Sunday, December 30, 2007

Shooting in Boston

place cards
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I am in fabulous Boston!!! I just got done shooting a wedding on the 33rd floor of 60 State Street. The venue was amazing. I am so exhausted right now I can't even think of all the amazing shots I took.

I have to give a HUGE thanks to Gwyn for inviting me out to shoot for her. Right now I'm blogging from Rachel's apartment - THANKS for letting us crash in your room Rachel!

Tomorrow we are off to South Station to shoot an e-session. After that we are planning on exploring the North end. I'll keep you updated!!!

p.s. to all the photographers that view this blog - the shot above is completely sooc... I rocked it.

Monday, December 17, 2007

2007 - Thank You!

Give Thanks
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2007 has been an amazing year for me and my business. Thanks to all my lovely couples who got married this year. I wish you love this holiday season while you enjoy your first Christmas together.

I will be taking some time off from photographing, editing and designing. I will resume normal "hours" on January 3, 2008. During this time I will be responding to emails and telephone calls so please don't hesitate to contact me.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Coming Soon...

Comming soon....
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This time in a new mother's life is so amazing. There are so many new feelings, emotions as well as the obvious physical changes ;-) I was honored to do Jocelyn and Josh's portrait. The little baby inside is a true miracle and will be loved so much by his or her parents.

Friday, November 30, 2007


Evensong Cafe
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Hilary and Tim are getting married next fall. Their wedding is going to be held in Green Lake, Wisconsin at the Heidle House. I did their engagement photos at their wedding/reception location. This image was taken at the Evensong Spa at the resort. The staff was sooooo kind to let us have the run of the place. They even let us in some of the buildings that were locked up for the day.

Their wedding is going to be fabulous! They are having a lighting designer/wedding coordinator decorate the ground and reception hall.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Cute Kiddos

Leah & Alyssa
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These girls are so cool and CUTE!!! They are twins and you wouldn't even think they looked like sisters. I have done their Christmas photo for three years now... It is so neat seeing them grow up!

This year's session was done on a frigid, sleet filled day. The girls and their mom and dad were troopers! I know it took me a long time to warm up after the shoot... The shots turned out great! They will have a hard time deciding on their favorite!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

East Coast - Here I come!

I am so excited! I just booked my trip to Boston to second shoot a wedding for Gwyneth Colleen Photography. This opportunity is amazing. The wedding is going to be held here and overlooks Quincy Market which will still be decorated for Christmas. I hope to have many wonderful shots of my trip and the wedding.

I have two more upcoming trips. In February I will be flying to San Fransisco to second/third/fourth shoot a photographer friend's wedding. She invited numerous photographers as guests/shooters - this trip will be amazing too!

In March I will be headed off to Las Vegas for the annual WPPI convention. I am thrilled to get into a two day seminar with Mike Colon. I will be 1 of 20 people in the class. The following week will be about getting new ideas on photography and products to better service you in 2008!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007


Heart Throb
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In the beginning of November I got to photograph two cute little boys... at the end of the session they were jumping in puddles and ended up getting all wet.

This photo incorporates a texture that justs adds an element of interest to the photo. I also applied a "tea stained" effect to the overall look.

More to come...

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Fall Color - Engagement

Full Colors
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Leaf us alone.She's hot
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Kati and Cory came to me a few weeks ago looking for a photographer for their spring wedding. I am so glad that we were able to get their engagement photos done outdoors - thanks to mild weather! They are such a cute and funky couple and I love the way their engagement shots turned out at Smith Park in Menasha, Wisconsin.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Summertime Fun

Summer Reflection
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This photo is so much fun. I did this session back in July and came across the images and decided to put them into a triptych. This park is so much fun for the little ones. I love getting the reflection of their feet and little face in the slide.

I hope we have a swift winter. I am going to miss the warm summer days we enjoyed this summer. We were so lucky!

Friday, November 2, 2007

Into the Soul...

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Laura and Geoff were married on September 22, 2007. This shot is one of the MANY amazing photos I took that day. I just love the crop and the colors...there was very little post processing on this shot. I sharpened it a little and added a little color back into her lips.

Whenever I do this pose with my clients they always think I am NUTS...just look at the results. Instant beauty!

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Harvest Gold

Harvest Gold
Harvest Gold, originally uploaded by Ardent Photography. ©2007 Ardent Photography

Another amazing weekend of shooting! I had one "fearless" bridal session and one engagement session. I feel like I took some chances and got some great shots!

