Milwaukee Family Photographer :: Benji is 1!

You guyyyyys. This session is so wonderful and I’m so excited to share it for so many reasons, but mainly these two: Little Benji is such a happy, cute, funny little man and this family’s wonderful old Milwaukee home made such a unique and perfect backdrop for these images!  Not to mention the fact that 1 year olds are just such a fun age to capture – one of my all time favorites!  Without further ado, meet the birthday boy and his family:

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Such a happy kiddo!!

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And such squish-able cheeks!

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Whats in that book buddy? haha!

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Hah I love this one!

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See what I mean about Benji being such a happy little camper!

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And who doesn’t love a GIANT bear!

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Love these two!

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And this!

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Someone’s proud of himself :)

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Their staircase was so cool I had to make them sit there twice!

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One last one – because this little sneak is too cute!

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Happy 1st birthday Benjamin! You were such a little rock star! -Katie

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Milwaukee Newborn Photographer :: Welcome to the World Lucia!!

Do you remember Heather and Kevin’s maternity photos from a few months ago?? I had just met them, but already I could tell how wonderful they would be as parents when their little lady arrived. And sure enough this past weekend I got to meet baby Lucia and see them in action and they’re so great!  This is such a cute little family and I love how these images turned out! Meet Miss Lucia –

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She was wide awake the whole time – which usually makes newborn shoots a bit of a struggle – but Lucia was so calm and chill and just let us lay her down wherever and snap photos!

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baby bear ;)

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Those cheeks!

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So happy for you and your new little family you guys!! -Katie

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Milwaukee Family Photographer :: Laura and Ross

I feel like this post is a lonnnng time coming. Because I’ve been saying we would do these photos FOREVER. But then life gets in the way and we kept ending up putting it off. But finally this past weekend I found the time to get my camera out and capture my best friend, Laura, and her husband, Ross, and their pup (big doggie ;)), Sadie!  Sadie is the SWEETEST doggo, but she’s also still more or less a puppy so she was a little confused why we were at the park to sit politely over and over again and not run around playing!  Check out my adorable friends –

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pretty Sadie girl

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This is her “cannon we play NOW?!” face hahah

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Look at these two. They are perfect for each other. And some of my favorite people on this planet!

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My favorite!

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Well. I dislike that Viking gear, but I appreciate a football-themed photo! :)

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Loooook at her.

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So glad we did these Flash! And I can’t wait to see you in a few weeks! -Katie!

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Milwaukee Family Photographer :: The Hornung Family

Well it’s my first family photo post of 2017! Technically we did these at the very tail end of 2016, but since I’ve been back in Colorado for the New Year I didn’t get a chance to post these yet. :)  But get ready. Because it’s a great way to start out the year and I hope it’s setting a tone for how the rest of this year will be!! These guys were not only brave – I mean winter in Wisconsin is no joke and we shot out side! Although, to be fair, it was really nice out by Wisconsin standards! – they are so cute and were so fun to work with and there’s even a fun surprise at the end!!  Check out this whole extended family:

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I love that they had fun with this even though it was chilly and it was a lot of work wrangling everyone for these!

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How cute are these kiddos? Oldest, sweet, Truman.  Middle, funny, Cecilia. Little, Goofy, Porter!

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Truman is clearly a great big brother!

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Love this!

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One side of the family:

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And the other!

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And the grandparents with the grandkids – these guys are all so lucky to have such wonderful family!

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And then we did a few of just these guys….

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Seriously, SO cute.

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Favorite!

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Gotta get a just Mom and Dad shot :)

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And ready for the big surprise?  These guys will be welcoming baby #4 (!!) this summer so we did a little fun reveal photo for them to announce to everyone!  The kids mostly just loved getting to play with giant balloons haha!  But the bigger kids especially really understood they would be getting a new baby brother or sister soon and are so excited!

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Hahah love this one!

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Thanks for having me out to do these you guys!! It was a blast and I’m so glad the weather cooperated! -Katie

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Katie Derus Photography Best of 2016 – Part 2!

Are you ready for part 2 of my favorites?!?! Seriously this is so fun for me… I hope you are enjoying it as much as I am!  And this is a really special time of 2016 for me as it’s when I left Denver and started shooting in Wisconsin!  Since I talked all about my year in Part 1, I’ll get right to the images! Starting with these darling sisters:

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We had AMAZING light…

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Little Caleb’s 6 mo pictures were so cute!

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Love this family and capturing them as a family of 4 with their new little lady!

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I mean, how cute is she!?

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In late August my best friend had her baby and I got to drive up to MN and meet little Vera. And I love her so much. And I love these images so so so much.

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I love this.

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Then another of my friend’s little sister got married which was my only wedding of 2016, but it was a DOOZY!

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LOVE this.

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One good looking wedding party!

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This is one of my favorite pictures ever. It’s just so pretty and happy!

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Of course, as soon as I left Colorado and I had to go back and finish up some loose ends with shoots and got to see some of my favorite CO families.

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Levi turned 1!

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How cute is this?!

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Miss Laila also turned 1!!

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LOVE this one. So sweet.

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And I got to see my amazing hairstylist in Denver and do some super fun “lifestyle” photos for her of her 3 kiddos!

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Back in Wisconsin I did these little girlies pictures:

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Fall is the BEST!

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Seriously, Fall.

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Love me a little Packer baby.

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The only senior pictures I did this year turned out so wonderfully!

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Got to see one of my good friends and her sweet littles for a shoot…

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Maternity photos + pups = fun!

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These two kiddos. Such dolls.

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Love this family.

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And around Thanksgiving I had a few BIG family shoots. Which is awesome!

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Another big family AND a handful of dogs!

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One of my high school friends and her sweet family:

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Oh these holiday outfits. Love them.

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Tenley turned one!

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Some more lifestyle photos – one of my favorite shoots of the year!

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Caleb turned 1!!

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Annnnd my favorite, favorite Colorado family:

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A little bit of boredom + my Macro lens = this. And I want a giant print of it.

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Snow is SO fun during a shoot!

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Oh these brothers. SO cute.

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And I’ll top it all off with this shoot from this week. These siblings!

blog_136Thanks to all my 2016 clients!! I love you all!! -Katie

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