Wisconsin Wedding Photographer :: Hilary and Phil!

Do I always say that weddings I shoot are really special? Yes. Is it true? Also, Yes. But today I’m sharing the wedding photos of one of my dearest friends, Hilary aka Pletta (now Clifton!).  Plett and I played rugby together in college and you may remember her from my travels to Alaska where she and Phil live.  They decided to keep the “cold” theme alive and get married in February in Minnesota!  Which is borderline crazy – but we actually had a beautiful day with a sunny high of 15! :) Without further ado, here’s my pretty friend, her handsome man, and their AMAZING snowy, cabin wedding!

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Those frigid winter sunrises are still so pretty!

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So gorgeous!!

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How amazing does this bridal party look?!

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Obsessed with how amazing these dresses looked with the mittens and shawls and snow!

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Fuzzy earmuffs for the win!

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Favs!

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Married!

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Yes I made them trudge back outside into the snow … but it was worth it for this golden hour light!

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“his ears were cold!”

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Love this one!

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Best day every Plet and Phil!! Love you and miss you both!! -Kath

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Milwaukee Family Photographer :: Welcome to the World Henry!

I would say that mooossst of my newborn shoots are for first babies, but I LOVE when I get a family who has a 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th new baby in the family and doing a shoot that includes big siblings with that new little bundle – it’s the best!  This sweet family had me over to meet little Henry and for sure my favorite part was seeing the big kiddos with their baby brother!  Plus all three were total rockstars – so that makes me job easier! And I even got a few stickers from them for my excellence ;)  Meet Henry and family –

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Big brother and big sister!

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Love this!

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Baby gets all the attention :)

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Such a little cutie!

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Enjoy your sweet baby boy you guys! It was so nice to meet you all! – Katie

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Milwaukee Newborn Photographer :: Welcome to the World Michael!

This shooooot oh my gosh!!! I don’t even have words. This is my dear sweet friend of 15 years and her husband (whom I also now love) and their NEW BABY BOY, Michael!! I could not love this little squishy smooshy buddy any more and he was such a rock star for his first big shoot … and I just can’t say anything else that these pictures can’t say better! Meet little Michael! And his Harry Potter themed room (I’m OBSESSED!)

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How good do these two look for being parents of a whole ONE WEEK

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Always.

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Little Mikey – you don’t know it yet, but you are one amazingly lucky dude to get these two as parents. I can’t wait to watch you grow up! -Katie

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Katie Derus Photography Best of 2017 – Part 2!

Did you catch part one on Tuesday??  If you didn’t, you should!  This is just my favorite thing to do. It’s so fun to go back through all the shoots I did this year, but it’s also so fun to re-share these images that I love so much!  There’s so much happiness and love and fun captured here and THAT is why I love my job! Check out part 2  starting with this amazing elopement wedding day in Milwaukee!

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I love this family and I love that Rachel and JP put their wedding duds on and redid their wedding photos – with 3 kiddos in tow!

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These guys came back this year with a new little man!

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Loved this colorful family!

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One of my favorite families!

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Love these girlies!

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I got to see one of my best college friends and meet her new baby!

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I ADORE this image!

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This sweet family rocked their shoot!

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Here’s another bestie with her WHOLE family – love them all!

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I got to head to Colorado for a GORGEOUS wedding –

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I happen to know a LOT of people having babies and I loved seeing this high school friend of mine again for her maternity photos!

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Love Fall for family shoots!

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I get to hang with these two kiddos a couple days a week and I loved doing family photos for them!

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A very Milwaukee shoot for a family moving away –

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This wedding was SO hot, but SUCH a beauty!

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love this. so much emotion.

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Love this!

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These two cuties were lovin’ their shoot!

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Little baby Joe! Such a precious buddy!

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A senior shoot with two besties – SO fun!

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Three girls in this family and they all ROCKED their shoot!

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Look at this brown eyed beauty!

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I love when people bring their fur babies along to a shoot!

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My fav family! And my two little turkeys. Love them!

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I meaaaan – I adore these kinds of sibling photos!

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I’m soo excited for this family to welcome their new baby soon! Love these!

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I just. SO CUTE!

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Aww I just love these sweet girls and their family. They’re the best every time!

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I can’t believe how big Emy was – It feels like just yesterday I was shooting her parents wedding!

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My cousin had her twin babies a year ago and I finally got to get my camera on them! SUCH cuties

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HAhahah I love both of these kissing pictures!

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Okay I know I keep saying “my favorite family” …. but I just love so many amazing families and these guys are top of the list!

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Pretty best friend.

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Baby Jacob’s newborn photos were so cute!

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A chicago engagement session that was SO fun!

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I took a quick trip to NYC and LOVED photographing the big apple!

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And I ended my year with a little Christmas newborn!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone!! I hope your 2017 was wonderful and your 2018 is even better! -Katie

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KATIE DERUS PHOTOGRAPHY BEST OF 2017 – PART 1!

It’s the moooost wonderfullll tiiiime of the year! Now that Christmas is over I wanted to share my FAVORITE posts of the whole year every year – my BEST of 2017!  It’s so fun to go through all the shoots I do over the whole year and pull out what are my favorites to re-share with you in one place at the end of the year! I get to relive all the fun I had and all the people I met or got to see again and laugh all over again at the adorable kiddos and happy families and love-filled weddings!  So here’s the first half of 2017 for you!  Starting with this sweet family –

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My bestie Flash (how awesome is that nickname haha!) and her hubs and pup!

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Sweet Lucia’s newborn photos were the best!

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This year I visited a handful of different cities and made an effort to capture them. This is Chicago!

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A quick spring trip to Denver brought me some of my fav Denver families –

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This WHOLE family was visiting WI from all over the country and I love how this big group shot turned out!

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Minneapolis (one of my favorite places in summer!)

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These two cuties are my neighbors and have the cutest company of handmade items (wedding invites, wooden signs, hand lettered wedding items, so much good stuff!!) – check them out! 

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This sweet set of siblings gave their parents a family shoot for their anniversary!

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Our lake house – my favorite place.

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A birthday helicopter ride over Milwaukee – YUP!

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One of my best high school friends and his wife welcomed a baby this year and we did some fun newborn photos!

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This cute family braved the summer heat!

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Mr. Mason is 2!!

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How cute are these twins?!

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A trip to Lake Superior …. I love me some lighthouses!

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This is maybe my favorite shoot of the whole year – What a fun idea to go to the carnival!

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A maternity shoot with these two expecting twins! So fun!

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And a pretty fun newborn shoot… because baby made a family of 6!

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Little Ace’s face here haha!

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My girl Ella turned 8!

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This sweet family had to battle a very unhappy little lady and still ROCKED their shoot!

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First wedding of 2017 – Emily and Amir!

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Little miss had her first family shoot!

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And to cap off the first half of the year, my sweet high school friend, Nora, welcomed a little baby and I loved this newborn session!

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What a fun first half of the year this was!! And part 2 was just as amazing so stay tuned! -Katie

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