To view my first Fearless Bridal session please follow these links:

I thought I'd post this one in the spirit of Halloween. This is an image taken at sunset on October 27, 2007 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The temperature outside was a chilling 46 degrees. Once that sun went down it got cold in a hurry.

Happy Halloween!

Poor Guy

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Portraits at the Park

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These shots are so much fun! I was able to photograph the Oberweiser family at Alicia Park in Appleton, Wisconsin. I posted a few of my favs.... I love the expression on the kids' faces. The artistic nature of the pose and the expression made me want to try something a little different in post production. I desaturated it a bit to make it real moody.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Laci - Lu Lu

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Laci is a ham. She needs to be since Autumn is such a princess. This image really shows Laci's personality shine. I am so glad I am able to take photos for them!

Autumn's Joy

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Last Sunday the weather was gorgeous and I was able to photograph my other two nieces Autumn and Laci. Photographing a 4 year old and a 2 year old can be quite the challenge. For the shot above I used a little trick-ery. I told her that all I wanted was to take a photo of the beautiful leaf. I think she thought it was pretty too!

Puppy Love

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©2007 Ardent Photography LLC

This fall I did at least 6 family/kid sessions. I had the pleasure of photographing my nieces, Lauren and Mia and their puppy Banjo. Despite being less than one year old, Banjo can sure take both girls for a spin!

The weather has been more than cooperative this fall. I have never enjoyed the color and season as much as I have this year.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Autumn Embrace

Autumn Embrace, originally uploaded by Ardent Photography.

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This image is part of the amazing "fearless bride/groom" session I shot on October 7, 2007 at my Aunt's farm in Kaukauna, WI. This shot was so cool because I told them to run towards each other. This is the end product of that direction. I love the embrace, the light, the movement of the hair and gown. Uh, this is why I am a photographer.

Some more reasons why I love what I do!

In Green Pastures
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Seeing Red - Cross Process

Blades of Grass
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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Sparkles in September

Bling Blang!, originally uploaded by Ardent Photography.
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This amazing photo is from Theresa and Andy's wedding in Menasha, Wisconsin on September 15, 2007. They had an outdoor ceremony at Smith Park, the weather was cool and the sun was shinning!

I've really been getting into macro work. I am so happy to be able to offer this kind of photo for my couples. Every wedding I try something different. This shot was set up on the couple's program.

Monday, October 8, 2007

At an Angle

At an Angle, originally uploaded by Ardent Photography.
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This shot is the second (only to one lighting test shot I did) of an unbelievable day of shooting. The location was in Kaukauna, Wisconsin at my Aunt Patti's farm. The bride is from July 14, 2007 and this day she was completely fearless!

©2007 CS Photography

I had the pleasure of working with Janelle and Eric again - and I invited the Great Scoobs of CS Photography in Milwaukee (aka Craig) to shoot along side me. It was so much fun feeding off of all the energy in the air. I almost couldn't sleep a wink last night because every shot kept popping out again in my mind. This shot was sniped by Craig. I love the way he composed the shot and the colors are amazing! Thanks for taking this!

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Heels on the Side

Heels on the Side, originally uploaded by Ardent Photography.

This photo is from the last of 5 weddings in September. This was my second marathon shooting spree this season. It was a blast.

This wedding had the largest wedding party I've ever shot! There were 10 bridesmaids and 10 groomsmen, two bell-ringers, a miniature bride, a miniature groom and 2 ushers. It took a lot of work to keep everyone together and organized but we were able to capture all the special moments the bride and groom wanted. Including a balloon release!

This weekend I am planning on doing a "Fearless Bride/Trash the Dress" session. I will keep you posted on what location we end up with... it has been a hassle since the Green Bay Botanical Gardens are now closed on the weekend. We'll make it work.

UPDATE: Craig from CS Photography in Milwaukee is coming up on Sunday to join me in a few sessions. He is actually going to do some photos of myself in a gown which I am very excited about! Then we are headed down to Oshkosh to do a "Fearless Bride/Trash the Dress" session at M. Schettl, then we are off to a farm location in Kaukauna.

I can't wait to shoot tomorrow. I will post a photo in a few days.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

New Love

New Love, originally uploaded by Ardent Photography.

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This is Becky and Jason. I had the pleasure of photographing their engagement session in the beginning of September. We had to hurry to get the location shots done before the storm rolled in. I can't wait to kick off the 2008 season with their wedding next spring!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Autumn Greetings

Autumn Greetings, originally uploaded by Ardent Photography.

