Downtown Chippewa Falls Senior Session Andrew Samplawski

Jessica | Downtown Chippewa Falls Senior Session

 

Meet Jessica! Jessica is a senior at Cameron High School and is graduating with the class of 2019. She and I cruised around downtown Chippewa Falls to capture her senior portraits in a fun, upbeat senior session just last month.

Jessica has a classic beauty. With her long, shining blonde hair and her beautiful blue eyes, she is beautiful both inside and out.  She is very active at Cameron High and has been a member of many clubs and organizations. She says her favorite thing about high school is how she’s been able to meet tons of great people. She will be attending Winona State University in the fall and will be pursuing a career as a physician’s assistant. She loves being able to help patients and to create bonds and relationships with them. She truly has a heart of gold.

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Jessica and I had a meet and greet before her senior portrait session. It was so helpful because I could help her figure out her outfit choices. After all, this was Jessica’s first professional portrait session! But you wouldn’t know it from her pictures– her confidence was through the roof. Her beauty (both inner and outer) shone in each image we captured. Just look at that smile! You’d never know it was her first professional photo shoot.

The great thing about Chippewa Falls portrait sessions is that it gives me the opportunity to have some fun with both urban and natural backdrops. We took portraits all around the area with different outfits and different backgrounds.  We even got some awesome shots of her in a great pink dress—her favorite color. This young lady will go far in life with her dedication and attitude towards life. It was so much fun to capture her senior portraits!

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Are you a Midwest junior or senior? Make sure to reach out to contact me about scheduling your own senior portrait session. Your senior pictures should be as unique and as individual as you are. And, if you’re a high school athlete, remember that I also offer extreme sports sessions which are perfect to capture your game face.

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Jessica | Chippewa Falls Senior Session

 

I recently had a chance to meet up with Brooke to capture her senior portrait session. We had a great day taking photos around Chippewa Falls and Lake Wissota. I had so much fun with Brooke taking her senior portraits.

Lake Wissota Senior Photography

Brooke is graduating from Chippewa Falls High School in 2019 and while she is not sure what her plans are after graduation, she’s already had a chance to move from one high school to another and is a pro at embracing change. She says that moving schools has allowed her so many more opportunities to make new friends and to forge new relationships because there are so many neat people everywhere you go. This sweet young lady tries to be the kind of person who puts others first. Not only that, but growing up she always wanted to be like her greatest role model: her mother. Brooke also shared that her high school experience taught her that no matter what, if you always stay true to yourself, it will always work out. That level of optimism and that outgoing attitude was so present in her senior portraits.

Brooke and I had a meet and greet before her Lake Wissota senior session and it really helped me to get a read on who she is and what was important to her. I already knew Brooke, since I photographed her brother, a family portrait session with her whole family, and now her senior portraits.  But, even though I’d already had a chance to meet her, I wanted to make sure I took the time to get to know what she wanted out of her senior portrait session. With my high school senior sessions, it’s important to me that the entire session is personalized to that high school senior’s style. Midwest seniors are all unique, and their senior portraits should be, too!

That’s why we hit up the streets and country backroads to find her some locations that reflect Brooke. From cityscape to country life, we worked together to find backgrounds that were important to her. Wandering down those country roads, we were even able to capture her inner love for bow hunting and water.

Brooke is full of spunk! While she might seem timid and shy, once you get to know her, she’s got a high-energy personality. She spiced up her senior session with a super fun outfit and wedges. It was so much fun to capture a session that was totally Brooke. Thank you, Brooke for letting me be your senior photographer!

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If you’re a Midwest senior, and you want a personalized senior portrait experience like Brooke’s, make sure to contact me! It would be my pleasure to capture your personality in your senior portraits.

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Kiara | Chippewa Falls Senior Session

FEATURED SENIOR | KIARA! I had a fun day with Kiara, cruising around Chippewa Falls for her senior portrait session.

Kiara enjoys volleyball and plans to attend Winona State University after her graduation with the class of 2019. Growing up, she wanted to be a doctor because she so very much enjoyed the TV show, Grey’s Anatomy. Now, she plans on becoming a psychiatrist because of her love for helping others. Kiara and I had a meet and greet before her session and that helped her to prepare for our senior session. It also helped me get to know her so I could plan ahead on the spots we visited while capturing her portrait session. Even though Kiara started out nervous, she opened up quickly and we had so much fun.

