It’s that time of year already! It’s time for mini sessions! These are short portrait sessions that will be held at Lime Kiln Park right next to my studio; N88W11675 Main St., Menomonee Falls, WI 53051.

These are perfect for those families looking to update their photos for Christmas cards. The session is only 20 minutes, which doesn’t seem like a lot, but I can easily take a variety of photos within that timeframe. We’ll get a few nice family photos, just the parents, siblings, and each child separate.

If you’d like to schedule a session, please pick a day and time from the list below and give me a call 262-623-4762, or email tina@tinaleannphotography.com. Last year these booked up FAST so don’t waste any time in contacting me.

October 8, 2016: 8:00am, 9:00am, 10:00am, 11:00am, 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm

October 9, 2016: 8:00am, 9:00am, 10:00am, 11:00am, 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm

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Headshots are changing in an online world.

More and more people are following their hearts to create the life they’ve always wanted to live. And since you are part of your branding it becomes necessary to have a variety of photographs for websites, blogs, business cards, and social media outlets.

These three have recently stepped into entrepreneurship and are using their special gifts to help others in a deep and meaningful way.

Stacie is a Medium and Reiki Master; you can find her HERE.

I’ve had several Reiki sessions with Stacie. They’ve always been scheduled just at the right time. Those times when I’m feeling a little turbulence inside—a sense of self doubt, while questioning myself and my business. During our session we laugh and cry. We both get goosebumps—Stacie because she’s transferring energy, me because I’m amazed at how intuitive she is.

She is a guiding light. She puts me back together.

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Psychic Medium Mike Pozorski. This young man is just beginning his journey. He left college to pursue his passion. He’s thoughtful, kind, and respectful. I can’t wait to see where he goes!

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Tierney. Kind, caring, insightful Tierney is following her heart’s journey and is soon opening The Holistic Center For Children and Adults where she’ll create a safe and nurturing environment for learning and creative expression. Right now, she hosts Soul Sessions at the Inspiration Wellness Group in Oak Creek.

I met with Tierney for a Soul Session just a couple weeks ago, and let me tell you….it was amazing. It was like going to a psychiatrist that’s psychic. She teaches you to trust your inner voice and intuition. You know that soft whisper that you hear for a split second? The one you sometimes ignore? The one you sometimes second guess?

If you haven’t heard this little whisper, I encourage you to try sitting quietly for a few minutes. You’ll hear it.

And when you do, listen to it. That’s the Universe, Source, God, Buddha (whomever you pray to and believe in) showing you the way. Trust it. It’s usually right on.

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During each of these sessions we did a series of indoor and outdoor and shots. We took several conservative headshots for publications and formal presentations, and then we incorporated various casual shots that they can use on their websites, blogs, business cards, and social media outlets.

It was so fun getting to know each these kind and nurturing human beings.

I wish you all the best Stacie, Mike, and Tierney!


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I met Melanie last year during her multi-generational on-location family portrait session. She’s kind and patient. A quiet powerhouse.

Melanie and her mom had come in to my studio last year after their family session to go over their print order. As soon as they walked in the door, Melanie knew this was the background she wanted for her high school senior portraits.

They both immediately fell in love with the exposed stone wall (which was the outside wall until the addition was built sometime in the 1950s), the park in our backyard, and the river that runs  alongside the building just down the hill.

We utilized each little nook and cranny, having fun along the way. Well…quiet fun for two introverts 🙂

Thank you, Melanie, for trusting me to capture this special time in your life. I wish you all the best during your last year of high school, and I can’t wait to see where go from there!

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Any camera is better than your smartphone camera….just sayin’….:)

Your smartphone is a phone that just happens to have a camera built in. A smartphone is like a Swiss Army knife; it can do many things, but it can’t do each thing well. A Swiss Ary knife is perfect for those small jobs, but if you were going to work on a big project, let’s say building a cabinet, you’d get out your real tools right?

You’d use your table saw, hammer, drill, etc. Each one of those tools was created for a specific task, making your job easier and more efficient, while allowing you to create a beautiful end product.

A camera is a specific tool for the big project—capturing those real-life moments.

A camera, whether it’s a point and shoot, a mirrorless camera, or a DSLR, is going to give you better results than your Smartphone.

There are a plethora of cameras available, so how do you know which one is right for you?

