Yesterday I had a pleasure to document Page and Dan’s Wisconsin State Capitol wedding. It was a very intimate and sweet ceremony with just the two of them and their two witnesses. The day was super hot and sunny which provided amazing natural light inside, a normally dark capitol building. It almost seemed like there were special spotlights just for them. After the ceremony we braved the heat to capture bride and groom portraits around the capitol. They were both so lovingly into each other and natural in front of the camera that I didn’t have to give them much directions at all! Page and Dan, thank you for having me document part of your special day and I wish you nothing but the best!

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Liz is a life coach behind The Sunnyside. She uses coaching and energy healing to empower women to create the life they desire with absolute confidence. Liz personally invites and embraces change and wants to inspire other women to have that same enthusiasm about change, rather than fear. She is passionate about bringing about change for others in a way that excites rather than overwhelms. Her ultimate goal is to empower women, to excite in the possibilities rather than shy away from the what-ifs. 

Liz works from home, so this is where we started her personal brand session. We even had her client to join us for a few shots of Liz in action! Cooking is one of Liz’s favorite things to do, so this was one of the brand stories we photographed at home as well. After that we continued at one of Madison’s parks. One of the new services Liz will be offering is called “Choose Your Own Adventure Coaching”, where clients can choose to go on a walk, hike, or bike ride with her while having their session. Mosquitoes were a little challenging, but we didn’t let them bother us and were able to get the shots we wanted. Below are some of my favorites from Liz’s personal brand shoot.

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I have big news to share with you today!  Earlier this year I decided to shift my photography business and add personal brand photography to my offer (and at the same time move away from weddings). Personal branding sessions are ideal for entrepreneurs and influencers who need photos of themselves to promote their business, grow their personal brand and connect with their audience on a deeper level. We live in a visual world and now it’s more important than ever to share amazing branding photos that make your ideal clients stop and engage with your brand. If you’re an entrepreneur authentic images will show people the story you are trying to tell, and help them personally connect with you. Good stories attract new followers and keep them engaged. I’d love to help you tell your personal brand stories!

Today’s post features some images from my first personal branding session. Kirsty is “a recalibration speaker”. She provides keynotes, breakout sessions, workshops and retreats teaching team leaders about communication, leadership, mindset and stress relief. Kirsty’s all about inspiring people to be the best they can be in their chosen area of work. She helps people disrupt their old limiting belief patterns and shift them in the way that works for them best. And she does it all with her native Australian accent! Kirsty’s brand shoot was all about showcasing her playful, sparkling, bigger than life personality. We created an image library of lifestyle portraits and other content for her website and and her presentation slides for her talks and workshops. Her family is a big part of her brand story so we captured some fun family portraits as well.

If you’re ready to take your brand to the next level and upgrade your online presence with portraits that feel truly authentic to you, I’d be excited to help you with this! You can learn more about how personal brand photography could boost your business here.

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I have Danielle’s downtown Middleton senior session to share with you today! This shoot actually happened last year, and Danielle already graduated earlier this month, but I only now realized that I never blogged it! I loved our time wandering around and searching for the best urban backdrops. There were lots, including this bright red telephone booth! Sorry for a delay in posting your senior photos Danielle! Good luck with your art and in everything you do!

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It’s been several weeks since we got back from our spring break vacation in Northern Arizona, but that trip was so epic that I thought I’d share it on the blog anyway. There is so much beauty in that area, lots of attractions to discover and stunning nature to appreciate! Hopefully this post will inspire someone to go and explore that part of the State, too.

When we travel and have enough time we love taking scenic byways instead of freeways. Route 66 was an easy choice for us.  We didn’t know what to expect on the way and the first amazing nostalgic stop on the road was Hackberry General Store . The store itself looks like a building held up by faith and rusty nails but it it’s actually one of the highway’s most famous roadside gems.

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A little further down the road was Seligman, AR. The entire town is dedicated to a bygone era and is full of retro shops, diners, and motels.

Oatman, AZ was another totally unexpected surprise that we stumbled upon driving on Route 66. It’s an authentic western Ghost Town that refuses to die and another one of most timeless and iconic stops. This charming little town is famous not only because it’s on Main Street USA Historic Route 66 but also because it’s overrun by wild burros. They’re descendants of the burros that worked in nearby mines but now are considered free residents of Oatman.

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How cute are these burros shopping for t-shirts? 🙂

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Flagstaff, AZ was our base camp for a few days and we did day trips to explore the area. Walnut Canyon National Monument has interesting geological formation and is famous for ancient cliff dwellings. Can you see tiny “windows” in the middle of the cliff?

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Wupatki National Monument is an ancient pueblo. I was surprised how huge and well preserved the ruins are. They reminded me of a medieval castle from Europe.

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A narrow and winding loop road connects Wupatki with Sunset Crater Volcano. It was a beautiful drive and I’m sure there are great hiking opportunities around the crater but we we got there quite late and didn’t have enough daylight to start exploring on foot.

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Grand Canyon was another National Park on our agenda. Spring break season is one of the busiest times there and we were not prepared for the hoards of tourists we encountered. It took us an hour and a half to drive the last mile to the park entrance and then about another hour to find a parking place. The lines to the shuttles were almost as long as a line to the entrance so as a result we didn’t have as much time to explore as we planned for. Fortunately we were able to find some solitude a little further from Grand Canyon Village to admire the majestic views in peace and and do some hiking along the rim trail. The scenery was of course breathtaking…

And even though we were stuck in park traffic (without any views) and missed the best golden hour light  – I’m happy I got a chance to take this one (and only!) photo just before the sunset.

Sedona, AZ was our next destination on the trip. I’ve heard so much about this town and was really looking forward to explore it. We started with a jeep tour to orient ourselves better in the area. Our guide shared a lot of insider hiking tips with us which helped us avoid the biggest tourist crowds that flood the town in spring. There is definitely some special energy around Sedona and I loved absorbing it in several energy vortex locations that we visited.

“Spaceship” clouds over Sedona’s red rocks…

From Sedona we drove to Death Valley National Park. This is the largest, hottest, lowest and driest park in US and we able to experience all these adjectives in one day! We only explored the east part of the park, but it gave us a good idea of its magnificence.

We were surprised to find out that there are slot canyons in Death Valley and decided to brave the scorching heat to see them. They were interesting but nothing like the amazing slot canyons we’ve seen in Grand Staircase Escalante so after seeing one we were ready to go back to the car to cool down.

We were flying out from Las Vegas and “the best hike ever” (according to my daughter, but I’m ready to agree on that) happened on the very last day of our trip. I read about Goldstrike Hot Springs trail online and the reviews were so inspiring that we decided to check it out for ourselves. The trail head is near Hoover Dam on the other side of the freeway. The hike starts easy but then gets quite strenuous as you have to climb over huge boulders in a canyon and even use ropes several times to maneuver down large rocks. But the effort is totally worth it because at the end there are several beautiful hot pools and small waterfalls feeding into the cool Colorado River. The hike back was a little more challenging as we were wet, tired and hungry but at the same time super happy after our adventure!

Thanks for getting this far! I hope you enjoyed the photos from our (mostly 🙂 Northern Arizona trip. Feel free to ask if you have any questions about locations we visited, I’m happy to share more.

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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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