Life & Style Kids – vintage shoot

I’ve been wanting to photograph Harper since the day I met her, she just has that perfect vintage baby look.  I mentioned the idea to her mom, Christa, and she ran with it. The swimsuit was made by her talented sister and she bought Tayte’s hat in the cities.  We went to the Chetek Beach near sunset and just had a blast letting the kids be kids.  I’m so grateful for Christa’s help this summer. She watched our girls on Saturday’s while we were gone photographing weddings. The girls had so much fun, and it was such a relief to be able to focus 100% of my attention on my clients and know my kids were in good hands.  Christa is also Taya’s teacher this year, so I’m sucking up to her by doing this post on the first day of school  🙂  WordPress is being funny today and won’t let me post more photos, so go to our facebook page to see more!!

Tayte looking so handsome!

I LOVE this photo (below)



Nicki & Hutch – Chetek, WI Wedding Photographer

I couldn’t be happier posting images from Nicki &  Hutch’s wedding day. They were a breeze to photograph in every sense of the word. It was very hard for me to narrow them down for this post. When people are truly happy, it shows through every photo, whether given direction or not. I probably didn’t need to tell them what to do, they created photographic magic just being near each other.  Nicki, thank you for putting trust in a girl from high school to shoot your wedding.  It was very cool to see you so beautiful and so totally in love. And to get to take pictures, well that was just the icing on the cake. Congrats to you both, keep in touch!


Another something exciting from this wedding…my dear friends, Al & Richard were Nicki’s florists, and they did not dissapoint! (715-868-4433)



This wedding was also a family affair. My mom (Just Friends Catering) made the food. It was excellent as always.

I’ll end with a photo that really represents Nicki & Hutch together. Him always with his arm around her and kissing her forehead.

Gabrielle & Nathan {Eau Claire, Wisconsin wedding photographer}

I’ll be photographing Gabrielle & Nathan’s wedding next summer. It was great to meet them and do their engagement pictures.  Gabrielle does some photography of her own, so she had an idea to incorporate their new love of kayaking in their pictures……let me say……I am quite obsessed with them!  It couldn’t have been a better evening for their session.  And, for the first time in a l-o-n-g time, I appreciated the lake I live on.  Watching them get out on their kayaks together reminded me of the days (before kids) when Brent and I would head out on the lake together and relax. While I photographed them,  I made a little note in my head to start walking down to the lake for things other than taking pictures.  Enjoy your sneak peek!!

Maria + Eric {Chetek, Wisconsin wedding photographer}

Maria and Eric were married in Chetek, WI on July 24th.  I live so close to Chetek, yet most of my weddings are in the Eau Claire area.  It was nice to be close to home!  This wedding was so fun. The day went so smoothly and I was totally in love with Maria’s dress/hair/makeup.  I was also loving the fact that she’s a Polish girl {as am I :)} and incorporated  polish traditions in her wedding day.  They’re also a very lucky couple.  The day was gorgeous, and the rain held off until dinner. It poured and poured for about 20 minutes…….but after, the sky was gorgeous and we went out on the golf course to get some stunning pictures. 

I was taking this {below} picture and thought, Maria looks like she could just lift up to the sky.  The light was gorgeous and you can’t get clouds better than that.

I wish you could hear the music behind this photo {below}.  It’s times like this that it’s hard to stand at the edge of the dance floor and stay behind my camera. I just want to get out and dance. You can definitely count on some polka music at my girls’ weddings and me out on the floor with them like Maria and her mom are!


Ok, for any of you engaged couples reading this blog…check out this below picture.  Eric hit knocked it out of the park on Maria’s wedding gift.  I believe he bought it at Laskers in E.C., and Maria was thrilled with it.  {I loved it too.} I am going to start offering links to great gift websites to help you grooms out. I also am in the works of creating some fun photo jewelry available for wedding presents.