Holidays

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!


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!

Stories Framed Photography 2017 Holiday Gift Guide | Day 7

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: PERSONALIZED NOTEPAD

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Imagine walking through the grocery store all by yourself. With your shopping list, neatly written in your best penmanship. Along the bottom of the paper are photos of your three beautiful daughters. 

Well, one out of three ain't bad. 

I can't promise you the best writing or a silent shopping spree, but I can create a beautiful notepad upon which to write your lists.

Wouldn't you love to have a show-stopping and memorable notepad for all your note-taking needs?