Theriault | Spring Mini Session

Spring Mini sessions were in full swing just a few short weeks ago... thanks to the Wisconsin winter weather this year!

The Theriault family joined me on a beautiful night in May with the Magnolia trees in full bloom. One of my favorite things about my job is all the wonderful people I get to meet, and this family was no exception! They definitely made my job fun and easy!

If you're looking to do a Mini Session, I have a few open spots left for the summer. Book here.

Fall Mini Sessions will be released on Friday, June 29th to my newsletter subscribers and Facebook VIP Group members

Announcement | New Studio Space

Happy Friday Friends!

I am excited to announce I have a studio space for simple lifestyle studio sessions! I've always wanted to have an indoor space as Wisconsin is not ideal for outdoor sessions year round. PLUS, now I can offer milestone sessions!

This space has a ton of natural light, white walls and props. I like to keep props to a minimum and focus on YOU. The interactions between mom and baby or the whole family. This space is perfect for milestones, cake smashes, head shots, and everything in-between! 

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Now offering packages for Bump to 1 year. Contact me for more information! {Hint: Discount!}
 

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Now booking lifestyle studio sessions. These can be used for Mini Sessions, Cake Smashes, Mommy & Me, Milestones, Newborn, Family.....etc.

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Contact me to reserve your spot today! <3
Cheers to the weekend!
XO

Annabelle | Newborn Lifestyle Session

Sweet Annabelle made these two a big sister (again) and big brother last month. This adorable family of five invited me into their home to document those first few days at home. Congratulations Emma and Jon!

Spring Sessions 2018 | Style Guide - What to Wear

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Spring Mini Sessions are almost here! Who's ready for warmer weather, sunsets......and being outside?! I know I am. I'm gearing up to release my Spring Mini Sessions tomorrow! And while I'm daydreaming of warmer weather....I'm also shopping for my family this spring. 

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Below are some inspiration for planning what to wear for your Spring Sessions. Places I like to shop are H&M, Old Navy, Gap, Target, Carter's and Amazon. Most of these pieces below are on sale now!

Women's Dress | Girl's Dress | Boy's Shirt | Men's Shirt | Baby Boy Set | Boy's Pants

Here are a few more tips for styling your photo session:

1. Stick to neutral colors. Avoid bright, neon or logo clothes.
2. Pick a color palette you love and will look good when you print your pictures to hang on your walls.
3. Stick to one pattern and coordinate colors. Its best not to match with the exact same shirt or pattern.
4. Ask me for help! Seriously, if you have a question, I'd be more than happy to give you some guidance.

For more inspiration visit my Pinterest Board.
You would be surprised what you can pull together right out of your own closet! <3

Henry | Newborn Lifestyle Session

Henry's family welcomed me into their home just a few days after he was born. You can tell in the pictures how much big sis adores him! :) Congrats Nagel Family!

Arbes | Fall Mini Session

Happy Throwback Thursday! I'm taking you back to last October when the Arbes family joined me for a Fall Mini Session. <3 These mini sessions are great for capturing your family right now. When you look back you'll be able to remember how your children made each other laugh.... or even how they loved the "dab." :)

Spring Mini Sessions will be open for booking on February 28th. Be the FIRST to know! Join my FB VIP Group & Subscribe!

Daley | Milestone Session

Sweet Daley joined me for a studio session in downtown Milwaukee. She was full of smiles, just as she was at her newborn session last spring. See more here. Cheers to a snow day and the weekend! <3

Zoey | Newborn Lifestyle Session

Welcoming a baby is such an exciting time in your family's life. Zoey's family invited me into their new home when she was just 11 days old. The two family dogs even joined in for a few portraits. Send me all the babies and pets! :)

Seriously. This is what I love and I'm so honored to be chosen to capture your family! Welcome baby Zoey!
 

McCombs | Family Lifestyle Session 2017

The McCombs met me in late November for a Family Lifestyle Session. Their kids are at such fun ages; we explored, played game and overall had FUN!

I love when I receive feedback:
"We LOVE them!! I just got a chance to write you beacuse I've been busy staring at them ever since you clicked send! They are so perfect! I'm truly amazed. I wish I could find the words to tell you how beautiful these are, how impressed I am and how I know these will be apart of our family's keepsakes for a lifetime. Thanks for going above & beyond our expectations (even with a 2yo and 5mo!) You are truly gifted at what you do. Thank you. <3" 

THIS! This is why I do what I do. I couldn't be more grateful for all of you.

Bradley | Newborn Lifestyle Session

Bradley's family welcomed me into their beautiful home to capture those first few moments as a family of three! <3 Their two cats followed us everywhere we went. Welcome baby Bradley!

Eli | Newborn Lifestyle Session

Eli's family invited me into their beautiful home to capture those first few days at home as a family of 6! They were one of my first clients about 3 years ago. It is so fun to watch their family grow! <3

New Year | New Goals 2018

My last post was from October 18th, 2017!?! Busy season. I blame busy season. It's taken me a few days to adjust to the New Year. On New Year's Day, we took down all of our Christmas decorations and cleaned out clothes from both kids' dressers. Felt amazing.
 

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As a new year begins, I wanted to share a few of my goals.

Stay Organized. With running a business and being a stay at home mom things can get a little crazy. This year, I'm hoping to keep up with everything and contribute more to this blog. My planner comes tomorrow [thanks Amazon prime!] and I'm excited to plan out the month of January.

