Next Door Milwaukee

Giving Tuesday + Next Door Milwaukee = ❤️

If you recall, in September, I held a Book-ing Drive for Next Door Milwaukee.

Whaaaat? You don't remember what you had for lunch yesterday? Oh, yeah. Me neither.

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I ended up (giddily!) buying a WHOPPING 40+ books from this month-long event.

Plus, a big thank you to everyone who brought books to my studio Soft Open in September. There will be some really happy kids in Milwaukee, finally able to read a book at bedtime. Hooray!

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Well, I'm not done.

I've made a decision... in the spirit of Giving Tuesday, the holidays and kids everywhere holding books in their hands.

I WILL DONATE A BOOK FOR EVERY SESSION BOOKED IN 2017.

As of right now, that's over 100 books for kids.

Oh, and I'm not done...

I'M MAKING THIS AN ON-GOING CONTRIBUTION TO NEXT DOOR MILWAUKEE. 

Look out 2018... those kids are getting some new books! Will you help me?

  1. Bring new or gently-used children's books to the studio for the collection bin.
  2. Donate cash so I can buy even more books.
  3. Book a session! I will donate a book for EVERY SESSION. 

I'm beyond excited to get more kids reading. Let's give them the tools they need to do just that.

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Stories Framed Photography | Back-to-School BOOK-ing Drive

Yesterday was BACK TO SCHOOL DAY! It was a rather emotionally draining day. I actually had intended to post this yesterday and I just didn't have it in me. 

See, this is a transition year. I now have a Freshman in high school and a 6th grader in Middle School. Sniff. Snort. Sob!

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I wanted to do something extra-special in honor of the kids going back to school... I wanted to celebrate new beginnings... fresh starts... exciting opportunities.

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Yes, that's right. For every session BOOKED this month, Stories Framed Photography will donate a BOOK to Next Door Foundation. That means one more child will have a book all to himself! 

Next Door Milwaukee is a a fantastic organization that provides books to kids who might not otherwise have them. More than that, their mission statement says, they "support the intellectual, physical, spiritual and emotional development of children". 

I recently had a tour of their facility and I fell in love. I absolutely applaud everything they stand for -- helping children learn to read and supporting children's appreciation of books -- all while supporting their overall welfare and happiness.

Here are just a few shots of the very quiet school and library - mere days before the halls would be filled with little faces and voices.

While we were touring, a school teacher stood in front of this very bookshelf to personally select books for his students.

Picture this: a fresh crop of students shows up for the first day of school. They are greeted by their happy and enthusiastic teacher. Then they each are handed a book - or two! - to take home and keep forever.

I want to help keep this library filled for more teachers, more families and more children to understand the joy that comes with holding a book in their hands. A book that is all their own.


So you've been thinking about scheduling family portraits? You still need to get your high school senior in for portraits? You've been procrastinating replacing your outdated headshot? CLICK HERE to schedule your session. When you do, I'll add another book to the bookshelf!

Not in the market for portraits? You are invited to come by my new studio and bring a new or used book for the Next Door Foundation collection bin. I will happily pass them on.


Learn more about Next Door Foundation HERE. There are so many great volunteer opportunities available - from sorting and cleaning books to reading to kids.