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Dusting off for 2012 | Janesville Wisconsin Portrait & Wedding Photographer

It’s been awhile since I’ve blogged.

2 months to be exact.


So I’m dusting things off & getting things started again.

During the buys season it gets quite difficult to keep up with workflow & posting sneak peeks on Facebook, so often the BLOG takes a back seat.

My goal for 2012 is for that to change, to be a better blogger.

Over the next few weeks I’ll be catching up on some BLOG posts both portrait & wedding, stay tuned.

Also wanted to let you know over the next couple weeks/months I’m excited to roll out Natale Photography’s brand new website & BLOG that I’m hard at work with right now.

For the most up to date images in my portfolio please swing by Facebook or shoot me an email, I’d be happy to email you a current slideshow!

In the meantime watch for some new BLOG posts coming out this week, one today in fact.

We are into full swing Wedding booking season for both 2012-2013.  We are a little over half booked for 2012 & anticipating that we’ll be fully booked by the start of Wedding Season in May.  If you are still looking for a photographer call the studio to set up your personal Bridal Consultation.

Speaking of Weddings, here is a small iPhone pic of my booth this past weekend @ the EngagedMilwaukee Bridal Show


Black Friday & Small Business Saturday Sale | Natale Photography


Natale Photography’s

Black Friday & Small Business Saturday Promotion

Gift Certificate’s will be available @ a discounted rate {Friday & Saturday ONLY}

Friday 8am – 12noon | 25% off

Friday 12noon – 12midnight | 15% off

Saturday All Day | 10% off

In addition to the discount when you purchase a Gift Cert this weekend you’ll be entered to win a

FREE 16×20 Canvas!

Contact the studio for further details or to place your order.

Please note that they have to be paid for in FULL during the discount times given above.

{fine print : for future sessions/orders only, not valid on any pending orders or usage with any other combined discounts}


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Oh, the places You’ll Go! | Janesville Wisconsin Boutique Portrait Photographer

Oh, the places You’ll Go!

By : Dr. Suess

“You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
You’re on your own.  And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.”

This book was given to me almost 15 years ago this month, from my parents when I graduated from high school & I am quite sure that I will be giving it to my children when they graduate from high school in the coming years.

This time of year tends to stir up many emotions as it is the time we as parents are ending a time of our children’s lives & looking on to the next chapter.

Whether it is the first year of PreSchool, Kindergarten, Jr. High, High School or maybe even College.

I made the decision recently, that I was going to start a tradition in our family, one that we’ll look back on when my children graduate from high school & go off to college. Hopefully something that they will both cherish forever.

I wrote both of them a letter, from my heart, about where we are at right now as a family & where they are at in their life.

I spoke about their favorite things to play with, their favorite movies, their best friends, what they said they wanted to be when “they grew up”.

My wishes for them as their mommy, our inside jokes & our favorite books.

I plan on continuing this every year & assembling the letters in a binder, to be read by them when the time comes.

As a photographer, I know that taking pictures of those moments are so important but I wanted to document in words as well.

So that they can see in pictures & hear in the stories what it was like when they were this age.

A few snipits from their letters

Gabriel’s Letter, Kindergarten Year, 2010-2011




Lucy’s letter, Pre-School, 2010-20011



{this dress is three generations old.  it was worn by my mother in the late 1950s, worn by me in the early 1980s & now Lucy wore it}

I hope you enjoyed this post, a little personal I know but I hope it inspires a handful of you to do this for your children.  Take the time, take the quiet time to sit down, document these moments, these crazy crazy moments.  Both in pictures & in words because although it seems like you will have years with them, before you know it they will be walking across that stage, getting their diploma.

As a mother, I know that I’ll never be able to say it enough, show it enough or write it down enough.

I love them to the moon & back, & back again.

“The Days are Long, the Years are Short”

“You’ll get mixed up, of course,

as you already know.
You’ll get mixed up
with many strange birds as you go.
So be sure when you step.
Step with care and great tact
and remember that Life’s
a Great Balancing Act.
Just never forget to be dexterous and deft.
And never mix up your right foot with your left.

And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)


be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray
or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O’Shea,
you’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So…get on your way!”

