Sometimes when friends are about to move, I insist they let me take photos of them in their current place. For me there’s something about wanting others to be able to remember every little bit of their previous homes. Maybe it’s because I never got around to hiring someone to take photos of Eric and I in either of the two places we lived before we bought our house, or maybe it’s because, with friends especially, their homes often hold memories for me as well, so while I do it as a gift to them it’s also a little bit for me. Anyhow, that was the case with Luke and Audre. When I found out they were leaving their adorable apartment on the third floor, I told her I wanted to make sure the two of them had photos together there. Plus it was great to have another opportunity to get these two in front of my camera, since we’re shooting their backyard wedding this summer! These two are gems, and Eric & I are so glad to have them as pals. read more
Friends, first off, we would like to apologize for the radio silence on our end. We haven’t updated our website, Facebook, or instagram in ages, and it’s been taking us far too long to respond to emails. We’re sorry. But guess what? We have a pretty great excuse for it all. Back in September, we became parents and welcomed our little girl, Elsie Violet, into this world.
Recently Eric and I got to visit our friends in Denver, Colorado, and while we were there I was able to photograph a family session for them. The majority of that time with the camera out ended up being tickle time, as Sarah and Steve told me is quite common in their house. Getting to be there to capture Atticus’s giggles and glee as his parents chased him around was so sweet. I’m forever thankful for families in letting me document their everyday lives in this way, it’s something that will never get old for me.
Thanks guys, for hanging out with us, hosting us, and in general being the wonderful friends that you are. I hope these photos always bring as big of a smile to your faces as they do mine.
Chris, Lara, and their son Harri, are some of our dearest friends. (I briefly mentioned how we all know each other, and why they chose to have their destination wedding in Sweden back in this post) Being able to be present and a part of their wedding day was a gift that we will always and forever cherish. Sweden was a dream, and every person that was present for their wedding was the best type of person. We loved it, and hope that someday we will get the chance to travel back to the beautiful little town of Färila and spend more time.
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.