  1. Budget. How much do you want to spend on a camera? A couple hundred dollars? Or a couple thousand dollars?
  2. Usage. Think about how often you’re going to use your camera. This will help you in determining the importance of an entry level vs. high end camera. If you’re the type of person who takes a lot of photos every single day, it may be a worthwhile investment for you to spend $500 or more to get an entry level DSLR or mirrorless camera. If you only take photos once in a while, a $100 point-and-shoot camera is sufficient.
  3. Weight. A DSLR camera, even an entry level DSLR, is heavy and bulky to carry around. Will this extra weight discourage you from taking your camera with you wherever you go? If so, then go with a smaller camera like a point-and-shoot or mirrorless. For me, the weight doesn’t matter. It’s important to me to have very high quality digital images—I like having the option of printing a four foot wall hanging if I want. This may not be what you want or need. You may want to collect a nice library of day-to-day images of your children and print an album each year. In this case, you do not need to spend thousands of dollars on a camera. A simple point-and-shoot or mirrorless camera will suffice.

Inexpensive camera recommendations

Since I’ve only been shooting with DSLRs—Nikon D300, Canon Mark 5D III, and a Canon EOS-1N—for the past seven years, I can’t give a list of recommended cameras based on my own experience, but I can give you a list of cameras based on comments from fellow photographers.

I’ve compiled a list of digital cameras that I’ve heard great things about that won’t cost you an arm and a leg to buy. I’ve linked each to its respective manufacturer’s website, however, please search online to see if you can find a better price; just be sure to purchase the camera from a reputable website/store: Amazon, B&H Photo, Best Buy, etc.

Sony ∂5000 E-mount

Sony ∂6000

Sony ∂6300 E-mount 

Sony ∂7- E mount

Panasonic LUMIX GX85 4K

Panasonic LUMIX FZ300 4K

Panasonic G7 4K

Panasonic LUMIX 30X

Fujifilm FinePix S8600

Fujifilm FinePix S1

Fujifilm X100T

Fuji X30

Olympus TOUGH TG-870

Olympus PEN E-PL7

Olympus OM-D E-M10

Olympus OM-D E-M1

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II

Canon EOS M3 EF-M

Canon Rebel T5 EF-S

Nikon COOLPIX P7800

Nikon 1 J5

Nikon DL18-50

Nikon D3300

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Side note: Don’t pay attention to the number of Megapixels, that’s a marketing tactic. A high number of Megapixels can actually do more harm than good when matched up with a small sensor.

I also recommend going to an actual store to have a look at these in real life. Hold each camera in your hand so you can get a feel for the weight of it, and if they’ll allow, take a few shots with it. Art’s Camera Plus in Greenfield and Pewaukee will let you try out a camera in the store. The Greenfield store has rentals so you can try various cameras to see what you like best before you buy one.

If you have a favorite camera, please share in the comments below! Tell us what type of camera it is and why you love it!


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High School Senior Portrait Sessions are in full swing! We’re braving the heat and humidity to capture this special time in your life. That time where you feel like an adult and you want less rules but you’re still living under your parent’s roof and need to follow their rules.

You’re ready to move on to college, and move out of your parent’s home.

But you have one year of high school left.

My advice (even though you didn’t ask for it :))? Enjoy it. Every single moment of it. Be present during your last year of high school and don’t wish it away.

This year is going to go SO FAST. It’s the last year of your life where you’ll have minimal responsibilities, you’re surrounded by all of your childhood friends, and you can still be a kid.

Next year? You’re on the road to adulthood, to bigger and better things. But for now, enjoy being a kid for one more year…

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It’s important to hire a pro photographer to capture those important milestones, and so the whole family can be in your photos. Yes, it can be expensive, but we all spend money on far lesser things that come and go; clothes, daily lattes, cars, and home decor to name a few.

Your photos, however, will last for hundreds of years.

I have a box of old black and white photos from the early 1800s. I love looking back five generations to see where I came from.

The problem with pro photographers, however, is they’re not there to capture real-life moments.

I strive to capture candid moments and real connection during our session, but you’re only with me for an hour or two each year. There are so many extraordinary ordinary moments in your day-to-day lives that are worth documenting—that should be documented.

Your kids all cuddled together in their jammies watching their favorite movie. Your son stealing a moment to himself to read his favorite book by the window. Your kids giggling and running through the sprinkler on a hot summer’s day. A snuggle with a grandparent. Your puppy curled up next to your napping daughter.

This is where the power of photography comes in, and you’re the one who’s there for those real-life moments.

I know, I know, you capture as much as you can using the camera on your phone. Which is great (I’m cringing while typing this by the way….), BUT your camera phone is not going to give you high(ish) quality images.

Your smartphone is a phone that just happens to have a camera built in. A smartphone is like a Swiss Army knife; it can do many things, but it can’t do each thing well. A Swiss Ary knife is perfect for those small jobs, but if you were going to work on a big project, let’s say building a cabinet, you’d get out your real tools right?

