Illustrations Photography Portrait Studio Closes

If you’re headed to Hartland Hometown Celebration events this weekend, you may notice a change at the studio.  As of today, Illustrations Photography Portrait Studio is officially closed.

It’s been working towards this for a while and now’s the time.

I’m officially back to work full time at GE…back to my previous career in HR.   Illustrations Photography has been a great joy for me over the past 8 years.  I’ve met so many wonderful families and beautiful people.  I don’t plan to give up the business completely…however, I will not be taking on any new clients.  So, if you’ve used me before, you can use me again.  Of course, my availability is much more limited but I’ll do my best to accommodate whenever I can.  Particularly those I’ve worked with for many years or those that have done some of their kids senior portraits but still have more kids to get on the wall!  Don’t worry…I won’t leave you hanging!  🙂

Thank you for your support of Illustrations Photography.  For bringing your kids to see Santa at the studio.  For allowing me to make you feel beautiful.  For welcoming me into your homes and hanging my work on your walls.  It’s truly been an honor.


Personal Change | Hartland Family Photographer

Seven years.  That’s how long I’ve officially had my business.  Like one with a website and a Tax ID and real paying customers.

Thirteen and 1/2 years.  That’s how long I’ve been lucky enough to be home with my 4 kiddos.

Ten years.  That’s how long I worked on building up my budding career with GE in Human Resources before I left when Corey was born.

Seven days.  That’s how long I have until I return to my career on a regular basis as the HR Director for a small, local company and leave my life as a WAHM.  Seven. Days.


For the past three years, I’ve worked part time seasonally in HR for a group at State Fair.  It’s been an incredible experience that took me from my previous HR life of corporate management, powerpoint presentations, and a lot of travel to a new HR focus of problem solving, family-owned business dynamics, and quick change.  I’ve loved every minute of it.  I’ve loved feeling useful and making a difference.  And since I cried (like, seriously bawled) on the last day of my first day, I’ve wished for a way to make that feeling last the whole year.

And now is my chance.

I’ve accepted an opportunity that allows me to make a difference in a family-owned business that is in a similar industry.  It’s part time…allowing me to be home every day when my kids get in and have Friday’s off.  I can’t imagine a better transition opportunity as I return to “the workforce.”

Having said that, I will not be giving up Illustrations Photography.   Yes, I will take on fewer clients and commissions and my structure may change a bit down the road but for now, I’m still here.  For those of you who have sessions coming up or gift certificates to use up, don’t worry!  Still here.  Still a photographer.

I especially look forward to continuing with families that I’ve grown close to over the years as I’ve watched your children grow.  It’s an honor and a privilege every time someone books me and a true gift when someone chooses to return to me time after time.  It’s my favorite part of being a photographer.

Thank you.  For reading.  For your support through the years.  For your patience with me if I’m less responsive, particularly in the early days of my transition.  And for helping me to be a work at home Mom for so long.  Despite all the self-doubt and insecurity that comes with running an artistic-based business, I’m incredibly proud of where I am and what I’ve done over the past 7+ years.  And I’m definitely not ready to say good-bye.

Instead…. Enjoy!


Wisconsin Headshot Photographer | Winter Event

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to update your business look for the new year!

Your headshot can say a lot about you.  It shows your personality and your professionalism.  A headshot session with Illustrations Photography will include a pre-session consult to discuss what you want your photos to say about you and also some wardrobe planning.  Your session will be quick but relaxed.  You’ll be surprised how quickly we can achieve just the images you’re looking for!  Just days later, you’ll receive a link to a gallery of your images.  You’ll make your selections and be able to download both your hi-res and web-ready versions right from that sight.  It’s a small investment in both time and money that will make a big impact on your image!

So, what are you waiting for?   To book your Winter Headshot Event spot, simply email me ( your desired day/time.  I will then connect with you to set up  your pre-session consult and discuss payment options.  Once you complete payment, your space will be secured.  That’s it!

Available time slots are listed below:

February 12:  10:30am    11:00am    11:30am

February 18:  10:30am    11:00am    11:30am

February 24:  9:00am     9:30am     10:00am

March 4:         9:30am    10:00am    10:30am    11:00am

Additional days / times, subject to availability.

So, what are you waiting for?!   Contact me now to secure your spot! 

Need headshots onsite or for multiple members of your organization?  Or are you looking to revamp your businesses entire website with updated images?  Just email me the details of your project or to set up a time to chat and I can give you a personalized quote.




Hartland Family Photographer | Yours, Mine, Ours

I was very excited to get to know this family over the past several months.  A wonderful mix of his, hers and theirs all blended beautifully into one happy family.  All that and the most amazing red hair I’ve ever seen and you have a fabulous photo shoot!


Pewaukee Maternity Photographer | Anxiously Awaiting

It’s (sadly) been a LONG time since my blog has felt some love and activity.  As my business and my life get busy, blogging is the first thing to go out the window.  Sorry about that.

So, to kick off my return and the new year, I thought I’d share my first client of 2016…The M Family.

I met this family several years ago when they were expecting their first daughter.  Sadly, Grace was only with her family for a matter of hours.  I was blessed to be a part of her short time here on earth. And continue to be blessed with remaining a part of their ongoing story.  The M family now have a son and are expecting another daughter in February.  Stay tuned for photos of her but for now…Enjoy!   And, if you’d like to read (and see) more of the M Family story, be sure to check out previous features here and here.

Pewaukee WI Maternity Photographer