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! 

newborn william

Towards the end of summer last year, I went to the baby shower for my friends Amanda and JR. Amanda's sister did an amazing job planning the party which was held at the Paper Discovery Center.  There were so many desserts, we probably didn't even need real food [what am I saying, desserts ARE real food!]. But at the same time, the desserts were almost too pretty to eat! 

After the presents were opened and the desserts were mostly gone, I took a picture of Amanda and our friend Rachel who was due very soon. 

I also made Amanda stand in front of the huge world map because I thought it was awesome. She found the South Korea flag and prominently displayed it [her mom is from South Korea]. This is maybe a good time to remind Amanda's parents [if they are reading this] that they promised to buy us all tickets to go to the Olympics in South Korea. Don't forget your promise to us! Thanks! :)

Fast forward to September and little Willliam arrived! He came a little bit early but grew strong and a few weeks later he was home.

We first went to meet him after he had come home. We were greeted by William's dog cousins Macy + Mister [or is it Uncle? or Bronx? this dog has too many names...] who wanted nothing to do with me. 

William's dog sister Jam didn't really care for me either, but at least she posed nicely on the couch. And gave me the stink eye.

ANYWAY, let's talk about that baby!

William slept most of the time we were there, but woke up a few times to say hi. He was so sweet, snuggly and adorable. I can't wait to see him again, especially now that he's bigger than the dogs. [Watch out pups!]

baby rohan

Look at this little guy! Rohan is so adorable. 

You might remember his parents and big [dog] brother Charlie from this post

I got to meet Rohan last fall. Two of his cousins were there as well [sorry, you'll have to make it to the end of this post to find out who].

I love all the little hand gestures he made throughout his photo shoot. Seriously, he's the cutest.

Also - check out the Lord of the Rings map his dad painted in his room. How amazing did it turn out?!  Hope if you guys ever move you can cut that wall out and take it with you! ;) 

Surprise! Look who else was there! Cousins Kenley + Schuyler! Hey guys! 

newborn schuyler

A week ago I posted the maternity shoot for my friends Dave + Rachel. Today I'm posting about their newborn Schuyler. 

I appreciate that Schuyler decided to be born before I went overseas in August. I mean, I could have waited until I came back to meet him, but I'm just sayin' - his timing worked out great. Thanks buddy. 

He was awake for most of the time I was there, with a nap here and there. While we took pictures indoors, his dad and older sister Kenley were outside playing in the water. 

Also, did you see that Dave's tattoo had been finished since the last photo shoot?

newborn sophia

In March I met this beautiful girl, Sophia. She was wide awake when I arrived and later on quietly fell asleep while I took some more pictures. 

As a big fan of handmade items, I was so impressed to see the hippo that Sophia's mom crocheted for her while waiting for her arrival. She did such beautiful work and I'm sure it will be among Sophia's favorite toys in the years to come.

This little girl also received a cute little stuffed animal elephant from a relative. Not to be outdone, another relative sent a gigantic Pooh. It's safe to say that toy won't get lost around the house. 

Thanks again to Sophia's parents for welcoming me in their home to take pictures of their beautiful little one.