Monday, July 25, 2016

POTD 2015 | november 1-15

305. | sushi night.

305. | sushi night.
11.01.2015

I've been trying to think of what food I was obsessed with when I was 12. There were the graham crackers and chocolate frosting. Cheez-Whiz. Twinkies, maybe? At some point I fell in love with fondue. But it was my ONCE-a-year birthday treat.

My daughter has chosen to fall in love with....sushi. SUSHI. She's TWELVE. She would eat it every day if she could. She has no idea what a treat it is - a delicacy, really. (Unless you live in Japan, I suppose.)

I pity the man who ends up feeding her when she grows up. My husband has it easy. Treat me to a chocolate covered graham cracker and I'm a happy girl.


306. | out for a stroll.
306. | out for a stroll.
11.02.2015

Wauwatosa is a beautiful, tree-filled town. My favorite season is fall. It looks like a painter passed through and colored our world with warm hues of gold and bronze. So gorgeous.


307. | blue and gold.
307. | blue and gold.
11.03.2015

The weather has been so perfect lately, I've been trying to take advantage of it and going for runs in the park. I paused for a moment, I happened to look up and the sky took my breath away.


308. | vintage.
308. | vintage.
11.04.2015

My new favorite thing. The ring is genuine vintage - perhaps the only thing I own besides my sore feet that are vintage! But this gorgeous relic came from my grandmother. It's precious to me and I swear, when I wear it, I feel stronger and braver and more confident than ever.


309. | leaf on a windshield.

309. | leaf on a windshield.
11.05.2015

A single leaf flew onto the windshield.

While I was entertained at the view, all I could think about was Depeche Mode's song, "Fly on the Windscreen."

And in other random ramblings...


310. | MKEkids.
310. | MKEkids.
11.06.2015

This birthday party, these girls, this night - it was the absolute best. Who's next? ;)


311. | half full.
311. | half full.
11.07.2015

So is the glass half full of wine or half empty? Or is it just plain FULL?


312. | vodka tonic.
312. | vodka tonic.
11.08.2015

Today, this round of vodka tonics is dedicated to Mom-Mom.


313. | my better half.
313. | my better half.
11.09.2015

If it weren't for my better half, I would be curled up in a dark corner somewhere, uselessly rocking myself. He is my rock, my sanity, my security, my strength. I love him so.


314. | hallway shadow.

314. | hallway shadow.
11.10.2015

The title of the photo makes it sound so dramatic. But no, it's just Shadow the Dog in the hallway of our house. This is a rare "long distance" photo because she always insists on being right by my side. Hmm, just like my SHADOW.


315. | late night editing buddy.

315. | late night editing buddy.
11.11.2015

I can always count on Shadow to be my late night editing buddy. I pay her in popcorn. She keeps me awake by licking my face.


316. | patient puppy.
316. | patient puppy.
11.12.2015

Sam, all cuddled up in a blanket on the couch. She must have looked like a comfortable place to sit. Shadow plopped down right on top of Sam and looked at her with those sweet puppy eyes until she received the proper amount of petting behind the ears.


317. | bear hat.

317. | bear hat.
11.13.2015

This is David's HAT. When he looks down, this is what you see. Not freaky at all. Growl.


318. | moscow mule.
318. | moscow mule.
11.14.2015

The Moscow Mule has successfully made it onto my Top 10 list of favorite drinks. It's one of those drinks that is cool, refreshing and goes down WAY too easy.


319. | free samples!
319. | free samples!
11.15.2015

Sam accompanied me to Coscto today. In order to convince her to go, I simply reminded her of all the free samples.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Air Show | so retro!

There is no air show in Milwaukee this year. However, I never posted my photos from the air show last year. So in my little world, it's lose-win. Hm. Or something like that.

I thought I'd share some of my favorite shots from the show last year. I do not normally photograph airplanes. I am a people photographer. This kind of stuff is totally just for fun. It gives me change to play. To practice. To mess with exposure, composition and light.



