Kaia Calhoun Photography: Blog https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Kaia Calhoun Photography (Kaia Calhoun Photography) Fri, 09 Feb 2024 19:54:00 GMT Fri, 09 Feb 2024 19:54:00 GMT https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/img/s/v-12/u949995089-o784673923-50.jpg Kaia Calhoun Photography: Blog https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog 120 80 Levi's Newborn Photography https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog/2024/2/levis-newborn-photography This year has been a completely different year for photography. Thanks COVID. Lot's of weddings rescheduled and less portrait shoots were booked, but the occasional "normal" shoot came through like this one and for that I am so thankful!

This couple is the most loving and sweet couple. Levi is their second baby. This was their fourth shoot with me. Repeat clients are the biggest joy to my heart and are the lifeblood of this business of mine.

Kylie and Brian, you are amazing parents and I'm so honored to have captured these moments for you.

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Hi!  I am Kaia, your portrait photographer. Kaia means “Earth” in Norwegian and I live up to that by tree hugging, dog loving, and nature walking.  My first word was “happy,” I still love to jump in puddles, I strive to live simply and self-sustainably, and my favorite color is yellow.  I'm married to a stunningly handsome, ridiculously talented, and intensely loving musician husband. We have three beautiful kids, one furry friend, and we all live happily ever after in a little house on a hill in the land of southern Wisconsin. 

I am a portrait photographer (senior pictures, newborn photography, family photographer, boudoir photographer... ) and freelance photographer serving the greater Madison area.  I fell in love with portrait photography in high school.  I love that great portraits tell a person's story; who they are, where they've been, and what they love. I also fell in love with photojournalism in high school. Now-a-days you can catch my work in Madison Magazine, GoDaddy Social, Tough Mudder Rockford, BRAVA Magazine, and AirBnb;  I’ve had the privilege of being on the cover several times now!

I strive to serve my clients lovingly, creating a series of memories you can cherish forever, and making you my forever friend. We do that by having fun! Since we want you to look like your natural, beautiful self we start with your natural poses and I direct you from there. I'm more than just your portrait photographer, I give life to your memories. During our shoot you'll be taking lots of breaks from smiling right at the camera to interact with each other and have some fun!

I do the majority of my photography as a Wisconsin portrait photographer, Janesville portrait photographer, Janesville newborn photography, Madison boudoir photographer, Janesville senior pictures, Wisconsin freelance photographer and Janesville family photography.

 

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(Kaia Calhoun Photography) https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog/2024/2/levis-newborn-photography Fri, 09 Feb 2024 19:54:13 GMT
Meet Lucy! https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog/2024/2/meet-lucy Lucy Lennon Calhoun was born on October 17, 2020 at 12:19am, our 11th wedding anniversary! She is the best anniversary present ever! Yup, she hung on until just past midnight and I couldn't be more happy about it. She came into the world at 9 pounds 0 ounces and 22 inches. She was born at home after 19 hours of labor - my shortest labor yet.

Lucy is easygoing, sweet, and so beautiful. Just a few days in we are settling into some good sleep, she nurses beautifully, and there is no trace of a fussy window yet. She's a dream. We are so in love!

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(Kaia Calhoun Photography) https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog/2024/2/meet-lucy Fri, 09 Feb 2024 19:53:36 GMT
Our family/maternity photos! https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog/2024/2/our-family/maternity-photos With each pregnancy we've done a maternity session. This time around I almost didn't do it as I knew I wanted pictures after baby for sure and how many bellies do I need pictures of? Mine aren't all that different from pregnancy to pregnancy after all. But the maternity shoots aren't really about the belly for me, they are about capturing what life is like with the belly, just before a new baby. As a photographer I value capturing life's beautiful moments more than most I'm sure but it's not just because I'm a photographer. I've heard it said so many times that it "goes so fast" that I'm more than desperate to hold onto the every day moments I share with my kids. They are so stinking adorable and wonderful and fun and even though the days are long and almost always emotionally exhausting, they are more beautiful and full of life too.

Today as I write and post this I am still pregnant. Lucy's due date was yesterday, October 14. She's officially a day late and counting but I'm glad she didn't arrive on her due date, her brother's birthday. There are so few things in life that are just yours and a birthday should be one of them in my opinion.

Thanks Ben & Katya for these amazing pictures!

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(Kaia Calhoun Photography) https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog/2024/2/our-family/maternity-photos Fri, 09 Feb 2024 19:53:15 GMT
First Day of School 2020/21 https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog/2024/2/first-day-of-school-2020/21 Dear Maisy and Penny,

Today marked our first day of school! We are continuing our homeschool adventure. It is a perfect year to stay the course as COVID 19 stuff still has "normal life" flipped on it's head. Schools only recently announced plans! As a result I didn't debate for very long what our family would be doing, especially when friends started asking me for curriculum recommendations for their Elementary kiddos. I may always have this debate in my head, constantly flipping through the pros and cons of the options: homeschool, private school (namely St. Paul's), and public school. I attended public school throughout and received a good education and was not marred... but I've learned I'm one of the lucky ones and especially with the school systems these days. We loved the P4J program at St. Pauls for you Maisy so it's a strong candidate for future learning as I often find myself at war with wondering if I'm doing enough to stimulate you and if, at some point, we'll need to find you more social interaction one way or another. Homeschool has been fantastic. I feel inadequate as a teacher often times, like things should be more exciting or more planned out or more purposeful and on and on, but I'm loving this built in time engaging with you and you are such a fast and amazing learners! What I know right now is that homeschooling is the only predictable bet for this school year. Things will keep changing in the schools to adapt to the COVID 19 progress, or lack thereof, but at home we can be steady.

This year I hope for more of the same and some more exciting newness in our curriculum plans. Penny, my goals for you are to solidify your fine motor skills with proper pencil and scissors manipulation, letter and number visual recognition, shapes, and maybe even start working on writing letters and numbers correctly. Maisy, my goals for you are spelling, sentence writing, and maybe even getting to some division by the end of the year.

I love that I have this unique problem, and that's fending you off for an hour or two in the mornings so we can start homeschool after important things like breakfast, morning chores, and a walk for me. You guys had your stuff out at 6:15am ready to do school immediately. And then proceeded to badger me about when we were going to start up until we started at 8:30am. It's cute, also exhausting, but cute! I feel like I have to sprint through the morning just to get school started for you!

So here's to a good school year my dears! We have lots of awesome learning to do with field trips, school themes, and holidays sprinkled in for a little extra fun!

Love you,

Mommy

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(Kaia Calhoun Photography) https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog/2024/2/first-day-of-school-2020/21 Fri, 09 Feb 2024 19:52:56 GMT
A Letter to Maisy: you are 6! https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog/2024/2/a-letter-to-maisy-you-are-6 July 4, 2020

Dear Maisy,

I can't believe my Maisy baby is 6-years-old! This year you turned me into a "growing up" (as you like to say). Suddenly I have a girl who thinks for herself, can ride a bike with two wheels, is losing her baby teeth (one down so far), and knows how to read and loves it!

This year we did kindergarten homeschool style. We loved spending that special time together and I love your love for learning.

You love to spend your days playing with your siblings whom you cherish deeply, crafting, listening to audio books, and simply being with me. You're so sweet, always willing to help me when I ask, lend a hand and care for your siblings physically and emotionally, and you're always willing and wanting of a smile, hug, kiss or snuggle. You take such good care of those you love and of your things, you are very responsible. I truly hope and pray you keep all of that wonderfulness in you all the days of your life.

For your shoot this year we grabbed your favorite books for a book photo: The Jesus Storybook Bible, The Borrowers (you haven't read much yet but it is your first big girl book of your own from me), Little House on the Prairie, and The Little Princess (you actually haven't read this one but it's pretty and I do think you'll like it when you get to it). Then we simply wandered around the dog park area of Palmer Park taking pretty pictures of you. Of course we did all the playful things like jumping, running, twirling, and tickling and those are all my favorites because I got that real, pure as sunshine, Maisy smile out of you.

You're a joy. I'm so very proud of who you are and so thankful that God gave you to me to raise and love and cherish all the days of my life.

I love you with all my heart and more.

Love,

Mommy

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(Kaia Calhoun Photography) https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog/2024/2/a-letter-to-maisy-you-are-6 Fri, 09 Feb 2024 19:51:33 GMT
Wedding Planning Resources for The Groom https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog/2024/2/wedding-planning-resources-for-the-groom Getting married is one of the biggest life-changing steps you can take in your life. This process isn’t one that should be planned solely by the bride, though that seems to be a common presumption. The groom and bride should take on the wedding planning process together. “But what can the groom do,” some may ask. This is where we come in. Below we’ve created a list of great resources for the groom to plan the wedding.

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The Black Tux

Getting Himself and the Groomsmen Dressed

One of the main components of your wedding day is your attire. The dress, the bridesmaid dresses, the tuxedos, ties, everything. One task the groom can tackle is planning out his attire along with his groomsmen. A great resource for this is The Black Tux. They have lots of resources of their own and articles to help the groom when it comes to dressing himself and his guys. Choosing colors, styles, and shoes can seem simple but everything’s all in the details and should be treated as such.

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Get those Groomsmen Gifts

Another main aspect of the wedding that’s commonly forgotten about are gifts and they are probably one of the most important parts. Showing those involved how much you appreciate them and their help is so important. To them and you. Picking out the perfect wedding party gifts and even wedding favors can be timing consuming. From trying to come up with your own gift ideas and then trying to find them online can take some time. GroomsmenGiftSource.com has a huge selection of gift ideas. Tons of options that are sure will match any wedding style or the person you may be buying for. Using this as a resource for your gifting needs will be the best decision.

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Bridal Guide

Tracking the RSVP’s

Sending out the RSVP’s may seem like a simple task. And though sending them out maybe, receiving them back can be a whole other story. Receiving them nameless, bad handwriting, confusing plus ones. All are dreaded by many wedding planning couples out there. A great resource for this is a guide to tracking the RSVPs. This makes keeping track of who did RSVP, and if they are bringing any guests much easier. This makes it great for the groom to tackle. They can keep track of them easily and it will make the overall process easier.

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Rehearsal Dinner Planning

Rehearsal dinners are usually considered a tradition. A time to spend with immediate family and friends before the big day. Though this can be stressful, the groom can tackle this without a problem. Especially with the help of Brides which gives the steps and main parts in planning a rehearsal dinner. From the food, the invites, etc. it can be overloaded when done on a whim. This is why planning it with enough time in advance and done by one person to ensure nothing’s forgotten is important.

