January ’19 Latest & Greatest

The new year is off to a wonderful start with families, new parents to be, and new babies. A few fearless individuals braved the cold which resulted in some lovely winter backdrops. Other indoor sessions offer a chance to use window light to provide some interesting contrast to our sessions.  A sweet 11 day old also was so alert and ready for her debut, while some parents to be shared their excitement with me. Such a fun way to begin the year and I cannot wait to follow up with the expecting family to meet their new arrival in a few short weeks!

Hope you are keeping warm this January and happy 2019!!

Biking Through Provence

Each winter I get to catch up on going through my own photos and particularly in January, I like to look back on colorful (or warm looking) photos. Last year, my husband I had the pleasure of joining a Trek Travel biking trip through the Provence area of France (specifically the Luberon and the Vaucluse). It was the perfect trip for us; a dream realized for my cycling enthusiast hubby, and a veritable photographic and gastronomic heaven for this sensory loving gal.

I’m not sure I can even do it justice, really. Having traveled to nearly 20 countries on 4 continents, I must say that Provence is one of the loveliest places in the world I’ve ever been. As my husband and I biked through olive groves, vineyards, lavender farms and fields of poppies, dotted with medieval hilltop villages, we probably said “wow” about a thousand times. (I know, we’re so profound). Every turn or hilltop panorama, every village we stopped in, every market we visited were all so incredible to us. The colors, the aromas, the vistas, the history, the food… it was nearly overwhelming.

If you know me well, you will know I also have a thing for farmer’s markets. Markets are always a must-do when I visit a new place so I can not only see what makes the place unique, but also taste the local flavors or terroir. Of course, in France, terroir has true meaning (considering it is a French word and referring to the environment or earth in which wine is grown).  Though in Provence, they’re just markets; something the residents have done for probably centuries and not something new fangled and trendy. Everything at the market is truly artisan, and again, not in a trendy throw-back sort of way, but in a real, authentic, my family has been doing this for generations kind of way. Fruit, veggies, eggs, AMAZING cheese & bread, meals, flowers, herbs, linens, soap, wine, and on and on, stall after stall of surprises and wonders. One of my favorite lunches we enjoyed was from the market in Bedoin: olive bread, the most amazing strawberries I’ve ever tasted, Provencal olives, and truffle cheese. Enjoying our finds on a picnic table at the base of the famed Mt. Ventoux, it might as well have been heaven.

Naturally I took hundreds of pictures, so it was nearly impossible to narrow down to just a few favorites, but here they are. If you’d like to see more or would like to purchase some gallery quality prints of anything I have taken, please go to https://carolinemariephoto.zenfolio.com/provence

Please enjoy these slices of color and warmth! Happy 2019!!

*Be a pal and please remember photos here are copyright material and not to be redistributed without permission from moi. Merci 

December ’18 Latest & Greatest

December is one my favorite times of the year, some would even say it’s “the most wonderful time”.  I wrapped up family photos just in time to get my own house in order for the busy holiday season. It is a welcome break from the heyday of the Fall season, but also a joy to receive so many holiday cards back with familiar faces smiling back at me. I love seeing the family photos that I helped to create, coming back to me and spreading joy to others. I even save the ones from family and close friends to look back on loved ones as they grow each year. Tracking these moments in time and reminiscing on sessions and events past, is part of what this season is all about. Spending time with loved ones and spreading joy to others.

With heartfelt wishes, happy holidays to you and a happy new year too! Thank you for all of the support in 2018!!  XO

Madison Moms Blog Cookies with Santa ’18

Last week, I had the pleasure of taking event photos for the Madison Moms Blog “Cookies with Santa” event, held at the Concourse Hotel in Madison. What a wonderful day for children and the young at heart to share treats, work on crafts, listen to stories with Mrs. Claus, and meet the big guy himself. Dancers from the Kehl School of Dance entertained visitors and many vendors from all over town came to share in the fun with local families. Face painting by Funny Faces, coloring with Madhouse, card making and dairy free cookies with Yummy Sprout, games with Keva Sports, and a give away to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank added to the entertaining event. Even Elsa was there! It was a fun filled day for all!

November ’18 Latest & Greatest

THANK YOU for all of your support this year! As I look through the many sessions with new and returning families, I am so thankful for being able to pursue this passion. I am grateful for the support of the many families that have me be a part of their family history,  allowing me to capture moments in time. New babies, family reunions, special events, couples in love, and growing children all recorded for just a moment in time to treasure forever.

It has been a wonderful, lovely fall season here in Wisconsin, even with the chilly temps. I hope you enjoy these small shares of recent sessions and I wish all good things in the holiday season ahead.

THANK YOU.

October ’18 Latest & Greatest

Fall is in full effect here in Wisconsin! We’ve had to dodge rain and even a little snow, but the colors are just gorgeous. Smiles abound as we squeeze in the last few warm(-ish) days of the year. Sweet new babies, lots of families, and even a couple of events happening this time of year. Fun all around!

There’s still a spot left for a mini-express session, THIS SATURDAY 10/27. Email me today if you’d like to sign up.

Thank you for all of your support! XO

 

Announcing Fall Mini-Express ’18

Contact me today to book your spot for Fall Mini-Express sessions on Saturday 10/27 from 4-5:15pm. Quick and easy, 15 minute sessions, includes 1 digital image of your choice for $70. Location will be in Madison and communicated upon booking.

You must email me at carolinemariephoto@gmail.com to reserve your spot.

Hope you can make it!

 

August-ish ’18 Latest & Greatest

Well, I wanted to share this in August, but August always has a way of speeding up at the end (at least for me anyway 😉 ). So here is a bit delayed update from August. September seems to be doing much the same, as all of a sudden, school is in session and the mornings are getting cool. September is generally a fabulous month for weather, so looking forward to some great sessions this month too (and hopefully a more timely update).

The next 2 months are booking quickly. Please contact me ASAP if you are interested in a session time for Fall!

XO

July ’18 Latest & Greatest

It’s summer! Long golden evenings, beautiful blooming flowers, sundresses and bare feet. It’s a fun time for photos as kids can run around and roam expansive green spaces and dream of ice cream. It’s always a great time for newborns as the sunny summer days provide a lovely natural light in the comfort of home, so baby can stay warm and snuggly. I can’t get enough of their tiny toes!

Before we know it, these summer days will slip into (don’t say it) Fall. If you dream of fields of wildflowers, contact me today to book for August. There are still a few spots remaining. Also, I am beginning to book Fall and it’s always a busy time.  Contact me soon for your dates!

XO