Fun Madison Senior Portrait Photographer by Out Loud Photography http://www.outloudphoto.com Out Loud Photography Fri, 22 Dec 2017 11:30:47 +0000 en hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.5 Film Photography | Porcupine Mountains, Michigan http://www.outloudphoto.com/film-photography-porcupine-mountains-michigan/ http://www.outloudphoto.com/film-photography-porcupine-mountains-michigan/#respond Fri, 27 Oct 2017 21:37:57 +0000 http://www.outloudphoto.com/?p=444 Last month, we had the pleasure of traveling to the upper peninsula of Michigan for a family wedding. We went up a day early so that we could have some time to enjoy the local scenery and checked into a lakefront hotel with a gorgeous backyard view of Lake Superior and the Porkies! The next […]

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Last month, we had the pleasure of traveling to the upper peninsula of Michigan for a family wedding. We went up a day early so that we could have some time to enjoy the local scenery and checked into a lakefront hotel with a gorgeous backyard view of Lake Superior and the Porkies!

The next morning, I was up early and watched the sun rise over Lake Superior, amazed by the strong powerful winds and crashing waves.

Later in the day, we checked out the ceremony site, which was by the stone wall overlooking Lake of the Clouds in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park.

Some of our group went on a hike, while my mother-in-law and I strolled the wooden walkway overlooking Lake of the Clouds. We came around the corner to find two artists painting the landscape and it was one of my favorite moments of the weekend. I love watching artists create and they were kind enough to let me take photographs.

These artists, Matt and Laurie Kania, have been visiting the Porkies since 1988! They work with several art galleries and you can find more about their work on their website. Additionally, Matt does map illustration and design. Thanks again, Matt and Laurie, for letting me photograph you!

We fell in love with the Porcupine Mountains and hope to return some day!

Always,

Erica

Kodak Portra Film processed and scanned by Indie Film Lab.

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Film Photography | Layla and Music http://www.outloudphoto.com/film-photography-layla-music/ http://www.outloudphoto.com/film-photography-layla-music/#respond Mon, 02 Oct 2017 23:02:55 +0000 http://www.outloudphoto.com/?p=433 A recent visit with old friends turned into time well spent with my film camera. I’ve watched the amazing Layla grow up over the last 9 years and she is killing it, plain and simple. I love her spirit, her strength, her natural beauty, her dreads, her music and her soul. Thank you for letting […]

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A recent visit with old friends turned into time well spent with my film camera. I’ve watched the amazing Layla grow up over the last 9 years and she is killing it, plain and simple. I love her spirit, her strength, her natural beauty, her dreads, her music and her soul.

Thank you for letting me photograph you, Layla! Can’t wait to see you all again.

Always,
Erica

Processed and Scanned by Indie Film Lab.

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Film Photography | Senior Portraits | McKayla Behselich http://www.outloudphoto.com/film-photography-senior-portraits-mckayla/ http://www.outloudphoto.com/film-photography-senior-portraits-mckayla/#respond Sun, 17 Sep 2017 20:36:53 +0000 http://www.outloudphoto.com/?p=414 Last month, I was honored to photograph McKayla for her long-awaited Senior Portraits. McKayla visited Madison, Wisconsin for a weekend with her mother and sister. We planned several locations and shoots, spread out over the weekend. On our first night of shooting, I found myself too far from home, too close to sunset — with […]

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Last month, I was honored to photograph McKayla for her long-awaited Senior Portraits. McKayla visited Madison, Wisconsin for a weekend with her mother and sister. We planned several locations and shoots, spread out over the weekend.

On our first night of shooting, I found myself too far from home, too close to sunset — with a non-working lens on my digital camera. My only backup was a film camera… and suddenly it felt meant to be. I have been casually shooting film here and there for the last few years, but mostly for personal photographs and art projects. Using film to create portraits like this was new and frightening territory… and they ended up being my favorite portraits from the entire weekend.

Life got messy over the last few years and I struggled to figure out how to fit photography into my life, physically and emotionally. I was frustrated and angry because I was trying to fit a square peg into a round hole, it just didn’t work. Through lots of hard work and support, I am embracing the fact that my goals have changed, my abilities have changed and through both of those, my photography has changed. So these days, you can find me bopping around Madison, film camera in hand (digital left behind at home). If this sounds like something you’re interested in, hit me up and lets get coffee.

Now, check out some of my favorite film portraits from McKayla’s High School Senior Portrait Session. Many thanks to Pope Farm Conservancy and the Black Locust Cafe for their phenomenal scenery (and coffee!).

McKayla, it was an absolute honor to watch you grow up and into the amazing young woman you have become, gorgeous inside and out. Thank you for coming to visit and for choosing me to capture your Senior Portraits.







Always,

Erica

Photographs: Leica R4, 35mm Kodak Portra 160 – processed and scanned by Indie Film Lab.

