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.

  

Giese Family of 5 | At the studio and urban downtown Sun Prairie

Early November is the perfect time to get some pictures inside and some pictures outside. That is exactly what the Giese family opted to do on their chilly November afternoon. I wasn’t sure if they would all fit on the studio couch but they did! It was fun to get the 4 year old twins in the studio. It’s been 2 years since I’ve seen them. Last time I went out to their house in Oregon and they were less than impressed with me at moments 🙂

The Gorski Family | Short Family Session in the Studio and Urban Downtown Sun Prairie

The horrible mosquitoes made us decide for a studio/urban short session for the Gorski family and it was a perfect mix for this family. Baby Davis is just 2 months old and decided to flash me a smile for his individual pictures and the older boys had me laughing the entire time. The boys being ages 4, 3 and 2 months were perfect for a sibling picture laying down on my shag rug and 3 year old Perry made it one of my favorite pictures taken of the entire year.

Finley is One Year Old | Studio Celebration with Smash Cake

Miss Finley is one year old. Hard to believe. I still use one of her newborn photos in many of my promotion pieces. (baby hammock pose and more of my favorites from her newborn session here)

Here hair has lightened but still as thick as can be. She was a joy to have in the studio for her one year session. We did have to get creative to get her away from daddy but she eventually warmed up to the idea and then dug right into her smash cake.

Uthara is one year old | Milestone session in studio with smash cake

It was fun to celebrate Uthara’s 1st birthday as a milestone session in the studio. At first she wasn’t sure what to think about the studio but she warmed up just enough for me to see her beautiful smile. Her favorite thing to do is have mom or dad bounce her…and snuggle…lots and lots of snuggles. So sweet!

Blankenhagen Family of 4 | Downtown Sun Prairie studio and urban

The Blankenhagen family had their family portrait session scheduled in the studio before the tragic explosion that occurred on July 10 in downtown Sun Prairie. My studio is one block away and was in the hot zone for a few days so we weren’t sure when we would be able to get into the studio for their session. Luckily my studio didn’t have any damage so we didn’t have to hold out too long. The session was originally scheduled for just studio, but after everything that took place I insisted on doing some photos in my favorite place in Sun Prairie…the alleyway next to my studio. It’s the perfect place to hop out of the studio and take a few urban photos and also have time to get into the studio for more classic images.

Thank you to Bekka and Dan for going along with my plan to do a little of both so we could get out and have a little fun in downtown Sun Prairie.

8 Month Old Boy and his 2 Year Old Brother in Studio & Urban in Sun Prairie

Israel came in for his second birthday and brought his little brother along so we could take 8 month old portraits of Asa too! These two are such serious kids when it comes to taking their pictures but I lucked out and got a few great smiles. And also a few of Israel being the typical two year old and sticking out his tongue at me.

   

Schroeder Family’s Visit from Seymour to Sun Prairie | Urban Family Portrait Session

I was thrilled when Cassie contacted me to set up her family portrait session. Since I no longer go up to the Fox Valley to do sessions, she opted to drive down to me. I’ve been photographing Hunter since he was 5 months old. Now he’s 5 YEARS old and has a “new” baby brother, Lucas. Since it’s still early spring and the trees haven’t blossomed yet, we decided to do half studio and half urban on Main Street in Sun Prairie right outside my studio.

     

Best. Outtake. EVER.
For some reason Lucas thought this was a good time to try to pull out his brothers front tooth! 🙂

Sarah is 3 Years Old | Downtown Sun Prairie Studio & Brick Alley

Lots of love going on in this session. I love catching up with friends from college every year when I photograph their family. I love Sarah’s “I’m 3 years old” birthday smile.  And I love that my studio is downtown Sun Prairie so we can have a little photoshoot inside with the classic studio look and then hop outside and have some fun, urban photos with the full family in the alleyway.