Capturing the Essence of Rome with Lifestyle Photography

Enjoying the View of St. Peter's Basillica

Enjoying the View of St. Peter’s Basilica

For The Love of Rome

Almost a year ago now, (yes, I’ve been VERY remiss in my job as a ‘blogger’) we took a family side trip to Rome on the way to my husband’s home country of Norway.  One thing that I’ve learned about myself over the years is that I LOVE to travel.  Ok, I don’t love all the details involved in getting ready for a big trip, but I really enjoy seeing different parts of this world and exploring new places, eating local foods, learning local history, and -this is where the photographer in me comes out- walking down EVERY nook and cranny to find awesome photo opportunities.  Exploring our country and world is one of the goals that my husband and I have made for our family, and I’m so thankful that we’ve had the opportunity to travel to some nifty places over the years.

Traveling with a Kid

I was a little skeptical about taking our then almost 6 year old on a 5 day tour of Rome.  Although she’s a good traveler and focuses well – she’s 5 – unpredictably comes with the territory and I didn’t want to take this once in a lifetime opportunity and then it become a disaster!  Thankfully, she LOVED it.  Before we left, I downloaded some Rick Steves mp3s on some of the sights we were going to see  while there, and she DRANK THAT UP!  I think she knew more about the Colosseum than we did after that trip!  Thank you Rick Steves!

Rome was great to get around if you didn’t mind walking or taking public transit, which we didn’t.  We were literally able to either walk or take public transportation around the entire city, and we could get to almost all of the major attractions on foot.  Although our daughter was almost 6, we took a stroller along, which was a LIFESAVER!  My mom had one that wasn’t as bulky as a jogging stroller, but its wheels were better than your average umbrella stroller.  It literally saved us and made our vacation a breeze!  No “I can’t walk anymore…I’m TOOOOoooooo tired.”  Nope.  We just strolled along on our merry way into ruins that were thousands of years old.  This is MY kind of vacation!

Photographing Rome

A cafe that has fans that spray cool mist during a hot Roman day - I'm IN!

A cafe that has fans that spray cool mist during a hot Roman day – I’m IN!

If anyone out there wants to do a photo shoot in Rome and take me with, I’LL SHOOT FOR FREE!  TAKE ME WITH YOU! LOL!  Seriously, though, Rome was FABULOUS to photograph.  I’d go back there in a heartbeat!  I love cobblestones, little cafes and bakeries, and architecture that hasn’t been built in the last 600 years.  I loved photographing my family in Rome.  There were so many fun places for my daughter to explore, and sweet, natural moments that I wanted to capture forever were abundant.  I also enjoyed the opportunities Rome afforded my Fine Art Photography.  I enjoy urban photography, and this was city life at a slower pace with a romantic backdrop. Fabulous.

Here are a few of my favorite images from the trip.  Many of my Fine Art photos can be purchased in my Etsy store:

Thanks for reading!


Fun Child and Family Photography in Fond du Lac: Madison and Kinsley

untitled-4821Last week I the pleasure of taking family photos with Madison and Kinsley – two super cute little girls with a mom who has STYLE!  This was the third photo shoot I’ve had with these girls, and I look forward to seeing what awesomely cute outfits their mom has come up with for each shoot! It’s also fun to see them grow.

I love it when parents get excited about their children’s photos and put some time and effort into designing the photo shoot the way they would like it.  After all, the photos are going to be on YOUR walls for years!!  I always have photography props on hand, but when a parent brings something from home that is meaningful to the family – maybe a blanket knitted by a family member, a small rocking chair, a fun hat that a friend gave the child as a gift – it makes the photography session and the images that are born from it much more meaningful.  These little girls’ momma was rockin’ it in teal jeans for all of them, fun necklaces, a hat for the birthday girl who just turned one, bubbles, and even a BOA.

One of the things I’ve learned about child photography, especially for the under 3 crowd, is that you really have to be patient and go with the flow.  Little ones’ attention spans are short.  They get tired easily.  I try to make the session as fun and relaxed as I can.  Often times this results in the most natural and beautiful pics.


Modern and Fun Fond du Lac Newborn Photography!

I had the privilege of taking newborn photos for my friend Stephanie a couple of days ago.  She and her 10 day old son Oliver, came over to my home studio for some photo fun!  Stephanie brought with her a beautiful knitted blanket, baby booties knitted by her grandmother, and hats! It’s so special when you can add something meaningful to your photo shoot.  Too ADORABLE!

If you are interested in finding out more about my newborn sessions, please click here: 

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