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THE HELGESONS | ICE CASTLES | LAKE GENEVA, WISCONSIN

THE HELGESONS | ICE CASTLES | LAKE GENEVA, WISCONSIN

We had a lot of fun and it was just the frozen adventure we were looking for this time of year. Anyone else have cabin fever ??

THE HELGESONS | AISSEN TREE FARM | KEWAUNEE, WISCONSIN

THE HELGESONS | AISSEN TREE FARM | KEWAUNEE, WISCONSIN

Every year, since before I was born my parents have taken me to the tree farm. Since we have continued this tradition with our own little family we have fallen in love with the Wisconsin pine & fir trees. This year we decided to try a new farm, one on the way to my Dad’s house that we have been eyeing all year.

COLE & HIS RED TRUCK | ALLOUEZ, WISCONSIN

COLE & HIS RED TRUCK | ALLOUEZ, WISCONSIN

While ENJOYING a little trip up to Door County a few weeks ago we visited a few country markets along the road and picked up a few pumpkins, aren’t they gorgeous? The day Cole & I decorated our porch for fall we decided to do an impromptu autumn session to honor his love for the season.

THE HELGESONS | ONEIDA APPLE ORCHARD | GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN

THE HELGESONS | ONEIDA APPLE ORCHARD | GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN

It seems like all we are doing during the fall is picking apples. Cole eats so many apples, this kid should never have to worry about liver or skin issues for a lifetime. Our hands down favorite location is the Oneida Nation Apple Orchard.

THE HELGESONS | FONFEREK GLEN FAMILY SESSION | DE PERE, WISCONSIN

THE HELGESONS | FONFEREK GLEN FAMILY SESSION | DE PERE, WISCONSIN

The last few years we’ve been creating the space in our lives for our own family sessions. We believe in celebrating each stage of our lives and turning them into tangible heirlooms to treasure forever. I am so happy to know in 30 years, Cole may be sitting around the table with his kids showing them how stinking adorable he was at 5….

THE HELGESONS | HOLIDAY TRADITIONS AT WHISPERING PINES TREE FARM | OCONTO, WISCONSIN

Every Winter since the year before I was born, my family has set out to the Tree Farm when the ground is frozen and there's a chill in the air perfect for being warmed up with some hot cocoa. This family tradition started in Missouri at Pea Ridge Forest, it was over an hour away and worth the drive. Our entire family would gather together at the farm on the Sunday after Thanksgiving and we would enjoy shopping at the adorable gift shop and always picking up their personal Pea Ridge Ornament for that specific year. Sip hot cocoa, given out by the same cute old lady every single year since I can remember. Play in the creek our parents wished was frozen, because someone would always fall in. And wandering all over the property searching for that perfect pine tree to call ours. Everyone has their idea of the perfect tree. Mine is short and stout yet perfectly shaped, much like myself (yay, i just busted up laughing at myself there too). Before we left and tied our tree to the top of our toyota we took a photo with Santa and told him what we wished for him to bring us that cold winters eve. On the way back up the hill we said our goodbyes to the reindeer. And we're pretty excited to venture back home to decorate.

We have made it a point to continue this family tradition but of course the way we do, we put a spin on it. Whispering Pines is the perfect place to keep our tradition alive. A trip to sit on Santa's lap, listen to singing reindeer (these are stuffed, but cute & do the trick - please laugh with me of how terrified Cole looks ), the multiple rides on Thomas, James, and Percy. Yeah, I know! Cool right?! They have freaking trains - Thomas & Friends none-the-less, and the most beautiful property full of the most perfect pine & fir trees I've ever seen. 

This year we brought Pa pa, since he's Cole's best friend and finds himself still believing in these magical moments of the season. The boys played with left behind pine swords, played hide and seek, and we even caught some decent family photos of us. Andddddd! Cole even was sweet enough to take a few with me. He surprised me with some kisses and that made this Mama very happy!

THE HELGESONS | WINTER PICNIC AT POINT BEACH | TWO RIVERS, WICONSIN

Who goes on a picnic to the beach during Winter, Am I right?! The answer is us. Yes, we are indeed strange people. No doubt! Point Beach in Two Rivers is one of our favorite spots to visit on the weekends throughout the year. This park is covered in tall pines, boardwalks, sand dunes, beaches, the Rawley Point Lighthouse, millions of; rocks, corral, fossils, and minerals gracing the shoreline, and a campground. We love this place so much that we were out here two weeks in a row; one to play around in the sand before it was too cold, and the second to capture a couple very much in love on their weekend getaway. You can read more about Chelsea x Nate's Point Beach Couples session here.

We planned this afternoon outing around playing in the sand, drinking vegan hot cocoa, and some delicious homemade apple fritters made by my Dad. Ie..also the guy who took the images of all three of us. Troy and I took it upon ourselves to get a mini branding session for ourselves in while Cole and Pa Pa played. I've got to say I'm kind of addicted to flirting with my husband while he takes pictures of me now! I don't think I've ever felt so comfortable in front of the camera.

So without anymore dragging on, here is our little rebel family picnicking on the beach in late November. lol. Let me know in the comments below if you're crazy enough to venture out into the 30º weather to play in the sand? Or what is the craziest thing you've done in the cold weather?

Elle's shirt Torrid  //  Cole's Outfit thrifted Once Upon a Child   //  Location Point Beach

KYPTON & NATALIA | FINE ART LIFESTYLE SESSION | DE PERE, WI

KYPTON & NATALIA | FINE ART LIFESTYLE SESSION | DE PERE, WI

Kypton x Natalia are very special in our home. They were our first friends in Green Bay. Our first session with Natalia was when we celebrated this little cutie below being in her belly and she had just moved here from Arizona. What started as a Maternity Session turned into a friendship for both Cole & I. We’ve had many lunch & play dates with the boys and they have became best little buddies. 

THE HELGESONS | FAMILY SESSION AT KLONDIKE PARK | AUGUSTA, MO

THE HELGESONS | FAMILY SESSION AT KLONDIKE PARK | AUGUSTA, MO

Our little family is still new and looking like a human is far from normal right now. Today we focus on how much we love this little man and we put some actual clothes on to appear like we have it together. It's still quite bizarre to believe we created such a cute and sweet boy.