Melissa & Anthony {engagement session}

When we first met Melissa & Anthony I absolutely loved the two of them!  I love how they interacted and how the 4 of us could joke and laugh together like friends that have known each other for years!

I was thrilled when they decided to book us to capture their wedding and even more excited to capture their engagement session shortly after meeting them!

We had a great day for their season and lucked out with some warmer winter temps!

We started their session out at a special place in Melissa’s heart- a park she grew up going to and the place he proposed- South Shore Park.

I’m so happy I could capture so many great new memories in this park that they can cherish for years to come!

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The area by the water was just breathtaking!   Such beautiful color for the winter!!!!  I was absolutely in LOVE with this location!!! IMG_0596mIMG_0401mIMG_0473mIMG_0433mIMG_0404mIMG_0627m fbIMG_0777m fbIMG_0674m fb

What better way to end this session but to get an awesome sunset/night shot of them with the beautiful city behind them!  This is the skyline as we know it now and I’m so excited to see the future of the Milwaukee Skyline in the year and years to come!  IMG_1093mr fb

Thank you again Melissa & Anthony for choosing us to capture your journey!  We are so honored to be a part of your day and to have captured these memories of you during your engagement!

Michelle & Ben

Melanie & Martin {engagement session}

I was sooooo excited for Melanie & Martin’s engagement session!  Let’s face it not everyone is willing to freeze on a winter day for photos in the snow!   I was excited to do a winter wonderland session with these two and even more excited when Melanie told me she had some ideas for her session along with props!  PROPS?  UM HECK YES!!!! I love props!!!  I seriously do!  A lot of my couples don’t bring props- but when they do- I just LOVE the extra element it adds to any session!!!!!

I’m a huge fan of pinterest myself and the ideas it can stir to add to a session or a wedding day!  It’s eye candy for me to photograph and elements to help tell a story!  So I was thrilled to see what Melanie all had in mind!

Like any winter session we had to reschedule once for a warmer day- our original day had a Zero degree wind chill and I offered to move the date so they could enjoy the session a little more!  They agreed and the 30 degree day we had instead was much better!  We met at Grant Park at Seven Bridges for their winter engagement session!

I was super excited for the props Melanie & Martin brought and was pumped for this awesome session!

Some of the props were found at one of my favorite spots:  TJMaxx!

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These mugs are the best!

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Laughter on a session is my favorite!

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Martin you are such a kind man and this picture of you holding Melanie’s hand says it all…IMG_0863m fb

I love Ben’s detail shots!  Melanie’s bling in the snow…

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Throwing hearts in the air – EPIC Glitter toss!  ;)  I love a reason to throw confetti – so these hearts are just awesome!IMG_0724m fbIMG_0828-2m fb

Melanie & Martin you two are beautiful inside and out!  Thank you again for having us capture your journey!  These engagement photos make me so excited for your wedding day this year!   Michelle & Ben

First Engagement Session of 2013

I’ve been VERY excited for our Engagement sessions to begin this year- one it gets me pumped up for wedding season and USUALLY it means warmer weather!  :)  Key word “Usually”.  This is Wisconsin so why would I think anything of it.  :)  Our weather has NOT been very warm but I know so many have been excited to see signs of Spring on it’s way!  

I, especially after working 10 + years of retail can’t wait for the SPRING wardrobe colors!  I was SUPER pumped when Moira (my bride) sent an email before their engagement session and said she was going to make this session “SPRING” no matter what! :) LOVE this girl!!!!  And guess what she did!  Props to you both Moira & Ed for putting up with the cold weather in your Spring attire- the colors POP so well and definitely make me excited for the upcoming warmer weather!!!! Here’s just a few of my favorite photos from our chilly spring day….


Ashley & Steve {Chicago Engagement Session}

I remember clearly coming home from work to my parents house and any time it was warm outside and the neighbor kids were out playing i’d hear “MICHELLLLLLLLLEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” in the most excited screams!!!!  That was the sound of the little girls I had baby sat for since they were baby & toddlers.  Oh how I loved being Loved so much by these two little girls!  I feel incredibly glad that to this day these two are still in my life and when I found out one of them was engaged I was BEYOND ecstatic when I was selected to be her Wedding Photographer!  

Not only am I super pumped to be a huge part of this girls big day- she also decided she wanted to do engagement pictures in Chicago!!!  Chicago is like a candy store for photographers (at least this one) every where you turn- amazing architecture and amazing spots to do pics!  I am soooo happy Ashley has found the love of her life & can’t wait to do her wedding this upcoming year!!!  Congrats again girl!  We can’t wait for the big day!  

Here’s just a few of my fav’s from the day…

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Courtney & Ryan {engagement session}


Courtney had no idea what she wanted to do for their engagement pics, I was soooooo excited to find out that Ryan proposed in Chicago at the Lincoln Park Zoo.  I haven’t been to the zoo in over 9 years but when I heard that he proposed there I knew I had to suggest we go!  Just a few weeks later we were on our way to meet up at Lincoln Park Zoo.

We are truly honored and excited to document their wedding day.  Courtney and Ryan are such a kind, loving couple.  We loved every minute of getting to spend the early evening together getting to know them better and capturing some favorite shots!  Courtney & Ryan you guys rocked this shoot and i’m soooooo excited for the big day in September! : )  Thanks for being you and for being so easy to photograph!

Here’s just a few of my favorites from our engagement session.