Monday, October 31, 2011

day 637 | skype

you have to love the power of skype!  today's picture of the day is from a wedding we did at the beginning of october.  as soon as the wedding was over, the groom was able to chat with his family in bosnia that wasn't able to make the trip.  technology - as cursed as it can be at times - is pretty amazing!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

day 636 | jackson

meet jackson!  you may remember seeing him on the blog in april of 2010.  he's full of energy, all boy, and all grown up now!  today we spent the day trying to get back to our roots - so to speak.  wedding season gets us slightly overwhelmed and we end up not having much free time - so yesterday, we had people over for dinner, played some games, and still had enough time to run to the mall!  :)  tate got invited to a princess party so we had to find her the perfect costume/dress to wear.  she was 100% sure she wanted rupunzel - until they didn't have it in stock.  she was bound and determined she was bringing home a dress TODAY - so, tinkerbell it is.  but seriously - tinkerbell glows in the dark, and she has wings that have twinkle lights - and shoes - the shoes even light up.  how could you go wrong with a tinkerbell costume?

Saturday, October 29, 2011

day 635 | big brothers rock

had these adorable three children in the studio tonight.  yes, i know i'm behind on editing - BUT i saw this picture and i am in LOVE!  miss isla moved just a tad and i love the look that came across big brother brody's face!  he was ready to protect her and slightly nervous :)  i have so many sessions i can't wait to get to!!!!  but first - housework :(  despite all of our best efforts - the pool is STILL full.  every year we say - the pool is going to get cleaned out before it gets cold.  guess what - nope.  not going to happen.  so this weekend is our weekend to stay at home and CLEAN!  maybe we'll find our house :)

Friday, October 28, 2011

day 634 | laudon family

meet the laudon's.  owen was being super shy so mom & dad were trying to get him to smile.  i love how he looked up and we got his silly grin.  owen is going to be a big brother in a couple of weeks!!  this session was shot at approximately 6pm - right before the sun was almost completely gone. i love october skies!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

day 633 | candy shop

alexis is TWO and the candy shop couldn't have been a more perfect place to shoot.  she was in love with looking at all the candy!!!  plus, the black & white picture - check out her tiny reflection in the background.  mmmmm. chocolate!  her session came complete with a sundae that she got to share with her brothers.  after showing her sweet side at the candy shop - we took her to the back alley and let her show her tough side :)  it was one of the WINDIEST days of the year - but she showed us her little miss attitude!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

day 632 | filmstrips

one of our labs just sent us some new templates - this is one for an awesome wedding favor.  filmstrips.  they can be used as bookmarks, wedding favors, etc.  oooooh and most exciting news ever - i just got my invite for wppi 2012 in las vegas this spring :) :) :) :) i actually think tyson may be considering it ... plus, it's right around the time of our 10 year anniversary. 

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

day 631 | haske family

meet the haske family.  they deserve a round of applause for braving the coldest / windiest day of the year.  other than one engagement session we did in la crosse - i don't think any day has been colder yet!  the haske's were willing to sit in the middle of the winds in a pocket that gets breezy and smile without looking cold :)  that takes talent!!!!

Monday, October 24, 2011

day 630 | mr & mrs harmon

i am done editing everything up til october 1st!  woot woot :)  that includes this image - which happens to be one of my favorites from this wedding day. 

Sunday, October 23, 2011

day 629 | families and football

i am still super behind on editing.  i think that should just be the assumed focus of this blog!  however, i am editing my wedding from the 30th of september and i am almost into october!!! :)  i had to share this preview from tonight's session with the groth family from la crosse.  a) you know how much i love sun flares ... b) do you see the sun?!? within 5 minutes after we got into our cars to leave - HAIL!!!  craziness!!  at least we were done shooting sessions for the day because hail definitely throws a wrench into things ... and we made it home in time to watch the packers kick some vikings butt!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

day 628 | curse gamestop

i did not have a wedding today for the 1st saturday in WEEKS!  i spent the beginning of the day shooting pictures of families - and i spent the rest of the day spoiling my children.  here is where i insert the part about how gamestop and i have a love / hate relationship.  tegan LOVES gamestop.  he would live in a gamestop if he could.  before, gamestop was bribery for going to the eye doctor in rochester or going shopping all day with mommy in la crosse.  however, now there is one conveniently located right next to wal-mart.  i must admit buying 1 game at wal-mart for $50 vs buying 6 games at gamestop for $60 is very awesome.  however, having next to wal-mart ... i can see this turning into a problem!!!  needless to say they were running a sale (buy 2, get 1 free).  so we went in and spent 1 hour waiting for tegan to pick out what he wanted.  let's see if you can see what his favorite types of games are (and let me remind you we already own Madden NFL 09, 10, & 11) .. he purchased NCAA Football 09, MLB  2007, NBA 2009 ... yes, do you see the problem?  Tatum on the other hand picked Just Dance 2 (since our original one disappeared), Littlest Pet Shop for Wii, and Littlest Pet Shop for DS.  there will be no more trips to the gamestop this month!  and since i don't have a wedding - here's a preview of the wedding i am currently editing!

Friday, October 21, 2011

day 627 | miss me?

figured i would give you the weekend off and give you time to miss me ;)
editing editing editing.  finished up miss lillyana's session today.  i wasn't understanding the concept of this picture at first but once she settled in on her mama's chest - everything came together!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

day 626 | black valley cabin

architecture is becoming one of my favorite forms of photography.  nothing moves on you.  you almost always have perfect lighting because you use natural light or you can create almost any light.  AND - it pays REALLY well!  i actually spent most of the day shooting at the VA in tomah.  i can't show you those pictures because most of the pictures require security clearance to get into those parts of the buildings - but i will say that it was a lot of fun!  here is a picture of the inside of the cabin i shot a week or so ago.  this place was amazing! 

