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2018 | what a year!

Whew. The calendar has flipped.

All the 2018 in reviews are floating around. All the lists of things to do in 2019 (cleverly disguised resolutions - I see through you!) are being shoved down our throat. I’m still reeling from the amazing year I had. Stop making me plan my next move - I’m just happy to be here!

Why so happy? Let me give you that long awaited (or not) 2018 recap…

JANUARY. My head literally exploded. OMGee. I won the Shepherd Express Best of Milwaukee award for Best Children’s Photographer. It was an out of body experience and such an honor. Thank you sososososo much for your support and votes and pats on the back.

(In case you’re wondering about 2018’s award - they closed down my category! Does that mean I get to be the reigning champ?!)

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MARCH. I had a BLAST collaborating with some beautiful and talented people on the Spring Style Guide. Did you get your copy? The tips inside won’t ever get old! Check it out.

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APRIL. I was featured in an article in Professional Photographer Magazine. This was a huge honor considering all the options for photographers they have at their fingertips. Definitely a super-proud moment for me.


MAY. I volunteered to do headshots for a group of women at a makeover event sponsored by Cabi. This was an exhausting day - physically and emotionally - but it was worth every single minute. When someone walks away from me believing - perhaps for the first time ever - that they ARE truly beautiful, my heart fills. This happened over 50 times in one single day. Oh my heart. Ironic that the event is called The Heart of Cabi? I think not.


AUGUST. I had an article published in an industry magazine. If you don’t know my secret past life, I went to college with plans to be a journalist. My life goals twisted and turned and somehow I ended up being a journalist! It was literally a life goal - accomplished! Blow me over!


SEPTEMBER. They say that if you don’t ask, you don’t get, if you don’t try, you don’t win. Well, I asked and tried — and got it and won! I asked to write again for the September issue of Toffee + Honey. She said yes! And THEN. In the same month I was published in Behind the Shutter Magazine. Wowowowow.

P.S. this is the month Shadow the Dog became a diva. Help me.


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OCTOBER. WHUT??? Again?? Speechless. And giddy. And a little bit hungry.

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NOVEMBER. Thanks to some generous sponsors and amazing support, I photographed 21 active duty soldiers and their families for Portraits of Bravery. They all received a package of holiday cards, prints and gifts. Merry Christmas, indeed.

This has been an amazing, mind-blowing year for me. I have to say, before you go, that if it weren’t for the loyal Stories Framed Photography family, I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish any of this. You support me, you build me up. And I am TRULY GRATEFUL for you.

This one’s all you…. THANK YOU for being so GREAT in 2018. Now let’s BREAK RECORDS in 2019. What else do we have going on? CONTACT ME TODAY to get on my fast-filling calendar this year.

xo

Portrait Photography | is it worth it?

Today I have a quick little story for you. My heart is a'bursting and I just HAD to share. <insert, like, a thousand heart emojis>

The other day one of my family portrait clients came to the studio for their Reveal + Selection Meeting.

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First, i showed them a custom created video featuring all their images. 

This sweet family of three watched their story unfold on the screen -- through tears and laughter. Once it was done, I could hear them collectively take a deep breath. Then they got up from the couch to GIVE ME A HUG. 

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Later, after their selections had been made and their order was complete, they paused to ask me a question.

Gesturing his hand around the room to his family, to my laptop and to the big screen TV with his loved ones' smiling faces looking back at us, "So... was this worth it for you?"

In retrospect, I feel a little bad because I actually laughed at him. 

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Looking at him straight in the eyes, I told the truth.

"The fact that you stood up after seeing your photos and HUGGED ME tells me that you clearly love your portraits. THAT ALONE made it worth it to me."

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YES! It's totally worth it to me. I love what I do - this "job" of making people happy.

Seeing someone smile back at their image, finally admitting she is beautiful, finally agreeing that he is handsome, saying out loud that they love their family finally all together in a photo.... THIS is why I do what I do. 


Curious? Would you like to have the family portrait experience with Stories Framed Photography? Click below for more info, a conversation and to book your session. This is your season!


Elm Grove Photography Studio Opening a Grand Success

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Monday morning

Wheeeeeewwww.

That. Was. So. Much. Fun.