One of my favorite things about senior portrait sessions is how many different backgrounds we end up using. From some of the more urban backdrops downtown to fun in the hydrangeas, to literally stopping traffic, and then finally ending up at the waterfront, we explored so many different looks and different backdrops. Chippewa Falls has so many different sides, as does Kiara! It was fun to explore them all.

I have to say that some of my favorite images were taken at the end of the session when we were at the water. Kiara kicked off her shoes and splashed off the side of a dock and then, after a quick costume change, I pulled out the fog machine and took some more dramatic shots in her stunning gown!

Kiara, thank you so much for trusting me to be your senior portrait photographer.  I had a complete blast during your portrait session. I hope your senior year is amazing and wish you the best of luck at Winona State!

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Thanks to Kiara for asking me to be her photographer and thank you for stopping by to see this fun Chippewa Falls senior portrait session. Are you a Midwest senior or Midwest Junior interested in finding a senior portrait photographer? Make sure to contact me today for more information about senior portrait photography!

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Clayton | Irvine Park Senior Session

 

Today’s featured senior is Clayton! I met up with Clayton over the summer to capture his senior portrait session in Irvine Park in Chippewa Falls.

Clayton says the most enjoyable part of high school was making memories with all his friends in the sports he plays. Through the different sports teams and sporting events he’s been part of through his high school career, he’s had the opportunity to meet new people and make amazing memories. He said that was a rewarding and enjoyable experience.

Growing up, he wanted to be an architect because building things and designing things captivated his interest. He called it a form of art that is displayed to anyone who even walks by! Now, he plans to be a financial advisor to help other people be responsible with their money to have a better life. I think that’s such a worthy and admirable goal! While he hasn’t if he will be attending college in Madison or La Crosse, with that outlook I am sure Clayton will be successful!

Irvine Park Senior Photography

Clayton was awesome to hang out with during his senior portrait session. We jammed out to some tunes during his session. I have to say, Clayton has some great style! He was up for having some fun which allowed me to be more creative with his senior photography. We hit up some locations I’ve never photographed before!

Clayton was a big help in finding different backgrounds in the forest at Irvine. It was an adventure that we took together and I had a blast with him. In fact, Clayton told me that he has even more ideas for portraits now, if he had the opportunity to have another session.  I love when senior portrait sessions are a fun experience! It means I’m doing a good job at being a senior photographer!

Clayton, thanks for asking me to photograph your senior portrait session! I had a blast adventuring in the woods at Irvine Park and I hope we can do it again someday!

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Make sure that your senior portraits are a reflection of you! As a Midwest high school senior, this exciting time in your life should be preserved for years to come. Don’t settle for a standard background! Together we can find the best locations around Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls to make your senior portraits unique. If you’d like to schedule your own senior session, make sure to contact me and we can talk about how to make your images a reflection of you.

Jarrod | Chippewa Falls Senior Session

Today’s featured senior is Jarrod! I met up with Jarrod for a senior portrait session in and around the Chippewa Falls area.

Jarrod opted not to have a meet and greet ahead of our senior portrait session, so I met him for the first time on the day of the shoot.  I loved getting to spend time with him and get to know him. For a gentleman who didn’t really want to take pictures – he rocked his session and had some great portraits created.

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Every senior and every senior session is different. So we took our time wandering around Chippewa Falls taking pictures. These portraits ranged from more serious pictures to some more fun shots, where Jarrod’s smile really lit up the whole image. Jarrod also admitted having a senior session was more fun than he thought it would be. As a senior photographer, that’s always my goal! I want you to have fun during your photography session!

Jarrod says the most enjoyable thing about high school was being able to hang out with his friends. While growing up, he wanted to be a pilot because he thought that would be cool. But now, he is working towards a career in architecture or mechanical engineering. He likes to design things and see them built. He plans to attend the Milwaukee School of Engineering here in Wisconsin in pursuit of that goal.

While his favorite color is black, he wore a few different colors during his portrait session as well as a sharp white button down for a more professional look.

Thank you, Jarrod, for asking me to be your senior portrait photographer. I am sure you’ll build and design great things in your future and I wish you the best of luck at MSOE!