This is not Photoshopped. These birds ACTUALLY flew through the airshow in formation. And the crowd went wild.


Watch this next sequence.... and keep in mind that it's an airshow. (eek!)









Guy on the boat: "AAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!!"

File under: OMG at the airshow.

Look closely -- this is a photo of TWO airplanes.


Sensitive ponytail pilots write love letters in the sky. 

Sunday, July 03, 2016

POTD 2016 | october 16-31

289. | i want to be...
289. | i want to be...
10.16.2015

Today was picture day at Tosa Catholic School... but not your average pictures. I volunteered to work on this project for the kindergarten classes. Each student held up the chalkboard showing what they want to be when they grow up. Later, I designed a Brady Bunch-type grid and plopped each photo into a box.

To say that it was adorable doesn't even come close. These little kiddos with their innocent little faces, holding their dreams on a chalkboard. Oh, I could have cried, it was so cute!


290. | i walked in waukesha.
290. | i walked in waukesha.
10.17.2015

Today was picture day for a wonderful family in Waukesha. They showed me some beautiful spots on the river walk. I will definitely be back someday.


291. | fall park photos.

291. | fall park photos.
10.18.2015

Another day, another beautiful family in an idyllic park. My job is so hard. Go be creative, make people laugh and then give them a memory to hang on their wall.




292. | fall flowers.

292. | fall flowers.
10.19.2015

The very next day following the family session, I returned to the same park. I needed some photos of flowers for a client project and I had spotted these.


293. | feet up, mag down.

293. | feet up, mag down.
10.20.2015

Little did I know that day, it was one of the last times I would sit on that bench, reading my magazine and watching my son at karate. He was SO over karate. No bribery in the world would get him to go again.

I'd have to find magazine time elsewhere, I guess.


294. | chicago night.

294. | chicago night.
10.21.2015

The only way we could watch the Cubs play in the playoffs was on our computer. So, to get in the spirit of the game, we had Chicago style hotdogs, cold, refreshing Miller Lite and set up the laptop on the dining room table.

Wrigley Field at grocery store prices. Not too bad! Go Cubs!


295. | beer samples.

295. | beer samples.
10.22.2015

Event photography at a bar means I get to shoot pictures I usually can't get. Like this. Yum to beer samples.

On a side note, thanks to massive developments in the craft beer industry, one thing bars do now that they really didn't need to before - samples. If you aren't sure about a certain beer, you can try it before you can buy it. Cheers to that!


296. | moon over elm grove pond.

296. | moon over elm grove pond.
10.23.2015

I don't know if this is actually called Elm Grove Pond but I'm going with it. It was a lovely evening. The water was still, the moon was bright. I had my camera in-hand. The end.


297. | fall soccer.
297. | fall soccer.
10.24.2015

It's a beautiful day for soccer!

Go D, playing goalie like a champ.


298. | bananas.

298. | bananas.
10.25.2015

It's Halloween and let me just say, I am completely BANANAS for my banana.

(And yes, this year I dressed as a total nerd for Halloween. Obv.)


299. | halloween happiness.

299. | halloween happiness.
10.26.2015

He shoots, he scores!


300. | wine and work.
300. | wine and work.
10.27.2015

No exciting Photo of the Day today... so here I am, hard at work.

Editor's Note: Happy Photo-of-the-Day #300! That's a lot of film!


301. | sad box tops.

301. | sad box tops.
10.28.2015

While I was counting Box Tops for the November 1 deadline, I came across this envelope stuffed full. Her co-teacher must still use it because the beloved Mrs. Shanower retired in the spring. Sniff.


302. | science is messy.
302. | science is messy.
10.29.2015

Spooky Lab Day at the STEM school and, wow, what a mess science can be. You should have seen the kids' faces. Pure. Bliss.


303. | reveal.
303. | reveal.
10.30.2015

I love this... they finally get to see their family portraits! Well, through the tears, anyhow.


