How this all started

Before we get going on this adventure, I figured I should shed some light on how it all started. Dan has been interested in photography since high school. Throughout the years he’s worked his way from a drone camera to a Canon 5D Mark IV. Me? I can take a pretty great iPhone picture! We met in March of 2017 and it didn’t take long to realize we were meant to be together. For the most part, the beginning of our relationship surrounded breakfast and what we called “adventure dates”. As someone who grew up in Arizona and had only moved to Wisconsin two years prior, I was open to going just about anywhere new to experience the beauty Wisconsin provides. These dates often turned into Dan taking pictures until he looked up and realized I had walked halfway down the river. What can I say? I don’t sit still very well.

Within a month of being together, we created a shared note in our phones titled “Adventure List” with everywhere we wanted to go and see (at least specific places because I’m sure we’d go just about anywhere) both in Wisconsin and out. While we’ve crossed a few off that list, we are still nowhere close to being done nor do I think we ever will be. Our relationship just feels like one big adventure with my best friend and I am excited to see where all it takes us!

But, back to the story. These little adventures of ours started to be what I looked forward to, and I loved that I had a personal photographer to document them! December 24th, 2017 Dan got down on one knee in the snow and asked me to marry him… as if I didn’t love Christmas enough already! While I was 99.9% sure he was the man I was meant to marry, that moment changed everything. It was no longer a hypothetical “we” for future planning, it was WE. All in. Everything.

With Dan’s love of photography and the versatility in which he shoots, we’ve been toying with the idea of taking this from a hobby to business for awhile. After talking it out, looking into what we would need to start, and some in depth research we decided to take the leap. We applied for our LLC, obtained a seller’s permit, and set up our shop on Etsy! It has been an exciting and nerve-wracking last week, but here we are!

While Dan is behind the lens, I plan on continuing to write. Writing on our adventures while showcasing his photography and hopefully providing some wonderful insight into new places for anyone who decides to read!

-Charmaine

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