Today I am thankful for so many things. One of those things is YOU!
I want to send out a giant cyber hug and say THANK YOU. Thank you for choosing me year after year, as your photographer of choice. With so many options on every corner I am truly honored when you choose me.
Words will never be able to express my gratitude.
From our home to yours we wish a very joyous and blessed day of giving thanks!
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I can not wait to see everyone in their Christmas best!
The big question....WHAT ARE WE GOING TO WEAR??!!!
First things first, choose a color palette. You will need to decide a color family or color palette that you like. Consider that these pictures will be on your walls for awhile, so pick colors that you love and match your style. Start with 2 to 3 complimentary colors that work well together. Then, fill them out with some neutrals: common neutrals are blacks, grays, whites, creams, khakis, and navy denim. If you want, you can add in a pop of color to create interest and fun.
Once you have a color combination you love, start gathering options from your family’s closets that fit your color scheme. Go around the bedrooms and grab anything that fits your color scheme. Lay them all on the floor or a big bed, and and start combining them in possible outfits. You want to make sure that your color palette is distributed fairly evenly across the people in the photo. The idea is to coordinate colors, not match them!
For instance, if you have a blue and yellow theme, you don’t want everyone to have yellow shirts and jeans on. Mix it up a little bit. Can you vary colors from top to bottom, or person to person? Is there an option for a dress or skirt to add variety? Can you include a pattern or texture that ties in your different shades, instead of all solid colors?
The accessories and the details are the easiest way to elevate a simple color palette to a well rounded, balanced set of outfits! You can add texture and interest with scarves, belts, layered necklaces, big bracelets, headbands, flower clips, or hats. If you’re struggling with accessories for the males in your family, consider the smaller details like rolling up shirt sleeves, wearing a colored undershirt, tucking a shirt in, or adding layers. Accessories can also reflect the personalities of the individual members of the family, especially older children and teenagers. If you can, let them choose accessories themselves!
Don’t forget to decide the shoes for each family member… And no we can not leave your feet out of the photo, so make sure your socks and shoes coordinate with your outfit.
There’s a tendency to think family pictures require a whole new outfit for each family member. While you can absolutely buy something to finish off your outfits, remember that family photos are meant to reflect the people behind those clothes. One new item is fine, but a whole new wardrobe doesn’t usually represent someone’s individual style.
You want to be able to look back on these photos and remember how that shirt was your son’s favorite, and that skirt was worn all the time because your daughter adored it. Shopping from your closet first helps you respect each family member’s unique personality. If it’s already in their closet, it’s probably a good reflection of that person at this stage of life. And that’s what family portraits are all about!
No seriously! Where did 3 months go? My last post was on June 3rd, 2015. Truth be told several times I have sat down to post and nothing I had in my head seemed interesting enough to write down. After all it's summer and we all want to be outside soaking it in. Not reading emails.
Our family spent the summer doing what we usually do. Playing outside, swimming and making lots of messes! We enjoyed a family trip to South Dakota this year, watched A2 play lots of baseball, went camping and spent a lot time making memories with friends! I took up running. That has been an experience in itself. On June 1st I was unable to run 1 BLOCK (I know sad) and as of today, I have completed (3) 5K's in around 30min. I am looking forward to achieving other goals with that.
The summer was also filled with lots of sessions. Some new faces and some old! As the kids go back to school I am anxious to get back into a routine. Working at home with 3 kids certainly has its challenges. As I type this I am enjoying my first quiet work morning in quite awhile!
I am so looking forward to Fall. I love seeing all my old clients again, meeting more new faces and the gorgeous photos that become. I am also so excited for the Christmas studio sessions this year.
Here are few highlights...
I hope you enjoyed a few highlights from our summer, I hope yours was joyous as well!
Did you and/or your family do or try summer new? Any new traditions in the making?
Til next time....
