Author Archives: Chrissy

'Sarah & Matthew | Milwaukee Engagement Photography

Sarah & Matthew | Milwaukee Engagement Photography

There is nothing quite as romantic as witnessing a couple’s love come full circle. Sarah Ratdke and Matthew Wotjowski met during a chance encounter on a night out with friends. There are many things that could have gone differently that night: Matthew could have decided to have a quiet night in or Sarah could have had other plans. As fate would have it though, the two ended up in the same place at the same time and one caught the other’s eye. Matthew proposed to Sarah in the same place where they had their first date, and they contacted me for their Milwaukee engagement photos to help capture this special time.

'Claire & Ben | Geneva National Resort Wedding

Claire & Ben | Geneva National Resort Wedding

This wedding had all the makings of a fairytale. It was held on an unseasonably warm November day, the leaves almost as bright as the bride’s smile. The church was the same church the bride’s parents had married at 32 years ago, and to top it all off, the Cubs had won the 2016 World Series just days earlier, making the groom – a giant Cubs fan – an even happier and lucky guy. The Cubs may have had to wait 108 years to snag their win but Ben only had to wait a short 13 years to finally call Claire his wife. 

'Angie | Chicago Entrepreneur Head Shots

Angie | Chicago Entrepreneur Head Shots

It’s not often that we find people who are strong, inspiring, and down-to-earth. It’s even more rare to call one of those people your good friends. Angie McMonigal has been a close friend for several years now.  She was one of my biggest fans while building up Chrissy Rose Photography when we launched in 2010. From one entrepreneur…one artist… to another, she knew when I needed a little extra support and she was always there.

'Sammi | Nicolet High School Class of 2017 Photographer

Sammi | Nicolet High School Class of 2017 Photographer

It is hard to believe that it is back to school already and that means a new graduating class is on its final year. And for Chrissy Rose Photography, that also means it is time for senior pictures for the class of 2017 at all the area high schools: Whitefish Bay High School, Nicolet High School, Shorewood High School, Homestead High School and many many more.  I had the awesome pleasure of working with Sammi, an incoming high school senior with the class of 2017 at Nicolet High School. 

'Ted & Kate | Klode Park, Milwaukee Engagement Photographer

Ted & Kate | Klode Park, Milwaukee Engagement Photographer

The evening that I met with Ted and Kate for their engagement photos at Klode Park in Whitefish Bay, beautiful fall color was everywhere.  It was absolutely the kind of evening to wrap eachother in a blanket and enjoy all the color that so vibrantly surrounded us.  What an evening it was…from the loving looks and sweet hugs to the laughter they shared.  It was a genuine glimpse into what was in store for these two on their wedding day and beyond. 

'Milwaukee Women Boudoir Stories: Chapter 1, My Story | Milwaukee Empowerment Photography

Milwaukee Women Boudoir Stories: Chapter 1, My Story | Milwaukee Empowerment Photography

Guess what internet world?  I am a boudoir photographer!  Yes, I take those kinds of pictures of women and I couldn’t be more proud of it.  Because here is the secret to those kinds of photos: the experience has very little to do with outward appearance and everything to do with a woman’s inner strength.  I have first hand knowledge…I have had boudoir photos taken of me on two separate occasions and I plan to keep doing it. As a boudoir photographer, I have heard some of the most amazing stories behind the why women have these photos taken of them. Their stories are so inspiring and I am incredibly honored to have been chosen as their photographer.  As you can imagine, most women are reluctant to allow me to share their intimate, beautiful photos from our sessions.  So instead I asked them if they would allow me to share their stories. A few agreed and I am starting a blog series to tell those stories.  I determined it was only fair if I shared my own first and here I am.  The women (and me) also posed for two additional photos to add as a visual component to their story.  The first is them sharing their why and the second is them telling me how they felt as a result.  This series is nothing short of empowering and I hope you will enjoy.

'Roger & Samantha | Milwaukee Potowatomi Hotel Wedding

Roger & Samantha | Milwaukee Potowatomi Hotel Wedding

Monday Wedding Fix is here!  After a weekend of shooting weddings, I am excited to be sharing a completed wedding from earlier in the season.  This is the Milwaukee wedding of Samantha and Roger.  Their wedding was a beautiful tribute to winning big as it was held at Potowatomi Casino Hotel in downtown Milwaukee.  But this occasion was nothing like a gamble…it was a sure bet with a major payout.