Welcome to This World Baby Isaac

Posted on September 15, 2009

NEENAH, Wis: I am proud to introduce the blog world to my son A.J.’s future best friend and partner in crime, Isaac. Isaac and A.J. are two of FIVE babies born on our block this summer. Only one of those babies is a girl by the way. I’m predicting the lone girl will either be a tomboy or a diva with an entourage of doting boys following her around. I can just imagine the mischief our kids are going to be getting into in a few years.

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As you can see, Isaac already has quite the personality for a two month old!

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He made us work hard for a smile!

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Daddy was willing to pull out all the stops to help!

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I just love this outtake. The things we mamas go through for our babies!

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Such a proud Daddy!

Sarah and Jesse, thanks for inviting us to come document your new family! Here’s to many more of these sessions and lots of playdates for the boys!

Enjoy your slideshow.

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Michelle and Ryan: Married July 18th, 2009!

Posted on August 19, 2009

GREEN BAY, Wis: It’s kind of surreal to me that Michelle and Ryan are married. It feels like just yesterday that we were shooting their engagement session. In reality, it’s been many months since that chilly October day we met up in Green Bay. Just a couple of days after that shoot, Karl and I learned we were going to have a baby. It’s amazing how much things can change in just a few months.

Speaking of changes, we changed second shooters for this wedding. Karl has been working with Heidi all summer, but for this particular wedding she was out of town (taking a much deserved vacation) so we called on another great photographer friend, Amy Clark. Thanks for helping out Amy!

Here are a few fun shots Amy and Karl captured for Michelle and Ryan:

Nothing like burning off a little nervous energy before the ceremony!

Karl told me this wedding party was really fun, and I definitely got that vibe while editing.

They were also rather “jumpy:”

Thanks for the action shot Amy!

I’m not sure what Ryan was up to here, but it reminds me of his attempt to throw Michelle in the water during our engagement session!

What a great looking couple!

Definitely the most unique cake we’ve seen so far.

We’ve seen lots of photo mats for signing at receptions but I thought this one was especially cool.

Speaking of cool, check out this little guy. Apparently he was giving quite the performance during the special dances.

Michelle and Ryan, best of luck to you in your new life together.

Here is your slideshow.

You’ll find your ordering gallery here.

Enjoy married life!

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Heidi and Steve: Married July 4th, 2009!

Posted on August 18, 2009

GREEN BAY, Wis.: Okay, so we all know that I’m a tad sappy when it comes to weddings. I’ve been known to shed a tear (or ten) at just about every wedding we’ve ever shot. But this was a first for me. I actually cried WHILE EDITING Heidi and Steve’s wedding photos. Karl and I decided it was probably a good thing I was on maternity leave on their wedding day. I would have been way too emotional for my own good.

Here are just a handful of the emotional moments Karl and Heidi captured:

Heidi’s mother and sister helping her get ready.

An emotional moment before the ceremony.

I love the anticipation in this shot as Heidi and her sister waited for their walk down the aisle.

This one might be my favorite walk down the aisle shot EVER! It doesn’t get more beautiful than the cathedral!

Do you think they’re excited to be getting married? I just LOVE people in love.

Heidi and Steve, I know how much work went into your wedding day.  From what I saw while editing, it looks like the day was perfect. Now please kindly have lots of babies so we can take lots of pictures of what might be the most beautiful children in the world. No pressure or anything! :)

Enjoy your slideshow.

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Brandon and Katie: Married June 27, 2009

Posted on August 17, 2009

STEVENS POINT, Wis: June 27th was a big day for Brandon and Katie and a big day for me and AJ. Their wedding was the first on our schedule after AJ’s birth so June 27th was the first day mama and baby were all alone. We survived very well just the two of us but from what I hear I missed a great day with the happy couple.

Here are a few images that stood out to me as I was editing:

Such a classic moment, and a picture to keep around for this little guy’s wedding some day :)

Katie comes from a very talented family. How cool to be able to include your siblings in the ceremony.

And how cool for those siblings to have a few snacks for a job well done! I cracked up when I came across this little detail.

Such a perfect post ceremony moment. You can almost feel their joy as they stand in the receiving line thanking their guests.

