Behind-the-Scenes Look at How Our Canvases Are Made

When you commission us to photograph your family, the end result is a museum quality, handmade piece of art to enjoy in your home. These pieces are unlike any other canvases you have seen or felt before. They’re so thick and durable you can even clean them with windex! Each canvas comes stretched tight as a drum head, with hand painted clear acrylic brushstroking, a certificate of authenticity, and a canvas crate for safe traveling. 

Watch this 90 second video to see the process each photograph goes through to become a true work of art:

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    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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        Limited Edition Christmas Portraits at Kara Reese Photography

        Our Christmas sets this year are meant to inspire cozy feelings of Christmas. We have a rustic indoor set option and an outdoor snowy set. Classic solid backdrops will also be available for timeless portraits you can display year-round.

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        Your Creative Fee is only $99 to book, and as a bonus you’ll receive a set of 3 metal ornaments FREE with your portrait order! (Options for ordering begin at $290/image with collections starting at $1,290). Click here for full pricing.

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        New this year is our premium deckled edge folio box. Guys, I can’t even begin to describe how gorgeous these prints are in person. They are true works of art with hand-torn edges and expertly mounted and matted to perfection – ready to place into a frame as part of your Christmas decor, or to keep in the box as an heirloom.

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          $99 Spring Portrait Special

          Who else absolutely loves the beauty of our Wisconsin spring? It’s one of my favorite seasons, especially for family portraits… the lush green grass, the gorgeous flowering trees, the dreamy warm sunlight… Heaven!

          To celebrate the season, I’ve got a PORTRAIT SPECIAL just for you! For just $99, you’ll get a dedicated outdoor family portrait session, a pre-session Style and Concept Consultation, and use of our Client Closet (couture gowns and perfectly picture-ready outfits!)! With your portrait order, you’ll also receive our best-selling giftable product, a stunning 5×7 acrylic portrait (valued at $390).

          We are giving away UNLIMITED sessions at the $99 promo price from now until the end of April. Sessions will take place in mid- to late-May. Fill out the form below to get started!

          ** Edit 4/1: Our newsletter email incorrectly stated that Hair & Makeup is also included for the $99 special rate. Hair and Makeup Artistry is available as an optional, discounted add-on for these sessions (+$75). Apologies for the confusion!

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            Virtual Easter Bunny Photos 2021

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              Fully Styled 1-Year-Old Portrait Session and Cake Smash

              Did you know that I offer a Client Closet of cute little outfits for babies and kids? It’s true! I have hand-picked a variety of numbers that work well for portraits. Check out this cute little video of my baby, Jonathan, modeling some of the client closet pieces for his first birthday shoot / cake smash!

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                Vintage Valentine Sessions happening NOW in Waukesha!

                Your session fee of $195 (plus 5% tax) is due upon booking and includes your private styled session at our Waukesha studio, and a set of 25 custom cards and envelopes. Digital files, additional prints, and other printed products are not included in this fee but available for purchase later if desired. (No additional purchase beyond this session fee required. Average client investment is typically between $500 – $3,000 depending on products ordered.)

                Our studio is COVID-cautious and we regularly monitor our health, wear a 3-ply mask throughout all appointments, thoroughly sanitize the studio and all props and touchpoints before each client, and run multiple medical-grade air purifiers. Please request a session cancellation for a full refund if you have been sick or in contact with anyone who has COVID-19 in the two weeks prior to your appointment.

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                CLICK HERE TO SCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT ONLINE


                CLICK HERE TO SCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT ONLINE

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