Northern Lights | Madison WI Photographer

Last Wednesday night's solar storm brought a beautiful display of Northern Lights, which were visible from the Madison area all throughout the evening. I spent hours watching rolling waves spread across the horizon, and the lengthly storm even meant I was able to get it from multiple locations. 

 

Elegant Edgewater Wedding | Madison WI Wedding Photographer

Ted & Cheryl's wedding was a beautiful, elegant day, allbeit more than a little windy! Strong breezes forced us indoors for the ceremony and reception, but if you have to be stuck inside you can't beat the grand ballroom of the Edgewater, or it's SkyBar, with it's awesome views. And the sunset we got? Unbelieveable! 

Venue: The Edgewater
Florist: Floral Expressions
Invitations: Sugar Pear Designs
Music: Sophisticates of String

 

 

 

Astraea's 3rd Birthday Portraits | Madison WI Children & Family Photographer

Too often it feels like things need to be "perfect" before we get photos done. I'm no exception, I've put off my own family photos for a long time, and in the past I spent a lot of time not photographing my own kids due to an abundance of excuses, mostly related to wanting everything to be perfect before I bothered with it. 

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What's that thing they say about cobbler's children? They have no shoes. Well that's certainly been true for a certain photographer's children and photos the last several years. 

Last year I meant to do birthday portraits like these of my daughter for her second birthday, and then I didn't. I couldn't find the right location, I didn't have the right outfit for her, etc... so it never happened. I was too busy focusing on what I didn't have, so I didn't do anything.

THIS year I swore I really was going to do it, and that I'd do it on her actual birthday so there would be no putting it off until later... and then we got unexpectedly busy and my plan was derailed by errands and appointments.

Luckily, I had learned something from last year's mistake; capturing the memories was more important than being perfect, so I went for it anyway. On the way out the door I grabbed some of her dress up favorites and I took what I could get: The last ten minutes of light, in an office park, 20 feet from the parking lot, while we waited during my husband's appointment. 

Being willing to give up the quest for perfection gave me the best photos of my daughter that I've ever taken. This is exactly who she is... soft, and sweet, and goofy, with a massive personality. In other words, completely 3.

When I focused on what I had and not what I didn't have, it was clear I didn't need to do anything to make these moments perfect, they already were. 

(P.S. If I can do this next to a parking lot, just think what we could do with your family portraits at a REAL location. What are YOU waiting for? I'm now booking September and October portrait sessions and expect them to fill quickly. Contact me today to schedule yours!)