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Morgan & Brady | Duluth Engagement Session

I met up with Morgan and Brady in Duluth for an engagement session, and I enjoyed not only playing tour guide but photographing this hilarious couple. Morgan and Brady had never been to Duluth, but they were absolute rock stars as they ran with my suggestions for places to get some great engagement portraits. 

We had a blast all around Duluth, and I can honestly say that the two of them are a joy to be around. They complement one another and love each other unconditionally, but best of all, they weren’t afraid to be themselves, which is perfect for photography, because it makes it easier for me to capture those genuine moments and smiles. I particularly loved some of the dip pictures, because they perfectly capture that feeling.

Of course, since they are huge Green Bay Packer fans, we couldn’t pass up the chance to do some shots in their gear. Jordy Nelson is one of their favorite players, and since Brady’s last name is the same as Jordy’s, they wanted to add in a surprise to their engagement session and have a Baby Nelson’s photo to announce that they were expecting a new addition to the Nelson Family. Those are some of my favorite pictures from the session—they are both clearly over-the-moon excited, and they had a blast with the itty bitty onesie finding new ways to pose with it.

Sadly, the weather wasn’t quite as good as we might have hoped it would be. It rained on us a bit, and the sky was gray rather than blue—but when I had a couple that couldn’t stop laughing with each other and being sarcastic and hilarious, we were able to get some incredible imagery anyway.

Brady & Morgan, thank you for asking me to be your  photographer for your engagement session as well as your wedding next year! I’m so excited for you two to be married next year, and I know you’re going to be amazing parents!

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McKayla | Memorial High Senior Session

I met up with McKayla for a senior portrait session in Chippewa Falls area.

McKayla is in her senior year at Memorial High School in Eau Claire. She is a swimmer and competes often with great success.  We got together in the afternoon and wandered through a number of different locations around Chippewa Falls. She has such a vibrant personality and a mega-watt smile, so I wanted to make sure we took pictures in a number of different places to capture the different sides of her personality.

We wandered around down the streets of town, and then made our way to a grassy field.  I loved how McKayla’s beautiful hair spread out around her like a cascade. It was such a lovely contrast to the vibrant green of the grass. Not to mention, laughter was sparkling in her eyes because I had her lay down in the grass.  She loves the outside, especially when she can stretch out in a hammock. McKayla also is a summer camp counselor and loves the time she spends there with her campers. So, these fun outdoor shots lined up with her love for being outside.

We also lucked out as we were walking along the waterfront, where a beautiful sailboat was docked. The owner was there and allowed us to take pictures on the boat. I love how McKayla looks like she is embarking on an exciting adventure. And, really, in a way– she is! Senior year is such an exciting time for teens. Just like in a swim meet, seniors are poised to dive off the platform into the rest of their lives. There is nothing but opportunity ahead, whether that leads to college, service, travel or employment. While it is both scary and maybe a little intimidating, it is nonetheless one of the most exciting times in a teenager’s life.

Whether she was laying in flowers, walking through the tall grass or splashing in the creek, it was a blast to spend the day with McKayla.

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Veronica & Andy | Madeline Island Wedding

Andy and Veronica were married on August 18th, with a ceremony on Madeline Island.

I started out the day photographing Veronica as she and her maid of honor, Jolene, got dressed in their hotel room. Andy was with his best man, Michael, in a different room so that they wouldn’t see each other ahead of the ceremony, and then the boys left early so that they could help to get the arch set up on the beach next to Lake Michigan.

With everything set up perfectly and the waves of the lake providing a gorgeous backdrop, everyone and everything was ready to go… except for the officiant. As you can probably imagine, there was no small amount of panic as everyone made multiple attempts to find the officiant. But eventually, Andy and Veronica decided that they still wanted to have their beachside wedding and held an impromptu ceremony.

It wasn’t until later that the officiant finally made it to the island so that Andy and Veronica could hold their real ceremony and legally tie the knot. They victoriously held up their marriage certificate once everything was signed. The later ceremony ended up being a beautiful moment as the sun was starting to set and the golden light glowed all around them. It ended up being a beautiful moment even after all that stress earlier, with the waves hitting the rocks as the sun set behind them. They looked like something out of a movie. Their first sunset as husband and wife was simply magical.

All throughout the day, I had a blast with Andy and Veronica as we adventured out into the wilderness to grab some wedding portraits. I loved being able to take advantage of the natural beauty all around us on Madeline Island. It was also easy to capture the genuine warmth and love these two share. My job as a wedding photographer is always easier when I have such perfect subjects and backgrounds to work with.

Veronica & Andy, thank you for allowing me to be a part of your destination wedding. I’m glad that you were able to get the beautiful sunset ceremony you deserve!

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Liz | Chippewa Falls Senior Session

Before the school year started, I met up with Liz for a senior session at Chippewa Falls, a hidden location nearby that I love but have never used yet to use for these sessions for the variety of backgrounds they have.

