the l family

I met up with the wonderful L family on a chilly fall morning last year. Aiden was still getting ready while his older brother Chase hid from me. As soon as everyone was ready we were out the door and across the street at the most perfect location. Birch trees with yellow / green leaves? Yes, please. 

We walked the neighborhood a bit more and at a small park, Chase decided to get a book from the little library. The book he picked out had a giant jack-o'-lantern on the cover which seemed appropriate as Halloween was drawing near. 

Both boys did so well and were so much fun! By the end of the session Chase even had ideas of where he wanted his picture taken AND he really wanted to show me how he could smash a pumpkin with some gardening tools. I call that a pretty successful session. 

the g family

Fall is my favorite time of year. The trees are beautiful. The weather is cool and crisp...unless you've got a photo session with this family. 

A couple years ago I took photos for my friends in the fall and it was an unusually hot day. Fast forward to pictures last fall and it was abnormally hot again! I guess we should just be happy it wasn't rain. Or snow.

These two kids are so much fun. Bryn followed me around, telling me lots of stories. She's super adorable and her dresses are too cute. I told her I liked her shoes and she gave me the bad news that they didn't come in my size.

Her little brother Cade was just about to turn one and was starting to walk. Glad I was able to see him take a few steps! 

Take a look at some of my favorites shots from the day:

the f family

I met this wonderful family the same day I met up with the C family. The families are friends and it worked well to take pictures of each family as we made our way around the farm.

As you can see, the kids had a great time exploring the grounds. They probably would have spent most of the day in the cornfield if they were allowed to. They kept finding cute little corn cobs to pick that had been missed when the rest of the corn had been harvested.

However, outside the cornfield they also found tall grass to pick as well as flowers. [Yes, someone is going to read this and tell me they aren't flowers, but instead sort of weed, but they were purple and pretty, that's all I know!]

Glad I got to spend the afternoon with two great families who allowed me to take pictures in a wonderful spot! 

the c family

Last fall I got to see baby Brooklyn again! Although I guess now she is 1 year old Brooklyn. She's still adorable, so that stayed the same. 

Through some connections her parents had, we were able to use the land on a nearby farm. If you saw my previews from this session on Facebook last year, you read that this farm used to be where we went when I was younger to get pumpkins and apples. It's no longer open to the public, but I'm glad we got to walk around since there were some great spots for pictures. 

Brooklyn's parents were thinking ahead and brought with them a wagon, bale of hay and pumpkins. The props worked great in the setting. 

I'm glad I was able to see this precious girl along with her parents again. 

marianna turns 1

Last October little Marianna turned one. I was asked to take pictures of the celebration her parents threw for her. 

Because her birthday was so close to Halloween, the room was decorated with spooky spider rings, pumpkins, and an amazing cut-out haunted house Marianna's mom made herself! There were also games, like bean bag toss and mini golf for the kids [AND adults] to enjoy. 

It should also be mentioned that it was Marianna's father's birthday too! He turned 30, so he got to wear an Over the Hill party hat and a "30 Rocks!" button. He also received a replica World Cup trophy. 

The party was filled with plenty of food and tons of laughter - a great way to celebrate Marianna turning ONE!

battle creek beef + bison

Two weeks ago I was coming home from two photo sessions in Madison and Eric asked if I wanted to go see some pigs. I have seen pigs before so it wasn't a huge draw, but "sure" I said, "why not". We also did want to get some pumpkins so there was more to this trip than just seeing pigs. 

We headed to Kummrow's Farm [Battle Creek Beef + Bison] which is actually very close to us, but we've never stopped [which is curious since it's on the way to we've gone by it a time or two].

I was quite intrigued by the goats and kept going back to see them [aka "talk" to them].

Especially Larry.

Eric got to see his pigs.

We met Yo-Yo. 

And we met Yo-Yo's best friend, Thor. Poor Thor has had a rough life. His mom was struck and killed by lightning when he was very small. 

We walked around and saw a few other animals before we picked out our pumpkins. 

I'm glad we found this little gem in the country and could stop by to see what they were all about. 

fall in minnesota

In October, Eric and I went to Minnesota for two main reasons: to visit my brother and to see Neko Case in concert. We arrived on a Thursday, the night of the concert.  Eric, my brother, his friend, and I started out the evening by stopping at Element Pizza to pick up supper.  We then took the pizzas to Dangerous Man Brewing Co.  What a great find!  The Brewery doesn't serve food, so they encourage you to bring in food from other places.

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We kind of lost track of time and before we knew it we needed to head over to First Avenue for the concert.  I've wanted to see Neko for a long time, so I'm glad I finally got the opportunity.  Also, it was nice to go to a venue other than the ones we normally attend in Wisconsin.

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Friday morning we headed over to visit the farm my brother is living as well as helping out on.  There's a dog and turkeys and cows and cats and goats…and it's pretty much the best.

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From the farm we drove over to the Carpenter Nature Center.  Minnesota still had some great color - mostly yellows and reds. It was a little chilly, but still a great day for a walk around the little nature trail.

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Thanks for having us Minnesota.  You never disappoint.