Brookfield Family Photography

Sneak Peek | 3 Tips for Perfect Outdoor Summer Photos

Sunday I met up with this adorable little trio for some updated family portraits. Kerrie and her kiddos Lana and Ryan were a blast to work with. I know, I know, that sounds cliche. But it's true. Ryan was game for almost anything (no holding hands, MOM!) and Lana was as sweet as pie. 

Of all the adorable shots I captured, I had to somehow choose one to share as their Sneak Peek. This one won the contest. If it wouldn't be totally corny, I'd draw little hearts all over it. I LOVE this photo! Perfect smiles, perfect hugs, perfect capture of this moment in their lives.

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Our time together made me think... a lot of people will be together for the 4th of July holiday week and many family photos will be taken. Whether you're using an iPhone, a point-and-shoots or a big fancy DSLR, I want you get the best shots you can. Here are some tips to help you get there.

3 Tips for Perfect Outdoor Summer Photos

  1. BE SHADY.  Making your sister stand in the bright sunlight and squint at the camera is no fun for anyone.  (Plus, who wants raccoon eyes?) Find a spot under a leafy tree or on the shady side of a building. 
  2. GET ORIENTATED. The orientation of the camera (horizontal or vertical) makes a huge difference - especially when you're photographing a group of people. A general rule of thumb - go horizontal with three or more people in the shot. 
  3. BUZZ OFF. Must. Use. Bug. Spray. Let me put it to you this way: after Sunday's session, I immediately went to Tar-jay and bought a super-sized can of mosquito repellent. And a giant tube of anti-itch cream. 

I hope these ideas save you from bad photos and hungry mosquitos. 

If you'd rather a professional handle the photography end of things, give me a call and let's chat! I'd love to capture your family this summer. (BYOBS.... bring your own bug spray.)


Sneak Peek for Wil | class of 2019 is here!

Less than 24 hours ago, high school seniors across the Milwaukee area officially closed the chapter on their high school career. Graduation Day! It's all over... and yet just beginning.

And for me, the high school senior portrait photographer, I'm going through (kinda) the same thing. Yesterday I officially clicked "closed" on their files that I've been working out of all year. I'll admit, that little task of closing their files made me a little sniffy. I've gotten to know these kids and I'm so happy for their achievements. 

So with that, congratulations to the class of 2018! Go get em!

(Although I still have a few kids' blog posts yet to share. Stay tuned this week...)

And now, I begin a new chapter for this new crop of high school seniors. Welcome, class of 2019!

In fact, I've got a running start! Let's give a virtual high-five to my first member of the Stories Framed Photography Class of 2019, WIL. He's a member of Brookfield Academy's *next* graduating class.

Here's your sneak peek - just one image of the many amazing shots we took on Saturday. It was a fun afternoon finding all the nooks and crannies in your HUGE backyard.

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Are you graduating next year? It sounds far away, doesn't it? Well, it goes FAST and I'd hate for you to miss all the time you have now to schedule your senior portraits. I'll make it easy for you: CLICK HERE to learn more about senior sessions. 


Stories Framed Photography 2017 Holiday Gift Guide | Day 10

Need to catch up with the rest of the holiday gift ideas? Here they are...

DAY 1 - families
DAY 2 - cute little booklets
DAY 3 - Beeb's Creative
DAY 4 - tweens
DAY 5 - year-round ornament
DAY 6 - Gothic Milwaukee
DAY 7 - take notes
DAY 8 - business portraits
DAY 9 - Paper Pleasers

DAY #10: JOIN THE BIRTHDAY CLUB

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Did you know Stories Framed Photography has a BIRTHDAY CLUB

It's actually an exclusive benefit for past clients. 

THE GIST: every year during your child's birthday month, you come in to the studio for a super-quick little photo shoot. You know, for that updated photo for Grandma's wall. Each session comes with a framed gift print.

Because today is a special day (!) in the world of Stories Framed Photography, I'm doing something special for YOU.

I'm opening up the Birthday Club to EVERYONE.

Past client or not, you can opt in. Today ONLY.

This would make an excellent holiday gift idea for new parents, veteran parents, grandparents. Simply click below to opt in to the club.

You will pre-pay the 2018 session fee but the (free) membership never ends. Every year you will receive an invitation to come in for your child's birthday photo shoot.  

Let's watch your kids grow up together.

When you purchase the 2018 Birthday Club session, a certificate will be prepared and gift wrapped for you to give.

The month before the child's birthday, an invitation will be sent out to schedule the session. 

Stories Framed Photography 2017 Holiday Gift Guide | Day 9

Need to catch up with the rest of my super-awesome gift ideas? Here they are...

DAY 1 - families
DAY 2 - cute little booklets
DAY 3 - Beeb's Creative
DAY 4 - tweens
DAY 5 - year-round ornament
DAY 6 - Gothic Milwaukee
DAY 7 - take notes
DAY 8 - business portraits

DAY #9: LOCAL LOVE BY PAPER PLEASERS

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I have absolutley fallen in love with these adorable and beautifully crafted local gift items. 

Ellen is the creative mind and hands behind the paper... and she does more than just paper, by the way. Check out this A-MAZING scented candle-in-a-jar with the Milwaukee skyline. How does "Blood Orange & Mahogany" sound to you? Multiply that x100. THAT'S how good it smells. 

ADDED BONUS: When you're done with the candle, there are instructions on how to clean the jar so you can use it as a drinking glass! The gift that keeps on giving!

Personally, I have my eye on her Mini Love states.... I want to get one for each state I've lived in. Do you know where I've lived? 

P.S. Tomorrow is a special day (wink wink).... so I have a SUPER-SPECIAL deal for you! Check back for tomorrow's gift idea. DON'T MISS IT!

Stories Framed Photography 2017 Holiday Gift Guide | Day 8

Need to catch up with the rest of the holiday gift ideas? Here they are...

DAY 1 - families
DAY 2 - cute little booklets
DAY 3 - Beeb's Creative
DAY 4 - tweens
DAY 5 - year-round ornament
DAY 6 - Gothic Milwaukee
DAY 7 - take notes

DAY #8: GIFT CERTIFICATE FOR A BUSINESS PORTRAIT SESSION

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Do you have a college or high school graduate in your family? What about a small business owner? Does anyone you know have a profile on LinkedIn?

Any of those people could benefit from getting a new headshot taken. This would make a great holiday gift!

I offer gift certificates in any amount. You could even purchase a gift certificate specifically for a headshot session.

Would you like to give your entire office new headshots? I offer group rates so give me a call and we can discuss your options.

Gift certificates come wrapped in a gift bag and ribbon - ready to give!