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Creating the Guest List (together)

Though there are a few things the bride and groom should and can do on their own, the one thing that needs to be done together is creating the guest list. A great resource that the groom (and bride) can use is Wedding Happy. It helps you when it comes to creating your guest list. It can be stressful, deciding who should or shouldn’t come. But we hope the resource provided makes the process easier.

Planning a wedding is super stressful for everyone involved. This is why ensuring both the bride and groom take part in the planning process and dividing up the work appropriately is so important. Being involved is equally important. No one wants to be surprised about things at their own wedding.

Being involved and being a part of the wedding is a huge part of the wedding in general. Planning it and planning it together is part of the joy of the wedding. We hope the resources we outlined above help the groom when it comes to being apart of the wedding planning process. Not only to help the bride but to ensure they get the job from the process as it should be.

 

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(Kaia Calhoun Photography) https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog/2024/2/wedding-planning-resources-for-the-groom Fri, 09 Feb 2024 19:51:11 GMT
Kristin & Alex's Wedding https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog/2024/2/kristin-alexs-wedding-preview Kristin and Alex just got married this weekend in a neighbor's backyard. Thanks to COVID, every single wedding I have scheduled for this year has been affected. Kristin and Alex were no exception. Their once Grand Geneva big wedding turned into an intimate backyard affair. Though a big bummer, the end result was beautiful!

These two are just the best to work for. They're informative and kind, perhaps my two very favorite traits in clients. They were a true joy to work with and I'm so excited for their years to come! Kristin and Alex, you're going to rock this marriage thing!

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Hi!  I am Kaia, your portrait photographer. Kaia means “Earth” in Norwegian and I live up to that by tree hugging, dog loving, and nature walking.  My first word was “happy,” I still love to jump in puddles, I strive to live simply and self-sustainably, and my favorite color is yellow.  I'm married to a stunningly handsome, ridiculously talented, and intensely loving musician husband. We have three beautiful kids, one furry friend, and we all live happily ever after in a little house on a hill in the land of southern Wisconsin. 

I am a portrait photographer (senior pictures, newborn photography, family photographer, boudoir photographer... ) and freelance photographer serving the greater Madison area.  I fell in love with portrait photography in high school.  I love that great portraits tell a person's story; who they are, where they've been, and what they love. I also fell in love with photojournalism in high school. Now-a-days you can catch my work in Madison Magazine, GoDaddy Social, Tough Mudder Rockford, BRAVA Magazine, and AirBnb;  I’ve had the privilege of being on the cover several times now!

I strive to serve my clients lovingly, creating a series of memories you can cherish forever, and making you my forever friend. We do that by having fun! Since we want you to look like your natural, beautiful self we start with your natural poses and I direct you from there. I'm more than just your portrait photographer, I give life to your memories. During our shoot you'll be taking lots of breaks from smiling right at the camera to interact with each other and have some fun!

I do the majority of my photography as a Wisconsin portrait photographer, Janesville portrait photographer, Janesville newborn photography, Madison boudoir photographer, Janesville senior pictures, Wisconsin freelance photographer and Janesville family photography.

 

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(Kaia Calhoun Photography) https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog/2024/2/kristin-alexs-wedding-preview Fri, 09 Feb 2024 19:50:50 GMT
Emily & Dominic's wedding photography https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog/2024/2/emily-dominics-wedding-photography-preview Like most weddings this year, this sweet couple also did a little dance with dates and ideas to try to still make their dream wedding happen this summer. They ultimately on their original date outside on their parents land with a much smaller attendance. And then, day of, we played a pretty serious game of cat and mouse with thunderstorm and tornado warnings. All that would make anyone crazy, but this couple and their family and friends were remarkable. If I couldn't see the dark skies, feel the rain in my back, and hear the thunder roaring I would never have guessed anything was amiss on their special day. And talk about a beautiful break in the storm right? I mean look at these beautiful people!

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Hi!  I am Kaia, your portrait photographer. Kaia means “Earth” in Norwegian and I live up to that by tree hugging, dog loving, and nature walking.  My first word was “happy,” I still love to jump in puddles, I strive to live simply and self-sustainably, and my favorite color is yellow.  I'm married to a stunningly handsome, ridiculously talented, and intensely loving musician husband. We have three beautiful kids, one furry friend, and we all live happily ever after in a little house on a hill in the land of southern Wisconsin. 

I am a portrait photographer (senior pictures, newborn photography, family photographer, boudoir photographer... ) and freelance photographer serving the greater Madison area.  I fell in love with portrait photography in high school.  I love that great portraits tell a person's story; who they are, where they've been, and what they love. I also fell in love with photojournalism in high school. Now-a-days you can catch my work in Madison Magazine, GoDaddy Social, Tough Mudder Rockford, BRAVA Magazine, and AirBnb;  I’ve had the privilege of being on the cover several times now!

I strive to serve my clients lovingly, creating a series of memories you can cherish forever, and making you my forever friend. We do that by having fun! Since we want you to look like your natural, beautiful self we start with your natural poses and I direct you from there. I'm more than just your portrait photographer, I give life to your memories. During our shoot you'll be taking lots of breaks from smiling right at the camera to interact with each other and have some fun!

I do the majority of my photography as a Wisconsin portrait photographer, Janesville portrait photographer, Janesville newborn photography, Madison boudoir photographer, Janesville senior pictures, Wisconsin freelance photographer and Janesville family photography.

 

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(Kaia Calhoun Photography) https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog/2024/2/emily-dominics-wedding-photography-preview Fri, 09 Feb 2024 19:50:21 GMT
Malhotra Family 2019 https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog/2024/2/malhotra-family-2019  

Does this family look perfect, or what? I'm a big proponent for annual family photography so sometimes this means I extent free shoots to family members! In this case, Sarah and I traded skills: she made my house look beautiful and I took her family's pictures! For this shoot we ventured to Yahara Heights County Park.

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I am a portrait photographer (senior pictures, newborn photography, family photographer, boudoir photographer... ) and freelance photographer serving the greater Madison area.  I fell in love with portrait photography in high school.  I love that great portraits tell a person's story; who they are, where they've been, and what they love. I also fell in love with photojournalism in high school. Now-a-days you can catch my work in Madison Magazine, GoDaddy Social, Tough Mudder Rockford, BRAVA Magazine, and AirBnb;  I’ve had the privilege of being on the cover several times now!

I strive to serve my clients lovingly, creating a series of memories you can cherish forever, and making you my forever friend. We do that by having fun! Since we want you to look like your natural, beautiful self we start with your natural poses and I direct you from there. I'm more than just your portrait photographer, I give life to your memories. During our shoot you'll be taking lots of breaks from smiling right at the camera to interact with each other and have some fun!

I do the majority of my photography as a Wisconsin portrait photographer, Janesville portrait photographer, Janesville newborn photography, Madison boudoir photographer, Janesville senior pictures, Wisconsin freelance photographer and Janesville family photography.

 

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(Kaia Calhoun Photography) https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog/2024/2/malhotra-family-2019 Fri, 09 Feb 2024 19:49:34 GMT
Eliza & Jacob's Engagement Photography https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog/2024/2/eliza-jacobs-engagement-photography Hello friends! Coming to you from my home office... just like us all right now ;) I'm so excited to be catching up on blogging and even more excited to be getting back out there, cautiously of course, on Saturday for an engagement shoot.

Jacob marries Eliza is boy marries the girl next door. These two grew up next door to each other. When Jacob visited his grandparents he also hung out with Eliza, the neighboring farm. Fast forward a bit, Jacob likes Eliza and Eliza isn't so sure... but not for long!

I had a blast photographing this sweet couple on their cattle farm here in Janesville.

Eliza and Jacob, thanks for choosing me to take these pictures with you!

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Hi!  I am Kaia, your portrait photographer. Kaia means “Earth” in Norwegian and I live up to that by tree hugging, dog loving, and nature walking.  My first word was “happy,” I still love to jump in puddles, I strive to live simply and self-sustainably, and my favorite color is yellow.  I'm married to a stunningly handsome, ridiculously talented, and intensely loving musician husband. We have three beautiful kids, one furry friend, and we all live happily ever after in a little house on a hill in the land of southern Wisconsin. 

I am a portrait photographer (senior pictures, newborn photography, family photographer, boudoir photographer... ) and freelance photographer serving the greater Madison area.  I fell in love with portrait photography in high school.  I love that great portraits tell a person's story; who they are, where they've been, and what they love. I also fell in love with photojournalism in high school. Now-a-days you can catch my work in Madison Magazine, GoDaddy Social, Tough Mudder Rockford, BRAVA Magazine, and AirBnb;  I’ve had the privilege of being on the cover several times now!

I strive to serve my clients lovingly, creating a series of memories you can cherish forever, and making you my forever friend. We do that by having fun! Since we want you to look like your natural, beautiful self we start with your natural poses and I direct you from there. I'm more than just your portrait photographer, I give life to your memories. During our shoot you'll be taking lots of breaks from smiling right at the camera to interact with each other and have some fun!

I do the majority of my photography as a Wisconsin portrait photographer, Janesville portrait photographer, Janesville newborn photography, Madison boudoir photographer, Janesville senior pictures, Wisconsin freelance photographer and Janesville family photography.

 

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(Kaia Calhoun Photography) https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog/2024/2/eliza-jacobs-engagement-photography Fri, 09 Feb 2024 19:48:44 GMT
Lacey's Birth Photography https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog/2024/2/laceys-birth-photography I love all kinds of photography. I'm a girl who loves variety so I look to do anything and everything I can, and I love to learn new kinds of photography. But, if I had to pick a very favorite, I would pick birth photography.

In my experience, it's the only kind of photography that is 100% unposed. No one is paying any attention to me and that's the way I LOVE it! When I set out to be a professional photographer after high school I had my heart set on photojournalism, and yet, so much of the photojournalism I could get my hands on here in the midwest while working for magazines is still a mix of posed and candid. Not so with birth. Not a second of it is posed by me. My job, is to use the light I have and the scene I have in front of me and make it look as beautiful as I see all birth to be.

Lacey's birth was two hours you guys, TWO HOURS! Is that insane or what! Talk about a sprint through birth. And then, out came a 10 pound baby! You'd think the baby would have to be a peanut coming out that fast, but nope. She was a champ and it all was so beautiful to be a part of.

Lacey, thank you for choosing me to photograph your sweet birth! You're a rockstar!

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Hi!  I am Kaia, your portrait photographer. Kaia means “Earth” in Norwegian and I live up to that by tree hugging, dog loving, and nature walking.  My first word was “happy,” I still love to jump in puddles, I strive to live simply and self-sustainably, and my favorite color is yellow.  I'm married to a stunningly handsome, ridiculously talented, and intensely loving musician husband. We have three beautiful kids, one furry friend, and we all live happily ever after in a little house on a hill in the land of southern Wisconsin. 