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Make sure that your senior portraits are a reflection of you! As a Midwest high school senior, this exciting time in your life should be preserved for years to come. If you’d like to schedule your own senior session, make sure to contact me and we can talk about how to make your senior photography session as unique as you are. Sessions book quickly, so don’t delay to make sure you can get your portrait session done in time for the holidays!

Now Jade Resort Destination Wedding Andrew Samplawski Photography

Tiffini and Dan Destination Wedding

 

Tiffini and Dan were married on April 16th in an amazing destination wedding at Now Jade Resort in Riviera Cancun, Mexico. I was lucky enough to be the wedding photographer for not only their destination wedding in Mexico, but also their second wedding reception for friends and family back here in Wisconsin at the Skyline Golf Course in Black River Falls. I consider it both an honor and a privilege to photograph these amazing events for this great couple.

Now Jade Resort Destination Wedding in Mexico

The wonderful thing about destination weddings is the fact that you can get married in paradise, surrounded by gorgeous landscapes and magnificent vistas. The same was true for Tiffini and Dan’s destination wedding at the Now Jade Resort in Riviera Cancun. The day was gorgeous with a light breeze off the Gulf of Mexico and the tropical sun was shining brightly.

On the day of the wedding, Tiffini had her hair and makeup done at the salon right on site at the resort. Her up-do was absolutely beautiful. Meanwhile, Dan was spending time with the groomsmen that morning. The previous evening, Dan and the groomsmen had a gift-opening ceremony. He had gifted each of the gentlemen a handsome watch, socks, and matching ties.

Getting ready for the day with the bridesmaids was a special time for Tiffini. She was so happy to be surrounded by these important women in her life who had travelled so far to be a part of her special day. Her stepmother, Tina, helped her get into her stunning wedding gown.

Dan and Tiffini did a first look out on the beach in a secluded area with an awe-inspiring view of the coastline. Tiffini came up behind Dan and when he turned to see his beautiful bride, his whole face lit up. The first look allowed them to spend some quiet time alone together, just enjoying the spectacular scenery and preparing for the day to come.

After some wedding portraits, we went back to the lobby to cool off. The lobby of the Now Jade was simple in its elegance and made a great backdrop for family portraits. After portaits were done, we had a pre- ceremony cocktail hour featuring the bride and groom’s signature cocktail: Mini Beer Shots! A Mini Beer is just that- a shot that looks like a miniature beer. It’s made with Licor 43, a smooth Spanish liqueur comprised of 43 secret ingredients. Then, it’s finished with a dash of cream to add the foamy head. It was such a fun choice for their party! Read more

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Ann and Tressie Wedding

 

Ann and Tressie were married on June 30th with a ceremony and reception at the Barn on Stoney Hill in Chippewa County, Wisconsin. When I met these two during their engagement session in Eau Claire, I knew their wedding day would be amazing. These two ladies have such great personalities and their love is so easy to capture. I was so excited to be their wedding photographer for their same sex wedding.

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The day of the wedding, we started out hair and makeup in the morning at Tressie’s aunt’s house. Alberto was my second shooter and Sara was our photography assistant for the day. The home was beautiful, filled with light, and we chose to do a first look on the beautiful staircase. After that first look, we took some formal wedding portraits around the property of the brides. Then we traveled over to the Leine Lodge in Chippewa Falls. We spent some time there relaxing and preparing for the day to come. The wedding party joined us and then everyone continued over to The Barn on Stoney Hill.

It was a beautiful hot day but there was a constant reminder that in Wisconsin, late June also usually means summer storms. Those storm clouds threatened us all day, but luckily, the rain never impacted our wedding photography. And besides, rain on you wedding day signifies good luck, right?  Read more

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Tyler & Bryce Wedding

 

Tyler and Bryce were married on May 26 with a ceremony and reception at Stonebrooke Golf Club in Shakopee, Minnesota.

Tyler and Bryce’s Stonebrooke Golf Club Wedding

One of the great things about a wedding venue like Stonebrook Golf Club is that you can have all the wedding day activities at the same place. That was true for Tyler and Bryce’s late spring wedding. They had their ceremony, cocktail hour, portraits and reception all on site at the golf club. The day began with the wedding party getting ready. Tyler and Bryce showed up ready to rock and roll in their stylish suits from Men’s Warehouse. One of the things I love when photographing same sex weddings is the variation in the wedding parties.  Whether a maid of honor or a man of honor, it’s all about love. That was true for this wedding party– it was a mix of guys and girls, and they all had one thing in common: they adored Bryce and Tyler.

