I needed her… even though my lap was already full, my body was already tired, my house was already crowded, and my time was already accounted for. Someone was still missing, and that someone was her. I needed her… to make up for all the times I didn’t soak up with my first baby, four years ago, and for all the times I struggled with my second who was so different from my first. I needed her… to allow me to set my expectations low and my hopes high, to let go of mom mistakes of the past, and to breathe her in and admire each day. She’s given me a high to ride from now until forever. She completed a picture in the most perfect of ways. Her smell, her smile, her quirky toes...this time I’m able to pay attention to it all. Motherhood finds me a little older, a little wiser, and a little more grateful. She’s magic. She’s the one who has allowed me to walk this hard, exhausting, lonely, fulfilling motherhood road one last beautiful time. #motherhood #mom #daughter #baby #studio #babygirl #babyblissprops
This picture brings tears to my eyes for so many reasons. One because it’s one of my closest friends. And secondly because her maternity picture is so much more beautiful than mine! And I married the photographer! ;) With all kidding aside something about this photograph moves me emotionally. Carly is excited to meet her daughter Calista at the end of February. Carly and I worked together and lived right by each other while she had her first child Robert. I got to feel her belly grow daily and sing to him at everyone else’s expense. ;) But this belly, is just a little farther away. We no longer work together nor are we neighbors. Carly sacrificed a lot for me the last year. From girls night sleepovers to visiting for a week at Mayo. I learned about this pregnancy while I was in the hospital and was forced to help her through the emotions of a thought to be miscarriage. Thankfully, the doctors were wrong and this little girls heartbeat was strong as ever the following week. Soon enough I will witness my friends life change yet again when Calista arrives and creates a special bond between a mother and daughter. Love you Carly, Ry and Baby Bert. -Catie
All I want for Christmas is You :)
Your eyes say everything without a single word
Free Shoot Raffle This year we’ve experienced all of the terrible things that cancer brings. In the midst of some of our worst times, we have also experienced an incredible amount of goodness and generosity from people. So many people have touched our lives, and continue to do so. This Christmas we would like to take the opportunity to give a little back to help two other families we know personally. While many of us enjoy upcoming festivities of the holiday season, these families will be dealing with sickness, hospitals, and treatments. Shana and I are donating a session, shot together by both of us. This could be any type of portrait session: family, engagement, extended family, maternity, senior. Included will be an hour long session shot by Adam and Shana, a complete set of high resolution digital files, an online gallery and a Diaporama (slideshow) of images. To be considered in the drawing for this session, simply do the following: 1. Like and share this post 2. Donate at least $10 here https://www.gofundme.com/kx2hz-christmas-cancer-fundraiser (for each additional $10 donation you’ll receive an extra entry into the drawing) We will draw a winner on December 21st, and distribute to each family an equal amount of groceries, gas cards and gifts. Thank you for your love and support, for us, and others affected by this terrible disease. Not having to face it alone makes the burden a little lighter.
And when you smile, the whole world stops and stares for a while :)
We travel the world searching for what we think will make us happy only to find out that they were here all along. We do not pick our family or have a say in who they are, yet the bonds and experiences we share run deeper than almost all other relationships. Siblings are the only ones who truly understand where we come from and how we got to where we are today.
I remember this time so vividly when Catie was pregnant with Faron...all of my hopes and dreams wrapped up in a person I hadn’t even met yet. I spent my time day dreaming about what life was going to be like. Was I going to have a daughter and enjoy tea parties and having my finger nails painted, or was I going to spend my time wrestling and playing shoot guns (as Faron calls it)? Anna and Randy, I'm so excited for you. Enjoy this time, embrace the unknown, and get ready to love someone more than you ever thought was possible.
Just wrapped up some Christmas mini sessions...this was our practice round with our own sweet babes😍 #christmas #christmasminisessions #christmasminis #greenbayphotographer #appletonphotographer #set #cutekids #daughter #son #photography #barnwood #studio
Those self photos of photographers giggling as they tuck their hair behind their ears...that’s just not the season we are in. It’s not who we are right now. This year has been tough, there is no other way to describe it. From the life shattering diagnosis of cancer and all of the major surgeries and chemotherapy that come with that, to giving birth and figuring out how to be responsible for another human being. From debilitating back pain and an upcoming surgery to being exposed to the most extreme kindness and selflessness from others. Individually and collectively this year we’ve experienced the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. It has not been an easy season but it has exposed so much of what is important in life and what is important in photographs. This season has taught us to see more beauty in people, in simple moments, and in each other. It has been a year of challenges that have helped expose who we are and what is important to us: We used to see differences in each other as unproductive, we now appreciate them and use those differences to move forward. We learned how to be better business partners, love our families more tenderly, and really see our clients for who they are. We understand better than ever the moments that when documented, will have value for a lifetime. When we photograph couples, we want them to slow down in the crazy busy fast-paced life and to really see each other. To be present together in the moment with their walls down. We want to see them laugh and express how they feel. We want our photography to be a catalyst to opening up their relationship and feelings while we document that to have for forever. What we hope to do is more than take a snapshot. We strive to see you, and have you truly see the ones you love most. Amidst the crazy, the difficult, the differences...the value is in truly seeing and knowing who you do this life with.
There's no place I'd rather be. You feel like home.
Little Louise is 4 years old. She's holding a photo of her and her daddy from the day she was born. This month is the one year anniversary of losing him. On October 4th, 2017, this family's worst fears had been confirmed. Their daddy and husband was diagnosed with an angry cancerous tumor in his pelvis. They lost their best friend, a first true love, a husband, and a daddy just a month after his diagnosis. Jane will tell you that she lost herself the day that her husband passed. She'd also tell you that little Louise is the one who saved her, the one who helped her survive this first year of loss and grief. Jane is waiting on the plan she knows God has for them, grateful each day for the little miracle she has in Louise