another teal blue velvet hair piece last weekend antiquing in Indiana, and can't wait to play around with it.  It's in wonderful condition and the veil netting lays so nicely across the face.  Someday, I hope to have a velvet sofa, but in the meantime, I'll have to satisfy my hunger with velvet hats...  : )

Saturday, June 18, 2011

{Paint the Moon}

Today's blog is a shout out to one of my favorite fellow photographers and creative designer Annie Manning of Paint the Moon.  She is absolutely fabulous!  Aside from admiring her photography, I just adore her actions and templates.  All my vintage frames are courtesy of PTM.  And her newest actions sets, "Moxie" and "Blessings" are a must.  This photo processed with "suede" from the "Blessings" set. And for those of you wondering about Olivia's accessories, these were the treasures of the week.  The scarf cost $2 found at Goodwill and the jewelry purchased for a whopping 50 cents each at a local flea market.  Boy, do I love a good deal!  And Olivia was super excited about these newest accessories--she couldn't wait to photograph them (which is wonderful for me).

Monday, May 30, 2011

(Eyes Wide Open}

This sweet little one was so interested in the world around her.  We tried all the tricks (nursing, warm studio, white noise...) yet she refused to give in to that peaceful slumber during her session.  Her mother really wanted some photographs with the pea pod, so we worked and worked to get some.  I was so happy to see we captured these great shots.  I just love how the first one shows the intensity of her eyes and how the second highlights the snuggly coziness of the pod.  : )

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

{In the Orchard}

The apple orchard is one of my absolute favorite places to take spring photographs here in Wisconsin.   Mother Nature is just bursting with color, texture, and life that a person cannot help but be awestruck with wonder...