Family Reunion Photography

Her Family Portrait Sneak Peek | to warm your heart

It’s SO cold outside. Snow is everywhere. And it’s just… SO COLD.

I’m not complaining (technically), just stating the facts.

Today’s expected HIGH temperature in Milwaukee (similar to the entire midwest) is ONE DEGREE. One. With a windchill of -24. (that’s not a mark on your screen…. that is NEGATIVE 24 degrees.)

So what better way to warm up (besides jumping jacks and burpees) than by sharing a gorgeous family with you.

This group came to me from all over the country and yet, managed to immaculately coordinate the most stunning outfits. This family’s session was one of the times that, even though I’m behind the camera, I felt completely under-dressed. They were all SO beautifully put together.

I promise to share more from their session so you can see their gowns and bowties, but as this is just an itty-bitty peek, I decided to post only one of my favorite individual portraits from the day.

This is Dana.

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Caught your breath for second, didn’t you?

Forgot you were shivering down to your toes, didn’t you?

She is such a beautiful girl, isn’t she?


It may not feel like spring - or that other season, summer - will ever visit us again, but they will! And when they are back, will you have your session scheduled for your family portraits? Something tells me outdoor sessions will be in demand when we can finally go outside again.

Can’t wait that long? Let’s create some modern-classic portraits indoors at my studio with you and your family.


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+.

Click below to learn more about my family portraits.


Family Portraits Don't Have To Be So Serious

I love seeing all these big families together… it makes me so incredibly happy to know that they all cleared their schedules for one morning to have a portrait session. One small part of their day - for a lifetime of memories hanging on their wall.

Plus, I heard that the family I’m featuring below family got lunch out of the deal, too!

When we get together for your family portrait, I want to make sure that a few key things happen. They are pretty simple…

  1. I want to make you and your family look your best. This is why you hire a professional. I will arrange the group to look great and help pose you to flatter you the best.

  2. I want to photograph any and all combinations of family members. I’m here. So are you. So… let’s do this! Want the aunties with all the cousins? Great. Line em up! Want the siblings all together? Super! Quit pulling each others’ hair and smile for the camera (I have actually had to say that to ADULTS!) Do you want individual photos of your kids? Good, I already got them.

  3. I want you to have fun. You’re “supposed” to smile in photos, so why not enjoy the process, too? Why not make that smile as genuine as possible? Surely you didn’t choose me as your Favorite Boring Photographer - let’s have some fun!

Speaking of fun, this family had no shortage of laughs. I wanted to post a Sneak Peek for the Wilde clan and rather than a perfectly finished portrait, I’m sharing this. I think you can see why.

Extended family photo of cousins laughing

Are you ready to take the leap? Gather your family members together, pick a date and call me… consider family photos handled.


Anniversary on the Lake | celebrating 50 years

Celebrating an amazing life together, a beautiful family and FIFTY wonderful years.

This is one of the reasons I love photographing large families.

Oftentimes there is a celebration of some sort - whether a holiday or an anniversary - and I get to be a part of their day and help build the memories that will hang on their mantel.

Happy anniversary to this energetic and spunky couple, Sharon and Werner, on fifty years of marriage.

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Is your family celebrating something? Is your family together for the holidays? I still have a few dates open through the rest of the year. Yes, you read that right. Through the rest of the year. Check out my calendar HERE.

P.S. Would you please just take a second and look at Sharon and Werner’s PERFECT WARDROBE COORDINATION? This is an absolutely adorable and ideal mix of color coordination yet not matching too perfectly. Gold star for you!


Elm Grove Family Reunion Sneak Peek

Summer is a great time for a good ol' family reunion. Picture the kids running around with water balloons, grownups sharing wistful stories from back-then, the grill smoking out burgers, potato salad chilling in the fridge and ice cream cones for dessert.

You can see it, right? 

What about next year? Can you still picture it?

What if you hire a photographer to capture your day? Problem solved!

I was asked to come to an Elm Grove home (with an amaaaaazing backyard), host to a family reunion three states wide. Twenty-four people getting together on a gorgeous - albeit hot - summer day in July. And I was there to photograph them. I'm so glad - they will have these memories forever. Someday, these photos will be admired with a snicker, "Look at us back then!" 

For the family's Sneak Peek, I decided to share a group shot with this family unit whose Dad/Grandpa made the wise decision to hire me. Thanks, Perry! You've got a gorgeous family there.

Maybe you don't have a family reunion planned this summer, but why not gather up the grandparents and the kids and have your own little family photo shoot? You don't need a reason... Sometimes "just because" works just fine.