Archive for Around Eau Claire WI
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What is that one thing that inspires you to create? You know…that one thing that gets you out of bed in the morning and gives you, well… something to look forward to and keeps you inspired?

I wanted to share with you my top 5 inspirational favorites that keep me going and get me out of bed in the morning. Because lets face it, some day’s I need all the help I can get!

1. Light.  This is HUGE for me! We have very large windows in our home facing South, so I love opening the curtains every morning and watching the sunrise while drinking my coffee and talking with my kids.

2. My children.  For me this is a no brainier. Having 4 minds constantly asking questions and throwing ideas my way everyday, how can I not say my children inspire me?

3. Decorating.  I do love decorating and shopping for the current holiday season.  I don’t go overboard (at least I don’t think so) but I like finding new things cute and small.

4. Hobby Lobby.  Yeah…that’s right, a big box store! When we moved to Eau Claire in 2000 I was extremely disappointed to know the closest Hobby Lobby was almost 2 hours away in Onalaska. Albuquerque had 5 stores I could pop into anytime, so you can image my depression when moving up North and my favorite store was NO where to be found! I had no problem loading up Mallory in the family van and enjoying the countryside views just to shop in a Hobby Lobby!  Today I count my lucky stars there’s a store in Woodbury, MN and find myself there almost once a week.  I just love wandering their aisles looking at everything pretty and eye catching. But my favorite is reading those inspirational signs that can be found in almost every aisle! You gotta go!

5. Long drives.  I’ve traveled enough to know I do my best thinking in the car listening to music, driving country roads and finding random antique shops or unique cafes to visit. A change of scenery is ALWAYS a good idea!

I hope with these warm temps and the sun waking up earlier you feel some new inspiration for you to create something awesome for yourself!

Thanks for stopping by!

xx ~K

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February 13, 2018
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I love nothing more than becoming a family’s Go-To photographer yearly. Being trusted to create something wonderful, meaningful, and providing quality heirlooms for my lovely families who in turn have become my friends and their kids treat me like that fun crazy aunt that always has lots of hugs to give, dotes, and offers plenty of laughs.

Every year I look forward to planning their session and creating their Christmas card, and their younger boys look forward to see if they’ve passed me up in height. (It won’t be long!) Our session took place in downtown Eau Claire at Banbury Place.  I’ve never captured this family in this area and we had discussed wanting a more urban look for their photos and Banbury is perfect for that. The afternoon was windy and cold but managed to have a few laughs.

I’m slowly crawling out of my creative slumber and looking forward to my 2018 season.

Thanks for stopping by!

xx ~K

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The real question is not where ideas come from but where do they go.  ~Paul Beatty

January is such a blah month for me but I gotta tell ya, the snow fall we had Monday evening was absolutely beautiful! Let’s be real here…Mother Nature knows whats she’s doin’! I loved how the snow was so heavy and layered the branches of the trees, bushes and shrubs.  When Mother Nature creates this beautiful Winter Wonderland, we (my kids and I) affectionately call our small town of Eau Claire, Narnia.  Cheesy I know…but HEY… I grew up performing on stage as a child so I’m pretty imaginative and dramatic!  Just roll with it!

The snow gave me such renewed inspiration that I texted one of my clients and asked her to come and play.  No need for fancy make-up, hair, or clothing!  Just show up and BE YOU!  She was right on top of that and the above pictures is what I captured in 20 minutes of play.  And just like that…my creative juices are starting to stir. My January slumber is almost over. I’m getting excited to greet 2018!

What are you working on that’s bring inspiration to your life?

Until next time.

xx ~K

 

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Winter Carnival happened for my Emily this past weekend. (Insert Happy Dance) Normally this dance doesn’t draw a crowd like Homecoming or Prom, but this dance was important to her.  Last year she tore her ACL and was 3 weeks post surgery so she had to sit the Winter Carnival dance out and when you’re 15, a freshman in high school, I’m sure you remember just wanting to be with your friends and not wanting to miss a thing. So she was a bit depressed she missed it.  She did get dressed up for photos with her friend group and had dinner with the her friends (all 16 of them!) which in my opinion was awesome, but of course I’m no longer 15 years old! (what do I know)  And…to top it off a group of kids came back to the house after the dance to fill her in on all the juicy gossip that took place on the dance floor.  SO this dance marked her “I’m all healed up” come back!

