Wauwatosa Family Photographer

Wauwatosa West HS class of 2019 | Olivia Keenan (cue all the tears)

Honestly? This is a story I’ve been dreading to share.

No, nothing bad has happened. Actually, quite the opposite. I have been TRULY BLESSED to know the subject of this blog post. I just get a little choked up to think that THIS DAY has come.

Seven years ago when I started Stories Framed Photography, a wonderful (and that’s a real understatement!) mom at the school our kids attended took a chance on me. Tanya kindly invited me to her home to photograph her three beautiful girls.

three beautiful girls in the summer

Meet Janessa, Olivia and Melina. Olivia, in the middle, was ELEVEN when I photographed her for the first time. And now…. well, hang on, not yet.

August 2012.

I returned the following summer for a quick family session. Tanya is a strong supporter of sending out Christmas cards with the kids’ cute faces smiling back at the recipient. (I always thought Tanya was a smart, smart woman!)

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August 2013.

Rinse and repeat. Summer family photos, winter family Christmas cards… I’m truly honored to have gotten to know Olivia and her sisters through the years.

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July 2014.

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November 2015.

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November 2016.

three sisters together like a vogue cover

November 2017.

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November 2018.

{Is something in your eye? Something is definitely in my eye…}


And that brings me to current day. This sweet girl - this YOUNG WOMAN - is graduating from high school in a few days. Olivia has gone and grown up on us, right before our eyes.

She has grown into a strong and independent person. She’s smart and well mannered (good job, Mama!). She loves nature. She loves animals and people and most of all, she is just so… KIND. Olivia is the kind of person you want to be around.

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In case you didn’t notice, yes, she’s stunning. We chose to keep the settings clean, simple and natural for her senior portraits. She doesn’t NEED all the… stuff. Give the girl a tree and some flowers and we can call it a day.

World, meet Olivia. This is not the last you’ll hear from this gorgeous girl.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go wipe my eyes.

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Side note: the studio shots (above) were taken right after Olivia left work at the zoo, dirty and sweaty. She changed clothes, cleaned up and VIOLA! Instant gorgeous!

SCHOOL
Tosa West High School

FAVORITE SUBJECT
English, I love writing

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENTS
scholastic writing awards

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EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES/SPORTS
soccer, National honor society, BSU

WORK
Milwaukee County Zoo

FOR FUN
hangout with friends, write, read

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IF I COULD TRAVEL ANYWHERE, I WOULD GO…
Italy

MY DREAM JOB IS…
writer

MY FAVORITE COLOR IS…
blue

POST-GRAD PLANS
University of Virginia

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2020 Seniors, I’m booking sessions now. It’s your time to shine. I’m booking senior sessions now. Visit my senior page to learn more.

Wauwatosa West HS class of 2019 | Haisam Rihawi

Meet Haisam! This was one of those rare situations where I wasn’t sure ahead of time what he wanted to do for his session. Turns out, a simple studio session was ALL we needed. This kid is a natural. No props, decor or exciting backgrounds needed.

Just Haisam.

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And here’s a funny coincidence that I learned about months later: another of my soon-to-be-featured seniors and Haisam are best friends. And because they’re boys (not girls) I couldn’t manage to get them in the studio together. THAT would have been fun! (Echem - it’s not too late!)

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SCHOOL
Wauwatosa West High School

FAVORITE SUBJECT
Latin

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES/SPORTS
track and field, cross country, long boarding

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WORK
Lubsey Clinic

FOR FUN
Family, friends

IF I COULD TRAVEL ANYWHERE, I WOULD GO…
Dubai

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Congrats, Haisam! It was an absolute pleasure capturing your senior portraits, and I cannot wait to see what you do next.

Seniors 2020, now we celebrate you! I’d love to take your senior photos and celebrate your unique personality. Visit my senior page to learn more.

Brookfield East HS class of 2019 | Aaron McLaughlin

Meet Aaron! He’s graduating from Brookfield East High School and is ready to take on St. Louis University this fall. This track star is ready to conquer the world with a goal of working in the field of marketing.

