Andrew – High School Senior

Summer 2012 has been a year of drought and believe it or not our first photo session was cancelled because of rain!  We only were able to take photos for 20 minutes before we were rained out.  We rescheduled and the results were amazing.

Taking high school senior photos is one of my favorite things to photograph.

Andrew – Enjoy your senior year at Cashton High!

  

Lee and Ashley…in love…

I spent a Friday evening with the most adorable, so sweet, in love couple….ever!  They are so much in love and their love shows simply by the way they interact with each other.  My sister-in-law (aka Photo BFF) and I went to Lee’s family farm and took their engagement photos.  The engagement photos took place in the most amazing places…a barn…a field…under a tree…on a hillside…I could go on and on.  But enough from me and on to the pictures.

Lee and Ashley – I had the most amazing time and I am (im)patiently waiting your September wedding.

Even Tweety the cow joined us for a photo.  Lee’s brother Scotty gave Tweety a bath and then tagged along acting as cow whisperer.

Butterfly

One of my favorite quotes.

We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty. Maya Angelou

And here is my butterfly.

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rob and mandy…..wedding day

My 2012 wedding season started last weekend with the spectacular Mandy and Rob. I drove to Stoughton early in the morning on Saturday in a miniature monsoon, and as I reached the church the rain stopped! Lucky us. This church was a photographers DREAM, it was the best.church. Ever! I could go on and on about why this was the best wedding but I’m going to stop rambling because this will be a LONG blog post full of wedding photos.

I loved loved loved this bridal party – the groomsmen ROCKED. I knew when I took the first picture that the day was going to be full of laughs…..I can’t repeat what I heard….but it still makes me laugh.

This wedding was an absolute expression of the couples faith. When I look back at the ceremony photos it moves me that a couple can be so much in love with one another, their families and their faith.

Senior Rep 2013 – Michael

Michael was the second High School Senior Rep that I had this year. We spent Mother’s Day rearranging the wrestling room at the high school and climbing to the top of the world in blistering heat, and bright sun.

Not only did I take pictures that day I got one heck of a workout! Michael wanted to take his senior pictures at Wildcat State Park and I’m always up for an adventure so away we went to the top of a mountain. Once we reached the top the views were AMAZING!

Here are a few of my favorites.

To view all of Michael’s images click below.

http://marandaschreier.smugmug.com/

Senior Rep 2013 – Samantha

This year I asked for volunteers to be High School Senior Reps and Samantha was one of the first to reply. Her “about me’ email was FANTASTIC. A few weeks ago we took her senior portraits and I couldn’t have been happier; she was sweet, brought the most interesting prop, did everything I asked and did I mention…..beautiful!

Enjoy!

To view all of Samantha’s images:

http://marandaschreier.smugmug.com/

Trying something new….

A few weeks ago I did something totally out of the ordinary and WAY out of my comfort zone.  I picked up a complete stranger that I met on the Internet and went to the nLIGHTn workshop in Milwaukee.

Ok really, I had met Tina from Crazy Daisy Photography on-line in a group of photographers but never face to face.  She recommended the workshop and she was looking for a roomie for the weekend.  I checked out the workshop information and was hooked, it is exactly what I needed to learn and wanted to learn.  So I signed up.

I had the privledge to work and network with other photographers, and learn from some super-rocking photographers.

Here are just a few of the images that I took.

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Polka Dot Princess

Five years ago today, my beautiful niece came screaming into this world.  Since the day she was born her dramatic attitude has entertained everyone that knows her.

She brings so much joy to my heart.

Last week I went to her house and waited patiently as she selected her very own birthday outfit.  Once she picked her “Addie Day” outfit, we went to the Pearl for some special birthday ice cream and treats, later in the afternoon David and I took her out for pizza and bowling.

To view all of the images click here.

http://marandaschreier.smugmug.com/Children/Polka-Dot-Princess/21800086_czNqH9

I just can’t get enough of her baby blues.

Nothing says personality like an outfit like this!

Can you tell how excited she is???

Waiting for her “baby cone” of Cotton Candy ice cream.

  I wish time would stand still. She is growing up WAY too fast!!

Simple Sunday

Something that made me smile this week……A sweet face, beautiful blue eyes, and patiently waiting her scoop of cotton candy ice cream.

Marketing 101


I launched my business over two years ago…and boy have a I learned a lot. I have wasted countless hours on creating (trying to anyway) my own marketing and branding. Yes, I do know that I need to market my business and “brand” myself.

The one probelm…ME! I was convinced that I could do everything myself without the help of a professional. NEVER AGAIN!!!

If there is one word of advice to any new business owner, regardless of the profession…..Hire a professional. You will waste more time, effort, energy, tears, and sanity trying to do things yourself.

Also, the old saying “you get what you pay for” is SOOO true. Last year I invested in a low cost predesigned logo….Simply stated – I didn’t like it.

So this year I did a little research, asked for some referrals and fate led me to my logo/marketing birthmother, Tyra.

Tyra (pronounced Tee-ra) is a genius. It went like this. I emailed her and asked a few questions, she emailed me back right away with a quote and answered my crazy questions. She called me and asked me a few questions about what I really wanted, colors I liked/didn’t like, and what my “vision” was. Mostly I told her what I didn’t like.

In a few days she had 3 logos for me to review…I really liked 2 of the 3 and loved 1. It was a painless, simple, and SUPER FAST process. Best of all NO STRESS!

She created a new logo, this fancy blog header, a Facebook logo, business cards and she’s not done yet.  Who knows when I will have her stop :)  She just makes things so easy!

Love Her!

If you are in the market for a new logo, or any marketing pieces I strongly suggest working with Tyra.

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