I am a portrait photographer (senior pictures, newborn photography, family photographer, boudoir photographer... ) and freelance photographer serving the greater Madison area.  I fell in love with portrait photography in high school.  I love that great portraits tell a person's story; who they are, where they've been, and what they love. I also fell in love with photojournalism in high school. Now-a-days you can catch my work in Madison Magazine, GoDaddy Social, Tough Mudder Rockford, BRAVA Magazine, and AirBnb;  I’ve had the privilege of being on the cover several times now!

I strive to serve my clients lovingly, creating a series of memories you can cherish forever, and making you my forever friend. We do that by having fun! Since we want you to look like your natural, beautiful self we start with your natural poses and I direct you from there. I'm more than just your portrait photographer, I give life to your memories. During our shoot you'll be taking lots of breaks from smiling right at the camera to interact with each other and have some fun!

I do the majority of my photography as a Wisconsin portrait photographer, Janesville portrait photographer, Janesville newborn photography, Madison boudoir photographer, Janesville senior pictures, Wisconsin freelance photographer and Janesville family photography.

 

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(Kaia Calhoun Photography) https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog/2024/2/laceys-birth-photography Fri, 09 Feb 2024 19:47:11 GMT
Ash + Seth's Janesville Backyard Wedding Photography https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog/2024/2/ash-seths-janesville-backyard-wedding-photography My dear friend Autumn takes care of her people like she is sister, mother, and best friend to all of them in only the most wonderful ways. I've been on the receiving end of her care so many times and it's so life-giving and beautiful. So, when her only sister set out to get married she hosted the party in her backyard, took care of the catering and the flowers, and insisted on calling a photographer. And I was the lucky girl to get the gig!

This sweet, intimate backyard wedding is just what weddings are all about to me. It's all about love and family and that is definitely what this wedding was all about.

Ash and Seth, thank you for letting me be a part of your special day. You two are perfect for each other and truly a joy to watch

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Hi!  I am Kaia, your portrait photographer. Kaia means “Earth” in Norwegian and I live up to that by tree hugging, dog loving, and nature walking.  My first word was “happy,” I still love to jump in puddles, I strive to live simply and self-sustainably, and my favorite color is yellow.  I'm married to a stunningly handsome, ridiculously talented, and intensely loving musician husband. We have three beautiful kids, one furry friend, and we all live happily ever after in a little house on a hill in the land of southern Wisconsin. 

 I am a portrait photographer (senior pictures, newborn photography, family photographer, boudoir photographer... ) and freelance photographer serving the greater Madison area.  I fell in love with portrait photography in high school.  I love that great portraits tell a person's story; who they are, where they've been, and what they love. I also fell in love with photojournalism in high school. Now-a-days you can catch my work in Madison Magazine, GoDaddy Social, Tough Mudder Rockford, BRAVA Magazine, and AirBnb;  I’ve had the privilege of being on the cover several times now!

I strive to serve my clients lovingly, creating a series of memories you can cherish forever, and making you my forever friend. We do that by having fun! Since we want you to look like your natural, beautiful self we start with your natural poses and I direct you from there. I'm more than just your portrait photographer, I give life to your memories. During our shoot you'll be taking lots of breaks from smiling right at the camera to interact with each other and have some fun!

I do the majority of my photography as a Janesville senior portraits photographer, Madison wedding photographer, Janesville wedding photographer, Madison boudoir photographer, and Janesville family photographer and any place that my camera will take me.  I am available for travel worldwide as your destination wedding photographer!

 

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(Kaia Calhoun Photography) Janesville photography wedding https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog/2024/2/ash-seths-janesville-backyard-wedding-photography Fri, 09 Feb 2024 19:46:53 GMT
Casey + Evan's Michigan Lake Wedding https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog/2024/2/casey-evans-michigan-lake-wedding One of the things I've learned and adapted to in these 10 something years of photographing weddings is that each couple has their wedding budget and sometimes that doesn't line up with the cost of my services in order for me to keep this thing running. And sometimes, a couple like Casey and Evan comes along the kind of couple who loves me and my work very specifically and have even gone so far as to tell me that I'm their favorite. So I put my thinking cap on because the clients who love my work like that are always such a breath of fresh air. I throw out a number to them, in their case, their budget could afford me for two hours of wedding photography and, you know what, for them that was perfect! Sometimes, all you need is the coverage of the ceremony itself and some beautiful family, bridal party, and newlywed photos afterward. This couple got all that and some with their, literally, 15 minute long ceremony!

Casey and Evan, it was an honor and a blessing to be a part of your beautiful wedding day! I pray you have a full and fruitful marriage ahead of you.

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Hi!  I am Kaia, your portrait photographer. Kaia means “Earth” in Norwegian and I live up to that by tree hugging, dog loving, and nature walking.  My first word was “happy,” I still love to jump in puddles, I strive to live simply and self-sustainably, and my favorite color is yellow.  I'm married to a stunningly handsome, ridiculously talented, and intensely loving musician husband. We have three beautiful kids, one furry friend, and we all live happily ever after in a little house on a hill in the land of southern Wisconsin. 

 I am a portrait photographer (senior pictures, newborn photography, family photographer, boudoir photographer... ) and freelance photographer serving the greater Madison area.  I fell in love with portrait photography in high school.  I love that great portraits tell a person's story; who they are, where they've been, and what they love. I also fell in love with photojournalism in high school. Now-a-days you can catch my work in Madison Magazine, GoDaddy Social, Tough Mudder Rockford, BRAVA Magazine, and AirBnb;  I’ve had the privilege of being on the cover several times now!

I strive to serve my clients lovingly, creating a series of memories you can cherish forever, and making you my forever friend. We do that by having fun! Since we want you to look like your natural, beautiful self we start with your natural poses and I direct you from there. I'm more than just your portrait photographer, I give life to your memories. During our shoot you'll be taking lots of breaks from smiling right at the camera to interact with each other and have some fun!

I do the majority of my photography as a Janesville senior portraits photographer, Madison wedding photographer, Janesville wedding photographer, Madison boudoir photographer, and Janesville family photographer and any place that my camera will take me.  I am available for travel worldwide as your destination wedding photographer!

 

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(Kaia Calhoun Photography) https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog/2024/2/casey-evans-michigan-lake-wedding Fri, 09 Feb 2024 19:41:28 GMT
Sara & Chad's Blue Mound State Park Wedding! https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog/2024/2/liam-strattons-algonquin-newborn-photography Sara & Chad got married at Blue Mound State Park, Wisconsin. The drive out was amazing, the ceremony was intimate and sweet and outside, and the food and company were fantastic. In short, the day was perfect.

Sara & Chad, thank you for choosing me to photography your amazing day! You and your families are so sweet and I'm just so excited to do life with each other at Central Christian Church.

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This site is all about my journeys as a professional photographer in Madison. But first and foremost I am Kaia. Kaia means “Earth” in Norwegian and I live up to that by tree hugging, dog loving, and nature walking.  My first word was “happy,” I still love to jump in puddles, I strive to live simply and self-sustainably, and my favorite color is yellow.  I’m married to a stunningly handsome, ridiculously talented, and intensely loving musician husband. We have two spunky and sweet baby girls (see more of Maisy HERE or Penny HERE), one furry friend (see more of her HERE), and we all live happily ever after in a house on a hill in the land of southern Wisconsin.

I am a photographer bent on capturing the uniqueness in life.  I strive to serve my clients lovingly, creating a series of memories they can cherish forever, and making them my forever friends.  I shoot honest photography – real people, real colors, and real life.

My primary photographic endeavors are weddings, senior portraits, boudoir, newborns, birth, and family photography (especially in the fall).  I offer many gorgeous products ranging from prints, to albums, to wall art products and more, but I particularly love creating my custom designed Coffee Table Albums with my clients.  My work is also featured in Madison Magazine, in publications at the Madison Children’s Museum, Main Street Hub, Tough Mudder Rockford and in every issue of BRAVA Magazine;  I’ve had the privilege of being on the cover several times now!

Do I sound like so much fun and you are so in love with my work?  Next, step/mouse over to my “Contact” tab and let’s get started on some great pictures!

I do the majority of my photography as a Janesville senior portraits photographer, Madison wedding photographer, Janesville wedding photographer, Madison boudoir photographer, and Janesville family photographer and any place that my camera will take me.  I am available for travel worldwide as your destination wedding photographer!

 

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(Kaia Calhoun Photography) https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog/2024/2/liam-strattons-algonquin-newborn-photography Fri, 02 Feb 2024 22:21:05 GMT
Amara's Newborn Photography https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog/2024/2/amaras-newborn-photography This is the third time I've photographed for this sweet family. I've loved each and every shoot so much! This one I loved for obvious reasons, I got to hang out with a sweet, tiny baby! And for not so obvious reasons, I have and always will adore taking pictures of newborns. It's a blend of portrait and "product" photography that I love. "Product" sounds odd I'm sure but when doing product photography I situate the objects just perfectly and they stay... it's the same when doing a newborn shoot! My primary goal as a photographer is to get these sweet babies so gosh darn comfortable that they become putty in my hands ;)

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Hi!  I am Kaia, your portrait photographer. Kaia means “Earth” in Norwegian and I live up to that by tree hugging, dog loving, and nature walking.  My first word was “happy,” I still love to jump in puddles, I strive to live simply and self-sustainably, and my favorite color is yellow.  I'm married to a stunningly handsome, ridiculously talented, and intensely loving musician husband. We have three beautiful kids, one furry friend, and we all live happily ever after in a little house on a hill in the land of southern Wisconsin. 

I am a portrait photographer (senior pictures, newborn photography, family photographer, boudoir photographer... ) and freelance photographer serving the greater Madison area.  I fell in love with portrait photography in high school.  I love that great portraits tell a person's story; who they are, where they've been, and what they love. I also fell in love with photojournalism in high school. Now-a-days you can catch my work in Madison Magazine, GoDaddy Social, Tough Mudder Rockford, BRAVA Magazine, and AirBnb;  I’ve had the privilege of being on the cover several times now!

I strive to serve my clients lovingly, creating a series of memories you can cherish forever, and making you my forever friend. We do that by having fun! Since we want you to look like your natural, beautiful self we start with your natural poses and I direct you from there. I'm more than just your portrait photographer, I give life to your memories. During our shoot you'll be taking lots of breaks from smiling right at the camera to interact with each other and have some fun!

I do the majority of my photography as a Wisconsin portrait photographer, Janesville portrait photographer, Janesville newborn photography, Madison boudoir photographer, Janesville senior pictures, Wisconsin freelance photographer and Janesville family photography.

