Sunday, September 14, 2014

Busy Bee Sunflower

I've always had a thing for sunflowers, at one time they were my favorite flower. I just love how they look and how they attract birds and insects. I planted some this year at our house but only a few sprouted. This one in particular had 16 flower heads on it and was 7 feet tall, but it blew down in the wind one night. I was bummed! But I did cut off the flowers to make a pretty bouquet, which by the way leaves A LOT Of pollen on the counter.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Paden & Amber's Houghton, MI Area Wedding

I felt a little more at ease with my  2nd wedding photo-shoot last month, maybe since it was outside.
Paden is a 1st cousin on my Mom's side of the family. The wedding was outside at his Mom's house, outside of Houghton, in a field. It was a pretty place to have it.
The ceremony was short & sweet, they recited their own vows. This was my first time attending a  wedding where they said their own vows so it was special to hear their love story and what they've been through.

The Wedding Party

 Bride & Groom

The beautiful Bride

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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Anne Marie & Matt's Sturgeon Bay, WI Wedding

The 1st of my 2 weddings I shot last month. Such an experience!
Anne Marie is a first cousin on my dad's side of the family. We grew up in the same town, so of course we celebrated Christmas Eve with our huge family every year either at Grandma's house or her family's house. I was honored that she and her fiance asked me to do their wedding photography.
The ceremony took place at the Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Sturgeon Bay, WI. It was a catholic wedding with mass and communion.  The reception was located in a tent on the property the Groom's Mom owns. It was a beautiful piece of land right on Sturgeon Bay.
Here are some of my favorite shots from their special day!

Mother of the Bride, crying.

Some reception decor 

The Wedding Party

I just love this shot of the bride, she looks so happy.

Bride & Groom

Friday, September 5, 2014

1st Wedding Photo-shoot

So, a couple months ago I was asked by my cousin to photograph her wedding. I was super nervous to even take on such a HUGE event. I did not feel confident in my skills, at all. I was going to turn down the opportunity, but I decided to say yes to push myself  and to better my skills. I learned some things along the way, which I expected. There are so many things to think about when photographing people, such as are all their feet in the shot, how's the lighting, how are their hands,  and so on.
My biggest concern before the weddings was directing people to stand here, go there, etc since I am "shy" I was doubting if I could do this. I did fairly well. I tried not to over think my photography skills in the days leading up to the wedding so I didn't psych myself out! I found shooting a wedding to be exhausting by the end of the day but it was fun. My favorite part of photographing weddings is capturing the details and taking unexpected shots of the bride and groom to capture sincere moments between them.
I ended up doing 2 weddings last month, the first on August 16th for the cousin I mentioned above and then for another cousin the following weekend.
Stay tuned for some of my favorite photos from the 2 weddings!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Queen Anne's Lace

I love the detail of these pretty flowers. Again, SO wishing I had a macro lens, maybe I should ask for one from Santa ;)

Monday, August 18, 2014

Lake of the Clouds

A few weeks back, when we were in Ontonagon for a long weekend we decided to head over to the Porcupine Mountain State Park . 
I was all for it since it had been years since I've been to the area and probably even longer since seeing the Lake of the Clouds. Such a pretty sight!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Butterfly House

Last week my sons and I were able to take a field trip to Beaver Creek Reserve to tour the butterfly house. The tour was so neat, we even got to see the butterfly chrysalis in the breeding room.

This is just one of the awesome field trips we can take with the Moms Club in Eau Claire!