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  • Northern Wisconsin Baby, Family, & Wedding Photographer - Digital World

    At Halloween this year our youth group was having an 80's theme party and we asked all the leaders to provide a picture of themselves from the 80s to entertain the youth.  I went into our albums and found this little treasure!  1988 - me and Josh on a car in the Homecoming Parade.  Yes, I married my High School (Middle School) Sweetheart!   

    This got me thinking; what if I didn't have a print of this?  Where would I find it?  Would I remember that I ever had it?  Would I ever see it again?  This image has brought me so much joy as I remember those times and think of us now.  We have lots of other images as well.  It's a great way to show our kids that we were actually their age at one time!

    We bought our first professional Digital Camera in 2005 and I have NO plans of going back to film.  I love being able to preview my images as I take them, take as many as I need to and delete them later, enhance them or put special effects on them.  I like being able to control the final outcome in a way I couldn't with film.  

    As a Professional Photographer, I love being able to create and provide finished artwork that you can display in your home and enjoy with your family for many years to come.  Marriage is forever, Family is forever, and your Memories and History should be forever.  That is why you will get an Album in your Wedding Collection and the ability to have Prints, a Collection of Images, or a Finished Art Piece when I photograph your family.  

    On a personal level, I've wrestled with the idea of only having digital copies of our family times.  I've wondered if I should move to digital books rather than photo albums.  You know, I think I'm going to continue to make prints, sometimes duplicates for each child, and put them in nice albums.  When it is 2030 and my daughter needs to find an image from her High School years, she'll know right where it is!

    Celebrate life, celebrate your family, rejoice in every age and stage by having "hard copies" of your memories together. 


  • Photography and Design - Nichols Family Design

    The thing I love to do the most for the families I photograph is help them to be able to enjoy their images in their home.  Many people don't know what they are going to do with their images after their session.  Your images can become wonderful artwork for your home and be a really fun way to freshen up your space.  I wanted to post some images from a session last fall with the Nichols family and share how we worked together to come up with a really fun display in their home.  I have loved photographing Sophie and Sam from the time they were babies...

     

     

     

     Bridget invited me to their home to look at and photograph their wall space.  She had a couple of ideas of what she might like for the space below, which is the area we decided to work with.    

    After their session, she came into our studio to view her images and I had prepared a couple of ideas, using the images from their session.  I scaled them appropriately for the space so she could 'see' what the final project would look like.

     

    This is the layout she loved and has installed in her home:

    As their family continues to grow these Canvas Gallery Wraps will be treasures to them.  They can be re-worked with images from a more recent session, moved to a new space, or divided up and displayed in other spaces.  

  • Rice Lake Family Photographer - Photography and Design

    I love combining my photography skills and my design background to create artwork for my clients homes. These are design ideas I presented to two recent clients and they now have these in their homes!  The great thing is, I can show them what it will look like in their home, in proper scale, before they even make their purchase.  These are Canvas Gallery Wraps which don't require framing, but a framed collage is a great option too.   

      

  • Kurtzhals Family - Rice Lake Family Photographer

    We photographed Matt & Yvonne's wedding and have had the pleasure of continuing to photograph them - now with thier two boys!  I am sharing some of our favorites from their session.  I enjoy the more interactive or 'relationship' images of family more often then the 'everyone look happy and smile' poses, but I see the beauty of both and work to give families both options.  There are different places in your home to display the different styles.  The images of Carter below are great artwork for decorating in a bedroom.  They are fun and playful and would be beautiful in a large size.  The image of Calvin is more like a portrait and you can see the spark in his eyes.  When you photograph your children or are having someone else photograph them, try not to make them too aware of the camera.  Try watching and waiting and photograph them when they aren't looking directly at you.  When someone becomes camera aware, they often tend to stiffen up or fake it - you know what I mean, you probably do it too! 

     

    Carter.

     

    Calvin.

     

    Dad was just helping Carter in the river.  I love these timeless images.