Milwaukee Photography

The Kids Are Back in Town | Estock Family Sneak Peek

When is the best time for family portraits?

The fact is, there is no perfect answer. I tend to be much busier with families during the second half of the year - so if you want some extra TLC, you may want to consider a winter or spring session.

Also, if one of your goals is to get holiday cards from your family session, I’ve got you covered! I’ve had families as early as June ordering Christmas cards. (They come with a free reminder to send them out!)

Here are a few factors to consider when choosing the ideal time of year for your family portraits.

Is your family in town?

If your kids are older, winter break is an ideal time for family photos. They’re already home from college. Your session will take less than two hours and just like when they were little, you can bribe them with food.

Do you want to be indoors or outdoors?

If you are absolutely set on outdoor photos with warm fall foliage in the background, I think you’ve answered your own question. If you want snow photos and nothing else, we clearly know when and where you are destined to go.

Ed. Note: Tomorrow is your magic snow day. Call Abbie immediately and start getting the kids geared up first thing in the morning.

On the other hand, if you love outdoor photos but really don’t mind a nice, clean studio session either, then you’ve opened up a whole year of opportunity. I have a spacious studio in Elm Grove, Wisconsin that is just waiting for you and your family - from three to thirty - quantity is no concern. Bring them all!

What is your decorating style?

No, this isn’t some weird personality test. But knowing how you decorate your home does help me choose where to go for your outdoor session - and what type of setting we use for your indoor session.

Do you like long walks on the beach or roughing it in the woods? Those settings are self-explanatory. We might go to the beach or to the woods. (See? You’re so good at this!) Do you lean more modern and urban? Maybe we go downtown. Are you into the hottest barnwood trend? I know of places you would just adore!

The key to location choice truly is coordinating your family photos with your decorating style. Afterall, you will be decorating your home with a piece of portrait art - and we want it to pop off your wall in a beautifully natural way.

You don’t have to have all the answers.

I will guide you along the way with phone calls, emails, questionnaires and more. By the time your session rolls along, we will know where and when and why.


So, let’s talk about Tracy.

She knew her kids would be home for Christmas.

She bribed them with haircuts and lunch.

Since it was December, we smartly planned on a studio session. I worked with Tracy on selecting a set that would suit her style and clothing choices.

Here’s a Sneak Peek of Tracy and her sweet little family. Well, they’re not so “little” anymore, are they?

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Let’s talk about scheduling your family photos. You don’t have to know any of the answers, but let’s start the conversation.


Anniversary on the Lake | celebrating 50 years

Celebrating an amazing life together, a beautiful family and FIFTY wonderful years.

This is one of the reasons I love photographing large families.

Oftentimes there is a celebration of some sort - whether a holiday or an anniversary - and I get to be a part of their day and help build the memories that will hang on their mantel.

Happy anniversary to this energetic and spunky couple, Sharon and Werner, on fifty years of marriage.

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Is your family celebrating something? Is your family together for the holidays? I still have a few dates open through the rest of the year. Yes, you read that right. Through the rest of the year. Check out my calendar HERE.

P.S. Would you please just take a second and look at Sharon and Werner’s PERFECT WARDROBE COORDINATION? This is an absolutely adorable and ideal mix of color coordination yet not matching too perfectly. Gold star for you!


Fall Family Photos on the Trail

I fell in love with this family at their session. The sweetest mom. The rocker-ist dad. The most doting daughter. They gel together so beautifully. A total unit of three. I loved watching them interact.

They laughed and talked and totally watched out for each other.

Here’s a peek into what I witnessed that day…

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This is one of the things I like so much about photographing families: I get to experience their personalities and dynamics and interactions - both naturally and “staged”. Once in a while I’ll ask a group to “pretend to have the most interesting conversation in the world”. But then they REALLY do. (see above!)

It’s magic.

I can’t wait to share the rest of this Laura and her family’s images with them at their Reveal + Selection Appointment. I have a good feeling about this family.

Are you thinking about Fall Family Portraits? Don’t wait… run to the nearest phone and call me. Fall is quickly landing on the ground and being swept up by leaf collectors. Plus, I have very few openings remaining.

Hurry! Run don’t walk to your phone and call me. 262-366.7980


Muskego HS class of 2019 | Sneak Peek for Lauren

I know, I know, it's Labor Day. I shouldn't be working. This is the joy of my "job" - it doesn't feel like work.

And that's how you will feel when you see Lauren's senior portraits - she made it look effortless! Like it was no work at all! She's such a beautiful girl and she absolutely shines in her photos.

Lauren, I hope you love your Sneak Peek!

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Good luck tomorrow with the start of your SENIOR YEAR of high school! It's an exciting and emotional time. Enjoy!


Did you put off scheduling your senior photos? Don't worry! There's still time! Yearbook deadlines are approaching but I can still get your session scheduled with plenty of time to spare. Click below to start the conversation.

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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