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ERIN & CASEY | OUR LADY OF LOURDES WEDDING | DEPERE, WI

ERIN & CASEY | OUR LADY OF LOURDES WEDDING | DEPERE, WI

Their story started innocently enough. Erin & Casey's sister who was a co-worker were at a mutual friends Wedding when she mentioned that Erin had to meet her brother. She rolled her eyes and laughed, but said sure anyway. The next day he texted her and they went out for drinks 3 days later. Ever since Erin say's "He's my best friend and partner in crime."

CHELSEA & NATE | POINT BEACH COUPLES SESSION | TWO RIVERS, WISCONSIN

CHELSEA & NATE | POINT BEACH COUPLES SESSION | TWO RIVERS, WISCONSIN

White walls - having white walls can help in many ways starting with it being a pleasing & clean background in your images. They reflect clean neutral light into the room and onto your skin which is an important element, so we love as much of that as we can get. Let’s be honest not a single person wants puke green walls in their wedding gallery.

MAGGIE MAE | BARKHAUSEN PRESERVE FINE ART PORTRAITS | GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN

MAGGIE MAE | BARKHAUSEN PRESERVE FINE ART PORTRAITS | GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN

I can't say that I've ever done a session that embodied who I am as a person more than this. When Alysce came to me with the idea, and we showed each other our mood boards it was obvious we would pair well together for this project.

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

THE HELGESONS | HALLOWEEN | ALLOUEZ, WISCONSIN

THE HELGESONS | HALLOWEEN | ALLOUEZ, WISCONSIN

Halloween with the Helgeson’s. This year we dressed up as Cole’s favorite characters from The Miraculous Ladybug.

Winter Mini Sessions - Available NOW!

All Slots are FILLED at this time

For the first time ever we are offering MINI SESSIONS.

Why now, you ask? It's here already. Winter that is, and I was not ready for it for the first time in years. I love cold weather, like really love it. So with that being said. Our Wedding Season has ended for the year and I'm just not done snapping photos of rad people who become our friends.

Who are these for?                                                                                                                      

Couples in love. Be it your engaged, married, or somewhere in between. We love capturing your story at any stage along the way. My biggest regret in Marriage is not having our photos taken at least once a year of Troy & I.

Single parents! We think your incredibly strong and deserving of a cost break. Let us document you and your littles playing and spending some much desired time together. 

Maternity. A great way to get a Winter Maternity session and not have to bare the cold for very long. No one should miss out on baby bump images because it's frigid.

Small families. This includes families with one child who wants some fun images of their family spending time outdoors running and playing and spending some good quality time together.

What to expect: I am a huge lover and promoter of spending quality time with your loved ones, which usually looks like being in nature running around unposed and only slightly directed. We do always sneak in a few portraits to please Grandma and one for Mom's wall. Otherwise, my prompts are low key. We spend your session going through the typical motions of life, as you would when I'm not around. For couples this looks a little different and there's a bit more prompting of loving on each other. Who wouldn't want to spend some time snuggling and kissing on your loved one? 

Collections Includes:                                                                                                                           

  • 30 minute session with Elle.

  • 10-15 Final Edited Images

  • Online Gallery (Share, Download, & Order Prints)

  • High Resolution Downloads with Printing Release

The time slots are as follows:

  • Saturday Dec 2nd @ 8:00AM / 8:45AM / 2:30PM / 3:15PM

  • Sunday Dec 3rd @ 8:00AM / 8:45AM

  • Saturday Dec 9th @ 8:00AM / 8:45AM

  • Sunday Dec 10th @ 2:30PM / 3:15PM

EMAIL to reserve your spot today! Only a few spots left, our schedule is filling up fast!

Location: We have two locations, our morning and evening spots will be different due to lighting. Both locations are beautiful this time of year. Location will disclosed in our email.

Cost: $200
To save your spot we require a $50 retainer. The remaining balance is due at the time of service.

Spots are limited and this is the first time we have ever offered mini sessions. This is a BIG deal for us. Send us an email to brighten our day letting us know your interested and a email will be returned to you within 24 hours giving you all the details and offering of times! We can't wait to capture your love, be it with your significant other, your child, or your little family. Email elle@ellextroy.com to schedule your session today!

Pinky the Elf comes to visit | Wisconsin Winter

Pinky the Elf comes to visit | Wisconsin Winter

Each winter a magical elf named Pinky makes an appearance and causes mischief in our home. This year was the first time we noticed her more than years past. This winter she was up to no good. Swinging from the lights in the dinning room, unrolling toilet paper in our bathrooms, dumping out cotton balls, and starting a snow ball fight with Cole.

THE HELGESONS | DANIEL TIGERS HALLOWEEN | ALLOUEZ, WI

THE HELGESONS | DANIEL TIGERS HALLOWEEN | ALLOUEZ, WI

All year Cole has had his eye on a Tigey the Adventure Tiger costume for Halloween. I have never heard of a kid this young having his sights so honed in on one costume and not once changed his mind throughout the full year. 

What kind of Mom would I be if I didn't make his little dreams come true?!

CAMILLE | CLIFF CAVE FINE ART PORTRAITS | ST. LOUIS, MO

CAMILLE | CLIFF CAVE FINE ART PORTRAITS | ST. LOUIS, MO

Camille is a fashion forward young lady with the sweetest personality. Camille’s session was a mentoring session for my now 3rd & Associate Photographer. We had a blast and lots of laughs down on the Mississippi River.