Hygge Family Portraits

Cozy family portraits for the Eggers

I love the Eggers family’s portraits! Have you heard of the Hygge craze? It’s a Danish lifestyle that emphasizes coziness. Examples of Hygge are warm slippers, cups of hot chocolate, reading by a fireplace, and snuggles. All of these things describe life in Wisconsin, and the Eggers family captured the look with their session for 6 month old Danny Junior.

Location is key

We knew that Retzer Nature Center would be a perfect setting for their flannel and sweaters. The Eggers have been so fun to work with for one of our Grow With Me packages. We did their Maternity & Newborn photos, you might have seen Danny with the baseball and little hat? So precious! I think this is the perfect way to showcase how much their family has changed in such a short time. It was so fun to watch them enjoy all of the images put together. Are you interested in scheduling a family session? Schedule a consultation with me and we’ll talk all things photo & Hygge!

family with baby sitting in forest

family with smiling baby standing in forest
This is one of my favorite, signature spots. I love how tall the trees are and I find the kiddos enjoy playing the all the pinecones on the ground!

baby boy in winter hat sitting in grass smiling

Mom kissing baby on the cheek outside

mom and dad holding walking babie's hands

Dad holding baby by tree
This shot takes my breath away. It really captures a moment in their lives. Don’t get me wrong, I love posed shots but sometimes the candids take the cake.
happy baby in sweater
Danny is everything little boys should be: smiley, sweet, full of giggles, and curious!
young family tickling baby boy outside
Every baby loves to be tickled! Especially ones wearing cute little stocking caps. I love the outfits they chose because they fit all seasons. Also, they match without being too “matchy.” If you ever have questions about outfits we’re happy to chime in prior to your shoot. Don’t they look cozy?
mom and dad kissing baby on the cheeks

young family outside on beautiful summer evening
We love the look of the Golden Hour sun shining behind them in this image. Junior is not so sure about it, or maybe Kara was making silly faces from behind the camera?
mom and dad with little boy in matching outfits at Retzer Nature Center
How cute are these matching shirts? Fun fact about this family, they run Eggers Imprints in Milwaukee and often make shirts for their vacations and adventures!
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    Newborn Portraits in Waukesha – Tiny Baby Isla

    Newborn portraits are such an important milestone to capture. We adored working with sweet little baby Isla (who weighed about as much as my own son did at birth) at her newborn photography session.

    Growing with my clients

    You might remember this beautiful couple from their warm & sunny maternity portrait session at Retire Nature Center in Waukesha. Their tiny little girl is finally in the world and her name is Isla! We went with soft tones with lots of texture for this sweet newborn session. I am so glad they chose an album. They are the perfect way to preserve these memories.

    couple smiling holding newborn baby against wood background
    Isla’s parents opted to use the barnwood wall in the studio for their family portraits. It was the perfect choice! It complemented the neutral tones in their clothing perfectly. Isn’t Isla such a beautiful blend of both of her parents?

    baby girl sleeping in tan with sheep rug
    I love these little headbands, I think we have every color you could imagine! They look especially darling on the tiniest little baby noggins at newborn portrait sessions

    newborn toes in a tan blanket
    Ten perfect toes… could baby feet be any more adorable? I love to capture the tiniest of details at a newborn portrait session. These ones always wind up being favorites of the parents.

    So cozy in this crate against the wood floor in our Waukesha studio! Not many babies are small enough to use this particular prop, but Isla was perfect!

    baby girl in a pink and purple blanket in a pink bucket
    Loved mixing up the color palette with these beautiful blush pink tones. Isla’s perfect pink lips were almost an exact match! So feminine and beautiful.

    Baby sleeping in pink and fuzzy blankets

    baby girl in indigo blanket sleeping
    We are obsessed with this color, so pretty with the headband too!

    baby sleeping in frog pose
    Can you tell we’re obsessed with headbands yet? We can’t get enough! Many of our headbands are from AraSASA.

    sleeping newborn girl on green blanket

    View the Mama’s Maternity session by clicking here!

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      Cake Smash Photos – Winder ONEderland

      HENRY TURNS ONE!

      Henry recently came to visit us for his one-year-old cake smash portraits. Look at this little messy cute monster! Can we get away with eating cake like this everyday? It has been so fun to see Henry grow! I just finished designing an album for his family that spans all three of our sessions together. Albums are a wonderful way to show the growth of your baby and share it with family and friends.

      1 year old boy sits with birthday cake messy
      Gorgeous cake! Henry’s parents were worried that it would be a little too “Frozen” themed, but when paired with our setting in the studio, it looked like a perfect match!

      shirtless little boy on denim eating sloppy cake
      Henry dove right in to his cake smash! This Winter ONEderland scene was so much fun to put together. The backdrop was the same one we used for our All-White portraits with Santa (and I didn’t even have to take it down & put it back up again since Henry’s session was done right after the portrait series… win!) and the trees were found at Hobby Lobby.

