Senior Photos

Class of 2020 Sneak Peek | Ben

It was not lost on me that we met on a Sunday, after the service, in front of the church. Faith is an important element of Ben’s family life so we NEEDED to get a few of his senior photos in the place where it takes place.

Allow me to introduce Ben: football star, baseball captain, all around good guy and well-liked by anyone he meets.

Here is Ben’s Sneak Peek from his senior portrait session…

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Are you a member of the Class of 2020 in the Milwaukee metro area? I think we need to chat… it’s time to get your senior photos taken and I’m booking sessions for this summer. You can see more on my SENIORS page and book a consultation while you’re at it.

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

SCHOOL
Brookfield Academy

FAVORITE SUBJECT
Chemistry because it's the explanation of the physical world

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

boy in a tie standing outside

EXTRACURRICULARS
Track
Science Bowl/Club

WHERE DO YOU WORK?
Narnia

WHAT DO YOU DO ON THE WEEKENDS?
play video games
movies with friends
D and D/role playing games

FAVORITE COLOR
Blue

gamers bedroom in action

IF I COULD TRAVEL ANYWHERE I’D GO TO
Geneva, Switzerland

MY DREAM JOB
Nuclear Chemist

PROUDEST MOMENT
Doing well in Chemistry

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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!


Congratulations to Kayce | Greendale HS class of 2019

I’m so thrilled to introduce you to this beautiful and sweet athlete. Kayce Litzau is graduating from Greendale High School and couldn’t be more excited. I know this girl will take over another level of volleyball courts with flying colors.

black and white portrait of girl by a barn

NAME
Kayce Litzau

SCHOOL
Greendale High School

EXTRACURRICULARS
I'm involved in club volleyball, playing at Milwaukee Sting, high school volleyball, and the drumline in the Greendale high school marching band.

FOR FUN
I like to hang out with friends or just chill out at home.

FAVORITE COLOR
blue

IF I COULD TRAVEL ANYWHERE, I’D GO TO...
Anywhere in Europe

MY PROUDEST MOMENT...
when my club team finished 3rd at nationals

POST-GRAD PLANS
I will be going to Wichita State University to play volleyball. I am thinking about studying psychology, but I'm not certain.

You’ll never know what you’re capable of until you take that first step and just go for it.
— Natasha Hastings

It was a pleasure working with you, Kayce! I hope you love your senior photos. More importantly, I hope your mom loves them so while you’re off conquering the world, she can still see your beautiful face every day.

Best of luck to you, girl!


Hey class of 2020! You’re up next! I’d love to talk to you about what we can do to make your senior portrait experience the better than you can imagine. Let’s start the conversation.


Tosa West HS | We'll miss hearing Maya sing

When you say “talent just oozes out of her,” THIS is the girl you’d be referring to. Maya Greenberg is a whip smart, musical powerhouse. She’s president of the senior class, earns lead roles in all the plays and is a multi-year force to be reckoned with on one of the top AAPSE groups in the country.

As if that weren’t enough, she just happens to be drop dead gorgeous.

World, meet Maya.

Maya, go get that big world out there. It’s yours for the taking!

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HIGH SCHOOL
Tosa West

FAVORITE SUBJECT
History because it fascinates me and I’m a total nerd for it.

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENTS
10th in national We the People
straight A's
Student Senate President

ACTIVITIES
theatre, student senate, key club, orchestra

WORK
Chocolate Factory Elm Grove

FOR FUN
hangout with friends, play music, sing

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IF I COULD TRAVEL ANYWHERE, I WOULD GO TO...
Africa

MY DREAM JOB IS...
lawyer

MY PROUDEST MOMENT IS WHEN…
We made Top 10 for APPSE

FAVORITE COLOR
Pink

POST-GRAD PLANS
UW Madison

 
Life is short,
the world is wide,
I wanna make some memories.
— Donna, Mamma Mia!

Award Winning Photography | "Match Point"

Ever since I shared the news of my award winning photo (YAY!), I’ve had lots of questions about photography competitions. I will do my best to answer those questions here. But first, let’s admire Joe the Volleyball Player….

“Match Point”

“Match Point”

The first thing about photography competitions is that it is NOT a race with one single winner. Each image in a competition is essentially graded in its own race.

When you submit an image into a competition, usually there’s a specific category. For example, this one was submitted into the Boy/Sports Category. Usually it’s more general than that - portrait, album, illustrative, etc. - but this was a conference for high school senior photography.

Next, the judges give points to an image based on 12 different elements that Professional Photographers of America has created as an industry measurement. I won’t bore you with all the details, but the 12 elements essentially boil down to two aspects:

CREATIVE and TECHNICAL

Is the image impactful? Does it tell a story?

Is the image technically sound? Is the lighting, color and composition on point?

It’s no coincidence that these are the categories that I (subconsciously) use to determine if an image is “client-worthy”. If it’s good enough for a client, it very well may be good enough for competition.

And that brings up another point. THE point.

When you hire me, I am NOT focused on shooting for competition. No, ma’am! My numero uno is YOU. I want to get your good side. I want to capture you in the best light. I want to show you your image on the back of my camera and hear you gasp with joy. I want you to be utterly blown away by your portraits and walk out of my studio absolutely GLOWING.

The competition aspect comes later as validation that yes, I’m serving my clients well and worthy of their business.

It’s a full-circle moment when a client loves an image it and then later, it scores well - even MERITING an award! - in a competition.

That’s a real win-win, isn’t it?


Okay, I have to share this. Here’s the fun part… the dark, shadowy and dramatic photo of Joe (go on, scroll back up and glance at it again) was taken in a FULLY LIT GYM. Seriously!

Check it out…. here’s a behind the scenes photo. See? It’s fully lit with ugly, unflattering fluorescent gym lights.

Oh, the power and magic of photography.

behind the scenes with Joe at Wauwatosa West HS

behind the scenes with Joe at Wauwatosa West HS


Do you want to have some fun with your senior photos? Do you want to do something different, memorable and attention-grabbing? Let’s talk! I’m now booking the class of 2020. Check out the MKEseniors page here.