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Happy Anniversary Christopher + Claudia!

I am a portrait photographer. I do not shoot weddings. 

Well. I didn't. Until this one time when I did.

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So, like I said, I do not specialize in weddings. Because of that, I don't often get the opportunity to shoot engagement portraits. Wedding photographers usually include the engagement session in their packages. That makes the odds of someone looking for ONLY engagement photos Very Slim. 

That being said, Claudia called me last year requesting an engagement session. I joyfully accepted and we commenced making plans for her big day (ha).

I should have suspected something, but I am at times (often?) rather dense. 

She told me they wanted to go downtown, starting at the courthouse where they were signing some papers.

Signing some papers, eh? 

Signing their marriage certificate was merely the beginning-of-the-end of Christopher and Claudia's   bellisima   Love Story. 

Signing their marriage certificate was merely the beginning-of-the-end of Christopher and Claudia's bellisima Love Story. 

Yep.There it was. I was shooting my first wedding.  Never say never.

Married!

Married!

As they viewed their marriage certificate for the first time, I caught Claudia glimpse over at her new husband. Look at that smile!

As they viewed their marriage certificate for the first time, I caught Claudia glimpse over at her new husband. Look at that smile!

Their Story. 

Claudia is from Chihuahua, Mexico. Christopher is Leon, France. Stop right there - that is too cute. In my head I picture a puppy and a lion with hearts floating over their heads. Aww.

Friends, fiances and married in Milwaukee! Look at that joy! Felicidades!

Friends, fiances and married in Milwaukee! Look at that joy! Felicidades!

Fate brought these two together in Belgium where they were working for the same international company. They met, they fell in love. Then, they were both relocated... across the ocean... to Milwaukee! Oh, the odds! It's a real life fairytale! 

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So, legally they were married in Milwaukee one year ago.

They planned a religious ceremony, surrounded by a global gathering of friends and family, in France. In the French Alps, to be precise. In autumn. (swoon!) 

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Seriously, theirs is a story written for a fairytale. Love finds its way, no matter where you are born. It finds you and carries you along to meet your Happily Ever After.

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Happy Anniversary, Christopher and Claudia! Felicidades siempre y jamas.

UPDATED 03.01.2016 -- Read it here.


Not in the market for engagement photos? What about a couple's portrait for your anniversary? Whether you're celebrating one year or ten years or more, let's capture your Love Story. 

Balloon Girl Has a Little Sister | Stories Framed Photography | Family and Child Photographer | Milwaukee, WI

There are certain images that I've shot that stick with me. Many of them are personal, not business-related - after all, I do take a photo a day! (Yes, I'm crazy.) However, some of my professional portraits have also resonated with me in a big way. Not because they were friends, extraordinarily cute or even related to me. (What?!?) But rather, because the image has substance, composure, color, meaning, value, victory.

As we all know, a photo tells a story. Here are a few...

ENGAGED.

This is when I realized I can see things in a different way. Look and shoot outside the box. This is the perfect engagement photo: the ring, the happy couple, the embrace. You see it all, not necessarily in that order.

This is when I realized I can see things in a different way. Look and shoot outside the box. This is the perfect engagement photo: the ring, the happy couple, the embrace. You see it all, not necessarily in that order.

MAX.

This image sticks with me because I realized that not every portrait of a kid needs to be all smiley-happy-time. This one photo turned my entire thought process on its ear. Every session I shoot, I strive to get down to the essence, the meaning, the SOUL of the individual. Look in Max's eyes. You can see his soul.  Not that there's anything wrong with a smiley-happy kiddo.  Because then there's this...

This image sticks with me because I realized that not every child portrait needs to be all smiley-happy-time. This one image turned my entire thought process on its ear. Since then, I am very conscious that at every session I shoot, I strive to get down to the essence, the meaning, the SOUL of the individual. Look in Max's eyes. You can see his soul.

Not that there's anything wrong with a smiley-happy kiddo.

Because then there's this...

BALLOON GIRL

THIS. Oh, my. Just.... THIS. This is Alexa when she was one year young. As happy as a girl with a big, pink balloon can get. And here it is. One day, her silhouette will be my logo. Because.... Balloon Girl.  And recently I saw Balloon Girl again - now three years old! - with her little sister who is just turning one. Allow me to introduce.... 

THIS. Oh, my. Just.... THIS. This is Alexa when she was one year young. As happy as a girl can be with a big, pink balloon. One day, her silhouette will be my logo. Because.... it's Balloon Girl. 

I recently saw Balloon Girl again - now three years old! - with her little sister who is just turning one (awww). Allow me to introduce.... 

BALL GIRL.

Balloon Girl has a little sister and her name is Ball Girl. This. Is. PERFECTION. I am in love. What did I learn from this? Get down. Let them play. Magic happens.

 Ball Girl. Oh. My. Goodness. GRACIOUS! This is PERFECTION. If I could have asked a one year old to play with a giant pink ball and look like a tiny little pink princess, this would be the result. THIS. IS. HAPPINESS.

Oh, yes, and this is absolutely why I do what I do.


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