FINDING THE BEST LIGHT FOR PORTRAITS – Carlee Secor Photography Green Bay, WI Photographer

FINDING THE BEST LIGHT FOR PORTRAITS – Carlee Secor Photography Green Bay, WI Photographer

1.Find a location you love and know. SO many times people wonder why they can’t achieve this look is because the location likely blocks all the beautiful golden light from coming through at all, or doesn’t block it enough. 

2.Pay attention to where the sun sets, scout the location beforehand and make note of what time the sun is low enough. In June, the sun is setting directly in the west, where in October/Late September the sun is shifting slightly to the left. 

3.Watch for the sun “spots” to hit the ground. Look on the grass and see where the sun is falling, if there are no trees in the background, this will not happen and you will have to wait closer to sunset to get the desired look. For example, this shot here was taken 10 minutes before sunset because there are no trees on the golf course. If the background would’ve had a lot of trees, I would’ve had to shoot their portraits earlier so the sun could fall through the trees.

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Editorial Studio Session, Kennedy Izzard – Carlee Secor Photography

Editorial Studio Session, Kennedy Izzard – Carlee Secor Photography

As a photographer, I’m always growing. Day after day I constantly feel like I’m learning more, doing more & wanting to learn more. A goal of mine is to continue to try new things even if it doesn’t feel like my niche. I’ve always adored studio work, but I was very particular about how I envisioned my studio sessions to look. I reached out to my friend and fellow photographer Kristy Rueter, to teach me all things lighting in her studio. (No, I still work on location and don’t have a studio! Yet!)

Kennedy was one of my first ever seniors from last year. I LOVED her session from last year, and I’m sure the internet knows that because I overshared her images like a mad-man and I’ll probably overshare her images from this session too! Its so weird how everything comes full circle but I’ve grown SO much from first working with her and I am so happy shes still in green bay and can model for me whenever I need 🙂 

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Hartman Creek State Park Engagement Session – Carlee Secor Photography Green Bay, Wisconsin

Hartman Creek State Park Engagement Session – Carlee Secor Photography Green Bay, Wisconsin

Tis’ the season for engagement pictures! I finally got to photograph my bride & groom who are getting married at the beautiful Ledgestone Winery in Greenleaf next June. I met Lauren and her mom earlier this summer and I was so excited to hear all about the incredible wedding they are planning 🙂 Her vision for the big day is similar to what my wedding will look like so I’m so ready to see how the big day will turn out! 

Lauren & Luke have been together 9 years and met in High School. They are huge fans of the outdoors and out west so Hartman Creek State Park was their idea and it was the perfect spot for their engagement session. I plan to be back here for more photography adventures!

Enjoy all the gorgeous photos from their session! Im in love!

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Columbia River Gorge Elopement – Carlee Secor Photography

Columbia River Gorge Elopement – Carlee Secor Photography

I’m not sure I’m ready to share the beauty of this Oregon elopement, the jealousy is real. Wisconsin doesn’t have anything like this at all unless I just haven’t found it yet 😉 Which may just be the case. I do need to go explore the rest of the state a bit more.

Was so fortunate to be apart of the cultivate workshop in July where they set up and styled this gorgeous elopement at the Columbia River Gorge, the waterfall was out of this world! I honestly felt like I was in a movie. We had the prettiest couple to work with and photograph, it was a dream. So many incredible vendors put their time and effort into this and it all paid off. Can we talk about how gorgeous the bouquet is?! Hoping to see more elopements in my future 🙂 Enjoy!

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Bay Port Senior Portraits Lauren Lemorande – Green Bay, WI Carlee Secor Photography

Bay Port Senior Portraits Lauren Lemorande – Green Bay, WI Carlee Secor Photography

One of my favorite sessions to date and I’m so excited to share it! I just absolutely adore Lauren! Her senior portrait session went so well, and we had the most beautiful weather. We started off in Downtown Green Bay, little did I know Art Street Green Bay was going on during the time we were shooting but we worked around all the tents and vendors selling their art to get some incredible shots. With beautiful blue skies all day I couldn’t wait to head to De Pere for my favorite field shots as I knew the golden hour light would be absolutely stunning! I wasn’t wrong, and I LOVE all the backlit images.

Enjoy!