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

day 625 | allie harper

miss allie harper was having a hard day :(  BUT when she was out - she was peacefully out!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

day 624 | dylan

meet dylan.  he was my last 2012 scheduled senior.  we had a great time shooting these around the tomah area.  dylan is in soccer (as you can see) and he was into snowboarding - so we got to incorporate all of that into his shoot.  he was probably sick of hearing me say - i'm pretty sure that's not a real smile ;)

Monday, October 17, 2011

day 623 | save the date

in preparation for one of our 2012 weddings, we got to meet up with this awesome couple and shoot their engagement photos for their save the date cards.  this was one of my favorite shoots thus far!  the couple as super creative, in love with vintage, and up for anything!!  our locations included the freight house, downtown la crosse, and the rivoli! 

Sunday, October 16, 2011

day 622 | candy shop

miss lexi is TWO and to follow with her cupcake theme from last year, it was all candy this year!  the pearl was so awesome for letting us come in and shoot!  i'm pretty sure lexi's face says it all!!!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

day 621 | mr & mrs wacker

another perfect wedding this weekend!  the couple was gorgeous and up for anything.  the wind was trying to throw a wrench in things but thankfully it came in gusts and went away just long enough to get awesome outdoor pictures!  as much as i do really love weddings - i am glad this weekend was the last in our stretch!!  only one more this year and we are finished with weddings until 2012!! :)

Friday, October 14, 2011

day 620 | editing monster

my husband thinks i become monsterish when i'm in an editing phase.  technically i think i just don't hear anything going on around me.  i'm in the zone!!!!  knocked out SEVEN - yes, seven sessions today.  getting caught up slowly!! 

Thursday, October 13, 2011

day 619 | THREE

THREE is the age to be this week!  i have had two THREE year olds.  aethyn's mom planned everything out - including this cake.  the only thing that made it more perfect was aethyn's expression!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

day 618 | editing rampage

i am on an editing rampage!  i am so far behind - i am bound and DETERMINED to get caught up within the next two weeks (or so)!  haha.  this evening we had our own family pictures taken.  there was a major change in plans .... for instance, we were going with lori lewis photography & design (who's a friend and i LOVE her work) - however the rain wasn't having it.  unfortunately since lori is an AMAZING photographer - our schedules do not mesh well.  so, we rescheduled our photography session with the AMAZING sarah schultz photography and we were planning on doing an inside only session.  however, just as we were headed into the studio - there was a break in the rain and we ran outside and did it quickly.  i won't see them for several weeks - but i can say dark purple attire, a mustard yellow couch, and an open field.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

day 617 | architecture

i had the pleasure of working with an architect from the chicago area who built this amazing house way out in the woods!  i think architecture is my new favorite line of work.  it doesn't move :) 

Monday, October 10, 2011

day 616 | little pumpkin

who says you can't put a baby in a pumpkin?  in fact - miss lillyana didn't mind it at all!  her mom knew exactly what she wanted and had it all ready by the time she came into the studio.  it was actually quite cozy in there and little miss lillyana was only upset when we moved her from cozy warm spot!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

day 615 | jorstad wedding

another perfect day for a fall wedding.  this couple came up with this idea and what a cute idea it was! 

AND - on a side note ... i am officially a mother to a SEVEN year old.  now i just have to get his seven year pictures done.  some day! :)

Friday, October 7, 2011

day 613 | miss jaelyn

miss jaelyn makes everything look easy.  newborns are perfect - you can put most of them in any position - in anything - and they will sleep through it.  of course, i have a few tricks to help this process!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

day 612 | life

new life specifically.  :)  baby blake is coming in ONE month!  this is another one of my ALL time favorite pictures!!!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

day 611 | aethyn

i love fall.  i love fall colors.  i want fall to last ALL the time!  mr. aethyn and his teddy bear came to visit me today.  AND big news .... i have officially scheduled family pictures.  like real family pictures.  we have NEVER had a real family picture - as in outside of the studio.  in fact, i'm not sure we ever had a real studio family picture.  the one we had last year was photoshopped together because my children were being terrors.  haha.  we shall see what happens this year!!! :)

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

day 610 | 8000 views

on sunday when i updated my blog, we had 8000 views exactly.  today (yes, i know i'm slacking) - we had 8,244 views.  so because so many of my amazing customers are checking our the blog - here's one of my favorite images EVER! 

Monday, October 3, 2011

day 609 | what about me

i cannot remember the last time i took a picture just because i wanted to.  this is my goal for october (okay - maybe november).  i want to get back to shooting something every week just because i want to.  ideally this would be daily - but i can't see that happening for awhile yet.  but weekly or every other day - that sounds more feasible!  i did however shoot this mysterious looking thing during an outfit change on today's session.  you should know by now - i do not know a thing about nature - so i have no idea what this thing is and tyson has already went to bed so there is no asking him.  i am not at one with nature!  there is such a thing as TOO much nature - as seen while visiting my inlaws campsite this weekend.  but it's pretty!

and as for my editing - yeah!  still behind!!!!  majorly behind!!!!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

day 608 | miss cashton

spent the afternoon shooting miss cashton.  i haven't even begun to look thru her outdoor session - which was pretty amazing when i was shooting it.  miss shania - being an aspiring photographer herself - can bring it!  there was also a bug attack and some other random moments - but i'll save those for her full preview :)

Saturday, October 1, 2011

day 607 | toromanovic's

this wedding couldn't have had more perfect weather!  beautiful sun - beautiful scenery - no wind.  we also had some visitors from bosnia, germany, and all across the states to make this wedding memorable for this couple!