2015. What a year. What a year, what a year, what a year. It’s quite surreal, now that we’re sitting in our home, surrounded by the quiet cold Wisconsin winter, thinking back on everything that took place last year.
For starters, we began the year in New Zealand. It feels like a lifetime ago, but I have photos with timestamps to prove it to myself, luckily. This time last year we were in the middle of our epic adventure, with no real plans on how the rest of the year would unfold. (someday we may even find the time to SHARE more of those photos… it’s totally on my list!)
The majority of 2015 was spent sleeping in beds that were not our own, and eventually wondering if we would ever have a home of our own again. We spent time with so many amazing people, and got to witness some really spectacular days. It wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows, as we may have led people to believe, but that’s really only because even when we were a bit travel weary and homesick, we recognized how fortunate we were to be able to take a year and spend it the way we did. House hunting couldn’t have been done without the help of our family & friends- cooking for us, housing us, and keeping our spirits up when it took seemingly a billion years to find a place. Our couples were ever patient with our claims of “sorry we didn’t get back to you sooner- this last week has been a bit crazy for us!” (perhaps our most used phrase when talking with anyone through email, really), and our friends put up with the fact that we’d maybe see them for a few hours every month or so, since we never seemed to be around any one spot.
Amanda sent us a photo of this wall on Instagram a few days prior to their engagement session, wondering if we had any idea of where it was. Neither Eric or I recognized it, but with the help of some friends and google street view, I was quite pleased with ourselves that we were able to pinpoint the location. The funny thing was it was pretty darn close to where Amanda & Craig live in Milwaukee- they had just never noticed it before while walking about.
In high school, my good friend Lara got back from visiting some of her family in Sweden, and when she returned I made her promise that the next time she went to visit them, I could come with. Ten years later she told me that her and her fiancé Chris were planning on having their wedding take place in the little town of Färila, Sweden. Chris is from New Zealand, and Lara’s immediate family lives in the US, so really, Sweden was as good of a place as any to choose to have their wedding.
When Megan contacted me to say she was interested in an at home family session, I was so excited. We’d been following each others work for quite a while, but somehow still had never managed to meet in real life. This family had me smiling ear to ear pretty much the entire time I was there. Dylan is easily one of the funniest kids I’ve ever been around, plus seeing Justin and Megan’s reaction to some of the things that Dylan says was just priceless. It was a pretty typical Wednesday night, and I was so happy to be able to capture that for this family. Eating outside, rough housing with Dad, playing baseball and running around enjoying the long summer days; in my opinion, it doesn’t get much better that.
Thanks guys, for letting me into your home. I hope these photos help you to never forget this stage in yours lives; it’s beautiful.
Thanks to Wisconsin’s cooler temperatures these last couple days, my mind has turned to changing leaves, apple pies, and wearing more than one layer. Whilst thinking about these things, I realized that last year we never got a chance to share any photos from Ethan & Amanda’s wedding day. Eric and I left on our big adventure to Japan and New Zealand just over a week after photographing it, and we haven’t really had time to look at many of our photos from last year since. However, my craving for fall overcame my priority list today, and I just had to share a few photos from their wedding day.
When Amanda first messaged us, this is what she said in the “tell us about yourselves” section- “We love our local coffee every morning. Freshly ground and french pressed. To give you a sense of our relationship, Tommy proposed to me with a Milwaukee wide scavenger hunt, ending at our favorite concert hall! (I honestly had no ides and just thought we were going to dinner) We love music, especially if it’s live. We have matching tattoos around our wrists. I designed them using our initials. We each have one with just our own initials, then once we got engaged I took Tom on a scavenger hunt ending at the tattoo parlor to get the one we always promised each other we would get, combining both of our initials =).”
So, obviously Eric and I instantly wanted to meet this couple. They sounded awesome! Then, Amanda went on to describe what they hoped their wedding would look like. It was going to be up north in Wisconsin, at a camp where they love to get away to with friends for a weekend. An outdoor ceremony over looking the little lake, with a reception that would be next to a small vineyard, surrounded by tall pines and a few acres of fields and trails. PLUS, a they hired a local band, (I’m not a Pilot) to play for a bit at the reception and for their first dance, and Tom has a tattoo from the lyrics of one of their songs on his arm. It sounded like it was going to be a fantastic day.
For most of the month of March, Eric and I got to house sit in San Francisco. It was pretty wonderful; getting a chance to live in such an awesome city for a short amount of time, but one of our favorite things about it was the location we were in. If you were heading to Glen Park, you’d take the Bart just one stop past the mission, and exit the station to find yourself in what seems like a cute little town of its own, called Glen Park. Lucky for us, this is where Emily, Mike, and Olive live, so I got to walk through their cute neighborhood on my way to their session. read more