Last Friday I made my way to Helissa & Tim’s Cottage Winery & Vineyard wedding in Menomonie, WI.  It was a perfect, bright and sunny August afternoon and I knew that I would find both of these two smiling when I arrived.  Guess what?  I was right!  Helissa & Tim were just so thrilled to be married and I’m so glad I could be the one to document it.

With 50 of their closest family & friends I documented their very personal ceremony, complete with a tree planting portion that included Tim’s children adding the water to the dirt that the couple placed with the sapling.  After a little gathering with wine and cake we explored the grounds for a bit for their portraits before they headed off for the rest of their reception at Loopy’s.

I’m not sure if these two lovebirds are back from their honeymoon to Louisiana yet, but I couldn’t wait another day to share with you their happiness and sweet, sweet joy and care for one another just one more second.  So, without further ado… Helissa & Tim’s celebration!

Special thanks to these vendors:

Ceremony & Wine Reception Venue: Cottage Winery & Vineyard | Officiant: Jamie Brieske | Florist: Christensen Florist | Cake & Cupcakes:  Little Something Sweet |  String Quartet: Chi-Hi String Quartet | Hair & Makeup: Starrs Sister | Wedding Gown: David’s Bridal | Bridesmaid’s Gown: David’s Bridal | Groom’s Attire: Express  \ Thanks to Wes my trusty side-kick 😉

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Helissa had the prettiest purple pumps!

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Every delighted face that shared in their moment!

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We had been planning Kendall’s stunning midwest senior photos for MONTHS!  I had been looking to it since Kendall’s mom sent me a note to get a date on the calendar and I’m sure they had both been looking forward to it just as much.  We truly had the perfect weather, and we used some of my favorite locations along with another new one that Kendall’s mom happened to secure just for the night.  It was perfection!

For Kendall’s session we mixed a bit of soft with drama.  We started out in the Bloomer High School gym to document some volleyball senior photos – her season is just about to start!  I loved that we even mixed some feminine poses with the dramatic lighting we used for the volleyball portraits… from there we headed off to some green locations that scream midwest summertime.  I adored the barn that we were graciously allowed to use for the evening before we headed off to the track.

Kendall's stunning summer midwest senior photos are full with a barn with rustic charm and dramatic shots for track and field. Kendall's stunning summer midwest senior photos are full with a barn with rustic charm and dramatic shots for track and field. Kendall's stunning summer midwest senior photos are full with a barn with rustic charm and dramatic shots for track and field. Kendall's stunning summer midwest senior photos are full with a barn with rustic charm and dramatic shots for track and field. Kendall's stunning summer midwest senior photos are full with a barn with rustic charm and dramatic shots for track and field. Kendall's stunning summer midwest senior photos are full with a barn with rustic charm and dramatic shots for track and field. Kendall's stunning summer midwest senior photos are full with a barn with rustic charm and dramatic shots for track and field. Kendall's stunning summer midwest senior photos are full with a barn with rustic charm and dramatic shots for track and field. Kendall's stunning summer midwest senior photos are full with a barn with rustic charm and dramatic shots for track and field. Kendall's stunning summer midwest senior photos are full with a barn with rustic charm and dramatic shots for track and field. Kendall's stunning summer midwest senior photos are full with a barn with rustic charm and dramatic shots for track and field. Kendall's stunning summer midwest senior photos are full with a barn with rustic charm and dramatic shots for track and field. Kendall's stunning summer midwest senior photos are full with a barn with rustic charm and dramatic shots for track and field. Kendall's stunning summer midwest senior photos are full with a barn with rustic charm and dramatic shots for track and field. Kendall's stunning summer midwest senior photos are full with a barn with rustic charm and dramatic shots for track and field. Kendall's stunning summer midwest senior photos are full with a barn with rustic charm and dramatic shots for track and field. Kendall's stunning summer midwest senior photos are full with a barn with rustic charm and dramatic shots for track and field. Kendall's stunning summer midwest senior photos are full with a barn with rustic charm and dramatic shots for track and field. Kendall's stunning summer midwest senior photos are full with a barn with rustic charm and dramatic shots for track and field. Kendall's stunning summer midwest senior photos are full with a barn with rustic charm and dramatic shots for track and field. Kendall's stunning summer midwest senior photos are full with a barn with rustic charm and dramatic shots for track and field. Kendall's stunning summer midwest senior photos are full with a barn with rustic charm and dramatic shots for track and field. Kendall's stunning summer midwest senior photos are full with a barn with rustic charm and dramatic shots for track and field. Kendall's stunning summer midwest senior photos are full with a barn with rustic charm and dramatic shots for track and field. Kendall's stunning summer midwest senior photos are full with a barn with rustic charm and dramatic shots for track and field. Kendall's stunning summer midwest senior photos are full with a barn with rustic charm and dramatic shots for track and field. Kendall's stunning summer midwest senior photos are full with a barn with rustic charm and dramatic shots for track and field. Kendall's stunning summer midwest senior photos are full with a barn with rustic charm and dramatic shots for track and field. Kendall's stunning summer midwest senior photos are full with a barn with rustic charm and dramatic shots for track and field. Looking for senior pictures that speak about YOU?  Let’s chat more!  I have openings for 2018 and 2019 seniors!

