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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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!

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.

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

3.23.11

Studio Products.

Van for Dan Workshop

Last December my husband and I decided to do a project with the kids to experience how it feels to give back.  We started something we called, “The Giving Jar”, where the kids pulled a giving task out of the jar every morning in December as a way to countdown the days until Christmas.   Watching the kids perform the tasks filled my heart with so much joy that I really didn’t want it to end.  I decided that I wanted 2011 to be a year of giving on a more regular basis.

So far this year we’ve all completed several small random acts of kindness, but I’ve been patiently waiting for an opportunity to do something bigger.  I knew that if I was patient and didn’t let the chaos of life distract me that something would present itself.  Last week, I was browsing through Facebook and saw a post by the father of one of my high school friends, Dan, who was paralyzed in a horrible car accident several years ago.  Dan’s dad posted saying that Dan was in desperate need of a new specially equipped van to help keep him mobile.  They were asking for donations of any kind…big or small.  I knew as soon as I read it that this was my chance!

I’ve been asked often to do a workshop for photographers who desire to grow their businesses to a new level.  As a mom of two busy boys I’ve never been able to work it into my schedule.  However, I knew this project was too important to pass up.  It felt so obvious to me that this is what I was supposed to do and I’m happy to be moving forward with the workshop.  This will be my one and only workshop so I’m planning to make it a good one!  :)

Following is a basic overview of some topics that will be covered during the workshop:

The Van for Dan workshop will be held in my studio in the quaint river town of Hudson, Wisconsin on May 14-15, 2011.  Hudson is a short 20-minute drive from the Minneapolis, MN airport (MSP).  This workshop is geared toward working professional photographers who are eager to take their businesses to the next level.  Participants should have confidence shooting in full manual mode.  Below is a brief overview of what the workshop will include:

Day 1: (9am-6pm)

I’ll begin our day by explaining how understanding and exceeding my client’s expectations has helped me achieve a level of success I never dreamed possible. Detailed information about my work flow from the time a client books all the way through delivery of the order will be provided.  You’ll take a pre-lunch stroll through the quaint downtown area of Hudson, WI before returning to the studio for a “working lunch” where you will watch me do a live shoot.   After lunch I’ll provide specific information about how I interact with subjects to promote honest and sincere reactions.  We will also discuss detailed editing techniques I use to subtly enhance my images without overdoing it.  Then we’ll end the day with ample time for participants to practice the techniques I’ve shared on a variety of models both in the studio and in the downtown area of Hudson.

Day 2:   (9am-5pm)

Today we will focus on the business side of things including specific pricing & package strategies.  I’ll provide specific information on how I conduct viewing appointments and how I exceed client expectations through my product offerings.  We’ll also discuss innovative uses for a variety of products on the market today.   Plenty of time will be allowed for any questions you may have!

Bring your camera, laptop (optional), and a happy heart because you are doing something great for someone in need!

*UPDATE: The donations from photography vendors have been pouring in since I announced this workshop.  Attendees are in for a REAL treat with this workshop…trust me when I say that you don’t want to miss out!

Dan and his assist dog, Yaeger:

A few shots of the studio where the workshop will take place:

Here’s a sneak peek at the welcome boxes that will ship out to each participant.  I can’t show you what’s inside just yet…I don’t want to spoil the surprise!

The workshop is limited to twelve participants and seats are available on a first come, first serve basis.  Your seat is confirmed when you submit a non-refundable payment for $1200 by clicking on the “Buy Now” button below.  If you would like to contribute to this great cause, without participating in the workshop you can send a donation to kjschultz98@comcast.net noting “Van for Dan” in the memo.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support!  If you would prefer to pay by credit card over the phone you can call me directly at 651-341-4098.


11.24.10

Studio Products.

Studio Project…

I just love that I build relationships with my clients that often go beyond photography.  Sometimes clients ask for my assistance in pulling together birthday parties, arranging venue details, or even creating invitations to events.  One of my favorite pastimes is playing with all things paper!  Making innovative invitations is a great way for me to spend time doing something I thoroughly enjoy.  The following invitation was created for clients who hosted an event in celebration of a fundraising effort in which they participated.  The fundraiser was a huge success so I think it’s fair to say they deserved a party…and I have a feeling a fun time was had by all!  Here’s hoping the Movember Event makes it into the Guinness Book of World Records!  Good luck guys…GO WILD!

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