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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7.8.14

Family.

Ava is 7

It seems a lot of little girls in my life are celebrating their 7th birthdays this year…including my niece Ava! She is an avid reader (by that, I mean she reads at a high school level) so I knew I wanted to incorporate a book or two into her images. As you can see, Ava certainly made my job easy. She is full or personality and absolutely loves to talk “books” which means we had A LOT to talk about. Her little sister, Scarlet, also wanted in on the action so of course I had to include her in a few frames as well. It was fun to spend time with them and I especially loved spoiling them each with a little treat after the session. That’s what Auntie’s are for, right?! Happy birthday, Ava!

 

5.5.14

Family.

Party of Five

This adorable family has something in common with my own family…we are both hosting European teenagers in our home this year. The Turnbull’s have Oliver, a foreign exchange student from Denmark, staying with them while we have Filip, an exchange hockey player from Poland. That gave the mom of this crew and I something to talk about and we had to laugh at  how big of an adjustment it was for us to get used to cooking for teenage boys. Oh, my stars…can they eat or can they eat?!

At any rate, we had a great time chatting and I absolutely adore their sense of style. It made the session especially fun!

3.21.14

Family.

These two!

Oh, how I adore these two little boys…the entire family, really, but the boys get me every single time! Maybe it’s because I’m a mom of two boys myself and when I work with these guys it reminds me of what my life was like just a short time ago. Whatever it is I just love having the opportunity to photograph them every year. I think you’ll see in the photos below that they are two very happy (& silly) boys.

About halfway through the session we decided to take some time to be extra goofy to help get out some of the wiggle worms. I kept snapping pictures throughout this process imagining they’d be fun outtakes if nothing else. I was delighted to hear that some of the silly pictures were their parent’s favorite images. These silly antics go away all too quickly as kids grow up! It’s a good reminder to me about why I love photography as much as I do!

1.30.14

Family.

Annual Photos

Susan has been bringing her family to me for years for their annual photographs and it’s always such a joy to work with them.  They are such a close-knit family and the boys are about as nice and polite as they come.  It’s been so fun for me to see them grow and change year after year, but it also makes me realize just how fast time flies. It won’t be long and I’ll be taking their senior pictures!

5.9.13

Family, Newborn.

Bienvenue

Bienvenue, little miss Amélia!  After spending time with this beautiful baby girl and her family I can safely say there may be no sweeter sound than parents singing and speaking to their newborn in French.  I’ve always heard that French is a beautiful language but  hearing it spoken to a baby gave me a new appreciation.  Amélia is so loved and adored by her Mom and Dad and as you’ll see in some of the photos below I think she is just as smitten with them as they are with her.  Congratulations Isabelle and Pierre-Marc!  I loved photographing your sweet new addition and being able to share some time with you as you welcomed her home.

4.24.13

Family.

What’s in my bag

Last week, I shared a few tips for storing personal photos.  Today I thought I’d take it a step further by talking about my “everyday” camera.  As a professional photographer, the pressure to capture great photos can be overwhelming even when snapping everyday photos of the kids.  For years I lugged my equipment around to school concerts, sporting events, birthday parties, family gatherings, etc…  which not only was a pain to haul, but it always felt cumbersome and intrusive.  When I was shooting in a dark space or things were moving quickly I often found myself scrambling with my external flash and settings all in an attempt to capture great photos of these once in a lifetime happenings.  It didn’t take long before I started dreading having to document these events.  In fact, I started feeling like I was missing out on the event because I was so consumed with trying to take great pictures.  So often I longed to take off my professional photographer hat and attend these events simply as a mom.  For a while I quit taking my gear and relied solely on my iPhone and well, let’s just say those were anything but “great” photos so I knew I needed to find a happy medium.