I remember these two being ridiculously cute together during their engagement session. I can see that nothing changed between the engagement session and the wedding day. Equally as cute, just in fancier clothing.

Brandon and Katie, best of luck as you guys start your new lives together!

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Enjoy married life!

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Chris and Kris: Married June 6, 2009

Posted on August 17, 2009

GREEN BAY, Wis: The last time we saw Kris and Chris, I was pretty sure we were all going to float away. The weekend we chose to travel to Chicago for their engagement session turned out to be the weekend the remnants of a hurricane flooded Chicago. We had no choice but to make it work, so we put the rainbow umbrella to good use. Who knew 9 months later we would be whipping out that umbrella once again on their wedding day?

Chris and Kris chose to see each other before the ceremony, which allowed time for a few outdoor pictures before the rain started. A walking trail on the church grounds offered a beautiful and secluded place for their portraits.

There were many personal touches included in Chris and Kris’s wedding day. I thought it was really neat that the couple chose to greet their guests as they arrived at the ceremony, rather than having a receiving line afterward.

Our trusty rainbow umbrella kept the couple dry for a few more portraits after the ceremony at a nearby park. Just as they were on the day of their engagement session, Kris and Chris were totally willing to go with the flow.

Since the rain showed no signs of stopping, a trip to the Lambeau Field Atrium was in order….even though Chris is a fan of some other team we won’t mention. I love the soft light in this image. Even rainy days have good points.

And of course no trip to 1265 Lombardi would be complete without a toast at Curly’s Pub.

Kris and Chris, we know your ability to weather the storms will come in handy as you start your new lives together. We wish you all the best.

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Stephanie and Chris: Married May 30, 2009

Posted on August 17, 2009

OSHKOSH, Wis: Let’s travel back in time, shall we? It’s hard for me to remember a day when we weren’t living on little sleep, keeping track of dirty diapers, and enjoying every moment of our life as a family of three. But back on May 30th, AJ hadn’t yet made his grand entrance into the world. Instead, I was sporting a gigantic baby belly:

Since that belly (and the swollen ankles and feet that accompanied it) made it hard for me to get around that late in pregnancy, Karl shot Stephanie and Chris’s wedding without me. Our good friend Heidi Selch agreed to join our team for the summer while I took a brief maternity leave.

Needless to say it’s a little hard for me to blog a wedding I wasn’t a part of, but I still want to share some of the images that stood out to me.

Stephanie and Chris chose to see each other before the ceremony and get all of their portraits out of the way. This is a great idea for any of you working on the time line for your day.  We can arrange a “first look” moment for the bride and groom so the moment you see each other is special and private. And I can promise it doesn’t take any of the excitement out of walking down the aisle.

Here are some images captured during Stephanie and Chris’s first look:

Chris and Stephanie were married at the First Congregational Church of Oshkosh.

Isn’t it beautiful? All that wood just looks so rich in the photographs. I hope we get to shoot there again!

Stephanie and Chris, we wish you all the best in your new married life!

Enjoy your slideshow.

Your gallery is here.

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Four Weddings and a Miracle

Posted on July 16, 2009

(Alternate Title: Why this blog has been quiet for the past six weeks)

Look! It’s a new blog post from us! I promise I’ve had good intentions to update the blog over the past several weeks but we’ve kind of had our hands full. Literally.

Allow me to introduce you to the “miracle” part of this blog entry:

Anderson James Homburg arrived one week before his due date on 6/11/09. It’s a good thing he came early since he already weighed 9lbs 2.8oz at birth! I’m sure I’m pretty biased, but I think A.J. is the best, sweetest, most amazing baby in the entire world. And I still feel this way at 3 in the morning when he doesn’t want to sleep and at 3 in the afternoon when I’m on my third shirt because he’s peed/pooped/spit up on the previous outfits.

June isn’t exactly the most ideal time of year for a pair of wedding photographers to have their first child, but we’ve been blessed with help from an amazing photographer to help us through this busy season. Heidi of HJ Selch Photography took my place in late May when my huge swollen ankles and even bigger baby belly made it nearly impossible to walk. While I really miss being there to shoot on the wedding day, I still get to be a part of the experience. You didn’t think those hundreds of images edit themselves did you?

So, without further ado, here is a quick peek at the four In This Moment Photography couples you’ll be seeing more of in the next few days as I attempt to get this blog up to date.

