Last weekend was quite magical! All the stars aligned beautifully and I was able to attend an amazing live event organized by John Burgos and Sara Landon, with Dee Wallace as a special guest. Great Awakenings event was a fun, joyful, thought provoking, inspiring, emotional and empowering and I got a chance to document it all in Los Angeles, CA. It’ll take me a while to absorb all I learned from this workshop and process all the awesomeness that happened at so many levels. I loved having the opportunity to meet in person and listen to the wisdom of some of my most favorite thought leaders and teachers. I connected with others who love exploring inner worlds and feel like I made a lot of new, close friends. The whole event was magical, moving, delightful, informative. There were lots of insights, laughs and tears shed, tons of expansion, all sooooooo good! It’s challenging to put into words all that we experienced so I’ll just leave you with the photos which I hope reflect well all the emotions of this amazing day. Enjoy!

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Time flies! It seems like it was not so long ago when I would nurse her, deal with toddler tantrums, play tea parties, practice ABCs and teach her how to ride a bike. And now, all of a sudden, my baby girl is a graduating senior and an adult! We just celebrated her 18th birthday and my heart couldn’t help but smile at this beautiful soul that is wise, radiant, passionate, sensitive and such a pleasure to be around! It was a joy watching her grow into a loving and kind adult.

Sonia, it’s impossible to put into words the depth of love we have for you. You put a lot of light into the world. It is wonderful and we’re so lucky to be able to experience it every day. Thank you a million times over for being you and sharing your awesome with us! Love your warmth, creativity, sensitivity, strength, realness. The list goes on…There is nothing more beautiful than you being your authentic self.

You’re most happy when you’re creating something beautiful. I know your life is also going to be a work of art that leaves an impression behind. I’m looking forward to watching you go after your dreams with all your might and create a life you’ll love while enjoying yourself along the way.

We’ve been having fun taking Sonia’s senior pictures throughout the year, and it took me a looong time to go through them all but now I’m finally ready to share my favorites with you. Enjoy! And if you see Sonia, wish her a belated happy birthday 🙂

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Last month we had a chance to escape Wisconsin winter and warm up a little in sunny Nevada and California. I LOVE road trips and exploring new places, so that one week  was packed to the fullest. We flew in to Vegas but didn’t spend much time there and instead took back roads to California, one of them was historic Route 66…

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Our destination was Joshua Tree National Park. This park is part of Mojave Desert, which is the only place on earth where Joshua tress grow. This was my first time to see so many of them in one place and the first impression was stunning! It seemed that between the mountains, the jumble of stacked boulders and the thin “forest” of odd Joshua trees, the only thing that was missing were dinosaurs! It was so easy to imagine some roaming around…

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Can you see tiny climbers? The rock piles were so inviting to climb!

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Here is the road to Keys  View, which is supposed to be one of the best spots at the park to admire sunset. There was no sunset on the day when we were there but the vast view was indeed stunning.

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The eastern part of the park lies within the Colorado Desert. And in Cholla Cactus Garden you can see one of the most distinctive cacti in Joshua Tree National Park. They’re also called jumping cholla or teddy bear cholla. They’re cute, but I wouldn’t recommend cuddling with them!

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On the way back to Vegas we noticed the signs pointing to Calico Ghost Town so of course we had to make a stop there. The timing couldn’t be better! We arrived just in time for the golden hour. The whole town was flooded with beautiful warm light, perfect for photos and there were not many tourists. It had a real feel of a ghost town!

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I have some catching up to do on the blog and today I’d like to share with you beautiful Morgan’s senior photos. Her session was split in two, the first part happened in the summer at her family’s vineyard and the second time we planned for the fall with some urban backgrounds. Morgan is stunning and very intuitive in front of the lens. She completely slayed both serious faces and smiley faces. She also has a great sense of style. I just loved working with her! Thanks for two great shoots Morgan! Have an amazing senior year!

