Sneak Peek | Surprise Father's Day Photos at The Landing

Friday night at The Landing in Wauwatosa is an absolute MUST DO! It's a family friendly outdoor beer garden attached to the Hoyt Pool, bike trails, and a beautiful wooded park. If you are looking for something to do on a Friday night, come out and listen to some music, have a drink, order a pizza.

I may be biased because I 100% love Tosa, but it really is the place to be. 

This past Friday night, I met a special family there as a surprise Father's Day session. It was different than anything I'd ever done for a portrait session... and I loved it! 

I caught a mix of candids and posed portraits. Much to Mama Dee's delight (who organized the surprise), I photographed each of her kiddos, different combinations of the family members and her father-in-law who was visiting from Florida. They will all LOVE the photos! 

For now, here's a little sneak peek. I'm saving the real goodies for the Big Reveal. (tee hee)

Cheers to Father's Day!

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Does this sound like your type of family session? Contact me right away to reserve your Friday (or other night) at the park. Or maybe you want a little more privacy? Let's talk. I want your family photo experience to suit your needs and desires.


Local Business Spotlight | Michele Andorfer

NAME
Michele Andorfer

COMPANY
Diamond Innovations

POSITION
Consultant/Coach

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WHO IS YOUR IDEAL CLIENT? 
Organizations/Individuals that want to improve their results

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED IN YOUR FIELD OF WORK?
I have been in the education field for 25 years as both a teacher and an administrator. During this time I observed organizations that adopted and implemented research based practices and materials with often minimal results. I wondered and contemplated why some organizations were successful and others were not.  

I conducted a research study which resulted in the identification of key factors that successful organizations and individuals use on a daily basis. I have developed a model, which is the basis of my upcoming book, Environments of Success. I work with organizations and individuals to implement these Environments  so they can meet and exceed any goal they set.  

WHAT IS SOMETHING THAT PEOPLE think THEY KNOW ABOUT YOUR JOB? 
People often think that a consultant brings in a set "toolbox" of  resources and materials that is used with every client. In reality, I cater my services to the needs of the client by using a variety of different tools and techniques depending upon the needs, goals, and desired outcomes of the client. I also continually learn and develop new resources that benefits the organizations I work with.

NAME ONE THING YOU WISH PEOPLE KNEW ABOUT YOUR JOB? 
I wish people knew that I am 100% committed to their success. When I partner with them to achieve their goals, I wish they knew and believed that success will occur if they implement the key principles in Environments of Success. 

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB? 
I love helping other people attain their dreams and goals. Nothing is more satisfying to see the excitement of clients when what they didn't think was possible actually became a reality.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE STARTING OUT IN YOUR INDUSTRY? 
If you are passionate about what you want to do, don't give up. Keep believing and taking action steps and your dreams will become a reality.

WHAT IS THE ONE BOOK YOU THINK I SHOULD READ RIGHT NOW? 
The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins. Great book about pushing yourself to do the things you don't "feel" like doing.

CONTACT MICHELE HERE:

PHONE
715-490-0858
EMAIL
micheleandorfer@gmail.com


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closing a chapter of the class of 2018 | congrats haley

This is it. This is my last Ode to Class of 2018 Seniors. And I'm ending with a session that I loved SO much. 

This is Haley. She graduated at the end of May. And she is so stinking adorable. Those two facts are completely unrelated but equally true. (So there.)

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NAME
Haley Hauk Landon

SCHOOL
Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School

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FAVORITE CLASS
My favorite subject is English because I love to read and write.

FAVORITE TEACHER
My favorite teacher is my history teacher, Mr. Haferman, because he's the teacher I've learned the most from during high school.

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENTS
Being able to perform in Disney with my pom team, being captain of the cheer team, being a member of National Honors Society

EXTRA-CURRICULAR/SPORTS
I'm a member of the cheer team at my school.

JOB
Drs. Landon and Sirotinski Dental

FOR FUN
I like to spend time with friends and family, shop, and read.

