Royal Oaks Rocket Run Winner | Family of Four Studio Portraits

Every year I donate a session or two to the Royal Oaks Rocket Run which is their annual school fundraiser. When the kids ask for sponsors to support them running laps for 20 minutes. They get a chance to win a prize and I find that offering a family session is the least I can do for the school. It’s fun to get to meet the families that win the prize but this time I already knew Will and his family. It turned out they are my neighbors! It was too much fun to get them in the studio for a family session. We even snuck out in the cold and got a few in the alleyway next to the studio.

  

Beula Family | Urban Family Session in Downtown Sun Prairie

I’ve been photographing the Beula family since 4 year old Anne was juts 3 months old. It’s great that they are willing to make the hour and a half drive down to Sun Prairie for their annual family pictures. This year we tried something a little different from last year and did an urban family session in downtown Sun Prairie. It was so much fun and (as always) we had lots and lots of laughs together.

Callum | Newborn baby boy in studio with 3 year old brother

It’s always a pleasure working with new families. This family contacted me when they still lived across the country but they knew they would be living in Madison when their second baby arrived and wanted to make sure they had things lined up once they settled in. 3 year old Redmond was so much fun to have in the studio and he was such a proud big brother of little Collum.

The Hubred Family | Golden Hour Family Pictures with Elementary Age Children

We had a crazy May with weather. It was wet. And when it wasn’t wet, it was crazy cold or crazy hot. We ended up having to reschedule the Hubred’s family pictures two times but finally had the perfect evening for their family session.

We met at a local park during golden hour (which this time of year is around 7 p.m.). We fought off mosquitoes the entire time but seeing their full gallery you would never have guessed it. The entire family were champs with ignoring the little pests and just having fun with their family during the session.

It was great to get some siblings pictures with Collin and Rylee, but I think my favorite pictures are of mom and dad. I’m sure it’s rare that they get pictures of just the two of them and I’m glad we made time to do them.

Annual Fall Family Photos with the Beula Family

September and October is the busy season for photographers. Families always make this time of year the time to do their annual family photos. It’s fun to see the same families fall after fall and see how big the kids have gotten. The Beula family is no exception. It was so much fun joking around with these two. Anne thought I was hilarious. Gordon…not so much. I’ll have wait another year and win him over next.

Family Maternity Photos with the Bichler Family

I’ve been photographing the Bichler family since 6 year old Brady was 1. It’s been so much fun to watch them grow over the years and I am beyond thrilled baby #3 will be here next month!

It may have been a cold and gloomy day when they made the trip down to Sun Prairie so I could photograph their family maternity pictures, but you wouldn’t guess it by all the laughs and love shared in these pictures.

I cannot wait to see them again for the newborn session next month.

Testimonial of Session with Rachel Manzke Photography | Sun Prairie Family Photographer

It’s always wonderful to hear back from families after a session not only to hear they loved how their family photos turned out, but how they enjoyed the entire experience with Rachel Manzke Photography. Valerie, mother of two young boys, took the time to write me this wonderful testimonials. Her family was so fun to photograph and I’m glad the final results are just what she wanted.

“I could not be happier with not only our beautiful family photos, but the entire experience as well. As a customer, it was easy to choose Rachel Manzke Photography. Why? The website was so helpful learning you specialize in families and it shows through the quality of your work. I was amazed how you were able to get our two boys to really take to the camera in record time! I was also appreciative that through beginning to end, there were no hidden fees or surprises. The website states and explains very clearly times and pricing. Lastly, I appreciated the quick turn around time from photo shoot, to proofing. The process was seamless and I can’t thank you enough for your time and talent!”

-Valerie

  

Autumn Family Portraits in Sun Prairie | Family of four

Fall is always very busy for photography. The leaves are changing colors, temperatures are cooling down and everyone wants to get in family portraits. My fall scheduled started to fill up in the spring so before I knew it, I had no standard family sessions available. I only had openings for short session which are perfect for fall family pictures. These sessions are local in Sun Prairie and 25 minutes. For toddlers, this is the perfect amount of time. 1-3 year olds are always on the go and doing an hour of family pictures is not their idea of fun. At the end of the session, the parents get to select 15 photos to receive. It’s always fun to see which ones they select. Here are just a few of a recent short session I did. We met in the early hours on a Sunday morning. I love the light this time of day and more times than not, the kids are in super happy moods too because they aren’t exhausted from all of the days activities.