Annual Family Portraits with Grandparents

Every summer these snowbird grandparents come up to visit their granddaughters for a couple weeks in Sun Prairie. They’ve made it a tradition to get family portraits done while they are here. There’s a special bond between grandparents and grandchildren that I love to capture. These two girls adore their grandparents and loved to laugh with them.

Golden hour maternity session with Carrie and Jesse

It was a beautiful spring evening when I met Carrie and Jesse out for their maternity session. We lucked out with weather. All day it was a heavy overcast and then right as their session began the sun broke through the close and we had a beautiful golden hour. I can’t wait to meet their little man next month.

Madelynn is turning 1 | Minnie Themed Smash Cake

I haven’t seen Madelynn since she was 4 months old and I did a fall family session with her family. It was fun that she came into the Sun Prairie studio for her first birthday milestone. Her mom went all out with the great decorations for her Minnie Mouse theme. So cute! This girl was not a fan of getting messy and preferred to eat the cake with a spoon!

Ethan is one year old | First birthday milestone session

It feels like just yesterday that Amy and Mark brought Ethan into the studio for his newborn session. We just celebrated his first birthday milestone session in the studio with a cake. He was all smiles until we brought out that cake. He was less than impressed with the cake but we still managed to get some super cute pictures of him.

Happy RMP Baby Program Graduation! It’s been wonderful to go along with you over the last year including maternity, newborn, 4 months, 8 months and now the first birthday milestone.

Mother’s Day Gift Guide for a Sun Prairie Mom

Mother’s Day Gift Guide for a Sun Prairie Mom

It seems like every year Mother’s Day sneaks up on us, especially for husbands and children. We get so excited for the spring weather that April flies by and “surprise!”…. Mother’s Day is here and you find yourself with no gift. Forget about it being thoughtful, at that point you are in survival mode and go for the nearest thing you can find (and if you are in my house, this means the Amazon Wish List).

Spoil the women in your life with a thoughtful gift while supporting small businesses in Sun Prairie. Planning ahead is nice but not always realistic. Since everything listed is in Sun Prairie, I promise all of these gift ideas will beat your 2-day Amazon Prime package arrival.

This list is a combination of gifts you can wrap and give her on Mother’s Day, eat/drink together, and/or enjoy at a later date with a gift certificate. Pick one. Select a couple. Or go all in with the full list (we all know she deserves it). Whatever you choose, it’s sure to put a smile on her face and make her feel extra loved this year.

Mother’s Day Gift Guide for a Sun Prairie Mom*

  1. Caffeine: Start her day with a coffee and tasty scone from Beans N Cream. Bonus points: Give her a beautiful handmade mug by Finished by Fire.
  2. Relaxation: Massage gift certificate from Magical Therapies. (Packages available if you want to treat her all year long!)
  3. Wellness: Packages from Haumea and/or Running Diva Mom
  4. Food: Surprise her with a restaurant she’s never been to before in Sun Prairie so she can try something new. Grab delicious tacos for lunch at Abarrotes El Primo or Guimo’s. Then take it slower and dine in at Meze or Salvatore’s for dinner.
  5. Drinks: Take her out for a glass of wine at Cannery Wine Bar and Tasting Room and/or a locally brewed beer at Right Bauer. (Both places offer items to go too!)

Bonus Gift: Memories
Gift her a photography session so she can remember this moment for a lifetime. If she’s pregnant, go with a maternity and/or newborn session at Rachel Manzke Photography. Little baby at home? She would love a milestone session with Heather Beach Photography! And of course every woman wants full family pictures with her family. No matter the age of her “babies” be it 2 or 22, Kayla E. Photography has you covered.

* This gift guide can be used to show appreciation to any woman in your life be it your mom, wife, sister, daughter, aunt, BFF, neighbor, or a colleague. And there is no need to wait for Mother’s Day. Shopping local provides thoughtful and unique gifts for special occasions including birthdays, Christmas, baby showers, anniversaries, end of the year gifts for teachers, or any day that ends in Y.

Sun Prairie Business Details:

Beans N Cream
Coffeehouse that serves locally sourced coffee and cafe fare.
1120 West Main St, Suite 2101, Sun Prairie, WI 53590

Finished by Fire
Handmade pottery and ceramics by local artist Sheila Halberg

Magical Therapies
Owned and operated by Melissa Lombardi, a State of Wisconsin Licensed Massage Therapist. She specializes in Medical Massage, Deep-Tissue Massage, and Neuromuscular Massage.
748 Lois Dr, Sun Prairie, WI 53590

Offers a holistic blend of community, education, health, and wellness, including: yoga, barre, strength classes, new mama and breastfeeding support groups, prenatal/postnatal education events, massage and acupuncture options.
908 Windsor Street, Sun Prairie, WI 53590

Running Diva Mom
Jamie Adcock is a certified running coach and ACE certified personal trainer with a boutique fitness studio. She offers running groups and personal training for women, weight loss accountability groups, and fitness camps for kids.
1280 W Main St Suite 122, Sun Prairie, WI 53590

Abarrotes El Primo
Mexican restaurant
105 E Main St, Sun Prairie, WI 53590

Mexican restaurant
126 N Bristol St, Sun Prairie, WI 53590

Turkish/Mediterranean restaurant
503 W Main St, Sun Prairie, WI 53590

Salvatore’s Tomato Pies 
One of Dane county’s leading farm to table restaurants with sustainable seafood, handmade pastas and more.
121 E Main Street, Sun Prairie, WI 53590

Cannery Wine Bar and Tasting Room
Intimate charming wine bar and tasting room featuring 100 whiskeys, global wines, craft beer and other sought-after liquors.
212 E Main St, Sun Prairie, WI 53590

Right Bauer
Neighborhood brewpub and BBQ joint in downtown Sun Prairie
239 E Main St, Sun Prairie, WI 53590

Heather Beach Photography
Newborn, baby and family photographer
Arrowhead Cir., Sun Prairie, WI 53590

Kayla E. Photography
Newborn, baby and family photographer
200 E Main St, Sun Prairie, WI 53590

Rachel Manzke Photography
Newborn, baby and family photographer
215 E Main St. Suite 101, Sun Prairie, WI 53590

Hunter | 12 day old baby boy | Newborn session with siblings

It was a treat to have this family of six in the studio for Hunter’s newborn session. His older sisters (ages 2, 4, 6) were such good helpers with him and loved to give him baby snuggles. They are all huge Harry Potter fans so of course we had to do a Harry Potter set-up. The full gallery had a wonderful mix of full family, siblings, just mom and dad with new baby, Hunter by himself in the themed set-ups as well as timeless and classic white.

Marshall | 10 day old newborn session in Sun Prairie

Last Fall I met Heather and Ross to take some anniversary pictures including their two fur babies. The anniversary session turned into a pregnancy announcement session! I couldn’t wait to see them again this spring. Little Marshall arrived three weeks early but he was ready to be here. 10 days after he arrived he was in the studio for his newborn session. As always, I have so many favorites from his session but I think the ones of him with a quilt his great grandmother made for him nears the top.

newborn wide awake
newborn with tiny bunny
newborn hammock
newborn toes
newborn on quilt
newborn in white crib
parents with newborn baby boy
parents with newborn