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Katie and I have been married for 12 years! (gulp). I think that means we are getting older but I believe that is a good thing. I look back at our 21/20-year-old selves and think about how naive we were in just about every aspect of our lives. There was a reason NO ONE thought […]

January 30, 2020

Marriage Advice: Year Twelve

Love is our greatest Adventure! If there is anything Katie and I have learned over the course of our marriage, it is that love is dangerous. It is uncertain, messy, and complicated – it requires sacrifice and compromise. This isn’t a message we hear often in our culture or even during a commitment ceremony. There […]

May 12, 2016

Rustic Romance | Northern Wisconsin Wedding Inspiration

Rustic Wisconsin Wedding Photographers

This June will mark our 6th year as full-time professional photographers. Even writing that causes me to feel anxious. Breathe. Trust. Move forward. After quitting our jobs we’re left with much of a choice, we were all in. It was do or die time. Ramen noodle time. No really, we were terrified and filled with […]

March 23, 2016

How to become a Professional Photographer Part 1

How to Become a Professional Wedding Photographer

mackinac This year instead of heading out west, we decided to go Nort’! This July 7th, Katie and I will be celebrating our 8-year wedding anniversary. We honeymooned in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and thought it would be fun to show the kids some of our favorite destinations and give them a history lesson […]

July 4, 2015

Michigan Adventures | Stokes Family July 2015

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This June marks our 5-year anniversary for our business. They say that the first five years are the hardest and I would have to agree. We never knew what our lives would look like when we decided to take what was once a hobby turn it into our full-time business venture. At the time, I […]

June 16, 2015

5-year anniversary | Confessions of a Wisconsin Wedding Photographer