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A Target Family Christmas

Have yourself a merry little Target Christmas! Read about and see some images from this featured family session which was shot at the Hudson, WI Target. Totally different session than any other!

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Local Boutique Feature: Shoppy Chic

Discover this amazing local business! Gorgeous boutique bags hand-made by Cindy Ritger, owner and operator of Shoppy Chic in beautiful downtown River Falls, WI. 

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Summer Vacations and Life Changes

Oh summer, you come and go so quickly. It seems as though last week summer vacation began and the summer heat slowly made it's way in, prompting impromptu outings to ice cream shops and Perch Lake. I love long days and the freedom of comfy t-shirts and shorts. I love the feeling of being free of coats, boots, and cold hands. I heard that winter will be pretty cold this year... you know it's bad when you live up north and they say it's going to be "cold". Hmmm... enough said.

At this moment I prefer to reminisce about summer experiences. My husband and I took our three kids on a lengthy road trip across the west to the coast. We saw some beautiful sites and spent far more time in the car then I have in my entire life! Our first leg was to Colorado, 14 hours. We got to see and spend time with a close friend from college and reconnect. She showed us some beautiful places such as Garden of the Gods and Cave of the Winds (this was at such a high elevation that I kept getting light headed)!

Garden of the Gods, CO

Garden of the Gods, CO

View from up by Cave of the Winds

View from up by Cave of the Winds

We spent several days and then moved on. We stopped in Utah to sleep and then did another 14 hour stretch of driving to the Redwood National Forest on the northern California coast. On the way through Utah I saw the Bonneville Salt Flats for the first time. It was at sunrise and absolutely beautiful.

Bonneville Salt Flats, UT. 

Bonneville Salt Flats, UT. 

Salt.

Salt.

Once we arrived to the Redwoods I was absolutely awestruck by the beauty. I love trees, but I can being to convey the majesty of these ancient giants. I think everyone should go there at least once. Here are a few of my favorite images:

Circle of Redwoods growing out of one stump.

Circle of Redwoods growing out of one stump.

Fallen Redwood

Fallen Redwood

Fallen Redwood.

Fallen Redwood.

You couldn't see the top from the bottom!

You couldn't see the top from the bottom!

It was such a peaceful beautiful place and I hope to go back and see more of the forest some day. 

After several days we drove north up the Oregon Coast. It was gorgeous! We had the opportunity to see whales for the first time. They were magnificent and beautiful!

Scenic Oregon Coast

Scenic Oregon Coast

We beach combed for agates at Gold's Beach and explored other areas looking for what ever jewels nature had to offer. 

Panorama. Loved all the driftwood!

Panorama. Loved all the driftwood!

Stranded Jellyfish

Stranded Jellyfish

We stayed in Cape Meares, OR right on the border of Tillamook. It was a quiet and peaceful area, very little traffic and not many tourists. The ocean is such a magical place! We did go to some tourist spots naturally. The Tillamook Cheese Factory is the antithesis to any healthy diet, but I enjoyed my giant waffle cup and ice cream (wasn't hungry for a while after that)!

After completing our stay on the coast we stayed with family in Canby, OR. We spent a day exploring Portland by hiking the 4T trail. I won't go too much into it but it involves both hiking some beautiful trails and seeing Portland on foot and via public transportation. I loved seeing it on foot versus driving through. My kids were exhausted by the end, but they got to see and experience something they wouldn't have otherwise.

 

Portion of the 4T trail: Portland, OR

Portion of the 4T trail: Portland, OR

Portion of the 4T trail: Highest point in Portland

Portion of the 4T trail: Highest point in Portland

4T trail, headed to down town Portland

4T trail, headed to down town Portland

Waiting for food truck goodness before continuing on...

Waiting for food truck goodness before continuing on...

Waiting for the light rail. Starting to get hot and a bit tired.

Waiting for the light rail. Starting to get hot and a bit tired.

He probably won't remember this, I'm glad I have proof!

He probably won't remember this, I'm glad I have proof!

Voodoo Donuts... our destination, the thing that kept our kids going. Lol

Voodoo Donuts... our destination, the thing that kept our kids going. Lol

Perhaps he'll remember this carousel of goodness?

Perhaps he'll remember this carousel of goodness?

