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  • Hello! My name is Mandy. I am a Photographer serving mostly Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois, but willing to travel anywhere! Photographs are important to me, and if you are considering me as Your Photographer, they are important to you as well. I am very fortunate to have clients who trust me to document their lives, and I take that job very seriously. My work has been featured in Memory Makers Magazine, and Northwest Quarterly. In 2009, I was one of FotoDC's top 100 FOTOBAMA finalists in which I had my photograph of the President prominently displayed in Washington DC's Newseum, as well as published in a book. To Learn a little more about me and my photography philosophy and style, click on the link below.

Madison, WI Maternity Photographer || Tamsie and Holland ||Throwback Thursday

 

It’s Throwback Thursday, so I thought I’d share a session from, say, oh about 7 months ago. I just recently had a Maternity Session, which reminded me of how much I LOVE them. This session in particular was special because it was for my niece Tamsie, who also  happens to be my assistant photographer at weddings. I loved everything about this session and even though it was so cold out (that seemed to be a running theme last fall with all of my sessions) we had so much fun. I had forgotten how much I loved so many of these images and I’m kind of excited to finally be sharing them. I hope you enjoy them! Be sure to read through the whole post for a sweet photo of the baby at the end. And, if you are an expectant mama who is interested in a Maternity Session, I would love to hear from you!!

 

We started off at the forest preserve which is so beautiful in the fall.

 

 

 

 

Tamsie and Holland had this awesome blanket that was to cover the Baby’s Changing Table. I love the series that follows.

 

 

I love this photo so much. I feel like every mama to be should  have a photo like this because it just screams, “I’m Happy In My Preggers Body!”:)

Daddy  playing for mama and the babe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Had to add in a little bit of book nerdery.;)

 

The baby was due in Dec., so they wanted some Christmasy images.

And……this is the beauty that Tamsie and Holland made. Isn’t she the prettiest baby you ever did see? We love her so much and can’t get enough of her cuteness!!

 

 

Miss Grace | Rockton, IL Senior Photographer | Honnonegah High School

Meet Grace Krienke who is graduating in a few weeks from Honnonegah High School.   She happens to belong to one of the most talented and amazing families I know and has the voice of an angel! I did her sister’s Senior Session last year (which you can see here) and I was so excited to be able to photograph another gorgeous Krienke Girl. Seriously, she is just stunning inside and out.

While she did not ask to include any props in her shoot, I had to include something with music for her.  I knew her mom would really love it.:)Grace was in her school’s production of Oklahoma! last year, so I thought this was appropriate.

 

 

 

After a few photos in my little studio, we headed out for a full evening of shooting. It was crazy windy out, but Grace was a trooper and we were patient. I think we got some amazing images. Really though, I could not have asked for a more beautiful subject!!

 

We ended the evening at one of my favorite forest preserves to catch some beautiful sunset light…

 

…and to get another shot that I knew her mom would love. Both Grace and her sisters lead worship at our church. Like her sister’s shoot last year, I thought she needed a nice silhouette as well.

Thanks for choosing me for your Senior Session Grace!!

May 14, 2014 - 12:31 am

Trish Jones - Beautiful pictures Grace:)

May 14, 2014 - 4:55 pm

Ashleigh Jane - Beautiful!! Love the sunset pictures – amazing!

May 25, 2014 - 8:10 pm

Nancy Bromhead - Beautiful girl and pictures…

Rockford Illinois Wedding Photographer-Carolyn+Jonathon

Once again, as I look through these photos, I am overwhelmed by the fact that I have such AMAZING clients. Carolyn and Jonathon have been just incredible through the entire process of booking me as their wedding photographer. I was so excited about their day and was really happy that we FINALLY had a gorgeous day of weather (after days of cold and rain.) Of course,  I knew that Carolyn was going to look absolutely stunning! Her outer beauty was just part of it though as she just exuded grace and joy all day. Her smile literally never left her face and what more could a photographer have asked for?

