Kowabunga

January 07, 2024  •  Leave a Comment

Happy 2024!  We've all made another cycle around the sun!  I'm hoping your resolutions and goals are still on track!  But if you're like me and just now getting to your goals for the years, then guuuurrrlllll I see you!.  Cheers to get to it when we get to it!  Much like this month's Magic Monday post.  

Enter Turtle Power Dude!

The girls this year decided to set the theme as TMNT...for those not 90s babies that stands for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  Introducing Leonardo (Ella), Raphael (Nora), Michaelangelo (Sadie) and Donnatello (Abbie).  The gang can't be complete without Splinter (Earl).  Mighty thanks to Brent at Champs Sports Bar for letting us commandeer the rooftop in the off season and for grandma who always delivers on wardrobe.  

So Merry Christmas and Happy new Year from the Jacksons in a Half Shell.

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Pre-hysterics

November 06, 2023  •  Leave a Comment

Happy November!  If you're living any similarity to my life you're deep into full time chauffeuring, early mornings, late nights and schedule whoopsies trying to keep a modicum of self assurance that you're close to having it all together.  While I should be decompressing in a health-building way like yoga or walking...this for now zens my brain...at 3 in the morning. 

I digress...back to the subject at hand.

This little blast into the prehistoric past derived from a delicate blend of brain fog, bird hunting and desperation.  While normally my absurd creativity thrives in these moments, this is more of a bottom of the barrel project.  One completed to boost your confidence in the future by comparison.  It's great to have project barometer that let's you look back and think "well at least it's better than that time I did the dino pic".

 What started out as a dog in a field quickly morphed into a literally unbelievable discovery of a hidden world.  Mr. T-Rex was a buck that we busted while walking.  The water is a lake...minus the brachiosaurus (he was added for dramatic effects).  The volcano just looked cool and it felt very right at my desk, in the dark, soaked in insomnia.  

The clouds in the sky are just that.  Clouds.

So here's my bottom shelf...and happy Monday.

Pre-HystericsPrehistoric scene with dinosaurs and a dog and a volcano

 

 


Winter Fire

October 23, 2023  •  Leave a Comment

This little project came from my 14 year old who has a burning desire to doll up her baby sister, which is mostly met with a hard no from said baby sister, but on this fortuitous day the elementary stars aligned and blessings were granted. 

The eldest wanted to walk her baby sister through the seasons, gazing at their corresponding magic elements.  If you didn't know each season had a magic element, you're not alone.  Pretty sure that fact was made up on August 3rd, 2023. 

Ahem, moving on, they wanted a wishing star to fall from the night sky onto the little child.  Their versions are always subject to change based on the creators vision, time and last nerves.  Like I said, we were all feeling generous that day.

So birth to Winter Fire was born.  

I can't tell you all my secrets, but there is obviously no snow in August (thankfully) and I usually don't make it into the forest int time to capture fire-flies and meteors falling at the same time so some creative ad libbing was used. 

Winter Fire

 


Backwoods Minis

October 21, 2023  •  Leave a Comment

You guys, I am so excited about this winter's mini sessions!!

Talk about leveling-up the experience...outdoor fireplace, s'mores, furs, hot cocoa, northwoods cabin and all the greens!

These 45min sessions are held on a magical getaway in New Richmond WI.  Bring your scarves, mittens, flannels and plaids and get ready to jump start the Christmas Season AAANNNDDD get your holiday card pics taken care of!

Deets: Dec 1-3, Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday afternoon timeslots.  

Cost: $375

Images: 25 High Resolution Downloadable images

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Use the button below to book your timeslot 

 


The beauty of the still

October 15, 2023  •  1 Comment

 

Hands down there’s nothing I enjoy more than blending into the background and capturing life’s amazing moments.  There’s so much to be told in a single still moment of life.  The beauty of expression…the love shown in a smile, the power in a touch of the hand.  

Life is so beautiful, even when there is heartbreak and turmoil, between the pain the sun shines through.

When you sit in the moment...breathe. 

Beauty comes at the end of the pause.


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