So why did I choose photography as a career? I don’t believe I chose it. I think it chose me.
For as long as I can remember I was drawn to photography. As soon as I got a camera with a rotating bulb in my hand, I photograph everything! And I mean everything! I looked through some of my photographs that were in a trunk of mine and they were of trees, cats, cows, leaves, rocks, sand…ect. You get the idea. I dreamed of photographs and people in faraway countries from National Geographic. I dreamed of the adventures I would go on, the people I would see, and the stories I would tell. I was rarely without a camera throughout the majority of my life – photographing everything still with my imagination. Finally, my Mom gave me a film camera she bought from a friend at a garage sale. I never put anything in it but black and white 35mm – LOVED how nature and people looked in black and white. ( I still do! ) Black and white photographs say so much, express motion, and is not distracted with the color or vibrancy of the image. It was hard for me to transition to a digital camera (besides a point and shoot little camera) I swore I would never do it. I didn’t until my high school best friend asked me to photograph his wedding – it got me thinking. So as soon as I returned from Alaska I applied to every photographer I could find to be their intern. With this internship, I used their equipment and had my Nikon D3000 on hand. Compared to what they had my camera was a baby! During that summer I learned so much but the think I learned the most was that I wanted to be my own photographer. I wanted to capture people memories. So thus I created Natural Intuition Photography!
But … I am going to be honest with you all. When I first started on my own I didn’t want to do weddings! I was scared to be part of a day that only happens once, a stress I didn’t want. And that feeling even grew with the 1st wedding I booked – it was a DISASTER! The wedding was a cold and rainy outdoor wedding, my rented camera gear was not staying charged, and I had multiple panic attacks. (This is where I learned first hand how important it is to have 2 camera bodies, and extra batteries! THANKFULLY I did!) I swore after that I wasn’t going to book anymore weddings, but then I did one more then 4 more than 10 more – after that I ADORED Wedding Photography! I am so thankful to this day that I wouldn’t let myself give up! I am not saying that I learned everything I need to learn, and I do not make mistakes. I am human, they happen – I am not perfect nor do I ever want to be. Yes, I am a perfectionist, and strive to capture every moment the 1st time it happens. But, fearing of mistakes causes you to miss out on true happiness. Again, I am not going to lie, I go into every wedding day terrified that I am going to mess up. I have almost through up a few times (and sometimes I did) but as soon as I meet the couple, hug them, and laugh with everyone – my heart relaxes. I let my heart and soul tell and capture their memories.
When I started this little endeavor of mine I wasn’t sure what to expect – but I knew I was going to work hard to make it grow. Since I first started in 2009 internship, I have photographed almost 200 sessions and weddings combined! ( CRAZY huh!? ) I cannot believe it! Seriously all the memories, the love, the people! I LOVE what I do and look forward to see what it holds for me. So far in 2015 I have 16 weddings booked and cannot wait to capture one of the most important days in their lives. A day filled with so much love, happiness and dancing!
The past few weeks have been a whirlwind, and this week I have gotten my brain back, wrapped around it all – and ready for a double header wedding weekend! The past two weeks I got to do 2 engagement sessions, 2 weddings, and 2 family sessions! I am living high on life after so many giggles, some great client meetings, and words that melted my heart in emails. I have also booked 2, 2015 weddings that I am over the moon excited about!
Check out Kimara and Kris’s outdoor Schmeeckle Reserve Engagement Session by clicking their photo below – and make sure to comment to help the get a complimentary print! We danced, laughed and pet a deer!
And make sure to also check out Denise and Keven’s awesome Dells of Eau Claire Engagement Session by clicking their photo below ! I mean – I had them sit in the middle of the road, while a car was coming down – and they ROCKED it!
OH – and while I am at the blogging awesomeness – check out on of my favorite weddings of 2014 on the blog by clicking the photo below! Chad and Emily’s wedding was filled with love, romance, and great family and friends celebrating their marriage!
Oh man – the wonderful people of the past two weeks just don’t stop! Check out this adorable family below – we walked their backyard, and couldn’t keep our eyes off this adorable little man!
That other family I told you about? That just happened to be my sister’s family – we had so much fun walking some bike trails, throwing leaves and oh so much giggling!
Oh my gosh – I also went to De Pere to meet with Lindsey and Adam for a relaxing coffee and river walk engagement session – the light at their session was oooooh so dreamy! Blog coming soon!
Having a job that both makes you cry with happiness, and stress – it’s this job that I love to the stars! It’s a job that I am thankful everyday to have! Why do I do these weekly reviews? Because people need to know that without you, each and everyone of you – I wouldn’t be here! You all melt my heart with happiness, and make all the sleepless nights and gallons of coffee, oh so worth it! Your guys seriously rock my world!
I have known this family since I was a kid – we all went to the same High School. Emily and one of her sisters, Stephanie, are the reason I went to Alaska for a Summer. So when I got an email from Emily, I was so giddy, and excited! I really really wanted to photograph her wedding, just just because I knew the details were going to be amazing, or that she a beautiful woman – it’s because her family is one of the sweetest families I know! It’s filled with extreme talent of woodworking, sewing, knitting, and painting! Already but that you know the day is going to be beautiful!
Emily and Chad could not have asked for a more beautiful day for their wedding! The whole week before was rainy and cold! Then their wedding weekend came and the clouds parted and the sun came out! It was warm, sunny and filled with great people! As I walked into the Bed and Breakfast, I could hear giggly girls! I then walked into the parlor where all the girls were getting their hair and make up done – everyone was all smiles and filled with excitement. Emily showed me her details, and handmade flowers, oh and her dress! Swoon! As soon as she slipped on that dress with help from her Mom and Best Friend – Emily’s face changed – you could just see the love and excitement! She was ready to marry the love of her life.
The ceremony was down a little hill, you were greeted with bug spray (this was needed for sure!) at a rustic door that when you walked through you were greeted with loving faces, rustic chairs and a handmade arbor. As soon as Emily walked down that isle and Chad saw her, the loving smile on his face – I love those moments! Their ceremony was sweet, funny and filled unique to them. When they walked down the isle they were greeted with hugs from their friends, and a fresh Spotted Cow to celebrate!
Congrats Emily and Chad!
Congratulate these two love birds by commenting on the blog and if they get 15 comments they will recieve a complimentary 11×14 canvas of their favorite image!
With Love and many thanks – Christine
WHERE EVERY AWESOME THING CAME FROM – Brides: Dress : David’s bridal / Shoes : Nordstroms /Jewelry : David’s bridal / Accessories: made by my mother / Bridesmaids Dresses : Macy’s, cache, Herbergers /Jewelry : the limited, Macy’s and charming Charlie’s / Groomsman and Groom : Tuxes / Suits savvy formal wear / Shoes : savvy formal wear / Wedding Details: Catering : Ambrosias / Flowers : handmade by chads aunt / Decorations / Rentals : most came from brides moms house. Either she had them or she made them. I rented the lace linens and some large items from a la crate. / DJ : Andrew Tepolt / Cake / Deserts : made by aunt debbie
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