Needless to say the craziness of Summer has begun. 2 years ago if you had asked me if I would be running to something 4 or 5 nights a week I would have told you are C R A Z Y! I said, "I would never do it!" Well guess what? Between my kids and myself lately I am doing it. Some weeks its only 2 or 3 nights and others its 4 or 5. The reality of it is 2 boys in sports, 1 in (2) sports, that there is going to be practices and there is going to be games. Then you add in my commitments and it is crazy town! A good crazy, but non the less our calendar is full. I have so many sessions waiting to hit the blog, but I thought I would return with a few tips on photographing all those sports!
1. TAKE YOUR GEAR
Take a few extra minutes to check your equipment before you leave home. Make sure your battery is charged and your memory card is in place (with lots of room to add new photos). A camera with a decent zoom is a must!
2. KNOW YOUR CAMERA'S SETTINGS
Shooting in manual mode will definitely give you more control, but if you shoot on the automatic modes of a dSLR or a point-n-shoot, know what the Sports mode does. I like to call the Sports mode “The Running Man”. In Sports mode, a few things will or won’t happen – your camera is operating differently than when it is just on automatic (green square). By using the Running Man, you are giving your camera a lit bit of information about what you are trying to do.
A little disclaimer – all the images in this post were shot on Manual, not Sports mode. Shooting in Manual modes, gives you more control over the settings to help control tricky shooting conditions and gives you flexibility to adjust the shutter speed, ISO, and depth of field. If you want to learn to use your camera this way consider my Snap Shop Workshop.
3. CONSIDER THE TIME OF DAY
Soccer games usually are in the morning so take note of where the sun is and make sure the sun is to your back when shooting. This will ensure you have your shutter speed on it’s maximum without having to worry about exposing for the faces of the players if you were shooting into the sun. Shooting a late day game is a little easier as you usually don't have to worry about the direct sun, but also position yourself so that you are not directly facing the sun.
4. INCLUDE THE BALL
The eyes and the ball are two of the most important compositional elements in a shot. The shot has more feeling when you capture the expression on the players face. However there are times when you can't get both in a shot and it still works.
5. TAKE SHOTS THAT TELL THE STORY
The group huddle, cheering from the bench, high fives, the look on the players’ faces when a goal is scored…these are all integral parts of the story. Capturing emotions adds to the story! These pictures are just as important as the action shots…perhaps even more so! They show team camaraderie and bonding, which is what the kids tend to remember anyway.
Thank you for stopping by today. I hope these tips will help you when capturing your athletes on the field this summer!
I love shooting at the beach. Heck I LOVE being at the beach. Last year beach sessions just didn't fit into the schedule. This year I am making them a priority and getting them on the calendar. Everyone loves being at the beach and the photos make for some amazing memories.
This year I will be hosting Summer Fun Beach Sessions on June 28th in the evening at Kohler-Andrae State Park. (Clients will be responsible for entrance into the park).
There are only a 4 sessions available. Immediate family only up to 6 people.
Message me to schedule yours!
The calendar is filling up quickly this summer.
I would love to capture your family.
Email or call me to schedule your session today!
The last year has been full of ups and down for Silas and his family. He is currently enduring his 3rd round of Chemo at Children's Hospital in Milwaukee.
I was blessed to be able to spend some time with the Willey family last month capturing Silas and his brothers at their home. Up until now Silas has not lost any hair. In fact his hair was growing long and he was getting some very cute curls. Well this new formula of Chemo has caused Silas to lose his hair. Thankfully, things like this do not affect Silas and remains the happy smiley little guy he always is.
Please continue to pray for Silas and his family as they move through this journey.
Working with soon to be Seniors is one of the best parts of my job. I have been blessed to work with some truly inspiring individuals that I know are going to make our world a better place. Our sessions are always full of laughs and great images.
I would love to work with you on creating a truly memorable experience!
Contact me to discuss your session today!
Moms come up with a thousand excuses why they can't be photographed. I know I have a list a mile long.
Reasons like... I'll do it when I lose these last 10 pounds. I don't know what to wear. I don't look good in front of the camera.
To your children you are the most beautiful person in the world. They don't care about your tummy, or your hair or nails being perfect. They love you for who you are and you are the most wonderful person in the whole world to them.
