Gratitude

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

4th Annual Thanksgiving Gratitude Featured Post | Miller Kids

I usually leave these posts for my clients but this year I thought I'd share my own thoughts.

September 2017

September 2017

How two kids from the same parents can be so COMPLETELY different is a wonder. And you two are as beautifully different as snow and rain.

David, you are so thoughtful, kind and considerate. You are wise beyond your years, funny as can be and a joy to be around. You are like the snow: slowly and carefully drifting down, covering the land in a gentle blanket.

Sam, you, my dear, are smarter than you think you are, you are such a talented artist it blows my mind and you are sneakily funny. I could watch you work and think and create all day long. (If only you’d let me!) You are like the rain: when it rains, it pours…making the grass greener and filling up the cerulean blue oceans.

Thank you for being mine. Thank you for being you. I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love you both infinitely times a million.

xoxo
Mom
— Abbie Miller

4th Annual Thanksgiving Gratitude Featured Post | McKenna

Here is a letter from one truly wonderful woman to her selfless and rising-star of a daughter. To know them is an honor.

August 2017

August 2017

McKenna,
On one of the hottest days on record, God blessed me with the most beautiful lil’ bundle of love I could have ever imagined. I remember looking down and you thinking how could I have had ANY part in making anything so absolutely perfect in every way!?!? You make my heart smile.
The last twenty two years have brought more memories, more giggles and yea , even some tears than I ever expected! From writing your name in permanent marker in four foot letters on your babysitters living room wall, to all but shaving your eye brows off, TWICE, to developing a love for shoes that rivals Elmelda Marcos, to your love for God, to developing a heart for service, you my love, you are a keeper.
I have watched you grow from a little rotund baby with tiny cupid bow lips, to a gangly teenager with pig-tails and a mouth full of braces to a stunning beautiful young woman with a heart for serving others. In each of these stages, I was convinced I could not love you more than I did, but lo’ and behold, my love continues to grow for you.
It is a joy watching you find your purpose in life. I am so proud of all you have done and CONTINUE to do - so proud, I could just bust. As a high school senior, you brought our community together in a jean collection project supporting survivors of sexual assault. A few years later you are working to create your own nonprofit to support survivors and are in the process of creating another powerful event at Drake University on the issue of gender based violence. Your commitment to make a difference in this world inspires me. The world needs more of you McKenna!
Your light shines so bright and I am honoured to sit in its glow. The world is a better place because you are in it. I love you more than you could ever know.
McKenna you bring me joy!
xoxo
Mum
— Kimberly Nerone

4th Annual Thanksgiving Gratitude Featured Post | Rauch Brothers

Welcome back to another edition of the Stories Framed Photography Gratitude Featured Posts! This is the time when YOU share YOUR words about your children, your family, your loves. 

Here are two adorable boys who are VERY loved by their amazing mom.

September 2017

September 2017

I am so grateful, and thankful for my boys.  Matthew, my five year old, excuse me, five and a half year old (he likes to remind me), is so sweet, so funny, and seriously the best big brother anyone could hope for. He shows so much love and protectiveness to his little brother, my 10 month old, Evan. Evan is so full of curiousity, and his smile just brightens my day.  He idolizes his big brother and it’s pure joy watching them interact.  They are both my little miracles and I love them more than words could ever convey.
— Jenna Rauch

Wauwatosa Family Photography | I'm so lucky 🍀

I've been thinking lately. 

I'm very lucky to have a "job" that I absolutely love and adore. I get to photograph people. I get to show them how beautiful they are and how fleeting life is. Kids grow up so fast, we say hello and goodbye to loved ones... and don't you just wish you could freeze time? It all goes by too darn fast.

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And THAT. That right there is where sometimes I get hung up with this job I love so much.

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We all know that babies become toddlers and mothers become grandmothers and families grow and bloom and then... sometimes the planet has different plans for us.

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So here it is... my plea to you. Don't make excuses. Don't put it off. Yes, we are all "busy". Yes, we all want to lose those "few" extra pounds. Stop. 

PLEASE. JUST HAVE YOUR FAMILY PORTRAITS TAKEN. 

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I can tell you that you will never regret taking the ONE hour on a Saturday to have your favorite photographer (cough cough) photograph you and your family. You will have those memories for a lifetime: hanging on a wall, sitting on a coffee table, resting on a bookshelf. You will see those images and be comforted and reminded of how blessed you are. 

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However... what would happen if you hesitated? What would happen if you waited until... "someday". What would you hang on your wall? What album would you look through on a rainy day? Would you regret putting off your family photos another year? YES. You absolutely will. 

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So here's what I want you to do. It's so easy. Fill out the form below. That's it... one tiny step closer to living with no regrets. 

Fill out that form. I'll call you. I'll email you. I'll do the hard stuff. You can sit back and enjoy the process --  I'll even help you decide on clothes! Heck, if it helps, I'll even throw in some BonBons. (Only if you promise to scooch over and share with me!)

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My job, the one I am SO VERY LUCKY to have, is to make family portraits easy and painless (and fun! thankyouverymuch). And to help YOU to live without regrets.

Cheers, my friend!

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