304. | candy trade time.
304. | candy trade time.
10.31.2015

The trick-or-treating is over. The fun is done. The exhausted and over-sugared kids gather around a movie and trade their candy with their friends. #tradition

Sunday, June 26, 2016

POTD 2015 | october 1-15

274. | the birds.
274. | the birds.
10.01.2015

Perfect blue sky, green leaves on the trees and all those birds on the lines.

Fun Fact: Whenever I see that many birds hanging out together, I think of Alfred Hitchcock's creepy movie The Birds. (eeeew!)


275. | cubs game.
275. | miller time.
10.02.2015

Tailgating at Miller Park with (likely) Miller Lite beer and three handsome boys with the name Miller. Go... Cubs!


276. | grate.
276. | grate.
10.03.2015

Today was the Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk. We were blessed with a beautiful, fall day. Clear skies, crisp air and a beautiful backdrop.

We started in Cedarburg at a big, wide open park. It was beautiful but sort of typical. And I had no models. The park definitely needed PEOPLE.

Next photo walk - downtown. This was the main event. The group was probably 50-60 people big and we headed out at dusk - the perfect time to capture glimmering city lights.

Even though I captured some lovely photos of Milwaukee, my favorites are actually some of my detail shots. Photos of walls, gutter grates (like this one) and architecture fixtures. There is just something about this photo that captures my eye and intrigues my mind.

That's what I love so much about photo walks - you never know what you will notice, what you will see and how you will capture it.


277. | candle.

277. | candle
10.04.2015

I had a candle lit tonight. I had nothing else to take a picture of. The end. {the crowd goes wild}


278. | healthy eating.

278. | eating healthy.
10.05.2015

My daily lunch (usually) consists of a salad like this. I even make my own salad dressing.

Then I have a 1 lb. bag of M&Ms for dessert.


279. | late night dog selfie.

279. | late night dog selfie.
10.06.2015

Here we are - our late night ritual. Sitting on the couch, eating popcorn and watching Grey's Anatomy.

It's a ruff life.


280. | assistant photographer.

280. | assistant photographer.
10.07.2015

Here's a little behind the scenes shot at my assistant hard at work on the computer. This whole time you thought I was the one doing all the graphic design and photo editing. I sure had you fooled. Shadow is one talented pup, now, isn't she?


281. | heart of orange.

281. | heart of orange.
10.08.2015

You know it's love when... your carrot comes in the shape of a heart.

You know you're the child of a photographer when you call your mom over to take a picture of it. (Thanks Sam!)


282. | birds on lines.
282. | birds on lines.
10.09.2015

Another day, another photo of birds on lines.


283. | illinios.
283. | illinois.
10.10.2015

You know you've crossed state lines into Illinois when... the license plates change, the buildings get taller and the beer glasses get better. Go Bulls!


284. | photo book.
284. | photo book.
10.11.2015

I designed this photo book for one of my clients. They used it as a sign-in book at their wedding. I loved it so much... but they just wouldn't let me keep it.

I hope it's now filled with messages of love from friends and family.


285. | reveal.
285. | reveal.
10.12.2015

This is one of my favorite parts of my job. When I reveal to the client (and their family!) the final product of the photo shoot. My creative vision + their stunning beauty = joy and tears all around. I just love making people happy!


286. | pairings.
286. | pairings.
10.13.2015

Busy nights means desperate dinner measures. I ate the kids' leftover mac and cheese. With wine.


287. | chewbacca hat.

287. | chewbacca hat.
10.14.2015

The weather is getting cooler and so, the Chewbacca hat comes out of hibernation.


288. | mascot pig.
288. | mascot pig.
10.15.2015

Today I spent the morning at a local business doing headshots and staff photos. I also took some shots of the office. They specifically requested that I get a shot of this little pig statue. It's their mascot.

I think every company should adopt a mascot.

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