On the western edge of Wisconsin, just an hour south of Hudson is a 400-foot limestone cliff called Maiden Rock Bluff. When standing on Maiden Rock Bluff, you'll have a stunning panoramic view of Wisconsin's Great River Road and the Mississippi River. It's a beautiful...
From the sweeping valleys of the Driftless Area to a quaint little village on the banks of the St. Croix, these last few weeks on the Lands’ End Heritage Tour have been a whirlwind of adventure!
The arrival of fall is one of the most anticipated moments throughout the year. Everyone seems to eagerly await for the hillsides to be painted in shades of yellows, oranges, and reds; transforming the landscape into a sea of color. The air becomes cool and crisp and...
I recently traveled to Boulder Junction, Wisconsin to discover the best things to do and see. This is the last of three posts about the area sponsored by Wisconsin Travel Best Bets. Read the first post here and the second post here. SHOPS This store is literally my...
The whole property radiated coziness and it felt like the epitome of a northern Wisconsin cabin. And for the next three days, Cabin Fever was my home away from home.
I recently traveled to Boulder Junction, Wisconsin to discover the best things to do and see. This is the first of three posts about the area sponsored by Wisconsin Travel Best Bets. Just ten minutes south of Boulder Junction, you'll find Fallison Lake - a cute little...
I’m very excited to announce that I’ve partnered with classic American retailer Lands’ End, and will be traveling for 3 weeks on the Lands’ End Heritage Tour!
I made my way slowly down the main driveway of White Birch Village, noting each dark brown cabin tucked away in the trees. After pulling up to the main lodge and meeting the managers, John and Sue, they brought us to our cabin called Eagle’s Nest.
This past Labor Day weekend, I traveled to the Sayner-Star Lake area to discover the best things to do and see. This is the second of three posts about the area sponsored by Wisconsin Travel Best Bets. Read the first post here. RESTAURANTS This historic supper club...
This past Labor Day weekend, I traveled to the Sayner-Star Lake area to discover the best things to do and see. This is the first of three posts about the area sponsored by Wisconsin Travel Best Bets. What better way to take in the beauty of the Northwoods than from...
A few months ago, I visited Castle Rock Lake, a 17,000-acre lake just 30 minutes north of Wisconsin Dells. While exploring the area, I decided to stop at Burr Oak Winery to go wine tasting with my mom. Everything about Burr Oak is just stunning! The exterior of the...
It has always been a dream of mine to be published in a magazine and I'm excited to announce that that dream has finally come true! In just a few days, I'll be published in Northerly Mag - a print journal for life in the north. With a strong focus on aesthetics and...
When I first heard about this whole pizza farm thing, my first thought was, sign me up! It's such a cool and unique idea and it's getting more and more popular here in Wisconsin. I experienced one for the first time last summer when Sean and I went to Stoney Acres....
I've been trying to think of some unique date night ideas for Sean and me lately. I wanted something different than just going out to dinner or having a cocktail at a bar. That's when I came up with the pickup truck movie night idea! With a fully-charged laptop in...
Sylvia Green's backyard is bursting with color. Flowers I never even knew existed stretch out in rows, filling up every inch of her 3/4 acre property. She took me up and down each row, describing every variety of flower with astounding ease. Her cat Brynn danced...
I can't believe it's already August! How did that happen?! July was a super busy month for me which probably made it go by faster than I would've liked. From the Fourth of July week up in Minnesota to helping shoot some weddings to working on Sean's house, it's been a...
In early October of last year, I was on my way to Timm's Hill for the first time when I came across a place that looked like something out of a storybook - quaint little cottages with scalloped white trim, plopped down in the middle of the forest. Across the quiet...
Last fall, Sean and I went on a very romantic date to a secret beach in Wisconsin. It was one of our favorite memories from last year so we couldn't wait to recreate it! This beach is still so hidden, that there's hardly anyone ever on it. There's an easy-to-miss...
Gibraltar Rock is a 200-foot cliff that overlooks the rural landscape of southern Wisconsin. Patched with fields and farms, this stunning, panoramic view is a beautiful spot to visit. Sean and I spent a couple hours exploring the Gibraltar Rock State Natural Area the...