      Little boy in winter set eating cake

      “How big are you? SO BIG!”
      Hungry for cake? This one came from our local Sendik’s Food Market!

      shirtless little boy eating cake and clapping

      I can’t believe Henry is already a year old. If you’d like to see his newborn session portraits, click here! Man, how time flies. Children really do grow up so incredibly fast during their first year of life! All the more reason to be captured professionally on camera.

      little boy in grey sweater on stool
      We use high-quality backdrops in our studio, like this one from Silverlake Accessories.

      little boy in buffalo check shirt crawling on wood floor

      This wood backdrop in our studio is so versatile. Isn’t Henry adorable in his red plaid shirt and bowtie and suspenders?!

      boy in red buffalo check shirt with white chair
      That sweet little grin! I adore this little chair for toddler and sitter sessions. This was another Hobby Lobby find (gotta love that place!)

      two little boys in red shirts
      Henry posing with his big brother, Charlie. Charlie was such an amazing little helper during his sessions! We love seeing how older siblings interact with their younger siblings during photoshoots.
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        Natural Nifty’s Little Girl Ada

        Emily Ellenberger’s Newborn Session

        If you have ever been to the Kara Reese Photography studio in Downtown Waukesha then you already know Emily! She is the creative force behind Natural Nifty. Emily’s local business breathes new life into tired furniture. I have several pieces Emily has restored at the studio. Also, she recently helped me transform my master bedroom and home office. Oh, and did I mention she does it all while being a mom to newborn Ada? Superwoman!

        Interview with Emily about her Newborn experience:

        Newborn girl on neutral background smiling with cute headband
        What was the first thought you had when you saw your baby?
        I thought, “Wow, she has full lips! And a lot of hair!” I thought she was just beautiful.
        Naturally Nifty Emily Ellenberger with her newborn baby girl in green wrap
        How was your overall experience?
        Kara was so wonderful with Ada! We were so impressed with everything and had a wonderful experience. Our session lasted about an hour and a half. Not only is Kara extremely talented, but she’s the sweetest photographer out there.
        Sweet couple holding sleeping newborn in green wrap
        What was your favorite part of the session?
        Seeing our daughter bundled up in the most adorable newborn wraps and head pieces.
        She looked so precious and peaceful I was almost in tears!
        Young dad holding newborn girl in green wrap with headband

        Newborn girl in green wrap and headband sleeping in bucket with sheep skin
        How was your experience having your newborn photographed? Were you nervous or worried before? How did it turn out?
        She looked so precious and peaceful I was almost in tears!
        Baby Girl in a bucket on a white chair
        Do you have other children? How do they react to the baby?
        Just our pups and cats! They are so good with her!
        Sleeping baby in green blanket
        What advice would you give on getting newborn photos taken?
        Start getting your baby ready two hours before you head out the door and you might make it on time! We had a major blowout right before we were headed out the door so unfortunately we arrived late. Also, bring a change of clothing for everyone in case your baby decides to have a blowout during the photo shoot!
        Sleeping newborn baby girl with daisy headband
        Sleeping newborn girl with daisy headband on neutral background
        Anything else we should know about your session?
        Kara’s photos are on a different level. I’ll admit, I definitely teared up when I saw the images. I’m so grateful Kara captured these precious moments for us!

        Check out our interview with Emily for Natural Nifty on our Waukesha Small Business Features Blog by clicking this link.

        For more on Natural Nifty, visit them on NaturalNifty.com & Facebook.

        Interested in working with us for your Newborn Photography, click here.

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          Harry Potter Newborn Session

          Baby Boy Ryan

          Ryan is an adorable baby to begin with, but add Harry Potter onesies and wands and we are starstruck! This is the cutest idea for a newborn session we’ve seen in a long time. This kid has some pretty creative parents and we are so glad they had a great experience.  They said they will be back for another session soon so we’re thinking it’s time to get a stuffed animal Hippogriff, right? We love the idea of themed sessions, do you know anyone expecting who would be game? Alice in Wonderland would be fun, or Lord of the Rings…?


          What was the first thing you thought when you saw your baby for the first time?

          So many feelings,excitement and happiness which cannot be put in words.


          Did you bring a sentimental item to our shoot?
          If so, what was it and please share why it’s such a special item for you.
          wand we used in the photo shoot was the same wand which we used in baby shower! 🙂

          How was your experience having your newborn photographed?
          Were you nervous or worried before? How did it turn out?
          We are a little worried before arriving. But we really loved how professionally and carefully the whole process was handled. we are very very happy with the final outcome.


          What would be your advice to someone getting newborn photographs taken?
          Relax and trust Kara, she is the best!


          Anything else you think the world should know about your newborn session?
          We are very very happy with the whole process! We will be scheduling another baby portrait session soon and we highly recommend Kara Reese Photography.

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