February 2017

Elm Grove, WI Child Photography | Portraits as Family Traditions

This family has a tradition. It involves having a portrait taken of their children at a certain age - about 15-18 months - with a certain look and a particular pose. 

The most recent model is little Walter...

2017. This is Walter. 

2017. This is Walter. 

2015. This is George.

2015. This is George.

These portraits (plus three more!) are all lined up in their family room, proudly and lovingly displayed.

If you've never considered it, family portraits make excellent family traditions. Imagine having a timeline of portraits hanging on your wall... whether it's just the kids or the family together... or even your extended family.

Here are some great reasons for creating a new family tradition out of picture day... with a little help from this adorable Walter character. 

Elm Grove Family Portraits little boy and mom

1. It's a built in reason to get your family together in one place at one time. And as the photographer, I am willing to take full responsibility for "setting the date" so when your older kids complain that it's too early, it's totally my fault. (You're welcome.)

Elm Grove Child Portraits boy and bubbles

2. Once you are all together, the likelihood of siblings fighting is greatly decreased. Yes, I said DECREASED. Why? Because I'm not the mom. I can't explain it, it just is. Enjoy the moments while they are fleeting. 

Psst. If there are any sourpuss faces, I will be sure to capture them so you can post it in his senior yearbook.

Psst. If there are any sourpuss faces, I will be sure to capture them so you can post it in his senior yearbook.

3. When the photo session is over, all the laughter and fun has been had, you can bribe your family with food and drinks. Add on a BBQ to the end of your session, go out to lunch or dinner, go see a movie! You're together - decide as a group. Better yet, surprise them!

Elm Grove kids little boy smiling

4. Once your family portraits are in your hands, hanging on your wall, sitting on your coffee table or wrapped and ready to give as gifts, you will be SO GRATEFUL for having captured those moments. It's so simple and so very true. Frankly put, you will NEVER regret having the photos taken. (But if you don't schedule photos? You will regret that.)

Elm Grove child portraits boy with drool

5. You will see these portraits every day and you will look at your kids and think, they have grown so much! And you will be glad you committed a small part of a single day to your new family tradition. And then we can do it again next year and see just how much they've grown and changed.

Elm Grove WI family photography little boy standing up

 

BONUS reason for your family picture tradition  -- built in Christmas gifts for grandma every single year! 

Are you ready to commit to your own family portraits? Click below to book your session. I can't wait to create a new tradition for you and your family.

Local Business Spotlight | Alan Trask

NAME
Alan Trask

COMPANY
Advanced Disposal Services

POSITION
Outside Sales Representative

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Who is your ideal client?
Owner of multiple properties

What is something people THINK they know about your job?
It's dirty & smelly. I don't actually handle trash, so I'm clean & fresh.

Name one thing you WISH people knew about your job?
I help people solve problems and save money.

Tell us a secret about your job.
There are no mobsters.

What is the ONE book that you think I should read RIGHT NOW?
Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins

CONTACT ALAN HERE:
alan.trask@advanceddisposal.com


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Local Business Spotlight | Kelly Andrew

NAME
Kelly Andrew

COMPANY
Filament Communication

POSITION
Owner, Chief Ideas Officer

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Who is your ideal client?
Small Businesses who have tenacious growth goals

What is something people THINK they know about your job?
People often think that social media and blogging are just fluffy, pretty pictures. We make an effort to put a strategy behind every image and word we put out into the world, and hold ourselves accountable to results!

Name one thing you WISH people knew about your job?
How much fun we have. It's amazing to work with a team (even a small one) to help people grow their businesses in unique and creative ways.

Tell us a secret about your job. (I swear we won't tell anyone... except the entire world wide web.)
We like to be around each other so much that the husbands/significant others refer to themselves as "married to Filament."

What is the ONE book that you think I should read RIGHT NOW? 
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Your brand deserves to shine! We can help.

ONTACT KELLY HERE:
kelly@filamentwi.com
414-436-9599
www.filamentwi.com
www.facebook.com/filamentwi


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Wauwatosa Child Photography | 5 tips to keep their attention

Spoiler alert!

I'm about to spill some of my secrets. (Yes, I really AM brunette... and anyhow, that's not what I meant.) 