Wild blueberry patches are finally starting to ripen around here in Wisconsin so today, my mom and I drove up near Boulder Junction where we've gone picking before. It's a secret patch we found, right off of a random dirt road. I've been on the hunt for an old, wooden...
Another Fourth of July has come and gone! Here are a few snapshots from my week in northern Minnesota... . Sean and I hauled our canoe up north and explored some of the lakes nearby. This evening was so nice and calm! We went on a country drive around the Iron Range...
I just realized that it has been a really long time since I shared anything about the house that Sean and I are working on together. I'd really love to start posting more about it so I thought today I'd give an update on the front flower gardens! Sean has had this...
Watch as vibrantly-colored hot air balloons inflate and light up from within, creating an illuminated show like you've never seen before! You'll also enjoy many rib vendors, live music, and fireworks during the festival. What better way to kick off autumn than with...
I stumbled upon this little place a few months ago on one of my country drives. I was heading back home and just so happened to see a wooden sign tucked into the foliage off of Weston Avenue. Curiosity got the best of me so I went to investigate, turning off of Weston...
It has been referred to as the “Midwest’s Best-Kept Secret”. Nearly 17,000 acres and yet still a little-known gem, Castle Rock Lake is a perfect getaway for boaters, vacationers, and adventurers alike.
This is the kind of place that leaves you thinking about it long after you’ve left. Read about my recent visit to Half Moon Hill, a winery in central Wisconsin.
The Green Circle Trail is located in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. It’s a 27-mile long biking and hiking trail that circles around the Stevens Point area. It winds through various landscapes, from piney woods to grassy marshlands to city streets.
On Sunday, we ended up going to a beautiful central Wisconsin strawberry farm about 40 minutes south of Wausau. Keep reading to find out where it was!
Of all the summer activities, berry picking is one of my favorites. Check out this delightful berry farm just south of Wausau, WI!
The Dells of the Eau Claire County Park is an awesome place to visit in central Wisconsin. Check out my guide to learn more about it!
Last week, I stopped in at the local Ace Hardware and bought my first ever fishing license! Then Sean and I headed out to the lake for some fun!
With just under 40,000 residents, Wausau Wisconsin has a few must-visit places that should be on your list. Here are 10 of them from a Wausau-native!
I’d love to begin traveling beyond Wisconsin and into other states, where I can share my experiences and travel advice with you. So here are six Midwest travel destinations now on my bucket list!
The other night, we went for a canoe ride. The lake was like glass and the weather was warm. Dragonflies darted about and a loon decided to make a visit.
I love finding cute, local parks to spend time in. The other day, I visited three of my favorite Wausau parks. Keep on reading to find out what they are!
You can now shop my photography eBook on my online store!
Every photographer wants nice, sharp images. But sometimes, for beginner’s, that doesn’t always happen. Here are three reasons why your photos aren’t sharp (and how to fix them).
Last weekend was spent planting our garden and doing lots of yard work at Sean’s house. He’s in the middle of a major remodel and the yard has been a little neglected lately. There was lots of cleaning up to do and a ton of weeds to be pulled, so we put on our work gloves and started tackling it!
Perched atop 435 acres in southeast Wisconsin, you’ll find Holy Hill, a church that looks like it’s been shipped in from Europe. It’s a unique and beautiful place to visit and photograph and I finally got the chance to go there yesterday. Here are a few of my tips for photographing Holy Hill.
As promised, here is a sneak peek at my upcoming eBook, Camera Settings & Explanations: A Visual Guide. This eBook will be available for sale on Monday, June 11th, 2018. Here is an inside look at what you’d be receiving!
When Sean and I went camping in the Driftless Area of Wisconsin, we decided to go on a sunset country drive. Here is a collection of photographs I took along the way.
In case you missed my blog post the other week, I announced that I will be releasing my first ever photography eBook this June! I promised that I’d announce the release date today so here it is!
Sean and I had quite the adventure on the Kickapoo River this past Memorial Day weekend. So today, I’m sharing our experience and what we did and didn’t like about it.