We loved Oregon.

We arrived back in Utah after our Oregon visit and stayed a while. We celebrated my son's 5th birthday with family. It was a fun way to spend his birthday amongst the people we love the most. 

5 years

5 years

We completed our visit and drove back to Utah, without stopping for sleep. It was a 22 hour drive and my husband and I took turns. After having driven so much already, we just thought, "Why not?!" Our kids were amazing travelers and I'm pretty sure additional road trips will be in our future!

Now that we are back it's been tricky trying to get back into a schedule of any kind. I've started to refocus on my photography business and wanting to be sure everything is in order before the fall season hits with all it's force!  

I have some big life changes coming my way, my youngest will now be in school which opens my schedule up for the first time in 13 years (I have three kids)! I have so much I want to do and am so excited to have some time to put towards things I have put off! If you took the time to read this whole post let me know what your favorite summer activity was in the comments below and I'll give you a $25 gift certificate to go towards print product purchases for your next session!

 

 

Mothers

Are you guilty of always being the one behind the camera instead of in front of the camera at special family occasions? When going through your photo books does it ever appear the children in the book are *motherless*? It's been a goal of mine in the past few years to try and be in family event pictures simply because I want my kids to be reminded that I did in fact spend time with them, and to remind myself that I spent time with them! ;-)

This spring (now through May 31st) I am offering the Mother-Child session. This entails me coming to your home or other favorite location to photograph you and your child(ren) doing some of your favorite things together. Reading, bike rides, hiking, cooking, etc. These images would not be formally posed, but gently directed. We will plan beforehand what you would like to do with the images, whether it be a keepsake album, a framed collage piece, or a fun image cube to put on display in your kid's room. The goal is for you to have a tangible keepsake for your children. A visual reminder of the special relationship they have with you, their mother. Click HERE for details.

Mother child relationships are so important. Why not get it documented this spring?

Snap Out Hunger

I love the opportunity I have to make a difference in my own small way. I love the River Falls Community and love to figure out ways I can give back! Last year I did a fundraiser for the River Falls Backpack Program, and with permission, this year I've chosen the River Falls Food Pantry. 

This year the promotion runs from November 2-December 31, 2015 and works as follows:

Buy one regularly priced family "Snap Out Hunger" session ($175; may be booked this year, or purchased as a gift certificate to use in the coming 2016 year), and 20% of the session fee will be donated to the River Falls Food Pantry. As my thanks for participating, you will receive a gift certificate for a Snap Out Hunger Mini Session ($99 value) that you can use this year or in the coming 2016 year. The special thing about this mini? It can be scheduled on Saturdays, which isn't allowed with the standard mini session I currently offer. You may gift your mini session to someone else if you wish to. 

Young Family Photography

For a very long time it was super hard for me to choose a particular "favorite" subject to photograph. Over the years I have come to discover that my absolute favorite subjects are young families! I love how young kids and babies alike can evoke the sweetest affection from their parents. They seem to breathe life into the adults as they help them remember what it's like to be young and carefree again. I feel so happy when those I'm photographing ignore my presence and fully engage with their children. There is a light in the eye and genuine joy that is unmatched.

Every parent longs for their family to have great relationships. I believe that images that capture moments of joy can help family ties. It helps to have a visual reminder of why we love each other in the first place! 

Instead of the mundane, cookie cutter, traditional studio setting, I feel on-location portraiture lends an artful and meaningful element. This is part of the reason why I love photographing families in an environment that tells their story! 

So many worry that their home is not one that can be used for photographs because it doesn't look like a catalogue cut-out of a Pottery Barn ad. I've found that with my sessions, the more minimal an environment is in it's surroundings, the more focus there is on the most important aspect of the image: emotional impact. 

Outdoor environments are sometimes frowned upon because of perhaps what is being worn. My favorite place to photograph families is outside however. There is an unending opportunity for children to run free (which I encourage through out my young family sessions)! It give the whole family time to play and spend time together while being photographed.  

So the next time you cringe at the thought of getting family pictures taken with your young ones, remember that it doesn't have to be torture! Rather, it can be a time for some fun times and new memories. Capture this time while it's here, don't let it slip away.

River Falls Days Sale!