Liz is a senior at Stanley Boyd High School and she came prepared for her session. She met up with me with her mom, Lia, as well as a vehicle full of props & clothes for a more personalized session. The suitcase and the globe were the perfect props to show that Liz is really going places—and has the whole world ahead of her as she prepares to transition into adulthood.

Of course, the day wasn’t just about fun props, either. Liz had a whole collection of different outfits, from fun to classy, to showcase all the different aspects of her personality as well as her life. She could go from the classically beautiful look of a black dress and pearls wading in water to the casually comfortable look of jeans and sandals seamlessly, which made her a joy to photograph. I love getting to really work on a whole range of images like this.

Liz was capable of real class and glamour, but the best part was when she would let her goofy side come out. She and her mom had brought a bunch of different hats for some whimsical pictures, though some of my favorites were of Liz in her bright yellow boots wading out into the water. She was up for anything to get some fun pictures, and these images really captured that adventurous spirit. 

And did I mention she plays Volleyball? Congrats on a great season!!

And to top it all off… we walked down the street from my studio & grabbed a delicious waffle cone at Olsen’s Ice Cream! And we had a blast because Liz’s personality was shining as she loves ice cream & we were to make it happen!

Thank you, Liz and Lia, for coming out and spending a gorgeous day with me for your senior session. I know you are going places, Liz, and I can’t wait to see you take the world by storm. Thanks also to Jayde, from Touch of Class, who did the hair and makeup for this session. You knocked it out of the park!

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Fall Family Portraits

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Top 5 Tips for Planning Fall Family Portraits

Temperatures are dropping, leaves are changing, and the light has that unmistakable golden glow that can mean only one thing:  fall is here! Fall is the perfect time of year to plan for family portraits. By getting new family portraits taken in the fall, you will have those new images ready for your mantle this coming holiday season. With the crispness to the air and the brightness of the colors, autumn is a beautiful backdrop to weddings and family portraits alike. To help you plan, here are my top 5 tips for planning fall family portraits. Read more

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Chelsea & Jack | Bridgeport Art Center Wedding

Bridgeport Art Center Wedding Andrew Samplawski Photography

Chelsea and Jack were married on July 8th, with a ceremony and reception at the Bridgeport Art Center in Chicago.

My second shooter, Alberto, and I had a blast at this Chicago-area wedding, especially because we had perfect vendors to work with. With a genuine couple like Chelsea and Jack paired with the historic sights of the city, we were spoiled as photographers. Their love was so natural, their affection so effortless that it made photographing them so easy. Working with great people against a stunning, iconic backdrop like the Chicago skyline made for an excellent trip.

After a sweet first look shared between the bride and groom, we took pictures with the whole wedding party on the waterfront near the SHED aquarium. The wedding party had as much character as the locations we were visiting. It’s not every wedding that I see a bride thrown that high into the air! I couldn’t help but laugh when they threw Jack into the air as well. It really set a tone of fun for the day having everyone in this wedding party so excited to celebrate with their friends. Read more

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Joey | Chippewa Falls Senior Session

Chippewa Falls Senior Session Andrew Samplawski Photography

It’s senior session season again. Every year, I’m excited to see the new crop of young people getting ready to enter adulthood, and every year, I’m impressed with the kids I get to meet. This time around, I met up with Joe for a senior session at a nearby hidden location in Chippewa Falls. I loved getting to know this young man and celebrating this exciting time in his life with him.

Joey is an active senior at Cadott High School. He’s into football and basketball, so I made sure to get pictures of him wearing his jerseys to show off his love of the game. He put on his game face (and game paint) for some epic shots—looking like he was ready to take on a championship game. When taking pictures with high school seniors, I love taking the opportunity to capture their interests and passions.

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Don’t Choose Boring Favors – Make an impression!

 

Wedding season is amping up for us here at Andrew Samplawski Photography and one of the fun things I love to personally photograph are the wedding details! Details make everything and when you have unique and different details – they make your wedding memorable because sometimes “it’s the small things in life.”

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Amy & Brian | Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church Wedding

Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church Independence Wedding Andrew Samplawski Photography

Amy and Brian were married on June 25 with a ceremony at the Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church and a ceremony at a private residence in Independence WI. Congratulations, lovebirds! Amy and Brian not only trusted us with photographing their special day but also with their videography. With Jeff as my second shooter and Jenelle on video, we had all creative angles covered. Read more

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Jayme & Aaron | Metropolis Resort Wedding

Metrepolis Resort Eau Claire WI Wedding Andrew Samplawski Photography

Jayme and Aaron were married on June 18 with their ceremony and reception at the Metropolis Resort in Eau Claire, WI.

I wanted to take a moment to reflect back on Jayme and Aaron’s epic wedding as they celebrated their one year anniversary.  Congratulations to you both! This wedding really stands out in memory because the whole day was filled with love. From the first pictures of Jayme with her bridesmaids to the very last shots of the night, the moments were filled with joy and the shared love for this couple. Read more