Tweens

Tonawanda Elementary learns photography | High Interest Day

Last week I spent the day back in elementary school.

No, I didn’t forget my A, B, C’s. I was teaching photography for high interest day. If you’re unfamiliar, High Interest Day is sorta-kinda like Career Day for little kids with some marshmallow rockets and relay races tossed in.

I showed the kids some neat tricks that made them ooh and aah. As grownups, you may not be overwhelmed with awe at seeing a BLUE kid, but let me tell you, they loved it!

First I shared what a simple reflector can do. They now know they don’t even need a real reflector - a white piece of paper can do the trick!

Next I showed the kids how to turn that reflector into a portable, non-electric fan. A little bit of fake breeze can really liven up a portrait. Check out the before and after:

All the girls with long hair wanted in on this. They felt (and looked!) like models.

This next trick one was their collective favorites. It’s truly every kid’s dream to look like a Smurf, isn’t it? I asked them two questions:

1. what is your favorite color?

2. what does that color make you feel?

Here are some of the results…

Lastly, since I was on a roll with the Wow Factor, I showed them how I can make a fully lit room look pitch black. Sure they were impressed. However, once I saw these shots appear on the screen, I knew what I had done. These are two of my favorite (non-Smurf) photos of the day.

These two photos were taken in a bright room, with lots of (gross) overhead fluorescent lights.

Thanks to Tonawanda Elementary School for inviting me in for the day. You guys were so much fun to hang out with!

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!


THANK YOU! | Stories Framed Photography voted Best Children's Photographer in Milwaukee

Last November (as in a few months ago) I was asking (begging) you to vote for Stories Framed Photography for the Shepherd Express Best of Milwaukee List. I was - to my shock and surprise! - a finalist for Best Children's Photographer.

For real, I almost didn't recognize my own name. 

I landed on the page after voting for an awesome friend in her category (go Anna!) and thought, what the heck, I'll look at some of the other categories while I'm here. When I saw the names listed under Children's Photography I swear to you, I almost kept scrolling. Then it sunk in... and I completely lost my mind!

I spent November begging you to choose me.

I spent December desperately trying to not worry about the results. (Do you know about my tainted past with elections? Let's just say #perpetualloser is my own personal hashtag.)

Well, I can finally sleep again. 

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The results are in and I'm absolutely positively blown away by your support. I was named to the Shepherd Express Best of Milwaukee List for 2017 as Best Children's Photographer. 

ME!!!! 

THANKS TO YOU!!!!

Really, thank you from the bottom of my ice-cold toes to the top of my frizzy, curly hair. I am honored and flattered and just giddy with excitement. THANK YOU for choosing Stories Framed Photography. I promise to continue to live up to the title.

Do you see that red word? It says WINNER. Someone pinch me.

Do you see that red word? It says WINNER. Someone pinch me.

I sincerely hope you can make it to one of my Grand Opening celebrations... the word "celebration" may just be an understatement. I'm going to personally hug each and every one of you.

Stories Framed Photography 2017 Holiday Gift Guide | Day 4

Before you read on, you may want to catch up on the previous ideas from the list... 
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3

Onto today... it's a good one! 

In your family, who is the most difficult person to buy gifts for? Aside from the "person who has it all", I would have to guess a child between the ages of 10-14. Am I right? Yes, I'm right. You don't need you to tell me. I KNOW that tweens are HARD to please. They can be really picky - now that they have developed opinions and all. But when you do get it right with them... oh man, you are a HERO!

DAY #3: BOOK A BFF PHOTO SHOOT

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Imagine her delight when she learns that her and her Best-Friends-Forever will be getting together on the Friday night of their choosing to have their very own just-for-fun photo shoot. Each participant will get their own framed photo to remember the day and the hostess will also get a brag book with all the photos from the session. 

This is more than just a party. You are gifting these kids the opportunity to have a fun night - and not need social media to remember it!

Side effects may include... a giant hug and "thank you!" being screamed into your ear. 

Learn more about my tween program -- #MKEkids -- and schedule your hard-to-buy's BFF session - or even a birthday party! 

Stories Framed Photography Moving Sale | August 2017

Well, friends, here we go.

You know Stories Framed Photography is moving. (You don't? Read about it here!)

And you know every good relocation comes with.... a MOVING SALE! (Well, you do now.)

THE SCOOP.

We're celebrating! All this studio talk has me jumping up and down. I want to share the love so I thought I'd give YOU the gifts. All portrait sessions booked in the month of August will receive a complimentary bonus gift. 

You choose your gift:

1. Upgrade your framed portrait.  
Purchasing a framed portrait? Step it up to the next size - on the house!

2. Double your hi-res files.
If your print package comes with hi-res digital files, double them!

Check out my availability and book your session HERE

THE FINE PRINT.

No coupon codes, rebate forms or secret passwords needed. Your session must be BOOKED in August with the retainer fee PAID by 08/31/17. Session must be HELD by 09/30/17. This offer is only valid on full Portrait Sessions. 

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