Oh, how we love this family. The Silers are the sort who welcome you into their home and you feel as if you’re welcome to stay as long as you’d like. I think at least half of our visits to their home in Viroqua ended up with us staying at least one extra night, as the late-night conversations and delicious food and beverages were just too good to say goodbye to. Last summer we took a trip to their home to spend the night and do a family session for them in the morning. There’s never a dull moment in their home and getting the chance to capture just a tiny peek into what their lives at that point in time felt like such an honor. Kelly told me after looking at the photos it was like “watching a wild animal show”, but what I see is a home that is filled with joy and love, with parents that allow their children to be creative and have fun in their home. We always look forward to the next time we get the chance to visit these friends.
John and Madeleine braved the cold (even without jackets for a while- Eric and I thought they were nuts. Our teeth were chattering while our coats were on!) with us in early winter to roam around Madison and let us photograph the two of them in some of their favorite places around town. Having photographed John’s sister’s wedding a few years ago, and after getting to know these two, (hooray for a fellow board game lover couple!) we can’t wait for these goofball’s wedding this summer at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center. It’s going to be great.
What a joy it is to be able to document one of the most important days of a couple’s lives and then be invited back a few years later to document them as parents. Kelyn and Andrew got married back in 2014 and had an absolutely beautiful backyard wedding filled with sunshine and joy. (why is there no blog post to prove it you ask? I’m asking myself the same thing. Turns out I’m really bad at blogging..) Thier son, Elliot is just a few months younger than our daughter, so this session was especially fun for me to document. I’m pretty sure I mentioned during their session that my face actually hurt from all the smiling I was doing! Seeing Kelyn and Andrew’s love for their son was so so sweet, and so many of things they did reminded me of how our own family has changed now that we’re a family of three. Being a parent is the best thing that has happened to Eric and I, and after spending time documenting a typical morning for these three, it was clear that Kelyn and Andrew feel the same way.
As often happens, I’m struggling to find the right words to describe how much we adored being a part of this wedding. Amanda and Rajeev got married at the beautiful Camp Lakotah and had a jam-packed day full of awesomeness. Their day was one of the busiest wedding days that we’ve been a part of, as they had two ceremonies just an hour apart from each other, but it was a pretty much perfect day (okay, we could have done with a little less heat & mosquitoes- but really no one can expect much else from a Wisconsin summer) and we loved every minute of it. The best thing about their day though? The two of them.
Today our little girl turned one. A year ago today seems like it was only yesterday but at the same time a lifetime ago, I swear the passing of time changes when you become a parent. She brings so much joy into our lives, it’s incredible. Words can’t describe how amazing it is to see her grow, learn, and become her own little person. She’s silly, independent, a total bookworm, a music lover, a snuggler, and all around the best person we could possibly imagine. I knew a year ago that she was going to change our lives and that we would love it, but I don’t think there’s any way we could imagine just how much that would be.
Okay guys here’s the thing. I have had these images for just over a year now, and I’m just now getting around to sharing them. Surprisingly, the reason can’t be blamed by becoming a family of three, but instead because I knew putting this post together and writing the words for it would be an emotional one so I’ve been putting it off.
Those friends of ours, the ones that lived in that beautiful stone house out in the country? They moved. They moved out of state and man do we miss them. Most of our closest friends live hundreds, if not thousands of miles away from us at this point in our lives, and thankfully I think we do a pretty good job of keeping in touch with them all, but it’s not the same as being able to spontaneously hang out just to watch a few shows, go for a walk, drink a cup of tea, or share a meal together. read more
There are a few things we love to enjoy that, despite brief sojourns in and out of fashion, will never go out of style: a hot cup of coffee, a dram of whiskey, a fire. We like these things because they are wonderful, delicious, timeless.
Well, Audre and Luke are like that. If they lived now or 60 years ago, they would hold the same things close to their hearts: music, friends, family, dinner parties, libations, caffeine. They greeted us like old friends the first time we met, and you’d be hard pressed to find a person who’s stepped into their home without feeling like they belonged. Whether spending time with friends or making art (Luke is a musician and an art teacher, and Audre is a fantastic photographer) they are adding beauty to the world.
Their wedding day was the most perfectly intimate gathering and celebration, and we were absolutely honored to be there to document it. Congrats Audre and Luke, you two are top shelf. read more