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A Day in the Park with Justin, Jackie, Emma + Benjamin

Well, I had very good intentions to stay on top of my blog while I was on maternity leave and right away when I came back…but, caring for a tiny human is tough. Tougher than I ever expected. Going in I knew it wouldn’t be easy. Everyone who isn’t a parent knows this…but you don’t really realize the extent of it until your little one arrives. Sleep deprivation makes you slightly crazy. No, real crazy. Like, I may be foaming at the mouth crazy. So forming coherent sentences — when I could hardly remember my own name — just wasn’t happening. So here I am, my first blog post a month after coming back. I did it!! So where do I begin?? How about my first official shoot back!

I got to spend a few hours with Justin, Jackie, Emma, and Benjamin at Lion’s Legend Park in Franklin a few weeks back. Such a fun, beautiful family. Their little girl Emma kept me on my toes. What a big personality in such a tiny body!! She had me laughing the entire time. She even directed a few of the photos herself, ha!! I hope you all love what we did.

Let’s start with one Emma directed…dad sat in her lap instead of her sitting in his <3


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Life in Color: San Francisco

So a few months ago, after a few beers with our friends, my husband and I decided to purchase concert tickets to see two of our favorite bands play in a city that has been on our top ten must-travel list for way too long: San Francisco. It turned out to be one of the best spur-of-the-moment decisions we’ve ever made! It was wonderful to spend six days and five nights exploring what San Fran had to offer, enjoying much needed one-on-one time, and relaxing with our work e-mails turned OFF!

It’s going to be tough to summarize everything we did, so I’ll let the pictures (and their captions) help with the storytelling. We did lots of walking around almost every district (including a unfortunate wrong turn into a scary area within the first few hours of our arrival), exploring Fisherman’s Wharf, biking the Golden Gate, taking the Alcatraz/Golden Gate ferry, stuffing ourselves with incredible food at too many restaurants and food carts to name, finding Jimi Hendrix’s house near Ashbury and Haight, photographing a seriously crooked street (Lombard Street), walking miles to find the Full House house (Aaron LOVED this, haha), rocking out to the Transplants and Rancid in their home turf, and lots, lots, more! I hope you enjoy the photos!!

FYI…most photos are taken with my camera, but some were taken with my iPhone…I didn’t want to lug my equipment around everyday, unfortunately;)

A must-do in San Fran…the Irish coffee at The Buena Vista!! You may even be lucky enough for the bartender to show you some magic tricks.

I may be biased, by isn’t he dreamy?

Four Barrel Coffee…best cappuccino ever.

Jimi Hendrix’s house:

Ok, the next photo needs an explanation…we used Airbnb for our last few nights in town (awesome app by the way, we definitely recommend it). HOWEVER, there was a bookcase in our room with a few books…and these two peaked my attention. What?!? It was hard to control my grade school giggles.

Lombard Street…there were so many people lined up taking photos I felt like we were paparazzi.

FULL HOUSE HOUSE!!! Nothing gets me more excited than revisiting my childhood:)

A staircase in Alamo Square and the famous Painted Ladies:

Garlic ice cream from The Stinking Rose…sounds suspect, but it was one of the best things I’ve ever eaten in my life.


Our bike ride to Sausalito across the Golden Gate:

Concert time!!

And last but not least, the sea lions at Pier 39. I don’t know what it was, but I could have stared at them all day! So cute.

Thanks for stopping by!! Make sure you check out Kinzie’s blog for the Life in Color blog circle:

Brooke - The photos with the Golden Gate bridge are my fave – all of them! I so want to visit SF some day soon and this just might have made me move it further up my list. :)

project life in color » Katie Oblinger Photography - [...] please visit the blog of  the super talented Steph Olson and see where our little blog circle takes [...]

katie - If I ever make it out to San Francisco, will you be my tour guide? Your trip looks amazing. I love every single one of your images!

Jenn - LOVE the bridge in the fog! Love the tone you’re getting on your images too for urban photos, nice.

Caili - Omgoodness. Stunning photos of a place that’s been on my list forever! I got sucked into every last one of them. Amazing.

Erica B - So much color – love the pics! My favorites are the green sea & blue sky at the GG bridge.

I also thought it was funny… as you’re scrolling down you see the seagull and then under it says “I may be biased, but isn’t he dreamy?”. I never knew you felt that way about seagulls ;)

stepholsonphotography - Haha!! You know I meant the photo below it ;)

stepholsonphotography - Go, right now, seriously!! We plan on going back because it was so beautiful and we weren’t able to get close to doing everything you can do.

stepholsonphotography - Thanks Jenn!

stepholsonphotography - Haha, sure!! I need an excuse to get out there again. It’s officially my favorite city.

stepholsonphotography - Do it, you won’t regret it!!

