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About the  Madison Arboretum

The  Madison Arboretum is located on 1,200 acres of land in Madison, Wisconsin. It is the home of over 200 resident and migratory birds and 25 different specifies of mammels.  The park also has over 20 miles of hiking trails.  My experiences with the Madison  Arboretum have been absolutely breathtaking.  There is something different and new to explore around every garden.  I have also encountered so many lovely and interesting people there.  It is truly a gem and worthy of taking an afternoon to check out.  Pro Tip:  Bring bugspray, the park bosts many different types of insects- one of them being blood thirsty mosquitoes. You can learn more about the gardens at https://arboretum.wisc.edu/explore/gardens.

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Kroll Family Photography Session

The Kroll family is another one of my first family photography clients.  What I like about Tashina is that she has some really great style.  I know that when she shows up with the rest of her family that they are going to look super fab.

 

We had decided that an evening  shoot would be best for lighting.  Which, as you can tell- the images turned out exactly how they were supposed to be.  Remember how I mentioned in the above paragraph about the  Madison Arboretum to bring bug spray? Well, this shoot is shoot is the reason I mentioned that.  The mosquitoes were horrible this day.  I actually spent quite a bit of time editing out mosquitoes that were attacking this poor, lovely family!

little girl running in purple dress

So, although this photography session at the  Madison Arboretum was cut a little short because of killer mosquitoes, we still got some really beautiful shots.  I really loved the images of the girls running with their dresses and bare feet.  It is such a vision of  whimsical girlhood. Wouldn’t you love to have photographs like these of your children hanging from your walls?  For more information on family photography, click here

little girls in dresses at uw madison arboretum

family at uw arboretum

About the UW Madison Arboretum

The UW Madison Arboretum is located on 1,200 acres of land in Madison, Wisconsin. It is the home of over 200 resident and migratory birds and 25 different specifies of mammels.  The park also has over 20 miles of hiking trails.  My experiences with the UW Arboretum have been absolutely breathtaking.  There is something different and new to explore around every garden.  I have also encountered so many lovely and interesting people there.  It is truly a gem and worthy of taking an afternoon to check out.  Pro Tip:  Bring bugspray, the park bosts many different types of insects- one of them being blood thirsty mosquitoes. You can learn more about the gardens at https://arboretum.wisc.edu/explore/gardens/.

Family Photography at the UW Madison Arboretum: Buol Family

 

This family is one of the first families I have photographed.  I graduated high school with the mother, and its been such a great and amazing gift to see her children grow up.  There are four children, and each of them are so wonderful.  The UW Arboretum worked out great because of the diversity in such a small space.  It was really fun to find little spaces to put the kids and watch them play.

 

When I am in photographer mode, I am very much involved in whatever the subject may be.  When it comes to families, I like to be right in the middle of them.  Doing a mixture of candids and posed seems to work best. I never force a child to smile or be something they aren’t.  I just encourage them to have fun and enjoy the time they have with their parents and siblings.  In some cases, (not this one) family photo sessions are the only time when everyone is together- so its important to not get to worried about getting ‘the perfect shot.’ There is no such thing,  being together and capturing a moment is perfect enough. To learn more about family photography session, click  here.

 

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About World Down Syndrome Day

WDSD (World Down Syndrome Day) started in 2006, it is held on March 21st each year.  The idea behind WDSD is to encourage and help raise awareness  of what Down syndrome is, what it means to have Down syndrome, and how people with Down syndrome play a vital role in our lives and communities. You can find out more here: https://worlddownsyndromeday.org/

 

Why March 21st?

The date for WDSD being the 21st day of the 3rd month, was selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome.

What is Lots of Socks?

Why socks? Well, because chromosomes look like socks and people with Down’s syndrome have an extra chromosome! “Lots of Socks” is acknowledged around the world as being associated with Down Syndrome

world down syndrome day lots of socks

About Max

Max is 11 months old.  He is the youngest of 4 siblings. He loves watching his brothers and sisters.   I am lucky enough to know his momma very well, and I’ve been able to be in Max’s life since he was born.  He is always smiling!

 

To Inquire about setting up a special needs photography shoot, contact me!

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Family Photos: A day on a farm in Portage, Wisconsin

Family photos taken on a farm in the summertime is one of my favorite thing!  This photo session took place about 1/4 mile from where I grew up.  (It’s always a great feeling to photograph family friends!)  The chosen location is called Rowley Creek. When I  first photographed Jade and Brandon and their young family, it was  about a year earlier, when their second son was born.

The following winter, Jade again called me to photograph her family.  We had chosen an indoor and outdoor location in Baraboo, Wisconsin for her family photos.  However, by the time we finished up with the outdoor shoot, it was a little difficult to get the kids settled in to do an indoor session.  These are a few from the outdoor session.

About The Shoot

Because I had a history now with this family, I was delighted when Jade called me up to take family photos of her entire family.  We decided that a morning would work best, and we were on a fairly strict timeline because her sister was moving to California.  Finally, the shoot happened on a muggy morning in between rain showers- the day that her sister left for California.

 

 

Summary

As you can see, family photos are really important.  You can see how much these kids have grown since i first started photographing them.  Family photos are an important reminder that time moves really swiftly and everything is in constant flux.  Besides having awesome memories to look cherish,  I also hold on to digital files for up to 5 years.  That means that if something happens to your prints, you can call me and I will have the digital copies.

I look forward to taking your next family photos Jade and company!

To see more pictures from this shoot, check out the gallery here.