July 2018

Wauwatosa Family Sneak Peek | rain, rain go away

What happens if it rains on your session day?

Unlike rain on your wedding day, it's not good luck... BUT... it doesn't have to be a bad thing, either! There are several options to stay on schedule when the weather just won't cooperate. 

5 Options for Rainy Day Photo Sessions

  1. Relocate to an INDOOR space. This may be your home or my spacious Elm Grove studio. Or maybe we come up with another indoor location that appeals to you... as long as we have permission, the world can be our (dry) oyster.
  2. Find an outdoor COVERED location. Some parks have covered picnic areas or underpasses. Sometimes it simply takes some big trees to cover us from the rain.
  3. WAIT it out. If the rain is intermittent, just waiting a few minutes can mean a break in the waterworks leaving us time to get in some photos. Patience is key.
  4. PLAY in the rain! Obviously this depends on how you had planned to style your session. If everyone is dressed up, maybe this is not a great idea. But if you are on the casual end, why not? Let the kids splash! Get out your funky umbrella. Have fun with the rain! I guarantee you will never forget this photo session.
  5. RESCHEDULE. If you have your heart set on beautiful (and dry) outdoor portraits, of course we can reschedule to a different day. Mother Nature doesn't always feel like cooperating so the least I can do is be flexible around the ever-changing weather conditions.

The Eccles family chose THREE options from the list... we started out at their house (1). Once we realized the rain wouldn't be steady (3), we headed out to our original location and adjusted a little by standing underneath the canopy of the trees (2).

Their photos turned out beautiful! You can't even tell how gloomy and soggy the weather was that day. Here is a little Sneak Peek at this fun family of three on a rainy portrait day. 

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Is it time to update your family portraits? Get your session scheduled before the kids go back to school and the chaos of fall sports is upon us.


The Cellist | Tosa West HS class of 2019

Aidan didn't want much messing around for his senior photos. All he really wanted was the one thing that is most important to him: his cello. 

He came into the studio (with his a-dor-able mom, Jill) and carried with him a giant green hard-sided case.

I set up the lights and the backdrop. I put a chair in place. Aidan sat down and I directed him to just "hang out a minute" while I set up my lights and such.

Naturally, he played his cello.

I really only took one shot to "set up" my lighting.

But I kept shooting as he kept playing. 

I have to say, it was BY FAR the most soothing portrait session I had ever photographed. Seriously, I felt like I could have curled up in the corner and taken a little nap. 

My inspiration came from the classical paintings like the Mona Lisa and The Girl with the Pearl Earring. I'm so IN LOVE with how it turned out.

Here's your Sneak Peek, Aidan! I hope you like it!

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Do you have a special skill or craft that you would like to feature in your senior portraits? Let's do it! It doesn't have to look cheesy. It doesn't need to be corny. I want YOU to be BE YOU

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Class of 2019 Senior Portait Sneak Peek | Sara

In one single day, I went from photographing a high school senior in an artsy, funky alley to using  a beautiful and carefully tended garden as a portrait background.

This is Sara... she was an absolute pleasure to work with and I truly cannot wait to share the rest of her senior photos with her. We had so much fun playing around and she was a really great sport. 

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The thing I loved about Sara's wardrobe choice was her hat. Oh, that hat! Her outfit was super-cute on its own, but then, add in that black felt hat and it SINGS. 

When it comes time to pick your wardrobe for your senior portraits, let's have some fun! There are so many ways to do it... here are just a few ideas:

  • CLASSIC. Choose an outfit that won't go out of style, that is something clean and simple and timeless. Jeans and a t-shirt. A black dress. Shorts and a polo. Cut-offs and a tank.
  • TRENDY. On the other hand, let's commemorate the current styles and embrace the latest trends.
  • FORMAL. Why not play dress up? You only get to do your senior photos once! Get out that suit and tie. Put on your prom dress one more time. 
  • UNIFORM. Grab your band uniform, your cheer outfit, your football helmet. Show off your sport, your art, your passion.

Do you need some more help selecting your clothing? I can certainly guide you. Let's talk and get your session planned out! Fill this out and we can get the ball rolling right away.

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Maya and the coolest alley in Milwaukee | class of 2019 sneak peek

Honestly, sometimes no words are even needed. 

But let's be real. You know me and I can't possibly go without telling a story.

This session was a little sentimental for me. I've gotten to know this family through the years. I photographed her mom because he was my son's preschool teacher. I photographed her brother for his senior photos. And this girl, the lovely and talented Maya, when she was in EIGHTH GRADE. 

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I have a special place in my heart for these gorgeous girls... who are now all going into their SENIOR YEAR OF HIGH SCHOOL.

Stop. It. (said all the moms)

So here is Maya's Sneak Peek. I'm sharing it through leaky eyes. Wauwatosa West High School should be proud to call you one of theirs.

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It is not lost on me that both photos were shot in an alley. Not the same alley, but alleys all the same. That's the life of a photographer. And I love it.


What are you waiting for? Senior portrait season is here and I'm now booking into August and September. Don't delay, let's get a date on the calendar!


Franklin HS class of 2019 | AJ's Sneak Peek

Here's the real, unfiltered truth.

Sometimes I photograph high school seniors who are just not that into being photographed. I get it: Mom is making you do it, Grandma is pestering you for an updated picture for the wall, your school has a yearbook photo deadline you have to meet or they'll use your school ID photo (noooooo!!!!!). 

But the fact is, no matter how badly you don't want your photo taken, it just makes me WANT to photograph you even more. (nanny nanny boo boo!) This goes for grownups, too. Nearly everyone comes in and says, "I hate having my photo taken," or "I'm not photogenic at all."

I don't buy it.

I submit, reasons #1, 2 and 3 for why you should hire a professional photographer.

Not because we are better trained at torturing you (though it may feel like it...). Rather, because we are trained in how to work with our clients - no matter who or how they are - to make them more comfortable in front of the camera.

When I first meet a client on location, I talk to them. Really, I babble. I ask them questions. Then I coach them through some basics of posing. Throughout the session I guide them through different ways to sit and stand for my camera. The key, I have found, is to make it as natural and easy as possible for the subject. 

The results?

This is my favorite part! More often than not, they are literally SHOCKED to see the first few shots on the back of my camera. Hmm... maybe "shocked" is not the best choice of words...

Pleasantly surprised and overwhelmed with joy is more like it.

So.... Does this sound like a portrait experience you could learn to appreciate? Let's talk!


Here is AJ from Franklin High School's class of 2019.

The real, unfiltered truth on AJ? He knocked it out of the park during his session. He may have not been so thrilled to be in front of the camera, but he did SO GREAT that I actually had to make myself put my camera away or I'd keep shooting. Thanks AJ for being such good sport. You rock!

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