portraits

Sneak Peek for the Spring kids

I decided, since we were supposed to meet for their BIG REVEAL last month, that I wasn’t going to post a Sneak Peek. It all happened so quickly and I couldn’t wait to show mom how the beautiful portraits turned out - in person!

But then, life happened, and Mara had to reschedule our reveal appointment. We still have a week until mom will see their images but I just can’t make her wait that long!

As a mom, I totally get it. It’s hard - not knowing if anything good will come the from your family’s session. You can’t see what I, the photographer, sees through the eye-hole of the camera, into the lens and out into the frame of the shot. Rest assured, Mara. Your kids are STUNNING.

See for yourself…

Children’s Photographer Tip

Do you have an upcoming session for your kids? There are a few things to remember when you tote your kids to the studio or the park for the big day…

1. YOUR KIDS WILL LISTEN TO ME. Your kids will listen to me more than they will to you. Why? I’m not their mom. That’s just kid nature. It happens with my own kiddos. If you ask any preschool teacher, dance instructor or babysitter, it’s the same story. Mom walks into the room and everything changes.

2. I HAVE SOME GOOD OL’ TRICKS UP MY SLEEVE. I’m no magician, but I do have lots of experience photographing kids. As your photographer, my primary goal is - yes, to make YOU happy - but at that moment, I want the attention of your kids so that I can show the world just. how. adorable. they. are. I’m constantly brushing up on my skills by attending workshops and conferences and reading books and articles… all so I can succeed at Getting Any Kid to Be Adorable in Photos.

3. Which leads me to this one. LET IT BE. John Lennon (or is it Jack Malik?!) couldn’t be more right. I want you to sit back and relax. I want you to read a magazine. I want you to check in on Facebook and tell the world how cute your kids’ photos will be because - oh, look at them! And this amazing photographer has them in the palm of her hands. (too much?)

Let them be. I’ll do my job and they’ll be kids. And I promise you some breathtaking images with your precious little sweethearts looking their best.


Quick before they grow up! Let’s get your kiddos’ session on the calendar before summer is over. My weekends are filling up fast, so let me know if you’re interested in scheduling a session.

Sneak Peek for the Stein kids

Let me tell you a secret. You never know what conditions you might run into with an outdoor portrait session…

The weather could be utterly humid.

The balloons could all pop before we could use them.

BUT.

The kids? They were perfection.

John and Julia were fun and flexible during their outdoor session, balloons and humidity be darned.

Here’s a Sneak Peek:

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Summer is halfway over! Are you looking to schedule a family session this season? My weekends openings are filling fast. Let’s get your session on the calendar TODAY!


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


Rauch Family Sneak Peek | a day at the beach

The annual day of Photos with Jenna and Her Adorable Family finally arrived! It’s always so fun to see them and do a round of speed-catch-up, chase the GROWING kiddos around and capture some family moments. (And with a toddler, it really is a blink-or-you’ll-miss-it moment!)

We met up at a beautiful park that was attached to a beach… that definitely will be seeing me and my camera again. The perfect weather that we had requested arrived as ordered. The breeze was blowing, the sun was shining, the kids were happy. It couldn’t have been any more idyllic if we tried.

Thanks Jenna and Dan! We had a wonderful morning together and I’m sure you will love the rest of your photos.

For now, here’s your Sneak Peek…. can’t you just feel that hug coming?

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What kind of location fits your story? Are you beach people? Is a garden more your speed? Or maybe you prefer funky, urban surroundings? All my portrait sessions are custom built around YOU. Let’s talk about what sparks you up and we can create some beautiful family heirlooms to show it all off.


Brookfield Academy class of 2019 | Wil Ihlenfeld

People are put on this earth to do specific jobs… this member of the class of 2019 is a perfect case in point.

Meet Wil Ihlenfeld.

He likes, enjoys and appreciates things that I do not understand or, well, grasp. Namely, SCIENCE. I’m all for science, it make the world go round (right, Wil?) but unlike this smartie, the minute you start throwing out formulas or equations, my eyes will glaze over.

This is why we all do different things in life. It would be a shame if someone as highly intelligent as Wil didn’t do something like… achieve his Dream Job Status. (Read on to see what he wants to be when he grows up. Wow.)

Meet William Ihlenfeld IV, future world-changer.

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SCHOOL
Brookfield Academy

FAVORITE SUBJECT
Chemistry because it's the explanation of the physical world

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENTS
Honor Roll
Smartquette Program at Marquette
French State Concours Oral-Gold

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EXTRACURRICULARS
Track
Science Bowl/Club

WHERE DO YOU WORK?
Narnia

WHAT DO YOU DO ON THE WEEKENDS?
play video games
movies with friends
D and D/role playing games

FAVORITE COLOR
Blue

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IF I COULD TRAVEL ANYWHERE I’D GO TO
Geneva, Switzerland

MY DREAM JOB
Nuclear Chemist

PROUDEST MOMENT
Doing well in Chemistry

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And finally, my personal favorite photo from Wil’s session….

boy and his chocolate lab dog sitting outside

Okay, hang on one sec.

There is one other thing.

This is another family who I have photographed in the past. I would be remiss if we didn’t go down memory lane. Look how much they grow up in just four quick years!

Now that the class of 2019 is out the door, in-coming seniors it’s your turn! If you are a member of the class od 2020 let’s talk! Let’s get your senior portraits on the calendar!