Maya and the coolest alley in Milwaukee | class of 2019 sneak peek

Honestly, sometimes no words are even needed. 

But let's be real. You know me and I can't possibly go without telling a story.

This session was a little sentimental for me. I've gotten to know this family through the years. I photographed her mom because he was my son's preschool teacher. I photographed her brother for his senior photos. And this girl, the lovely and talented Maya, when she was in EIGHTH GRADE. 


I have a special place in my heart for these gorgeous girls... who are now all going into their SENIOR YEAR OF HIGH SCHOOL.

Stop. It. (said all the moms)

So here is Maya's Sneak Peek. I'm sharing it through leaky eyes. Wauwatosa West High School should be proud to call you one of theirs.


It is not lost on me that both photos were shot in an alley. Not the same alley, but alleys all the same. That's the life of a photographer. And I love it.

What are you waiting for? Senior portrait season is here and I'm now booking into August and September. Don't delay, let's get a date on the calendar!

THANK YOU! | Stories Framed Photography voted Best Children's Photographer in Milwaukee

Last November (as in a few months ago) I was asking (begging) you to vote for Stories Framed Photography for the Shepherd Express Best of Milwaukee List. I was - to my shock and surprise! - a finalist for Best Children's Photographer.

For real, I almost didn't recognize my own name. 

I landed on the page after voting for an awesome friend in her category (go Anna!) and thought, what the heck, I'll look at some of the other categories while I'm here. When I saw the names listed under Children's Photography I swear to you, I almost kept scrolling. Then it sunk in... and I completely lost my mind!

I spent November begging you to choose me.

I spent December desperately trying to not worry about the results. (Do you know about my tainted past with elections? Let's just say #perpetualloser is my own personal hashtag.)

Well, I can finally sleep again. 


The results are in and I'm absolutely positively blown away by your support. I was named to the Shepherd Express Best of Milwaukee List for 2017 as Best Children's Photographer. 



Really, thank you from the bottom of my ice-cold toes to the top of my frizzy, curly hair. I am honored and flattered and just giddy with excitement. THANK YOU for choosing Stories Framed Photography. I promise to continue to live up to the title.

Do you see that red word? It says WINNER. Someone pinch me.

Do you see that red word? It says WINNER. Someone pinch me.

I sincerely hope you can make it to one of my Grand Opening celebrations... the word "celebration" may just be an understatement. I'm going to personally hug each and every one of you.

Stories Framed Photography 2017 Holiday Gift Guide | Day 4

Before you read on, you may want to catch up on the previous ideas from the list... 
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3

Onto today... it's a good one! 

In your family, who is the most difficult person to buy gifts for? Aside from the "person who has it all", I would have to guess a child between the ages of 10-14. Am I right? Yes, I'm right. You don't need you to tell me. I KNOW that tweens are HARD to please. They can be really picky - now that they have developed opinions and all. But when you do get it right with them... oh man, you are a HERO!



Imagine her delight when she learns that her and her Best-Friends-Forever will be getting together on the Friday night of their choosing to have their very own just-for-fun photo shoot. Each participant will get their own framed photo to remember the day and the hostess will also get a brag book with all the photos from the session. 

This is more than just a party. You are gifting these kids the opportunity to have a fun night - and not need social media to remember it!

Side effects may include... a giant hug and "thank you!" being screamed into your ear. 

Learn more about my tween program -- #MKEkids -- and schedule your hard-to-buy's BFF session - or even a birthday party! 

#MKEkids Tween Birthday Party | Mia is 11

Saturday night, during a break in our little snow storm, Mia turned 11. 

I was at her party and got some ADORABLE shots of Mia and her friends - school friends AND friends from her basketball team, thankyouverymuch. I can't wait to share them! However, with the holidays and winter break so soon, Mama Weber and I decided to wait on the big reveal. 

Honestly, as a fellow December birthday girl, I can totally relate to the agony of "the holidays" getting in the way of the REAL celebration. Sorry Mia. I feel you.

But here's a gorgeous little sneak peek for you... this sweet and spunky girl is ELEVEN! Happy birthday, girlfriend!

Struggling to find "entertainment" for your tween's birthday party? Looking for the perfect gift for that tween-aged kid? What about a photo shoot with Stories Framed Photography's tween division - MKEkids! Click to learn more. 

(Oh, and, psst.... gift certificates are available!)

Wauwatosa Photographer's Kids Go Back to School | Quick Before They Grow Up.

Happy First Day of School!

I have a lot of friends and family out of state and they have been back to school for several weeks already, but hey, it's our turn now.

This time of year is confusing to my heart and my brain.

My brain is all, "Get those kids back in school! They have some learning to do! And I have a TON of work to catch up on! Go! Go! Get back to school!"

And my heart? Oh, my HEART! My heart is going, "Hey, hold on there. Hang on one hot minute! We didn't have nearly enough fun this summer! I wanted to do so much more with those kids of mine! And oh my, they're growing up so fast! I can't believe she's in ___ grade! And how did he get to be in __ grade already? Oh, my breaking, crying heart!"

And so.... if you've ever wondered where I got my tagline, QUICK BEFORE THEY GROW UP, well, now you know. My babies... who aren't babies anymore.... who are in 5th grade (David) and 8th grade (Sam, Sammie, Samantha, or whatever she calls herself now). 

Cue the tears. 

And then there was yesterday...

This is why you should not wait to have your kids' portraits taken, your family photos shot or your student's senior pictures done. They grow and change so fast.

Blink and you'll miss it.

Quick, before they grow up.