Waukesha West High School

congrats to jack | what to expect when you show up for a photo shoot

First and most importantly, congratulations to another one of my awesome class of 2018 seniors. Here is Jack, who graduated from Wauwatosa West High School earlier this week. Wahooooo! 

autumn portrait in a park near wooden fence

I've gotten to know Jack a little better in the last year and I'm so glad I did! 

When we met up for his session, I had a feeling he wasn't quite sure what to expect. Sometimes, no amount of pre-session prep can fill in ALL the blanks. 

I talked him through the process before we got started. I could see his demeanor relax as I talked. I'm not one for surprises (unless it's a party or a free gift!) and I don't expect my clients and subjects to like surprises either (again, unless it's a party or a free  gift!).

So here are some of the things Jack got to experience...


1. I'm human, you're human. I just happen to be holding a camera and you just happen to be standing/sitting/walking in front of said camera.

My #1 goal when I show up is to get my subject to relax. I chitchat with them and reveal that I can be a bumbling fool (in case they didn't already know) and I can make mistakes, feel awkward and forget to take off my lens cap. (Raise your hand if I've raised up my camera to photograph you with the lens cap on... ah, yes. See? That's a lot of you.)

2. You will pretty much be standing around a lot.

That's not so hard, is it? We will walk and talk and stop and take some shots. We will walk some more. I'll ask you to stand right there. No, over one more step. And off we go again. The model life is SO HARD. (It might be, but this Intro to Modeling 101 so it's not so bad.) Just stand here... Sit there... you got this!

Speaking of being a model...

3. You are not a model and that's totally ok.

You are not trained in proper posture and posing technique. I know this. Which is why I will tell you exactly what to do. I will help you understand how to stand, sit and walk. I will help pose you. I may adjust you. I know what the camera sees so if you can trust me, I swear I won't make you look bad. That's a promise. Plus, living in the digital age does have its benefits - if you were to blink or if I caught you talking, there's this amazing little button called DELETE. No need to worry.

senior boy in plaid shirt leaning on brick building

You will look amazing and brilliant in your photos. All your friends will love and like and wow your images on Facebook. After they complement you and all your awesomeness, they will ask where you found such an incredible photographer. (And you'll tell them, right?) 

But first, before any of that can happen, you need to click this little button right here.

Congratulations to you, Jack! You did a great job at your session. I really had fun with you walking around the park and finding fun little spots to stop and press the shutter. Good luck to you in your future endeavors! 

Wauwatosa East High School | class of 2017 | Emma's sneak peek

Here we go... one more quick sneak peek of a class of 2017 senior session.

I have to say this about Emma. She SMILES. Like, ALL the time. I love getting some more serious looks from these kids but that just was NOT going to happen. Emma smiles.

And I loved it.

Here's your Sneak Peek, sweet Emma. Hope you like it!

Tosa East HS class of 2017 senior smile Emma

Fall is coming! Fall is coming! Don't let those beautiful autumn leaves fall to the ground before you have your family portraits done. Click below to get on the list for my Fall Mini Sessions on October 16

Waukesha West High School Senior Portraits | class of 2016 | Spencer

Graduation is sneaking up on us, so let's say hello/goodbye to another member of the Class of 2016... Spencer Pierce. 

Remember that name - someday he will either be playing on a ballfield near you or he'll be your boss. Maybe both. Spencer IS pretty motivated.


He has aspirations of becoming the next big CEO. He loves business. In fact, he said business classes give him - wait for it - "nerdbumps". I adore this kid... anyone makes up witty new words is pretty cool in my book. 

Spencer is truly a sweet kid. I can just tell that his family is very important to him. And clearly, his parents adore him right back. They both attended Spencer's session and it was so endearing to watch them watching him. (passes the box of tissues...)

However. I do have one small, itty bitty bone to pick with Spencer. I am SO proud that he chose a college to attend in the fall. It's a tough decision to make. Only... but... well...he picked the wrong one! 

Poor kiddo, he was bound to learn, sooner or later, that Iowa State University is the top school I root against during football season. Yup, that's right. I graduated from the University of Iowa (reigning champs!). So... I gueeeess I'll find a way to forgive Spencer for this humongously terrible life decision. 

(Spencer, you DO know I'm totally joking with you, right? I really couldn't be happier for you! You are going to take the world by storm, starting with Ames, Iowa. Go get em!)

Go Hawkeyes!


It's senior portrait time! Stories Framed Photography is now booking senior portraits for the Class of 2017. Please note that I do not discriminate against race, religion, hair color, shoe size or college choice. EVEN if they choose Iowa State....