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Wisconsin Girl, Through and Through – Wisconsin Senior Portraits

One thing I’ve learned since moving to Milwaukee… the place to be here in Wisconsin is outdoors! Everyone here takes full advantage of the incredible summer climate, the lakes, the rivers, the trails, and the beaches. And after all that play, rooftop and patio dining keeps us outside. But I’ve also found that Wisconsin natives are outside all year. They’re just very outdoorsy and love all the seasons! This senior girl is no exception. With a lake, the woods, farms, gardens, and trails as her backyard, she’s grown up as a true Wisconsin native who loves to be outside. I’m not sure where graduation will take her, but I know she’ll always be exploring the great outdoors and will always call Wisconsin home!

Please note, KS, that these are just proofs. A few quick color tweaks and other edits will be done to the images you choose to keep. Also, you will be receiving another email with a link to the full gallery of proofs.


The Family Portrait, circa 2015

The Family Portrait. If you’ve been to a park during the fall, you know it’s the busiest time of year for getting the family portrait made. The family portrait might be that single image, the posed grouping. Still quite a popular choice for that one showcase wall that you see when walking into a room, even for a family that might put up a whole gallery of photos on the opposite wall or going up the stairs. When I see that one family portrait, I always wonder about the people in the photograph. Who are they? Who were they back when they were that young? What was that day like for them? What were they like together as a family? I even think about these things when looking at old photos of my own parents’ families, and my husband’s old family photos.

These questions probably led me to do family portrait sessions the way I do them. I think the day should be memorable. When looking back on the family portrait, how nice it is to have a series of images that provide a bigger picture and tell more of a story about the family. Hopefully it’s not just day where they dressed up and stood in front of a camera. I hope they remember it as a day they had together.

I recently received such a beautiful compliment for the portraits I made for a family, that it brought me to tears. I haven’t been totally set on re-opening my business now that we’ve moved to Milwaukee, but the note fed my soul and reminded me that this work feeds my soul too.

What will this family remember from their family portrait day? From the year 2015, and the way they were together as a family? Hopefully they’ll have lots of great memories, including these:

Music by Mindy Gledhill, used with permission.

November 24, 2015 - 2:03 pm

Doug Ell - Lauri- I want to take a minute and express to you my undying gratitude for the time and memories you have saved for me and my family. Through the entire day I enjoyed the amazing moments that you so effortlessly captured for us. I have never been involved in such an amazing experience in my entire life. My wife had always spoken so highly of you, and I feel it has been a blessing to have finally been able to meet you. You have an amazing gift that needs to be shared. You make the most simple things beautiful. Seeing the photos of my family brought me and those around me to tears. You will never know the impact you have made, or the appreciation I have for this amazing experience. Thank you will never be enough. -DE

November 29, 2015 - 5:14 pm

Lauri Baker - Doug, I am so touched that you took the time to write this to me. I’m at a loss for words, but so thankful that what I do means something. Thank you IS enough, because this and the kind words your wife had too, are appreciated more than you can know. Your family is lovely. From the beginning of the session and all the way through, I could see the result of those kids being raised with lots of love. I was truly blessed to spend the day with you all and to try to capture the tiniest bit of what you’ve created.

Kauai Engagement Session

I love creating photographic memories for my client families, but being on hiatus, I haven’t had any opportunity for that. Getting behind the camera for my own family, though, is truly what makes me happy, and I still get to do that. I had the honor of photographing my niece’s wedding in Kauai this last month. We did an impromptu engagement session upon their arrival, since an earlier Arizona engagement session was cancelled due to 117 degree heat the day I was there. Nobody wants to be photographed while they’re melting. This was much more enjoyable, even though we did get rained on. Rainbows make up for that though. A daily occurence in Kauai, it seems! Here are a few of my favorites from their session.



The Arizona Sessions – Portrait Photography in Scottsdale

AVAILABILITY UPDATE AS OF Jan 2: SOLD OUT (If you’d like to get on the waiting list for a possible additional day, email me at

A photography conference will have me in Arizona during January, so I think I might be able to help out some of my friends and clients in Phoenix or Scottsdale who are still looking for Christmas gifts! A booked portrait session makes an incredibly meaningful gift, and shows that you put some thought into finding something special. And I have a special deal that includes 20 digital files of fully-edited images from your session. You can make it a family portrait session, or if your kids have grown and moved away, surprise your husband or wife for photos of just the two of you. Or maybe you want to do this for your daughter and her family, or your son and his. The pre-Christmas fall sessions are over, but it’s not too late to put the gift of portraits under the tree or in a stocking. You can either contact me through the contact page of this blog, or you can email me at for more details or to book your January mini-session in Scottsdale.

Scottsdale minisessions

Fall Portraits – St. Louis Tween Photography

I love the Fall, almost as much as I love Spring. The fall color this year was nothing short of amazing! But that doesn’t always mean portraits have to be done in a park. The Fall also looks beautiful right in the neighborhoods where we live, and so I often suggest using the streets of St. Louis as our backdrop. That’s where I got to photograph this handsome kid just entering his teen years. It’s such a great age to photograph – if your children are growing past the toddler and child years, and you don’t think you need to photograph them anymore, think about that again. This is such an interesting time in their lives, and I think it’s one you’ll love flipping through albums looking back at. This tween stage, the last part of their childhood, as they start to become those independent teenagers, is something you won’t want to forget. Our Signature Session includes an album, which makes it a perfect way to book a tween photo session. Think about it for your kids – it might be the last time they get professional photos done before their senior portraits.


November 23, 2013 - 10:46 am

Julie - Wow! These are awesome! And what a great looking guy! I love his style too! fantastic session!

December 2, 2013 - 10:19 am

Dena Robles - Okay, this young man reminds me of a young actor from years ago and it is driving me a little crazy that I can’t place him. I love this session and I love photographing kids this age. There is so much going on in the transition between childhood and teenage-hood that is easily overlooked and later missed.

December 17, 2013 - 10:41 pm

Lauri Baker - He reminds me of someone too Dena, and I can’t figure out who.

March 5, 2014 - 12:27 pm

Paula - Wow what a great session of a gorgeous little man. Your creative eye coupled with that fabulous location is just perfect!

March 7, 2014 - 11:19 am

Sherri - Fall is my favorite time of year and favorite time to have pictures done. Beautiful work. He’s quite a handsome little guy there too!