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{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.


Stephanie’s {scratch} Pad {Janesville Wedding & Portrait Photographer}

So part #2 of my new blog is integrating a weekly post {my goal is monday} of random information, links, sources of motivation and/or resources that hopefully will benefit my readers.  Being as though {ideally} I’ll have variety of people viewing this blog, my hope is to break it down like this:

portrait {peeps}

{{resources, articles & information geared towards the modern mommy, family & seniors.}}

Building Blocks for Learning located here in Janesville.  I think they are a great resource for families in the area.  I became acquainted with Kay & Jeanne several years ago when I started buying Thomas the Train items there for Gabriel & loved their selection of toys, books & learning tools for children.

If you haven’t been in to check out their store yet & you live in Janesville, shame on you.  They are located right across the street from the Post Office & next to Walgreens on Milton Ave.   They carry a lot of fantastic educational toys as well as a variety of Melissa & Doug, Thomas the Train, Playmobile & they also offer classes in their activity room.

{Remember to support your local small businesses!}

wedding {peeps}

{{unique ideas, planning websites, vendors & exciting news in the bridal industry for my wedding clients}}

If you are looking for custom Wedding Invitations {that ROCK}, check out The Paper Deli in Middleton Wisconsin.  They are originally from Janesville & recently opened up their retail store on Old Sauk Rd.  They do amazing work:  invitations, programs, thank-you’s & more.

Brian Breezer is the owner & he is great to work with & very creative.

They even carry these (what more could you possibly want):

frozen-smiles-l copy

photo {peeps}

{{resources, motivation & random tidbits for those in the photo industry}}

One thing that I’ve learned over the past few years in this industry is that working with & learning from other photographers is a huge part of the business.  I’ve loved meeting many different photographers from around the country @ different workshops, conventions & seminars.  I think that it is so important to recognize that we all have something to learn & we all have something we can offer.

Recently I was a part of a fantastic program {Foundations of Posing} given by Pierre & Anna from Pierre’s Portrait Art in Madison.  Both Pierre & his wife Anna offered a lot of great knowledge & shared information with a small group of photographers.  We were able to work with each other on a variety of exercises & shoot @ a beautiful location.   We even had an adorable couple who were celebrating 5 years of marriage but were very willing to put on a suit & a wedding dress in order to play “bride & groom” for a bunch of crazy photographers.

Pierre gives back to this industry in many ways & it is photographers like this that allow all of us to grow & learn in our business, improve & then in turn give back to other photographers in the future.  Check out his website & his amazing work!  He also offers a free forum for Wisconsin Photographers (WPPF). Thanks again Pierre & see you Thursday!

Here are a few of the images I took that day:




If there is a topic, question or idea you’d like to see discussed here next week, leave me a comment & I’ll see what I can do :)

{stephanie n.}