Family Love {Wingra Park – Madison, WI}

If you couldn’t tell by now, anywhere near the water is my favorite place to shoot. This park in particular quickly became one of our favorite places to visit when we first moved to Madison. The easy parking, playground near by, and the view of the lake and beautiful colored boats. We could easily spend a few hours here every visit. So when this family offered to meet me here I was excited! And when I saw their parked bicycles in the lot I knew this was a perfect spot for them. We had so much fun checking out the lake from different spots and we even got to see an awesome water plane which the boys were both so fascinated by. Thank you so much to this family for coming out, here are just a few of my favorites.

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Mother & Daughter {Ele Story at Downtown Madison}

Loved this Mother/Daughter duo! And how amazing is this matching dress and top set from Ele Story  I recently had the privilege of photographing some new pieces for Judy, the creator of these beautiful dresses and tops. If you haven’t checked them out be sure to! They are beautiful hand crafted with gorgeous little details that encapsulate childhood all in one piece.

Thank you to these two beautiful ladies for joining me on a fun adventure as we explored a new part of town. Here are some of my favorites!

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The R Family {Wisconsin Beach Family Session}

What a gorgeous night to celebrate this man’s 1st birthday on the beach! The water & beautiful sunset and an adorable family – what more could you ask for?  Watching this little man grow over the past year has been so fun. What’s even better has been watching these 3 become a family together.  I love being able to capture these precious moments together. Here are just a few of my favorites!


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Project 365 {June}

As summer has progressed I’ve realized how much I enjoy my freedom and getting in on the action – not so much being tied down with a camera. So I’ve decided this summer to do a play on the 100 days of summer project by doing 100 days of phone pics over this time. That way I’m not feeling obligated to haul my camera around with me to places like the pool, etc. Although it will come out for personal projects on occasion this summer, for now it’s quick snaps on the phone for simple summer memories. Here’s our June!

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Letters to My Daughter {The Present in the Presence}

Tonight I chased you, my daughter around the school. We ran and raced and laughed and clapped. We sat in different colored chairs and climbed up the stairs. We played hide and seek and laid on the ground. Our Moana piggy and chicken toys raced and walked on the carpet saying “walk, walk, walk” over and over. You asked me to lift you high and I did. We counted the lockers and you looked a me with those big doe eyes and said “Mommy play” and that’s what we did.

I will admit, very truthfully that life with you as a toddler is a challenge. The number of difficult, long, stressful days have been outnumbering the fun, adventurous, stress free days as of late. Surprisingly you demand much more of my attention than you did when you were a baby. You have an opinion on everything even though you only have a couple of full sentences in your arsenal. You are emotional. And when I say that I mean to the extreme. Things are incredibly happy & exciting, or they are horrible and screaming/kicking/crying worthy. You have learned the word “NO” and don’t respond well to other people telling you no. You eat like a bird and run like a gazelle. You are in so many ways exhausting.

Often my mind wanders – what are we doing next, what should we have for dinner, what time is it, I’m tired let’s stop playing, are other people watching you run around the store and wondering what the heck kind of Mom I am. The obsessive need to check my phone for notifications or emails makes it hard to fight the impulse to pull my phone out of my pocket every 5 minutes. Every moment is so involved it is hard to chose just one thing to focus on.

To put all of those things aside – the constant focus & attention you demand, the million thoughts on my mind at any given time and really be there with you is so so challenging, but it is also incredibly rewarding. I need to remind myself that it’s ok to just be here, that my presence is equally as important as those other things that pull me away along the way.

When we left the school tonight and you chose me to carry you to the car instead of Grandma (that NEVER happens) I couldn’t help but smile at the connection we just had. Those moments that are forever ours.

 

 

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