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Preserve Your Photos

Lately, I’ve been giving advice for how to prepare and what to do for photography sessions, but this time, I’d like to speak to what happens after. When you get those pictures from your portrait session, after the initial excitement of seeing everything, what do you do to preserve those images so you can still look back on them for years to come?

Preserve your Images in Albums or Scrapbooks

One of the most obvious answers to how to preserve your images is to have an album or scrapbook made. This way, you have physical copies of the pictures that will last beyond any technology or online database that might run out of storage or go out of operation. After all, remember floppy discs? Physical albums are a tried and true method.

Preserve your Images in Wall Art or Frames

Another obvious answer is to get your photos printed out and put in picture frames or made into wall art. This is especially true for those family pictures, those senior portraits—the images you want to hang up for a daily reminder of the unity and love in your home. Again, since these are physical copies, these will outlast tech that might go out of date. I’ve spoken about wall art before, so if you’re looking for advice on how to find the right image size for your living room, hallway, or bedroom, you can check out that blog post as well. Read more

2018 Prom Trends

Prom season is here! Prom is one of the most memorable events in the lives of high school seniors and high school juniors everywhere. In this post, I wanted to provide a guide to this year’s hottest prom trends.

Prom Dress Trends

For girls, the gown that you choose is a very important decision. Your look will be immortalized through photographs and portraits taken on that day, and those photos end up framed and displayed for years. So, it’s important to find a dress that helps you look and feel your best. You should also feel comfortable and confident, since you’ll be in the dress (and shoes) for hours as you dance the night away.  Here are some popular prom dress trends for 2018.

Illusion

One of this season’s hottest trends revolves around ILLUSION. Illusion dresses give subtle hints of skin while being totally timeless and classy. Whether a peekaboo side or a dramatic back, illusion dresses can provide timeless drama for any formal occasion. Pick from illusion designs embellished with lace apliques and crystal beading, sheer overlays, pretty keyhole cut-outs or low-cut open backs.  Keyhole backs and illusion details offer beautiful coverage, while low-cut and open backs are a bolder choice. Read more

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Danielle | North High School Senior Session

It’s no wonder that Danielle is our FEATURED senior for this week’s blog, because she absolutely rocked out her senior session.

Danielle is a senior at North High School. She has a fun, outgoing personality that made it easy for me to capture those huge smiles of hers. She’s got a great sense of humor, too. It made the session enjoyable not only for her but for me as well.

It was a gorgeous day in Chippewa Valley, with perfect weather for our senior session. The beautiful weather allowed us to really let loose and have some fun. After all, who doesn’t love getting ice cream in between heat waves? We went to Olson’s Ice Cream in the Chippewa Falls area, which was the perfect treat on a warm and sunny day.

We got a little bit of everything in this session, from the eclectic downtown landscape to the country roads and fields. Danielle absolutely rocked everything I threw at her!

Last but not least, I couldn’t blog about Danielle’s session without mentioning the fact that we got some pretty awesome images with her and her family’s Hummer. I love it when I get seniors who bring something personal to them and their families!

Danielle, thanks for an amazing session. Your epic, fun personality is the reason I wanted to feature you this week on my blog!

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Allison | Greenwood High School Senior Session

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Allison, a high school senior at Greenwood High School, is set to graduate with the Class of 2018, so we headed out to the Chippewa Falls area to put together some senior photos for her.

Cross country and track is her big love, so of course we had to pay homage to that during our senior session. At the start of the session, we had a blast pushing off the block. She’s got a great energy and was up for all kinds of action poses. I love getting to capture seniors doing the things that they love, because that passion shows through so honestly.

Her style reflected that amazing energy, too. With a larger-than-life closet, I enjoyed helping her put together fun looks and outfits that not only showed off her beauty and personality but created a flair unique to her.

Even though it was pretty hot during the session, Allison toughed it out. We cruised around the city and stopped at some hidden gems that I’ve always wanted to photograph. And then once we got to the water, Allison got to have some fun and splash around. After all, when life hands you water when it’s hot and humid, why not seize the opportunity to cool off? Read more

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McKayla | Memorial High Senior Session

I met up with McKayla for a senior portrait session in Chippewa Falls area.

McKayla is in her senior year at Memorial High School in Eau Claire. She is a swimmer and competes often with great success.  We got together in the afternoon and wandered through a number of different locations around Chippewa Falls. She has such a vibrant personality and a mega-watt smile, so I wanted to make sure we took pictures in a number of different places to capture the different sides of her personality.