Happy River Falls Days! Starting today through Sunday you have access to a coupon which will get you $50 off the regularly priced session rate! It is valid between July 27th - August 30th, 2015. You must present your coupon at the time of payment in order to get the sale price. One coupon per household, per session, no exceptions. Have fun and stay safe! I love our community and am looking forward to participating in the festivities! Click HERE for limited time access to this offer.

Summer is Around the Corner

Wow, I blinked and it's June. Did I black out or something?

Things are wrapping up at our local schools and summer vacay officially starts tomorrow after those bells ring to let the kids out of school! Is anyone else out there in the online world feeling the whiplash of time?

Speaking of time, we are going to have A LOT of it on hand this summer! I decided not to sign up my kids for anything (however we might do the swimming lesson thing, but still deciding on when...that's sort of an important life skill, right?) because sometimes it's nice not to have every minute committed to something. However, I also realize that there needs to be some sort of plan so we don't go crazy over summer break here at home!

So if you're like me and need a visual reminder of ideas, this post may do you good. Better yet, if you read the activities and see that I have left out something super cool that everyone should know about, feel free to leave a comment below and share your wealth of information. I personally haven't visited all these places, but would like to this summer

Phew! I'm sure I've missed a ton of things, but that's a great start to my list of places to go. They are all a pretty close (within an hour mostly) drive to River Falls, WI. Besides really great places to go and experience, I know there are so many summer events that happen as well. If you have any that you love please let me know and perhaps I can do a post on Summer events to attend! I am super excited for some new adventures!

Mothers & Fathers Day Promo

I just love Spring don't you? Living in Central Wisconsin I am blessed with four distinct seasons which, I might add, comes with some great benefits! As a photographer, I would have to say a huge benefit is the diverse color palette I get to utilize for my sessions. That's one reason why I am in love with on-location photography! I love all the splendor it offers. I am in complete awareness that families just love the fall for the color it provides, which I admit, is quite breathtaking at its peak. The following images being a great example:

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reveriephotography

Who doesn't love great fall color? At the same time, the other times of year can get ignored sadly. Spring, flowers are in full bloom... think apple orchards...wouldn't that be sooo gorgeous? (I've been wanting to do a session at an apple orchard when the trees are in full bloom!) Summer has long gorgeous evenings, perfect for beach photography, and perfect weather for cute summer outfits (benefit: nobody gets too cold, or red noses, as can happen in a late fall session).  

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reveriephotography

For these reasons, I am officially launching my Mother's & Father's Day Promo! Starting today, anyone who schedules and completes a regularly priced session during April 27th-June 30th, will get a complimentary Christmas mini session ($115 value, includes: 1 hr, 1 location, FB timeline cover photo, Mini MyShowcase, Gallery App, exclusive pricing on products) this November 2015!  This offer is on a first come first serve basis. Don't wait to book your session, if you book in advance you will be sure to get your spot! Click here to connect with Reverie.

Enjoy the spring weather, and best wishes!

Why Outside

Okay, okay, so it's cold outside. Winter is cold, wet, and windy. One of the last things on our minds as we huddle inside layered up and drinking hot cocoa by the fire, is going out and having our pictures taken. I get it. I myself go into survival/hibernation mode once the leaves have all fallen off the trees and the mercury has all but disappeared on the good old thermostat. BUT. Winter time can be a beautiful time to have pictures taken of families or just the kids outside. Never mind the cold... if dressed properly it's not so miserable as you might suppose. And with all the beautiful white, it can only do wonderful things for some flattering lighting. Beautiful rosy cheeks and fresh air along with snow activities brings on good times and happy smiles. This past month I was lucky enough to photograph these two lively sisters and what a lovely outcome!

We started out with some sled time and this was just adorable to watch as little sister attempted to give big sister a ride! :-)

Not only were the girls laughing it up, but so was their mom and I! There is something so perfect about memories being made while I'm working! Following the sled pull, we decided that it was the perfect time for the girls to build a snowman. And how fun is it that this was one of the first times that little sis' got to build a snowman? We listened to Olaf singing about being a snowman in summer as the girls worked away. Little sis was pretty excited about hearing a song from a beloved Disney movie and started to sing along... 

It was quite the event and it took a lot of hard work to put Olaf together. 