With Aaron’s creative personality and can-do attitude, he will make waves in the marketing industry. Congrats to you, Aaron!

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The first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want.
— Ben Stein
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SCHOOL
Brookfield East High School

FAVORITE SUBJECT
Social studies and sciences, interesting stuff to learn and good for marketing

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES/SPORTS
track and field and cross country

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WORK
Noodles + Co.

FOR FUN
Hang out with friends

MY DREAM JOB IS…
Marketing official of a big company

POST-GRAD PLANS
St. Louis University for Division 1 track and field

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Congrats, Aaron! You will crush it at St. Louis University.

2020 Seniors, what’s up? It’s your turn to show off your talents and celebrate your accomplishments. I’m now booking 2020 senior portrait sessions. Visit my senior page for more information.

Tosa East HS class of 2019 | Adam Hill

Meet this Tosa East graduate, Adam! He was a natural in front of the camera, and was easy going throughout the entire session.

If you give Adam a fishing pole and a body of water, he’s happy. This thoughtful senior loves to fish! He has dreams of building a career around his passion of fishing, and I think that’s fantastic.

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SCHOOL
Wauwatosa East High School

FAVORITE SUBJECT
sciences and math - interested in lake sciences and fishing

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENTS
competitive skateboarding when younger
play competitive baseball

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EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES/SPORTS
TEEC - environmental club
Club baseball. Plan to play for Tosa East this year since they moved to Spring
CYM basketball

WORK
part-time at Hilmot corp.

FOR FUN
Hang with friends and fish

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IF I COULD TRAVEL TO ANYWHERE, I WOULD GO…
maybe Alaska to fish

MY DREAM JOB IS…
To start a business in fish industry or to be a professional fishing guide

My favorite color is…
blue

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The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope.
— John Buchan
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Congrats to you, Adam! I love that you follow your passions and go after what you love to do. Best of luck!

2020 Seniors, it’s your turn! What’s your favorite thing to do? Let’s incorporate it into your senior portraits and show off your passions.

Tosa East HS class of 2019 | Mary McMahon

World, meet Mary! She’s about to graduate from Tosa East High School. This multi-passionate and intelligent young lady successfully managed to balance several extracurricular activities while achieving the Dean’s List every semester.

Mary just returned from St. Louis for the Global Competition for Destination Imagination. Her team placed 13th in the WORLD!

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SCHOOL
Wauwatosa East High School

FAVORITE SUBJECT
I like biology because I like learning about evolution and ecology but I also like history because I like learning about public policy.

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENTS
I have been on high honor roll each semester of high school. I won a writing contest with the Tosa All City Read in sophomore year and I was the recipient of the library leadership award junior year.

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EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES/SPORTS
I am involved in a lot of extracurriculars at school. I am editor of the school yearbook, copy manager for the newspaper, president of the environmental club, president of student council, varsity tennis captain and a member of amnesty international, feminist club, Key Club, Student Athlete Advisory Committee, and Destination Imagination.

WORK
I tutor for two sisters.

FOR FUN
I like to read, hike, watch movies and hang out with friends.

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The whole secret of a successful life is to find out what is one’s destiny to do, and then do it.
— Henry Ford
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IF I COULD TRAVEL ANYWHERE, I WOULD GO TO…
The Patagonia region in South America.

MY DREAM JOB IS…
Working for the environmental protection agency or the national parks service.

MY PROUDEST MOMENT IS WHEN…
My APPSE team got the midwest regional award last year.

MY FAVORITE COLOR IS…
Blue or green

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POST-GRAD PLANS
I'm looking at small colleges in the northeast and in California where I can study environmental studies. Right now I really like Williams and Bowdoin.

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Congrats, Mary! Keep following your passions and working hard through college - I’m proud to know you and I look forward to seeing where you end up.

Seniors 2020, it’s your turn! What are you passionate about? Let’s showcase your passions in your senior sessions. Visit my Senior page to learn more.