Built in the late 1800's, my studio is home to great history & memories. A childhood dream was realized when I opened my boutique style photography studio loft in this unique space filled with character. The space combined with our location in the quaint downtown area of Hudson, WI offers the capability for custom photography sessions indoors in addition to personalized on-location sites. My signature portrait style consists of simple,

yet strong composition resulting in images that are both honest and highly emotive. Foregoing stiff poses and forced smiles, I interact with subjects in such a way that unveils their distinct personalities. This approach combined with exquisite attention to detail provides for a comfortable and relaxed photo session and extraordinary images.

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Ally…

Meet the lovely, Ally, a senior at Hudson High School!  We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day for her photo session!  I was  glad to venture out to a few different locations as it gave us a lot of time to talk.  Throughout our time together I discovered that she has plans to go to Iowa State to pursue her undergraduate degree in psychology and plans to continue on for an advanced degree in her field.  This gave us a great talking point as my college roommate received a PhD in Psychology and currently works as a chief psychologist in a federal prison (Ann, if you’re reading this I was talking about you!!).  We had a great conversation and I loved that throughout the shoot we went back and forth between our chat and taking pictures…I have a tendency to forget that I’m “working” when shooting seniors.  Nevertheless, it was a great time and as you can see she is an absolute natural in front of the camera!  Ally- best wishes to you as you finish out your senior year!

9.4.12

Family.

Blog Mania

Of all the years I’ve been in business I’ve never had a season filled with as many sessions as this one.  I’m having a blast and love working with all of my clients, but I’m finding it very hard to keep up with my blog posts.  Rather than trying to blog individual sessions I thought I’d try combining them to give you a peek at what I’ve been working on.  It’s definitely high school senior season this time of year but as you can see I’ve had some families and newborns in the mix as well.  A huge thank you to each and every one of my clients who have made this season one to remember!

 

Grant…

This year I am photographing a lot of younger siblings of past clients.  It’s always so fun for me to work with families time and time again and I love that it allows me the opportunity to re-connect with former seniors.  Grant is the youngest of three and I absolutely loved photographing his older sisters.  When his mom called to book his session she asked if it would be ok if the girls tagged along.  I jumped at the chance knowing we would have a great time chatting and I was anxious to hear about their college experiences so far.  Just as I suspected we had such a fun time and I took the chance at the end of the session to photograph all three of them together…one last time before they are all off to college.  Grant, best wishes to you and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that all goes well with USC!

8.21.12

Family.

Family fun…

In the midst of all the high school senior sessions I’ve had a few family shoots tucked in every now and again.  This family is one I’ve been photographing for the past 5 years and I must say that it’s been such a joy to watch their family grow and to get to know their kids as much as I have.  The little girl and I have become fast friends and I’m sure it has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that I’ve been known to treat her to an ice cream cone after her sessions.  HA!  Their mom had a great idea to create a large canvas collage using images from this year’s session.  I loved the idea and I can’t wait to see how the final product turns out!

Savannah…

It’s not very often that I get nervous about a session, but I’ve been anticipating this session for a VERY long time.  You see, my niece is a 2013 senior and ever since I opened my studio I’ve thought about what it would be like when she was old enough for senior pictures.  At the time it seemed so far off, but as so many of you know…time flies!  Her senior year is upon us so while my sister and her family were visiting a few weeks ago we went out to take her senior photos.  It’s hard to wrap my brain around the fact that my baby niece is all grown up, but  I couldn’t be more proud of her if I tried.  She is incredibly smart (as in REALLY smart…I’m her Auntie so I can brag like that), a talented pianist and artist, she’s witty as all get out, and oh, so fun!  I’m excited about her senior year as we have a few trips planned so we can spend a bit more time together before she heads off to college…NYC and Europe here we come!

Chase…

It’s so exciting to FINALLY have senior season kicked into high gear around here!  This is easily my favorite time of year so I’m very much looking forward to what the next few weeks will bring with all of my 2013 seniors.  This blog post features high school senior, Chase, a Varsity basketball player and all around great kid.  It was such a pleasure to work with him and I’ve loved how excited both he and his family have been to see the photos.   It’s a good reminder about just how much the senior photography experience means to people and I love knowing that these photos will be cherished for years to come.

Tia

This year I’ve booked an unusual amount of seniors from out of town which is always so exciting to me, but also a bit nerve wracking as our weather is often unpredictable!  Luckily, we’ve had a stretch of unbelievable weather this season making it nearly perfect for shooting.   What a relief…especially when working with clients like Tia who are only in town for a day or two.  Tia is a shy, yet confident girl with an absolutely infectious smile.  Below are a few of the images from her session:

Mason…

Earlier this year I received a call from one of my husband’s relatives asking if I’d be available to take their son’s senior pictures when they were vacationing at their lake place.  We haven’t seen them for years so I knew it would be a great opportunity for us to reconnect and catch up.  They invited us up to their cabin for the day (kids and all) and treated us to a fabulous dinner.  We had a blast and I have to admit that it hardly felt like “work” in that environment.  This place has a lot of sentimental value to the family so they really wanted all of Mason’s senior photos taken right there on the property.  So, Mason and I meandered around and chatted.  It didn’t take long for us to connect over our love of gymnastics!  When I worked as a high school teacher I was also the varsity gymnastics coach.  For those of you who know the sport…Mason is a level 9 gymnast and has competed and placed at regionals.  Needless to say, he and I had a lot to talk about!  We had a lot of fun together and I loved having a chance to spend time with a great family!

 

Maddie…

Introducing Maddie, a  class of 2013 senior at East Ridge High School.  She and I became fast friends as we talked about all things fashion, college, and hockey (as mom of two boys who both love the sport I was definitely able to hold my own in the conversation…my boys would have been so proud).  Together we covered a lot of ground trekking from one location to the next laughing and talking the entire time.  We had so much fun and kept shooting straight through sunset.  I left the session reminded of just how much I love shooting high school seniors!  Here are a few of my favorites from Maddie’s session:

 

 

Davis…

Considering how much I gripe about the freezing cold and snowy weather I have to endure during the winter months it doesn’t feel right to complain about the warm temps we are experiencing right now, but wow…is it hot?!!  Anytime we get over 90 degrees it seems hard enough to bear so needless to say with temps over 100 it’s been a struggle.  Thankfully, Davis who traveled from out of town for his senior session, was a trooper.  We took our time shooting in the studio and then ventured outside to capture a few outdoor images.  While it was fun…I think we were both happy when I called a wrap and we were both able to head back to the air conditioned studio!  Thanks again, Davis, for traveling all that way for your session.  I wish you the very best!

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