And naturally the girls dawdled about and were allowed to goof around a bit. We had such a fun time! So, why outside, in the snow? Because it's a beautiful time of year to be photographed, and it's DIFFERENT. Since it's cold out a shorter session is ideal, and that's why until the end of February you can purchase a mini session! So, if you want some fun pictures that are different, and that will definitely be memorable, give me a call and we can play in the snow....


Goodbye 2014

I love my job as a photographer! I love meeting new people and having the opportunity to witness their best selves. It's such a blessing to photograph sweet moments that bring tears to mother's eyes and funny moments that bring laughter. Art evokes emotion, and my art is intended to evoke emotions of happiness and nostalgia. When people see my work I want them to feel a little lighter, and a little happier. In the world today there is enough darkness to go around, why not shed light on the joy that exists here too?

I just have to say thank you to my wonderful clients who hire and trust me to capture their moments. Without you, I couldn't do what I do. I take the opportunity seriously and put 200% into my work. Hats off to 2014, a wonderful year!

This video is a snapshot of some of my favorite moments from 2014. I wanted to include so much more, but alas sometimes less is more!  

Winter Mini Sessions: Now Booking for Jan and Feb 2015

You know, although I don't care for cold weather there are some things that I do love because of winter. 

My favorite things about winter are:

1.) I get to wear my fav clothing: jeans, comfy sweaters, and boots, for 6 months out of the year.

2.) Warm comfort food, soups, breads, rich desserts.... I think I just gained 5 lbs...

3.) Christmas... my favorite holiday.

That about covers it. :-)

To ease up the monotony of winter I've been mulling over the perfect Mini Session to offer during the two coldest months of the year... January and February. It's, I feel, the perfect amount of time, with just the right price point. I even pulled together a special pricing menu to go along with it. The product pricing is only good towards the mini sessions scheduled in Jan and Feb of this coming year (2015) ;-). Please look over the promotion and if there are any questions left unanswered don't hesitate to contact me via phone/text: (715)245-0239, or email: info@reveriephoto.com. 

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Kinnickinnic Backpack Program Fundraiser a Success!

I just can't say enough how happy I am that this fundraiser turned out so well! I have to say a big thank you to Riley's Growing in Style for hosting my fundraiser in their shop! There was a great turn out! Watch the video to see some fun images from the various sessions and to find out how much Our Neighbors Place received as a result!

Kinnickinnic Backpack Program Fundraiser

I love that the backpack program exists here in River Falls! What a great program to help kids who are in need of food! I want to give back to our amazing community this year by having a fund raiser for this wonderful program! 100% of the proceeds will go to the Backpack Program!

I will be at Riley's Growing in Style on Nov 22 from 10-4 pm doing 15 minute Christmas themed minis for $35! You'll receive up to (3) 5x7 digital files to use for your 2014 Holiday card! If you mention my blogpost I'll throw in a Christmas Timeline cover photo showing off your Holiday pic(s) from your session! 

These are by appointment only. Payment will be due upon booking of your session. Each session will last 15 minutes. If you want longer, you can purchase additional 15 minute blocks back to back ($35 each) or at various time slots for the day. There are 3 sessions per hour. Each starting at the top of the hour with a 5 minute break between each session. I recommend you arriving 5 minutes early to your session so no one gets held up behind you.

Dress up for Christmas and come have your picture or kid's picture taken for a great cause! Please note there will be space for possibly up to 5 people max in one picture. 

Call now to book your appointment and help fill the needs of our community's youngest members!

Brand New Referral Program

As a photographer I know how important it is to have happy clients and do all in my power to make sure they are having the best experience! I love when my clients return again and again. I love when my clients refer their friends, it is the highest form of a compliment to me!

Soooo.... I've decided to give my clients a little kickback for giving me great reviews to their friends. I know they don't have to, and it means so much when they do! 

Clients can request referral cards to give out to their friends. It's very simple. You write your name on the back of the card. Your friend gets a complimentary 8 x 12 deluxe print ($80 value) with their regularly priced session. When three referrals from the same client has scheduled and completed their session with Reverie, the referring client receives a complimentary sitting ($175 value) as a thank you! It's just Reverie's way of saying thanks, and letting my clients know that I appreciate them and their loyalty.

If you want some referral cards please let me know via email info@reveriephoto.com.