What {to} wear for your Family Portrait Session {Janesville Wi Family Portrait Photographer}


“We have a family portrait session coming up & we have NO idea what to wear?”

Been there? Done that?

Yep I figured.  So here we go.  I decided to go ahead & put a few things together for your upcoming sessions, whether they are with me or another fabulous photographer in the area.  I really hope you are able to take some information out of this post & turn it around to work for your family!

{warning :: I am not a fashionista, not in the least bit.  with that said, proceed with caution}

{helpful websites along the way}

Colour Lovers

this is a fabulous website for many things.  but you can build, search, & save your own color palettes.  print them out & take them with while you shop

Awkward Family Photos

If you have NOT seen this website you’ve been living under a rock probably.  {ok maybe a cave}

But this serves as an example of what NOT to do, enough said.


This first slide I wanted to go with a more class palette of grey & black.  A lot of my families are going this route for the fall & I love it.

Just because you use classic colors in the images does not mean that they’ll be “classic” & “boring” themselves.  Don’t be afraid to go with your gut instinct.

I love the variety of texture & color here.

Oh & obvi the “peace” shirt is my fav.  I just wish there was the word “out” down below {peace-out}

FYI all pieces in the below slide can be found from the GAP


With this palette I wanted to use colors that complimented well & that worked with all members of the family.

You can easily swap the maroon out for a navy sweater & pop in a little hot pink action for another fabulous color palette.

{Below is a mixture from GAP, Old Navy & Janie & Jack}


{But wait, I can NOT afford $89 for a dress I’ll only wear once?}

Word.  I hear ya, for sure.  Please keep in mind these are only to SERVE as a vision, an inspiration & a starting point.  Heck you could get the same look from hittin’ up some fancy garage sales, the goodwill or your friends closet?  Be creative.

{YO, I am NOT a size 6, or even 10 for that matter!}

UMM, again, word.  From personal experience I am not a small & tiny person.

For this I would direct you to looking online where there are more plus sizes available

Lane Bryant


The following are websites that I suggest looking through.  Some perhaps will be within your budget & some will not.

Also I must give a gigantic shout out to Etsy.

WOW = addicting.

Fabulous hats, accessories, scarves etc.  When in doubt, check etsy!

{p.s. don’t blame it on me when your etsy bill is $100+ a month…}

One of my absolute favorite places for FUN, BRIGHT colored clothes especially for girls is Hanna Andersson

{hint :  search craigslist}

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Some of my favorite GIRL findings

{GAP, Old Navy, Gymboree}

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Some of my favorite BOY findings

{Gymboree & GAP}

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*to be bold, have fun with color

*use props {whatever those may be}

*use accessories

*add on layers

*be open to new, funky, random locations

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Another fun idea is doing your family session {or part of it} in super amazing Holiday PJs like these here from Hanna Andersson


{final thoughts}

matching polos are NOT a good idea, even though someone told you they were

trust the professional photographer that you hired to capture these images & enjoy your family

be open to options, ideas & craziness

choose a color palette & pick clothing that coordinates NOT matches exactly

stay away from Dora the Explorer & Spongebob t-shirts

keep your eyes on & off the camera : remember some of the best images can be captured when your not looking

and again :: HAVE FUN!

{heads Up}

please feel free to share, pass on & even comment below.  heck you can even e-mail me with questions on where I found a certain sweater or dress

I sincerely hope that this was helpful & somewhat amusing, if not well too bad.

thanks, peace out & happy holidays

s. {natale}

{random} thoughts.ideas.links.information | Janesville Wisconsin Modern Portrait Photographer


This has been a crazy past few weeks full of sessions, engagement parties – turned weddings & getting ready for my little guy to start Kindergarten. (whaa?)

We actually received their backpacks today in the mail & OMgosh simply adorable.

mr. gabe = kindergarten



miss. lucy = first year of preschool



I can not believe how fast they grow up, geesh.



There have been a lot of useful articles and/or links circulating recently & I thought it would be helpful to do a small BLOG post with this links all in one location.

Are Digital Files Included in My Baby Photography Session?