I want to give a GIANT THANK YOU to EVERYONE who came to my Thursday evening ribbon cutting with the Brookfield and Wauwatosa Chambers of Commerce. I was overwhelmed by all the people who walked in my doors. I still can't believe ALL OF YOU were there! But I think I know why - you secretly wanted to make sure I really had a photography studio, didn't you? haha. I do, I'm not faking you out!

And then Saturday, I was once again honored to have Local First Milwaukee perform a ribbon cutting at my Open House. We were really lucky to have GORGEOUS weather so we went outside and basked in the sunshine. 

A big lesson I learned over the two events... I need to get myself a pair of giant scissors. 

Thank you to my friends and family who stopped by on Saturday. The Wauwatosa Mayor, Kathy Ehley, visited me! I couldn't believe she took the time out of her day for little old me. 

I have SO many photos to share and there are lots of them floating around on Facebook and Instagram. Are you ready? 

Thank you to Jason Brewer for shooting photos on Thursday.... and to my own kiddo, Sam, for "second-shooting". 

Here are some moments from Saturday's Open House... however, I didn't have a personal photographer following me around that day.  :)

THANK YOU! | Stories Framed Photography voted Best Children's Photographer in Milwaukee

Last November (as in a few months ago) I was asking (begging) you to vote for Stories Framed Photography for the Shepherd Express Best of Milwaukee List. I was - to my shock and surprise! - a finalist for Best Children's Photographer.

For real, I almost didn't recognize my own name. 

I landed on the page after voting for an awesome friend in her category (go Anna!) and thought, what the heck, I'll look at some of the other categories while I'm here. When I saw the names listed under Children's Photography I swear to you, I almost kept scrolling. Then it sunk in... and I completely lost my mind!

I spent November begging you to choose me.

I spent December desperately trying to not worry about the results. (Do you know about my tainted past with elections? Let's just say #perpetualloser is my own personal hashtag.)

Well, I can finally sleep again. 

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The results are in and I'm absolutely positively blown away by your support. I was named to the Shepherd Express Best of Milwaukee List for 2017 as Best Children's Photographer. 

ME!!!! 

THANKS TO YOU!!!!

Really, thank you from the bottom of my ice-cold toes to the top of my frizzy, curly hair. I am honored and flattered and just giddy with excitement. THANK YOU for choosing Stories Framed Photography. I promise to continue to live up to the title.

Do you see that red word? It says WINNER. Someone pinch me.

Do you see that red word? It says WINNER. Someone pinch me.

I sincerely hope you can make it to one of my Grand Opening celebrations... the word "celebration" may just be an understatement. I'm going to personally hug each and every one of you.

2017: a year in portraits and gratitude

THANK YOU.

If it weren't for YOU I would have nothing. Stories Framed Photography would be a pile of photos of my dog and what I ate for lunch.

She is cute, though, isn't she?

She is cute, though, isn't she?

Whether you are a reader of my blog, a friend, client, family member or fellow business owner, THANK YOU. Whoever you are, you have made an impact on me personally and professionally and for that I am truly, truly grateful.

I loved photographing this beautiful pair for Mother's Day.

I loved photographing this beautiful pair for Mother's Day.

This past year has been an unforgettable one.

I met some fascinating people and had the pleasure of working with some dynamic individuals. They each reinforced my belief that everyone has a story.

This is Christopher, class of 2018. What a cool, interesting kid. I'll share his story later this spring.

This is Christopher, class of 2018. What a cool, interesting kid. I'll share his story later this spring.

I moved into a new studio space.

My business grew leaps and bounds. I grew. I learned so much. 

This heart-stopping portrait of Dominic wouldn't have been a possibility without my studio.&nbsp;&nbsp;

This heart-stopping portrait of Dominic wouldn't have been a possibility without my studio.  

And here we are, at the last few days of the year, and I am just bursting with joy and pride and excitement. 2017 was unforgettable... and I have you to thank for it.

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Thank you for making 2017 so unforgettable. As you look back at your year, reminiscing over your album, glancing at your family's portrait hanging on the wall, know that you were part of making MY year so great. I hope that I helped make your year just as memorable.

It was an honor to work with you to capture your story... your celebrations, your growth, your milestone moments. 

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Unique stories can be revealed in any setting, even in the middle of a river. 

I have so many ideas, plans and secret schemes to make 2018 even bigger and better than ever. Between my Grand Opening in January to springtime with seniors to fall with families... this is going to be a fantastic, fun and energizing year. 

Happy New Year... and again, THANK YOU.