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It’s been a whirlwind of senior sessions around here the past couple of months… I’m catching up with Payton’s football senior pictures today and have a few more coming to you still in the next few weeks!

For Payton’s senior pictures we centered mostly around sports and a more dramatic effect – we started at the Bloomer High School gym for some basketball photos.  From there we took a few photos around town and then last we headed to the high school track & football field.  Since football is Payton’s passion we spent a ton of time with the lights on at the football field, and some dark moody shots at the end.  One of the most fun senior sessions I’ve photographed in awhile as it let me use the creative lighting portion of what I do!

Payton's senior photos were filled with sports from basketball, track and discus to his true passion - football.Payton's senior photos were filled with sports from basketball, track and discus to his true passion - football.Payton's senior photos were filled with sports from basketball, track and discus to his true passion - football.Payton's senior photos were filled with sports from basketball, track and discus to his true passion - football.Payton's senior photos were filled with sports from basketball, track and discus to his true passion - football.Payton's senior photos were filled with sports from basketball, track and discus to his true passion - football.Payton's senior photos were filled with sports from basketball, track and discus to his true passion - football.Payton's senior photos were filled with sports from basketball, track and discus to his true passion - football.Payton's senior photos were filled with sports from basketball, track and discus to his true passion - football.Payton's senior photos were filled with sports from basketball, track and discus to his true passion - football.Payton's senior photos were filled with sports from basketball, track and discus to his true passion - football.Payton's senior photos were filled with sports from basketball, track and discus to his true passion - football.Payton's senior photos were filled with sports from basketball, track and discus to his true passion - football.Payton's senior photos were filled with sports from basketball, track and discus to his true passion - football.Payton's senior photos were filled with sports from basketball, track and discus to his true passion - football.Payton's senior photos were filled with sports from basketball, track and discus to his true passion - football.Payton's senior photos were filled with sports from basketball, track and discus to his true passion - football.Payton's senior photos were filled with sports from basketball, track and discus to his true passion - football.Payton's senior photos were filled with sports from basketball, track and discus to his true passion - football.Looking for unique senior photos?  Openings available for 2018 and 2019 grads!  Call me at 715-403-3123 or send me a note!

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It’s been a jam packed summer full of all the best things.  Camping, walks to the mailbox, riding bike and savoring each memory of our short summer season.  I am trying to really soak up every moment, and part of that is photographing senior photos.  It’s such an amazing thing to be able to document, like Miranda’s rustic midwest summer senior photos.  Each senior is on the cusp of new adventures, to travelling their own road and it’s so bittersweet.

I have so much fun at each session, and Miranda’s was a treat because we were able to explore some of the same locations that we used for her sisters photos a few years ago… and then also make them her own.

Here’s to an amazing senior year…. cheers!

Miranda wanted rustic midwest summer senior photos and we had just that.  The midsummer evening light was perfection in a field of daisies!Miranda wanted rustic midwest summer senior photos and we had just that.  The midsummer evening light was perfection in a field of daisies!Miranda wanted rustic midwest summer senior photos and we had just that.  The midsummer evening light was perfection in a field of daisies!Miranda wanted rustic midwest summer senior photos and we had just that.  The midsummer evening light was perfection in a field of daisies!Miranda wanted rustic midwest summer senior photos and we had just that.  The midsummer evening light was perfection in a field of daisies!Miranda wanted rustic midwest summer senior photos and we had just that.  The midsummer evening light was perfection in a field of daisies!Miranda wanted rustic midwest summer senior photos and we had just that.  The midsummer evening light was perfection in a field of daisies!Miranda wanted rustic midwest summer senior photos and we had just that.  The midsummer evening light was perfection in a field of daisies!Miranda wanted rustic midwest summer senior photos and we had just that.  The midsummer evening light was perfection in a field of daisies!Miranda wanted rustic midwest summer senior photos and we had just that.  The midsummer evening light was perfection in a field of daisies!Miranda wanted rustic midwest summer senior photos and we had just that.  The midsummer evening light was perfection in a field of daisies!Miranda wanted rustic midwest summer senior photos and we had just that.  The midsummer evening light was perfection in a field of daisies!Miranda wanted rustic midwest summer senior photos and we had just that.  The midsummer evening light was perfection in a field of daisies!Miranda wanted rustic midwest summer senior photos and we had just that.  The midsummer evening light was perfection in a field of daisies!Miranda wanted rustic midwest summer senior photos and we had just that.  The midsummer evening light was perfection in a field of daisies!Miranda wanted rustic midwest summer senior photos and we had just that.  The midsummer evening light was perfection in a field of daisies!Class of 2018 or 2019?  There’s time to book your senior portraits!  Call me at 715-403-3123 or send me a note.

