The mom of this awesome family usually comes to me with an idea in mind.  I love dreaming with her and building on her vision.  This year she wanted an ice cream session.  The combination of three small girls who love ice cream and the beautiful historic buildings that Oconomowoc provides made for a pretty awesome session!

After some discussion of location we settled on Whelan’s Coffee and Ice Cream.  This coffee and ice cream shop opened its doors in 2007 and has been going strong ever since!  I love the character of the building both from the street as well as once you step inside.

We started outside on the streets of Oconomowoc for an urban feel to their images.  I love the wardrobe that Caty picked out for her family.  It’s well-coordinated with just the right amount of neutrals mixed with pops of color.  Nicely done!

One of the first stops was in the alley alongside Whelan’s that happens to be next to a Mexican Restaurant called Fiesta Cancun.  The goal was to get a family picture with the sign painted on the brick but we didn’t expect an audience.  It was a beautiful summer night so there were quite a few people outside on the patio adjacent to the alley watching us as we were arranging for that shot.  Caty had me cracking up when she announced to the restaurant-goers that she was “sorry (they) weren’t the mariachi entertainment for the night” while attempting to imitate the sounds a mariachi band would play with nothing but her mouth as an instrument.

We of course wrapped up the session with the girls enjoying their promised ice cream cones on the bench in front of the shop.  I love candids and this type of session definitely offers plenty of opportunity to capture much spontaneous sweetness.

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One of the products they decided on at their reveal included a photo book to revisit the fun they had together as a family for years to come.  These girls are sure to love flipping through these pages as they get older looking back at themselves when they were much younger.Photo book Family session photo album Family photo album Photo product book Photo product album Photo album family portrait Photo book child portrait Photo album family session Photo book family session Photo album