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grads + dads

Technically this post is catching up on two senior and two newborn sessions from last year but grads and newborns didn't rhyme, so just go with me on this one since grads and dads sounds better. 


Jared is my cousin [aka, first cousin once removed] and I was honored to be asked to take his senior pictures! It's been about three years since we have seen each other and either he grew a bunch in that time or I did not remember how tall this kid was! 

His height comes in handy since he plays basketball...and will continue to do so next year at St. Norbert! It was a fun evening hanging out with Jared and his mom at Cushing Park in Delafield. 

In July I also got to meet up with Jim and Akiko who had recently welcomed their second child. It's always a joy to hang out with this family, especially their oldest who teaches me a lot about trains.

Their newest addition barely made a peep and made this session so easy. Also, I'm not over how adorable their cactus shirt and onesie where. 

The second senior in this post is another first cousin once removed! Just like Jared, it had been about three years since I had seen Jenna. 

Before we met up I was unaware Jenna is a huge fan of cats [especially her guy Louie]. However, this actually shouldn't have surprised me since I think as a Fiess, you are obligated to own at least one. [I've done the math and it checks out for almost all our relatives.]

We first took some photos at her house, but later drove downtown Pewaukee with her mom. We had a gorgeous night to catch up between taking photos. 

Look! It's another new family of four AND trains. I loved being able to hang out with Marc, Rachel and their two boys. The newest addition to this family was so content and made the session a breeze. His older brother, one of the sweetest kids around, was super active the whole time playing trains or riding his bike, yet never to busy to take a few photos.

catching up

Well, I guess it’s been a while since I last shared some photo sessions. It’s been so long babies have been born and celebrated first birthdays and here I am sitting on maternity shots. 

Since I have a bunch of sessions to share, I’m just going to post a bunch together at a time. 


Last June my cousin Katie and her husband were awaiting their second child. Katie and I took her first, Lucas, out with us for some maternity pictures one night. Less than a week later, baby Lynley arrived. 

I met Lynley the day she was born. Look at that tiny little girl! Crazy to think she just celebrated her first birthday and is running around with her big brother now. 

In July I met up with Mitchell, Jena and their two adorable boys. Jena’s parents also tagged along to get a few with pictures their grandsons. I loved meeting this wonderful family. We had such a nice day for a great session! 

Last July I also got to meet up with Nate, Lauren and their two girls...plus baby on the way! We had a great session, while the oldest showed off her swinging skills, the youngest, who had just turned one, showed off her walking ability. Not only are these two sweet girls a joy to photograph, their two pups are always camera ready which make them a favorite of mine! 

Wash / Van Trip [part 8]

We woke up on our last day in Canada and packed up to head back to the states.

On our way to Seattle we made a stop at Whatcom Falls Park. It was a nice scenic spot to take a break and walk around for a while. 

Once in Seattle, we checked into our favorite place to stay [The Moore Hotel] and went for a walk to visit some favorite shops and spots. 

That night we ended up going to watch a few innings of the Mariner's game. After getting a little restless we decided to end our night at Hot Cakes. We opted to travel by foot which was a little over 2 miles. We weren't quite fast enough though and the rain started about a block before we reached our destination. 

The following morning we stopped for breakfast at Oddfellows Cafe before heading to the airport. Oddfellows is one of the stops we make every time we are in town. We may have also stopped in at General Porpoise for...you guessed it, a donut, to tide us over at the airport while we waited to begin our trip back home. 

Wash / Van Trip [part 7]

We tried to pack a lot in for the only full day we were in Vancouver. Our first stop was at Lynn Canyon Park where the main attraction was the suspension bridge, however, there were many other great things about this park as well.

The exterior of our Airbnb was absolutely gorgeous. I need a bigger version of this 'lil house immediately.

In the afternoon we stopped by The Whip for some salmon fritters and then walked around the corner to Brassneck to try some beer. On the same block was Cartems Donuterie where we stopped to pick up a couple doughnuts for the following day. If I suggest any block in Vancouver to you, it might be this one. It has it all.

After picking up the doughnuts we drove straight to Kitsilano Beach Park. It took a little while to find parking, but once we did we made our way quickly to the beach as the sun was setting. It was a great night with beautiful colors and a bright moon. 

Wash / Van Trip [part 6]

On the sixth day of our trip we made our way off Vancouver Island. We left our cute little cabin and stopped at Coastal Kitchen Cafe for a delicious breakfast before heading to the ferry. 

The ferry ride was beautiful. Again, most people sat inside reading or talking while we walked around the whole ferry taking in all the sights. 

Once we arrived in the city, we stopped at Lucky's Doughnuts for a treat and coffee. Their salted caramel old fashion may be my favorite doughnut ever [that is some high praise!]. 

The Airbnb we stayed at wasn't too far from Lucky's. It was a cute little place which worked perfect for us.

It was the middle of the afternoon and we didn't feel like driving after we had spent most of our day already in the car and on the ferry. We ended up walking to Queen Elizabeth Park which was about a mile and a half away. The gardens were beautiful and the views of the city weren't too bad either. On our walk back home we were treated to an amazing sunset which was quite nice too.

We ended the night by eating at Tacofino, a restaurant which originated as a food truck in Tofino [on Vancouver Island].