Wausau Engagement Portraits | Ona & Jim

Sometimes you meet someone who is so clearly meant for you. You're always excited to see them. They bring out your biggest and brightest smiles. And it is evident to everyone around you this all happened for a reason. Sound familiar?? Well, if you know Ona & Jim, chances are that's exactly how you feel about THEM! We first chatted with these two via Skype as we finalized their wedding booking and started planning their engagement session. It felt like we could have chatted forever and had known them for years and, if you ask us, it's one of the best feelings!! :)

Just before Thanksgiving, Ona & Jim made a day-trip to Wausau for their engagement session! After portraits in our studio downtown, we headed out on location and were happily met with sunshine on a crisp near-winter day. We loved spending the day with this sweet soon to be Mr & Mrs and cannot WAIT for their wedding next year in beautiful Door County!

XOXO, Kelsy & Butch

Wintery Wausau Engagement photos captured with Contax 645 and Pentax 67 on Fuji Pro 400H and Ilford XP2 film.

Cozy Northwoods Wisconsin Engagement | Taylor & Adam

After a fun engagement session planning date with Taylor & her engagement session stylist, Kase Styles, we had dreamed up a vision for her & Adam's engagement session. We couldn't wait for September 21st to arrive! Fast forward to just two weeks ago and we were venturing into the Northwoods of Wisconsin with lanterns in tow, heading up to Taylor's family's beautiful lake home in Hazelhurst, Wisconsin. Upon arriving to the property where Taylor, Adam and their friends & family created countless memories over the years, we noticed the forecasted rain for other parts of WI had shifted paths – it was now heading straight in our direction with an ETA of about 10 minutes. With this in mind, Kasey quickly styled a romantic spot at the end of the dock where Taylor & Adam promptly curled up and shared just how ADORABLE they are with our cameras! Taylor was absolutely stunning, Adam equally as handsome, and we could have photographed them all night on every inch of the most beautiful lakeside property. :)

After a short time, the rain kindly suggested we take the rest of their session indoors which ended up being a blessing because - WOW!! It felt like we were photographing Taylor & Adam on vacation at an elegant yet cozy cabin in Lake Tahoe, complete with a glass of wine by the fire. :) These two are one of the most welcoming, down to earth couples and we couldn't be more excited to be a part of their wedding day next June!

Love,

Kelsy & Butch

Engagement session styling: Kase Styles  |  Hair: Molly at Salon on South  |  Makeup: Mai Chee Moua

Cozy Northwoods Wisconsin Engagement photos captured with Contax 645 and Pentax 67 on Fuji Pro 400H and Ilford 3200 film.

Door County Sailboat Engagement | Shawna & Jeff

Shawna and Jeff's engagement session involved at least 35 of our favorite things: water, a sailboat, Door County, timeless nautical style, lots of laughter, a beautiful sunset over the bluff... need we go on?? :) The very first time we chatted with Shawna, she mentioned her background in sailing and we immediately had visions for her & Jeff's engagement photos swirling around in our heads. Carrie of Door County Event Planners' husband swooped in to save the day by allowing us to venture out onto the bay in a sailboat he made by hand. But first, we spent some time at the marina capturing Shawna & Jeff with their adorable little girl, Payton, who was all smiles!

Shawna & Jeff are planning a Door County wedding in charming Ephraim, and we cannot WAIT to be a part of their celebration next year! Until then, here's a peek at the fun we had on the world's most adorable sailboat with one of the coolest couples we've had the pleasure of photographing :)

A giant thank you to Nate & Carrie for making this session possible, and to Shawna & Jeff for simply being your awesome selves! 

Love,

Kelsy & Butch

Door County Sailboat Engagement Photos captured on Contax 645, Pentax 67 and Nikon F100 with Fuji Pro 400H, Tri-X 400 and Ilford XP2 films. Developed by Fast Foto.

Minneapolis Lifestyle Session | Laura, Todor & Cali

When our dear friends Laura & Todor found out they had an accepted offer on their home in NE Minneapolis and invited us over to capture them in the home they loved for so many years, in addition to being absolutely honored, we were also just plain excited to see them!!! Through photography, we have become great friends with these two, and trading photo sessions with each other is something we try to do regularly. However!!!! Laura Ivanova is a fellow film photographer who we have looked up to, admired, and ooooo'd & awe'd over since 2009 when we first met. Since, she has photographed us (here, here, here and here - to name just a few!) and we have photographed her & Todor (here, here and here). Needless to say, we consider Laura our lifetime photographer (she even photographed two of our family member's weddings!!) and we can't say enough about her awesome husband Todor & their adorable pup, Cali, too. :)

You know that feeling where you walk into a place - whether it is a friend's house or a local store you love - and you want to take home one of everything in sight?! That's the way we can best describe the feelings we had upon entering Laura & Todor's charmingly styled home. But what we found to be the best part - aside from the perfect decor they had as far as the eye could see - was that the things laced throughout their home all had special meaning behind them. Heirlooms from their family members, things they had collected on one of their many trips (check out Laura's travel photography!!), etc. And just like that, here we go rambling about how much we love this little family!! We'll wrap this up so you can scroll down to see just how lovely and sweet Laura, Todor and Cali are together.

Laura & Todor - than you so much for the absolute honor of capturing one of your final days at Casa Ivanova! We hope you're loving your new home and soaking in the beauty of a fresh start.

xoxo,

Kelsy & Butch

Images captured with Contax 645, Pentax 67 and Rolleiflex 3.5c on Kodak Portra 160 film.