Milwaukee Photography

Marquette University HS Class of 2020 | Sneak Peek for JJ

It’s back-to-school season here in the Milwaukee area. Some schools - but not all - have gone back in the last week… and then there’s the rest of them that go back after Labor Day.

JJ is a senior at Marquette University High School and classes for the boys at MUHS started last Wednesday. We squeezed his session in the finally, fleeting moments of (his) summer.

JJ (and JJ’s mom, of course!) here’s a Sneak Peek from your senior photo session. I was glad to have the chance to work with you!


Now hang on a second — even if school has started, yearbook photos aren’t due quite yet. (Except for you, Brookfield Central families. You have the earliest deadline that I know of!) We still have plenty of time — as in, months - to get those senior photos shot and sent in.

So to you moms reading this in panic, relax! Sit back, breathe and let me help you. From a consultation to answer your questions to yearbook photo delivery to graduation announcements ordered, my job is to make things easier on you. My other job is to make sure your high school senior looks phenomenal in their photos.

Click that button right there to learn more about senior photos and to see more samples of my work. Or complete the form below and I’ll get back to you pronto.

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The Heart of Cabi Event | headshots for a fresh start

For the second year in a row, I helped out my Cabi friends for their wonderful Heart of Cabi event.

First, you may be wondering, “what’s Cabi?” Cabi is a line of high quality women’s clothing sold through consultants at customers’ homes and offices. Sort of like Pampered Chef, but cute outfits instead of handy kitchen gadgets. (If you want to check it out, drop me a line saying you want to come to my next Cabi event at the studio. It will most likely in the fall.)

The Heart of Cabi is a day-long philanthropic event they coordinate on a national level to help local women in need dress and feel better. The Milwaukee consultants meet at the Sojourner Family Peace Center. The volunteers distribute clothing and accessories to the attendees. Then they bring them to a separate room where Sandra Hoeft, a Mary Kay SUPERSTAR, gives them mini-makeovers and I have set up a photo studio to create their sparkly, new headshots.

It’s a fun and energizing day. I mean, really, it’s completely exhausting, but making a positive change for so many women who really, REALLY NEED IT keeps me going for days and days. It was an honor to meet all the attendees, it was privilege to become even the tiniest part of their stories. I wish each one of them good health, success and unending happiness .

The Cabi volunteers pose for a group shot before the doors opened.

The Cabi volunteers pose for a group shot before the doors opened.

These are the four powerhouses who lead the volunteers. It’s a lot of work and they pull off an amazing event year after year.

These are the four powerhouses who lead the volunteers. It’s a lot of work and they pull off an amazing event year after year.

Below are the participants’ new headshots. And yes, there were a few “special appearances”, too. These women are truly something special. Their beauty shines through their eyes and their smiles.

I highly recommend clicking on the first photo and scrolling through the full-sized images.

Here’s to hoping for a new job, a new start and a new life for these strong, beautiful women.


Rauch Family Sneak Peek | a day at the beach

The annual day of Photos with Jenna and Her Adorable Family finally arrived! It’s always so fun to see them and do a round of speed-catch-up, chase the GROWING kiddos around and capture some family moments. (And with a toddler, it really is a blink-or-you’ll-miss-it moment!)

We met up at a beautiful park that was attached to a beach… that definitely will be seeing me and my camera again. The perfect weather that we had requested arrived as ordered. The breeze was blowing, the sun was shining, the kids were happy. It couldn’t have been any more idyllic if we tried.

Thanks Jenna and Dan! We had a wonderful morning together and I’m sure you will love the rest of your photos.

For now, here’s your Sneak Peek…. can’t you just feel that hug coming?


What kind of location fits your story? Are you beach people? Is a garden more your speed? Or maybe you prefer funky, urban surroundings? All my portrait sessions are custom built around YOU. Let’s talk about what sparks you up and we can create some beautiful family heirlooms to show it all off.

Brookfield Academy class of 2019 | Wil Ihlenfeld

People are put on this earth to do specific jobs… this member of the class of 2019 is a perfect case in point.

Meet Wil Ihlenfeld.

He likes, enjoys and appreciates things that I do not understand or, well, grasp. Namely, SCIENCE. I’m all for science, it make the world go round (right, Wil?) but unlike this smartie, the minute you start throwing out formulas or equations, my eyes will glaze over.

This is why we all do different things in life. It would be a shame if someone as highly intelligent as Wil didn’t do something like… achieve his Dream Job Status. (Read on to see what he wants to be when he grows up. Wow.)

Meet William Ihlenfeld IV, future world-changer.

high school boy in tie outside home

Brookfield Academy

Chemistry because it's the explanation of the physical world

Honor Roll
Smartquette Program at Marquette
French State Concours Oral-Gold

boy in a tie standing outside

Science Bowl/Club


play video games
movies with friends
D and D/role playing games


gamers bedroom in action

Geneva, Switzerland

Nuclear Chemist

Doing well in Chemistry


And finally, my personal favorite photo from Wil’s session….

boy and his chocolate lab dog sitting outside

Okay, hang on one sec.

There is one other thing.

This is another family who I have photographed in the past. I would be remiss if we didn’t go down memory lane. Look how much they grow up in just four quick years!

Now that the class of 2019 is out the door, in-coming seniors it’s your turn! If you are a member of the class od 2020 let’s talk! Let’s get your senior portraits on the calendar!

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?


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