Last weekend I had the honor of photographing the 2018 Home for Life Spring Gala featuring Dr. Jane Goodall. The Home for Life team always does a fabulous job with this event and this year was no different.To say it was an amazing experience would be putting it lightly. Dr. Goodall’s presentation was so moving that I had tears in my eyes!

I have been doing volunteer photography for Home for Life since 2007, a year before I officially started my business! I so admire their mission, and their compassion and dedication to providing a quality life to animals who had run out of options is unsurpassed. To learn more about their organization and/or sponsor one of their animals visit their website.

Lisa, the founder of Home for Life, asked me to photograph Dr. Goodall with one of their dogs, Raha (read Raha’s story here). As soon as the presentation was over I headed backstage to take the requested photo. Once I was back there, I realized I would have to “pose” Jane Goodall!!  Mind. Blown. (and a little nervous!).  When I walked in the room, Dr. Goodall was sitting on the floor with Raha and instead of posing them I let her interact with him as she wished, and it resulted in some of my favorite photos ever! Hands down, the highlight of my 10-year photography career!

Huge thank you to my friend & business partner for Blush, Jeannette Nargelenas, for helping me with this event. She has helped me photograph this event many times over the years and it’s always great to have her talents along!

Enjoy some of my favorites from the event. See if you can spot the local celebrity! Hint. It’s Sven Sundgaard. He did an interview with Dr. Goodall that will be airing on Kare 11 April 3.

Full gallery from the evening can be found here.

VENDOR TEAM
Floral centerpieces: Your Enchanted Florist
Macarons: Nikkolette’s Macrons
AV/Lighiting: Heroic Productions
Live music: Les Izmoore Trio
Catering: D’amico
Live Auction: Col. Kurt Johnson
Security: EPG Security Group
Ice Sculptures: Ice Occasions

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I’m happy to present Mary & Dustin’s gorgeous photos from their Earl Brown Heritage Center wedding! They got married on a gorgeous day over Memorial Day weekend. I was thrilled to see that the bridal veil spirea was in bloom making a perfect setting for some bridal portraits! The entire grounds are gorgeous and so well maintained, and I love using the fountain and vibrant red buildings for backdrops for photos!

VENDORS:
Flowers: Forever Floral
Venue: Earl Brown Heritage Center
DJ: Midwest Sound

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Last week I travelled down to my hometown of Spring Green, WI to photograph Kelly & Rickey’s engagement photos. I always love doing photo sessions in that area, not only do I get to see my family but I get some pretty awesome locations for my photo shoots, too. This one was extra fun for me because I’ve known Kelly a long time, since she happens to be my brother-in-law’s sister. In fact, Kelly was the first senior I photographed back in 2008 when I was just starting my business and building a portfolio!

I love it when people bring their dogs with to the session! It’s fun that they get to be part of the photos, and in some cases Miles even stole the show. And the setting couldn’t be more perfect, we used Kelly’s family farm which gave us 200+ acres of farm country to play with. Such a treat, you just don’t get that here in the city! Very much looking forward to their wedding day next June!

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