taking the plunge (lizzie + kurt are married!) – just married photos

“Ground control … this is Jayden … I have a message for you from outer space …”

On your wedding day, have the best time EVER! Say those vows like there is molasses in your mouth. Wear those clothes like you are the lords of the shire. Smell those bouquets like you are a master botanist just returned from a scentless, flowerless moon. Hug your grammy a million times. Darn it, wear a medal and never ever (no matter what anyone says) let go of the notion that this day is about celebrating one another, your friends and family (who helped get you here — admit it YOU!), and salute that very important thing called ‘the future’!  TO-THE-FUTURE! We salute you!

So what do you do the day after your wedding? If you’re Lizzie + Kurt, you greet the future with a splash and a cheer and water-bound make-out sesh! You act like the celebrations never ended! Haha, we already loved loved loved these two, and so this just made them all the more awesome! It was a pleasure to get up the morning after and wade into the refreshing waters of Lake Michigan for a matrimonial splash-down!


“Ground Control … over and out … and winky face …”

los angeles engagement shoot (megan + andrew are engaged!) – los angeles wedding photographers


Megan + Andrew invited us over to their house for pre-shoot cocktails, and we had so much chatting that we almost missed the sunset!

This gorgeous duo gets married in Santa Barbara in a matter of hours, (and at one of our very favorite spots on the globe, Rancho Dos Pueblos!), but we’re so stoked we got to hang with them in LA first, and grab a few frames in their new home and favorite spot, the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook.  Here are a few frames to tide you over ’til we shoot + share their wedding.. xo!

let them eat cake! boudoir sessions and legit ladies


I’ve been doing boudoir shoots for years, and yet I’ve never blogged them before.

I’ve always told myself, “the gal in the photos won’t want anyone else to see these, they’re too vulnerable… these images were made for someone else as a gift, they’re private”, and then, I realized I was selling out on my ladies.  These beautiful, strong, empowered women had been vulnerable with me + in front of my camera. They had faced their insecurities and said, “I see you, now get outta my way. You can’t stop me.” And through all of the beauties I’d shot, I had never even asked them if they’d be ok with some of the images showing up on this blog.

So, a few weeks ago, I teamed up with Rachel, the babe of Remba Productions, who beautified a gaggle of gals and then I photographed them, and this time I asked them how they felt about me blogging a few non-nip-slip shots, and they were all so freaking confident in their “YES!”

Here’s the thing: 

We’ve all heard the argument about how the media creates an unhealthy and unattainable standard for women and their body images, and yet, all of the real girls are hiding their bodies (ok, except for that one Dove ad that makes us all cry every time we watch it), and so we aren’t using our own voices to bring balance to the conversation and say, “HEY! You wanna see real? Oh, I’ve got it.”

And so, meet my latest series.. lovechild.. heart project.. whatever you wanna call it, the Let Them Eat Cake sessions.  Where the bold and beautiful babes of the real world* [*not an MTV reference] use their stunningly gorgeous voices to say, “HEY!  I am a real, ridiculously incredible woman, and I’m creating something to remind myself [and others] what is possible when I shake it off and enjoy myself just the way I am RIGHT NOW!”

I’m so, so excited to see what this develops into, and I’m even more thrilled to share some images from the first Let Them Eat Cake Sesh with you now.

But first!

*Behind the name: we’ve all heard that Marie Antoinette story, and we’ve all heard Rihanna sing about cake the way only she could do.. so, these sessions are inspired by the poise of Marie and the sexy of our Bad Girl Riri.  Imagine them in a room together!  Ooh, I’m getting an idea for a shoot.  😉  Plus?  Years ago, Jayden may-or-may-not have warned me that the bedroom window in our house was open while I was changing, and our neighbors were outside with a clear view, and without any care I said in response to his warning, “Meh! Let them eat cake!”  Bursts of laughter eternalized this moment for us, and it’s been a phrase in our house for years that has always brought the fun and made us feel free.

*And lastly!  I’m doing another Cake Sesh with Rachel in LA this upcoming Sunday, August 23rd, and we still have a few spots left.  If you’d like to snag one, email me!  [caroline (at) woodnotephotography (dot) com]  And, if you’d like a Cake Sesh of your own in the near future, shoot me an email then, too, ok?  I’m planning a few in different cities around the US [and maybe Melbourne, too!], so I can add you to a list if you’d like to know when I’ll be shooting in your city.

