2018

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

Local Business Spotlight | Allison Schweitzer

NAME
Allison Schweitzer

COMPANY
Studio AMS

POSITION
Musician & Teacher

woman horn player

WHO IS YOUR IDEAL CLIENT?
Families with Children in 1st - 12th Grades

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED IN YOUR FIELD OF WORK?
I am a musician who has been playing piano and French horn on a freelance basis since I graduated from college in 2005. One of my first long-term gigs was as a contemporary church music director, playing keyboard at a church for a number of years. Families at the church enjoyed my music, and started asking whether I would consider teaching their children how to play piano. Although that wasn't my original intent, I've fallen in love with private teaching - on piano and horn. I also continue to play those instruments regularly. 

WHAT IS SOMETHING PEOPLE think THEY KNOW ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS?
Sometimes people think that as a private instructor of piano & horn, I'm "just a piano teacher." Or, "just a horn teacher." I personally put a ton of effort into my own performance opportunities, volunteering in the community (I've done a lot with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra), going to workshops, working with professional organizations, etc. I work hard so that I can be an extremely savvy and connected teacher for my students. 

NAME ONE THING THAT YOU WISH PEOPLE KNEW ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS?
Teaching private music lessons is a big commitment - I save my evenings and weekends for students. I love it - but it does mean I have to miss a lot of other opportunities for networking, going out with friends, occasionally family functions. Be kind to your child's music teacher - they give up a lot to do what they do :-)

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB?
Every student is so different; that forces me to think really creatively on how to teach to his or her individual potential.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE STARTING OUT IN YOUR INDUSTRY?
Be sure to communicate your expectations to families up front - they don't always know what you need from them, unless you tell them!

WHAT IS THE ONE BOOK THAT YOU THINK I SHOULD READ RIGHT NOW?
David Cutler's The Savvy Musician. Although it's geared toward music business, there are many creative fields that could benefit from the read!

CONTACT ALLISON HERE:

WEBSITE:  

www.allisonschweitzer.com
EMAIL:
allison.m.schweitzer@gmail.com


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Smith Siblings Sneak Peek

Imagine if your grown children got together behind your back.

But instead of whining about how hard their childhood was (or celebrating how great it was!), they were actually gathered for a surprise photoshoot for your Christmas gift.

That was this group. You’ll have to wait to see the entire group until after the holidays. However, there’s a story inside this story that I need to share…

It just so happened that this giggly married couple never had engagement or wedding photos.

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Maybe she wasn’t wearing white lace and he didn’t have a tuxedo, I was honored to capture these two in their first professional portraits of their couplehood.

I had them stand face to face and they could barely hold it together! They were cracking themselves up! It was endearing to watch.

Is your clan due for some updated (or never had) family photos? I would love to help you out with that! And don’t think that the weather outside will keep us from a great session… I have a comfortable studio that can fit any size group. Seriously… I’ve had families of 30+ and networking groups of 70+.

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Local Business Spotlight | Mary Denis

NAME
Mary Denis

COMPANY
Denis and Company

POSITION
Owner

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WHO IS YOUR IDEAL CLIENT?
Small independent firm that needs a strategic plan and/or marketing

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED IN YOUR FIELD OF WORK?
I was a special event and PR specialist in historic Cedarburg Wisconsin.

WHAT IS SOMETHING PEOPLE think THEY KNOW ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS?
That marketing is easy.

NAME ONE THING THAT YOU WISH PEOPLE KNEW ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS?
Most people just go with what they think they are without understanding it is the customer who defines your brand.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB?
The variety of consulting on many different clients/projects.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE STARTING OUT IN YOUR INDUSTRY?
Use every job or project to build upon your experience.

WHAT IS THE ONE BOOK THAT YOU THINK I SHOULD READ RIGHT NOW?
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson

CONTACT MARY HERE:

PHONE:
414.336.8413
EMAIL:
maryd@denisandcompany.com


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Local Business Spotlight | Sarah Bauer

NAME
Sarah Bauer

COMPANY
Heartland Payment Systems

POSITION
Territory Manager - Card Processing Specialist

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WHO IS YOUR IDEAL CLIENT?
A growing business that accepts credit/debit cards regularly, values partnerships with their vendors, wants to streamline their cash flow and be more secure and accepting payments

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED IN YOUR FIELD OF WORK?
I fell in love with the company (Heartland Payment Systems) and their principles of treating business owners fairly.  I have a B2B sales background and it was so important that I sold a product that I believed in as well as had a team to back me up.  Heartland fit that bill perfectly!

WHAT IS SOMETHING PEOPLE think THEY KNOW ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS?
To be honest I am not sure most people understand much about my industry except that it "costs" a lot of money to take a credit card.  Fun fact, most of the fees that a business owner takes to accept a card go to the issuing bank not the processor or the card brands.

NAME ONE THING THAT YOU WISH PEOPLE KNEW ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS?
I wish people knew that there are a lot of people who do what I do but very few do it in a transparent and honest way.  It is interesting to work with a new business owner that says, "you are all the same" but by the end of the conversation, he or she is shaking my hand and thanking me for all the tips/tricks I taught him/her even in a first meeting.  Similar to insurance, payment processing isn't the most glamorous thing to chat about BUT it's so important to have a trusted partner to rely on.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB?
Working with entrepreneurs, seeing their businesses grow and developing lifelong relationships.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE STARTING OUT IN YOUR INDUSTRY?
Pick a company you believe in, ensure they have a good solid training program, and be resilient and determined.

WHAT IS THE ONE BOOK THAT YOU THINK I SHOULD READ RIGHT NOW?
The Go Giver by Bob Berg

CONTACT SARAH HERE:

WEBSITE:  

heartland.us
LINKEDIN:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarahheggernesbauer
PHONE:
262-955-5865
EMAIL:
sarah.bauer@e-hps.com


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