Being married is a tremendous celebration. Marriage is a fabulous relationship as well as a partnership, and I can’t begin to explain how much I love my wife. As a photographer, I love witnessing and capturing wedding celebrations through my camera. It’s both an honor and a privilege. But it all leads to something so much more incredible, and far more special. Your own family.

There is nothing I love more than my two boys. Twenty years ago, I never thought I’d say this, “I love being a dad”. I’m not that far into this “daddy” thing, and I know I’ve already made my fair share of mistakes – there are times I feel like I’m the worst daddy in the world. But when you hear them giggling and laughing, and you’re wrestling and playing monster in the living room…….you feel like Super Dad. That always reminds me how much I absolutely love Love LOVE these two kids. They are my world – and my world now revolves around them.

As for the rest of me…

I met my wife through a friend at Catfish Days in the sleepy little Mississippi River town of Trempealeau, WI.

I’m a foodie. I love farm fresh organically grown produce and supporting small local family farmers. Pop-up dinners at a local farm made with freshly hand picked produce is an AMAZING experience for all the senses.

I’m a fish monger. We support the small local Alaskan family fishermen through our Sitka Salmon Share membership. Nothing beats fresh hook and line caught Alaskan seafood delivered to your door. Hello fish tacos made with Halibut, Lingcod, Pacific Cod, or Quillback Rockfish – I could eat these every night. …We are so having fish tacos tonight.

I’m a movie nerd. We have a personal library of over 2,000 movies. And yes. We watch them all the time – over and over. We have seasonal holiday movie rotations, so more on those later. LOL

I love Star Wars. I have ever since I saw the original movie in 1977 at the Rivoli in La Crosse when I was 8 years old. My kids have renewed my love for the original trilogy. To the delight of my kids, and the chagrin of my wife, I’ve become a totally geeky Star Wars helmet collector. I seriously nerded out.

“Luke I am Your Father”

I’m a 60’s Cartoon junky. Tom & Jerry, Droopy, Yogi Bear, Pixie and Dixie, and Bugs Bunny cartoons. They always bring a smile to my face.

I love a good thunderstorm, and I’m fascinated by tornadoes.

I love Brewers baseball games and tailgating with the family and friends.

I love watching college basketball – Badgers, Golden Eagles and the Milwaukee Panthers. Bring on March Madness.

The Packers? Oh yeah! 🙂

We spend Sundays at the Milwaukee County Zoo – the kids LOVE the fish, and especially the giant “Fish of Wisconsin” aquarium.

I love making summer campfires in our backyard. Yes, we call them campfires. We smoke brats, Hungarian sausages and chicken, sometimes ribs, make s’mores, pudgy pies, invite all of our neighbors and kid’s friends, and make it into a summer night party. Seriously – life does NOT get any better than this.

I love fireflies in late July.

October is my favorite month. The sweet smell of the cool fresh air, the change of colors, football, and Halloween. Bonfires on Friday nights in October? Yes Please. 🙂

OMG! Halloween. We have so much fun decorating the house, dressing up and trick or treating with the kid’s neighborhood bodies.

Our October Halloween movie rotation: We watch an endless loop of Hotel Transylvania, Hotel Transylvania 2, It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown (Hoo-Hooooooo), and the first three Harry Potter movies.

When the kids to go to sleep: Sleepy Hallow, The Mummy (with Brendan Frasier – yes. Cheesy I know. But we love it none-the-less) and Hell Boy. There’s a LOT more we could add – but we cut back for now. LOL

I love our huge family potluck Thanksgiving weekend gathering, and the late night Euchre tournaments.

I love our Nostalgic Thanksgiving drive to see the kids Great Grandmother. Holy moly she’s 96.

Our November Thanksgiving movie rotation: Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is about it with the kids. LOL Once the kids go to sleep, it’s: Dutch, Planes Trains and Automobiles, Son-In-Law, and Pieces of April.

I love setting up our Christmas decorations on the Sunday after Thanksgiving. That’s the start of our Christmas movie rotation viewing season. Seriously – the best holiday of the year.

I have an 18 hour compilation of the Christmas oldies with Frankie, Burl Ives, Bing Crosby, Dean Martin, Brenda and Peggy Lee, Elvis, Andy Williams, Louis Armstrong, Gene Autry, Nat Cole, Mathis, Sammy Davis Jr, Tony Bennett, John Denver and the Muppets, Alvin and the Chipmunks, and of course Vince Guaraldi’s Charlie Brown Christmas music. I also mixed in Christmas music from the London Symphony Orchestra. SO good.

I love listening to our Christmas playlist while driving our family through various neighborhoods to see all the Christmas lights. We do it almost every night in December, and our kids go CRAZEEEE when they see the Grinch stealing a string Christmas lights.

Our non-stop Christmas movie rotation for December: (edited down for the kids now LOL), Home Alone, A Christmas Story, Santa Clause, Elf, Charlie Brown Christmas, Tom & Jerry’s Night Before Christmas (we LOVE this little cartoon), Polar Express, Arthur Christmas, Frozen, The original Grinch (not a fan of the Jim Carrey movie), Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, the Harry Potter movies again (Love the winter scenes).

When the kids go to sleep, we add Christmas Vacation, Fred Claus, Four Christmases, Love Actually, Just Friends, Serendipity, Beautiful Girls (nothing ever changes in the Ridge), Grumpy Old Men, Happy Christmas, Lethal Weapon, and Die Hard. HAHAHA

I love our Christmas dinner of Sitka Alaska seafood with local wintered veggies from our CSA and winter Farmer’s Market. Best dinner of the year. 🙂

I love taking down our Christmas decorations on the last weekend of January. It takes so long to set up the decorations, I can’t bring myself to take it all down 25 days later. Plus, the house looks amazing, so might as well live with it up for two months. Are we weird? HAHAHAHAHA

I’m a silly heart. I can laugh at nearly anything. …or I can turn any moment into a joke or reference a movie line in nearly any situation. It’s both a blessing and a curse.

I’m a hopeless romantic. I’ll watch Like Crazy, Love Rosie, My Sassy Girl, What If, Win A Date with Tad Hamilton… by myself. Bad Moms is a hopeless romantic movie, right? HAHAHA

I can and will cry behind the camera during REALLY good speeches from the Bride’s father.

I’m also a tech nerd. Being a photographer allows me to perpetually buy and test new camera and computer gear. I’m in a constant state of searching for camera gear that makes my job easier and less intrusive while also capturing images with beautiful character. Right now I’m in love with my Fuji X-T2 camera bodies. They’re so small, quiet and inconspicuous. They’re perfect for the way I want to work.

If you read this far, thank you. It’s very much appreciated. If you didn’t, I don’t blame you. LOL

Much love to all,

Craig

*** Family photo by Lexia Frank.