Halloween Fun

In the spirit of Halloween, I wanted to share a photo recently made in the studio with 6 month old fraternal twins and their pugs.  Needless to say, Mom/Dad worked hard to get the right costumes, ply those little cherub bodies into the costumes and after getting everyone comfortable, we have some fun shots.  They’re all little wigglers so working fast was of the essence.  We all sang “The Wheels on the Bus” and thank goodness the pugs sit for treats!

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

It’s got that “who decided that this is what we’re going to do for Halloween” look to it.  It makes me smile that the twins will have these images, to not only see themselves when they were little, but also see their first dogs!

Summer’s Here Kids!

Yesterday was a gorgeous day here.  Windy, but sunny and definitely shorts weather!  It was my first session of the outdoor season in Lake Park and I got to spend it with two of my favorite kids – Katie and Sam!

Katie was all decked out in her girly-girl dress and fun white hat.  She couldn’t have looked any better!

Looking absolutely lovely, Katie!

Sam, the ever-helpful, big brother, even helped Katie get her wardrobe right.  He LOVES his sister and it showed when he pulled himself away from the playground to be Katie’s escort on the sidewalk.

"You'll look better with this on, Katie"

Sam helps to steady the newly walking Katie

Katie enjoyed her time chasing dandelions and Sam found some ‘alone time’ with his trucks and colorful sunglasses.  Having photographed Sam since he was 2 months old, I’ve come to appreciate his ‘let’s try it’ sense of adventure.  If I suggest something, he usually cooperates with great gusto.  Glad you like the sunglasses Sam!

I'm heading for that dandelion!

Look at my trucks!

So school’s just starting to wind down and soon kids and families will be outdoors enjoying the Wisconsin summer.  Don’t let time go by this summer without booking a Summer Mini-Session ($85) in the great outdoors.  Your kids grow up too fast to not record the fun they have!  Ask me to photograph your children doing the things they love and capture the relationship they enjoy with each other.   You’ll be glad you did!

Call or email me today and we’ll book a date and a Rain Date to work around the weather.  These sessions are limited, as is the time with your children.

Beachin’ It

Spending time with my extended family is always a great way to relax, laugh, recharge and, of course, record family memories through photography.  Since I have a 3 year old nephew and 4 other great nieces and nephews under 3.5 years, there was lots of action to go after!   Enjoy the images made at New Smyrna Beach, FL.  First my mom,  then it’s Ryan, George, Peyton, Kylie and Maura.

Enjoy the beach scenes and if you live up north, feel the warmth I send!

My Mom at 83

Ryan after exciting the pool

Warm-up time

George playing football (He's a Brit!)

Peyton - a natural runner

Mia Familia

Kylie - "I own this beach!"

Ryan - dodging the waves

Peyton - the water bearer

Maura - modeling her 'beach tutu'

Kylie and her charming smile

George - waiting for a wave

Maura - beautiful eyes that don't like the wind

All images made with Nikon D3s and Nikon 24-70mm f2.8 lens.

So What If It’s Cold and Snowy Outside!

Wow!  The weather recently turned quickly here in the Upper Midwest.  We went from 40’s to teens, he skies dropped some snow and then those cold, winds from the northwest blew in.  As a dog owner, however, I’m like the Postal Service.  We walk no matter what the weather.  I consider it good training and discipline for those times when I have to be out in the elements.  This past week is but one example.

On our first day of measurable snow, I had the pleasure to photograph a young, yellow lab named Charlie Jack and his owner Shannon.  The snow came in waves of light to heavy and the north winds plastered the snow against the north side of the trees.  It was beautiful weather to be outdoors and make some great images of the two of them!

Shannon & Charlie Jack

Running Free in the Snow

Charlie's Line in the Sand

Best Buddies!

TIP #1:  For those of you interested in photographing in the falling snow, either purchase a special cover for your lens/DSLR or rubber-band a plastic bag around your gear to keep it dry.  If the wind’s blowing hard like it was this day, be sure to have your subject facing into it vs. your uncovered lens.  If not, it will be the first and last time you make that mistake!

 

Then, 2 days later, the temperatures plummeted and we had our coldest day of the year since last winter.  I believe it was about 20 degrees, with a single digit wind chill when I headed out to Lake Park to photograph the Lenardson Family.  We had hoped for snow, which we got, but hadn’t anticipated that bone chilling wind.  After some time in an sunny, but windy, open area, we headed for the protection of one of Lake Park’s noted ravines.  One year old Travis was bundled up on his snow suit and 4 year old Travis enjoyed a mock snowball fight with me.  Everyone came prepared for the cold and we came away with some wonderful images to remember a family’s cold day in the park!

Bundled Up

How can you move in a snow suit?

Locked and Loaded!

TIP #2:  So take your camera outside this winter and see what you can come up with.  When you come back inside, cover up your camera with a towel or coat until the camera comes back to room temperature.  Some people put it in a larger, plastic bag.  Why?  For those of you who wear glasses, you’ll understand right away.  The warm air of your home will hit the cold body of your camera and condense on it in the form of moisture.  Moisture and digital electronics don’t play well together!