She and Jonathon got ready at The Radisson in Rockford, where the reception was later held that evening.

 

Her dress was so gorgeous!

 

Her nieces were a little camera shy at first. By the end of the evening they warmed up to me though.

 

Their ceremony took place at First Covenant Church in Rockford.

 

Lovely Details. Her Bouquet was beautiful and I loved her grey and yellow accents.

We ended up at Sinnissippi Gardens for their portraits. When we arrived my heart dropped into my stomach as there were literally HUNDREDS of Highschoolers there for Prom! So, we couldn’t use all of the places that I wanted to take them. We did manage to find some space away from the crowds though and I think we got some beautiful portraits!

Her bridesmaids were just the sweetest. It was evident that they really cherish their friendship with Carolyn and they were so attentive to her needs.

More of her gorgeous flowers provided by Broadway Florist.

Jonathon was pretty much calm and collected all day. And, looking quite handsome.

 

 

I love that they rented a trolley for the day. It was so nice to not have to worry about driving around, people getting lost between locations, etc… Of course I had to get some some shots of them in it.

 

I’ll end with a few fun reception dancing shots, cause you know that it’s one of my favorite things to photograph. Thanks to Jeti Entertainment for great music and lighting.

And then there is this sweet one of her nieces. They were pretty enamored with her. I love the looks on their faces. So sweet!

Thank You Carolyn and Jonathon for choosing me! It was an honor.

May 2, 2014 - 4:06 am

Judith Gruszeczki Brown - Add a comment…wow! Just perfect !

May 2, 2014 - 10:24 am

Nancy Decker - Absolutely gorgeous!

May 2, 2014 - 11:37 am

Karen Williams - WOW!!! So beautiful!

May 2, 2014 - 11:48 am

Madelyn D'Andrea Petrella Musso - These are beyond beautiful.

May 2, 2014 - 12:22 pm

Angela Comella Crivolio - Just beautiful

May 2, 2014 - 10:08 pm

Patricia Schmidt - Gorgeous pictures! You were a very beautiful bride!
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May 2, 2014 - 11:25 pm

Mandy Henry - Thank you all so much for the compliments. It was an amazing day and I felt so lucky to be photographing such a beautiful couple!

May 2, 2014 - 11:41 pm

Robbin Masters - Beautiful pics. Beautiful couple.

Planning a Disney World Destination Wedding- Disney World Wedding Photographer

I was so excited to find out that my recent Disney Bride Ashleigh was going to be interviewed for The Disney Wedding Podcast. The podcast is a great resource for Brides planning a Disney Wedding, but especially for those planning a Disney Destination Wedding. In her interview, Ashleigh shares what it was like planning for such a big day from so far away.  She shares her experiences from communicating with vendors, to making decisions about wedding day details, to how she planned experiences for her traveling guests. If you are thinking about or planning a destination wedding, no matter what location, take a listen here. I think you will find some valuable advice. I was especially excited that Ashleigh talked a bit about her experience with hiring me as her photographer and about the working relationship that we formed during her planning process. Thanks so much Ashleigh for the wonderful comments!

Also, if you are a Destination Bride, Disney or otherwise, know that you may not be bound to the photography package offered at the Resort/Destination. There often is the option to choose and bring a long your own photographer. Having someone who is better able to meet your personal photography needs/style and customize you photography experience are a huge benefit. I think more and more photographers are looking to do Destination Weddings. I am definitely one of those who would love to do more of them. And, because I don’t do many local weddings Dec.-March, I’m hoping to find more Winter Destination Weddings. Because of this, I often offer significant discounts to Destination Weddings that take place during those months.

So….If you are a planning a Winter/Spring 2015 Destination Wedding let’s chat. Or if you are a Disney Bride and are considering bringing in an outside photographer, contact me. I would LOVE to shoot another Disney Wedding and will have some special incentives for you if you mention Ashleigh and Ally’s Wedding.:)

 

 

P.S. Don’t forget to check out more of Ashleigh and Ally’s Photos Here.