Samantha | 6 months

This is another gorgeous little lady that I have been photographing since she was in her mama's belly!  Baby Samantha is already 6 months old! I feel like I was just visiting her mama in the hospital to shoot her Fresh 48 Session! As some of you know this adorable babe's mama is one of my lovely second shooters, Beth!

Baby Samantha really made my job way too easy!  It was as easy as making a fool of myself quacking like a duck to make her smile...or maybe she was laughing at my goofy face, either way she was all smiles for her 6 month milestone session!  She was a big girl and sat up for us!

Some of the many precious facial expressions Baby Samantha had for me that day!  I think in the top right photo she's thinking something along the lines of "Really lady? Another picture?" 

We even got several smiles with some tummy time pose!

I have been wanting to do this set up for a while now!  I love the simple background and the reflection in the plexiglas!  So happy her mama was willing to let me play around with this set up!  

Avery | 1 Year Cake Smash Session

I have been photographing this lil cutie since before she was born!  I photographed her mama while she was pregnant, then I photographed her newborn photos, some family photos, and now her one year session!  We started off her session with some Packer themed photos.  Thank you Avery for helping cheer on the Pack to an ever so sweet playoff victory!  I am hoping for a repeat this weekend.  

Then we moved onto a more girly setup! I have been dying to use this backdrop, but I've had all boys in the studio. So, glad mama picked this one and it matched her outfit perfectly!  

Oh, the headband.  We got a few shots with it, but literally only a few before Miss Avery decided she was done with it.  I think I counted four photos total before it was removed, haha!

Such a happy baby and getting so big! I can't believe she is already standing up on her own, watch out mom and dad walking is next and then NOTHING is safe! 

Seriously how adorable is this cake smash set up?  I think this is my favorite to date, yes I know I say that every time, but seriously this time.  I am a fan of bright pink, so no surprise there! We chose a bright pink backdrop, gray washed wooden floordrop, white molding, added in light pink and white balloons, adorable owl cake and then finished it off with some tissue paper pom poms.  

This was seriously the least messy cake smash session I have ever shot.  So, I thought I'd help Aver out a little...

....and Avery did not like that idea! Haha, poor girl.

It couldn't have been too traumatizing, she was back to smiles right after! I'm still a little sad she managed to keep the cake out of her hair.   

Engagement Statistics

Who doesn't enjoy some engagement statistics? I came across this article the other day and found it pretty interesting.  Now, keep in mind that I am a wedding photographer and I LOVE all things wedding related.  I am also quite nerdy and love numbers and statistics so combining engagements and statistics is right up my alley! 

With over 10.000 people surveyed here is what they found as the most popular days to get engaged:

#1 Christmas Eve- Almost one-third of couples surveyed 31%

#2 Valentines Day- 22%

#3 New Years Eve- 18%

#4 On the anniversary of the day the couple met- 11%

#5 Birthday- 9%

#6 Christmas Day- 7%

So, ladies and gents if you're still waiting for your proposal don't fret there is still a pretty decent probability your man or lady will still pop the big question in the next month or so!  You've heard of wedding season right? Typically during the summer and fall months. Well, we are in the middle of engagement season! The winter months are the most popular months to get engaged! I, myself, got engaged in November.  November 11th, 2010 to be exact.  

Another statistic I found quite interesting was the number of women who said they would propose.  21% of women said they would be courageous enough to propose while 79% said they would not.  

Plenty of other fun engagement statistics ranging from the perceived best date to propose to the best plan to propose are included in the article! Feel free to check it out!

Source: http://www.chillisauce.co.uk

Holiday Engagement Story Giveaway!

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Let me start by saying CONGRATS to all the newly engaged couples! This truly is the most magical time of the year and I cannot wait to hear your stories!

As some of you may know I am a sucker for a good engagement story! I love to hear about the planning that went into the proposal, seriously every last detail and every emotion involved! I love these stories so much I have decided to do a little giveaway! I will be giving away one $500 print credit to my favorite engagement story and two $300 print credits to my second and third favorite engagement stories!

