Dan’s first blog (how do I do this thing??)

Hi everyone!

First and foremost, I want to thank everyone that has supported Charmaine and I through this entire adventure. Without you guys, we would just be another couple who sleeps in on Sundays and drinks coffee for the heck of it! With all kidding aside, we have seen some amazing support and hope to continue to bring some amazing pictures, adventures, and hopefully a few more witty (and hilarious, of course) jokes to the blog.

My first real experience with photography came in high school when I took two photography classes. I learned all about film – how to shoot, how to process, different techniques – everything. We dabbled a bit in digital photography, but mainly focused on film. Fast forward a few years (busy with school and work), and I decided to buy a drone. I’m sure most of you know the story behind this, so I won’t DIVE too deep (pun intended, if you catch my drift) into the details, but I eventually became afraid of losing another drone to the drink and decided to sell it.

You can probably guess the next step in my life – I bought a DSLR! Through many purchases and sales of various equipment such as cameras and lenses, I finally have a comfortable arsenal that allows me to capture some beautiful imagery. Getting comfortable with your equipment – just like in my profession of being a paramedic – allows the greatest success, no matter what you’re after.

I want to share just a few of my favorite pictures, ranging from when I was first starting out to my most recent project. Though equipment has come and gone, the art of composing and framing has been one constant that I, as well as any photographer, will continue to master throughout their lifetime.

Again, thank you all for your continued support. We love hearing from each and every one of you, and we look forward to bringing you more stories from our exciting adventures!

-Dan

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

Our Adventure Begins

Welcome to Northern Star Photography LLC! We are a couple from Wisconsin who loves adventure and photography! Whether it is five minutes from our doorstep or across the country, we are always ready to experience new places and find the beauty in nature. We are slowly getting things together, but soon we will have a regular blog on this adventure of ours!