A Personal Post | A Fresh New Year Ahead

A Personal Post | A Fresh New Year Ahead

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Whew. I don't know about everyone else, but for me 2017 was a crazy year! It was definitely a year of personal growth, and that in turn means changes for my business. Lessons that I thought I knew and beliefs I thought I had were just reinforced! I know I've said it many times, but I believe it now more than ever, that life is short and experiences with people are what matters! You honestly never know what life is going to throw at you and even though you think you've got everything planned and figured out, something will happen and you've got to adjust and change your course.

I like to think that one of my strengths as a photographer is my calm and easy-going personality and that lends itself perfectly to wedding days and even portrait sessions when the unexpected happens. But I also like to think that helps to attract the kind of people that I want to work with! I have been so blessed to have so many wonderful people that have come in to my life through my business, and I am honestly so grateful for the opportunity to preserve so many important memories for them! I have said numerous times that weddings and portraits should be about creating an experience, that's why I suggest making the extra effort to hike to an epic location or really think about the parts of the wedding day and things that matter the most to the two of you.

As you can see from the collection of images I've put together above I really try to practice what I preach in my life, but have I really done this in my professional life? Well I don't think I'm quite there yet in my professional life, but I'm more at peace with that! One of the new things that I've learned is that it's not always about the end goal, that the journey can be even more important! Haha basically I'm going in to 2018 with a more zen mindset. It's so easy to get caught up in the unfairness and unpredictability of life that I think sometimes we forget to just stop, slow down, and appreciate all that we do have. I'm grateful for my amazing friends and family, a very special guy that makes me feel loved and special, a job that I absolutely LOVE, and good health which allows me to eat all of the pie that I want :) Outside of that, I'm still working on improving and growing my business, but my focus now is about really creating those experiences that I keep talking about!

Lynnea + Brian | A Classy Autumn Wedding at the Edgewater | Madison, WI

Lynnea + Brian | A Classy Autumn Wedding at the Edgewater | Madison, WI

I'm always so honored when a friend asks me to photograph their wedding and with Lynnea I was extra excited because I knew her day would be so gorgeous and just a super fun day all around! Their day was definitely all of that and more :) I think my favorite moment from the day was knowing that as a wedding day gift Brian had planned months in advance and gotten Lynnea another kitten so their little (haha, okay if you've seen him maybe not so little) furbaby, Bandit, could have a friend! When they finally got to talk about it after the ceremony Lynnea was just beaming getting to talk about her new kitten with her now husband! 

VENDORS: Church: Bethel Lutheran Church // Reception: The Edgewater // Second Photographer: Joel Ondercin // Florals: B-Style Floral // Bridesmaids: Bill Levkoff // Groom's Attire: Men's Warehouse // Stationary: Holly Whitlef // Videographer: Simply Love Films // Band: The Company Band

Theresa + Aaron | A Vintage Inspired Wedding at The Bergamont | Oregon, WI

Theresa + Aaron | A Vintage Inspired Wedding at The Bergamont | Oregon, WI

One of my favorite memories from Theresa and Aaron's wedding day was when Theresa's dad saw her for the first time! He walked in the room, saw Theresa, and had to turn away and walk out because seeing his daughter in her wedding gown was just too much! Then the tears, everyone in the room (including me) was crying!! It was such a special moment and one I'll probably never forget :)

The rest of the day was a little challenging with the ever changing weather. We had pouring down rain, big gusts of wind, and the sun that came out for about 30 seconds. Like most wedding days, something happens beyond your control and you have to change some of your plans. Theresa and Aaron kept smiling all day as we kept changing plans and even portrait locations!

VENDORS: Venue: The Legend at Bergamont // Church: St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church // Portrait Location: Fitchburg Farms // Second Photographer: Kari Ann Co // Wedding Dress: Brandi's Bridal // Hair and Make-Up Artist: Be Inspired Salon // Florist: Simply Glamorous Designs // DJ: Aaron Jai

Kelly + Ken | Warm and Cozy Wedding at The Lageret | Stoughton, WI

Kelly + Ken | Warm and Cozy Wedding at The Lageret | Stoughton, WI

Kelly and Ken's wedding was all about having fun and celebrating this bright, vibrant, and energetic couple! Family and friends came from all over to watch these two say "I do" to each other and they were treated to beautiful and cozy decor, the best wall of doughnuts you will ever see, and Kelly and Ken starting the party off right with one of the best first dances I've ever seen!

Planning a wedding is Wisconsin for the beginning of fall, you really have to be prepared for any type of weather. Luckily, these two were able to just roll with our ever changing plans throughout the day! And even luckier for me, they had a stunning ceremony space that we could do the first look in when it started to rain! I actually think the dark and rainy day enhanced the beauty of their day! Lush greens, soft candle light, and a warm and cozy color palette all blended together to create an atmosphere that was not only romantic, but it just made you comfortable and feel like home around family and friends! Haha, well, at least that's how I felt ;) Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to see all of the vendors who worked so hard to bring this all together!

VENDORS: Wedding Planner: Elevate Events // Venue: The Lageret // Second Photographer: Kari Ann Co // Florist: Flora Designs by Jamae // Wedding Dress: Vera's House of Bridals // Bridesmaids Dresses: Weddington Way // Groom's Attire: Nedrebo's // Props and Rentals: A La Crate Vintage Rentals and Event Essentials // DJ: Kuhl Entertainment

Sam + Chris | Gorgeous Outdoor Wedding at The Paoli Mill | Paoli, Wisconsin

Sam + Chris | Gorgeous Outdoor Wedding at The Paoli Mill | Paoli, Wisconsin

Sam and Chris not only planned a stunning wedding to attend and photograph, but these two were just such a pleasure to work with for the entire process of their wedding planning!! So many beautiful and thoughtful details, so many unique pieces, and all in one of my new favorite venues around Madison! From beginning to end (haha, you'll definitely want to see some of the crazy fun at their reception) this day and these people will always be one of my favorites :)

VENDORS: Venue: Paoli Mill + Terrace // Second Photographer: Kari Anne Co // Dress: David Tutera // Headpiece: Erica Elizabeth Designs // Bridesmaids: BHLDN // Groom's Attire: Men's Warehouse // Make-Up Artist: The Posh Beauty Bar // Hair Stylist: Reflections Salons // Stationary: Wedding Paper Divas // Props + Renals: Event Essentials // DJ: Midwest Sound // Caterer: Paoli Brat House // Signs and Lettering Details: Letters from Lindsey