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The Heart of Cabi Event | headshots for a fresh start

For the second year in a row, I helped out my Cabi friends for their wonderful Heart of Cabi event.

First, you may be wondering, “what’s Cabi?” Cabi is a line of high quality women’s clothing sold through consultants at customers’ homes and offices. Sort of like Pampered Chef, but cute outfits instead of handy kitchen gadgets. (If you want to check it out, drop me a line saying you want to come to my next Cabi event at the studio. It will most likely in the fall.)

The Heart of Cabi is a day-long philanthropic event they coordinate on a national level to help local women in need dress and feel better. The Milwaukee consultants meet at the Sojourner Family Peace Center. The volunteers distribute clothing and accessories to the attendees. Then they bring them to a separate room where Sandra Hoeft, a Mary Kay SUPERSTAR, gives them mini-makeovers and I have set up a photo studio to create their sparkly, new headshots.

It’s a fun and energizing day. I mean, really, it’s completely exhausting, but making a positive change for so many women who really, REALLY NEED IT keeps me going for days and days. It was an honor to meet all the attendees, it was privilege to become even the tiniest part of their stories. I wish each one of them good health, success and unending happiness .

The Cabi volunteers pose for a group shot before the doors opened.

The Cabi volunteers pose for a group shot before the doors opened.

These are the four powerhouses who lead the volunteers. It’s a lot of work and they pull off an amazing event year after year.

These are the four powerhouses who lead the volunteers. It’s a lot of work and they pull off an amazing event year after year.

Below are the participants’ new headshots. And yes, there were a few “special appearances”, too. These women are truly something special. Their beauty shines through their eyes and their smiles.

I highly recommend clicking on the first photo and scrolling through the full-sized images.

Here’s to hoping for a new job, a new start and a new life for these strong, beautiful women.

xo


2018 | what a year!

Whew. The calendar has flipped.

All the 2018 in reviews are floating around. All the lists of things to do in 2019 (cleverly disguised resolutions - I see through you!) are being shoved down our throat. I’m still reeling from the amazing year I had. Stop making me plan my next move - I’m just happy to be here!

Why so happy? Let me give you that long awaited (or not) 2018 recap…

JANUARY. My head literally exploded. OMGee. I won the Shepherd Express Best of Milwaukee award for Best Children’s Photographer. It was an out of body experience and such an honor. Thank you sososososo much for your support and votes and pats on the back.

(In case you’re wondering about 2018’s award - they closed down my category! Does that mean I get to be the reigning champ?!)

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MARCH. I had a BLAST collaborating with some beautiful and talented people on the Spring Style Guide. Did you get your copy? The tips inside won’t ever get old! Check it out.

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APRIL. I was featured in an article in Professional Photographer Magazine. This was a huge honor considering all the options for photographers they have at their fingertips. Definitely a super-proud moment for me.


MAY. I volunteered to do headshots for a group of women at a makeover event sponsored by Cabi. This was an exhausting day - physically and emotionally - but it was worth every single minute. When someone walks away from me believing - perhaps for the first time ever - that they ARE truly beautiful, my heart fills. This happened over 50 times in one single day. Oh my heart. Ironic that the event is called The Heart of Cabi? I think not.


AUGUST. I had an article published in an industry magazine. If you don’t know my secret past life, I went to college with plans to be a journalist. My life goals twisted and turned and somehow I ended up being a journalist! It was literally a life goal - accomplished! Blow me over!


SEPTEMBER. They say that if you don’t ask, you don’t get, if you don’t try, you don’t win. Well, I asked and tried — and got it and won! I asked to write again for the September issue of Toffee + Honey. She said yes! And THEN. In the same month I was published in Behind the Shutter Magazine. Wowowowow.

P.S. this is the month Shadow the Dog became a diva. Help me.


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OCTOBER. WHUT??? Again?? Speechless. And giddy. And a little bit hungry.

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NOVEMBER. Thanks to some generous sponsors and amazing support, I photographed 21 active duty soldiers and their families for Portraits of Bravery. They all received a package of holiday cards, prints and gifts. Merry Christmas, indeed.

This has been an amazing, mind-blowing year for me. I have to say, before you go, that if it weren’t for the loyal Stories Framed Photography family, I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish any of this. You support me, you build me up. And I am TRULY GRATEFUL for you.