Your kids need photos of you together. They need to know what you look like now when they're little. They need to have these photos of you together so they can show their own kids when they grow up.
Treat yourself this Mother's Day to a Mommy & Me Mini session, or better yet send this email to your other half.
For more details or to book a session please contact me.
These sessions will be shot in the evenings, so session availability will be very limited.
Hopefully our Wisconsin weather cooperates with me.
Please be available for the rain date as well. I will not refund sessions fees due to the weather nor will I be able to accommodate a different day. Should it rain on the rain date 2 more dates will be offered in June.
Do you really get what you pay for? In most cases I am inclined to say yes. Are you always paying for a better product? Absolutely not! So what exactly are you paying for? Maybe it's that extra special treatment you receive. Maybe it's the fun way the product is presented to you. Value is perceived differently by each individual person. Where am I going with this you say? Well if you have visited me on Facebook either on my personal page or my business page you know that my 2.5 year old daughter is forever breaking and losing her glasses. We started this journey with glasses in June of 2014 just a few weeks before she turned 2. Fast forward 9 months later and we are on our 5th pair of glasses. Most recently the 4th pair was lost and so we had to start from square one. Because we are paying for her glasses out of pocket many of our lovely friends suggested we try one of the very popular online glasses stores. Well I had visited this option initially when I was told that she would need glasses. After all, I am a coupon-er and a deal searcher by nature. I was completely overwhelmed with the choices, not to mention the jargon. I mean how did I know if I was measuring her pupil distance correctly?? Last I checked I was not an ophthalmologist. So I went to a vision store and sought the help from the professionals. Well, after 4 trips down this road I was again urged by friends and family to try the internet. I think I invested approximately 6 hours in the search before I lost my mind. If you wear glasses than you know there are certain numbers for each person. Well nothing was matching up for me. Then the question came, how was I going to adjust them to fit her when they arrived? Would I have to take them somewhere to have them adjusted and then pay anyways? I finally found a pair that would work! Oh I thought I was golden, but then came choosing the correct kind of lenses. Guess what? Her prescription only works with certain lenses. Good grief I was in tears. Literally sobbing. When was this madness going to end?? The following day I headed out to the vision store not part of a box retail store. If you have gone through the experience with a toddler you know it can be very unpleasant. Eye glasses flying every where. My baby girl and I sat down at a station while the worker brought us choices based on what I told her I wanted.
Here was my request. "I want a pair of black glasses, no cartoon characters, no crazy designs and preferable rectangular shape (change it up a bit)." Well of course the rectangle ones I wanted were just a little too wide for her face so we ended up with the same shape she had ( I think it is called wayfarer). The lab technician spent 30 minutes fitting the frames to Baby Girl's face. Oh I thought this process would never end, but I can tell you this is the best fitting pair of glasses she has had over the course of 9 months. They took photos of her eyes to measure her pupil distance. I was grateful to not have to hold her in headlock while someone tried to measure her eyes with the special ruler as I have had to do in the past. Fast forward 90min (not 2 weeks) and we are walking out with a beautiful little bag and a brand new shiny pair of glasses. These glasses are by far the most costly glasses I have purchased, but with the service I received with them, I would have paid even more.
This experience got me thinking about my own business and changes that I have been slowly making over the last few years. I know people like to have control over their own digital files and some even choose to print their own, but some of you find that overwhelming. Allowing people to have control of their own images also allows me to keep the prices down. Know that I am here to walk you through the process. From choosing your proofs to designing beautiful wall galleries in your home. I never want anyone to feel boxed in to only having one way of doing things. So In 2015 I have still kept the option for you to be in control of your own files as a low cost option, and while my helping you along the way has always been an option, it will be something that I will continue to focus on even more. I truly believe that not offering this is a disservice to my business and my work. And yep you are going to pay a little more for that 8 x 10 from me , but I can promise you the absolute best customer service and experience that I can provide for you.
Thank you for joining me today. I know it has been awhile. Spring is here and I am so looking forward to getting back outside and shooting!
What do you think of the new website design? It is still a work in progress but I am slowly finding my happy place with it.