June 2017

Sneak Peek | 3 Tips for Perfect Outdoor Summer Photos

Sunday I met up with this adorable little trio for some updated family portraits. Kerrie and her kiddos Lana and Ryan were a blast to work with. I know, I know, that sounds cliche. But it's true. Ryan was game for almost anything (no holding hands, MOM!) and Lana was as sweet as pie. 

Of all the adorable shots I captured, I had to somehow choose one to share as their Sneak Peek. This one won the contest. If it wouldn't be totally corny, I'd draw little hearts all over it. I LOVE this photo! Perfect smiles, perfect hugs, perfect capture of this moment in their lives.


Our time together made me think... a lot of people will be together for the 4th of July holiday week and many family photos will be taken. Whether you're using an iPhone, a point-and-shoots or a big fancy DSLR, I want you get the best shots you can. Here are some tips to help you get there.

3 Tips for Perfect Outdoor Summer Photos

  1. BE SHADY.  Making your sister stand in the bright sunlight and squint at the camera is no fun for anyone.  (Plus, who wants raccoon eyes?) Find a spot under a leafy tree or on the shady side of a building. 
  2. GET ORIENTATED. The orientation of the camera (horizontal or vertical) makes a huge difference - especially when you're photographing a group of people. A general rule of thumb - go horizontal with three or more people in the shot. 
  3. BUZZ OFF. Must. Use. Bug. Spray. Let me put it to you this way: after Sunday's session, I immediately went to Tar-jay and bought a super-sized can of mosquito repellent. And a giant tube of anti-itch cream. 

I hope these ideas save you from bad photos and hungry mosquitos. 

If you'd rather a professional handle the photography end of things, give me a call and let's chat! I'd love to capture your family this summer. (BYOBS.... bring your own bug spray.)

Oconomowoc Family Portrait Sneak Peek | Marj + Dick celebrate 50 years

This weekend a lovely couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They were surrounded by family - from near and far. 

Along with the parties and meals and other fun activities, they planned on a large family portrait. That's where I came in. 

As with most extended family sessions, I make sure to capture the big group in as many setups as we feel like. I definitely photograph the grandkids with grandma and grandpa. Each family grouping gets photographed, of course. 

And then I take some time for this.... 


Happy Anniversary, love birds! 

There are many, many more beautiful photos to see at the Big Reveal and I can't wait to share them with you!

Thinking of getting the family together this summer? Include your favorite photographer (cough cough) and capture the memories for your walls and your tables. CONTACT ME today to book your extended family session. 

Local Business Spotlight | Jody Smith

Jody Smith

Forge Marketing Consultants



Who is your ideal client? 
Business owners too busy to handle their marketing.

What is something people THINK they know about your job?
That PhotoShop can fix everything. Even the brilliant folks I hire have their limits.

Name one thing you WISH people knew about your job?
That marketing is an ongoing effort. You cannot "just try and see" and expect the results others spend years developing.

Tell us a secret about your job. 
He-he. I can see exactly who you are and what page you're looking at when you're on my website. 

What is the ONE book that you think I should read RIGHT NOW?
State of Inbound 2017: Your Go-To Business Report for Marketing and Sales Research by Megan Conley


The Local Business Spotlight is a special perk for headshot clients of Stories Framed Photography. Click below to learn more about headshots and to book your session.

Kettle Moraine HS senior portraits | class of 2017 | Morgan

This is my final post for the Class of 2017. (By the way, they were shared in absolutely no particular order.) However, I have to warn you. This one is a doozy... 

Introducing gorgeous Morgan from Kettle Moraine High School's graduating class of 2017.


Not just anyone can make a basic headshot look so... glamorous.

One of the first things that struck me about Morgan is her desire to be her own version of HER. She's not a follower.


While so many of her classmates were posing for their senior portraits on a farm or by a barn, she wanted something completely different. Morgan specifically asked for an urban look - so we headed off to the Third Ward. 

She was a natural in front of the camera.


Morgan is not only a dancer and an athlete, but she has many academic awards on her resume, too. Her favorite subject is Art. Her favorite teacher is Mrs. Scherer because she's "very inviting, caring and humorous." 

As for her future college career? She's ready to figure that out. Morgan's biggest problem? She likes so many different subjects that she can't decide "what she wants to be when she grows up."


Whatever you do, I know one thing for sure... you will do it well! 


Congratulations on your graduation, Morgan! Good luck to you and your bright, beautiful future!

It's your turn, class of 2018! Let's make some amazing portraits of you! Your first task: fill out this form. 

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Greendale HS senior portraits | class of 2017 | Sam

Another one of the fantastic seniors I photographed this past year was THE Sam Schultz. 


Well, he works at a senior center so maybe you know him better - like all the ladies there - as James Dean.


It's a little uncanny, no?

He was really fun to work with... a genuinely good kid and quietly funny. We'd be talking, shooting, talking, shooting - and out of nowhere he'd crack a joke that would catch us off guard. 

Sam was in the marching band at Greendale High School. Check that. He was in the AWARD WINNING Greendale HS marching band. No biggie... they just won the Wisconsin state competition 13 times. And then in November they had the honor of marching in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Eh, you know, just in a day's work.


Photographing Sam was like capturing two different people. His band guy is instantly formal and proper.His regular guy is so calm, cool and collected.

This image ended up on the cover of his album, like it was meant for it. 


Good luck to Sam and his wonderful family. He plans on following in his dad's footsteps... can you guess what he'll be doing?


Are you a member of the class of 2018? Well... don't just sit there! Let's get your senior photos scheduled! Fill out the information below:

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