“Wanna play with us?” Those may not be my exact words, but I’m sure they are pretty close to how our friendship began. We were in 3rd grade…maybe it was 4th – either way, it was a while ago. She was the new girl, walking alone at recess on her first day. My friend and I went up to her and our friendship became official. We’ve been friends ever since.

When you’re friends with someone for practically forever, they see you go through a lot of stuff. You see them go through a lot of stuff. Some awesome stuff. Some not so awesome stuff. Through all that “stuff,” you develop a sort of sixth sense. There are moments she pops up in my mind and a few minutes later, I get a text saying, “It’s been a while. Let’s set a date to get together.” Seriously, how did she know I was just thinking about her?!

When we get together, we pick up exactly where we left off. No apologizes are needed for the amount of time between dates. We’re both moms. Life gets busy. We get it. We can be our sarcastic, but uber-caring selves with each other and when we hug and say good-bye – we’re re-energized from some good ol’ girl time. It makes hearing, “Moooooom! I need a [insert anything here]!” more bearable…well, at least a little more bearable…

When the T Family became a family of 3, I can’t begin to tell you how excited I was. We shared stories and helped each other figure out the “mom” thing. Then they became a family of 4 and family pictures got even more fun. Mom & Dad might tell you differently, but every session was a blast – even when the kiddos had other ideas for their time in front of the camera. Remember…I’m a mom, too. I get it.

Like I’ve said before, I firmly believe people come into your life when you need them. There is a reason for everyone. I especially like those who stay. So glad I saw her at recess.

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Do you ever have those moments when you take a step back and think about all the people who have come into your life? And, then you think a little more and start to wonder if these people were placed in your life for a reason? Maybe it was just the stars aligning. Maybe it was fate. There has to be a reason, right? I’m a firm believer that people come into your life when you really need them and they really need you.

Last Fall, I was contacted to take pictures of a young cancer fighter. She was going to be surprised with a Hero Package from a non-profit called, Gamerosity. I’ll be completely honest – I had never heard of this organization and I had no idea what a Hero Package was, but once I found out what they do and what they stood for, I knew I had to be involved.

Miss A thought we were getting together to take some pictures for the Gamerosity website. Having met the founder over the summer and being a BIG fan of his, she was game. What she didn’t know was that this photo session was more than just taking a few pictures for a website. It was a special moment where she was presented with her Hero Package. Good surprises are the best!

This Hero Package was a message of love and support and “you got this” from people all across the country. People, mostly strangers, who wanted to let Miss A know they were thinking of her and praying for her. This package was just a little something to help her through her cancer treatments. Something to give her a little bit of sunshine during some dark and tough times.

When she realized something more was going on, the look on Miss A’s face was priceless. The vibe in the air is something I’ll never be able to fully explain. It was a beautiful day and to witness the joy that came from a seemingly little gesture is something I will never forget. For a little lady to know that so many people around the country came together to give this to her…it’s something that will stay with her forever, I’m sure.

Gamerosity is a non-profit, based out of Oregon, that uses the power of crowd-funding to give childhood cancer fighters a backpack full of gifts (iPad, hat, stuffed animal, book, cape, sunglasses, iTunes gift card…just to new a few goodies) to help them during treatments, hospital stays, and whenever they need a reminder that they aren’t alone in this fight.

I encourage you to check out Gamerosity and see all the good they do for kids trying to kick cancer to the curb. Go to their website and check out the Hero Wall. You can donate to a specific child, a child who has been on the campaign the longest, or a child closest to being funded. You can also shop their clothing line which gives a portion of each sale to a Hero. I have a couple of their shirts and let me tell you – they are amazingly soft and comfortable.

Miss A and her family hold a special place in my heart and there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think about her. Because of her, I look at life differently. I am in awe of her strength and her awesome sense of humor. I am so glad to have crossed paths with her. So…send her some prayers and some happy, healing vibes, ok? Because she’s got this. 🙂

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While every in-home newborn session I do is different, there is one thing they all have in common – they all have a whole lot of love going on. Sure, life is a little more chaotic for new parents as they get used to their new normal, but there is this sense of calm, too. I catch myself rocking back and forth as I talk to mom as she’s holding her baby, asking her how she’s doing. Voices are quieter. You kind of forget anything else is going on around you. The focus (love) is all on the baby, or babies, for the W Family.

The moment I stepped into their house, I felt it. It doesn’t matter if one little lady doesn’t feel like sleeping the entire time. It doesn’t matter if another one spits up on mom (that’s what Photoshop is for). It doesn’t matter if a pacifier is the only way to make one content. All that matters is that there is love…and maybe a ceiling fan. There is just something about ceiling fans and newborns.

These little ladies are very lucky. So are mom and dad.

Those first days home with a newborn are a blur. They are also a time you truly want to remember. Contact me for your newborn session. It’s chill, relaxed, and at your home.

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I am now booking 2016 Fall Mini Sessions!

Saturday, October 1
$250 for up to a family of 5
20-minute session
10 artist-choice, fully-edited digital files
Print release

Location: Cushing Park in Delafield

Cushing Park is one of my favorite spots! There is a nice green/tree space with the Bark River in the background. Or, if you and your family want to be a little adventurous with your family pictures, we can get our feet wet in the Bark River. The water is shallow and very clean. Callen and I spend a lot of time catching minnows here in the summer. 🙂

Available Time Slots
3:00pm
3:30pm
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5:00pm – BOOKED
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6:00pm – BOOKED

I will do my best to keep this page updated with booked time slots.

Contact me to book your session today!

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It’s a baby. With a Mohawk. Talk about the cutest Mohawk ever!

Little Miss T may not be able to tell you she’s a lucky lady – we’ve got some time before her first words, but she knows. How do I know she knows?

Well…she’s got some pretty cool parents who were absolutely mesmerized with her. I couldn’t help but notice mom and dad peacefully staring at her sleeping face, holding onto her entire hand with one finger. This is exactly why time flies by during the first few weeks home with a newborn.

She’s also got a pretty cool older sister. Did I lose count with how many kisses she tried to give her? Yes. Did I have a little laugh at her reaction when her baby sister started crying? Yep. Did she earn her Smarties? Heck yeah. Making silly faces to get her sister to laugh is a big job!

She also has some pretty cool furry siblings. Will they get annoyed when she’s old enough to pull their tails and ears and dress them in princess costumes? Probably. But, that’s just part of their job description now.

And like I mentioned before, she’s got some pretty stylin’ hair. People pay for that look.

Those first days home with a newborn are a blur. They are also a time you truly want to remember. Contact me for your newborn session. It’s chill, relaxed, and at your home.

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