Elm Grove Tween Photography

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!

Elm Grove Family Portraits | At Home with the Kandulas

I really enjoy going to the homes of my clients for portrait sessions. Not only do I get to steal their decorating ideas (hee hee), it gives me a chance to push myself photographically, challenge my creativity and rev up my imagination.

Shooting in clients' homes is not as easy as setting up in my studio. There, I know what to expect from the surroundings, how much space I have to work with and what the background will look like. It's MY home base.

When I go to a client's home, sometimes I get to preview the location, but sometimes it doesn't work out. So I have to wing it. And think on my feet. 

Luckily, I've been to the Kandula home before. The last time I was there, we created some full-on Christmas portraits as well as some beautiful time-neutral extended family portraits.

Merry Christmas, 2015! (Don't forget your fur baby!)

Merry Christmas, 2015! (Don't forget your fur baby!)

This time, they wanted to do something different -- and maybe not quite as festive. After a brief tour of their (gorgeous!!) home, I set my vision in motion. We settled on two rooms (saving some others for next time, perhaps?). One was a basement bar and the other.... well, let's see if you can figure it out.

Aren't they classy? This family has some exceptionally great taste. And that bar? It's not your average Wisconsin basement bar, that's for sure!

Here are some others from the same session... would you believe we were in a WINE CELLAR? The brick wall was calling to me. 

Oh, and you know how I always say, "Quick before they grow up?" The photos below were from our session in 2015. I never kid around when talking about babies growing up. It happens too fast, and amazingly, right before our eyes.

Do you want some in-home family portraits? Would you rather come to my studio for a cleaner look? Or maybe you want an outdoor setting? I aim to please! My number one goal is to create images that will reflect your style and personality. Let's talk!

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. 


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. 



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.

Local Business Spotlight | Tifany Frazer

Tifany Ann Frazer

Ann Frazer Voiceovers, LLC



Who is your ideal client?
Talent managers, creative directors, marketing directors

What is something people THINK they know about your job?
That I have to do my work in a professional recording studio. 

Name one thing you WISH people knew about your job?
My voice is expressive, youthful, and professional. 

Tell us a secret about your job.
I've been formally trained by Such a Voice.

What is the ONE book that you think I should read RIGHT NOW?
The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World   by The Dalai Lama & Archbishop Desmond Tutu


Company Website
Business Phone

The Local Business Spotlight is a special perk for headshot clients of Stories Framed Photography.
Click below to learn more about headshots and to book your session.

Holiday Mini Sneak Peek | Janessa

First of all, this is another belated Sneak Peek. The wonderful mom of this beautiful girl will get her gallery TODAY!!! But I still had to share a peek with you. 

Second of all, when it comes to Sneak Peeks, there is really a science and art to choosing the right image to share. I'm giving away my secrets here, so brace yourself (kidding, it's not rocket science).

My Guidelines (and Hangups) for Choosing Sneak Peek Photos: 

  1. Don't share the best photo of the gallery.
  2. Don't share the worst. Oh wait, there is no worst! ;)
  3. Make sure everyone looks good and they would be excited to share the link with everyone they know so they all call me and beg me to take their pictures too.
  4. Hangup: If it's a family, do I share a family photo or just the kids?
  5. Hangup: If I share a kid, which one do I choose? THIS is where I struggle the most.

In this case, with these lovely girls, I really want to share the group picture. But it's my ABSOLUTE favorite and I have plans for it. (giggles)

I often share photos of the oldest daughter - because you can practically taste how much she has changed - braces on and gone and new hairstyle to name a few.

And the same goes for the youngest... the first time I photographed her, she had lost a tooth and looked like a BABY.

Then - as in so many families with three kids - there's the Middle Child. In this family, the middle child is stunning beyond belief but she so simply and carefully flies under the radar and goes with the flow. Well, Janessa, your day has come. YOU ARE THE STAR.

This is an emotional Sneak Peek with a message. Moms... are you listening? This is important. DON'T FORGET TO PHOTOGRAPH YOUR TWEENS. This beauty went from little girl to young lady in the bat of an eyelash. 

You know what I say... Quick, before they grow up.

I have watched these girls grow up over the span of my business (and before that, too) and it has TRULY been an honor to know and love them. Now excuse me while I go dry my eyes...