Memorial Day is this weekend! It’s time to enjoy the weather, spend time with loved ones, and capture the memories for years to come. Here are three Memorial Day photography tips to give you some ideas on what to photograph this weekend.
One of my favorite things about the beginning of summer is when the lilacs start blooming. Pastel flowers brighten lawns and roadsides, the sweet scent wafting lazily through the air. It’s finally lilac season here in Wisconsin and I’m making sure that I take full advantage of it.
Canoeing has always been a pretty big part of my life. My parents have had their kevlar canoe for as long as I can remember – taking it on backwoods canoe trips or quiet rides around the lake. When I was really little, I’d sit in the middle, sometimes trailing my hand through the cool water.
Do you ever see a photo and think, “I wonder what camera settings they used?” When I was first starting out with photography, I remember thinking that a lot. I’d snap a photo, it wouldn’t turn out and I’d sit there wondering what settings a professional photographer would have chosen. I had no idea where to even begin.
Today, we’re going to go behind the scenes to last nights photo shoot. I want to show you the ones that didn’t make the cut and how we ended up getting the shot above.
There are so many awesome places around this state to photograph so I’ve come up a few ideas that’ll hopefully inspire you to grab your camera and go. Here is my Wisconsin photography bucket list!
This weather has got me dreaming up some fun summer plans. Here is my 2018 Wisconsin summer bucket list!
For this post, I filtered through about 2,000 photos in my Lightroom catalog and determined that these are my most used camera settings.
It was a rainy and gloomy afternoon when my mom and I pulled up to Rib Mountain Greenhouse. A dark storm cloud threatened overhead and the wind was starting to pick up.
Just the other day, Sean and I were able to get our raised garden bed set up in the backyard. We probably won’t plant anything outside until late May (once the threat of frost is gone), but until then we’re pretty much all ready to go! Here’s an update on our garden plans…
I made a lot of mistakes when I first started blogging. Here are five of them!
This has been something I've wanted to try for a while now - having my very own online shop where I can display and sell my photos. I'll be adding more to the shop over the next few days but for now, here are three of my absolute favorites! It's definitely going to be...
I have lists upon lists of local travel destinations and about a thousand adventure ideas to accomplish. It’ll be my first summer working for myself so you can bet there’s going to be a lot of blog posts coming your way. For now, here are a few things I’m looking forward to this summer!
I never knew this place even existed until about two weeks ago. I was looking at a map, eagerly searching for new places to explore, when I saw this huge span of green just south of Wausau. Looking closer, I saw that it was the George Mead Wildlife Area, so I wrote it down as a future spot to explore.
Mother’s Day is right around the corner on Sunday, May 16th. To help you with finding the perfect gift for her, I’ve put together a little Mother’s Day gift guide this year. From gardening to traveling to cooking to style, I’ve got you covered!
My parents and I went up to a lake in northern Wisconsin to have a campfire on the sandy shoreline. But when we arrived at the lake, we were in for a surprise!
Door County, Wisconsin is one of my all-time favorite places in the Midwest. With summer quickly approaching, I’ve put together the Ultimate Door County Travel Guide!
Blogging is a really fun way to share your thoughts, talk about a passion of yours, or help other people. But it certainly can be intimidating when you’re first starting out! Today, I want to talk about how to start a blog in 2018!
For me, spring in Wisconsin is the most challenging time of year to photograph. It’s that span of time where everything’s brown, nothing is blooming yet, and things just seem plain old ugly. Here are my tried and true spring photography tips for making the Midwest look pretty this time of year.
I love finding Instagram accounts with that “northern” vibe to them. Today, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite northern Instagrammers as of late. These are people who I’ve followed for awhile now and whose feeds inspire me on a daily basis.
This winter, I was determined to try this whole boiling water trick out for myself. So early one morning, Sean and I got the water ready, grabbed the camera, and headed out to the lake. Here are some tips on how you can turn boiling water into snow (and photograph it).
I’m itching for summer to get here and I can’t wait to spend a lot of time on the lake this year! One of my goals this summer is to explore more lakes by canoe.
Rib Mountain is one of my favorite spots in the Wausau area. No matter the season, there’s always something to do. Discover more about this park with my Rib Mountain State Park Guide!