 

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(Kaia Calhoun Photography) https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog/2024/2/amaras-newborn-photography Fri, 02 Feb 2024 22:20:46 GMT
Emily's Craig High School senior portraits photography https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog/2024/1/emilys-craig-high-school-senior-portraits-photography This session was a blast!  We talked of rescheduling because this was one of those 90 something and 75%+ humidity days but I'm so glad we didn't!  The evening cooled down dramatically so we got more comfortable (and sweat free) pretty quickly.

What I loved about this session was getting to incorporate Emily's dog, her boyfriend and, my favorite, good 'ol silhouette shots!  Emily was all easy: from her wardrobe choices, to getting into some tricky poses for me, and everything from smiles to serious to action.

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Hi!  I am Kaia, your portrait photographer. Kaia means “Earth” in Norwegian and I live up to that by tree hugging, dog loving, and nature walking.  My first word was “happy,” I still love to jump in puddles, I strive to live simply and self-sustainably, and my favorite color is yellow.  I'm married to a stunningly handsome, ridiculously talented, and intensely loving musician husband. We have three beautiful kids, one furry friend, and we all live happily ever after in a little house on a hill in the land of southern Wisconsin. 

I am a portrait photographer (senior pictures, newborn photography, family photographer, boudoir photographer... ) and freelance photographer serving the greater Madison area.  I fell in love with portrait photography in high school.  I love that great portraits tell a person's story; who they are, where they've been, and what they love. I also fell in love with photojournalism in high school. Now-a-days you can catch my work in Madison Magazine, GoDaddy Social, Tough Mudder Rockford, BRAVA Magazine, and AirBnb;  I’ve had the privilege of being on the cover several times now!

I strive to serve my clients lovingly, creating a series of memories you can cherish forever, and making you my forever friend. We do that by having fun! Since we want you to look like your natural, beautiful self we start with your natural poses and I direct you from there. I'm more than just your portrait photographer, I give life to your memories. During our shoot you'll be taking lots of breaks from smiling right at the camera to interact with each other and have some fun!

I do the majority of my photography as a Wisconsin portrait photographer, Janesville portrait photographer, Janesville newborn photography, Madison boudoir photographer, Janesville senior pictures, Wisconsin freelance photographer and Janesville family photography.

 

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(Kaia Calhoun Photography) https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog/2024/1/emilys-craig-high-school-senior-portraits-photography Sat, 27 Jan 2024 21:08:25 GMT
Kelli + Mike's Dellwood Barn Wedding Photography https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog/2024/1/kelli-mikes-dellwood-barn-wedding-photography Barn weddings are my favorite!  Well, barn weddings, outdoor weddings, and backyard weddings.  Trends aside and barn weddings would still be my favorite.

This day was perfect.  Not too hot and partly cloudy (just enough to give me some good, even lighting for pictures).

To see more wedding photography CLICK HERE.

location, location, location…

VENUE Dellwood Barn

vendor details…

THE DRESS Her grandmother's dress, remade!

THE FLOWERS Bachman's

THE CAKE Nadia Cupcakes

THE DJ Nora Events

THE CATERER Russell's on the Lake

THE WEDDING PLANNER Kismet Event Group

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Hi!  I am Kaia, your portrait photographer. Kaia means “Earth” in Norwegian and I live up to that by tree hugging, dog loving, and nature walking.  My first word was “happy,” I still love to jump in puddles, I strive to live simply and self-sustainably, and my favorite color is yellow.  I'm married to a stunningly handsome, ridiculously talented, and intensely loving musician husband. We have three beautiful kids, one furry friend, and we all live happily ever after in a little house on a hill in the land of southern Wisconsin. 

I am a portrait photographer (senior pictures, newborn photography, family photographer, boudoir photographer... ) and freelance photographer serving the greater Madison area.  I fell in love with portrait photography in high school.  I love that great portraits tell a person's story; who they are, where they've been, and what they love. I also fell in love with photojournalism in high school. Now-a-days you can catch my work in Madison Magazine, GoDaddy Social, Tough Mudder Rockford, BRAVA Magazine, and AirBnb;  I’ve had the privilege of being on the cover several times now!

I strive to serve my clients lovingly, creating a series of memories you can cherish forever, and making you my forever friend. We do that by having fun! Since we want you to look like your natural, beautiful self we start with your natural poses and I direct you from there. I'm more than just your portrait photographer, I give life to your memories. During our shoot you'll be taking lots of breaks from smiling right at the camera to interact with each other and have some fun!

I do the majority of my photography as a Wisconsin portrait photographer, Janesville portrait photographer, Janesville newborn photography, Madison boudoir photographer, Janesville senior pictures, Wisconsin freelance photographer and Janesville family photography.

 

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(Kaia Calhoun Photography) https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog/2024/1/kelli-mikes-dellwood-barn-wedding-photography Sat, 27 Jan 2024 21:06:13 GMT
Jessica + Kyle's Minnesota Outdoor Wedding Photography https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog/2024/1/jessica-kyles-minnesota-outdoor-wedding-photography I love Minnesota outdoor wedding photography.  All of those words are a few of my favorite things! Then to top it off, a horse walked this bride down her aisle!

To see more wedding photography CLICK HERE.

location, location, location…

CEREMONY VENUE Lowell Park Gazebo

RECEPTION VENUE Grand Banquet Hall

vendor details…

THE HAIR James Bailey of Insparation Salon

THE DRESS The Wedding Shoppe on Grand

THE FLOWERS The Flower Shoppe

THE DJ Custom Entertainment

VIDEOGRAPHER/PHOTO BOOTH Complete Weddings & Events

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Hi!  I am Kaia, your portrait photographer. Kaia means “Earth” in Norwegian and I live up to that by tree hugging, dog loving, and nature walking.  My first word was “happy,” I still love to jump in puddles, I strive to live simply and self-sustainably, and my favorite color is yellow.  I'm married to a stunningly handsome, ridiculously talented, and intensely loving musician husband. We have three beautiful kids, one furry friend, and we all live happily ever after in a little house on a hill in the land of southern Wisconsin. 

I am a portrait photographer (senior pictures, newborn photography, family photographer, boudoir photographer... ) and freelance photographer serving the greater Madison area.  I fell in love with portrait photography in high school.  I love that great portraits tell a person's story; who they are, where they've been, and what they love. I also fell in love with photojournalism in high school. Now-a-days you can catch my work in Madison Magazine, GoDaddy Social, Tough Mudder Rockford, BRAVA Magazine, and AirBnb;  I’ve had the privilege of being on the cover several times now!

I strive to serve my clients lovingly, creating a series of memories you can cherish forever, and making you my forever friend. We do that by having fun! Since we want you to look like your natural, beautiful self we start with your natural poses and I direct you from there. I'm more than just your portrait photographer, I give life to your memories. During our shoot you'll be taking lots of breaks from smiling right at the camera to interact with each other and have some fun!

I do the majority of my photography as a Wisconsin portrait photographer, Janesville portrait photographer, Janesville newborn photography, Madison boudoir photographer, Janesville senior pictures, Wisconsin freelance photographer and Janesville family photography.

 

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(Kaia Calhoun Photography) https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog/2024/1/jessica-kyles-minnesota-outdoor-wedding-photography Sat, 27 Jan 2024 21:05:43 GMT
Holverson Family 2016 https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog/2024/1/holverson-family-2016 This family brings joy to my heart!  Josh and I met Aaron and Meghann at Judson University.   Years later, here we are living fairly near each other in Wisconsin.  All the buzz talk on this awesome couple... they have five kids, they built their own house, and they have a large flock of chickens.  They are awesome!

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Hi!  I am Kaia, your portrait photographer. Kaia means “Earth” in Norwegian and I live up to that by tree hugging, dog loving, and nature walking.  My first word was “happy,” I still love to jump in puddles, I strive to live simply and self-sustainably, and my favorite color is yellow.  I'm married to a stunningly handsome, ridiculously talented, and intensely loving musician husband. We have three beautiful kids, one furry friend, and we all live happily ever after in a little house on a hill in the land of southern Wisconsin. 

I am a portrait photographer (senior pictures, newborn photography, family photographer, boudoir photographer... ) and freelance photographer serving the greater Madison area.  I fell in love with portrait photography in high school.  I love that great portraits tell a person's story; who they are, where they've been, and what they love. I also fell in love with photojournalism in high school. Now-a-days you can catch my work in Madison Magazine, GoDaddy Social, Tough Mudder Rockford, BRAVA Magazine, and AirBnb;  I’ve had the privilege of being on the cover several times now!

I strive to serve my clients lovingly, creating a series of memories you can cherish forever, and making you my forever friend. We do that by having fun! Since we want you to look like your natural, beautiful self we start with your natural poses and I direct you from there. I'm more than just your portrait photographer, I give life to your memories. During our shoot you'll be taking lots of breaks from smiling right at the camera to interact with each other and have some fun!

I do the majority of my photography as a Wisconsin portrait photographer, Janesville portrait photographer, Janesville newborn photography, Madison boudoir photographer, Janesville senior pictures, Wisconsin freelance photographer and Janesville family photography.

 

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(Kaia Calhoun Photography) https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog/2024/1/holverson-family-2016 Sat, 27 Jan 2024 21:05:26 GMT
Jill + Aaron's Janesville farm Engagement Photography https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog/2024/1/jill-aarons-janesville-farm-engagement-photography Jill + Aaron's Janesville farm engagement photography shoot was a blast!  These two were naturals behind the camera and I loved our locations.  We started at their charming home and moved to a farm for the outdoorsy pictures I always get myself into :)

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Hi!  I am Kaia, your portrait photographer. Kaia means “Earth” in Norwegian and I live up to that by tree hugging, dog loving, and nature walking.  My first word was “happy,” I still love to jump in puddles, I strive to live simply and self-sustainably, and my favorite color is yellow.  I'm married to a stunningly handsome, ridiculously talented, and intensely loving musician husband. We have three beautiful kids, one furry friend, and we all live happily ever after in a little house on a hill in the land of southern Wisconsin. 

I am a portrait photographer (senior pictures, newborn photography, family photographer, boudoir photographer... ) and freelance photographer serving the greater Madison area.  I fell in love with portrait photography in high school.  I love that great portraits tell a person's story; who they are, where they've been, and what they love. I also fell in love with photojournalism in high school. Now-a-days you can catch my work in Madison Magazine, GoDaddy Social, Tough Mudder Rockford, BRAVA Magazine, and AirBnb;  I’ve had the privilege of being on the cover several times now!

