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Elegant Forest Green Wedding

Lorraine & Paul

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Wisconsin Backyard Wedding 

edna and  jeremy

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I first got to know Dave and Joann’s family when their son, Kevin, married my friend, Royal. Now almost two years later, not only do they have a beautiful daughter in law, but they have a little grandson as well As a mom to the first grandbaby in my family as well, I’ve seen the […]

Joann & Dave’s Fall Mini Session

Mini Sessions

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Kevin and Royal’s Fall Mini Session was the first time I’ve photographed them since their wedding almost two years ago. Since then, they’ve added a sweet little baby boy to their family with eyelashes that would make any girl envious. At eight and a half months old, Keveon loves his mama and daddy and smiles […]

Royal & Kevin’s Fall Mini Session

Mini Sessions

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I never imagined I’d get to photograph a baby sibling’s in-home newborn session after having my own baby. I’ve been asked if it seems strange, and honestly, not at all. It’s definitely uncommon but it’s also the coolest big family. While it’s obviously not the same as having my own baby, in a way it […]

My Baby Brother’s In-home Newborn Session

in-home newborn session | Karen Elise Photography

Personal

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Have you ever wondered what it’s like behind the scenes with me on a typical wedding day? You’ve probably watched wedding photographers from a distance as a guest but you’re wondering what the experience is actually like as a bride. I’m taking you with me throughout the process of photographing a wedding and what you […]

A Typical Wedding Day Behind the Scenes

Karen Elise Photography Wedding Day Experience

For Brides

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The Lake Michigan wind whipped around us as we stood on the beach near Portage Point. As the sunk sank behind the cotton candy clouds, a foreboding deep blue sky hovered overhead. The waves rolled towards shore, tossing and churning. Cool currents meeting warm air tickled and kissed my skin in turn. A storm was […]

Summer Travels to Lake Michigan

Lake Michigan Portage Point | Karen Elise Photography

Personal

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I’ve heard it described as the last birthday you really look forward to. I’ve decided that’s not for me. With getting married at 18 and having my first baby at 19, my life has been an adventure and I’m not about to change that up just because I’ve hit the supposed golden age. This past […]

I’m 21! My Birthday Thoughts and Goals

Personal

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She had always been my “little sister.” As the oldest of four girls, Doris and I were only 16 months apart and it had been very natural to divide into two unofficial parties, the big girls and the little girls. It went on like this for many years, through the stages of crushes, clothes, and […]

My Sister’s Growing Up

Portraits

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I’ve been waiting to share our 2nd anniversary/family session for weeks! We rescheduled at least twice and at the last minute I was scrambling to get everything together. Sarah Jess, my go to hairstylist was unable to do my hair and so I called on my sister. Doris, to help me out. While I was […]

Our Anniversary Family Session Photos Are Here!

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Personal

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I’m keeping it personal today and sharing my new favorite summer drink; raspberry mint iced tea. I love making this as a special addition to an afternoon chat with friends or an at home date night. The recipe was inspired by Virginia, a friend of mine, on Instagram. I took the original recipe and tweaked […]

My New Favorite Summer Drink

Raspberry Mint Iced Tea | Karen Elise Photography

Personal

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Before they ever really knew each other, he made her realize what kind of guy she wanted to marry. Lisa was part of a youth group leadership team, along with Lester’s parents. This meant they saw each other quite a bit but they never really talked. Then, one day after a weekend youth event, Lisa […]

Lisa & Lester’s Indiana Sunset Engagement Session

Indiana Engagement Photography | Karen Elise Photography

Engagements