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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7.24.13

Studio News.

Europe Vacation

A blog post is long overdue here at Jamie Schultz but I can assure you that the delay was well worth it.  This summer has been filled with a number of incredible experiences and I’m doing my best to slow down in an attempt to savor each and every one of them.  Perhaps the most exciting event was my 3-week “girls trip” to Europe.  My mom, sister, niece and I made the trek across the pond to visit Italy, Austria, Germany, France, and Great Britain.  While it was hard to be away from my family and friends and to take a short leave of absence from my job I have to say it was well worth it as we saw some incredible sites, hiked across beautiful terrain, indulged in amazing food and wine, and met memorable people along the way.  It was definitely a once in a lifetime opportunity and one I’ll always remember.  Having said that, I’m thrilled to be back at the studio! The trip made me fall in love with photography all over again, and I’m having more fun than ever with my craft this summer.

 

4.29.13

Studio News.

Graduation Cards

We are officially in “senior grad card” mode here at the studio as we work diligently to fill card orders.  I always love putting these together knowing what an exciting time this is for my high school senior clients.  I thought it would be fun to share a few of our most popular designs from this season:

 

I also have an exciting studio announcement to share!  Each and every year we get an increasing number of requests from consumers who worked with photographers who only offered digital images from their session.  They reach out to us to see if they can purchase card designs so they can share their favorite photos with their friends and family while announcing their new addition, graduation open house, or to send a holiday greeting.  We’ve received so many requests over the years that we’ve finally decided to open an Etsy store, Studio 202 Designs, where the general public can now order custom card designs as a ready to print file.   You can find out more about the services we offer by clicking on the shop link HERE and reading the product descriptions.

Here’s a peek at the new on-line storefront!

Everyday Photos

 

Considering I work full-time as a photographer it will probably come as no surprise to my readers that I have quite a few photos of my own kids.  Although I must admit it’s not as many as you might think.  Sometimes I have to remind myself to pick up the camera and document my own family every now and again as it’s easy to let my gear rest in its case when I’m not working.  On top of that I tend to be very critical of my photos and when I’m shooting my kids it’s often random chaos in less than ideal shooting conditions.  Thankfully, I’m learning to take off my professional photographer hat when documenting my family and I just do the best I can with what I have.  In other words, I guess I’m beginning to embrace imperfection and appreciating the photos for what they are.  For several years I had a collection of photos stored in boxes in my basement.  As the boys grew, so did the pile of boxes!  I  knew I needed to find a solution so my photos didn’t sit stored in my basement or on my computer until my boys graduated from high school and I was forced to do something with them.   After spending quite some time thinking through how I wanted to preserve our family photos I decided to move forward with albums for each of the boys.

Some of you might wonder why I wouldn’t choose a digital album like the books I create for my clients.  Truth be told, I came very close to choosing this as an option. However, there is something so nostalgic for me when I look back at old family photos of my own.  I’ve loved having hardcopy prints over the years and I especially love when there is a handwritten note accompanied by the photo.  For me there is something significant about passing down photographs and handwritten notes from generation to generation and it’s a tradition I’d like to continue with my boys.

I often find myself having conversations with clients and friends when they ask how they can preserve their own everyday photos so I thought I’d take some time to share what I’ve found works for me. In the photo above you’ll see I use 12 in x 12 in We R Memory Maker Linen Albums for my boys.  These 3-ring style binders hold a variety of clear plastic photo sleeves designed to hold an assortment of photo sizes.  I use both We R Memory Maker photo sleeves along with some Project Life pages.  When I take personal photos I store them in a folder on my computer and every two months or so I go through and print the pictures I’d like to include in their memory books. Then it’s simply a matter of putting the photos in the sleeves and jotting down a few details on a journaling card.  You can buy journaling cards at most on-line and brick-and-mortar scrapbook stores or create and print your own.  I’ve also created a set of printables (shown below) that you can download for FREE HERE.