Drew is turning one in a couple of weeks. I love him more and more everyday.

He is starting to learn to "turn it on" for the camera. I can't wait to see what kind of photo adventures we will share! He is my little doll.

Video from Animoto

Wednesday, September 12, 2007


Name Cards, originally uploaded by Ardent Photography.

This photo was taken at my cousin's wedding. They had unique place cards and collected corks for quite a while.

I was not the photographer of the wedding but I took some pretty neat shots - this is one. I am so happy for them. Congratulations Ben and Colleen!

Ben and Colleen, September 1, 2007
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Sunday, September 9, 2007


26Weber081807.JPG, originally uploaded by Ardent Photography.

I love looking back on photos from weddings I've shot. I am moving so fast and directing so many people. It is nice to look at a shot like this and see that I captured the "moment" that the couple will look back on and remember the way they felt at that moment!

Peggy and Tom, August 18, 2007
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Sunday, August 19, 2007


Spin, originally uploaded by Ardent Photography.

Sarah looks like an angel as she spins in the grass at Seven Bridges Park in Grant Park in Milwaukee County. Her dress was very unique. It had two beautiful translucent "tails". I wanted to show it off by her twirling around. The lighting is just gorgeous!

We were unable to do our bridal session and trash the dress session in Green Bay because of the rain this weekend. Although, I would love to do a trash the dress session in the pouring rain! Keep visiting the blog to see fun and exciting sessions like trash the dress in Neenah, Oshkosh and Appleton.

Thursday, August 9, 2007


Layout, originally uploaded by Ardent Photography.

I love this shot. I just dug it out from last season. I am having the time of my life this summer! I am shooting weddings every weekend and am booked until October. So far I've shot 8 weddings and have 9 more scheduled.

Some locations coming up are Cudahy, Delevan, Neenah and Milwaukee. Next weekend Craig from CS Photography in Milwaukee, and I are headed to the Green Bay Botanical Gardens to do a bridal session. It might end up being a little Trash the Dress, but never the less I am sooo excited to dress up in a designer gown and have my photos taken!

Keep an eye on my photo stream for new work!

Sunday, July 29, 2007

High fashion bride

High fashion bride, originally uploaded by Ardent Photography.

This photo was taken in the ladies room at the reception. I loved the 1930's original subway tiles. I applied a Kubota action to this to try to add some drama to the photo.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Two Become One - July 14, 2007

The bride and groom did this themselves. Like I said... DREAM COUPLE! I just told them to go into this structure. I originally wanted to do just the bride, but the groom's silouette just looked too amazing. I'm glad I saw the bigger picture.

Sunday, July 15, 2007


This photo was inspired by Scoobs1969... what a great way to showcase the wedding bands. This shot is straight out of the camera... however I did do a slight color balance modification in Camera Raw.

This photo is one of the MANY awesome frames that I took at yesterday's wedding. Janelle and Eric were the dream couple. Sophisticated, stylish, and most of all totally in love! They just fell into every "pose".

I also tried something new at this wedding. I downloaded frames to my MacBook and did a small slideshow before we left. By this morning I had 3 brides inquiring for 2008! YAY!!!

I will create a set of more shots soon.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Wales, Wisconsin

058meier.jpg, originally uploaded by Ardent Photography.

I love this shot. Look at the love that is beaming from their eyes! I nailed this one! Very proud!

Thursday, July 5, 2007

39 Weeks

065nadine062807.jpg, originally uploaded by Ardent Photography.

This belly was photographed at 39 weeks! Nadine had half of her photos taken in her wedding gown - she is one great looking mamma!

To see more please click on the image and go to my photostream.

Orthopedic Specialists - Appleton, Wisconsin

01_orthopan.jpg, originally uploaded by Ardent Photography.

Waiting area of Orthopedic Specialists in Appleton. Their new building showcases furniture from Nordon Business Environments.

This image is a panoramic created in Photomerge in Photoshop. I took 3 images and merged them to create a wide angle view of the lobby area.

I was hired to take photos for my husband's company, Nordon Business Environments. The interiors of these buildings are quite beautiful. In this lobby to the right there is a 2 story water feature. Windows allow natural light to fall into the enormous waiting area. In the winter the fireplace can keep patients warm while catching up with a magazine.

Nordon Business Environments has the ability to design entire office interiors. They specialize in space planning, installation, system furniture and much more.