Hair and Makeup by the lovely Victoria with Belleza Hair & Makeup Artistry (Salon 54) 

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Katelyn & Jerod Intimate Forest Wedding – Green Bay Reforestation Camp

Katelyn & Jerod Intimate Forest Wedding – Green Bay Reforestation Camp

It’s finally JUNE. meaning wedding season is here! To kick the season off I photographed Katelyn & Jerod’s wedding on June 3rd. You may remember their adorable coffee shop engagement session a few months back 🙂 We had much better weather this go around and we weren’t freezing our bums off!I met Katelyn months ago through a photography group on Facebook. She graciously offered to meet up for coffee to talk all things photography (she’s a photographer, too!). She motivated me to move forward in business & photography and I am so grateful we crossed paths! Months later she asked me to capture her and Jerod’s wedding day, and here we are!

They had the most beautiful wedding at Green Bay’s Reforestation Camp, with severe thunderstorms in the forecast it was for sure a nail biter! Luckily, the rain stayed away and the entire wedding day was a breeze. I truly believe the rain held off so that this wedding could happen as planned. Simple yet extremely beautiful, Katelyn was not the detail orientated type- but I adored every part of their big day.

I witnessed so much love this day, not just between Jerod & Katelyn but everyone that surrounds them daily and I’m so grateful I got to capture it all. Congrats on your marriage guys, I wish you only the best.

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Makenzie & Marlee – Mommy & Me Session Green Bay Wisconsin

Makenzie & Marlee – Mommy & Me Session Green Bay Wisconsin

Spent the evening this past Sunday photographing my niece Marlee and her mom Makenzi for a fun mommy and me session. With mothers day so close it was the perfect time to have a photoshoot! Thankfully the weather in Green Bay has finally decided to warm up, while it was still cold, the sunset was pretty and thats all I need for some gorgeous backlit photos. We discovered a cool location tucked away behind a business and I think it may just be my new favorite spot, the light was gorgeous!

Marlee was such a trooper with it being a little cold, I finally got her to smile for me on camera! She is growing so quickly and developing a personalitiy and I just love to be around her. So glad she’s able to have these images to look back on when she is older.

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Katelyn & Jerod Engagement Session – Seths Coffee Little Chute, WI

Katelyn & Jerod Engagement Session – Seths Coffee Little Chute, WI

I shot an engagement session at Seth’s Coffee this weekend for a friend I actually met through a local photography group, such a small world! Katelyn invited me for a cup of coffee in the summer and we talked all things photography. Fast forward a few months, she and her fiance are now engaged and getting married this June! I’m so excited to shoot their wedding, I guarantee it will be just as fun (if not more) as this engagement session was!

Katelyn was out for coffee with her friend at Seth’s Coffee in Little Chute where Jerod was working, mutual friends introduced them and they had their very first date at the coffee shop we shot their engagements at!

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Wisconsin Winter Wedding Styled Shoot – The Draw Appleton, Wisconsin

Wisconsin Winter Wedding Styled Shoot – The Draw Appleton, Wisconsin

Never in a million years did I think I would have planned my own styled shoot only 6 months into business. I’ve been so grateful of all the “firsts” I was able to experience this year. It’s been overwhelming (In a good way) and I can’t wait to plan my next one. I had a vision for this styled shoot in my head, and I was able to work alongside incredible vendors that I can now call my friends to make this come to life. Everything fell together perfectly. The only thing that didn’t cooperate was the weather, but my gorgeous models bared the cold for some amazing shots! I really aimed for a Wisconsin Winter Wedding with a non-traditional vibe.

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2016 in Review – Carlee Secor Photography

2016 in Review – Carlee Secor Photography

This year was the most rewarding, inspiring, fulfilled year I think I’ve ever had. I traveled to two countries, both of which I’ve never been too before as well as visited Philadelphia for the first time. I opened a business in July and became official, I photographed 37 wonderful clients and I thank them all for an amazing year.

Rewind to January to celebrating the New Year of 2016 in Puerto Rico with my lovely family. We spent FAR too much time in the airport, but we had an amazing time none the less and it was interesting experiencing a new culture. PS. there were puppies everywhere (which is terribly sad but how could you resist?)

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Gracefully Wed – Villa Terrace Museum Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Gracefully Wed – Villa Terrace Museum Milwaukee, Wisconsin

SO excited to finally be blogging the wedding images I shot at the Gracefully Wed workshop. I had such an amazing time and was able to work alongside amazing vendors. It’s so fun to be able to shoot what you want to shoot and really get creative under no pressure. I love all the details that were put into this, and only hope my wedding is as beautiful as this one. Attending a workshop really helped me understand that there is no ‘right way’ in photography, everyone does their own thing and it’s so amazing seeing what works for other people. If you haven’t attended a workshop, I highly recommend especially if you’re in a place where you want to get better but you don’t know where to begin. Not only did I learn so much business and photography wise, I made friendships with girls near and far and I can’t wait to watch each other grow. 🙂

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