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Megan and Josh's Rooftop Wedding

The day Megan and Josh got married it was really hot, and I knew that the places I scouted out for their photos would be too uncomfortable for them to stand and snuggle for photographs so I changed the plan because a wedding day is about the couple getting married and enjoying all of the moments throughout the day and I’m there to document it. So we did the first look inside the hotel, I told Megan and Josh the second they are uncomfortable doing photos outside to let me know and we will duck in for a glass of wine somewhere - we ended up at Merci on the Square which is fitting since Josh is French and many of his family members were traveling from there for the wedding. So yes, it was hot but this day was so good and I had such a wonderful time photographing it plus Megan’s dress had pockets so she wins.

Venue: Madison Children’s Museum

Planner: Copper Feather Events

DJ: Sound by Design

Catering: Blue Plate

Bar Services: Roman Candle

Desserts: Bloom

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The Sabol Family

I went to high school as well as worked as a lifeguard with Beth so when she reached out letting me know her family was going to be in my city for a wedding and wanted to schedule a session, I was so excited! I was excited to catch up with her, meet her (wonderful) husband and their adorable son. We met up on a hot Friday morning in July to capture their family being adorable.

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Lisa and Evan's Backyard Wedding

It always takes me a bit to figure out what to write about when I post wedding blogs - I’m a storyteller with my images and it’s hard for me to write out my thoughts and feelings about each wedding I get invited to. Each wedding I get asked to photograph is unique and I’m only a tiny part of it - my role is to document what is happening, I try to stay out of the way and I try to keep my camera shooting all day long - every moment is a story - every person invited to be apart of the wedding has their own story, know the couple somehow whether it’s since college, high school or since they were born. Lisa and Evan’s wedding was such a wonderful day to be apart of, the space was the backyard of Gila - Lisa’s mother - the space where Lisa grew up and the garden that Gila has been working on for years was the backdrop to this day. The radar showed it was going to rain all day but the sky opened up in the afternoon for a perfect sunny day. I am so grateful for my role on wedding days and I’m so thankful Evan and Lisa had me be apart of their wedding day.

The Dillenbeck Family

Photographing children is my favorite thing - their ease or complete lack of insecurity in front of the camera is inspiring, they are truly themselves because that’s what they know - it’s refreshing and lifts me up every time. A few weeks ago I went over to meet the newest little member of the Dillenbeck family and photograph a morning in their home and it was a real treat.

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Nora Turns 10

Nora turned 10 on June 3rd - to me this was a big one, I’ve had this little lady in front of my camera since she was a baby. I spent a few days a week with her as a small child, taking her to Victory Cafe for baby lattes (which was very lightly steamed milk) I took her to the Children’s Museum and would shoot a few rolls of film of her exploring the space - I travelled with her family to Colorado as well as Namibia - still two of my favorite trips to this day. Basically Nora has been a part of my life now for 10 years and I love her and her family dearly, I look up to this families way of life, this magical gatherings of folks- they have built a lovely home and space for gatherings and I always leave feeling inspired and refreshed after some time in the Gagnon home. So when Sarah asked me to do a session with them before and during Nora’s 10th birthday party, I was very excited. Below is a collection of images of the Gagnon family and then the beginning of Nora’s camp out birthday party.

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B and Maria's Madison Wedding

In the fall of 2017 I got an email from B’s mom asking if I could document her son proposing to his girlfriend - I had never photographed a proposal and it was such a wonderful thing to witness. A few months after that I was able to meet up again with these two to photograph some engagement photographs at the Edgewood Campus, which is where these two met. On June 1st, 2019 I got to witness and document these two get married - there was not a dry eye during that ceremony - it was a beautiful day.

Courtney and Steve's Madison Garden wedding

Perfect weather, a wedding dress with pockets, a photoshoot at the Arboretum and vows exchanged in a little garden on campus followed by an incredible meal, speeches that made everyone cry and an epic dance party. Courtney and Steve planned a wonderful day to celebrate their life together and I am so glad I was there to document it all.

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Chris and Jessica's Chicago Brunch Wedding

This wedding was a real treat to be invited to document - with being 1 of the 35 people they had witness their wedding, I felt so thankful to be there. I really loved every minute of this day, from their first look to the wonderful Uber driver who was so happy to be driving a bride and groom to their wedding she may have missed a turn of 2, to Jess and Chris having a cup of coffee together in the Little Goat Diner before their rooftop ceremony to the ceremony itself (so many tears and then so much laughter) to every bite of food I got (seriously go to Little Goat next time you are in Chicago) and finishing off the day with a walk with the newly married couple for some photographs. Jess and Chris are incredible and I am so grateful they picked me to photograph this day.

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The Rajala Family in the Spring

I have gotten a few opportunities to photograph this beautiful family but this photoshoot was the first time in their new home. I went over to their new home a few weeks ago and spent a few hours with my camera as they lived their lives. My favorite way to photograph - witnessing what is in front of me and documenting it, no retouching just real life.

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The Beck Family

I was there when these two started dating, I stood up in their wedding, I sang a song at their wedding, I photographed them when they were pregnant, I photographed Ruby when she was born and now Ruby is two, Amy and Dan are making their dream home in my old neighborhood and I get to watch Ruby grow and continue to photograph it. Last month after we were all stuffed from turkey and mashed potatoes I went with the Becks to start the Christmas season off - we went to a tree sale, picked up some peppermint lattes and I documented them decorating their tree - It was a real good day and I love this family a whole lot.

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The Lang Family

It’s always hard to leave the Lang’s home - they always seem to have fresh coffee, homemade goodies and wonderful conversation and I’m grateful for their friendship and for the opportunity to document their days together. A few weeks ago I went over with my camera for some fresh coffee, homemade bread and fort building.

The Heidemann Family

It’s no secret that I love children, I love spending time with them and I love to photograph them. When I was younger and I imagined my life as a photographer I imagined traveling the world to spend time with children and document their lives. Lately my favorite thing to photograph is families living their lives together and last month I got together with the Heidemann family right after their 2nd son, Adler was born and I got to spend sometime following them around with my camera - it was a really good day and Ezra, their two year old was real fun to hang out with.

Simon & Leah's Engagement Session

My afternoon with Simon and Leah started at one of our favorite places in Madison, Mickey’s Tavern - we caught up over cocktails and they played a few rounds of cribbage (Leah totally won) before we headed off to the woods. I like these two, in fact I have been a fan of Simon’s music for years - if you don’t know it, check him out: https://www.simonbaltomusic.com/ - he is incredibly talented and when these two reached out to have me photograph their wedding I felt so honored that they wanted me there. So enjoy these adorable moments between these two, check out Simon’s music and come hang out with me at his shows.