I strive to serve my clients lovingly, creating a series of memories you can cherish forever, and making you my forever friend. We do that by having fun! Since we want you to look like your natural, beautiful self we start with your natural poses and I direct you from there. I'm more than just your portrait photographer, I give life to your memories. During our shoot you'll be taking lots of breaks from smiling right at the camera to interact with each other and have some fun!

I do the majority of my photography as a Wisconsin portrait photographer, Janesville portrait photographer, Janesville newborn photography, Madison boudoir photographer, Janesville senior pictures, Wisconsin freelance photographer and Janesville family photography.

 

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(Kaia Calhoun Photography) https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog/2024/1/jill-aarons-janesville-farm-engagement-photography Sat, 27 Jan 2024 21:04:02 GMT
Kari + Nick's Janesville Winter Engagement Photography https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog/2024/1/kari-nicks-janesville-winter-engagement-photography On a frigid day we ventured out to take some engagement pictures of Kari + Nick.  This being our second attempt at scheduling their shoot Kari opted to keep the session in favor of the sunshine and promised to brave the biting and windy weather.  I'm so glad!  These two rocked it and we have some killer images as a result!

For their shoot we started at their home then bounced around to catch some pictures with an open field, an awesome stack of logs, and at the old Schuler building.

This shoot was a dream come true.  Sometimes as a photographer you come across and image or a setting you can't live without.  On this day I got to photograph with a pile of logs!  What I also loved about this session was simply working with Kari + Nick and photographing with some snow.  I do love me some winter wonderland photography and Kari + Nick are just the sweetest, most fun loving couple.

Kari + Nick, thanks for choosing me for your engagement photography and I look forward to your wedding this summer!

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Hi!  I am Kaia, your portrait photographer. Kaia means “Earth” in Norwegian and I live up to that by tree hugging, dog loving, and nature walking.  My first word was “happy,” I still love to jump in puddles, I strive to live simply and self-sustainably, and my favorite color is yellow.  I'm married to a stunningly handsome, ridiculously talented, and intensely loving musician husband. We have three beautiful kids, one furry friend, and we all live happily ever after in a little house on a hill in the land of southern Wisconsin. 

I am a portrait photographer (senior pictures, newborn photography, family photographer, boudoir photographer... ) and freelance photographer serving the greater Madison area.  I fell in love with portrait photography in high school.  I love that great portraits tell a person's story; who they are, where they've been, and what they love. 

I strive to serve my clients lovingly, creating a series of memories you can cherish forever, and making you my forever friend. We do that by having fun! Since we want you to look like your natural, beautiful self we start with your natural poses and I direct you from there. I'm more than just your portrait photographer, I give life to your memories. During our shoot you'll be taking lots of breaks from smiling right at the camera to interact with each other and have some fun!

I do the majority of my photography as a Wisconsin portrait photographer, Janesville portrait photographer, Janesville newborn photography, Madison boudoir photographer, Janesville senior pictures, Wisconsin freelance photographer and Janesville family photography.

 

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(Kaia Calhoun Photography) https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog/2024/1/kari-nicks-janesville-winter-engagement-photography Sat, 27 Jan 2024 20:43:40 GMT
Baby Girl Janesville Newborn Photography https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog/2024/1/baby-girl-janesville-newborn-photography Sometimes during a newborn shoot, baby just doesn't want to leave mommy.  We make that work :)

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This site is all about my journeys as a professional photographer in Madison. But first and foremost I am Kaia. Kaia means “Earth” in Norwegian and I live up to that by tree hugging, dog loving, and nature walking.  My first word was “happy,” I still love to jump in puddles, I strive to live simply and self-sustainably, and my favorite color is yellow.  I’m married to a stunningly handsome, ridiculously talented, and intensely loving musician husband. We have two spunky and sweet baby girls (see more of Maisy HERE or Penny HERE), one furry friend (see more of her HERE), and we all live happily ever after in a house on a hill in the land of southern Wisconsin.

I am a photographer bent on capturing the uniqueness in life.  I strive to serve my clients lovingly, creating a series of memories they can cherish forever, and making them my forever friends.  I shoot honest photography – real people, real colors, and real life.

My primary photographic endeavors are weddings, senior portraits, boudoir, newborns, birth, and family photography (especially in the fall).  I offer many gorgeous products ranging from prints, to albums, to wall art products and more, but I particularly love creating my custom designed Coffee Table Albums with my clients.  My work is also featured in Madison Magazine, in publications at the Madison Children’s Museum, Main Street Hub, Tough Mudder Rockford and in every issue of BRAVA Magazine;  I’ve had the privilege of being on the cover several times now!

Do I sound like so much fun and you are so in love with my work?  Next, step/mouse over to my “Contact” tab and let’s get started on some great pictures!

I do the majority of my photography as a Janesville senior portraits photographer, Madison wedding photographer, Janesville wedding photographer, Madison boudoir photographer, and Janesville family photographer and any place that my camera will take me.  I am available for travel worldwide as your destination wedding photographer!

 

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(Kaia Calhoun Photography) https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog/2024/1/baby-girl-janesville-newborn-photography Sat, 27 Jan 2024 20:40:57 GMT
Owen Brooks' Newborn Photography https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog/2024/1/owen-brooks-newborn-photography  

St. Mary's Hospital

 

Owen Brooks // Janesville, WI

Love this family.  Love little babies.  And I love that I also got to photograph Julia's birth.  I love birth photography.

Some years back I worked for Bella Baby Photography.  I worked in a hospital in Barrington, IL 2-3 days a week photographing any newborns that arrived the day before.  The photos usually were pretty simple.  Now that I have my own two little girls I understand the beauty of this service even more.  My very favorite picture of Maisy will always be this picture taken with our iPhones within the first hours of her life.  I wasn't smart enough then to realize it would have been so wise to let the hospital photographers photograph my baby girl.  There's nothing like those first moments when your baby is so fresh, red, and wrinkly.

I like to offer newborn photography like that of Bella Baby Photography to my dear friends.  The simplicity of the photos allows the baby's fresh beauty to take over the picture.  It's a simple rhythm of steps:  baby on the bed with a plain white sheet as a back drop photographed from several angles, baby in a basket photographed from several angles, baby's hands, baby's feet, and baby with any family members present that also desire a pictures with the little cutie.  Sometimes we get a little fancy and get pictures of wedding rings on toes or different poses with mom or dad.

I now offer this service for free.  I'll show up to the hospital (or your home for those who homebirth) the day after the delivery to get these precious pictures.  You are not obligated to buy anything but I'd bet you will!

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This site is all about my journeys as a professional photographer in Madison. But first and foremost I am Kaia. Kaia means “Earth” in Norwegian and I live up to that by tree hugging, dog loving, and nature walking.  My first word was “happy,” I still love to jump in puddles, I strive to live simply and self-sustainably, and my favorite color is yellow.  I’m married to a stunningly handsome, ridiculously talented, and intensely loving musician husband. We have two spunky and sweet baby girls (see more of Maisy HERE or Penny HERE), one furry friend (see more of her HERE), and we all live happily ever after in a house on a hill in the land of southern Wisconsin.

I am a photographer bent on capturing the uniqueness in life.  I strive to serve my clients lovingly, creating a series of memories they can cherish forever, and making them my forever friends.  I shoot honest photography – real people, real colors, and real life.

My primary photographic endeavors are weddings, senior portraits, boudoir, newborns, birth, and family photography (especially in the fall).  I offer many gorgeous products ranging from prints, to albums, to wall art products and more, but I particularly love creating my custom designed Coffee Table Albums with my clients.  My work is also featured in Madison Magazine, in publications at the Madison Children’s Museum and in every issue of BRAVA Magazine;  I’ve had the privilege of being on the cover several times now!

Do I sound like so much fun and you are so in love with my work?  Next, step/mouse over to my “Contact” tab and let’s get started on some great pictures!

I do the majority of my photography as a Janesville senior portraits photographer, Madison wedding photographer, Janesville wedding photographer, Madison boudoir photographer, and Janesville family photographer and any place that my camera will take me.  I am available for travel worldwide as your destination wedding photographer!

 

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(Kaia Calhoun Photography) https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog/2024/1/owen-brooks-newborn-photography Sat, 27 Jan 2024 16:53:56 GMT
Savanna's Palmer Park Senior Pictures https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog/2024/1/savannas-palmer-park-senior-pictures Every now and then I get an inquiry in my inbox that I don't realize a connection until I meet the client. Savanna goes to our church and she taught my Maisy some soccer. She is a fun-loving, energetic, and beautiful girl and boy did we have some fun taking some pictures. We definitely nailed the fall colors for this one. My favorite bits were the personal things though. I loved getting a picture of her with her favorite elementary school photo and then later actually at her school, Roosevelt Elementary School.

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Hi!  I am Kaia, your portrait photographer. Kaia means “Earth” in Norwegian and I live up to that by tree hugging, dog loving, and nature walking.  My first word was “happy,” I still love to jump in puddles, I strive to live simply and self-sustainably, and my favorite color is yellow.  I'm married to a stunningly handsome, ridiculously talented, and intensely loving musician husband. We have three beautiful kids, one furry friend, and we all live happily ever after in a little house on a hill in the land of southern Wisconsin. 

I am a portrait photographer (senior pictures, newborn photography, family photographer, boudoir photographer... ) and freelance photographer serving the greater Madison area.  I fell in love with portrait photography in high school.  I love that great portraits tell a person's story; who they are, where they've been, and what they love. I also fell in love with photojournalism in high school. Now-a-days you can catch my work in Madison Magazine, GoDaddy Social, Tough Mudder Rockford, BRAVA Magazine, and AirBnb;  I’ve had the privilege of being on the cover several times now!

I strive to serve my clients lovingly, creating a series of memories you can cherish forever, and making you my forever friend. We do that by having fun! Since we want you to look like your natural, beautiful self we start with your natural poses and I direct you from there. I'm more than just your portrait photographer, I give life to your memories. During our shoot you'll be taking lots of breaks from smiling right at the camera to interact with each other and have some fun!

I do the majority of my photography as a Wisconsin portrait photographer, Janesville portrait photographer, Janesville newborn photography, Madison boudoir photographer, Janesville senior pictures, Wisconsin freelance photographer and Janesville family photography.

 

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(Kaia Calhoun Photography) https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog/2024/1/savannas-palmer-park-senior-pictures Fri, 26 Jan 2024 22:19:25 GMT
Logan's Riverside Park Senior Pictures https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog/2024/1/logans-riverside-park-senior-pictures I love a senior portrait shoot that incorporates their interests! Logan loves to hunt and fish and we got to go out and have some photo fun with those hobbies. We had the perfect summer morning for it to!

