graduation photos

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.

ugly christmas sweaters on 3 sisters

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.

Muskego HS class of 2019 | Lauren Flater

Meet Lauren! This stunning and sweet girl graduates from Muskego High School! Her senior session took place in the Third Ward during a day just as lovely as Lauren herself.

One of my favorite shots from the session is her standing on Water Street. Don’t worry, we were completely safe and all pedestrian laws were followed…

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Fun fact: I photographed her two older brothers’ senior photos!

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Lauren is a talented dancer! I loved capturing her En Pointe Ballet during the session in a gorgeous dance costume.

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Congrats, Lauren! You are a kind and lovely young lady and will go on to do amazing things!

2020 Seniors, where is your dream session portrait location? Let’s make it happen! I’m booking senior sessions now. Visit my senior page to learn more.

Wauwatosa West HS class of 2019 | Brian Dunn

Truthfully, I don’t think I’ve ever had so much FUN at a senior session than I had with Brian. That’s not to say all the other sessions weren’t fun - oh, they were! It would take an AWFUL LOT for me to not have fun. But Brian? This was Top Shelf Fun.

Brian seemed to really get my jokes, he threw it right back at me, and his mom, Bridget, was laughing along with us. It truly felt like a party.

(I can totally hear Brian thinking, “Huh. Lamest party ever.”)

Well, no matter… we had a blast, we got Brian’s senior photos successfully shot and if nothing else, spent a beautiful fall day outside. Winner, winner.

The ultimate win is that Bridget loved his photos. (Brian liked them too, even if he won’t admit it out loud.) They are a reflection of her son as a bright young man approaching his future.

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Against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand.
— Mark Twain
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Huge congrats to you, Brian, as you graduate from Wauwatosa West High School!

2020 Seniors, you’re next! Like to laugh at corny jokes? I’m your girl! In all seriousness, I’m booking senior sessions now. Visit my senior page to learn more.

Wauwatosa West HS class of 2019 | Katherine Tschopp

Meet Kate! She is a dynamo and about to graduate from Wauwatosa West. She is an incredibly talented dancer and danced through high school competing at the state and national level!

Her dance team placed 10th in Nationals! Scroll to see some action shots we took outside during our senior session.

Congrats, Kate!

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SCHOOL
Wauwatosa West High School

FAVORITE SUBJECT
AP government - it’s just so complex and interesting but important

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SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENTS
state champion dance team
national champion dance team
state champion we the people
10th place in nationals we the people

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EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES/SPORTS
dance
french honor society
national honor society
Aclu
best buddies

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Dance is the hidden language of the soul.
— Martha Graham
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WORK
saz’s festivals

FOR FUN
hang out
go shopping

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Congrats, Kate! I enjoyed photographing your bubbly spirit. You can see your beautiful personality and how much you love to smile in your images.

Seniors 2020, you’re up! Do you want to dance for your senior portraits? We can make that happen! 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.