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Newborn Photography WI| Penelope Kate



Little. Beautiful. Loved. Penelope Kate and her parents Katie and Kyle welcomed me to their home for an adorable little newborn shoot only eight days after Penelope was born. This little princess and her adoring parents were a joy to photograph. I loved being able to capture Katie and Kyle’s fascination with their new baby and to illustrate the atmosphere in their home that day. Enjoy a small selection of my favorites from the shoot.

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Featured – Emerie’s 1st Birthday



Emerson’s birthday party was featured on Pocketful of Dreams today. Thanks to my family for helping me with the food and not thinking I was too crazy to design such a lavish party for a one-year-old.

Visit the blog and read the story here

Contributing vendors include:
Custom Pie Cake – Cake Anatomy
Vintage Fabric Bunting – Jump Up and Down
Pink and White Straws – Hey Yo Yo
White Glass Food Stands – St. Vincent De Paul and Home Goods
Vintage Table Linens – St. Vincent De Paul
Pie Pop Maker – Drew Norbert 4 years old

Holden | Neenah Baby Photographer



I’ve mentioned in the past that I don’t really do infant or children’s photography. But this little cutie and his mamma are too cute to pass up… Little Holden was sooo cute and sooo good I could photograph him all day every day.

You might remember his mamma’s maternity session last summer. I hope these two have even more kiddos to brighten the world like this little guy brightened mine that day!

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Can’t wait to photograph Holden’s 9 month photos this summer… stay posted for more blue-eyed, chubby cheeked cuteness.

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What I call my little "George W Bush" face…



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A bit confused… but totally interested.
Stick out ears… and messy hair.

That’s my girl with her “George W Bush” face on.

But isn’t it cute???

Happy Fall! | Neenah Lifestyle Photography



Last week I had the chance to photograph my kiddos. Emerie turned 6 months and Drew turned 4 years in September. They did surprisingly well – Drew wore what I set out for him and Emerson didn’t cry too much. It is so hard to photograph your own kids. First off, you have to hide your face behind the camera… babies and kids like to see their mommy – so I play a lot of Peek-a-Boo. Secondly, there is a huge standard that you need to live up to… I’m pretty hard on myself to get things to be perfect.

I’m so happy with the images. Here are a few that I thought would brighten your day.

Drew and Emerie - Fall 2010

Drew and Emerie - Fall 2010

5 months old….



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Tomorrow my baby girl is turning 5 months old. She is such a delight! I’ve had this past week to spend with her all alone with no big brother around. Emerson loves to smile and laugh… her new big thing is to blow spit bubbles and make baby pteranodon noises.

This week we also found out that our sweet baby girl will need to have surgery in a few months. In late June Emerie had a UTI infection that lead us to have a series of tests. A visit this week with a pediatric urologist explained that she has some crazy stuff going on. In a nut shell, she will end up having part of her right kidney removed as well as some other things that are going on with the tubes that drain to the bladder.

We are hoping this is just a little hiccup in our lives. The abnormality is neither hereditary nor caused by anything from the outside world. This is just how God initially wanted Emerson’s cells to form inutero.

Right now we are praying for her and loving her. She is soooo awesome and we know she will pull through.

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Maternity – Ardent style






It’s been crazy here at Ardent Photography! Since I last blogged I’ve moved into my Milwaukee Boudoir studio, hired a part-time employee, got Emerson baptized and even found time for a short vacay with the family.

I don’t usually do maternity portraits… but if a past client calls with news that they are expecting I cannot turn them away! Katie was one of my first sessions that I shot in my studio in Milwaukee. We shot part of the session in the studio and the second half on the streets and in a baby boutique in the Third Ward.

Their little guy is due any day now. I wish for them a quick and complication-free delivery!





Baby Ava :: a newborn portrait



I was contacted by little Ava’s grandma weeks before she was even born. She wanted a special and uniquely artistic gift to give to the parents-to-be. We were able to schedule the newborn session only 3 weeks after her birth.

I love photographing babies between 2 and 3 weeks of age. They are the perfect size to do many beautiful and artistic shots. This little girl just broke my heart with her beautiful lips.


Ava’s father is in the Army and they thought it would be a nice touch to include his dog tags and jacket. The look on the baby’s face is the cutest most expressive face I’ve seen!

Here are some of my favorites…
What a tiny heart breaker!

Portrait sessions are limited. If you would like to schedule a newborn, family or senior portrait session please email the studio at info[at]ardentphoto[dot]com for more information and availability.

Baby Georgia – Neenah Baby and Child Photography



My best friend Joey (Jocelyn) came up for a very special portrait session earlier this month. Her little baby just turned one and it was time for some awesome photos.

You might remember me doing her newborn session in their Milwaukee home last year. I designed custom baby announcements that were printed on linen paper…

Well little Georgia Grace has changed quite a bit. Here are some favs from the session. Enjoy!




This is a girl who loves shoes… and it was one of her very first words. I’m sure she makes mommy proud!


Cute dress Georgia wore for her first birthday – her daddy bought it while he was in China


We finished off the session with a trip to the library – one-year-old ‘s love books!


Congratulations Joey and Josh on a beautiful little girl!
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