At the end of the summer, I went south on an assignment with GS Design and Zoom North America. Zoom was coming out with their new F4 field recorder and GS Design had the idea to create a video that would launch the new product. They hired Quinn Hester from Helix Productions to make the video and I went along for the ride to create the stills and take a few portraits. Lucky for me, it was close to my home town and I never felt so comfortable on set.
Earlier this year, I worked with Saint Michael’s Foundation to capture the stories of four breast cancer survivors to support the efforts to build a new Breast Care Center at Ministry Saint Michael's Hospital. "You should be surrounded by everyone and everything you need to move quickly from fear to hope. The hope that you can get your life back. "
"Everyone knows someone whose had breast cancer. And it doesn’t just touch the women who’s diagnosed. It’s their family, their co-workers…"
It was honor to meet and photograph these brave and amazing women and their families. Chris and Matt Vanderlinden at Detonator are the ones who brought me on this journey. They created a video that is inspiring action. I enjoyed working with them, and was thrilled my pictures could play a role in supporting their storytelling.
To learn more about this great cause, you can check out their website: www.hopeisbuilding.com
5 years ago, I played my last Roller Derby bout. It was the first Brewcity Bruisers Midwest Brewhaha at Franklin Sports Complex. I was there when the Milwaukee's Roller Derby league first formed in the winter of 2005/2006. I pretty much credit BCB for keeping me in Milwaukee. It opened me up to all the great things I love about this city. I made lifelong friends and I am guessing I may have never met my husband if I hadn’t joined. I never played many sports as a kid, but it made me wish I had. It gave me the confidence in my physical appearance and abilities. It’s one of the best things I have ever done. In 2011, I got married and began the next chapter in my life starting a family, and I said goodbye to derby. Recently, I wanted to put my skills toward documenting an organization that I love and maybe help them to promote what they are doing. These girls, between the ages of 8-17 are amazing and fierce. I wish I had this when I was their age and grateful that my daughter has the opportunity to play derby if she chooses to. I watched these mighty girls practice, scrimmage, bout and then finally getting their end of season awards. You can visit http://www.brewcitybruisers.com for more info and https://www.facebook.com/BcbMicroBruisers to learn more about them.
I tagged along with my friend and her daughter Adeline as they went to get went to get her ears pierced for the first time.
At the end of last year, I had another great opportunity to work with Hanson Dodge Creative. I was given an assignment to photograph still images and portraits alongside a three-day TV commercial shoot for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin's “Little Sparks of Light” campaign. The commercial was shot/produced by Robb Fischer, Mary Patt Cupertino Fischer, and Sue Karpfinger (Full Circle Media) and their amazing crew. Wow… were they lovely to work with. The lighting setups alone were a dream come true for me. I hope to get many chances to work with them again.
Children’s is not only a professional client of mine, I also trust them personally as my children’s healthcare providers. Luckily, we have not had to spend too much time there ourselves, but the staff and patients I have worked with on projects over the years have touched my heart. I am so happy to play a part in spreading their message. I made a lot of photos during this shoot and it was hard to choose what to share. Below are some of my favorites:
When Hanson Dodge Creative showed me the pre-production reel, I brainstormed how I was going to add my own little “spark." I wanted to do as much as I could in camera, so I ended up using a series of prisms, mirrors, magnifiers, and convex lenses to reflect light (or, sometimes, just to block out the video cameras/crew in my view). I first learned about some of these prism techniques from Washington DC photographer Sam Hurd. After borrowing some lenses/prisms from a fellow Milwaukee photographer to test out the techniques, I went on a little shopping spree at American Science and Surplus and got my own.
Link to one of the TV Spots: http://www.hansondodge.com/work/childrens-hospital-of-wisconsin/little-sparks-of-light-tv-spot/
Client: Children’s Hospital
Agency: Hanson Dodge Creative
Executive Creative Director: Chris Buhrman
Associate Creative Director: Damian Strigens
Account Supervisor: Jefferey Ohm
Copywriter: Beth Musni
Director/DP: Robb Fischer
Producer: Mary Pat Cupertino
Producer: Sue Karpfinger, Full Circle Media
Photography Assistant: Rusty Malkemes
I recently edited down the 14,000ish images I shot last year of my family to 500 favorites. They were mostly shot with my Canon 5D Mark III, Fuji 100T & iPhone 5S. (My husband helped me out with a few that I am in.) I never even got to scanning the few rolls of film and Polaroids! Those final 500 were printed for photo albums and out of those, I cut it down to about 100 to share here. I am so lucky to have these kids and it feels amazing that I get to watch them grow from babies into kids. (click on the thumbnails to enlarge the image)
Super fun project with GS Design for Zoom's new amazing music machine.
2016 has kicked off with a bunch of new projects in the works that I'm super excited and thankful for. Over the weekend, I received my copies of the January issue of Milwaukee Magazine which included a bonus wedding issue. I had a blast working with them on two profile portraits: Kate Mau from Wild Haven Fiber Company and Jan Oelke from Relics Vintage Rentals.