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Life and Polaroids http://www.outloudphoto.com/life-and-polaroids/ http://www.outloudphoto.com/life-and-polaroids/#respond Thu, 08 Oct 2015 23:21:09 +0000 http://www.outloudphoto.com/?p=387 Today I celebrate another birthday in my thriving thirties. The exact number doesn’t matter as much as the journey that brought me here. The years I discovered who I am and what I need. The years with the most pain. The years that molded my faith. The years I learned to slow down and opened […]

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Today I celebrate another birthday in my thriving thirties. The exact number doesn’t matter as much as the journey that brought me here.

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The years I discovered who I am and what I need. The years with the most pain. The years that molded my faith. The years I learned to slow down and opened my eyes and heart to the abundance of everyday beauty in my world. The years I started to see the reasons for the way of things. I don’t have all of the answers, no one does, but I’ve learned a few things along the way.

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If you push through it, ignore it or runaway from it – it will find a way to come back tenfold to get your attention. Listen to pain, get the message it’s sending and learn from it.Olbrich_Gardens_Madison_Portrait_Photography_by_Out_Loud_Photography_October_2

The most powerful thing we have is our perspective. We can choose to see a situation or object in one way, we can choose to see it from the opposite way, and we can choose to see it from both ways. The coolest part is that WE get to choose.

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You are the only person who gets to decide what you value in life, what you hold dear and where you want to focus your energy. Do not let others “should” on you with their own values. Do what is best for you.

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Do not under estimate the power and importance of loving where you live. Your environment influences the quality of your life. If you find yourself feeling connected with a certain city or a scenic country side, take the steps necessary to get yourself there. Whether its a mansion on a hill side or a small apartment, whether you’re miles from the nearest human or surrounded by dozens of neighbors, whether its filled with pets or filled with plants… Make your home count and surround yourself with people that only lift you higher.

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Find something to believe in. Whether its the balance of the universe and its energy, a worthy cause, the unconditional love of one God, or trust in the human race… Believe in something and believe in yourself.

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Take lessons from the dog(s) in your life. Have faith in others. Assume that everyone is doing their very best. Try not to pass judgements, things are not always as they seem. Everyone you meet has their own stuff and is finding their way through their own unique struggles. Be kind.

Forgive the past. Forgive others. Forgive yourself. Until they perfect time travel, we cannot change the past. But we can change how we think and ultimately feel about it. LET IT GO so that you don’t rob yourself of the beautiful present and future.

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Do fun things. Its as simple as that. JUST DO THEM. Everyone’s idea of fun is different. Watch a funny video, take photographs, laugh with your best friend, read a good book… Do the things that bring you joy.

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It is not a question of IF you’ll go through a tough time in life, its WHEN. Get through life’s tough moments, try not to make them worse. Take a step back. Take it easy on yourself. Take a deep breathe. This too shall pass. Have faith that there will be better days.

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Happiness isn’t a destination… Happiness is choosing to enjoy the journey, however complicated it may be.

Always,

Erica

Photographs: Polaroid 320 Land Camera, Fuji Film FP-100C

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Newborn Portraits | Audrey Grace http://www.outloudphoto.com/newborn-portraits-audrey-grace/ http://www.outloudphoto.com/newborn-portraits-audrey-grace/#respond Fri, 27 Feb 2015 19:15:32 +0000 http://www.outloudphoto.com/?p=363 My best friend Anna and her husband Jeremiah recently welcomed their newest addition, Audrey Grace, into the world. I blogged their Maternity Portraits that we were fortunate enough to create the day before Audrey was born! Not only did I get to watch this baby girl grow in her mother’s belly this winter, I was so honored to […]

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My best friend Anna and her husband Jeremiah recently welcomed their newest addition, Audrey Grace, into the world. I blogged their Maternity Portraits that we were fortunate enough to create the day before Audrey was born! Not only did I get to watch this baby girl grow in her mother’s belly this winter, I was so honored to have been there to witness and photograph her birth story. It left me in awe. This beautiful little girl will always hold a special place in my heart.

Here are some of my favorite photographs from Audrey’s newborn portraits.

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Audrey Grace, you are so loved.

Always,

Erica

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Maternity Portraits | Jeremiah + Anna http://www.outloudphoto.com/winter-madison-wi-maternity-portrait-session-jeremiahandanna/ http://www.outloudphoto.com/winter-madison-wi-maternity-portrait-session-jeremiahandanna/#respond Thu, 19 Feb 2015 16:59:41 +0000 http://www.outloudphoto.com/?p=343 We took these maternity portraits in Jeremiah and Anna's backyard on a chilly Sunday afternoon, during halftime of a Packers playoff game. Here are a few of my favorites!

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Jeremiah and Anna are an amazing couple – full of love, laughs, loyalty and resilience. They are hard working, forgiving and stand true to their values. All of this flows into their parenting, something anyone can see within minutes of meeting their children. I am honored to call Anna my best friend – she is the most beautiful woman I know, inside and out. I have absolutely loved photographing her family of five through the years, and seeing her children grow, adoring them as my own.

This last fall and winter, we all watched in awe as Anna’s belly grew, turning this family of five into SIX! A little girl. What a blessing this baby is to so very many. A true bundle of joy, love and purpose.