Here's the scoop: Send me an email (hello@kristinreuterphotography.com) and tell me all about your Holiday Engagement! So, lets say engagements from November 2015 to the end of this giveaway. I want all the details, all the emotions, all the planning ... I want it all! Write me your story, feel free to send a photo or two if you have them as well! You have until January 19th, 2016 to submit your engagement story. I will choose the winners on the 20th!  I will add the print credits to the winning couples' wedding photography package!  

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Completion Schedule Stats | 2015

Alright folks it's that time of the year again that I post my completion schedule stats for the year!  Just when I thought last year's stats were quite impressive, my 2015 stats make 2014 look weak.   As some of you know, I am one of those people that after having my photos taken I would prefer to have them completed and posted instantaneously.  I know this is not realistic and I promise, the photographers I work with for my personal photos can attest to this, I wait patiently, never ever sending that "Hey are my photos done?" email.  But, that doesn't mean I don't still wish they'd be done instantly.  With that kind of mind set I try to get my work done ASAP for my clients.  Always with that in mind here are my 2015 completion schedule or turnaround time stats (whatever you crazy kids prefer to call them):

2015 Stats:

Shortest turnaround time for a wedding: TWO weeks FIVE days (I'm pretty darn proud of this one! I wish I could do that for every wedding)

Longest turnaround time for a wedding: SIX weeks, which in my opinion isn't too shabby!  Either way I look at it all my weddings were completed TEN WEEKS OR MORE ahead of the scheduled time frame.  Please excuse me while I brush off my shoulders and take a bow ;)

Shortest turnaround time for a session: ONE day 

Longest turnaround time for a session: THREE weeks, I blame fall haha. Just kidding fall, I still love you!  It gets crazy shooting from sunrise to sunset on several occasions in the month of October alone! Still three weeks isn't the worst I've heard out there, but it doesn't impress me none.  This may be on the goal sheet for 2016; find solution to crazy amount of fall shoots!

 

Just for a little comparison here are the 2014 Stats:

Shortest turnaround time for a wedding: FOUR weeks

Longest turnaround time for a wedding: TWELVE weeks, still ahead of schedule just like I prefer it. 

If you're still reading at this point and are curious about my 2014 turnaround times for sessions...I don't remember.  I can blame baby brain, but if I had to guess I would say they were pretty similar to 2015. 

The Winter Wedding Show 2015

 

Press Release:  

 

Area’s largest Wedding Show set for Jan. 22-23

 

Green Bay (December 9, 2015) – Northeast Wisconsin’s largest and most prestigious wedding show will be at Shopko Hall, Green Bay on January 22 & 23.  The Wedding Show – Winter Edition is produced by PMI Entertainment Group.  Prospective brides, grooms and anyone interested in weddings will get their fill with more than 180 exhibitors!

The show offers the latest in photography, invitations, decorations and accessories.  There’s no guess work in wedding desserts because you get to taste scrumptious wedding cakes and trendy bakery items.  You’ll see an array of floral bouquets to choose from and hear a variety of music options to entertain your guests. 

Friday night is VIP Night featuring the Bride’s Cake Dive.  Attendees will have a chance to participate in the cake dive and win great prizes.  Bridal makeovers will also be offered on Friday.

Saturday features wedding trend seminars throughout the day as industry experts mentor brides on the latest trends.  Fashion Shows will be at 11am and 1pm where actual brides will showcase beautiful dresses and modern bridal party needs.

What:  The Wedding Show 

When:  Friday, January 22, 5pm – 9pm   Cake Dive at 8pm

             Saturday, January 23, 9am–3pm   Fashion Shows at 11am and 1pm

Where:  Shopko Hall, 1901 South Oneida Street, Green Bay

Tickets:  Save $2 on advance tickets ($8 advance) available at the Resch Center box office or online at WeddingShowGreenBay.com until January 21.  Admission is $10 at the door.