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Hi!  I am Kaia, your portrait photographer. Kaia means “Earth” in Norwegian and I live up to that by tree hugging, dog loving, and nature walking.  My first word was “happy,” I still love to jump in puddles, I strive to live simply and self-sustainably, and my favorite color is yellow.  I'm married to a stunningly handsome, ridiculously talented, and intensely loving musician husband. We have three beautiful kids, one furry friend, and we all live happily ever after in a little house on a hill in the land of southern Wisconsin. 

I am a portrait photographer (senior pictures, newborn photography, family photographer, boudoir photographer... ) and freelance photographer serving the greater Madison area.  I fell in love with portrait photography in high school.  I love that great portraits tell a person's story; who they are, where they've been, and what they love. I also fell in love with photojournalism in high school. Now-a-days you can catch my work in Madison Magazine, GoDaddy Social, Tough Mudder Rockford, BRAVA Magazine, and AirBnb;  I’ve had the privilege of being on the cover several times now!

I strive to serve my clients lovingly, creating a series of memories you can cherish forever, and making you my forever friend. We do that by having fun! Since we want you to look like your natural, beautiful self we start with your natural poses and I direct you from there. I'm more than just your portrait photographer, I give life to your memories. During our shoot you'll be taking lots of breaks from smiling right at the camera to interact with each other and have some fun!

I do the majority of my photography as a Wisconsin portrait photographer, Janesville portrait photographer, Janesville newborn photography, Madison boudoir photographer, Janesville senior pictures, Wisconsin freelance photographer and Janesville family photography.

 

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(Kaia Calhoun Photography) https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog/2024/1/logans-riverside-park-senior-pictures Fri, 26 Jan 2024 22:18:22 GMT
Emily & Dominic's Rock Cut State Park Engagement Photography https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog/2024/1/emily-dominics-rock-cut-state-park-engagement-photography We could not have asked for a more perfect evening for this shoot! Especially with the cold, wet and windy fall we've been having. I've photographed at Rock Cut State Park once before but this time was better, we really found some super great spots and the niches of fall colors with some of the grasses made me smile while I edited the pictures.

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Hi!  I am Kaia, your portrait photographer. Kaia means “Earth” in Norwegian and I live up to that by tree hugging, dog loving, and nature walking.  My first word was “happy,” I still love to jump in puddles, I strive to live simply and self-sustainably, and my favorite color is yellow.  I'm married to a stunningly handsome, ridiculously talented, and intensely loving musician husband. We have three beautiful kids, one furry friend, and we all live happily ever after in a little house on a hill in the land of southern Wisconsin. 

I am a portrait photographer (senior pictures, newborn photography, family photographer, boudoir photographer... ) and freelance photographer serving the greater Madison area.  I fell in love with portrait photography in high school.  I love that great portraits tell a person's story; who they are, where they've been, and what they love. I also fell in love with photojournalism in high school. Now-a-days you can catch my work in Madison Magazine, GoDaddy Social, Tough Mudder Rockford, BRAVA Magazine, and AirBnb;  I’ve had the privilege of being on the cover several times now!

I strive to serve my clients lovingly, creating a series of memories you can cherish forever, and making you my forever friend. We do that by having fun! Since we want you to look like your natural, beautiful self we start with your natural poses and I direct you from there. I'm more than just your portrait photographer, I give life to your memories. During our shoot you'll be taking lots of breaks from smiling right at the camera to interact with each other and have some fun!

I do the majority of my photography as a Wisconsin portrait photographer, Janesville portrait photographer, Janesville newborn photography, Madison boudoir photographer, Janesville senior pictures, Wisconsin freelance photographer and Janesville family photography.

 

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(Kaia Calhoun Photography) https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog/2024/1/emily-dominics-rock-cut-state-park-engagement-photography Fri, 26 Jan 2024 22:17:59 GMT
A sneak peek of Amanda & Austin's plane wedding photography https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog/2024/1/a-sneak-peek-of-amanda-austins-plane-wedding-photography My goodness what a cool wedding to be a part of! First off, they eloped in Colorado which is awesome. And then when they were deciding where to hold a reception for close friends and family they chose Bessie's Diner (which is my favorite brunch joint of all time) because Austin owns a plane (yeah!) But this is just the sneak peek so I'll hold it at that little taster of a tale.

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Hi!  I am Kaia, your portrait photographer. Kaia means “Earth” in Norwegian and I live up to that by tree hugging, dog loving, and nature walking.  My first word was “happy,” I still love to jump in puddles, I strive to live simply and self-sustainably, and my favorite color is yellow.  I'm married to a stunningly handsome, ridiculously talented, and intensely loving musician husband. We have three beautiful kids, one furry friend, and we all live happily ever after in a little house on a hill in the land of southern Wisconsin. 

I am a portrait photographer (senior pictures, newborn photography, family photographer, boudoir photographer... ) and freelance photographer serving the greater Madison area.  I fell in love with portrait photography in high school.  I love that great portraits tell a person's story; who they are, where they've been, and what they love. I also fell in love with photojournalism in high school. Now-a-days you can catch my work in Madison Magazine, GoDaddy Social, Tough Mudder Rockford, BRAVA Magazine, and AirBnb;  I’ve had the privilege of being on the cover several times now!

I strive to serve my clients lovingly, creating a series of memories you can cherish forever, and making you my forever friend. We do that by having fun! Since we want you to look like your natural, beautiful self we start with your natural poses and I direct you from there. I'm more than just your portrait photographer, I give life to your memories. During our shoot you'll be taking lots of breaks from smiling right at the camera to interact with each other and have some fun!

I do the majority of my photography as a Wisconsin portrait photographer, Janesville portrait photographer, Janesville newborn photography, Madison boudoir photographer, Janesville senior pictures, Wisconsin freelance photographer and Janesville family photography.

 

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(Kaia Calhoun Photography) https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog/2024/1/a-sneak-peek-of-amanda-austins-plane-wedding-photography Fri, 26 Jan 2024 22:14:41 GMT
Maisy turns 5! https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog/2024/1/gabrielle-jasons-engagement-photography Even before I had children, I mentally committed to photography any and every future child once a month for the first year, every year around their birthday, along with me and Josh during our annual anniversary shoot, and plenty of moments in-between all that. I'm pleased to report that I am definitely holding up to my mental commitment.

On June 19 my Maisy girl turned 5! I don't know why by brain regressed and I find myself calling her or labeling her 3 years old on paper. Wishful thinking I guess! She's 5 in every way. She's always been beyond her years with life skills and responsibility. She's book smart and the look of her has always looked about a year her senior.

The older she gets, the more she becomes my little helper, my extra pair of hands, and my sidekick. I love her for that. I love that she gets excited about helping me on my photo sessions some day. I can totally see her being so amazing at that!

Maisy, I love you with all my heart! I'm so proud of who you are and so thankful for you. Love you baby!

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Hi!  I am Kaia, your portrait photographer. Kaia means “Earth” in Norwegian and I live up to that by tree hugging, dog loving, and nature walking.  My first word was “happy,” I still love to jump in puddles, I strive to live simply and self-sustainably, and my favorite color is yellow.  I'm married to a stunningly handsome, ridiculously talented, and intensely loving musician husband. We have three beautiful kids, one furry friend, and we all live happily ever after in a little house on a hill in the land of southern Wisconsin. 

I am a portrait photographer (senior pictures, newborn photography, family photographer, boudoir photographer... ) and freelance photographer serving the greater Madison area.  I fell in love with portrait photography in high school.  I love that great portraits tell a person's story; who they are, where they've been, and what they love. I also fell in love with photojournalism in high school. Now-a-days you can catch my work in Madison Magazine, GoDaddy Social, Tough Mudder Rockford, BRAVA Magazine, and AirBnb;  I’ve had the privilege of being on the cover several times now!

I strive to serve my clients lovingly, creating a series of memories you can cherish forever, and making you my forever friend. We do that by having fun! Since we want you to look like your natural, beautiful self we start with your natural poses and I direct you from there. I'm more than just your portrait photographer, I give life to your memories. During our shoot you'll be taking lots of breaks from smiling right at the camera to interact with each other and have some fun!

I do the majority of my photography as a Wisconsin portrait photographer, Janesville portrait photographer, Janesville newborn photography, Madison boudoir photographer, Janesville senior pictures, Wisconsin freelance photographer and Janesville family photography.

 

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(Kaia Calhoun Photography) https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog/2024/1/gabrielle-jasons-engagement-photography Fri, 26 Jan 2024 21:30:08 GMT
Abby's Senior Pictures https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog/2024/1/abbys-senior-pictures To honor of this beautiful lady graduating yesterday I simply had to blog her senior pictures!

I have a soft spot for blonde curly hair, old warehouses, and hippies... so obviously I adored my session time with Abby!  Better yet, she's so charming and sweet.

Thanks for choosing me to take your senior portraits Abby!  Blessings on your journeys ahead!

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Hi!  I am Kaia, your portrait photographer. Kaia means “Earth” in Norwegian and I live up to that by tree hugging, dog loving, and nature walking.  My first word was “happy,” I still love to jump in puddles, I strive to live simply and self-sustainably, and my favorite color is yellow.  I'm married to a stunningly handsome, ridiculously talented, and intensely loving musician husband. We have three beautiful kids, one furry friend, and we all live happily ever after in a little house on a hill in the land of southern Wisconsin. 

I am a portrait photographer (senior pictures, newborn photography, family photographer, boudoir photographer... ) and freelance photographer serving the greater Madison area.  I fell in love with portrait photography in high school.  I love that great portraits tell a person's story; who they are, where they've been, and what they love. I also fell in love with photojournalism in high school. Now-a-days you can catch my work in Madison Magazine, GoDaddy Social, Tough Mudder Rockford, BRAVA Magazine, and AirBnb;  I’ve had the privilege of being on the cover several times now!

I strive to serve my clients lovingly, creating a series of memories you can cherish forever, and making you my forever friend. We do that by having fun! Since we want you to look like your natural, beautiful self we start with your natural poses and I direct you from there. I'm more than just your portrait photographer, I give life to your memories. During our shoot you'll be taking lots of breaks from smiling right at the camera to interact with each other and have some fun!

I do the majority of my photography as a Wisconsin portrait photographer, Janesville portrait photographer, Janesville newborn photography, Madison boudoir photographer, Janesville senior pictures, Wisconsin freelance photographer and Janesville family photography.

 

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(Kaia Calhoun Photography) https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog/2024/1/abbys-senior-pictures Fri, 26 Jan 2024 21:12:18 GMT
Sarah's Monterey Monument Senior Pictures https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog/2024/1/sarahs-monterey-monument-senior-pictures For Sarah's Monterey Monument senior portraits photography we got to incorporate her cheer gear and her niece in addition to the usual fun!  This girl sure is a beauty and a blast!