This drove me to research small point-and-shoot cameras that would fit in my purse and/or coat pocket, but still live up to my expectations in terms of producing quality photos.  It took a while but I’ve finally found one I’m happy with and best of all…I’m actually using it!  Now, I will say that this camera isn’t exactly cheap but I’m a big believer in the saying “You get what you pay for!”.  The Sony DSC-RX100 is light & compact so it easily fits in my purse, but beyond that the quality of the photos are really top notch for a point-and-shoot camera.  One thing I like the most about this camera is the flash.  Most point-and-shoot cameras I’ve used have a bright, concentrated flash that tend to make subjects look white and ghostly.  The flash on this particular model is unlike anything I’ve seen in a compact camera.  I’m also impressed with the colors and overall performance in a variety of lighting situations.  I could go on and on about all the things I like about it, but I think what I like most is that it’s given me back some freedom.  Do I still use my pro equipment on my kids?  Absolutely!  But when I want to attend an event or when something is happening around the house and I don’t want the burden and pressure of hauling around my pro gear this little camera is a great solution.

 

Fun in the Sun

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, but trust me when I say I’ve been hard at work here at the studio.  On top of shooting some adorable babies and kids this winter I’ve also been busy planning some posts for the blog.  Over the past few months I’ve received several e-mails from people intrigued by some of the things I post on Facebook including storing personal photos, books, family trips, recipes, etc…  I’m excited to incorporate some of those topics into the blog along with some other photography related information.  I have some fun things planned and I can hardly wait to share them with all of you so be sure to stay tuned!

Now onto today’s session post.  We’ve had a long winter and considering there is still snow in our forecast I don’t see it ending any time in our near future.  While I not-so-patiently wait out this season I thought I’d share a few images I captured when I was speaking at The Savvy Photographer workshop in Alys Beach, Florida.  We had such a great time on this shoot and the kids couldn’t have been better to work with.

 

2.12.13

Children, Family.

One year later…

Some of you may remember these beautiful boys from this blog post.  It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since they arrived home!  I have to admit that I’m just as smitten with these kiddos now as I was the first day I met them.  If only you knew how sweet, happy, well-behaved and loving they are…they are every parent’s dream.  It’s been so much fun for me to watch them grow and learn over the past 12 months.  Last year both boys had a limited vocabulary and were on the shy side.  Now both boys are talking up a storm and are just as friendly and outgoing as ever.  It’s been quite the transformation and I know without a doubt it stems from their parents who are doing an incredible job with them.  They are two very lucky little boys!  It was such a treat for me to get to spend some time with them at the studio.  My favorite part was when little Kai came running down the hall and flew right into my arms and gave me the biggest bear hug of all time.  I love these guys to pieces!

1.17.13

Children, Family.

Family Fun

As I sit shivering in my drafty studio on this frigid Wisconsin morning I’m dreaming of warmer temps and sunshine.  One of the last family sessions of 2012 took place on a gorgeous Fall afternoon…just one day before we experienced our first snowfall of the season.  (Talk about cutting it close!)   I’ve had the pleasure of working with this family on several occasions and I’ve become pretty smitten with the two little boys who happen to be almost exactly 5 years younger than my own boys.  It’s so fun to watch them go through the phases that almost seem like a distant memory now that my boys are getting older.  This year the family decided to have me out to some property that has belonged to the family for several generations.  It’s a spot that is sentimental and the little guys delight in running around exploring the woods and doing all the stuff one might expect little boys would do in a wide open space.  What made this session especially fun is that Holly, the mom of these two adorable boys, grew up on this property.  Her dad purchased a truck on the day Holly was born and he hasn’t been able to part with it since.  Knowing the history of the truck sitting out in the field I couldn’t resist asking everyone to pile in the back for a few shots.   It was such a fun day and I’m already looking forward to working with them again next Fall!

Holiday Greetings

Now that the holiday season has wrapped up I’m finding some time to blog some of the photos and cards I designed for clients in the past few months.  This particular session was an absolute riot.  These two kiddos have such a great bond and they always ensure I get a lot of laughs in while taking their photos.  Here are a few of the images we captured including some outtakes that we used to line the envelopes for their Christmas cards this year.

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