2019: A Yearly Photography Recap

Hello friends, and happy New Year (a tad early)! ✨ I hope you spend your evening doing whatever brings you the most joy, whether it's just chillin' at home drinking wine with your cat (me), or getting dressed up to the nines in a sparkly dress and going out on the town!


I'm feeling so grateful as I look back at 2019 and all the awesome shoots and people it brought my way. The past few years, photography has had to take somewhat of a backseat in my life as I focused on working part-time (nearly full-time) 35+ hours per week and graduating college with my Bachelor's in Graphic Design. I wasn't putting energy into advertising and finding new clients, because the time I had available for shoots was pretty limited. But you guys...you kept my business going! You sent dozens of referrals my way. You made 2019 my busiest senior photo season yet. Yep, most of the sessions I did this year were high school seniors! I met so many awesome teens getting ready to make the big leap into adulthood, choosing a college, career path, etc. I loved getting to chat with each of them about their plans and hobbies! As you'll see, I did get to do quite a few other fun shoots too, though - like acting headshots + puppy parent family photos!


So without further ado...here's my 2019 photography recap (in chronological order):


My first "shoots" of the year were really my little brother Andrew's two proms in May with girlfriend Vanessa, but the photos turned out so gorgeous I had to include them!


Prom #1 💙 Taken at Milwaukee Art Museum/Calatrava - Milwaukee



Prom #2 🖤 Taken at Milwaukee Art Museum/Calatrava - Milwaukee



Next up is my first high school senior of the year - my cousin, David! Taken at the Red Mill & Brainard's Bridge Park - Waupaca, WI It's become a tradition for my family members to have me take my cousins' (and brother's) senior photos in Waupaca during our week vacation there each summer, and I'm so honored! It adds an extra special element to the photos. I only wish I would've thought to have my senior photos taken up there almost 6 years ago!



And then another awesome 2020 senior, Cole! This shoot was on a humid summer day, and we were racing against the weather. It started to downpour right as we got in our cars to leave. Thank goodness it held off, because this location always involves quite a hike!

Taken at Wehr Nature Center - Franklin


Next up is Nolan! He requested the Historic Third Ward as his location, and I was all for it! I LOVE doing senior photos in that area - there are such a wide variety of urban backgrounds possible, and even some grass and greenery across from the Public Market. Many guys don't enjoy being in front of the camera, but Nolan was a natural and even came up with some his own poses! Loved that!

Taken in The Historic Third Ward - Milwaukee



After that, Sam and Jules gave me a small break from senior photos when I did their acting headshots! This brother sister duo comprised of high school sophomores did so good!

Taken in Wehr Nature Center - Franklin



To wrap up August, I did senior photos for Jared at one of my favorite rustic locations! Trimborn Farm does require a fee for photography to be taken on their property, but all my clients have found that it's well worth it! Sooo many cool textured, historic backdrops here. Taken at Trimborn Farm - Greendale

Getting into September, I still had more senior sessions which was awesome! When I was in high school we had to turn in our yearbook photo in August, so I'm happy some schools have later deadlines. So next, I did senior photos for Jack! Another one of my favorite locations. Taken at Wehr Nature Center - Franklin



Also in September, I did a super unique senior shoot for Alex! With a little exploration at Discovery World, some wandering the exhibits and sharing some laughs with his mom, I was able to capture some awesome candids and smiles!

Taken at Discovery World - Milwaukee


To start out October, I took Noah's senior photos at a golf course that was kind enough to let us shoot on the fairway and greens! The fall colors were gorgeous. Noah is a high school golfer so it was awesome getting to include one of his favorite courses in his senior portraits!

Taken at Oakwood Park Golf Course - Franklin



Next up, a super cute mini session for my coworker/friend Jamie and husband Tyler celebrating 1 year of marriage! These were taken on one of the last sunny and 60+ degree fall days of the year. Beautiful fall foliage and I LOVE all the tall trees! Taken at Retzer Nature Center - Waukesha


Later that same day, I finally did a girl's senior photos! As you can see, my 2019 was mostly filled with boys 😅 Mariana looked gorgeous for her photos, and I'm so happy we could get her color guard varsity jacket and flag tosses included in her photos, and her cute German Shepard dog too!

Taken at Trimborn Farm & Wehr Nature Center - Greendale/Franklin



Next up, the adorable puppy parents - Brenna and Austin, and their new pup, Ollie! I am obsessed with the fall colors in these pictures, and of course Ollie and his little bow collar! This session was sooo much fun. If you bring a puppy to your session, I highly recommend doing what they did and bringing a friend to get his attention with treats + toys!

Taken at Seven Bridges - South Milwaukee



In late November, I got to do one more lovely lady's senior session before my 2019 senior season came to a close! Libby's outfits went SO well with all the colors of the Third Ward. I was obsessed! She is a total sweetheart + I'm happy I could capture a special time for her! Taken in The Historic Third Ward - Milwaukee



And now for something adorable - a family mini session in matching Christmas jammies! LOVE! Holly and her sweet little fam needed some awesome Christmas card photos, but it was getting pretty chilly outside for the kiddos, so I came to them for an in-home mini session! I usually use natural lighting outdoors, but I used an indoor photography light for these and I actually love the results! Maybe an indoor studio is in my future after all 🤔



Last but certainly not least, my final session of 2019 and the only one taken using my brand new full-frame DSLR camera body! In case those words mean nothing to you, I upgraded to a professional-grade camera at the end of November + I'm loving the quality upgrade!


Sam + Andrew's couple photos turned out so awesome. Retzer is one of my new favorite locations for photos! Such beautiful nature backgrounds and tall trees. I absolutely love forest photoshoots like these.

Taken at Retzer Nature Center - Waukesha



And...that's a wrap!

Thank you all SO very much for your continued support this year.

The people I meet doing this job are what keep me going. That, and the special moments I have the privilege of capturing. I don't take it lightly when someone chooses me to be their photographer. I know there are a lot of choices out there, so the fact that some of you guys keep coming back year after year, and refer your friends and family to me, is such a blessing and just know, it doesn't go unnoticed. ❤️


For me and my business, 2020 is going to be about growth, trying new things, and taking full advantage of my new camera! One thing I'm most excited for is weddings. I wasn't keen on the idea of shooting weddings with my old camera given its limitations on function + quality. If I'm going to shoot your special day, I want to make sure I give you the absolute best of everything. I now feel that given my experience and gear, I'm able to provide that.


Of course, if you guys have any questions about potential shoots for 2020, feel free to reach out here, on Facebook, or via email and I'll get back to you ASAP!


Thank you guys for an awesome 2019!

Happy New Year! Wishing so much joy to all of you!


xoxo,

Sarah

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