IF I COULD TRAVEL ANYWHERE, I WOULD GO TO...
Greece

MY DREAM JOB IS...
Lawyer

FAVORITE COLOR...
Light blue

Haley will be heading off to Florida State University next year. I think I may have to visit her in the winter when I get sick of the snow. (just kidding!)

Good luck with your beautiful, bright future! I can't wait to hear all about your adventures!

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Class of 2019, it's your turn now! Let's talk about your senior portraits, what you want to include in them (a prop? a uniform?) and where you'd like to have them. 


congrats to jack | what to expect when you show up for a photo shoot

First and most importantly, congratulations to another one of my awesome class of 2018 seniors. Here is Jack, who graduated from Wauwatosa West High School earlier this week. Wahooooo! 

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I've gotten to know Jack a little better in the last year and I'm so glad I did! 

When we met up for his session, I had a feeling he wasn't quite sure what to expect. Sometimes, no amount of pre-session prep can fill in ALL the blanks. 

I talked him through the process before we got started. I could see his demeanor relax as I talked. I'm not one for surprises (unless it's a party or a free gift!) and I don't expect my clients and subjects to like surprises either (again, unless it's a party or a free  gift!).

So here are some of the things Jack got to experience...

3 THINGS TO EXPECT WHEN YOU SHOW UP FOR A PHOTO SHOOT

1. I'm human, you're human. I just happen to be holding a camera and you just happen to be standing/sitting/walking in front of said camera.

My #1 goal when I show up is to get my subject to relax. I chitchat with them and reveal that I can be a bumbling fool (in case they didn't already know) and I can make mistakes, feel awkward and forget to take off my lens cap. (Raise your hand if I've raised up my camera to photograph you with the lens cap on... ah, yes. See? That's a lot of you.)

2. You will pretty much be standing around a lot.

That's not so hard, is it? We will walk and talk and stop and take some shots. We will walk some more. I'll ask you to stand right there. No, over one more step. And off we go again. The model life is SO HARD. (It might be, but this Intro to Modeling 101 so it's not so bad.) Just stand here... Sit there... you got this!

Speaking of being a model...

3. You are not a model and that's totally ok.

You are not trained in proper posture and posing technique. I know this. Which is why I will tell you exactly what to do. I will help you understand how to stand, sit and walk. I will help pose you. I may adjust you. I know what the camera sees so if you can trust me, I swear I won't make you look bad. That's a promise. Plus, living in the digital age does have its benefits - if you were to blink or if I caught you talking, there's this amazing little button called DELETE. No need to worry.

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You will look amazing and brilliant in your photos. All your friends will love and like and wow your images on Facebook. After they complement you and all your awesomeness, they will ask where you found such an incredible photographer. (And you'll tell them, right?) 

But first, before any of that can happen, you need to click this little button right here.

Congratulations to you, Jack! You did a great job at your session. I really had fun with you walking around the park and finding fun little spots to stop and press the shutter. Good luck to you in your future endeavors! 


congratulations to dominic | tosa east hs class of 2018

We have only THREE days left of school! 

Well, let me clarify... the UNDERCLASSMEN have three days left. The Wauwatosa East High School class of 2018 graduated on Sunday so... THEY. ARE. OUT. OF. HERE!!!!!!

Before he runs off for the summer, allow me to introduce Dominic, proud graduate just two days into his big, giant future.

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Are you mulling over location options for your senior photos? Dominic and his sweet mom and I met out at a local park and then afterward, when it got dark, we headed back to my studio for some indoor shots.

See if you can count all the locations we went to... 

I'm up to three....

...four....five....

As a side note, Dominic was super easy to work with. He's a laid-back kid and, like most of us, cannot be judged by his cover. He's such an interesting kid and I can't wait to see what he does in the future!

Congratulations Dominic on your graduation! 

P.S. If you were counting, we used SEVEN locations. Or did we?.... A magician never tells his secrets. (wink wink)


CLASS OF 2019 - You're up! Let's talk about where (and when) you want to get your senior portraits done. I'm here for you!