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yesterday was my birthday.

it’s been a big month (& year) so far. and I am so, so, so, so very thankful for everything and everyone that has shared it with me. I couldn’t ask for better family, friends or clients. I am so lucky to have so many amazing people near me and in my life.

last week, I spent the better part in Anaheim, California for a fitness & blogging conference. I had a blast learning more about the fitness industry! but when I came home from California I was exhausted and sort of overwhelmed. we packed so much into just 4 short days, learned so much, and I had (and still have!) so many amazing ideas circling in my mind.

I didn’t exactly know which way to turn when I walked in the door.

I wanted so badly to get to work, put all of my ideas in order, and get lost in a daze of work.

but instead I paused…which, as many of you know…is a very uncommon thing for me to do.

as I was checking the mail I had a plethora of junk mail & bills. but I also had a little green envelope amongst all that chaos.

and that little green envelope caused me to pause. I set everything down to focus on just that envelope. so neatly packaged and carefully written on.

it’s not uncommon for me to get thank you notes in the mail, but this one made me physically stop and read each word written.

as I let the words from that thank you note sink in, I had a wave of emotions wash over me that left me with such a big smile on my face and in my heart.

I am so very lucky to be able to follow my passions. I am also so very lucky to have such great people (family, friends and clients) surrounding me.

so, thank you. truly. I am so grateful to have you all in my life.

here’s to whatever the future holds:)

thanks

xoxo

Maggie

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I love being able to watch my clients go from engaged to married to family.

I was thrilled when one of my brides called and asked to set up a session for their all-too-cute new addition!

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meet Ellie.

it is so exciting meeting new additions to families:)she was such a good baby during this session!

not only were mom & dad patient…but this little girl barely made a peep while we scrunched and placed her in dad’s fire helmet.

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Ellie was perfectly content as we moved her from place to place around the house.

I loved being able to incorporate pieces from Amanda & AJ’s wedding into these photos of their little girl! this is Amanda’s bouquet!:)

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look at those big wondering eyes!

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even though it was chilly outside, we snuck outside for a few photos before we headed over to the fire station.

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I just love this photo:)

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xoxo

Maggie

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all throughout my middle and high school years I was involved in not only the horse and pony project, but also the photography project. and let me tell you…we had MILLIONS of photos of the horses and other farm animals;)my mom loved it (haha…can you sense the sarcasm there?!)

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(overlooking Barcelona in El Parque Guell)

I loved to play with the camera, testing out new settings, trying different angles, and just taking photos in general. I had no clue what I was doing with the camera, no clue what ISO, f-stop, or any of that other “stuff” meant. I didn’t even really know how it all correlated together. but looking back it was that practice that led me on the path to letting that inner photographer let loose.

it was the time that I spent in Spain that really convinced me that I wanted to be a photographer.

all of the beautiful sites, landscapes, people…all of it…I just wanted to drink it all in, capture it, and bring it home with me.

in fact there is one specific photo that I remember taking that solidified my desire to become a photographer.

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(Mallorca at night, Baleric Islands)

it was one of those times in my life that I distinctly remember pushing the shutter button, looking at the camera (my point and shoot less than 8 megapixel camera mind you;)), seeing the photo and having chills run up and down my spine…because I knew. I knew in that instant that I was meant to be a photographer. I knew I was meant to take photos of people, places and things.

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(along the streets of Sevilla during Feria)

when I returned home from Spain I bought my first digital DSLR camera and started taking photos…of everyone and thing I could. I finished my last year of college with a degree in Spanish…I even managed to fit in one film photography class. a class that I had to talk my way into because I wasn’t an art major or anything of the sort. but some how I convinced the professor I NEEDED to be in that course. I learned SO MUCH and fell even more in love with photography.

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(sunset in Paris from the top of the arc du triumph)

after I graduated I took photos of everyone and everything that I could. soon I was booking weddings & portrait sessions.

