class of 2018

closing a chapter of the class of 2018 | congrats haley

This is it. This is my last Ode to Class of 2018 Seniors. And I'm ending with a session that I loved SO much. 

This is Haley. She graduated at the end of May. And she is so stinking adorable. Those two facts are completely unrelated but equally true. (So there.)

girl on a bridge laughing

Haley Hauk Landon

Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School

long hair blowing while walking

My favorite subject is English because I love to read and write.

My favorite teacher is my history teacher, Mr. Haferman, because he's the teacher I've learned the most from during high school.

Being able to perform in Disney with my pom team, being captain of the cheer team, being a member of National Honors Society

I'm a member of the cheer team at my school.

Drs. Landon and Sirotinski Dental

I like to spend time with friends and family, shop, and read.



Light blue

Haley will be heading off to Florida State University next year. I think I may have to visit her in the winter when I get sick of the snow. (just kidding!)

Good luck with your beautiful, bright future! I can't wait to hear all about your adventures!

cheerleader with green and white ponpoms

Class of 2019, it's your turn now! Let's talk about your senior portraits, what you want to include in them (a prop? a uniform?) and where you'd like to have them. 

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! 

congratulations to dominic | tosa east hs class of 2018

We have only THREE days left of school! 

Well, let me clarify... the UNDERCLASSMEN have three days left. The Wauwatosa East High School class of 2018 graduated on Sunday so... THEY. ARE. OUT. OF. HERE!!!!!!

Before he runs off for the summer, allow me to introduce Dominic, proud graduate just two days into his big, giant future.

in studio senior portrait of a boy in a chair with grey shirt

Are you mulling over location options for your senior photos? Dominic and his sweet mom and I met out at a local park and then afterward, when it got dark, we headed back to my studio for some indoor shots.

See if you can count all the locations we went to... 

I'm up to three....


As a side note, Dominic was super easy to work with. He's a laid-back kid and, like most of us, cannot be judged by his cover. He's such an interesting kid and I can't wait to see what he does in the future!

Congratulations Dominic on your graduation! 

P.S. If you were counting, we used SEVEN locations. Or did we?.... A magician never tells his secrets. (wink wink)

CLASS OF 2019 - You're up! Let's talk about where (and when) you want to get your senior portraits done. I'm here for you!

Congratulations to Mikail | Kenosha Bradford HS class of 2018

Lately, people have been asking if I've been busy with graduation photos. The truth is, no. 

But here's why:

Here, in unpredictably weathered Wisconsin, most kids get their senior portraits done during the summer and fall BEFORE their senior year. Maybe it's more than than just the weather... Although, if I were listing the reasons for shooting senior portraits during summer and fall, this is how it would go:

  1. Winter.
  2. Snow in Spring.
  3. Too cold (or hot?) in spring.
  4. Senioritis.
  5. Yearbook photo deadlines.

So while the class of 2018 is busy graduating, I'm sitting here cheering them on and sharing their stories as they walk the aisles. (And yes, it's true, I get a little sniffy.) 

Meanwhile, the class of 2019 is getting ready for their closeups.

Here is Mikail. He's graduating tomorrow (!) from Kenosha's Bradford High School. 

Bradley HS class of 2018 senior portrait in bleachers

He's a sweet kid... I know, I know. I always say that. But he WAS! I'm not lying. We had fun together, along with his mom, finding the perfect spots in the park to photograph him. 

Everything seemed to flow so well. I even asked Mikail if he had modeled before. It sure seemed like it! He was a natural!

For future reference, if you ever want to know if blue is a good color to wear with a green background - the answer is in the photos! YES! YES! ABSOLUTELY! 

Congratulations, Mikail! I'm so happy for you. Best of luck in your future!

BW portrait arms crossed senior boy class of 2018

Class of 2019 it's your turn!  And heads up - I'm having a $99 Summer Portrait Sale for a LIMITED TIME so go tell your mom or dad or friends. Let's get your senior portraits on the books!

Congratulations class of 2018 | megan stanek and pius xi

This great girl has already graduated! High fives to Megan and her Pius XI Catholic School class of 2018. How fun that they are done with school and the rest of the schools are still in session. (mischievously drums fingers together)

class of 2018 student in Tosa Village

Megan Stanek

Pius XI Catholic High School

History because I like to take a look into the past and try and imagine what life was like back then

Being part of a nationally known art department, manager for cross country 

I scored my first varsity soccer goal when I was a bench warmer

Soccer, Cross Country, CYM Basketball, and Studio Night (Art) 

Wauwatosa senior portrait on the stairs

Saz's Festivals

I like to either do something fun with my friends or catch up not the latest Netflix episodes


senior portrait of girl behind plant black and white


a Jounalist

freckled class of 2018 senior girl by a tree

Best wishes to you, Megan! You are going to have a bright and sensational future!