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Elegant Forest Green Wedding

Lorraine & Paul

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Wisconsin Backyard Wedding 

edna and  jeremy

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Yes, you read that right. We’re expecting another baby in October 2021. We are absolutely thrilled as you can imagine. I’ve been snuggling Jaden a lot more as I realize the short amount of time I have with his as my first born only son. One of my greatest joys as a mom is watching […]

We’re Having a Baby!

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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

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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

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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

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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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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

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The sound of the Lake Michigan waves crashing on the shore reached my ears long before I saw the water. They said the hike was “scenic,” but I think that might just have been good marketing because for all I could see, it was just longer, aaand hillier. But when I reached the top of […]

Jaden’s 1st Trip to Lake Michigan Beach

Lake Michigan Beach Photography

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The last weekend in May, my best friend, Grace, married my uncle Jesse, (we’re only 6 years apart so it’s not weird, haha!) Aaron, Jaden, and I, along with two of my sisters flew out a week beforehand. Being long distance we didn’t get to be a part of their relationship and wedding planning as […]

Our Libby Montana Travels for Grace & Jesse’s Wedding

modest lace bridesmaid dress

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I still remember the way I felt when I first took that pregnancy test and saw that I tested positive. My heart sank and leaped all at the same time. I was completely blown away by the fact that there was a little person growing inside of me that was half me and half of […]

Happy Birthday Son

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We’re all searching and wondering, some of us might be feeling more ill-equipped than others but I know we all feel the pressure of the unknown. I’ve run the course of researching, speculation, and keeping up with all the latest news. There’s a lot of information and opinions out there, along with plenty of problems […]

The Covid-19 Lessons I’m Learning

Covid-19 Lessons | Karen Elise Photography

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