On June 9, I had the priviledge of photographing Amanda (Haas) & Nick Isaksson’s wedding. The ceremony and reception took place in Madison, Wisconsin at the Lussier Family Heritage Center.
Beautiful people (inside & out). Beautiful Wisconsin day. What more can a photographer ask for?
Amanda is a friend of a good friend, therefore I felt like I knew her before I actually met her. This is my first time photographing an outdoor wedding, and boy what a difference a natural background makes. My trip to Madison made me very homesick for that great city.
Thank you Amanda & Nick for asking me to be part of your day. I hope you enjoy the pics. It was hard to narrow it down to 30-ish for this post. Excited for you (Amanda & Nick) to see the other 400
Posted in Loving Madison, Weddings, Wisconsin | Tagged Lussier Family Heritage Center, madison wedding, Madison WI, natural setting, Outdoor photography, Photography, Wedding, Wisconsin wedding | 3 Comments »
While I’m loving my life in Colorado, I seriously miss these little girls. My sister and Dave have the silliest, sweetest girls around.
I was back in Wisconsin for Easter and enjoyed quality time at Stella & Camille’s Blue House. We hit up one of our favorite places, the Elegant Farmer (remember this place from my post Babies and Apples and Pumpkins. Oh My. back in November 2010?). The smiling barn hosts an Easter Petting Zoo, which has become an annual Kertscher Family ritual. My mom and I were happy to tag along.
Stella is now considering becoming a farmer when “her gets big” – a farmer, a mail lady and a cake maker. Camille will most likely follow in her big sister’s footsteps. We shall see.
Posted in Family, My Nieces, Wisconsin | Tagged Bunnies, Easter, Elegant Farmer, Petting Zoo, The Elegant Farmer, Wisconsin | 2 Comments »
Here I am. With a job. Living in Denver, Colorado. Things are good.
Work is stressful, but I am happy to be under stress. Strange, I know. But I needed some sort of obligation to feel like I have a purpose. This reminds me – I need to talk to my retired father about finding a hobby beyond the stock market. I think he and I are identical in the sense that we need to have a purpose to what we do everyday to feel fulfilled and happy. Which is why I seriously struggled with unemployment. Thankfully it didn’t last long.
My sister Jane and brother-in-law Al visited two weekends ago and my college roommates, Chelsie, Klug and Rochelle, were here last weekend. I’ve enjoyed all my visitors. And now, I have no idea what to do with myself this weekend sans visitors. Okay, that’s not true. I’m going to a speakeasy in the Highlands tonight, wine tasting tomorrow and (hopefully) skiing Sunday. But still, I’m having a hard time recovering from my visitor high.
What I currently miss most about Wisconsin: Cabin time. Ridiculous because it’s not even summer. My family is meeting at our cabin in Rhinelander, Wisconsin for a weekend of catching up and apparently the boys are planning on ice fishing. There isn’t a whole lot else to do at a cabin in northern Wisconsin in the middle of winter besides this, eating and playing games (Oh, and snowmobiling if you’re into that. I personally am not). It’s also important to keep in mind, it is a two bedroom cabin with six adults and two children. Sounds awful to some, I’m sure. But I am sad to miss this.
So again, here I am. 26 years old. Figuring out life as it flies by. Trying my hardest not to miss my family and Wisconsin too badly. Thankfully, I live close to the mountains. Oh Ma Gosh, life is good.
Jane & Al's visit - Anna, Kyle, me, Matthew, Jane, & Al in Vail
College Roomie Visit (me, Klug, Chels & Rochelle) in Beaver Creek
Posted in Colorado, Wisconsin | Tagged cabin, cabin time, colorado, Denver, job, retired father, Rhinelander, unemployment, visitors, Wisconsin, work stress | 1 Comment »
Today is Veterans Day. And every Veterans Day we honor those who have so bravely served this country. I’m taking a blogging moment to remember and honor the people in my life who have served our country. Starting with my Grandpa Jack.
My Grandpa Jack (John) Metternich served in WWII. This August, my family and I sat down to read letters he wrote to his wife Ruth and their oldest daughter Julie in 1943, while he was at Sea. I would love for my mom to write about my Grandfather’s experience serving America. She is a wealth of family knowledge, especially regarding his time in Iowa Jima. So Mom, if you are reading this, please send me a little something and I’ll add it to this post.
I took these photos that night to capture my own little piece of family history. The first photo is a close-up of the first of many letters my grandpa wrote his wife and daughter. We figured my Gammie Ruth saved all the letters, but weren’t sure where they were until this summer when my mom stumbled upon the shoe box full of letters and photos – six years after his passing and thirteen after hers. I look forward to reading these letters again and again.
My Dearest Ruth & Julie – Feb. 18 1945 at Sea.
Cribbage, Dec. ’43 – Jack on right
Posted in Family | Tagged iowa jima, jack metternich, john metternich, ruth metternich, veterans day, WWII | Leave a Comment »
Pinterest is the best waste of time since… Facebook. I’m obsessed. I created a board “Photog Inspirations.” where I pin photos that (obviously) inspire me to recreate, or remind me of photos I’ve taken at some point in my life.
Pinned this classic – girls doing The Marilyn. Actually, five girls doing The Marilyn. A little scandalous.
In college, my roomie Molly and I jumped on the opportunity… er Lake Street air vent… (around bar time) to do The Marilyn.
And of course, so did Jones.
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I thought I left the crazy weather in Wisconsin. So wrong!
I wandered around Cheesman Park (my new hood) Wednesday afternoon post snow fall. Crazy to see the gorgeous fall colors covered with a thick coat of wet white snow. Crazy, but beautiful. Enjoy!
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One of my favorite photo bloggers, Color Me Katie posts the “10 Things I Love…” every so often on her colorful photo blog. Seeing as imitation is the greatest form of flattery (and I did something similar last fall), I am going to create a monthly post with the same concept, “10 Things That Make Me Happy.”
Living in a new city, away from family and friends, I am not all that surprised by the things that make me happy. And you probably won’t be surprised either…
Stella's 1st (incredibly sweet, yet awkward) preschool photo,
every second of Wisconsin sports - Go Pack! Go Brewers! Go Badgers! (Photo via Sconnie),
timely quotes that prevent me from hitting send on that crazy email I wrote late last night,
randomly moving into the same house in Denver Eric lived in,
free iPhone app (My Sketch) that turns photos into pencil drawings (back in the day I paid $10 for this at the mall) and Camille in Marisa's cocoon at the cabin,
photos of my dad and Dutch playing ball in Starin Park,
new mom Leanne showing off her sweet baby Zoe,
the new Starin Road extension off Hwy 59 into Whitewater (makes the Blue House to Brick House commute that much quicker),
"Matroyshka" anything - reminds me of my mom, Marisa & Camille,
and the creepy Zombie Barbie photo Chelsie emailed the Barbies.
Posted in 10 Thing That Make Me Happy, Colorado, Discovering Denver, Facebook, Family, Friends, iPhotography, My Nieces, Wisconsin | Tagged awkward preschool photo, Denver, free iphone apps, Matroyshka, my sketch, quotes, Starin Park, Whitewater, Whitewater WI, wisconsin sports, Zombie Barbie | 1 Comment »