You’d use your table saw, hammer, drill, etc. Each one of those tools was created for a specific task, making your job easier and more efficient, while allowing you to create a beautiful end product.

A camera is a specific tool for the big project—capturing those real-life moments.

A camera, whether it’s a point and shoot, a mirrorless camera, or a DSLR, is going to give you better results than your Smartphone.

There is a learning curve with using a real camera though, and I have just the thing to make that learning curve easier and more fun.

Join me on August 13, 2016 from 9:00am to 6:00pm at my studio in Menomonee Falls and learn how to use your camera properly in one day. I’ve built this curriculum for the beginning DSLR user.

We start the day by learning about all of those buttons on your camera through hands-on exercises. In the afternoon I’ll bring in a family or two to model for us so you can get some real-life practice with me there to answer any questions.

By the end of the day you’ll be shooting comfortably in manual mode. You’ll go home with confidence in knowing that you’ll be able to document all of those little moments in your families’ lives that add up to the big picture.

AND – if you’re one of those people who enjoys photography so much that you’ve considered starting your own business, than this workshop is for you too! Click HERE to read a recent blog post that describes my workshops in detail.

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Lovingly Living,

Tina

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You know when you meet someone for the first time and you just click? Well, that’s what happened when Paige and I met at a travel group Meetup just this past February. I feel like I’ve known her my whole life!

Paige leads tours to Paris, and I lead tours to Tanzania.

She and her family want to live in Paris someday, and I want to live in Tanzania someday—we are kindred spirits.

During one of our biweekly breakfast meetings just last week, Paige was talking about what her life would look like while living in Paris, and I said, “Don’t forget to save time and come to visit me at my resort in Tanzania!” And she said, “Forget that, we’ll meet half way in Morocco!” Like I said, kindred spirits. That is totally something I would say 🙂

I was so excited to meet her husband Peter and her son Robert leading up to their portrait session this past spring. Peter is so inquisitive and incredibly supportive of helping Paige make her dreams a reality. And Robert! Oh that little Robert! What a cutie! He has a personality that’s going to win over many a heart, he is funny, smart, and those eyelashes! Goodness gracious those eyelashes!

Shameless pitch for Paige; if you’ve always wanted to go to Paris but are overwhelmed with the whole travel process, book a trip with Paris by Paige! She lived there, speaks French fluently, and knows all kinds of off-the-beaten path places to go. She’s pretty much a local Parisian.

AND – Paige and I are collaborating on a Photography Workshop in Paris next year, June 16-23, 2017. Come with us as Paige leads around the city to the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Louvre, and Versailles. We’ll enjoy a Seine river cruise, eat good food, drink delicious wine, laugh A LOT, and capture some amazing photos with Paris as your background. Click HERE for more info.

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I’ve been working with the Logsdon family since I started my business five years ago. Little Connor was only 10 days old then—now he’s almost five and is a big brother to squishy baby Matthew.

Thank you Logsdons for your continued support, and for choosing to work with me each year. I am honored to capture these special moments in your lives.

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The Johll family and I had a fun night at the Seven Bridges beach in Grant Park last week. It unexpectedly happened to be a chilly night and the girls were troopers! They were so good at pretending it wasn’t cold while they were having their photos taken, only to immediately run and put on their jackets in between poses to warm up.

This amazing family is stepping into the next chapter in life as Juliana sets off to college in the fall; Juliana leaving home as an adult, with mom and sisters in a house that’ll be too quiet for a bit as they transition. I wish them all well through this new season in life.

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Photo Session with Dad and the Kids

This is the first year I’m offering this and I don’t know why it took this long! Schedule a father/kids session from now until June 19th and the session fee is waived!

Dad’s can be a little leery of what to expect during a photo session, and can sometimes get a little grumpy (ahem…a lot grumpy :)) prior to a session. But once we get started and they realize that it’s actually sort of fun, they quickly get in the groove. I try to keep things moving efficiently—I know you guys don’t have all day to spend in front of my camera—and I’m a goofball so it’s inevitable that there will be laughter.

Can’t make it in before Father’s Day? No problem, gift cards are available too!

25% discount on Prints

If you’ve been in for a session recently, I’m offering a 25% discount on photographic prints—wall art and gift prints. While I’d love to include canvas wraps and metal prints in this deal, we wouldn’t get these back from lab in time for Father’s Day.

Give me a call 262-623-4762, or send me an email tina@tinaleannphotography.com, and I’ll get your images in an online gallery so you can order your favorites from home. Please follow this link for my a la carte pricing: https://app.box.com/s/8kw9k00tf97b4qkj3b0m

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