I feel so lucky and fortunate to have found this passion. its truly a passion that fuels me to excel and push forward.

I also love that my passion for photography and overflowed and spilled into the yoga world.

there are just so many beautiful people, places and things…I truly feel lucky to have been given this gift to be able to show people the world through my eyes.

and this…this is the photo that has continually fueled my passion for photography…

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I call this “Guapas” …it means beautiful.

(along the streets during Feria in Sevilla)

xoxo

Maggie

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one of the best parts of my job is being able to offer mini sessions to families. especially families with little ones.

these sessions are perfect because they are short and sweet:)

enough time to be able to take some great photos and keep it short enough to keep attention spans focused

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plus I get to meet some pretty adorable families:)

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its so much fun to spend a little snippet of time with all of these kiddos & parents.

what is even more fantastic is when I can watch the kids grow from session to session:)

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so stinkin’ cute:)

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sister secrets & kisses for Grandma’s nose

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in fact I get to witness some of the most precious moments when I take these photos.

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if you are interested in booking a portraits in the park session email me!

July 13 is my next scheduled portraits in the park afternoon! there are still a few times available!:)

I can’t wait to see you & your family!

xoxo

Maggie

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Your smile, just captured me
You were in my future as far as I could see
And I dont know how it happens, but it happens still
You asked me if I love you, if I always will
Well you had me from hello
I felt love start to grow”
- Kenny Chesney
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let’s go back to May 2011. Tori, a gorgeous midwestern lady, and her 4 roommates were in Panama City, FL for a vacation. at that very same time a sweet southern boy named Jerry and his 3 buddies were vacationing in the very same city.

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two people, from two different states, in the same city, and they fall in love.:)

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a chance meeting between these two would bring their worlds crashing together. I would love to say it was love at first sight, but it was more like love at second sight;)at least that is what Tori will tell you

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that second day was where they fell in love. they knew they were meant to be when Tori told Jerry shortly after the vacation ended that she would be in his hometown of Nashville, TN.

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the love that Tori & Jerry share is truly that out of a love story.

they have that look in their eyes when they look at each other.

the whole day I kept hearing little snippets of stories from family members….”this is so amazing! I can’t believe the day is finally here! what an amazing love story”

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the guys and girls both got ready at the OuterEdge Church in Appleton. it was nice to have everyone in one place, much easier to go between the two sets for photos:)

while the ladies were getting beautiful downstairs I took the gentlemen outside for some photos.

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spending time with the guys isn’t always something that I get to do on a wedding day because so often not everyone is in the same place getting ready. so until I learn how to be in 2 places at once I have to choose who I spend the morning with;)

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well, the guys did not disappoint in making me laugh;)its so much fun to photograph people as they spend time around their own “people”…you know…the people that know all the crazy fun stories from your childhood.

the ones that bring out the very best in you…and maybe tell a few embarrassing stories;)

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after I spent some time with the guys I ventured back inside by Tori and her ladies.

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one of my very favorite moments of the day (and yes…there are a lot of them;)) is the moment when a bride steps into her dress and catches that first glimpse of herself. so much beauty & emotion

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after some photos of the ladies it was time to get the ceremony underway!

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another favorite moment…that first kiss and the walk down the aisle together

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after the ceremony we galavanted around a local park. sometimes large groups can be tricky because spaces don’t always allow for all of those people to be in one place at one time. but we found lots of great places for all of these lovely people!

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then it was time to spend a few minutes with just Tori & Jerry.

another favorite part of my day:)

I just love how these two interact and show their love for each other.

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these next two…might just be my favorites from the day!

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who knew a chance meeting on vacation would lead to an amazing marriage:)

I love how love works out in the craziest ways

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soon it was time to cut the cake, eat some dinner, and enjoy some dancing!

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Tori & Jerry,

thank you for an amazing day! I had a blast capturing every moment of your first day together as husband and wife:)

xoxo

Maggie

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