class of 2016

Tosa East High School Senior Portraits | class of 2016 | Amelia

This is it. Today is graduation day. And this is my final post (sniff!) from my class of 2016 senior sessions. So, without further babble...

Introducing the beautiful and talented Amelia Moore.  

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This was such a fun session to work on with her. We met at the Harley Davidson Museum... no, Amelia doesn't ride a motorcycle. Quite the contrary... check this out:

When Amelia told me she wanted photos in her toe shoes, I just about fell out of my chair. This would be SO MUCH FUN. Let's do it. And so we did. 

This next image is my ABSOLUTE favorite. Breathtaking. 

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(take a breath)

You need to know a little about Amelia... she has been dancing for 12 years. She plays the violin. She won nationals for her government debate class. She loves history. And someday, she will judge you. But not in a mean and gossipy way -- Amelia aspires to someday become a  Supreme Court Justice. Brilliant!

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Another thing you should know about Ameila - she is determined. If she wants to someday be a Supreme Court Justice, well, I'd be willing to bet that she will do it. Put her name in a pocket somewhere because when the time comes, you will hear it again. Likely with the words "esteemed" and "respected" closeby. 

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I wish all the success in the world to you, Amelia. If I know you, you will do fantastic work, no matter what it is. Congratulations on your graduation!

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A quick note to Amelia's equally darling mom, Ardith: stop crying. ;)


Yoohoo! Are you a member of the Class of 2017 - or do you know someone who is? This is the time to book your senior portraits. Click below to learn more. I can't wait to work with you on some cool and unique portraits.

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.

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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!

(giggles)


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.... 

Tosa West High School Senior Portraits | class of 2016 | Jacob

So we were just getting started with Jacob's senior portrait session when his mom mentions, almost as a side note, that this will be an easy session for me.

Now, see, a lot of moms say this to me - as they should! - because all moms KNOW their kid is the cutest of all the kids and has the best smile out of anyone in the entire world. Ironically, Jacob's mom experiences this in her own work (I imagine her rolling her eyes and giggling as she reads this). Kelly is a (pretty phenominal) preschool teacher. And she will surely tell you that it's a proven fact that 100% of preschoolers are in the top 1% of all the smartest children on the planet. (What? Mine were too! No judging whatsoever, it's a Mom Fact.)

So back to why Jacob's session was going to be so easy...

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Turns out, this Jacob kid is a FORMER MODEL.

I would ask him to look in a certain direction and he did. With ease and comfort. I had him walk acoss the bridge and he really DID, slowly and thoughtfully. Kelly, you were SO right. This was an easy session for me. 

A little about Jacob... he is one with baseball and playing his guitar. So much, in fact, that he will be attending University of Wisconsin - La Crosse to play baseball. Something tells me he just might bring his guitar along with him to school in the fall. (Ya THINK??)

The funny thing about seeing these pictures now is that Jacob has since chopped his hair off. Should we do a re-shoot? ;) 

I'm excited to see what this talented boy will do with his college career - and beyond. We'll all be cheering for you! 

Good luck, Jacob! You'll do great, I'm sure of it.


5 Steps to Looking Cool & Comfortable in Your Senior Portraits

  1. BREATHE. Take some deep, calming breaths right before your session and  in between shots. 
     
  2. WEAR WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY. Is your favorite outfit a bright yellow sundress? Do you have a favorite pair of (ripped) jeans? Wear them. When you are comfortable in your clothes it shows on your face. 
     
  3. IGNORE EVERYTHING (but me). Focus on what we are doing... put on the tunnel vision and let the people and surroundings drop away. You'll feel the weight instantly come off your shoulders. 
     
  4. DON'T WORRY. As your photographer, my #1 job is to make sure you look your absolute best. If you are worried about how you're looking in the photos, DON'T. First of all, the worry shows in your face. Second, think about it: it does NO good for ANYONE if shoot and share unflattering photos of you. You won't like them and I won't get hired if I take unflattering photos of my clients. So just let go of that notion and RELAX. 
     
  5. HAVE FUN. Now that you are relaxed, comfortable, focused and unconcerned - enjoy yourself! After making sure you look awesome, my #2 job is making sure you have fun. I want you to truly enjoy the process of creating your amazing senior portraits.

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Tosa East High School Senior Portraits | class of 2016 | Maggie

Senioritis is a real thing. I know because I had it (a zillion years ago!) and Maggie tells me that she's got it BAD. It's so close the end of the school year, everything seems to be wrapping up, coming to an end and closing down... plus, she already chose a college for the fall. So really, can you blame her for catching a case of the "let's move on with things"?

Besides, it's MAGGIE we're talking about here. Her version of "not caring" about homework is turning in an assignment without proofreading it. She's such a good, kind-hearted kid that she couldn't do a bad job if she tried.

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Plus, as you can see she's BEAUTIFUL. 

This made photographing her SO EASY. I almost felt like I was cheating. Her smile is so natural - it never looked forced. 

Maggie will be attending St. Louis University in the fall. Except for one small hitch.... she nannies and babysits for several families around Wauwatosa. As of right now, we have not agreed to let her leave. 

Well, it's true - we will ALL miss her when she goes to college. BUT. This is Maggie we're talking about... she will do amazing things with her future.

Best of luck to you, Maggie! xoxo

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Muskego High School Senior Portraits | class of 2016 | Arthur

May begins the quick descent into the graduation celebration season. I thought, what better reason to kick off my class of 2016 senior introductions. For the next month, come back and read about the awesome high school seniors I photographed and see what makes them so special.

Let's start with Arthur... 

No amount of shyness will steer me away. My end-goal is always to capture my subject's essence, personality and mood. I was able to do just that with Arthur - PLUS a smile!

In a few of the shots below, it looks like he's smirking because he probably was. I was doing everything to make a COMPLETE AND TOTAL FOOL of myself just to make him smile. It worked. And now Arthur surely thinks I'm an idiot.... but his mom is happy, and in the end, that's all that matters. 

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Arthur has a shoveling and lawn service that keeps him busy. Hire him quick for the summer because come fall, he'll be off to college! In September Arthur will be a freshman business student at  UW-Madison. 

Good luck, Arthur! I wish you the best of luck in your BRIGHT future! 

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