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Hi!  I am Kaia, your portrait photographer. Kaia means “Earth” in Norwegian and I live up to that by tree hugging, dog loving, and nature walking.  My first word was “happy,” I still love to jump in puddles, I strive to live simply and self-sustainably, and my favorite color is yellow.  I'm married to a stunningly handsome, ridiculously talented, and intensely loving musician husband. We have three beautiful kids, one furry friend, and we all live happily ever after in a little house on a hill in the land of southern Wisconsin. 

I am a portrait photographer (senior pictures, newborn photography, family photographer, boudoir photographer... ) and freelance photographer serving the greater Madison area.  I fell in love with portrait photography in high school.  I love that great portraits tell a person's story; who they are, where they've been, and what they love. I also fell in love with photojournalism in high school. Now-a-days you can catch my work in Madison Magazine, GoDaddy Social, Tough Mudder Rockford, BRAVA Magazine, and AirBnb;  I’ve had the privilege of being on the cover several times now!

I strive to serve my clients lovingly, creating a series of memories you can cherish forever, and making you my forever friend. We do that by having fun! Since we want you to look like your natural, beautiful self we start with your natural poses and I direct you from there. I'm more than just your portrait photographer, I give life to your memories. During our shoot you'll be taking lots of breaks from smiling right at the camera to interact with each other and have some fun!

I do the majority of my photography as a Wisconsin portrait photographer, Janesville portrait photographer, Janesville newborn photography, Madison boudoir photographer, Janesville senior pictures, Wisconsin freelance photographer and Janesville family photography.

 

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(Kaia Calhoun Photography) https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog/2024/1/sarahs-monterey-monument-senior-pictures Fri, 26 Jan 2024 21:01:40 GMT
Christine + Tait's Olbrich Botanical Gardens Engagement Pictures https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog/2024/1/christine-taits-olbrich-botanical-gardens-engagement-pictures Christine + Tait's Olbrich Botanical Gardens engagement photography was everything this photographer could dream up!  The couple were so easy to photograph as they had such a beautiful ease with each other that I think you will be able to see in these images!  I just love these two!

What I loved about this session was getting to photograph at the Olbrich Botanical Gardens again, particularly discovering the area packed with birch trees (I just love them), the ease of the couple towards each other and myself, and getting to play with the sunset!

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Hi!  I am Kaia, your portrait photographer. Kaia means “Earth” in Norwegian and I live up to that by tree hugging, dog loving, and nature walking.  My first word was “happy,” I still love to jump in puddles, I strive to live simply and self-sustainably, and my favorite color is yellow.  I'm married to a stunningly handsome, ridiculously talented, and intensely loving musician husband. We have three beautiful kids, one furry friend, and we all live happily ever after in a little house on a hill in the land of southern Wisconsin. 

I am a portrait photographer (senior pictures, newborn photography, family photographer, boudoir photographer... ) and freelance photographer serving the greater Madison area.  I fell in love with portrait photography in high school.  I love that great portraits tell a person's story; who they are, where they've been, and what they love. I also fell in love with photojournalism in high school. Now-a-days you can catch my work in Madison Magazine, GoDaddy Social, Tough Mudder Rockford, BRAVA Magazine, and AirBnb;  I’ve had the privilege of being on the cover several times now!

I strive to serve my clients lovingly, creating a series of memories you can cherish forever, and making you my forever friend. We do that by having fun! Since we want you to look like your natural, beautiful self we start with your natural poses and I direct you from there. I'm more than just your portrait photographer, I give life to your memories. During our shoot you'll be taking lots of breaks from smiling right at the camera to interact with each other and have some fun!

I do the majority of my photography as a Wisconsin portrait photographer, Janesville portrait photographer, Janesville newborn photography, Madison boudoir photographer, Janesville senior pictures, Wisconsin freelance photographer and Janesville family photography.

 

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(Kaia Calhoun Photography) https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog/2024/1/christine-taits-olbrich-botanical-gardens-engagement-pictures Fri, 26 Jan 2024 20:56:45 GMT
Dayleen's Janesville Winter Maternity Photography 2021 https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog/2024/1/dayleens-janesville-winter-maternity-photography-2021 People shy away from winter photography and I get it, it's cold!  However, I implore you to be brave and take some family photos in a winter wonderland at least once!  Winter photography is one of my very favorites!  Nothing beats the gorgeous lighting achieved by the reflection of the snow, I love how clean cut backdrops are, I love photographing in the snow, and I love finishing those sessions photographing my clients enjoying a hot cup of cocoa.  

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Hi!  I am Kaia! Kaia means “Earth” in Norwegian and I live up to that by striving to live simply and self-sustainably.  My first word was “happy,” adventure is my middle name, outside in nature is my happy place, coaching my kids soccer teams brings me extreme joy, my favorite color is yellow, and I passionately homeschool my five kids.  I have been married for 14 years (I'm not old, I got married young!) and we all live happily ever after in a little house on a hill in the land of southern Wisconsin. 

 

I enjoyed photography as a kid toting a neon green film camera around on any adventures I could get my hands on.  I FELL IN LOVE with photography as a teenager photographing for our school yearbook.  I still love that great portraits tell a person's story, get a thrill from creating images that are not only memories but fine art, from working a "job" that is different everyday with meeting new people and exploring new places, and affords me the privilege of photographing side court for a state basketball game and as a part of recording the miracle of birth. 

 

I am a portrait photographer (senior pictures, newborn photography, family photographer, boudoir photographer... ) and freelance photographer serving the greater Madison area. Now-a-days you can catch my work in Madison Magazine, GoDaddy Social, Tough Mudder Rockford, BRAVA Magazine, and AirBnb;  I’ve had the privilege of being on the cover several times now!

 

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(Kaia Calhoun Photography) https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog/2024/1/dayleens-janesville-winter-maternity-photography-2021 Fri, 12 Jan 2024 21:00:45 GMT
Hakanson Family at Flat Iron Park in Lake Geneva https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog/2024/1/hakanson-family-at-flat-iron-park-in-lake-geneva My favorite kind of session that has sprung up like dandelions in my inbox since the COVID shut down cleared are big family photo shoots like these! I LOVE THEM!

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Hi!  I am Kaia! Kaia means “Earth” in Norwegian and I live up to that by striving to live simply and self-sustainably.  My first word was “happy,” adventure is my middle name, outside in nature is my happy place, coaching my kids soccer teams brings me extreme joy, my favorite color is yellow, and I passionately homeschool my five kids.  I have been married for 14 years (I'm not old, I got married young!) and we all live happily ever after in a little house on a hill in the land of southern Wisconsin. 

 

I enjoyed photography as a kid toting a neon green film camera around on any adventures I could get my hands on.  I FELL IN LOVE with photography as a teenager photographing for our school yearbook.  I still love that great portraits tell a person's story, get a thrill from creating images that are not only memories but fine art, from working a "job" that is different everyday with meeting new people and exploring new places, and affords me the privilege of photographing side court for a state basketball game and as a part of recording the miracle of birth. 

 

I am a portrait photographer (senior pictures, newborn photography, family photographer, boudoir photographer... ) and freelance photographer serving the greater Madison area. Now-a-days you can catch my work in Madison Magazine, GoDaddy Social, Tough Mudder Rockford, BRAVA Magazine, and AirBnb;  I’ve had the privilege of being on the cover several times now!

 

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(Kaia Calhoun Photography) https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog/2024/1/hakanson-family-at-flat-iron-park-in-lake-geneva Fri, 12 Jan 2024 20:38:15 GMT
Jayme + Mylik's Beckman Mill Engagement Photography https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog/2024/1/jayme-myliks-beckman-mill-engagement-photography There's nothing like posting a warm summer engagement session on a snow day!

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Hi!  I am Kaia! Kaia means “Earth” in Norwegian and I live up to that by striving to live simply and self-sustainably.  My first word was “happy,” adventure is my middle name, outside in nature is my happy place, coaching my kids soccer teams brings me extreme joy, my favorite color is yellow, and I passionately homeschool my five kids.  I have been married for 14 years (I'm not old, I got married young!) and we all live happily ever after in a little house on a hill in the land of southern Wisconsin. 

 

I enjoyed photography as a kid toting a neon green film camera around on any adventures I could get my hands on.  I FELL IN LOVE with photography as a teenager photographing for our school yearbook.  I still love that great portraits tell a person's story, get a thrill from creating images that are not only memories but fine art, from working a "job" that is different everyday with meeting new people and exploring new places, and affords me the privilege of photographing side court for a state basketball game and as a part of recording the miracle of birth. 

 

I am a portrait photographer (senior pictures, newborn photography, family photographer, boudoir photographer... ) and freelance photographer serving the greater Madison area. Now-a-days you can catch my work in Madison Magazine, GoDaddy Social, Tough Mudder Rockford, BRAVA Magazine, and AirBnb;  I’ve had the privilege of being on the cover several times now!

 

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(Kaia Calhoun Photography) https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog/2024/1/jayme-myliks-beckman-mill-engagement-photography Fri, 12 Jan 2024 20:32:08 GMT
John's Newborn Photography https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog/2024/1/johns-newborn-photography It's that time of year when I (finally) get to chip away at the office work to do list! Today's tasks included creating a new web design and blogging a few sessions. These sessions are a blast from the past but I'm working my way from 2021 to the present starting today!
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Hi!  I am Kaia! Kaia means “Earth” in Norwegian and I live up to that by striving to live simply and self-sustainably.  My first word was “happy,” adventure is my middle name, outside in nature is my happy place, coaching my kids soccer teams brings me extreme joy, my favorite color is yellow, and I passionately homeschool my five kids.  I have been married for 14 years (I'm not old, I got married young!) and we all live happily ever after in a little house on a hill in the land of southern Wisconsin. 

 

I enjoyed photography as a kid toting a neon green film camera around on any adventures I could get my hands on.  I FELL IN LOVE with photography as a teenager photographing for our school yearbook.  I still love that great portraits tell a person's story, get a thrill from creating images that are not only memories but fine art, from working a "job" that is different everyday with meeting new people and exploring new places, and affords me the privilege of photographing side court for a state basketball game and as a part of recording the miracle of birth. 

 

I am a portrait photographer (senior pictures, newborn photography, family photographer, boudoir photographer... ) and freelance photographer serving the greater Madison area. Now-a-days you can catch my work in Madison Magazine, GoDaddy Social, Tough Mudder Rockford, BRAVA Magazine, and AirBnb;  I’ve had the privilege of being on the cover several times now!