This one’s all you…. THANK YOU for being so GREAT in 2018. Now let’s BREAK RECORDS in 2019. What else do we have going on? CONTACT ME TODAY to get on my fast-filling calendar this year.

xo

Giving Tuesday + Next Door Milwaukee = ❤️

If you recall, in September, I held a Book-ing Drive for Next Door Milwaukee.

Whaaaat? You don't remember what you had for lunch yesterday? Oh, yeah. Me neither.

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I ended up (giddily!) buying a WHOPPING 40+ books from this month-long event.

Plus, a big thank you to everyone who brought books to my studio Soft Open in September. There will be some really happy kids in Milwaukee, finally able to read a book at bedtime. Hooray!

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Well, I'm not done.

I've made a decision... in the spirit of Giving Tuesday, the holidays and kids everywhere holding books in their hands.

I WILL DONATE A BOOK FOR EVERY SESSION BOOKED IN 2017.

As of right now, that's over 100 books for kids.

Oh, and I'm not done...

I'M MAKING THIS AN ON-GOING CONTRIBUTION TO NEXT DOOR MILWAUKEE. 

Look out 2018... those kids are getting some new books! Will you help me?

  1. Bring new or gently-used children's books to the studio for the collection bin.
  2. Donate cash so I can buy even more books.
  3. Book a session! I will donate a book for EVERY SESSION. 

I'm beyond excited to get more kids reading. Let's give them the tools they need to do just that.

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Stories Framed Photography | New Studio Soft Open Celebration

Hey, hey, hey! The day is finally here. 

The walls are painted. The floors are installed. The backdrops are hung. Most of the furniture and photos are in place. (The kids are back in school!) I think I'm ready to call it.... OPEN FOR BUSINESS! 

Now let me be super clear, this is a totally UNOFFICIAL opening celebration. I will be having a major extravaganza for the GRAND OPENING IN JANUARY. But I couldn't make you wait that long to come say hello. 

Consider this your New Studio Sneak Peek. 

So... c'mon over! I'll be here all day. Stop by and say hi, check out the place and see what I've been up to lately. (And why I need a nap!)

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WHEN
Friday, September 8, 2017
10am-7pm

WHERE
My NEW STUDIO!!!
890 Elm Grove Road --> in the Village Court

EHEM!
I may even have some goodies to give away. Hmm... 

Oh, and pretty please bring a new or used book for the September BOOK-ing DRIVE for Next Door Foundation

Stories Framed Photography | Back-to-School BOOK-ing Drive

Yesterday was BACK TO SCHOOL DAY! It was a rather emotionally draining day. I actually had intended to post this yesterday and I just didn't have it in me. 

See, this is a transition year. I now have a Freshman in high school and a 6th grader in Middle School. Sniff. Snort. Sob!

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I wanted to do something extra-special in honor of the kids going back to school... I wanted to celebrate new beginnings... fresh starts... exciting opportunities.

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Yes, that's right. For every session BOOKED this month, Stories Framed Photography will donate a BOOK to Next Door Foundation. That means one more child will have a book all to himself! 

Next Door Milwaukee is a a fantastic organization that provides books to kids who might not otherwise have them. More than that, their mission statement says, they "support the intellectual, physical, spiritual and emotional development of children". 

I recently had a tour of their facility and I fell in love. I absolutely applaud everything they stand for -- helping children learn to read and supporting children's appreciation of books -- all while supporting their overall welfare and happiness.

Here are just a few shots of the very quiet school and library - mere days before the halls would be filled with little faces and voices.

While we were touring, a school teacher stood in front of this very bookshelf to personally select books for his students.

Picture this: a fresh crop of students shows up for the first day of school. They are greeted by their happy and enthusiastic teacher. Then they each are handed a book - or two! - to take home and keep forever.

I want to help keep this library filled for more teachers, more families and more children to understand the joy that comes with holding a book in their hands. A book that is all their own.


So you've been thinking about scheduling family portraits? You still need to get your high school senior in for portraits? You've been procrastinating replacing your outdated headshot? CLICK HERE to schedule your session. When you do, I'll add another book to the bookshelf!

Not in the market for portraits? You are invited to come by my new studio and bring a new or used book for the Next Door Foundation collection bin. I will happily pass them on.


Learn more about Next Door Foundation HERE. There are so many great volunteer opportunities available - from sorting and cleaning books to reading to kids.