Milwaukee Professional Family Photography

Why Hire a Professional Photographer?

I recently attended a photography workshop (in some circles that's known as "continuous ed"). I learned a LOT - and I'm SO excited to share the images I shot at the workshop.

But I stopped myself. 

WHY would any of my clients, potential clients, friends, family or non-industry types CARE about these photos? Sure they're pretty, but it's not like I'm going to explain the technical information and camera settings for each photo. Heck, most of the people I come in contact with don't even care what type of camera I shoot with (Canon, always Canon!).

So why would they be interested in these photos?

People sometimes hesitate when hiring a professional photographer. "Why PAY for photos when I have a perfectly good camera on my phone?" "Why SPEND the money on a photographer when my cousin can do it for free?"

While there are a million reasons why, today's explanation is simple. Why would you hire a teacher who is professionally trained and, year after year, continues her education? Because you can tell the difference between a TRAINED teacher and a novice... Just as you can tell the difference between a PROFESSIONAL photographer and a novice.

So, with that being said, here are those images...


The wall in this image was not blue, nor did we paint it. Except with LIGHT. ;)

Portrait of a woman with a blue wall

In fact, all these photos were taken in a dark, boring hotel hallway. Except the last one with the beautiful mama-to-be. For that shot we were outside and I STILL used flash... but you can't tell! (That's a good thing!)

So now imagine you're out with your friends. The scene catches your eye and you MUST take a photo of your friend sitting at the bar. This is most likely how it would turn out, right?

iPhone picture of man at bar

I shot that with my iPhone. You can't even see the poor guy's face!

Enter professional flash lighting and a photographer who is trained to use it...

Man at bar with dramatic lighting

Wait, WHAT? Let's see that again.

As if you weren't already sold on the benefits of investing in professional photography, here's one more... THIS was my actual vision for the photo of the guy at the bar...

Sad guy at a bar in black and white

Are you ready to make the leap? I'm here for you! Let's talk about what's important to you for your next portrait session. 

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Wauwatosa Family Photography | The Klug Four

{WHISPERS: And now, freshly emerged from the chaotic cocoon of Busy Season capped off by seasonal holidays and travel, the newly rested photographer begins unveiling all the work she did in the last six months. It's a scientific marvel! Let's watch as it all unfolds...}


Last summer I had the chance to catch up with this sweet-as-pie family.  And when I say sweet, I really mean that all four of these people have the kindest hearts and - I'm pretty sure - nary a mean bone in their bodies.

Wauwatosa Family of 4 Portrait

First, we have Gemma. Her mom says she's independent and strong willed (my kind of girl!). I would like to interject here -- she is also adorable!

These two images are my favorites of Gemma... and once again, I couldn't decide between black and white or color. 

Next we have little sister Gabby. According to her mom, she's a social butterfly. According to their photographer, she is not afraid of the camera. 

Wauwatosa Child Photography little girl and her teddy bear

These two sisters get along like peas and carrots. In public. While being photographed. (right mom?)

Wauwatosa Child Photography sisters holding hands

They sure love their dad! I feel like this may show up again at one of their weddings... sniff!

Thank you to the Klug family! It's loyal clients like you who are the reason I do what I do... and LOVE what I do!

SE Wisconsin Family of 4

Ooh! One more thing -- check out this adorably fun little video recap of their family session. 


Gabby and Gemma made it look so easy! (Because it is.) Let's talk about getting your family photographed next!

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3rd Annual Thanksgiving Gratitude Featured Post | Klug Kids

Here's another (SUPER SWEET) post from a (SUPER SWEET) portrait client. This family is so wonderful, it's no surprise that these girls are such good kids. 

July 2016

July 2016

Gemma and Gabby-

Words cannot express how grateful I am to be your mom. It has been an amazing journey so far watching you grow into yourselves and explore different avenues in life.

Gemma, you are the most creative kid I have ever met and you have already (at age 6) surpassed me in artistic/creative abilities and you impress me on a daily basis with your understanding of how things work. You can and DO turn anything and everything into art or a functional tool. The things you create bring such laughter and joy into the world. I am excited and a lot of bit terrified to see what you come up with when you figure out how to use power tools.

Gabby, you will always be the baby in this family, but you have blossomed into quite the social butterfly. You have the sweetest little giggle and smile that ask, “Will you please play with me?” I love watching you interact with other kids and seeing you (mostly) being so welcoming and accepting of everyone.

I can’t imagine my world without this happy mix of your two very different personalities and I will be forever grateful for this time I get with you! I can’t wait to see what you little ladies come up with next!

Love,

Mom