Workout. This was a big one for me in 2017. I finally started this goal in July only to taper off in October when things got crazy busy. This year I'm committed to working out and eating healthier. Of course...we'll see how long this lasts. Right?!

Balance. This is always a goal as a parent. Take time to enjoy your family, work hard...and play hard.

365 Project. Last year was my first 365 project and I feel it helped me grow as an artist tremendously. This year, I want to tackle this again and add in self portraits once a week. If you know me, I don't like being in front of the camera because I feel awkward and don't know what to do. This year, I want to change. Be more confident. ;)

Thank you all for following along. Catch my 365 project on instagram at @katiebingen.

What are your goals for 2018? Share them below!

 

Fall 2017 | Bucket List

With Fall in full swing, I wanted to share some of the activities we want to do as a family this year. Both kids are at a great age (4 & 18 months) to start enjoying fall activities.

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Visit a pumpkin patch. Each year we've taken Lilly to a pumpkin patch to pick out a pumpkin and participate in any hay rides or activities. She loves it! Hoping this year our little guy will love it just as much.

Go apple picking. I've always wanted to go apple picking and this year was the year! The kids loved it too. We ate apple donuts [I never knew there was such a thing because I'm all about chocolate.....yum!] Then they burned off their energy [or donuts] by running through the apple orchard. 

Trick-or-Treating. This has to be one of my favorite fall activities. Seeing the kids dressed up and running from house to house so excited to get candy

Watch a Halloween Movie outdoors. Our local outdoor mall is hosting outdoor movies on the weekends for families. I'm hoping to bring ours out on a nice fall weekend to enjoy a spooky movie.

Make a fall [or spooky] dessert. Apple crisp. Apple pie. [Need I say more?] Pair the dessert with Apple Cider on a cool fall day. I might even try my hand at a spooky dessert from Pinterest. Most likely it will be a Pinterest fail, but it will be fun to create with the kids! Lilly loves helping in the kitchen.

Create Halloween crafts. This one Lilly will love. Jack.... he might try to eat it. 

What are your favorite fall activities? Share in the comments below! 
Have a great weekend! XO

Porter | Newborn Lifestyle Session

Welcome baby Porter! The B Family invited me into their home to capture those first few moments at home!
 

Big brother loved taking pictures with his Fujifilm Instax.

Every family needs a photographer! ;)

Newborn Lifestyle Sessions have my heart! I'm so honored to capture these first moments.

XO

Friday Favorites | Fall Mini Style 2017

Happy Friday! We are so excited for the weekend! Dance practice, newborn session & fall minis! Now that it finally feels like fall, I wanted to share some of our fall favorites....mini style.

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one // two similar here // three // four more colors here // five // six

How cute are those mummy pajamas?! I had to get both kids a pair...as long as they will let me match them still.

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What are some of your fall favorite styles for your littles? Comment below!

Have a great weekend! XO

Gulling | Fall Mini Session 2017

The Gulling Family joined me to kick off my September Fall Mini Sessions in Waukesha, WI. The weather was beautiful! 

Fall Activities | Apple Picking

It's Fall! My favorite time of year. Football, cold weather, the holidays....
Although it sure doesn't feel like fall here with 90 degree days, but I'll take it! Soon enough, it will be below zero. This past weekend we took the kids to an apple orchard near our house. If you can believe it....it was my first time picking apples. 

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We started out by tasting their famous donuts. [Which were to die for....and didn't help my diet in the least.] This gave the kids a chance to gain some energy before they ran up and down the rows of apple trees.

This is a great activity for families with kids of all ages. We spent just about an hour there walking around, picking apples and enjoying what they had to offer. From apples to donuts, what could be better? My only regret is not trying one of their caramel apples. Next time!

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Overall, this has to be a new fall favorite as we went home and made apple crisp for dessert.  What are your favorite apple recipes? Share them below! XO

Photo Session | How to Prepare

Good afternoon!
Fall Mini Sessions are in full swing! What better time to share some tips & tricks to prepare for your family photo session.

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Believe me, I have been on the other side of the camera with my family. In our eyes, it's completely chaotic and you leave your session wondering, did we even get one good photo?!

What to wear? First consider a few factors: What are you comfortable in? What colors do you want on a picture hanging in your house? Once you answer these two questions, start by picking something with a pattern. Maybe your daughter is going to wear a floral dress or your son is wearing a plaid shirt. Draw from these colors and leave the patterns to one outfit. Pick colors that compliment rather than match-y match-y. Still not sure? Take a look at my Pinterest board for some inspiration.

Plan to leave early for your session. I recommend arriving about 10 minutes before your session. I typically run my Mini Sessions back to back every 30 minutes.

Relax. Let me say this one more time.... relax. No seriously, I know how stressful it is to get your whole family clean, dressed, hair done & out the door [on time] for a photo session. Not only that, but then hoping everyone cooperates during the photo session. Let's have fun! I have 2 little kids of my own, so I know what you are going through. [Believe me.] We'll take a walk, run, spin or even make silly faces. I do light posing, preferring to capture how your family is right now. 

Bring treats. Is there something your toddler loves? Bring it along! A favorite toy, candy, treat, etc. Use this as incentive for after the photo session. For my daughter, she looooooves m&m's so we brought some for after our photo session. Worked great! She cooperated and then could have her treat when we were all done.

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I hope these tips make it just a little easier going into your family photo session. XO