Manic Monday: Birthday Steak!

Hello there! And welcome back for another round of my Manic Monday series! 

Thanksgiving is fast approaching, and the Holidays are right around the corner, so ya'll know I am focusing on making sure all my clients got their holiday photos set for loved ones at Christmas time.  Speaking of, don't forget to contact me to book your Holiday Mini session! I have some slots available this weekend, and will have a fun little Hot Chocolate set up, along with Christmas treats for the kiddos! Hell, I'll probably make sure us grownups have some Christmas "Spirits" as well! 

Last week saw the official launch of the Apricot Lane Boutique Website, which was a huge, and fast paced project for me. But with the majority of Photos done on my end, It has been really cool to see my photos reaching such a wide commercial audience, and it could not be for a more worthy company! 

Being the main source of Photos for something as large scale as 3 Boutiques in NE Wisconsin has been an honor, and a privilege. So right now, I am really happy to sit back and be totally bombarded with the massive scale of photos I've curated for this amazing store! 

I mean, check this stuff out! I've gone commercial, ya'll! 

Okay, but on the serious, I am excited to have been able to practice my art, in all of its forms, but I am still just as loyal to my clients, and telling their stories. Like Jennifer Lopez, I'm real. 

This past weekend, I was invited to Celebrate a first Birthday, with the Robinson family, whom is frequently featured in blogs! I have been with them from their wedding, to a miracle pregnancy, birth, and ack, now Little Henley is One! 

I love my shoots with the Robinson's because they live in the darling little Wisconsin town of Chilton, the drive is 45 minutes from Green Bay, and is beautiful! Chilton has a lot of, I guess what we would call "Old World Charm", and boasts homes and business fronts well over a century old. 

Henley held her 1st Birthday bash at a local business that her Momma Rachelle, has frequented called Hilde's. I've become acquainted with this locally owned Business, ran by its Namesake, Hilde, who has created a very welcoming and unique deli that even offers eat in Bistro tables, as well as a room for large special events to be held. Definitely check them out if you are ever in Chilton, and "like" them on Facebook!

Little Miss Henley was showered with gifts at Hildes, and enjoyed her Birthday ca-- I'm sorry, Birthday Steak. 

You read that right. This kid is after my own heart, she is a tiny carnivore, and I adore her! 


After celebrating her Birthday, we headed to the Chilton Nature preserve to take Photos of Henley where it all started. 

Xo Xo



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Ryott's fabulous 1st!

I've got bad news for ya'll. 

The following, will cause you to feel like you probably should throw in the towel for your child's next birthday party. 

Thats right, this birthday was straight up, BONKERS. It had everything: Cake, candy, Bounce houses, Photo-booths, AND a Cat with a Hitler mustache. 

Before I gush about the details, (AND THERE ARE TONS) I should preface this lovely photo set, with a bit of backstory. 

I met Amber, the party planner extraordinaire, 6 months ago, when she hired me to do her daughter, Ryott's photos. I met with Amber in her home for photos, and we hit it off pretty quick, identifying with our love of all things weird, and the love of our family. 

It became pretty clear to me, and I think anyone who knows Amber, could tell you that one of the most important people in her life, is her Sister, Sierra. Amber could tell you, that Sierra was more excited than anyone, for Ryott to be born, and was with Amber every step of the way, from her Pregnancy, to Ryott's Birth. 

As Fate would have it, Sierra was able to indulge in the joy's of being an Aunt for a short period of time, before being tragically killed in a car accident. Heartbroken, Amber did the only thing she could, and that meant that she would keep Sierra involved in her daughters life, even after death. 

I know this all went downhill really fast, you guys, but there is life, after death. Sierra lives on in a important way, she is even present, at a Memorial Table that Amber intends on putting out for every Birthday. On that Table, is a book, with a hand written note from Sierra, to her Niece. 

A love letter, from a Aunt, taken too soon.

A love letter, from a Aunt, taken too soon.

Amber admittedly, through herself into party planning (which, spoiler alert, she started when she was in the hospital giving birth to Ryott, so don't feel too undercut, Mom's and Dads) after her Sisters death. Her Friends took heed, and helped Amber along the way, even driving from Indianna, with a U-haul full of Birthday decor. 

The hard work, and effort from Amber, her Friends, and some excellent small Businesses paid in Spades. I don't think I have ever seen such a grand set-up for a Birthday, to boot, I have never seen people more dedicated to helping a friend, and celebrating life, the life of Ryott. 

I am not sure I can speak for everyone, but I can say from my perspective, this wasn't just a Birthday, it was fully loaded with emotion, and love, it was truly a demonstration of the life, and memories a Mother wanted to create for her Daughter...... And knowing all the turbulence that Amber went through to make this happen, honestly choked me up.

One thing is for Damn sure, Little Ryott is SO LOVED, she is in for a lifetime of unique experiences, and I am so very happy to witness that. 




Aren't you OBSESSED with this party? 

Well, I got the Deets for you, right here! These Vendors did an excellent job in making this party everything Amber ever wanted, and she has absolutely rave reviews about everyone who participated in this special day! 

Cake: Monzu Bistro, Green Bay WI

Candy/confectionary: Albanese Candy

Banners, Signs, Labels: Shindigz party supplies, South Whitley, IN

Props/Pinata/creative Genius: Debbie Echevarria

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