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Class of 2019 Senior Portait Sneak Peek | Sara

In one single day, I went from photographing a high school senior in an artsy, funky alley to using  a beautiful and carefully tended garden as a portrait background.

This is Sara... she was an absolute pleasure to work with and I truly cannot wait to share the rest of her senior photos with her. We had so much fun playing around and she was a really great sport. 

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The thing I loved about Sara's wardrobe choice was her hat. Oh, that hat! Her outfit was super-cute on its own, but then, add in that black felt hat and it SINGS. 

When it comes time to pick your wardrobe for your senior portraits, let's have some fun! There are so many ways to do it... here are just a few ideas:

  • CLASSIC. Choose an outfit that won't go out of style, that is something clean and simple and timeless. Jeans and a t-shirt. A black dress. Shorts and a polo. Cut-offs and a tank.
  • TRENDY. On the other hand, let's commemorate the current styles and embrace the latest trends.
  • FORMAL. Why not play dress up? You only get to do your senior photos once! Get out that suit and tie. Put on your prom dress one more time. 
  • UNIFORM. Grab your band uniform, your cheer outfit, your football helmet. Show off your sport, your art, your passion.

Do you need some more help selecting your clothing? I can certainly guide you. Let's talk and get your session planned out! Fill this out and we can get the ball rolling right away.

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Maya and the coolest alley in Milwaukee | class of 2019 sneak peek

Honestly, sometimes no words are even needed. 

But let's be real. You know me and I can't possibly go without telling a story.

This session was a little sentimental for me. I've gotten to know this family through the years. I photographed her mom because he was my son's preschool teacher. I photographed her brother for his senior photos. And this girl, the lovely and talented Maya, when she was in EIGHTH GRADE. 

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I have a special place in my heart for these gorgeous girls... who are now all going into their SENIOR YEAR OF HIGH SCHOOL.

Stop. It. (said all the moms)

So here is Maya's Sneak Peek. I'm sharing it through leaky eyes. Wauwatosa West High School should be proud to call you one of theirs.

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It is not lost on me that both photos were shot in an alley. Not the same alley, but alleys all the same. That's the life of a photographer. And I love it.


What are you waiting for? Senior portrait season is here and I'm now booking into August and September. Don't delay, let's get a date on the calendar!


Sneak Peek for Jakob at Pius XI + 3 steps to a great location

Senior portrait season is officially underway for the class of 2019. 

Today's Sneak Peek is Jakob from Pius XI High School. We met at an exclusive and hard-to-find (haha, not really) location. We were at the beautiful St. Francis Seminary which had so many different options for scenery. This was just one.

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Are you stuck on what kind of location you want to use for your senior portraits? I guide my clients through the process of choosing.

3 EASY STEPS TO CHOOSING YOUR SESSION LOCATION

  • I ask lots of questions! I want to find out what the senior wants as well as what the parents expect. Aside from phone conversation and sometimes even in-person consultations, I send a thorough questionnaire to my clients to learn more about them.
     
  • Make a connection. True story: a mom wanted her son's senior portraits at the Milwaukee art museum. The kid had no interest in art. We need to connect the location to the personality and likes of everyone involved. (We ended up doing just that for this particular family and everyone loved the results.)
     
  • I have options. I have developed a curated list of locations that I like to use for portrait sessions. Once I know what you are looking for, I can search my database for the right place.

Let's talk about your senior portraits! From location to wardrobe to choosing the right products - I will guide you the entire way. Click the button to get started.


Sneak Peek | Surprise Father's Day Photos at The Landing

Friday night at The Landing in Wauwatosa is an absolute MUST DO! It's a family friendly outdoor beer garden attached to the Hoyt Pool, bike trails, and a beautiful wooded park. If you are looking for something to do on a Friday night, come out and listen to some music, have a drink, order a pizza.

I may be biased because I 100% love Tosa, but it really is the place to be. 

This past Friday night, I met a special family there as a surprise Father's Day session. It was different than anything I'd ever done for a portrait session... and I loved it! 

I caught a mix of candids and posed portraits. Much to Mama Dee's delight (who organized the surprise), I photographed each of her kiddos, different combinations of the family members and her father-in-law who was visiting from Florida. They will all LOVE the photos! 

For now, here's a little sneak peek. I'm saving the real goodies for the Big Reveal. (tee hee)

Cheers to Father's Day!

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Does this sound like your type of family session? Contact me right away to reserve your Friday (or other night) at the park. Or maybe you want a little more privacy? Let's talk. I want your family photo experience to suit your needs and desires.


Kettle Moraine HS | congrats to the class of 2018 + Kyle Loose

Here's another great grad-to-be... let's all give a polite golf clap to Kyle Loose from Kettle Moraine High School's class of 2018. 

We shot his senior portraits at one of my favorite locations.

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We met at the nearby golf course and did a quick shoot just in time for: 
1. the golf course to be empty
2. sunset
3. before the Friday night football game started

I'm not a golfer, but I can still appreciate the silence of an empty green, the hush of the open fields and the vastness and beauty of the rolling hills and carefully manicured landscaping. It's no wonder Kyle wanted to use this spot for his photos.

I wish Kyle all the success his future can possibly hold.

Happiness is a long walk with a putter.
— Greg Norman
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Hey, class of 2019! Do you have a memorable and possibly epic location you would LOVE to use for your senior portraits? Let's talk! Click HERE to start the conversation.