10 Reasons Professional Photographers Charge What They Do

Utterly Engaged : A new online Wedding Magazine

How to have the Perfect Newborn Photography Session

This particular link is written by the wonderful & talented Mandie Haberman from Red Gecko Studio

How To Be a Great GWC :: {guest with camera}

If you are a photographer & don’t know who Jeff & Allison Rodgers are you have been living under a rock .  Sorry it is true.  They are fabulous & offer some amazing things for photographers, check out lbobi : the little blog of big ideas

Here is a fun debate :: Messy or Tidy workspace ??



Photogs, Photogs & MORE Photogs

Being a part of this industry not only means that we get to meet & photograph amazing clients but we as Professional Photographers also get to meet, work with, laugh with & bounce ideas off from other fabulous photographers.

This past year, this area has really expanded & I’m very grateful for all of the new friends both in person & online (for those that live too far away).

I think that sometimes people in this industry get too caught up in competition & worry about sharing information.  I truly believe in the exact opposite.  When you open yourself up to share, & learn from each other the possibilities are endless!


Pictured below :

Rebecca Eby :: Studio Noveau

Mandie Haberman :: Red Gecko Studio

Cammie Holterman :: Red Gecko Studio

Amanda Reseburg :: Type A Images




I received such a SWEET SWEET gift this afternoon from my UPS man.  He delivered a Thank-You gift  sent from my Bride & Groom {Jessie & Jon} that had a fabulous  Engagement Party/Wedding Reception this past weekend!  Thanks SO much J & J for the gift.  Thank YOU for allowing us to share in your day & document the amazing surprise!  Look for the BLOG post very soon!

Here is a picture of my yummy treat



{business – announcements}


Stay tuned for the release of the Fall Session dates.  We’ve done these for the past 4 years & will continue to schedule a day both @ Beckman Mill & probably another location, perhaps in Evansville.  One day will be in September & the other will be in October.  Spots WILL be limited to 5 each day.  Please contact the studio if you are interested in the information.  Hoping to roll out the details early next week


More information to come, but starting January 2011, Natale Photography will have more set weekday hours & will be limiting the weekend availability.
Very excited about this new change!


Boutique Pet Photography, NEW in 2011

Stay tuned for details.

Here is an image of our newest addition, Violet.


Happy Mother’s Day – Gift Certificate Special :: {Janesville Wisconsin Portrait Photographer}

Happy ‘early’ Mother’s Day!  Natale Photography is offering a special on all Gift Certificate’s purchased from now through the weekend:


Contact the studio for more information or to purchase your GC’s.  Available for pick-up through Saturday afternoon.

Have a great weekend!

S. Natale

Full of Appreciation & Thankfullness {Janesville Wisconsin Portrait & Wedding Photographer}

Over the past few weeks I’ve come across some really great photography-related quotes & readings.  I wasn’t really sure how or where I was going to fit them into my BLOG & I just decided to do a random BLOG posting with some of my favorite quotes & an image that I particularly love, although not perfect, I just keep going back to it.  I’m not sure really why, other than to me it really represents what I do, photographing a family @ whatever stage it may be:  family waiting for that baby, a family adding to, or even perhaps an older married couple celebrating years of marriage.  I don’t take for granted what I am so VERY BLESSED to be doing, not for one minute.  I love my clients, I love that they invite me into their homes, lives & little quirky details so that I can freeze some of these special moments for them to look back on years to come.  I thank God that he allowed me the opportunity to pursue my dream & I am so thankful to my husband & children who have been my biggest cheerleaders.  {love you mr. nick, gabe & lulu}.

enjoy this BLOG post & this beautiful tuesday.

{s. natale}


“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.” Dorothea Lange, U.S. photographer

“In America, the photographer is not simply the person who records the past, but the one who invents it. Susan Sontag, photographer & partner of Annie Leibovitz

“It takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer. You need less imagination to be a painter, because you can invent things. But in photography everything is so ordinary; it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the ordinary.” David Bailey, British photographer

“If your photographs aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.” Robert Cappa

“Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing & composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph.”  Matt Hardy

“When you photograph people in color you photograph their clothes.  But when you photograph people in B&W, you photograph their souls.” Ted Grant

“There are things which nobody would see unless I photographed them.” Diane Arbus

“I know that the accident of my being a photographer has made my life possible.” Richard Avedon