Thoughts for brides, grooms, & guests on the big day

http://www.shireenlouw.com/guests-ruin-wedding-photos/

Wedding season is upon us here in Madison and Milwaukee WI.  Brides and grooms and ALL wedding guests – please take a moment to read the post from the link above. You can’t imagine how many times this happens and how upsetting it is to present the couple with less than fabulous wedding photographs. I understand that the day is filled with “Kodak moments” that we all want to catch.  BUT – please just be in that moment and enjoy the day.  The happy couple chose to hire professional photographers for a reason.  They asked you to share the day as a guest for a reason.  And what’s more special than being able to share the wedding day of two people you love?  Let’s give social media a rest and enjoy the day!!

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Making senior portraits more than …

… average.

Shouldn’t graduation portraits be more than just a nice smile or a new outfit?  I think so.  Typically the senior portrait sessions here in the studio start out with what I call “The Grandma Wall” poses.  You know the ones – the ladies are gently resting a cheek on their ever so delicately folded hands and the gentlemen are looking very serious as they rest their chins on a rugged fist.  Thank goodness today’s Grandmas are way cooler and want to see something more exciting!

I encourage  all the young adults that come to me for their senior portraits to bring in items that really help to tell their story.  I want their proof booklets and finished portraits to unquestionably show who they are at this time in their lives.  It is my hope that they will someday look back at these photographs and remember that they were the bees knees.  (Translation: awesome, cool, hip, swagger, Gucci, fizzy)

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The most wonderful time of the year … for me

Share Random Photos Wednesday

Festival season officially began for me last night with the kickoff meeting of the Summerfest Street Team.  Anyone that knows me knows that I have a love of music that is somewhat … passionate.  And my love of the World’s Largest Music Festival is a part of what keeps me going through the long, cold winter here in Wisconsin.

I’ve been part of the Summerfest Street Team for several years – a team leader for the last two.  I’ve had such a blast getting to know the people that organize the festival and the fans that love it.  I can’t imagine not being a part of it.  Why do I love it so much?  There are many reasons – the music, the food, the people I meet.  The diversity of all of those things.  There truly is something for everyone at Summerfest.

If you want to know more about the festival go to summerfest.com and follow me on Facebook and Twitter (links below).  I will post updates, photos and let you all know where the Street Team will be so you come by and say Hi!  We always have some free tickets to give away.  Plus, this year we are hoping to have some events here in Madison.  Woohoo!

I’ll be sharing photos I’ve taken over the years on Wednesdays from here on.  Let me know if you recognize anyone on stage or off.

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Kids and Families in Madison WI

Monday is:  share kids and family portraits day.

I really enjoyed spending a couple of hours with this cool little family unit.  It was a very laid back, go with the flow kind of session – as you can see by the photos.  This was one of those “ah ha” moments (as a photographer) that helped me see family portraits should be less about “posing” and more about laughing.  I realize that in a few areas there is some blurriness due to motion but I accept that.  These photos tell me the story of this family – the fun, the spontaneity and the love.

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