food

It's my birthday and I'll cry if I want to | William turns one

I absolutely adore photographing one year olds and their cake smash sessions.

That is, once I get over the massive amount of jealousy I harbor for these little humans who are allowed to sit on the floor and dive head-first into a cake they get to have all to themselves. They just don’t know how good they have it!

Echem. Yes, back to the cute little toddlers and their teeny little birthday cakes.

It really is fascinating to watch someone taste a new food for the very first time. This birthday cake is one of the many first tastes in a baby’s young life. It may also be about a zillion times better than pureed green beans. So to watch them react to that sweet, soft and unexpected new flavor is life giving.

Then there’s William. He thought the cake was okay. I’m not even sure he ate much of the cake. However, the blue frosting polka dots were what made his heart go pitter patter. And once they were gone (as far as he could see), he was very clear about his displeasure…

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Um…. Happy birthday William! I hope you’ve recovered from the apparently traumatic experience that was your first birthday cake.


Do you have a little one who’s got a full 12 months under his belt? Let’s do a birthday cake smash session!

When you book your session, we will discuss themes, colors and styling. We’ll do a short portrait session before the cake smash to prove to your family that your baby’s face was clean at one point. Once your little bugger is covered in frosting, that’s when the “fun” begins. It’s a Parent Puzzle - how to successfully squeeze a sugar-buzzed child covered in a slick coating of frosting into a set of clean clothes and a carseat. (Good luck!)

Now that I’ve painted such a glamorous picture of the experience (haha), click below to learn more about child portrait sessions with Stories Framed Photography.

It really IS worth it. (Besides, you get to help “clean up”.)


raise your hand if you love cake | happy birthday Sebastian!

Sebastian.

A charming, energetic little smiler.

Who likes cake.

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This little boy came to me - well, he snagged a ride from his parents - for his one year portraits. We had quite the time… playing with blocks, pretending to sweep, climbing stairs, sitting on chairs and stools. And then… the big finale. The Cake Smash.

Sebastian is not shy around cake. He dove right in. And loved every second of it. (Ok, so did we!)

Afterwards mom and dad literally peeled his clothes off and put him into pajamas for a great, post-sugar-rush sleep.

Happy birthday, little one!

Elm Grove Photography Studio Opening a Grand Success

Elm Grove, WI
Monday morning

Wheeeeeewwww.

That. Was. So. Much. Fun.

I want to give a GIANT THANK YOU to EVERYONE who came to my Thursday evening ribbon cutting with the Brookfield and Wauwatosa Chambers of Commerce. I was overwhelmed by all the people who walked in my doors. I still can't believe ALL OF YOU were there! But I think I know why - you secretly wanted to make sure I really had a photography studio, didn't you? haha. I do, I'm not faking you out!

And then Saturday, I was once again honored to have Local First Milwaukee perform a ribbon cutting at my Open House. We were really lucky to have GORGEOUS weather so we went outside and basked in the sunshine. 

A big lesson I learned over the two events... I need to get myself a pair of giant scissors. 

Thank you to my friends and family who stopped by on Saturday. The Wauwatosa Mayor, Kathy Ehley, visited me! I couldn't believe she took the time out of her day for little old me. 

I have SO many photos to share and there are lots of them floating around on Facebook and Instagram. Are you ready? 

Thank you to Jason Brewer for shooting photos on Thursday.... and to my own kiddo, Sam, for "second-shooting". 

Here are some moments from Saturday's Open House... however, I didn't have a personal photographer following me around that day.  :)

Tosa Farmers Market | only 2 weeks left!

Wauwatosa Photographer Takes on Food | 10 days in Tosa

We interrupt this steady stream of families and high school seniors -- for a snack!

I spent the last few months visiting some of the 10 Days in Tosa participants to photograph their food. Their really delicious-looking, temptation-inducing, mouth-watering FOOD.

Watch this and see if you're not drooling, too...

As your average visitor of restaurants, going out for a night on the town or a family dinner, I would meet the usual lineup of staff: the host or hostess, waitstaff, bussers, and MAYBE the manager. But as a photographer visiting a restaurant during off-peak hours, I had the opportunity to peek behind the curtain, if you will. I met the marketing directors, managers, chefs, cooks and at one location, I met the Culinary Director for a group of eateries. 

The big thing I recognized with all of these individuals, no matter who I was working with that day, they took the upmost care with their specially handcrafted dishes. These meals were made with heart and soul and love and passion. It showed... both on the plate and in their eyes.

It was a beautiful thing to see, the relationship between the chef and the dish - it was like he wanted to hold onto his creation forever yet simultaneously share it with the entire world. Parting with your art can be difficult... I'd imagine more so when the recipient's only job is to destroy it by cutting and chewing and making it disappear. 

So the question remains - on this first day of 10 Days in Tosa, whose culinary creation will you dive into?