Families ask me to take photos of kids of all ages. Toddlers. Preschoolers. School-aged. Tweens and teens. And sometimes the other end of the age spectrum, too... the grandparents.

I'm about to share some tips that can truly be used on either end of that age gap. Really.  In fact, I'll show you exactly how I kept this particular family completely engaged from start to finish. 

Allow me to introduce Beth, her (ADORABLE!) little girl Kyra and Papa Poblocki. Kyra is the apple of Papa's eye. It's beautifully obvious. Just watch...


1. Counting hairs.

Keep them busy. Keep their minds active. I asked Kyra to count the hairs on her Papa's head. It makes for a cute and interactive portrait. Papa is entertained and Kyra is... being adorable.... and showing off her mad counting skills. 

This can even work with dads and grandpas who don't have hair... as long as I know I can shoot fast enough to catch THE moment when the lightbulb goes on... 

Wauwatosa Family Photography papa and granddaughter

2. Check for boogers.

Keep them searching. Keep them helpful. I use this trick a lot for siblings. Also, you need to read the room before asking if so-and-so could check his partner's nose for boogers. Papa Poblocki seemed to be a good sport about  the whole thing. And just look at that darling portrait. If I never told you my secret, you'd never have thought twice about it. (giggles)

Wauwatosa Family Portraits grandpa loves granddaughter

3. Hide and seek.

Keep them playful. Keep them moving... and staying still. What kid doesn't love playing hide and seek? And to be able to play it during a photo shoot? Unthinkable! But it works like a charm. "Go hide down there where you think mom can't see you and SIT STILL." Buahahaha. 

Wauwatosa Child Photography preschool age girl

4. Hugs and kisses.

Keep them close. Keep them loving. All little kids love giving their mamas hugs and kisses. The truth is, so do older kids, I just get a different reaction (grossed out? embarrassed?) to capture. Stages and ages, that's all it is.

Wauwatosa mom and daughter photo
Wauwatosa mommy and me nose kisses portrait

5. Silly faces.

Keep them having fun. Keep them happy. I play a game at my sessions. I count to five and each time I say a number my subject has to make a different silly face. And then SNAP! Older kids think of it as a non-selfie selfie. Little kids just like sticking their tongues out. 

Wauwatosa Child Portraits silly faces

6. BONUS TIP! Naptime.

Keep them rested. Keep them sweet. It's no secret that little ones need their rest. Why not use time at a photoshoot to give them a break? You might just catch a quiet and darling moment. 

(It's also no secret that Papas need a little cat nap here and there. That may or may not have happened on the sidelines at this shoot. wink wink)

Milwaukee Family and Child portraits resting girl

Would you like to see all these tricks (and more!) in action? Click that button down there and your wish is my command.... 

Local Business Spotlight | Karen Gill

NAME
Karen Gill

COMPANY
Down to Earth Chef

POSITION
Owner and Personal Chef

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Who is your ideal client?
Someone who cares about whole foods and eating well and cannot cook for themselves, whether due to restrictions or lack of time

What is something people THINK they know about your job?
Most people think I am a caterer and that I prepare food for drop off from a set menu. As a personal chef, I work with each client's unique needs, handling planning, shopping, cooking and cleaning. All my work is done in the client's home, whether I cook multiple meals for enjoying later or helping them host a dinner party.

Name one thing you WISH people knew about your job?
Hiring a chef is not too expensive or only for the very wealthy. Since 2015, Americans are spending more eating out than on groceries and preparing meals at home. Eating out regularly can be very costly and not just to one's pocketbook! Meals from Down to Earth Chef range from $9-17 a serving. No tipping necessary!

Tell us a secret about your job. 
It's a pretty rare moment when I do not think about food. Even off the clock, I am thinking about, reading about or preparing food. Yes, I do get plenty of sleep.

What is the ONE book that you think I should read RIGHT NOW?
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

I love being a small business owner in the Greater Milwaukee area. Connecting with other small business owners, like Stories Framed, makes business more fun. Working toward common goals of helping others and building our own prosperity just makes me happy!

CONTACT KAREN HERE:
karen@downtoearthchef.com
414-236-2066
www.downtoearthchef.com


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