last fall

I'm warning you, this is just the start of photos from fall last year. Fall is always super busy for me, but I'm OK with that because I love the weather! 

Retzer Nature Center is one of my favorite spots for pictures and that's where I met up with Scott, Erin and their two boys. By the end of our session the youngest was pointing out spots he thought would be great for pictures, while the oldest was dabbing. Doing the dab? Guys...I even had him explain it to me and I still don't know... 

Our session ended with the boys pretending they were at the tribal council on Survivor and were deciding who to vote off. Needless to say these guys kept me laughing which makes for a fun day.

My session with Brandon and Jessica was very special, since a few days after we met up, the adoption of their little girl became final! I'm glad I got to meet these three and capture some memories for them...and that the rain held off. 

Their girl, who loves purple, was so sweet and fun to photograph. She has a lot of energy and probably could have spent a couple more hours at the park running around, investigating everything. 

Well, well, well, this guy is 2! I met up with my cousin Katie at Harnischfeger Park to take pictures of her almost 2 year old. Minus all the mosquitos, we had a perfect evening for photos. Just like last year, Lucas was excited to see and pose on his tractor. He wasn't quite tall enough to pedal it yet, but next year he will be which means next year will be tad more challenging to keep up with him.

Uh oh, it's another two year old! Jeff + Sandie's little guy just absolutely nailed his photos. Between the bluest eyes you've ever seen and his thumbs-in-pocket stance, this kid couldn't get any cuter. 

We had a fun time filled with silly faces and cooler weather. What? Yes, I said cooler weather. This is only a big deal because we have a record of taking photos in the fall on the hottest day. Let's plan for this kind of weather again this year!

catching up x2

I met up with my friends at the Pope Farm Conservatory last summer during their annual Sunflower Days. Neither of us had ever been, so we thought it would be a great place to visit and take a few pictures.

The fields upon fields of sunflowers WERE amazing, however the crowds and heat were not.

We ended up walking away from the sunflower fields and found gorgeous other locations I hope to visit again soon. 

I ended up meeting this next family thanks to another family of twins you'll see later on in this post. 

We met up on a warm and sunny morning at Riverside Park in Watertown. The twins, who I will admit I could not tell apart, had a fun time following the ducks around [and maybe picking up a feather to two]. The older two had fun chasing each other around. 

Our session was a lot of fun and even grandma and grandpa came for some pictures. They were also lifesavers since the twins weren't too into group photos, but being able to hold onto their grandparent's cell phones made them both happy campers. 

At the end of the session all the kids ran around the playground and I think it's safe to say everyone had had a fun time. 

I was excited to meet up with Jeff, Kersten and their soon-to-be one year old for pictures in Cottage Grove. This handsome little guy did so great and had a smile on his face almost the whole time. We could have done without the thousands of mosquitos, but we braved them and still had a great time. 

More Twins! These two were very adventurous and had a great time walking around Riverside Park. After all, there's so much to do, like rocks to climb and ducks to chase. After the park we headed to the family's new home which is conveniently next to a golf course. Since their dad loves to golf, he's already started to teach the boys. I was impressed with how well both these guys could already hit the ball! 

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]. 

Wash / Van Trip [part 5]

On our last full day on Vancouver Island we began by going to Avatar Grove after breakfast. Before arriving at Avatar Grove, the road turned into mainly big gravel, with lots of potholes. At one point we almost turned around since it didn't seem we were headed the right direction. We eventually found it, which was quite worth it because we got to see Canada's Gnarliest Tree. 

We ate our packed lunch at Juan de Fuca Provincial Park. There were a bunch of Steller's jay birds hanging out by us. They were really excited when a couple got done eating so they could go scrounge for crumbs. I think they were waiting for us to leave as well. 

We walked the trail which took us to Botany Bay and Botanical Beach. We saw some tide pools and unfortunately a deceased octopus. 

After a few hours we took a break and headed to the Renfrew Pub for a beer. It was a little soon for supper, so we went and walked a shorter trail to the water for some more spectacular views. 

For supper it was back to Renfrew Pub. Before leaving we walked the docks a bit trying to get a closer view of an otter out in the water. 

On the way home we made a few stops to get a better view of the sunset. Even our little cabin welcomed us home with a beautiful view.

Wash / Van Trip [part 4]

On our first morning in Canada, we leisurely made breakfast and packed our lunch before heading out to explore. Upon leaving, we took a quick detour to the top of the hill that our cabin was located on to take in the view. Not too bad. 

Our first stop was at Sooke Potholes Provincial Park. We never quite knew if we were on the right trail. Some trails were super rocky, while others took us back to the road for a bit until we hit the trail again. In the end we finally found the potholes and made it just in time to watch a guy jump in as his friend watched. 

East Sooke Regional Park  was our next stop. This area is huge and we could have spent all day here if time allowed. It didn't, so we picked one trail to explore. We were kind of hoping to spot an otter or two, since they are known to be in this area, however, they must have been hiding from us this particular day.

After our hike, we headed to Victoria to visit Eric's cousin Nik. It had been roughly 25 years since they had last seen each other, so it was due time to get together again. 

Upon arriving, we were greeted by Herbie + Doogan, two playful labradoodles. I was mainly smitten by Herbie [probably because of his name]. The weather was beautiful, so we sat in the backyard catching up / getting to know each other. 

For supper, Nik's husband James made fresh pasta [which was fantastic!]. I watched as he made it look so simple.

I made myself useful by making sure all their pets were entertained. I specifically got along with Francois the cat. He enjoyed the attention / pets, while I got my cat-fix. 

I'm so glad we got to spend an evening among great company. We heard some great traveling stories, plus got some tips of places to check out before we left Vancouver Island.