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Tonawanda Elementary learns photography | High Interest Day

Last week I spent the day back in elementary school.

No, I didn’t forget my A, B, C’s. I was teaching photography for high interest day. If you’re unfamiliar, High Interest Day is sorta-kinda like Career Day for little kids with some marshmallow rockets and relay races tossed in.

I showed the kids some neat tricks that made them ooh and aah. As grownups, you may not be overwhelmed with awe at seeing a BLUE kid, but let me tell you, they loved it!

First I shared what a simple reflector can do. They now know they don’t even need a real reflector - a white piece of paper can do the trick!

Next I showed the kids how to turn that reflector into a portable, non-electric fan. A little bit of fake breeze can really liven up a portrait. Check out the before and after:

All the girls with long hair wanted in on this. They felt (and looked!) like models.

This next trick one was their collective favorites. It’s truly every kid’s dream to look like a Smurf, isn’t it? I asked them two questions:

1. what is your favorite color?

2. what does that color make you feel?

Here are some of the results…

Lastly, since I was on a roll with the Wow Factor, I showed them how I can make a fully lit room look pitch black. Sure they were impressed. However, once I saw these shots appear on the screen, I knew what I had done. These are two of my favorite (non-Smurf) photos of the day.

These two photos were taken in a bright room, with lots of (gross) overhead fluorescent lights.

Thanks to Tonawanda Elementary School for inviting me in for the day. You guys were so much fun to hang out with!

It's my birthday and I'll cry if I want to | William turns one

I absolutely adore photographing one year olds and their cake smash sessions.

That is, once I get over the massive amount of jealousy I harbor for these little humans who are allowed to sit on the floor and dive head-first into a cake they get to have all to themselves. They just don’t know how good they have it!

Echem. Yes, back to the cute little toddlers and their teeny little birthday cakes.

It really is fascinating to watch someone taste a new food for the very first time. This birthday cake is one of the many first tastes in a baby’s young life. It may also be about a zillion times better than pureed green beans. So to watch them react to that sweet, soft and unexpected new flavor is life giving.

Then there’s William. He thought the cake was okay. I’m not even sure he ate much of the cake. However, the blue frosting polka dots were what made his heart go pitter patter. And once they were gone (as far as he could see), he was very clear about his displeasure…

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Um…. Happy birthday William! I hope you’ve recovered from the apparently traumatic experience that was your first birthday cake.


Do you have a little one who’s got a full 12 months under his belt? Let’s do a birthday cake smash session!

When you book your session, we will discuss themes, colors and styling. We’ll do a short portrait session before the cake smash to prove to your family that your baby’s face was clean at one point. Once your little bugger is covered in frosting, that’s when the “fun” begins. It’s a Parent Puzzle - how to successfully squeeze a sugar-buzzed child covered in a slick coating of frosting into a set of clean clothes and a carseat. (Good luck!)

Now that I’ve painted such a glamorous picture of the experience (haha), click below to learn more about child portrait sessions with Stories Framed Photography.

It really IS worth it. (Besides, you get to help “clean up”.)


Maya and the coolest alley in Milwaukee | class of 2019 sneak peek

Honestly, sometimes no words are even needed. 

But let's be real. You know me and I can't possibly go without telling a story.

This session was a little sentimental for me. I've gotten to know this family through the years. I photographed her mom because he was my son's preschool teacher. I photographed her brother for his senior photos. And this girl, the lovely and talented Maya, when she was in EIGHTH GRADE. 

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I have a special place in my heart for these gorgeous girls... who are now all going into their SENIOR YEAR OF HIGH SCHOOL.

Stop. It. (said all the moms)

So here is Maya's Sneak Peek. I'm sharing it through leaky eyes. Wauwatosa West High School should be proud to call you one of theirs.

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It is not lost on me that both photos were shot in an alley. Not the same alley, but alleys all the same. That's the life of a photographer. And I love it.


What are you waiting for? Senior portrait season is here and I'm now booking into August and September. Don't delay, let's get a date on the calendar!


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.


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.  

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.

WATCH THIS...

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. 

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

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.