TIP #3:  If you want to see your images as soon as possible, get a zip lock bag and put your camera’s flash card into the zip lock bag.  Seal it shut and wait until your card has come back to room temperature.  Then you can download your images without worrying about ruining the flash card due to moisture.  Keep this zip lock bag with your camera gear during the winter.  The same phenomenon holds true for bringing a cold camera into a warm car, do don’t forget to put it into your camera bag or cover it with a towel.

 

With some forethought, you too can venture out into the snow & cold to make some memorable images of your family.  If you’re interested in learning more about your camera (especially if you’re getting a new one this Holiday!) and how you can make better images of your family, contact me at 414.550.5340 because I’m setting up an “So You Got A New Camera” class, for February 2011.  Limited to 6 people.

How Do You Say FALL?

Tomato Toss

Now that my Fall rush of high school seniors, kids. dogs and families has settled a bit, I’ve been showing clients their images on the ‘big screen’ and I’ve found a few images that make me smile, laugh and feed my passion for why I communicate with a camera!

First up is Sam.  Three years into his ever-expanding life, he’s been a ‘regular’ guy around the studio and I looked forward to every time I get to photograph him.  “Why,” you might ask.  Because Sam represents all the ‘REAL KIDS’ I photograph.  They are full of life, curious, eager to play with me and rarely back away from doing something crazy.  Hence the tomatoes!

After photographing Sam and his new sister, Katie, in the studio, we headed outside because I knew my Purple Aster  (WI prairie  perennial) was in full bloom and would provide a nice background.  But I needed Sam to do something.  My lone tomato plant grew nearby and knew that tomatoes and balls were pretty much the same shape.  I looked at mom, she nodded, ‘go for it’ and we were off.

I LOVE his enthusiasm in this shot!  Rising off the land to explore gravity and loving doing something crazy.  We even got a second ‘take’ on the same tomatoes!  Sam’s mom told me that he’s still talking about the tomatoes.  Me too.

The Perfect Leaf

Then there was Aidan, who helps me show the true colors of Fall.  An enthusiastic four year old, aidan keeps his family laughing!  We had just finished a series of image of tossing leaves up in the air when he came over to me and said, “Look, I just found the perfect leaf!”  I looked up and said, “Wow, Aidan.  That IS a perfect leaf!”  My angel spoke up and said “get an image with that leaf.”  I listened and followed and was rewarded with an authentic image of a boy and his find.

So in this season of falling leaves, ripening tomatoes and soon to be heavy frost, I encourage you all to get outside and look closely on the ground, in the morning or evening skies and see the world like a child would.  You might notice the shape of the clouds, a pattern in the grass or how the frost clings to the plants in your garden.  If you really want to look, take a 3 or 4 year old with you.  They’ll teach you how to see in no time flat!

What A Difference A Year Makes!

 

New and Awake to the World

 

Two months from now, this little bundle of joy will be 1 year old.  I photographed Sophia right after she was born and she had brownish hair.  Today she found herself in front of my camera and she’s changed to a blond!  What a cute little girl she is and now she’s all bright, blue-eyed and full of smiles.  A cute dress can’t hurt the effort here, nor can seeking out the right light in Lake Park.  Check it out with the Fall foliage all around here.

What I still see is the shape of her eyes and face.  Boy, can she bring on the smiles for her mom, dad and 3 siblings.  Of course I have photos of all of them, but tonight I needed to go back in my files and just see how much she had changed in 8 months.  Mom said she’s coming back for her one year old session, so I can’t wait to have her alone in the studio!  I’m already ready thinking up things we can do with her.

 

I LOVE Fall!

 

What A Difference A Year Makes

New and Awake to the World

Two months from now, this little bundle of joy will be 1 year old.  I photographed Sophia right after she was born and she had brownish hair.  Today she found herself in front of my camera and she’s changed to a blond!  What a cute little girl she is and now she’s all bright, blue-eyed and full of smiles.  A cute dress can’t hurt the effort here, nor can seeking out the right light in Lake Park.  Check it out with the Fall foliage all around here.

What I still see is the shape of her eyes and face.  Boy, can she bring on the smiles for her mom, dad and 3 siblings.  Of course I have photos of all of them, but tonight I needed to go back in my files and just see how much she had changed in 8 months.  Mom said she’s coming back for her one year old session, so I can’t wait to have her alone in the studio!  I’m already ready thinking up things we can do with her.

I LOVE Fall!

Life Is GOOD!

PEGGY MORSCH life photography

The Leap of Cousins!

Destination Northwoods Wisconsin!  Bear Lake was the happening place yesterday when multiple families gathered for some fun in the sun.  You can’t beat temps in the mid 80’s, lower humidty and water warm enough to play in!  There was tubing, 2 new labrador retriever puppies that were as mellow as a glass of wine going down, and loads of cousins, parents, brothers & sisters,  just having fun together.  It was “A Day In the Life” with this family and it’s a project I’ve been waiting for the right family to do it with.  The Gaenslen clan knew how to deliver!  Such enthusiasm life and fun!

This image shows all the older cousins, lined up for a ‘family leap’ from the dock, after coming in from some serious tubing.  What a great way to remember fun, family times with “A Day In the Life” custom book!  More to come on Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/pmorsch