Saturday was a scramble and complete blur for me(thank goodness I take so many photos!) but I stepped up to the plate and hit a home run! (That’s right…Mom Hall of Fame recipient) The day started off in a small Wisconsin town (which I had no idea existed and I’m thankful for Google Maps for getting me there) watching and cheering on Hayden at his basketball tournament. Then leaving that event only to race home to curl and style Emily’s hair in a record 20 minutes! (air fist pump)  The first round of pictures took place at 3pm and we showed up at 3:45pm! Oh well! It is what it is. Then we raced to our second photo group location by 4:35pm and captured everyone looking amazing before sunset at 4:57pm! Whew! But wait, there’s more. My home was the “before dinner” snack shack, and I was thankful my husband was home from Peyton’s away basketball tournament to have snacks, drinks, and wine (for the parents) laid out ready to entertain. Once the kid and parent company were out the door it was time to meet our friends out for dinner and plenty of drinks! By 9pm we were ready to prepare for “Round 2″…you guessed it we were hosting the after the dance snacks and sleepover!  In all seriousness, I’m extremely thankful for these busy parenting days because they really do just fly by so quickly. Lemme show you what I captured.

 

 

These guys crack me up…of course that AWESOME set of wheels had to be in the photo!

Emily second photo location took place at Banbury. Then these cute kids enjoyed dinner at the Livery.

Emily with her besties!  They call themselves “The 3 Musketeers!”  There is never a dull moment with these three and the laughs are constant!

Thanks for stopping by!

xx ~K

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January 04, 2018
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**The studio is closed for Winter break. All phone and email messages will be returned early February.  Thank you! xx~Kati **

This past Christmas season one of my sweet darling children mentioned that it looked like the “Hallmark channel threw-up in our home!”  I took that as a major MAJOR compliment!  (Considering there have been a few years that we were lucky to even have a tree decorated!) This year with the help of all kids our home got the “full deck the halls” treatment! Every year I always make sure to photograph our surroundings and be sure to include them in our annual holiday yearbook.  Here’s a bit of what I captured the other day.

We celebrated year 17 with our amazing Santa! You can see past year photos here.

Another tradition that I recently started in 2015 was to frame and display our past Christmas photos. After all, they were just sitting in a box! Once the season is over, I’ll store them with my holiday decorations and pull out my regular photos.

Another tradition…our family has a house elf that visits every year to make sure everyone is on their best behavior. His name is Berry Corbin. Now, Berry Corbin is not a naughty elf in the sense of doing something crazy around our house nightly or weekly.  I’d say he’s kinda freaky stealthy in the sense that he hangs around hidden until a child notices him.  Once he’s noticed, then he’ll move around for more observations and the kids have to find him again. My youngest, only noticed Berry Corbin on Christmas day! So he stayed put for 4 weeks!  Gotta love it!  Then POOF!!  he headed back to the North Pole!  I like that Elf! (wink)

Peyton’s piano decorations. Yeah…to say he we love anything Disney would be an understatement! Mickey’s Christmas Carol is our favorite family cartoon to watch yearly along with How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

Our front family room tree is a 4 foot tree, so every year I can change the color scheme. Since it’s so small it doesn’t cost an arm or a leg to change up the ornaments, ribbons, or floral picks and doesn’t take long to decorate. One tradition I have for this tree is to hang my family’s photo metal ornaments that resemble our past Christmas cards. These are by far my most treasured ornaments.

This cute village I painted in 1994 and 95! My girls love unwrapping each house and setting up “Gross Village” as we affectionately call it.

My current project (that I should finish by Saturday) is going through my Chicago photos and creating a book for my lovely sister Brenda,who we’ve meet there every year since 2000! Gotta meet my personal January bucket list before heading back to work!  Wish me luck! What kind of short term projects are you trying to finish this month?

Thanks for stopping by!

xx ~Kati