Monday, January 30, 2017

fam-uh-lee, fam-lee

 Carrie ( mom)  really wanted some outdoors shots but with such a busy summer scheduled and no time to reschedule we rolled with it, and mother nature gave us a 20 minute window for outdoor shots. A beautiful family photographed on a beauty of a day.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Lost Valley Cider Co.

A local watering hole, Lost Valley Cider Co.- for hard cider connoisseur, um YUM! Before going here for an assignment for M Magazine, I only drank hard cider here and there. I never knew how smooth this drink could/can be.

I also love that it's a family run business, Stuart & Chandra Rudolph,are father & daughter.

"Everyone has a 'lost valley' ... kind of their like Shangri La," says Stuart as we chat about the concept behind the name for Lost Valley, which was inspired by family travels.
"When my dad was growing up he would visit his grandparents' farm in Massachusetts," Chandra explains. "They always referred to the area as as the 'lost valley.' Years later, when we would take hiking trips out west as a family, we always called them lost valley expeditions.'"
Stuart adds: "The name really attempts to capture our natural propensity for adventure and exploration. And that's really what we do here, encouraging the collaborative exploration of ciders from around the world."
The space, in turn, reflects that sense of adventure. A wooden map on the wall sits above a corner lounge on the west end of the bar.

Check it out it's close to the Iron Horse Hotel in Walker's Point. 

Monday, January 9, 2017

Peter, Stacy's co-pilot

                                             The talk

This was shot during the last days of fall. We lucked out and got this beautiful light - a  giant (sky sized) soft box that softens the light and leads itself to pretty light that is evenly lit - perfect for portraits.
Stacy needed photos for her new website, and it's always nice to have photos with your beloved pup. Pete, his needs? Play, Love, Treats, and not necessarily in that order.

Stacy's also a talented photographer. We used to shoot weddings together and had a great time. We laugh a lot when we hang out as you might be able to tell.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Road Open

I got a call around 2pm in early November, when we were still having warmer than normal temps, from a woman wanting to know if I could take photos of her THAT day. Julie Henszey, was that energetic woman on the other end. She wanted to take advantage of the nice weather, the good light, and the construction down at the end of her street. It's not an everyday call, which had me intrigued.
I told her to give me 20 minutes to pack my gear and I'd be there. She had this idea for a book cover and theme after seeing the Road Closed sign. It's for a book she's working on. What was so great was the soft light, the props to play off, and her ability to bring different expressions to each frame.

I can't wait to read her book!

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Oh Baby!

I met Rebecca & Taylor back around 2007 when I photographed them and their pup, Stewart in their first apartment together. A lot has changed since then. They got married. Got pregnant and bought a house. So much love and fun in one little family. I photographed baby Sylvan at the ripe old age of  1 month-ish. What a joy that sweet boy has added to their lives. It was yet another fun and playful photo shoot. Also, little known fact only by Stewart, Taylor has a lick-able head! Ha!

Monday, December 12, 2016

An Afternoon of Fetch, More Fetching, and Tasty Treats

Jeannine and I exchanged emails filled with laughs, stories, and fun facts about their dogs, Middie (lab) and Tony/Stone ( coon mix). I was excited to meet them all. We had a beautiful fall day to capture Andy (man pictured ) playing "rake" with Stone, a game of chase with a um a rake. Trust me it was fun to watch.  Middie was all about fetch in the water and on land. After the shoot, I received the sweetest text thanking me for the fun photo shoot,etc. Also, some dog licks from Stone as a thank you.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Santa Cycle Rampage 2016 or bust!

                    My Pippi Longstocking like pigtails.
                    They stand up on their own-magical!

  OMG my photo of the MADACC dogs that helped raised $$ is on the      Pabst Theater building!

River Walk Trail off of Water St. runs from the Third Ward through North of Downtown. Sweet ride!

Fueling up the Santas for the ride home. Photo credits Suzelle & yours truly  :)

This was my third Santa Rampage. Second with my pal Suzelle. This year was a bit cooler temp wise but fun as heck with lots of laughs and some coffee/good eats. For other Santas they get their drink on at local pubs/restaurants in Bayview, Walker's Point, Wauwatosa, Eats Side, and the South Side. Between 1,000- 2,500 is estimated since not all Santas register (naughty - now on the list!).

Next year YOU should join me!