Extended Family Portraits in Waukesha – Studio and Outdoor

For some reason, extended family portrait sessions don’t make it to social media as much… and they totally should! A lot of people are surprised to hear that we offer this classic genre of photography. We absolutely love photographing extended families! Usually, it’s a rare family-reunion type situation, or maybe something done bi-annually to showcase how the grandkids have grown… in any case, it’s a special occasion and one that we really enjoy capturing. As you can see from the sample images below, we are able to photograph families in our studio in downtown Waukesha, or outdoors on-location. We are a full-service, print-focused photography studio, and offer a lovely selection of wall art options so that your treasured family portrait can be beautifully displayed for many years to come. Please contact us to set up your extended family portrait sitting!

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    What to Expect at your Newborn Photo Session

    So, you’re expecting! Congratulations! Deciding on a newborn photographer can be a difficult task – especially when it’s your first baby. But once you do book someone, what comes next? What should you expect? I’ll walk you through everything in this blog post!
    The ideal time to get on the books with your newborn photographer is before Baby has been born. This allows your photographer to schedule X many babies in a month so that your session is guaranteed. Ideally, newborn photo sessions should be done within the first 2-3 weeks of Baby’s life, but here at Kara Reese Photography we have had successful posed newborn sessions with babies up to 6 weeks old.
    Because you never really know when Baby is going to make their grand arrival (unless you have a scheduled c-section), your date and time for your newborn session is usually not determined until you reach out to your photographer after your baby has been born.
    You may be wondering what you need to bring to your newborn session. At Kara Reese Photography, we provide everything needed here at our downtown Waukesha studio – backdrops, hats, wraps, props, and even extra supplies like diapers and wipes and refreshments for parents. All you need to do is bring your Baby! But not every newborn photographer provides these things, so be sure to ask beforehand if you didn’t meet with them for a pre-session consultation.
    When you arrive to the Kara Reese Photography studio, you will notice that we keep the studio around 80 degrees Fahrenheit in order to keep your little one comfortable. (As you know, babies are used to a 98.6 degree environment inside the womb, so we try to mimic this environment as much as we can to keep them sleepy!) Any family photos will be done first before people get sweaty 😉
    After family photos are completed, we will continue with Baby alone. If Baby has older siblings, it’s a great idea to send them home at this time with Grandma or whoever — the sessions can last up to 2 hours, and it’s just not fair to expect a toddler to be on their best behavior in a photography studio that long! But if that’s not possible, we do have a comfy sofa and big-screen Plasma TV with Netflix and Chromecast.
    You can rest assured that your sweet little one will be in the best hands at Kara Reese Photography. Kara has been extensively trained by the top newborn photographers in the world, and is one of the most knowledgeable photographers in the greater Milwaukee/Waukesha area in both newborn posing and newborn safety.
    After your session is completed, it takes about 2 weeks for us to artfully retouch your photographs. We go through each image one at a time to touch up blemishes, even skin tone, and apply our soft, painterly edits. Once the photos are done, you’ll be invited back to our studio for a private in-person order appointment. We will watch a beautiful slideshow of your images, and then review them together and decide how you’d like to display your photographs. It’s the best part of the whole process!

    We would love to hear more from you if this sounds like what you’re looking for in a newborn photographer! Please click on the “Contact Us” tab in the navigation of this website, and we will get the ball rolling!

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      Ethereal Maternity Portraits – Serving the greater Milwaukee Area

      Our portrait studio in downtown Waukesha boasts a large collection of divine maternity gowns for our portrait clients to use for their session. You will love how you look in your photographs! Whether you want to glam it up or stick to a softer, more romantic look — we have you covered. Kara will expertly pose and photograph you, and your images will be artfully retouched before delivery. Take this fleeting season and turn yourself and your baby into literal works of art with a maternity portrait session. Your photographs will not only become treasured memories for mom-to-be, but beautiful heirlooms to pass down to that sweet baby.

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        Glowing in Gowns

        I just wanted to take a minute to appreciate how fun it is to incorporate some of the studio’s wardrobe pieces into a session! Even if you’re not sure you want to do your entire session in this style, we can absolutely do a few shots “all dolled up.” My studio stocks a small selection of gowns in sizes 12m – 12y, mostly from Dollcake and Tutu du Monde, and we can also source special gowns just for your portrait session if desired. (Mom, don’t forget that I have a few options for you too if you want to jump in with your kiddo!)

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          A Wisconsin Girl Goes to Texas

          I have worked with this awesome family for over 7 years now! That just blows my mind. I first got a call from them just after the birth of their oldest son, and I’ve been blessed to photograph them at least annually ever since then. You can imagine my devastation when I learned that they were relocating to Texas for work — I may or may not have shed real tears, ha!

          So when it came time for me to pick which photography workshop I was going to attend last year (I always try to do something to continue my education as a professional photographer at least once a year) I saw that there was a workshop happening in a city a few hours away from them in Texas. I quickly texted Danielle to see if they’d be interested in me stopping by for a visit (and to photograph them), I was overjoyed when she was just as excited as I was! It was a done deal.

          Man, that trip to Texas was amazing. The workshop was fantastic, I got to stop at Magnolia on my way up to this family, and after I photographed them they were so gracious to treat me to dinner and let me spend the night before I flew back out.

          I am so lucky to have made lifelong friends with so many of my clients over the years, including Chris & Danielle and their beautiful kids. I hope you enjoy these photos from their session.

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            Summertime Maternity and Family Portraits – Nature and River

            Oh, how I love working with this family! Their little guy is about the same age as my oldest son, and Mom and I were both pregnant with #2 at the same time as well (their baby came a few months before my youngest). It’s always been great to see them and share parenting stories. Seeing how their little guy was loving on Mom’s baby bump was just the sweetest thing to me… it might have been the pregnancy hormones, but I seriously got emotional as I was editing this session! Ha! I loved that Mom was interested in wearing one of the studio’s maternity gowns in the river at the end of the session. It was the perfect way to end their session and those portraits are some of my favorites.

            Enjoy a sneak peek into their session!

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              Baby R’s Classic Posed Newborn Session

              I have been immensely blessed to work with this amazing family from the time Mom was pregnant with her oldest little girl! They are the sweetest family. It’s so incredibly special that I am able to see my client families grow like this – not only because they trust me to capture these once-in-a-lifetime moments time after time, but because I get to see their kids grow up over the years. As a mom myself, I just think that’s incredible. I loved being able to catch up with Mom at this session — I was still pregnant with my youngest at the time (and wound up delivering him about 2 weeks after their session) and it was so much fun to chat about pregnancy, mothering, and other things. It was such a fun session. Enjoy a few of my favorites from their shoot below!

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