#MKEseniors

Class of 2020 Sneak Peek | Justin

Heat Advisory, Shmeat Advisory.

Justin was an absolute champ during his senior portrait session. We roasted in the summer heat (yes, with an advisory) but he was calm, cool and collected.

Truth be told, we were winging it: if it got to the point where he was looking overheated, we would have stopped and finished his session another day.

Like I said, he was a total champ.

Justin, thanks for a fun afternoon… in the shade. Here’s your Sneak Peek.

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One of the top questions I get asked is about wardrobe changes.

I once got a call from a mom who was comparing photography studios. She told me that the other photographer would allow for SIX wardrobe changes. I told her, sure, if that’s what you want, I’ll allow it too. “However,” I asked her, “you said you have a son, right? Will HE allow six wardrobe changes?”

They ended up choosing me (yay!) and her son went with just two outfit changes.

Whether you are comparing photographers or simply planning your session, think about what you REALLY want. Consider what you’re envisioning versus what is realistic. I can help you decide - from clothing options to image selections. That’s why you hire a professional photographer.

The bells and whistles and exciting offers may be great, but the most important thing is that you are getting an end result like Justin’s photo above: one that you will cherish for years to come.


Class of 2020 Sneak Peek | Ben

It was not lost on me that we met on a Sunday, after the service, in front of the church. Faith is an important element of Ben’s family life so we NEEDED to get a few of his senior photos in the place where it takes place.

Allow me to introduce Ben: football star, baseball captain, all around good guy and well-liked by anyone he meets.

Here is Ben’s Sneak Peek from his senior portrait session…

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Are you a member of the Class of 2020 in the Milwaukee metro area? I think we need to chat… it’s time to get your senior photos taken and I’m booking sessions for this summer. You can see more on my SENIORS page and book a consultation while you’re at it.

Brookfield Academy class of 2019 | Wil Ihlenfeld

People are put on this earth to do specific jobs… this member of the class of 2019 is a perfect case in point.

Meet Wil Ihlenfeld.

He likes, enjoys and appreciates things that I do not understand or, well, grasp. Namely, SCIENCE. I’m all for science, it make the world go round (right, Wil?) but unlike this smartie, the minute you start throwing out formulas or equations, my eyes will glaze over.

This is why we all do different things in life. It would be a shame if someone as highly intelligent as Wil didn’t do something like… achieve his Dream Job Status. (Read on to see what he wants to be when he grows up. Wow.)

Meet William Ihlenfeld IV, future world-changer.

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SCHOOL
Brookfield Academy

FAVORITE SUBJECT
Chemistry because it's the explanation of the physical world

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENTS
Honor Roll
Smartquette Program at Marquette
French State Concours Oral-Gold

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EXTRACURRICULARS
Track
Science Bowl/Club

WHERE DO YOU WORK?
Narnia

WHAT DO YOU DO ON THE WEEKENDS?
play video games
movies with friends
D and D/role playing games

FAVORITE COLOR
Blue

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IF I COULD TRAVEL ANYWHERE I’D GO TO
Geneva, Switzerland

MY DREAM JOB
Nuclear Chemist

PROUDEST MOMENT
Doing well in Chemistry

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And finally, my personal favorite photo from Wil’s session….

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Okay, hang on one sec.

There is one other thing.

This is another family who I have photographed in the past. I would be remiss if we didn’t go down memory lane. Look how much they grow up in just four quick years!

Now that the class of 2019 is out the door, in-coming seniors it’s your turn! If you are a member of the class od 2020 let’s talk! Let’s get your senior portraits on the calendar!


Wauwatosa West HS class of 2019 | Olivia Keenan (cue all the tears)

Honestly? This is a story I’ve been dreading to share.

No, nothing bad has happened. Actually, quite the opposite. I have been TRULY BLESSED to know the subject of this blog post. I just get a little choked up to think that THIS DAY has come.

Seven years ago when I started Stories Framed Photography, a wonderful (and that’s a real understatement!) mom at the school our kids attended took a chance on me. Tanya kindly invited me to her home to photograph her three beautiful girls.

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Meet Janessa, Olivia and Melina. Olivia, in the middle, was ELEVEN when I photographed her for the first time. And now…. well, hang on, not yet.

August 2012.

I returned the following summer for a quick family session. Tanya is a strong supporter of sending out Christmas cards with the kids’ cute faces smiling back at the recipient. (I always thought Tanya was a smart, smart woman!)

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August 2013.

Rinse and repeat. Summer family photos, winter family Christmas cards… I’m truly honored to have gotten to know Olivia and her sisters through the years.

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July 2014.

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November 2015.

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November 2016.

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November 2017.

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November 2018.

{Is something in your eye? Something is definitely in my eye…}


And that brings me to current day. This sweet girl - this YOUNG WOMAN - is graduating from high school in a few days. Olivia has gone and grown up on us, right before our eyes.

She has grown into a strong and independent person. She’s smart and well mannered (good job, Mama!). She loves nature. She loves animals and people and most of all, she is just so… KIND. Olivia is the kind of person you want to be around.

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In case you didn’t notice, yes, she’s stunning. We chose to keep the settings clean, simple and natural for her senior portraits. She doesn’t NEED all the… stuff. Give the girl a tree and some flowers and we can call it a day.

World, meet Olivia. This is not the last you’ll hear from this gorgeous girl.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go wipe my eyes.

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Side note: the studio shots (above) were taken right after Olivia left work at the zoo, dirty and sweaty. She changed clothes, cleaned up and VIOLA! Instant gorgeous!

SCHOOL
Tosa West High School

FAVORITE SUBJECT
English, I love writing

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENTS
scholastic writing awards

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EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES/SPORTS
soccer, National honor society, BSU

WORK
Milwaukee County Zoo

FOR FUN
hangout with friends, write, read

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IF I COULD TRAVEL ANYWHERE, I WOULD GO…
Italy

MY DREAM JOB IS…
writer

MY FAVORITE COLOR IS…
blue

POST-GRAD PLANS
University of Virginia

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2020 Seniors, I’m booking sessions now. It’s your time to shine. I’m booking senior sessions now. Visit my senior page to learn more.

Muskego HS class of 2019 | Lauren Flater

Meet Lauren! This stunning and sweet girl graduates from Muskego High School! Her senior session took place in the Third Ward during a day just as lovely as Lauren herself.

One of my favorite shots from the session is her standing on Water Street. Don’t worry, we were completely safe and all pedestrian laws were followed…

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Fun fact: I photographed her two older brothers’ senior photos!

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Lauren is a talented dancer! I loved capturing her En Pointe Ballet during the session in a gorgeous dance costume.

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Congrats, Lauren! You are a kind and lovely young lady and will go on to do amazing things!

2020 Seniors, where is your dream session portrait location? Let’s make it happen! I’m booking senior sessions now. Visit my senior page to learn more.