Much, much love + respect!  xo.


milwaukee senior portraits (jennifer is a senior!)

Somehow, my littlest sister just graduated from high school.

I remember the day she was born, and how I baked a cake and brought it to the hospital.  (Because it was her birth day, duh.)

And now she is gorgeous and tall and kind, intelligent and talented and wise.  She smiles and laughs with her entire body, and her sensitive spirit will change the world.

Somehow, I got the most legendary littlest sister I could ever imagine, and I am so pumped to share a few frames of her beauty with you.  [Dupp, I friggin’ love you, BB.  xo, CazzleBum]

bhldn spring wedding in milwaukee (emily + andrew are married!) – photojournalistic wedding photographers

Hello, Hello, Friends!

Happy Summer and Happy Second-Half of 2015! A few quick catch-up words before I share today’s magical wedding + couple!

Since the last time we posted, just over a month ago, we’ve celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary [woohoo!] with a trip to the Amalfi Coast. A surprise trip, no less. Jayden announced the plan on the morning of our 10th while we were enjoying a casual brunch. “Hey, Babe. I’m taking you to Italy. Tonight.” So that was pretty rad. We feel pumped to get to do love, life and work together. We still like each other a lot, too, so that helps. We got married when we were basically children, so we feel like our life is just beginning!

After Italy, we shifted gears [majorly] + went to the Democratic Republic of the Congo to partner with the incredible Justice Rising, as we captured what they’re up to + the schools they are building in remote Africa. It was an experience and an honor, and we’ll post more soon to share images + stories, too!

Now we’re back in the US of A, shooting many gorgeous summer weddings [which we will post shortly] + also planning our winter trip to India / Thailand / Australia in November/December. We’re almost fully booked, but definitely hit us up if you are getting married and/or would like a shoot in one of those countries over one of those dates. We’d love to hear from you and see if we can connect to make some magic!

And lastly! I [Caroline] am doing a day of mini boudoir shoots this upcoming Sunday, July 19th in Los Angeles + I have 3 spots left. Ladies, email me if you want more info and wanna nab your spot! // caroline@woodnotephotography.com //

Onto the wedding gold… Meet: emily + andrew!

Emily + Andrew had mutual friends for much of their growing-up years, but their paths didn’t actually cross until they were both at a Wisconsin bar in Chicago watching a Badger football game in the fall of 2009. After the initial introduction, it only took about 20 questions before they realized they had been hearing about each other for much of their lives.. and things went from there!

Between Emily’s BHLDN and the Forget Me Knodt flowers and Andrew’s sleek look, the ‘gorg’ level of the day was through the roof. They described the day by saying,  “It was the best way we could have imagined celebrating our wedding day—having all of your favorite people in one room, just for one day, is a very surreal feeling.”

E+A’s advice for future brides/grooms currently planning their wedding? “What you envision the day you get engaged, or 9 months out, or 6 months out, might not be the wedding you end up having. This wedding means a lot to a lot of different people, and sometimes the tiny details you think are important aren’t worth fixating on. Try to relax as much as possible both planning and on the wedding day, otherwise you’ll drive yourself crazy. It’s a big, scary process, but it was also a lot of fun.” [Ah yes. Pure gold, guys. Pure gold.]

And with that, enjoy some favorite moments from their glorious celebrations… xo!


Photographer – Woodnote!

Videographer – Video Verite

Emily’s Dress – BHLDN

Emily’s shoes – Ivanka Trump

Emily’s Jewelery – BHLDN

Andrew’s Suit – Suit Supply

Andrew’s Shoes – Aston Grey

Hair + Makeup – Pfister Well Spa

Flowers – Forget Me Knodt (Janessa Knodt)

Stationery & paper goods – All designed by Emily!

Ceremony Venue – Underwood Memorial Church in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

Reception Venue – The Wisconsin Club in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Wedding favors – Hotel bags stuffed with homemade chocolate chip cookies and Spotted Cow beer

Cake – Simmas Bakery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Andrew’s Ceremony Entrance song – Amazing Grace, by Sufjan Stevens

Wedding party entrance – Falling Slowly, from Once

Emily’s Processional – Someone Like You by Adele, played live

Song during ceremony – Romeo & Juliet, by Dire Straits

Grand March – Do You Realize??, by The Flaming Lips

Our first dance – Take Care, by Beach House

Emily + dad – In My Life, by the Beatles

Andrew + mom – Shower the People, by James Taylor