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Meet Emily and Olivia, they are twins and seniors at Sauk Prairie High School. We met twice this year for their senior pictures. The first session was in the summer when we had to brave the humidity and mosquitoes. And the other one in the fall when the colors were at their peak. Both sisters work at Devil’s Lake State Park so it was an easy and perfect choice for the location. We also captured a few family portraits at the same time. Emily and Olivia, it was so much fun hanging with you and I appreciate that you chose me to capture these special high school memories! Best of luck as you finish your senior year!

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Kari and Aaron moved out of town a while ago and this year they invited me to their home in the country for fall family portraits. This was such a fun session!  Even the wind cooperated with us and calmed down when needed. Kari wanted to have photos on the tree lined driveway and a knoll that is now a pasture for their pet farm animals. I’ve done many family portraits with dogs but these were my first with a horse and a donkey! This was a little bit more challenging than dogs but we made it and I’m looking forward to see how these portraits will soon be beautifully displayed in their home. Thank you for having me!

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Beautiful Lexie’s is on the blog this week. She is in her final year at Sauk Prairie High School and this was the third time I had a pleasure to have her in front of my lens, as well as the first time alone. We started her senior session by the river in Sauk City and then hopped in the car to drive to other fun locations that offered a nice variety of backdrops. I especially liked the train as a prop for photos! It was my first 🙂 Lexie, thank you so much for shooting these with me! Enjoy your senior year and good luck with your plans for the future!

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Each year the Association of Fundraising Professionals honors individuals, groups, organizations and businesses who, through their hard work and dedication, have enhanced philanthropy, their communities and the world. National Philanthropy Day is a special day set aside in November to promote philanthropy and recognize people who are inspiring change through their significant impact. Last Friday I had an opportunity to document National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon held at Overture Center in Madison, an event which honored the greater Madison area’s top philanthropists, volunteers and professionals. Almost 400 people came to celebrate the inspiring power of philanthropy, make connections and be inspired by this year’s honorees who truly represent the generous spirit that makes Madison a better place to live and work. Below are some photos from that fun event, enjoy!

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It’s fun to watch families grow and change over the years. I feel so grateful to so many of my clients who keep coming back and today I want to share with you Celia’s fall senior pictures. Her older two siblings are former high school senior clients. Now she is in her final year at Lodi High School so it was her turn for senior session. Celia is an artist and I’m in awe of her talent. It was great to get to know her and hear about her plans for college. I have no doubt she is off to do some pretty amazing things in her career. Best wishes to you, Celia! Below are just a few photos from her session, enjoy!

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WEDDING CEREMONY: St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, Middleton, WI

RECEPTION VENUE: Union South, Madison, WI

DJ: Midwest Sound DJ Entertainment, Madison WI

WEDDING GOWN: Vera’s House of Bridals, Madison, WI

MAKEUP: ANiU Salon & Spa, Middleton, WI

It’s time for Kate and Jeff’s Union South weeding photos on the blog today! It was a rainy Saturday in early October but even though the weather was somewhat gloomy – both bride and groom, as well as their wedding party and family, were full of smiles and joy. Everybody braved the elements and just went with the flow. The day started at Union South with some getting ready photos. Kate’s bridesmaids helped her look stunning and Jeff had his groomsmen help him with his finishing touches…

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It started to sprinkle when we did the first look photos, and then it was raining pretty hard and got windy just in time for the portraits. We had some cute umbrellas ready just in case and they turned out to be very useful as well as great props for photos. Fortunately Union South has quite a few covered areas that offered great backdrops and some protection from the elements 🙂

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Shooting in the rain is a challenge but we were up for it. I think it forces you to really work smart and get even more creative. How cute are these photos? Love all the happy smiles!

After rainy portraits it was time to drive to the church for the ceremony.

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The skies cleared out just in time for the family portraits after the ceremony.

And before it started to rain again we had just enough dry time to stop at Owen Park for a few more bride and groom shots, this time without the umbrellas 🙂

When we got back to Union South for the reception the rain picked up again. Fortunately by then everybody was dry and safe and ready to party!

Working with Kate and Jeff has been a breeze and and I wish them the very best in all their years to come. Congrats to the newlyweds!!

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