Now, having said that I will tell you that often times when we are out and about and I’m without my camera I have to rely on my iPhone and Instagram.  Over the past year I’ve built quite a collection of photos and I am planning to put those images into a softcover digital book printed through Artifact Uprising.  This really makes it so I have the best of both worlds knowing that my boys will have hardcopy printed photographs along with a digital album filled with fun family memories captured on the fly.

I’d love to hear about how you preserve your everyday family photos.  Feel free to leave a comment below!

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.

 

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

1.19.12

Studio News.

Imaging 2012: New Orleans


I just returned from Imaging 2012, a convention for professional photographers in New Orleans, and what a trip it was!  Not only did I have a chance to meet up with some wonderfully talented photographer friends but I also had the opportunity to speak at the Miller’s/MpixPRO booth.  As nerve wracking as public speaking is for me, it is always so neat to meet with people afterwards and hear what they took away from the presentation.  A huge thank you to all of you who stopped by and a very special thank you to Miller’s and MpixPRO for selecting some of my products to display in their booths!

Now I’m back at the studio gearing up for some winter studio sessions along with WPPI 2012: Las Vegas!  If you are a photographer planning to attend WPPI this year you can pre-board for my platform presentation HERE.  This year I’ll be talking about how limiting distractions and the simple act of giving transformed my portrait business.  I’ll provide some concrete solutions for photographers who feel overwhelmed and are struggling to find balance in their everyday lives.

6.22.11

Studio News.

Van for Dan Workshop…

It’s hard to believe that nearly a month has passed since the Van for Dan Workshop.   The event exceeded every expectation I had going into it and I’m thrilled with the amount of money we raised for the Van for Dan fund.  It was truly an honor to share that weekend with such an amazing group of women.  Even though we were only together for two-days it seems to me that we developed a bond that will last for quite some time.
I do want to take a moment to publicly thank not only the workshop participants and models, but also the vendors who donated amazing gifts for the event.  I was overwhelmed by the generosity of the vendors in the photography community who gave more than I ever dreamed possible.  If only I had a video of the participants faces when they dove into their bag of goodies at the start of Day 1… headbands from Paislee Lane, beautiful newborn hats from Spun Candy, camera straps from Made by Meegz and August Blossoms, hair clips from Starlit Nest, lens cap holders from Crafty Staci, custom image boxes filled with samples from Miller’s Professional Imaging, and last but not least a Barnwood Rug and Dry Erase board from The Savvy Photographer.
Needless to say, the workshop attendees were over the moon with their treasures.  It was so nice to reward them for giving to such a great cause!  To all of you who attended the workshop, modeled for the event, or donated items for the participants, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your contribution.  Dan is just a few days away from getting into his new van and he is beyond grateful to each and every one of you.

3.22.11

Studio News.

Van for Dan Workshop…

More information coming soon…stay tuned!

1.26.11

Studio News.

Professional Photographer Magazine…

When PPA (Professional Photographer’s Association) contacted me about doing an interview for the January publication I was thrilled, honored, delighted…there’s just really no adequate way to describe it.  They were interested mostly in talking about how I’ve grown my business over the years and how I’ve been able to establish such a strong and loyal client base.  It was an incredible experience and seeing the final article in print is really icing on the cake.  I’ve been eager to get copies to all of my clients featured in the article and their response has reignited my excitement over the project.  I’ve received some of the most kind and thoughtful e-mails from my clients and for that I am so very grateful.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…I have some of the most wonderful clients in the entire world!  Thank you all for your support!

11.18.10

Studio News.

‘Tis the Season…

This time of year my blog entries slow down a bit, but I promise it’s for good reason.    We’ve been hard at work pulling everything together and the studio is starting to overflow with orders ready to ship.  I’m so very excited for my clients to receive their goodies!  Seeing the final results of projects I’ve been working on for a while is truly one of my favorite parts of this job.

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