Haecker Family | Milwaukee Family Portrait Session

Guys! This family was basically my first “real” clients. I had recently graduated college and really the only people I had photographed were either friends from school, friends from church, or family friends. Everyone I had worked with thus far had been people I had met/known already. The Haeckers were the first clients I had that I hadn’t ever met before, before our session! Dawn and Greg put their faith in my to take their family photos when I was just getting my business off the ground. It meant so much to me and I’m so thankful for them.

Dawn reached out a few weeks back asking if I would be available to do family photos. The date she asked about was a Saturday, for me, Saturdays in the summer are usually booked with weddings, but this particular Saturday, I by chance wasn’t booked! I didn’t realize until they told me today, this really was the only day it could have worked. Cole flew in this afternoon from a trip, and Hannah is back to school tomorrow morning! So glad this worked out, it was so much fun getting to catch up with them.

Here are a few of my favorite photos from their session:

Kaleigh + Shayla | Milwaukee Senior Portrait Photographer

Recently I've been thinking a lot about how I approach capturing senior portraits, and the phrase I keep coming to is "Senior Portraits Redefined". Since senior portraits have been around they've always pretty posed, which usually ends up being (especially for seniors in high school) stiff. 
In my mind senior portraits are meant to mark the end of their traditional schooling, and meant to capture the person they are in this stage of life. To me the "traditional" senior portrait doesn't usually capture a senior's true identity. So that's why I want to redefine the senior portrait. Take away the backdrop, take away the rigid posing and just keep it loose, learn something about who they are and do my best to capture it; they will be able to look back and remember the person they were in that chapter of their lives. 

With that, here are two beautiful seniors I captured last week, Shayla & Kaleigh.