There are a few key moments in life when you realize something BIG. Something that makes you pivot away or toward a point in your future. One of mine was a weekday in the fall of 2012. I was working at the Marshfield News-Herald at the time and had one day off during the week, so I would try to schedule all my sessions and meetings on that one day. On that particular October day, I drove to Madison to meet with a potential bride and her mom for coffee. I then met with my friend and fellow photographer, Beth. We got lunch and took some new head shots for each other. Then I drove to Milwaukee where I met with another couple for their engagement session. After that, I stopped at Crate and Barrel and drove back home to Marshfield. Whew! It was a typical Laura Schmitt Photography day when I ran my business and worked full time. But on this trip, I realized that this could be my life. Granted, I didn’t really want to drive over 300 miles every day, but planning my own schedule, meeting new people, taking photos, and doing whatever I wanted was pretty awesome. That was the day I decided to quit my job at the newspaper and give my business a full time shot. It took me another six months to be really ready, but on April 12, 2012, I turned in my iPhone and key to the News-Herald.

Five years and about 125 weddings later, I am still happy to be able to plan my days. But with a toddler, I plan the majority of them with WAY less going on 🙂 I finally have an iPhone again and I have a key to my house, where I run my business! I can structure crazy drive days where I drive to Madison to meet a couple and then Iowa for a shoot. But I can also plan that on the next day, I can hang out with my mom in Iowa.

Optimistic people often tell you to, “Find something you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Cynics will tell you that everything always turns into work once you have to do it. I feel lucky that five years into this business, it still doesn’t feel like work. Some days I would rather not figure out how to mitigate my email to a new server … or something (not a tech person at all!) but photography is something that I still love, and have loved since I was a in high school. It is never “just another session” to me. Each couple and family is unique, each wedding day is special, and every story is different.

What makes this business possible is the wonderful people I get to photograph. I am honored to be able to photograph couples as they start their marriage. I am so grateful that I am welcomed into homes to photograph sweet new babies. And I am humbled when families ask me to come back to photograph their important family milestones. So an amazing thank you to everyone that has invited me to into their lives to photograph their moments. You all have helped my little business succeed and grow 🙂

 

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Lucy + Ted’s wedding at Gordon Lodge in Door County was a perfect summer celebration of these two.  I met them last year for their engagement session at the Green Bay Botanical center, and was looking forward to spending the day with them. These two have a good time together, and they made sure that all their guests did as well 🙂 Lucy, who is from Green Bay, planned a wedding back home as a destination for their family and friends on the east coast. Lucy and Ted currently live in Pittsburg. Planning a wedding at Gordon Lodge is always such a great choice, since the location has all the best of Wisconsin; the blue Lake Michigan, the lush forest and a rustic, classy lodge. I loved Lucy’s woodland bride look and Ted complimented his dapper tux with a custom feather bow tie. They got ready at the Lodge and then took a Door County Trolley to get married at Stella Marais Catholic Church. Their ceremony was sweet, funny and full of joy! After vows were said and hugs were given everyone headed back to the Lodge to play lawn games, dance and party the night away!

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Ceremony Site – Stella Marais :: Reception Site – Gordon Lodge:: Wedding Coordinator –  Amy Gorham :: Flowers – Petal Pusher :: Cake Artist – Not By Bread Alone :: Bride’s Dress – Tie the Knot, Stella York :: Groom’s Tux – Tom James :: Makeup Artist – Mint Salon :: Band – Velcoity

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  • Oleesha - May 8, 2018 - 5:22 am

    I have enjoyed seen all your photos and these are absolutely incredible..ReplyCancel

On an October Saturday at Chippewa Retreat Resort, Hannah + Luke were married! These two lovebirds, with their sweet nicknames and inside jokes, were such a joy to photograph. I met them earlier that summer for their Northwoods engagement session, so I knew how great it would be to photograph them again 🙂  Hannah, who works in television news an is a visual person, planned so many touching moments throughout their wedding day. From the beginning, this was an emotional day! Hannah + Luke took a break from the excitement of getting ready with their family and friends to have had a sweet gift and letter exchange. Hannah had even recorded a video shortly after they were engaged for Luke to watch on their wedding day. Hannah got dressed with her mom and mother-in-law at her side. Isn’t it wonderful to have not one, but two moms to celebrate with!?! She planned a first look with her ladies, her father and for Luke and his mom. These two know how to make the people around them feel loved and appreciated 🙂 Luke saw Hannah for the first time as she came down the aisle to be married lakeside. Their touching ceremony was full of happy tears and loving words. After they were joyfully announced as husband and wife we took photos around the gorgeous property.  We had an impending downpour to work around, but managed to get all the photos finished just before it really started raining. If I could sum up their wedding in one word it would be joyful! Congratulations you two, it was a pleasure to photograph your beautiful wedding day!

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Ceremony and Reception Venue :: Chippewa Retreat Resort :: Bride’s Dress – The Wedding Shoppe :: Groom’s Suit – Campbell and Haines :: Bridesmaid Dresses – Rent the Runway :: Makeup – Erin Flora and Tiphanie Joslin :: Cake Artist – Sweet Lola’s ::

Videographers – Post Wedding Films :: Flowers – FIddlehead Floral :: DJ – Paul Belky :: Outdoor Rentals – Sam’s Rentals of Woodruff

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