Kinzie Ferguson - I love these! We went to San Francisco on our honeymoon and this post makes me miss it so much. And we were obsessed with the Sea Lions (though we mostly hung out by them in Monterey). We would watch them for HOURS.

Sarah C - you’ve made me want to visit san francisco! it looks awesome!

Melissa - woah! beautiful photos! I have never been able to capture landscape and city scenes very well at all, you have rocked these girl. And made me want to go on vacation!
so glad you had a fantastic trip

Kim - Great pictures! I know who I’m coming to when I plan my trip. :)

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Violet is One! ~ Milwaukee Lifestyle Photographer

A little while ago I was contacted by Emilee who wanted to surprise her sister and brother-in-law with a photo shoot to celebrate her niece Violet’s first birthday. Her sister, Melissa, and brother-in-law, Alan, would be in town visiting from Australia for a few weeks. Ummm…best sister/aunt award anyone??

We picked a date that they had nothing planned and crossed our fingers the weather would cooperate. So, of course, that week’s forecast was 80% chance of severe thunderstorms. All week. Luckily our area meteorologists get the forecast wrong 80% of the time and not only did it not rain, but the sun was out and gorgeous! Although, we could have done without the heat. It was HOT!! I still can’t believe what troopers Melissa, Alan, Violet, and Emilee were. They were still able to laugh and have a good time even though they were melting by the second.

It was so fun hanging out with them all for the day. And Violet, you are such a ham!! That little girl has so much personality you can just see it pouring out of each picture. She had me in fits of laughter quite a few times throughout our time together.

I hope you all had as much fun as I did with you! Happy birthday, Violet:)

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Jordan is Here!! ~ Milwaukee Lifestyle Photographer

Yesterday I wrote about how much I love my repeat clients. Today, I will be echoing that statement in regards to Brooke and Robbie’s beautiful family:) I’ve had the privilege to shoot their Christmas pictures last year, Brooke’s maternity photos in May, and then capturing Taylor’s two-year and Jordan’s newborn photos last month. What can I say? I can’t get enough!

Brooke and Robbie are just genuinely amazing people. So fun and so incredibly nice. And their little girls, Taylor and Jordan, are the most precious little girls you’ll ever lay eyes on. They make such perfect little babies, it’s almost not fair.

Our shoot last month was just as amazing as the others. It had such a great time playing and racing around with Taylor in her adorable red dress and watching her show off her Barbie car. I don’t know what it is, but I find it so endearing when little girls are so girly. I think it’s mostly because I was the biggest tomboy growing up. I was known to cry if I received dresses, shoes, or any kind of outfit. I wanted Teenage Mutant Turtles and Nerf guns!

After catching my breath (and reflecting on how out of shape I am), we took little Jordan’s first photos. She has the sweetest little face and lots and lots of soft brown hair. (((Heart melting))) She is already so loved by her parents and big sister, and even her “big brother” Donte. Welcome to the world, Jordan!! You are one lucky little girl.

Bonnie Petersdorf - Ms. Olson,

I want to thank you for capturing the essence of these children.
I am Brook’s aunt and we live in Arkansas.
We are so thankful for your beautiful pictures of our little grand nieces.
I was just up last month to see the girls and other family members,
Your photos show Taylor as she is a charming, beautiful, sweet little with a smile that starts in her eyes and lights up the room.
She is a sweet, funny and happy little girl. And I believe Jordy looks just like her big sister and hopefully she will have the same personality.

We look forward to your photos because we are so far away and miss being able to see them.

Thank you again for sharing.

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Kellen Is One! ~ Milwaukee Lifestyle Photographer

So, last month I had my first out-of-state clients: Libby, Andrew, and Kellen. I would like to say they came all the way from North Carolina just have family photos done by me, but I can’t bring myself to fib on my blog;)In actuality they are originally from this area, so when they visited family for a few weeks during Kellen’s first birthday, they decided to have their photos done as well. (Thanks again to Erin and Nic for recommending me!)

That was the day I met the happiest little girl in the world. Kellen was all smiles and I swear she was posing! Sometimes little ones are a bit scared of my camera at first, since it’s quite large, but even from the beginning of our shoot, Kellen was ON as soon as she got a glimpse of it. I almost feel like I cannot take credit for how amazing these photos turned out. Look at these photos and try not to smile!! You can just feel her personality jumping out of each one. I have to say I know where she got that outgoing personality from. Libby and Andy were such a joy to hang out with. They were up for anything, had fun, and were hilarious!

To end the shoot, we obviously had to do a smash cake. It was really hard to take photos during this because I could hardly stop laughing. I think she loves cake even more than I do:)

Is it just me, or is Kellen saying “Ugh huh…I know I’m cute” on the photo right below to the right?? LOVE.

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