Hey, Wausau friends! Looking for some ideas on things to do around the area? Here I’ve listed five things to do in Wausau, Wisconsin this spring in 2018.
Even though it so doesn’t feel like spring here in Wisconsin, I’m beginning to get our garden plans in order. I had the opportunity to work with RISE to bring awareness to their #ANDnotOR campaign.
Anyone who has ever experienced a Wisconsin winter can attest to how cold it gets. To help you battle these frigid months, here are some of my tips for surviving a Wisconsin winter.
I love finding unique and beautiful locations around the Midwest. After going through my Instagram feed, I’ve come up with a few of my favorites! So here are 10 Instagrammable Spots in Wisconsin!
It sure doesn’t look like spring here in Wisconsin, but that’s not going to stop me from creating my Spring Goals 2018!
After booking our first 2018 camping trip a few weeks ago, it got me thinking about all of the camping that we did last summer. There are three spots that jump out at me right away! Here are three of my favorite Wisconsin campgrounds!
I’ve been using the Divi Theme for about five months now and I LOVE it. So today, I created a super simple guide about How to Install the Divi Theme on Your Website with 12 easy steps!
Read all about my visit to this historic and whimsical place in southeastern Wisconsin: Camp Wandawega.
Here are 9 Wisconsin and Minnesota Brands that you should definitely check out!
Who else is excited for summer this year?! I’m extra excited now because our first camping trip of the year is booked! And today, I’m sharing my master camping list!
Snowshoeing can be a super fun winter activity. Here is my ultimate guide for snowshoeing in Wisconsin!
When we started planning for our Iceland trip, we knew going to the Blue Lagoon was a must. It’s a geothermal spa right in the middle of a lava field and one of the most well-known attractions in the country.
I recently traveled out to San Diego and spent a day at the Algodones Sand Dunes. Here are my suggestions for visiting there.
I’ll continue to add and update this list as I come across them but for now, here are five Wisconsin coffee table books that you might enjoy checking out!
I recently partnered with TRESemmé to check out their new line of Compressed Micro-Mist Hair Sprays and yesterday was the perfect day to try it out on a simple braid in one of my favorite locations: the woods.
Start your day off right with these five easy early morning habits!
Seeing the northern lights is one of the coolest life experiences out there. Here are my tips on how to photograph the northern lights.
One of my favorite things is photographing animals. Here are five tips for capturing your furry friends!
I love setting goals and aspirations at the beginning of the year. Here are a few of my 2018 goals!
ISO is one of the three main pillars of photography. I’ve created guides for aperture and shutter speed, so now check out my beginner’s guide to ISO!
I thought I’d give you an inside look at my beginner photography workshops with a few photos I took during the last one!
There are three main components in order to achieve proper exposure: Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO. In this beginner’s guide, I will go over shutter speed!
Check out my super simple beginner’s guide to aperture!
Capturing sun flares is actually fairly simple. Keeping reading for tips and tricks!
Tucked away in the middle of Wisconsin’s Northwoods, sits an 800-acre gem that you need to see to believe. After reading this, Palmquist Farm will be your next Midwestern getaway.
It’s that time of year. Snowy trails, iced-over lakes, and bitter cold temperatures. Here are five tips for photographing this season.
It has been a busy year for me! Here’s a fun 2017 recap of what I got up to this past year.
I want to help you find your camera! I’ve compiled a list of the best cameras for every budget.
Depth of field can be a tricky thing to wrap your mind around. Here I’ve laid out five tips to help understand it further.
Why not make these cold, blustery months about coziness and adventure? Here I have six Midwestern things you should try this winter.
With winter here in Wisconsin, it can be hard to come up with fun date night ideas. Here’s a list of 20 ideas for Wausau, WI.
My goodness, it’s been a busy few weeks! I’ve been pushing my blog posts off to the side but now I’m back in action!
One of my biggest pet peeves in the winter is having to deal with dry, staticky hair. Here are three things that I’m currently using
I’ve been eyeing up a few bed and breakfasts in Door County ever since Sean and I took our first trip there earlier this summer.