I first met Charlie almost four years ago when he was with his dad in Madison, standing up for something he believes in and fighting for the rights of Wisconsin’s public workers. At just 14 years old he was far more savvy and politically active than anyone I ever knew at that age. I remember thinking how incredible it was that he was experiencing something quite historic at such a young age. Now Charlie is heading into his senior year at Kohler High School and thinking about where his next journey will take him. And when I saw Charlie again a few weeks ago, I was reminded why I really love photographing high school seniors. I get to hang out with some really cool kids, right before they go off and navigate life on their own…and while their adventures will be exciting and fun and scary and even sad at the same time, they will become stronger and wiser and more empathetic and perhaps an even truer version of themselves. Charlie is such a perfect example of this. He is a really cool kid on the verge of creating some of his own historic events, which, I have no doubt will be nothing short of incredible.
I haven’t seen these two cuties since the little guy was brand new. He’s gotten so big and his chubby thighs and sky blue eyes are to die for, while big sister’s darling personality and sweet little voice absolutely melt your heart. We had a lovely evening at the beach last week, and while little Rex wasn’t givin’ up the smiles so easily, we snuck a few in and I hope mom and dad will be happy with what we got.
Shannon and I go WAY back. We worked together back in the day at Flannery’s when we were practically kids….so I was beyond thrilled to hear from her and honored that she asked me to shoot photos of her adorable family. We met at the Audubon on a lovely summer evening and headed down to the beach. On our walk down we began to catch up and its funny how what seems like ages ago can feel like just yesterday when you see an old friend. Shannon it was absolutely delightful to see you again, reminisce and meet your darling family. I sincerely hope our ‘next time’ will be much sooner than the last.
Katie and her family met me at Doctor’s Park on a beautiful Sunday morning a few weeks ago. The entire family was together for a trip in honor of their dad’s 70th birthday and these photos kicked off the adventure. I’m thrilled they chose me for this and so enjoyed meeting them all.
Sammy and Mike are kindred spirits and creative souls. He, a classical guitarist and cellist (and MD to be), and she, a marketing and advertising guru, who clearly has a knack for all things creative, planned a wedding that was simply beautiful and uniquely “them.” They both love the outdoors so, naturally they chose the magnificent Schlitz Audubon Nature Center for their ceremony and reception site, which is just blocks away from Sammy’s childhood home and overlooks Lake Michigan. They carefully selected many of the details for their decor, such as the elements for their chuppah, which they were married beneath and which symbolizes the home they will build together. Theirs was made of birch, commonly found in Russia where Mike was born, and also included many of their favorite details, from succulents to hanging terrariums. Sammy even hand-painted her own wedding invitations using watercolors, which became the inspiration for the wedding’s color scheme. In addition to all the beautiful, elegant and perfectly planned details, what really struck me about their wedding day was how perfectly relaxed and truly in the moment Sammy and Mike were. I felt like I got to know them at their engagement session last summer well enough to write sincerely about their love and how perfect they are for each other, but I realized after hearing their family and friends speak about them on their wedding day, that I had barely scratched the surface. These two truly are a perfect match, and everything about their day reflected who they are and the life they want to create together. After their ceremony, as friends and family enjoyed cocktails on the veranda on a beautiful July evening in Wisconsin, Sammy and Mike snuck away to spend their first moments as husband and wife alone among nature, where they have created many of their favorite memories. It was the perfect way to begin their happily ever after.
Dress: Augusta Jones from Zita Bridal
Bride’s Shoes: Ivanka Trump
Make-up: Kayti Bartholomew
Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss
Groom’s Shoes: To Boot New York
Flowers, design and wedding planning: LUXE Events
Ceremony music: Moeller Music
Linens: BBJ Linens
Photobooth: Shutterbox Entertainment
Lighting: Double Platininum DJ Service
Catering: Lee John’s Catering