Monday, September 11, 2017

Salvaged Studio

I met Rachael years back thru Local First Milwaukee. I was excited when she reached out to hire me for her head shots. I love that she works with maps ( upcycled)  to create beautiful accessories for yourself and home. These backgrounds at Black Cat Alley match her energy and style.

You can check out her art on Etsy.

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Check out these talented artists on the East Side of Milwaukee.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Last Days of Summer

I've noticed on facebook that friends have called Labor Day weekend - the last days of summer. Officially summer ends September 21st and Autumn begins on the 22nd. But I get it. It's an emotional thing. Kiddos go back to school, no more days of play, no more late nights, or longer weekends, and the days start out a bit cooler and darker. Dang, I love this time of year! I love the crisp mornings. Hot coffee again. The light this time of year is also my favorite. It's gentle unlike summer light. It's partly because I look at light from a photographer's eye, but also I feel better and more energy in this light.

This past weekend, I was at my parent's house hanging with our lil Molly.  I like to challenge myself with my photography of subjects that I see and know well by trying to take different angles, lighting, seeing them in different ways. My parents backyard provides a beautiful backdrop year round.
The field photo is from the Glacial  Drumlin Trail in Waukesha County. I never tire of that view. I hope it stays a corn field for years to come.

Hope you enjoyed your last days of summer! ;)

Monday, August 28, 2017

Who's a Good Dog? Why you are, Bailey!

Happy Belated National Dog Day!  Every day is dog in my world. Ha!

Meet Bailey, he's a sweet dog with a ton o energy!  His parents told me that he likes people but not too keen on other dogs. My challenge was to find an open area that he could play and chase a ball. I like challenges. I found a great spot, which was near but not close to other dogs.

* A little PSA here- if you know your dog is not friendly with others it's wise to warn others. While on our shoot, a dog came running towards us, and the owners yelled "Don't worry, our dog is friendly."  I shouted back "But this dog is not!" Thankfully, they reacted quickly and their dog came running back to them without any issues. Just because you think your dog is normally friendly, others may not be.

Besides that little hiccup, Bailey was a joy to photograph along with his sweet parents.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Iowa County, Wisconsin

I've been location scouting in the Dodgeville area of late. What can I say? You already know if you live in WI, it's a beauty. And that cows make for a good audience or they mostly want to be fed.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Knee high by the Fourth of July

I was in Iowa City over Memorial Day weekend to visit friends & clients. What a beautiful weekend to explore between shoots. Such a sweet city, filled with art, parks, shops, and good eats.

On the way home I stopped in Dubuque and took a little elevator ride on the Fenelon Place Elevator A.K.A 4th Street Elevator - the shortest & steepest railroad in the world- others have claimed that as well, so there's that.

If you find yourself traveling to Iowa, I'd highly recommend the drive towards Madison thru Mineral Point - Hwy 151 so relaxing and endless rolling hills.

The only thing I would have liked to have gone to is the American Gothic house. However it was 2 hours South of where I was at. An author had taken up residence there for 5 years sellling pies out of the house but could not keep up with the demand. She is after all a writer first. A friend and I saw her a few years ago when she was on book tour. Beth Howard.  i'd recommend that book as well. At least i didn't miss out on a homemade pie. :)

Hmmm pie.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Art in the Park May2017

                                     Renee Bebeau

                        Walker's Point Center for the Arts

                               Karen Williams Brusubardis
                             Alice Wilson- Human Statue

                                      Frank & Bella

                                        LinDen Co


                                        Brian Breider

                                          Cone Dog


                                        Pop Art Pets

                                     Warm Glass Wonder

                                        Orange Pops

                                       Young collector

                                          Orange Pops
                                    Nicole Lilyquist

May 13,2017 kicked off the 4th season of Art in the Park.  Located at the beautiful Humboldt Park, Bayview. I was the proud sponsor for May. It was an incredible warm day (70s). That's warm for may and close to the lake, people!

It's a family as well dog & snake friendly event. ;)  Free admission. Wearable art to art for your home. Bonus - right next to a beer garden.

Brian Breider and girlfriend, Spring created this event 4 years ago. They provided an affordable place for local artists to sell their art.

Happens every 2nd Saturday from May-September.
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Friendly Art buying/browsing tips - artists and vendors are hard workers! They put in hours to hone their skills and create their art. Then they pack, haul it, unpack it, set-up it, and sell their hearts out only to repeat and rinse again. ;)  PLEASE do not say "You could do that, Wow, that's pricey, My kid could do that, or Ask for a discount."  What to say  "That's beautiful, What's your process, Do you have a payment plans?"