Stephanie and Chris tied the knot in Oshkosh on 5.30.09

Kris and Chris braved a wedding day rain out for some fun with our rainbow umbrella on 6.6.09

Brandon and Katie’s wedding in Stevens Point on 6.27.09 took Karl back to one of his favorite places to shoot, the grounds at Sentry Insurance.

And finally, Heidi and Steve will never look at Independence Day the same way after their beautiful wedding on 7.04.09

Each of these couples will have their own blog entry in the coming days, so check back often for more updates! And I’m sure we’ll squeeze in a few pictures of AJ along the way. Once he’s old enough, I’m sure he’ll run from the camera but for now he’s a willing model for us!

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Ryan and Carlene: Married May 16, 2009

Posted on May 31, 2009

CEDARBURG, Wis: Pull up a chair, blog readers…this is going to be a long one. In fact, I’m going to try and keep the words to a minimum since I have so many images I want to share from Carlene and Ryan’s perfect day. Of course, I say I’m not going to say much, but sometimes I can’t help it. Especially when the subject is people I LOVE so much!

So, here we go…

This is Carlene’s dad as he got his first look at the last of his daughters to be married off. Now, we all know I have a thing for dads. That soft spot grows when it comes to dads with multiple girls. Warren has three girls. Confession: I plan to ask him to adopt me too. A girl can always use another dad, right?

Carlene’s mom is also very high on the list of people I love. I know few people who are more organized than Connie. And she definitely passed those organization skills on to her daughters. I think the day was so laid back in large part due to the fact that the Schmidt girls were in control of all the details.

I am notorious for taking pictures of people taking pictures. This one made me wonder what they were giggling about!

Carlene was so anxious to get the ceremony started. Here she is in the last moments with her dad before heading down the aisle. It was pretty tough to peek through that tiny crack in the door!

Inside the church, the crowd was just as excited to get things started. I love this moment Karl captured between the parents of the groom as they waited for Carlene to make her grand entrance.

During the ceremony, Carlene’s nephew Charlie kept some of the guests entertained with his adorable smile.

Speaking of smiles, this moment right after the unity candle lighting was classic. One of the wobbly candles fell over and Carlene’s best attempts to fix it failed. Everyone got a good laugh.

After they were pronounced husband and wife, the newlyweds went pew by pew to thank their guests for coming. It was the perfect time for a great big hug from niece Abbey.

You may wonder what Carlene is laughing at. The truth is, there was no funny joke. That laugh is in response to a very pregnant photographer trying to “crouch down” to get a good angle on the bouquet. I was laughing too.

The Kison family farm was the perfect spot for some celebrating and picture taking with the bridal party!

Just a week before their wedding, Ryan lost his grandmother unexpectedly. We stopped at her home to capture her beautiful gardens.

This picture was a special request from the Kison family. That’s their farm in the background! Cool, right?

As guests arrived at the reception, they were greeted by lots of personalized details, including this monogram in the wedding colors!

Another really cool detail: instead of your regular table numbers, each table was numbered with a number important to the couple!

This was totally a first for us: a tractor at the reception. It totally fit right in and provided a great spot for the band to set up for the evening!

In case anyone is wondering: THIS is the way you make your grand entrance to the reception!

Carlene and Ryan, we can’t thank you enough for including us in your special day. We are so happy for you guys to start this new chapter in your lives together. We look forward to seeing you guys soon (like tomorrow) and hearing all about your awesome honeymoon roadtrip!

Here is your slideshow.

You’ll find your gallery here.

Enjoy married life!

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All is Well!

Posted on May 28, 2009

Just a quick note to let everyone know our galleries and ordering system are back up and running.

Thanks for putting up with us!

I’ll be back in a couple of days with more from Carlene and Ryan’s awesome wedding day!

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Whoops!

Posted on May 26, 2009

Don’t you just love technology? We sure do….except for when it doesn’t work.

If you’ve tried to access our ordering galleries, you already know that something isn’t quite right over there. We’re aware of the problem and we’re working to get it fixed with some help from our tech support folks. Things should be back up and running by the end of the week…just in time for me to post Carlene and Ryan’s wedding!

Thanks for bearing with us!

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