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?!)


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.


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


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.


Radio head shots, part duex

Oh there's more.

I mentioned in my last post that I shot Lake FM AND WTMJ radio hosts... and I only showed you Lake's pictures. I was holding out for a reason. This is HUGE. Remember me, the one giddy with glee? I'm sitting here giggling right now. 

You may know this guy.... 

WTMJ morning show host, Gene Mueller.

WTMJ morning show host, Gene Mueller.


Gene is the guy who was born and raised in Milwaukee, who has always been a fan of the city and the sports teams and always dreamed of talking about them on the radio. Well, if you know Gene, you know his wish was granted long ago. But having met him for the first time at this photo shoot, I have a fresh take - what a life! When I asked him about his job and his love of the Brewers, he actually started BEAMING. I love that.

He has good reason to be proud. Gene's face can be seen on Brewers game schedules all over Milwaukee. Like these...

This magnetic Brewers schedule is hanging right on my fridge. 

This magnetic Brewers schedule is hanging right on my fridge. 

This is a pocket schedule for the Brewers. I don't actually keep it in my pocket but maybe I should...

This is a pocket schedule for the Brewers. I don't actually keep it in my pocket but maybe I should...


And finally, there is one more place (that I know of right now) where this fabulous photo will be showing up... (are you sitting down?) in the Brewers baseball team PROGRAM! As in, when you go to a game at Miller Park and you buy your son a program (or your mom, for all I know), Gene Mueller's picture will be inside. And the picture was taken by yours truly. Me. Wow, what a thrill!

And yes, I will absolutely buy a program as soon as I get to a Brewers game. Make sure you get yours - and drop me a line to tell me you saw Gene's picture.