Yearly Archives: 2012

December 10-on-10 | Milwaukee Family Photographer

Here it is – December – the final 10-on-10 for 2012 already!! It has been a busy month… I think November and December are to photographers as April is to an accountant. It’s crunch time to make sure everyone gets their images and Christmas gifts delivered. I have so many images to share after the Holidays… I don’t want to spoil any Christmas surprises.

This month we had to pick out our perfect Christmas Tree… at the farm – of course!!

Dear Pinterest, I love you… so many fun ideas and inspiration – we had to try it! This is the smallest tree we could find and it still made the car tip over haha!

Then we had a weekend with 60+ degree temperatures so of course Aubrey wanted to put on a skirt.. I told her she should still wear leggings so this is what she picked out to wear….

The farm had a float in the Mukwonago Christmas Parade. Aubrey did walk most of the way!

We also went to the Waukesha Christmas Parade with all of the ‘cousins’

“Jingles,” our Elf showed up with St. Nick. Aubrey started calling him “Tinkerbell” but now he’s just “Bell” because that works for Jingles or Tinker… If you have little ones and don’t have an Elf, you MUST get one NOW. You can get one here… The Elf On The Shelf

Since this picture we did decorate our tree, at least the top 3/4 of the tree… that’s about as far up as Lia can reach!

And…. we got to see Santa for the first time this year! Aubrey would only go talk to him after I explained that she had to talk to him because Lia can’t talk! So she’d have to tell Santa what Lia’s name is. She’ll do anything to ‘help’, especially when it comes to her baby sister. Lia didn’t want to get too close, but she’d go stand by Aubrey so we had NO tears…

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Get your Holiday Shop ON!!!

Whether you’re making your own Christmas wish list or need some inspiration for the loved ones on your shopping list my Class of 2013 seniors (love you girls!!) helped me compile a phenomenal shopping list! All pictures are conveniently linked so no need to leave your comfy living room ๐Ÿ™‚

INFINITY SCARVES – A must-have accessory that will work with everyone’s wardrobe and are so easy to wear. I’m probably the master of getting a scarf to lay just right for a photoshoot but the infinity scarves are the easiest because we don’t have to worry about the pesky fringes… they fall in your food when you’re trying to eat anyway. You need one in every color!

TEXTING GLOVES – What are you going to do…? Take off your gloves every time you want to use your smartphone?? These are so practical and so necessary.

BEADED HEADBANDS – These are a fun and easy way to dress-up a casual hairstyle, everyone needs a little extra bling ๐Ÿ™‚

MISS ME JEANS – speaking of bling!!…. the ๐Ÿ™‚

BOOTS – Hunter Boots to be exact. I love these because I can wear them on the farm and out to dinner or shopping – they are fun, comfy, and the fit over my fat muscular calves!

PINK CLOTHES – comfortable with out being frumpy!

CUTE LUGGAGE – every graduating senior needs to update their luggage for all of their upcoming adventures.

VITAMIX – my personal favorite! Forget the rule about not buying appliances as gifts – this is a must have for every kitchen, I have no idea what we did without ours!

LARGE BARREL CURLING IRON – for volume, big beachy waves, and for smooth straight hair

CUSTOM MONOGRAM NECKLACE – These are so thoughtful, I love that they are so custom… much more so than just a plain initial

VERA BRADLEY – yes, please!! I NEED the ‘Get Carried Away” tote, this exact color would be perfect although I’m not picky ๐Ÿ˜‰

October 10.on.10 | Milwaukee Family Photography

Well… that past month flew – gone! This is the first time in the last 25 years that September, the changing leaves, and cooler temperatures hasn’t meant the beginning of a new school year for me! …gradeschool, high school, college, gradschool, and teaching – now just time to be mommy (and of course photography!). It was such a difficult decision to make, I love my students and the school I’ve been teaching at for the past 8 years but my wonderful husband could not have been more supportive and encouraging so I made the jump. Looking back, I don’t know why it was such a difficult decision to make… geeze – I will never regret having this time with my girls and giving this photography business a real go-round! New school years will start soon enough with my girls, until then I have time to cuddle in the mornings, eat breakfast sitting down, work-out without feeling guilty, playing, reading, giggling, and loving those girls right up. And I swear, I have the best clients! They are so understanding when I return calls thinking everyone is napping only to have someone come running in the room yelling for me and they know I will get back to emails as soon as possible, but usually after 9pm…. I’ve even been lucky enough to be able to return late night phone calls… that’s the beautiful thing about the life of a senior in high school!
…loving this new chapter of my life – here is a glimpse into my life this past month. Please don’t count the pictures, I didn’t exactly stick to the “ten” rule for the ten.on.ten…oops

not sure what, why, or how this shot came about but I love it!

Black and white studio photography in Wisconsin

I thought a sandbox would be a fun addition to our yard but it appears I may have been mistaken…

Family photography playing in the sandbox in Milwaukee WI photojournalist

Lia seems to enjoy the sand flavor, she’s clearly ready for a bath and nap, sweet girl…

Family photography playing in the sandbox in Milwaukee WI photojournalist

I thought these little rompers were so adorable. I used the pink one for Lia’s one-year-old cake smash and had a vision for some shots of the girls together…. well…. Lia kept pulling her’s down and Aubrey kept trying to pull it back up.

Outtakes from studio photography session in Milwaukee

so we gave up…

Outtakes from studio photography session in Milwaukee

I’ve never been able to travel at off-peak times – wow – no crowds, it was amazing! Brian had meetings in DC and we were able to go with.

Family vacation to Washington DCFamily vacation to Washington DC. Washington monument and reflecting pool at dusk

We spent one day in Georgetown and I’ve heard great things about Georgetown Cupcakes but I’ve heard even better things about Baked and Wired cupcakes – yep delicious!

Family vacation to Washington DC, Georgetown, Baked and Wired cupcakes

Lia agrees, she even got a little taste ๐Ÿ˜‰ I wish I could take credit for planning ahead to have her wear her little cupcake shirt but nope.

Family vacation to Washington DC, Georgetown, Baked and Wired cupcake

Turns out Saturday morning isn’t exactly a busy time to see the Capitol Building. Do you see Aubrey – she’s the only one on the stairs!

Family vacation to Washington DC, Capitol building and Union Station


Perfect fall afternoon playing in the leaves, family pictures in MilwaukeeAutumn afternoon playing in the leaves, family pictures in MilwaukeeFall day jumping in the leaves, family pictures in MilwaukeePerfect fall afternoon playing in the leaves, family pictures in Wisconsin

No need for me to explain what happened here….

Fall afternoon playing in the leaves and going down the slide, family pictures in Milwaukee

Taking a break from jumping in the leaves, Wisconsin family photography

Our family farm, in Mukwonago, also keeps us plenty busy during September and October!ย  We spent a lot of time painting pumpkin faces on pumpkin bales…

Painted hay bales, pumpkin faces in Mukwonago Wisconsin pumpkin farm

Painted hay bales, pumpkin faces in Mukwonago Wisconsin pumpkin farm

Here’s Aubrey, helping Grandpa unload pumpkins…

Helping Grandpa unload the pumpkins at the farm in Milwaukee Wisconsin


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