Liz Zorek Photography » Madison, WI based children, family, lifestyle photography

When I ask my kids about the aunts and uncles and cousins they have in their lives, this family is counted in that list.  In our minds and hearts they are part of our family, even if we wouldn’t show up on any actual family trees or ancestry searches.  I’m so grateful they asked me to capture these photos of them in this age and stage.

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Summer is in full swing around here.  Right now as I’m putting this post together, I can hear my girls in the other room playing what we’ve dubbed the “And Pretend” game.  It goes something like this:

Sister 1: “Pretend this area over here is the store where you can buy things like pickles and popsicles.”

Sister 2: “And pretend that you can only ride your bike there, except you also have to wear this scarf when you’re riding to protect you from the wind.”

Sister 1: “And pretend that this is my baby and she likes to ride on my bike too.”

Sister 2: “And pretend that we are having a party and everyone is going to come.”

Sister 1: “And pretend this is my secret hideout where I have my house, and yours is over there.”

This can literally go on for an hour or more.  Sometimes I’ll go down and peek my head around the corner just to see how things are going.  There are often piles of toys around the room, not being used as they were meant to be used when they were made or bought, but are instead being used as props to support whatever world they’ve created for themselves in that moment.

I don’t know about you, but my kids don’t really play with toys per se.  I mean, they have puzzles and games and other “toys,” but they are hardly ever used according to their manufacturer-printed directions for more than about 10 minutes after they are gifted or received.  Instead, they are dismantled, put together with other things, and made into something entirely different.  A deck of cards from a board game?  Money or secret messages.  Dice or other small game pieces?  Pretend food or jewels for the castle.  My husband and I joke that we should start shopping at prop houses instead of toy stores for birthday gifts from now on.  Seriously, give them a stack of paper, some tape, some paper clips, and some beads, and they will be busy for three hours making something you could never imagine.

After weeks of searching for just the right location, I finally nailed down the details this morning and am so excited to announce this styled shoot!

This shoot will take place at Havens Petting Farm, which is located in Blue Mounds (about 20-30 minutes west of Madison).  There will be real live sheep in the shot, inspired by the above illustration, including some baby lambs!

There are eleven spaces available.  A deposit of $50 is required to book a spot.

I hope you can join us!


Summer is filling up fast with various trips and other things (as it seems to always do!), so I thought it might be helpful if I toss out the weekend summer session dates I have available in case you’re considering pictures during this season for you and your family.

Saturday, June 20 – morning or evening (my only open weekend date in June).

Saturday, August 1 – morning or evening.

Saturday, August 8 – morning or evening.

Saturday, August 22 – morning or evening.

If you are interested in any of the above dates and times, please contact me at or through the contact form found in the links above.  Wishing you a fabulous weekend!

Sometimes I find myself doing things during a photo session — like lying on the ground while the entire family rides by on tricycles — and I roll over and laugh about how funny life is in that moment and how fabulous it is to spend time with such a fun family who will do something silly and wonderful like this.  When we talked before the session about location and where they’d like to have the shoot, the mom mentioned this place for the trees and flowers and generally beautiful surroundings, but it wasn’t until we got there (and were almost finished with the shoot) that they went over and pulled out these bikes and started riding in circles together laughing.  So hilarious and awesome!