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Just a few years ago I photographed Claire’s brothers senior photos in the same places and it was so much fun to revisit them for Claire’s senior photos at Irvine Park Chippewa Falls and at their home just outside of town.  Claire is a 2018 Bloomer High School senior and hopes to do something both with her love of music and horticulture.

I can’t believe how quickly our summer is flying by – I have so many beautiful senior sessions to share!

Gorgeous senior photos on a summer day at Irvine Park in Chippewa Falls were perfect for Claire who hopes to continue sharing her love for music and horticulture. Gorgeous senior photos on a summer day at Irvine Park in Chippewa Falls were perfect for Claire who hopes to continue sharing her love for music and horticulture. Gorgeous senior photos on a summer day at Irvine Park in Chippewa Falls were perfect for Claire who hopes to continue sharing her love for music and horticulture. Gorgeous senior photos on a summer day at Irvine Park in Chippewa Falls were perfect for Claire who hopes to continue sharing her love for music and horticulture. Gorgeous senior photos on a summer day at Irvine Park in Chippewa Falls were perfect for Claire who hopes to continue sharing her love for music and horticulture. Gorgeous senior photos on a summer day at Irvine Park in Chippewa Falls were perfect for Claire who hopes to continue sharing her love for music and horticulture. Gorgeous senior photos on a summer day at Irvine Park in Chippewa Falls were perfect for Claire who hopes to continue sharing her love for music and horticulture. Gorgeous senior photos on a summer day at Irvine Park in Chippewa Falls were perfect for Claire who hopes to continue sharing her love for music and horticulture. Gorgeous senior photos on a summer day at Irvine Park in Chippewa Falls were perfect for Claire who hopes to continue sharing her love for music and horticulture. Gorgeous senior photos on a summer day at Irvine Park in Chippewa Falls were perfect for Claire who hopes to continue sharing her love for music and horticulture. Gorgeous senior photos on a summer day at Irvine Park in Chippewa Falls were perfect for Claire who hopes to continue sharing her love for music and horticulture. Gorgeous senior photos on a summer day at Irvine Park in Chippewa Falls were perfect for Claire who hopes to continue sharing her love for music and horticulture. Gorgeous senior photos on a summer day at Irvine Park in Chippewa Falls were perfect for Claire who hopes to continue sharing her love for music and horticulture. Gorgeous senior photos on a summer day at Irvine Park in Chippewa Falls were perfect for Claire who hopes to continue sharing her love for music and horticulture. Gorgeous senior photos on a summer day at Irvine Park in Chippewa Falls were perfect for Claire who hopes to continue sharing her love for music and horticulture. Gorgeous senior photos on a summer day at Irvine Park in Chippewa Falls were perfect for Claire who hopes to continue sharing her love for music and horticulture. Gorgeous senior photos on a summer day at Irvine Park in Chippewa Falls were perfect for Claire who hopes to continue sharing her love for music and horticulture. Gorgeous senior photos on a summer day at Irvine Park in Chippewa Falls were perfect for Claire who hopes to continue sharing her love for music and horticulture. Gorgeous senior photos on a summer day at Irvine Park in Chippewa Falls were perfect for Claire who hopes to continue sharing her love for music and horticulture. Gorgeous senior photos on a summer day at Irvine Park in Chippewa Falls were perfect for Claire who hopes to continue sharing her love for music and horticulture. Gorgeous senior photos on a summer day at Irvine Park in Chippewa Falls were perfect for Claire who hopes to continue sharing her love for music and horticulture. Gorgeous senior photos on a summer day at Irvine Park in Chippewa Falls were perfect for Claire who hopes to continue sharing her love for music and horticulture.

Gorgeous senior photos on a summer day at Irvine Park in Chippewa Falls were perfect for Claire who hopes to continue sharing her love for music and horticulture.

We even pulled out her dads motorcycle for a few shots!

Gorgeous senior photos on a summer day at Irvine Park in Chippewa Falls were perfect for Claire who hopes to continue sharing her love for music and horticulture. Gorgeous senior photos on a summer day at Irvine Park in Chippewa Falls were perfect for Claire who hopes to continue sharing her love for music and horticulture.

Gorgeous senior photos on a summer day at Irvine Park in Chippewa Falls were perfect for Claire who hopes to continue sharing her love for music and horticulture.

And, her gorgeous wine colored prom dress had to make an appearance!

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