Stonebrooke Golf Club is a gorgeous venue. Since it is both a wedding venue and a high-end golf course, there were strict restrictions about where on the course we could go. But the landscaping and gardens were gorgeous, offering us a beautiful backdrop for formal wedding portraits with the wedding party and the grooms’ families ahead of the ceremony. From the brightly colored florals to the stone patios and outdoor fireplaces, there were plenty of beautiful backdrops for wedding photography. And, of course, the rolling green of the golf course was present as well!

Their ceremony took place outside near a waterfall. It was a lovely little spot for a ceremony with the beautiful water flowing over rocks. It was warm, but overall it was a beautiful Minnesota spring day. Tyler and Bryce had a simple, heartfelt ceremony with their friend, Amber marrying them. They greeted guests inside with cocktail hour. The flowers from Shakopee Floral were gorgeous. And the cupcakes from Nothing Bundt Cakes were moist and delicious. During dinner, the toasts were awesome. You can tell that Anna, Nikko and Jacky had so much love for the grooms! Since I hadn’t had the chance to spend a lot of time with Tyler and Bryce before the wedding, it was very special to hear the words of love and congratulations that their friends and family shared. Read more

Naomi and Ryan | Eau Claire Engagement Session

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I met up with Naomi and Ryan just recently to photograph their engagement session all around downtown Eau Claire.

Eau Claire Engagement Photography

We had an awesome day exploring downtown Eau Claire together. This engagement session really was a lot of fun while I had a chance to get to know Naomi and Ryan a little better. Eau Claire has so much personality, and we captured many different sides of the city! I love how there’s such a variety of backgrounds to play with here because it gives my couples so many kinds of portraits. We went down by the water and took pictures with the bridge in the background and the wildflowers gave us pops of color in the background. We went to Phoenix Park, where the grass was green and lush. Naomi and Ryan did a few costume changes while we were out on the road, so there is so much awesome variety in these engagement portraits! Read more

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Destination Wedding Trash-the-Dress

After Tiffini and Dan’s destination wedding in Mexico, I had an opportunity to meet up with them for a post-wedding day underwater Trash-the-dresss mini-session. When we met up at the resort, I asked if they were down for doing some underwater pictures in the pool. At first, they were a little bit hesitant, but they decided to trust me and I am thrilled at the resulting images.

Underwater Trash-the-Dress Session

Tiffini put on her wedding dress and Dan put on a button up and we headed out on a post-wedding adventure to capture some moments of the two of them—now as husband and wife. As a wedding photographer, I am always after creative, unique ways to create memories and moments for my couples in their photography. So, when Tiffini and Dan agreed to some underwater images, I knew it was going to be a session to remember.

We discussed what to expect and made a plan as to what we would try to accomplish and agreed on ways to communicate under the water using hand signals. Because a wedding gown can get very heavy when it gets wet, it was important for us to plan beforehand in order to keep Tiffini safe and comfortable. I’ve done a number of these underwater sessions and every time it’s a blast. It’s something unique… something different… and something that very few photographers do. I’m one of those photographers that chases after unique and different ideas to create jaw dropping moments. But I wouldn’t be able to do it without the trust of my couples. I’m always thankful that my couples put their trust in me to deliver gorgeous, creative wedding photography.

My favorite moment was the image of the couple as they jumped into the water. It was a great capture, a one-time shot. Too early and the joy and excitement wouldn’t have been there. Too late and they would have been in the water.  I got them at just the right moment, with smiles of giddy glee as they jumped into the water.  Just like that moment when they “took the plunge” and said “I do,” they had such an amazing look of exhilaration in their eyes. We came, we saw, we conquered.

I loved the way this mini-session turned out. Every single image is filled with grace and drama. I chose to share most of these photos in black and to highlight the emotions, movement and striking imagery. Black and white images are liberating, because it’s just a single moment captured in time. The love Dan and Tiffini have for one another is absolutely beautiful.

Thank you so much, Dan and Tiffini for trusting me. I am thrilled with the images from your underwater mini-session. I can’t wait to share your destination wedding images in an upcoming post!

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