We took these maternity portraits in Jeremiah and Anna’s backyard on a chilly Sunday afternoon, during halftime of a Packers playoff game. Not even cold wind could take away from how this woman glowed while pregnant! Here are a few of my favorites from their maternity portrait session.

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Jeremiah and Anna, thanks for letting me capture your family!

Always,

Erica

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Family Portraits at Olbrich Botanical Gardens | The Nelsons http://www.outloudphoto.com/olbrich-garden-family-portraits-the-nelsons/ http://www.outloudphoto.com/olbrich-garden-family-portraits-the-nelsons/#respond Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:37:42 +0000 http://www.outloudphoto.com/?p=289 The adorable Nelson family came to Madison on an overcast summer day. We went to Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison for some beautiful scenery for their family portrait session. Olbrich Gardens has such beautiful flowers, plants and structures as well as great walking paths for the little ones. During family portrait sessions with young children, […]

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The adorable Nelson family came to Madison on an overcast summer day. We went to Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison for some beautiful scenery for their family portrait session. Olbrich Gardens has such beautiful flowers, plants and structures as well as great walking paths for the little ones. During family portrait sessions with young children, sometimes we have to function on “Fast & Furious” mode in order to create great portraits and on this particular day we were also racing the rain clouds!!! At the end of the session, it started to rain and instead of taking cover, we embraced it! The kids found a toad and played in the rain! Here are a few of my favorite portraits from the Nelsons’ family portrait session!

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If you are interested in Family Portraits with Out Loud Photography, please contact me for more information!

Always,

Erica

 

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High School Senior Portrait Photography | Tayler Burkhalter http://www.outloudphoto.com/creative-madison-wi-senior-portrait-photography-tayler-burkhalter/ http://www.outloudphoto.com/creative-madison-wi-senior-portrait-photography-tayler-burkhalter/#respond Sun, 22 Jun 2014 02:25:54 +0000 http://www.outloudphoto.com/?p=280 Tayler came to her session with some great outfits and accessories to match. She and her mom are both laid back and were prepared to go with the flow of the evening. They had some location ideas and so did I! Together we bopped around using neat buildings, staircases, paths, fields and my favorite – […]

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Tayler came to her session with some great outfits and accessories to match. She and her mom are both laid back and were prepared to go with the flow of the evening. They had some location ideas and so did I! Together we bopped around using neat buildings, staircases, paths, fields and my favorite – by the water at sunset! Tayler is a caring, loving and hilarious young woman. I enjoyed laughing with her through out her Senior Portrait Session!

Here are some of my favorites from Tayler’s High School Senior Portrait Session!

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Tayler, I wish you so much love, adventure and peace in the future! Congrats on graduating!

Always,

Erica

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Business Woman Portraits | Carrie Headley http://www.outloudphoto.com/business-woman-portraits-carrie-headley/ http://www.outloudphoto.com/business-woman-portraits-carrie-headley/#respond Fri, 06 Jun 2014 18:32:43 +0000 http://www.outloudphoto.com/?p=265 Carrie contacted me to talk about creating Business Professional Portraits that she can use for her website and social media profiles. For these type of portraits, I like to think "outside the box" and get away from the old fashioned head shots. Carrie's portraits are an important part of her website and we wanted them to show her caring personality and realistic fitness approach.

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Carrie Headley is a business woman from the Madison area. Four years ago as she was approaching her 20 year high school reunion, she decided to make some big changes for herself and her family. Over time she lost 70 lbs and embraced important lifestyle changes. She encountered tough issues like body image, emotional eating, prioritizing exercise and learning to love the skin you’re in. Carrie has taken her experience and founded a fitness business –Head in the Game Fitness – designed for people wanting to make the same lifestyle changes using a realistic approach while tackling the tough topics that go along with it. Check out Carrie’s website to learn about her journey and her signature class – Learn ‘N’ Burn.

Carrie contacted me to talk about creating Business Professional Portraits that she can use for her website and social media profiles. For these type of portraits, I like to think “outside the box” and get away from the old fashioned head shots. Carrie’s portraits are an important part of her website and we wanted them to show her caring personality and realistic fitness approach. We conducted two sessions – one outdoors aiming for casual portraits and one indoors focusing on a fitness theme with portraits of the environment. Here are some of my favorite portraits from Carrie’s session.

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If you are a Madison area business owner and interested in creating great portraits for your website, social media sites or office – please contact me so we can get together to chat over coffee!

Always,

Erica

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Family Portrait | Mother’s Day http://www.outloudphoto.com/family-portrait-may-2014/ http://www.outloudphoto.com/family-portrait-may-2014/#respond Tue, 13 May 2014 15:41:21 +0000 http://www.outloudphoto.com/?p=259 On Mother’s Day, I took a few moments to get a portrait of our three beautiful children.

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As a portrait photographer, I don’t always take the time to pull out my camera and take photographs of my own family. But on Mother’s Day, I took a few moments to get a portrait of our three beautiful children. Words cannot express how much I love them, it is truly an honor being their mom.

Please feel free to Contact Me if you want to talk about Portraits with Out Loud Photography in 2014.

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Happy Spring!!!

Always,

Erica

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