We wandered around down the streets of town, and then made our way to a grassy field.  I loved how McKayla’s beautiful hair spread out around her like a cascade. It was such a lovely contrast to the vibrant green of the grass. Not to mention, laughter was sparkling in her eyes because I had her lay down in the grass.  She loves the outside, especially when she can stretch out in a hammock. McKayla also is a summer camp counselor and loves the time she spends there with her campers. So, these fun outdoor shots lined up with her love for being outside.

We also lucked out as we were walking along the waterfront, where a beautiful sailboat was docked. The owner was there and allowed us to take pictures on the boat. I love how McKayla looks like she is embarking on an exciting adventure. And, really, in a way– she is! Senior year is such an exciting time for teens. Just like in a swim meet, seniors are poised to dive off the platform into the rest of their lives. There is nothing but opportunity ahead, whether that leads to college, service, travel or employment. While it is both scary and maybe a little intimidating, it is nonetheless one of the most exciting times in a teenager’s life.

Whether she was laying in flowers, walking through the tall grass or splashing in the creek, it was a blast to spend the day with McKayla.

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Samplawski Photography | 2014 Couple’s Choice Award | Award Winning Photographer

EAU CLAIRE, WI – JANUARY 21, 2014 – WeddingWire, the nation’s leading online wedding marketplace, named Samplawski Photography as a winner of the prestigious WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards™ 2014 for Wedding Photography in Eau Claire and Twin Cities area!

The WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards™ 2014 recognizes the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. The esteemed awards are given to the top local wedding vendors in more than 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, based on their professional achievements from the previous year. Read more

2012 Wedding Wire Rated – Eau Claire, Wisconsin Wedding Photographer – Samplawski Photography

We have hit another milestone!!

Thank you to all of our amazing clients we have had the opportunity to work with over the past two years! We have grown our client base in weddings, senior photography, and family photography tremendously! Read more

Minnesota Senior – Wisconsin Senior Photographer, Andrew Samplawski

I had the pleasure working with an amazing young lady from Sauk Rapids, Minnesota who was chosen to be one of our senior reps! Not only did we travel to this young lady, she did an amazing job! Miranda is going to be a senior, class of 2013! From the stylish, holey jeans to rocking the prom dresses… her pictures were amazing.

Her awesome sister helped out with lighting, Miranda was thrilled to be in the spotlight of Samplawski Photography for her senior pictures.

Here’s a sneak peek of one of Samplawski Photography Seniors!!!

Senior Portraits of Miranda

Thank you Miranda!!

Andy

Eau Claire Engagement / Eau Claire Wedding Photographer / Samplawski Photography

Here’s our recent engagement with Lance and Kristi with their daughter Kylie! This amazing Eau Claire engagement was truly one of a kind with some hidden trails along the Chippewa River. Read more

Wish Upon a Cocktail + Wish Upon a Wedding / Eau Claire, Wisconsin / Samplawski Photography / Eau Claire Wedding Photography

Love being involved with community events… our latest event, Wish Upon a Cocktail which was held at the Eau Claire Golf & Country Club in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. It was truly a beautiful venue with amazing decor! There were beautiful centerpieces and accent pieces all created by In the Woods Floral and Events. They truly did a beautiful job on making them look beautiful. Huge thank you to Eventful Occasions for helping to make this event a success… Angela did an amazing job at planning and putting it all together. Jenny, from Eau Claire Golf & Country Club, did an outstanding job on making sure all went smoothly at the venue.

Thank you to the cocktail sponsor… UV Vodka!

From the martini luge, to the samples of the Chocolate Cake UV Vodka, to the amazing food prepared by Chef Casey at the Eau Claire Golf & Country Club… to the table linens and music of Midwest Entertainment… this event was truly amazing. Bottles were being thrown, jungled, and on top of it, cocktails were pour… auctioned off with proceeds going to Wish Upon a Cocktail. Talented bar flair contestants had some true talent and some mad mixing skills… thank you Alchemixx for putting together the Bar Flair contest, very impressive!

Rain does not stop an event like this… but it sure does bring out the excitement everyone had! Amazing turnout for the first year of having Wish Upon a Cocktail right here in the Chippewa Valley.

Take a look for yourself… hope to see you next year!

Wish Upon a Cocktail 2012 Video

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