 

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(Kaia Calhoun Photography) https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog/2024/1/johns-newborn-photography Fri, 12 Jan 2024 20:19:57 GMT
Williams Tree Farm Family Photography https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog/2023/6/williams-tree-farm-family-photography We love the Williams Tree Farm. As a family we like to go there every Christmas for a sleigh ride and to visit the animals. One year we were lucky enough to be there when the litters of golden retriever puppies were still there! What makes the place even sweeter is that our home church is connected to the place with one of the families from our church running the place and they even host an epic kids camp there in the summer!

Anyway, for this shoot we hopped to two locations on the grounds and I just love their choices for the photo spots! We photographed the extended family in the first location then moved to an old oak tree for the nuclear family photos, complete with individual portraits.


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(Kaia Calhoun Photography) https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog/2023/6/williams-tree-farm-family-photography Fri, 02 Jun 2023 20:30:35 GMT
Eliza + Jacob's Janesville Farm Engagement Photography https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog/2019/1/eliza-jacobs-janesville-farm-engagement-photography When Eliza and Jacob asked me to take their engagement pictures on their farm, I was STOKED! I love farms and would love to own a hobby farm some day. We'll see. For now, I'll simply enjoy any visit to a farm I can get!

As soon as I got to their farm I quickly was innendated with eye candy all over: an awesome rustic barn, an open field with cows, a pine grove, and the perfectly partly cloudy day to set the lighting.

My favorite parts of this shoot were playing around in the hay loft and taking pictures of them with their favorite cows (yes, cows).

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I am a photographer bent on capturing the uniqueness in life.  I strive to serve my clients lovingly, creating a series of memories they can cherish forever, and making them my forever friends.  I shoot honest photography – real people, real colors, and real life.

My primary photographic endeavors are weddings, senior portraits, boudoir, newborns, birth, and family photography (especially in the fall).  I offer many gorgeous products ranging from prints, to albums, to wall art products and more, but I particularly love creating my custom designed Coffee Table Albums with my clients.  My work is also featured in Madison Magazine, in publications at the Madison Children’s Museum, Main Street Hub, Tough Mudder Rockford and in every issue of BRAVA Magazine;  I’ve had the privilege of being on the cover several times now!

Do I sound like so much fun and you are so in love with my work?  Next, step/mouse over to my “Contact” tab and let’s get started on some great pictures!

I do the majority of my photography as a Janesville senior portraits photographer, Madison wedding photographer, Janesville wedding photographer, Madison boudoir photographer, and Janesville family photographer and any place that my camera will take me.  I am available for travel worldwide as your destination wedding photographer!

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(Kaia Calhoun Photography) https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog/2019/1/eliza-jacobs-janesville-farm-engagement-photography Mon, 14 Jan 2019 21:02:52 GMT
Amara's Newborn Photography https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog/2019/1/amaras-newborn-photography I love new clients. What I love more: repeat clients. What I love even more: repeat clients that keep repeating and it's obvious I've become their go to for photography needs. Why is it my favorite? Two reasons: one, it's the highest compliment I can be given; two, we only get more comfortable with each other and it shows in their images!

This is the third time I've photographed for this sweet family. I've loved each and every shoot so much! This one I loved for obvious reasons, I got to hang out with a sweet, tiny baby! And for not so obvious reasons, I have and always will adore taking pictures of newborns. It's a blend of portrait and "product" photography that I love. "Product" sounds odd I'm sure but when doing product photography I situate the objects just perfectly and they stay... it's the same when doing a newborn shoot! My primary goal as a photographer is to get these sweet babies so gosh darn comfortable that they become putty in my hands ;)

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This site is all about my journeys as a professional photographer in Madison. But first and foremost I am Kaia. Kaia means “Earth” in Norwegian and I live up to that by tree hugging, dog loving, and nature walking.  My first word was “happy,” I still love to jump in puddles, I strive to live simply and self-sustainably, and my favorite color is yellow.  I’m married to a stunningly handsome, ridiculously talented, and intensely loving musician husband. We have two spunky and sweet baby girls (see more of Maisy HERE or Penny HERE), one furry friend (see more of her HERE), and we all live happily ever after in a house on a hill in the land of southern Wisconsin.

I am a photographer bent on capturing the uniqueness in life.  I strive to serve my clients lovingly, creating a series of memories they can cherish forever, and making them my forever friends.  I shoot honest photography – real people, real colors, and real life.

My primary photographic endeavors are weddings, senior portraits, boudoir, newborns, birth, and family photography (especially in the fall).  I offer many gorgeous products ranging from prints, to albums, to wall art products and more, but I particularly love creating my custom designed Coffee Table Albums with my clients.  My work is also featured in Madison Magazine, in publications at the Madison Children’s Museum, Main Street Hub, Tough Mudder Rockford and in every issue of BRAVA Magazine;  I’ve had the privilege of being on the cover several times now!

Do I sound like so much fun and you are so in love with my work?  Next, step/mouse over to my “Contact” tab and let’s get started on some great pictures!

I do the majority of my photography as a Janesville senior portraits photographer, Madison wedding photographer, Janesville wedding photographer, Madison boudoir photographer, and Janesville family photographer and any place that my camera will take me.  I am available for travel worldwide as your destination wedding photographer!

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(Kaia Calhoun Photography) baby girl Madison newborn photography https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog/2019/1/amaras-newborn-photography Thu, 10 Jan 2019 19:38:39 GMT
Borneman Janesville Family Photography 2018 https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog/2018/12/borneman-janesville-family-photography-2018 Fall is the most popular time of year for family photos.  People just love the fall colors and they want pictures taken for Christmas cards.  What they don't necessarily know, is that it's my favorite lighting of the whole year.  The fall sun during the golden hour is so warm and inviting, I just love it!  I loved how I had the perfect sunset to work with during this sweet session with this sweet family.

Just like any shoot, it wasn't perfect.  I point that out because I don't want you potential clients out there to think you won't get amazing images because you don't think you can look this perfect ;)  Well, the bugs were INSANE during this shoot!  There are times that babies cry (yup, that happened during our time too).  Sometimes kids are entirely uncooperative.  Someone may get too hot or too cold.  The wind may be CRAZY.  The good news is, I've been doing this for a long time, I've worked with every scenario possible, and I'm up for a challenge any and every time.  My own kids were the most crazy I've ever seen them during our family photo shoot this year actually and we still got some great images out of the deal.

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This site is all about my journeys as a professional photographer in Madison. But first and foremost I am Kaia. Kaia means “Earth” in Norwegian and I live up to that by tree hugging, dog loving, and nature walking.  My first word was “happy,” I still love to jump in puddles, I strive to live simply and self-sustainably, and my favorite color is yellow.  I’m married to a stunningly handsome, ridiculously talented, and intensely loving musician husband. We have two spunky and sweet baby girls (see more of Maisy HERE or Penny HERE), one furry friend (see more of her HERE), and we all live happily ever after in a house on a hill in the land of southern Wisconsin.

I am a photographer bent on capturing the uniqueness in life.  I strive to serve my clients lovingly, creating a series of memories they can cherish forever, and making them my forever friends.  I shoot honest photography – real people, real colors, and real life.

My primary photographic endeavors are weddings, senior portraits, boudoir, newborns, birth, and family photography (especially in the fall).  I offer many gorgeous products ranging from prints, to albums, to wall art products and more, but I particularly love creating my custom designed Coffee Table Albums with my clients.  My work is also featured in Madison Magazine, in publications at the Madison Children’s Museum, Main Street Hub, Tough Mudder Rockford and in every issue of BRAVA Magazine;  I’ve had the privilege of being on the cover several times now!

Do I sound like so much fun and you are so in love with my work?  Next, step/mouse over to my “Contact” tab and let’s get started on some great pictures!

I do the majority of my photography as a Janesville senior portraits photographer, Madison wedding photographer, Janesville wedding photographer, Madison boudoir photographer, and Janesville family photographer and any place that my camera will take me.  I am available for travel worldwide as your destination wedding photographer!

 

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(Kaia Calhoun Photography) baby girl Borneman family Janesville baby photography Janesville Family Photography sunset family photos https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog/2018/12/borneman-janesville-family-photography-2018 Thu, 20 Dec 2018 15:34:17 GMT
Myles' 2 Month Pictures https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog/2018/12/myles-2-month-pictures Each month I have a rhythm of photos I go through with each of my babies:  baby on the chair with chalkboard wall, baby on the chair with siblings, baby on the bed with chalkboard, baby on the bed with siblings.  Every month I also like to incorporate something a little special.  Sometimes this ties in a holiday, sometimes it highlights a milestone or a favorite activity, and sometimes it's simply a pretty photo idea I had.  This month my goals in addition to the usual routine was to get a picture of him smiling (particularly that I could blow up to poster size to put in the basement with the portraits I have of his sisters) and a picture of the three of them in this year's Christmas jammies.  Mission accomplished! 

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This site is all about my journeys as a professional photographer in Madison. But first and foremost I am Kaia. Kaia means “Earth” in Norwegian and I live up to that by tree hugging, dog loving, and nature walking.  My first word was “happy,” I still love to jump in puddles, I strive to live simply and self-sustainably, and my favorite color is yellow.  I’m married to a stunningly handsome, ridiculously talented, and intensely loving musician husband. We have two spunky and sweet baby girls (see more of Maisy HERE or Penny HERE), one furry friend (see more of her HERE), and we all live happily ever after in a house on a hill in the land of southern Wisconsin.

 

I am a photographer bent on capturing the uniqueness in life.  I strive to serve my clients lovingly, creating a series of memories they can cherish forever, and making them my forever friends.  I shoot honest photography – real people, real colors, and real life.

My primary photographic endeavors are weddings, senior portraits, boudoir, newborns, birth, and family photography (especially in the fall).  I offer many gorgeous products ranging from prints, to albums, to wall art products and more, but I particularly love creating my custom designed Coffee Table Albums with my clients.  My work is also featured in Madison Magazine, in publications at the Madison Children’s Museum, Main Street Hub, Tough Mudder Rockford and in every issue of BRAVA Magazine;  I’ve had the privilege of being on the cover several times now!

Do I sound like so much fun and you are so in love with my work?  Next, step/mouse over to my “Contact” tab and let’s get started on some great pictures!

I do the majority of my photography as a Janesville senior portraits photographer, Madison wedding photographer, Janesville wedding photographer, Madison boudoir photographer, and Janesville family photographer and any place that my camera will take me.  I am available for travel worldwide as your destination wedding photographer!

 

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(Kaia Calhoun Photography) 2 months old baby boy baby brother big sisters Christmas pajamas Janesville baby photography Janesville photo studio monthly baby photography Myles smiles https://kaiacalhounphotography.com/blog/2018/12/myles-2-month-pictures Mon, 17 Dec 2018 19:45:06 GMT