Spring is in the air!

the snow is finally gone and the grass can start to turn green while the trees bud and bring color back into the world.

this also means that it is officially portrait & wedding season!

yay! FINALLY!:)

this past weekend was a busy one; filled with baby bumps & smiling kiddos!

here’s a little preview of last weekend’s happenings…

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Megan & Matt are patiently awaiting the arrival of their baby girl Aubrey (only a couple more weeks!)

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Missy & Joe are awaiting Jacqueline’s arrival. Missy & Jacqueline are also awaiting Joe’s return home from his overseas deployment.

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CJ was curious about the camera

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and J got dressed up for some 6 month portraits

this coming weekend officially starts wedding season!:)

xoxo

Maggie

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Great Futures

a couple weeks ago I was asked if I would be part of a local business fair. I quickly replied that I would love to partake.
this wasn’t going to be just any business fair tho…it was focused on some of the most important people around.
the people that will someday soon be making some incredibly important decisions.
people that will someday be the leaders of tomorrow.
that will have to step out into the “real world” and make “grown up” decisions in the not-so-distant future.

can you guess who I’m talking about ?

its all those little people running around playing on swings, yelling “tag – you’re it!”, and asking curious questions as they come to mind.

yes, the kids that surround us…those little people.

the week of March 24th – 28th is National Boys & Girls Club week. each day during the week the kids at the club had different activities to do to celebrate the week. they did things like healthy lifestyle, learn more about why education is important, learn about art, and learn about what they want to be when they grow up.

for me, as a local business owner, it is so much fun to be able to get out in the community and talk to people about their lives, what they do, and what they want to be and do.

what was even better were the questions I was asked to think about in order to prepare myself to be around all these little people. these questions really made me think! and were sort of hard to answer!:)

here are a couple of the questions and the answers that I wrote down:

why did you choose the profession you did…?
I chose photography because I love art. more importantly I feel like photography chose me. its something that came very naturally to me. like it was meant to be. looking through the lens of a camera inspires me to show the world what I see; whether that means I am photographing people or things, I want to show the world how I see it.

what path did you take to get where you are…?
my path to photography is a winding one. I was involved in 4-H growing up and was able to be part of the photography project. for the majority of my time in 4-H I focused on horses, but always had a camera handy. in fact, I still have boxes full of pictures of the horses and other farm animals. after I graduated high school I went to college and started taking classes to become a veterinarian. after a semester I realized that wasn’t the path I was meant to take, so I started taking classes to become a teacher (I am a yoga teacher today! so I do teach!;)). shortly after beginning that path, I knew that wasn’t for me so I decided to spend a semester over seas in Spain to see where that would lead me. I left, with a camera in hand, and came home knowing that I wanted to be a photographer. I graduated college, bought a camera, and started a business. all without ever taking a business class. I grew my business from a little tiny dream into my dream job. the rest is history:)

why do you love doing what you do…?
I love being a photographer because I love being able to show the world what I see through my lens. it’s like being able to show people a glimpse of what I see. I also love to be able to capture moments in time for people. being at a wedding and photographing some of those little moments and details is an amazing part of my job. its also a privilege to be able to take photos of families and kids as they grow up. I literally get to watch families grow before my eyes!

I was one of 6 local businesses that attended the business expo. it was so much fun being surrounded by little curious minds. so often as adults we forget what its like to just ask questions and be curious. and some of the questions they asked were great!

as adults I think we forget to ask those curious questions. ask more questions I say;)

my favorite question of the day (which, was more of a question and statement…)

LittlePerson: “how many weddings have you taken pictures at?”
Me: almost 80!
LittlePerson: “wow…that’s a lot! and a lot of kissing. kissing is gross.”

:)ohhhh to be young again!

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I want to send out a huge thank you to the Sheboygan Falls Boys & Girls Club for hosting this Business Expo! it was a great way to spend some time in the community!

xoxo

Maggie

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come and see me!

brides & grooms (and family and friends!)

I want to invite you all out to come and see me at the Best of the Best Wedding Expo this coming weekend!!

this year the event is located at Millhome Supper Club in Kiel

I want to see you all there! stop by my booth and let’s chat!

this year I am raffling off a free engagement session (or flushmount book upgrade/add-on)!

if you book with me the day of the event you will also receive an upgrade of one of the following:

collection 1 – upgrade to include 175 digital negatives of your choice

collection 2 – upgrade to include ALL digital negatives

collection 3 – upgrade your flushmount album from 8×8 to 10×10

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lots and lots of good stuff!!:)

I can’t wait to see you!!

xoxo,
Maggie

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accidental yogi

“you don’t find yoga. yoga finds you.”

I used to think that quote was a little crazy. how can something “find me”? but the more I practice and the more I learn, I find that quote to be true.  most people tend to assume that I have been practicing yoga for a long time. the truth is…I have only been “at it” for about a year and a half at this point.

honestly its more about trying and pushing my boundaries than anything else when it comes down to my love of yoga.

all of this trying and playing really started my journey as an Accidental Yogi. only it took until just recently to realize that is what had happened.

that realization came in yoga teacher training this past weekend while we were updating our biographies.

funny how this world works:)

so, accidental yogi was born.

and I am SO, SO, SO excited to introduce you to my new blog…Accidental Yogi:)

go and check it out! I will be over there posting different things about adventures in my life and yoga!

but, please, don’t forget to come back here and give me some love:D

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xoxo

Maggie

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Rachel & Dan | MARRIED!

it all started in Madison for Rachel and Dan. at the university bookstore to be exact.

Rachel was tasked with training Dan at the register, as the day wore on they just couldn’t stop talking. maybe it was Dan’s huge mustache or maybe it was the way Rachel just “got” Dan’s sense of humor. either way, these two hit things off.

after graduation they got “big kid” jobs, an apartment, a dog, and settled in having the time of their life as a family of three.

these two truly compliment each other in so many ways.

they love to try new things, go new places, and meet new people. in fact, the day after they got married they started yet another adventure…moving across the country to start their lives out West.

their wedding was amazing. they chose the amazing Badger Farms barn to host their entire wedding day.

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the day started with everyone getting dressed, people running around looking for this and that, and finally it was time for Rachel and Dan to see each other.

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I was thrilled when they told me that they wanted to have a “first look”. a wedding day is so emotional and so filled to the brim that first look’s often give brides and grooms a chance to breathe with just each other and just be together. being together is something that, ironically enough, doesn’t always happen on a wedding day. when couples take those few minutes to be with just each other the connection and emotion that I get to see is so amazing, touching, and beautiful.

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after their first look we tackled some family portraits and then bridal party portraits! so much fun to be able to include their dog, Lola, again:)

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ceremony, followed by some cocktails & hor d’oeuvres, socializing, dinner & dancing. it was a spectacular evening spent with some of Rachel & Dan’s closest friends and family!

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Rachel & Dan,

thank you so much! it was such a blast to spend the day with you and capturing the first step in your next big adventure! I wish you all the best in your new adventures out west!:)

xoxo,

Maggie

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