The Importance of Photo Albums Andrew Samplawski

The Importance of Photo Albums

The Importance of Photo Albums

The Importance of Photo Albums Andrew Samplawski

It wasn’t that long ago that the only way you could enjoy your photos is in a photo album. Looking back at the memories I have of my childhood adventures, all of them are memorialized in photo albums. We would pour over the images we took, hoping to get a few good captures, and then create albums in a labor of love. Baby pictures, prom pictures, senior portraits… if they weren’t in an album or in a frame on the fireplace mantel, those photographs would hide in a box.

And a professional photo album? It was a labor of love. You’d see the entirety of your wedding photos in that album. And by “the entirety” I mean probably 50 wedding photos. CDs? Digital hosting? Cloud storage? Forget about it. Photo albums were all you had. Filled with memories, loaded with nostalgia, and something you could touch, feel, hold and cherish for years to come.

The Evolution of Photo albums

Things have changed a lot since then. Now, 50 images would be typical for a family portrait session, but for my wedding clients, I provide them with hundreds of wedding images all stored on a tiny thumb-sized USB drive, ready for them to share on your Facebook, Instagram or whatever social media channel they wish.

In this world of instantly sharable content, the idea of a hand-crafted album is not the first thing you might think of. We get 

SO EXCITED about new photographs! And we want to share them RIGHT NOW and with EVERYONE. But think about the memories these photos hold. Whether an engagement session, a wedding, a family photography session, a photograph preserves a moment in time. Read more

Wild Ridge Golf Course Wedding Andrew Samplawski Photography

Ashley & Brandon

Ashley and Brandon were married on September 15, 2018 with a ceremony at Immaculate Conception Lutheran Church and a reception at Wild Ridge Golf Course and Event Center. This was such a memorable wedding, for so many reasons. I was really happy to be their wedding photographer, and I am really psyched to share their wedding photos on the blog today.

Ashley and Brandon’s Eau Claire Wedding

These two are a quintessential Wisconsin couple. They got engaged ON the field at Lambeau Field. So, obviously, they carried that Green Bay Packer theme into their wedding, too. They had Green Bay Packers tickets right on their wedding invitations. So, when game day arrived, my second shooter, Jeff, and I headed over to the Stay Bridge Hotel in Eau Claire to photograph the detail shots of the dress, shoes, rings and flowers.

We were greeted by Ashley and the girls. The ladies had matching robes, so we did some pictures including the flower girl, Shelby. The ladies were laughing and having fun and then one thing led to another and they broke out into a super fun pillow fight. Also, you might see on the beds that there were these two giant panda heads… Those ended up showing up for something fun later!

The guys were getting ready in another room on another floor. Jeff snuck away with the guys for groomsmen pictures and candid moments. I stayed with Ashley for her final moments getting into her gown. She was simply stunning in her gown and veil. We created a first look moment for Ashley and her dad, Stewart. I love father daughter first looks because they are filled with so many sweet and genuine emotions. This one was no different. Stewart’s smile was so filled with love and pride for his little girl.

After that, we got Brandon ready to see Ashley in their very own first look. River Prairie Park was just next door to the hotel, making it a perfect location for their first look and wedding portraits. During our walk over, Brandon noticed a beautiful bush blooming with lovely flowers. He reached over and plucked a flower from the bush. And then during the first look, after he spun Ashley around and gently kissed her… he gently placed that flower into her hair, over her ear. It was such a tender, unexpected moment that showcased his huge heart and awesome soul. Brandon even created a book of “Reasons why I love you and Chose you to marry: a book of my lively wife on our wedding day.” It was really sweet how much they love each other. These two lovebirds wandered around the park holding hands, chatting together, and spending some quiet time alone ahead of the exciting day still to come.

Immaculate Conception Lutheran Church Ceremony

After some time, we met back in the lobby area of the hotel to get onto the limo bus by Knight Rider Limousine. We headed to Immaculate Conception Lutheran Church in Eau Claire for the ceremony. Ashley was escorted in by her father and she looked just as amazing in her grand entrance, walking down the aisle. Ceremony took place, they exchanged vows, and in a nice touch, they gave flowers to their grandparents and family in thanks. They were then pronounced man and wife to the joy and celebration of the congregation. Read more

Villa Bellezza Winery Wedding Andrew Samplawski Photography

David and Laura

 

Villa Bellezza Winery Wedding Andrew Samplawski Photography

Laura and David were married on Sept 8, 2018 with a ceremony and reception at Villa Bellezza Winery in Pepin Wisconsin. From the very first moment I met Laura and David, I was struck by the connection they had. The love these two share is visible. It radiates off of them. So, needless to say, I knew that their vineyard wedding would be amazing to photography. I was so happy to be their wedding photographer.

 

Laura and David’s Villa Bellezza Winery Wedding

On the day of the wedding, Alberto, my second shooter and I arrived in the morning at Villa Bellezza Vineyard and Winery. This Wisconsin wedding venue is simple extraordinary. It’s truly like being transported to southern Italy. Upon our arrival, we were able to tour the vineyard to get inspired for places to stage our wedding detail shots. We found this really awesome staircase with iron railings that guided the staircase down and found a really cool archway to showcase Laura’s dress. The arched Mediterranean style windows and stucco buildings offered such a unique backdrop for photos. And, what’s even better, it seemed like everywhere we turned there was another stunning staircase or beautiful arched doorway. It was a wedding photographer’s dream! We ventured outside to find endless amazing, gorgeous cobblestone and brick walkways. Elegant doors opened up to courtyard area with a spectacular fountain. Truly, it was like a Tuscan villa, right here in Wisconsin!

While Laura and her ladies were getting ready with hair and makeup, David and the guys were spending some cool casual time tasting wine and relaxing. I really appreciated how the guys had a unique look. They were instructed to wear navy suits and brown shoes, and then the bride and groom gifted them with a shirt and tie. Each one was unique and different to preserve their own unique look but together it all blended together impeccably. It was such a cool intentional usage of planned eclecticism. Similarly, all the ladies had beautiful, flowing burgundy gowns, but each one was unique. It’s always nice when a bride and groom move away from having everyone match! Read more

Corporate Headshot Sessions Andrew Samplawski Photography

Steps to Having/Taking the Perfect Corporate Headshot

I recently did a corporate business portrait session with Andrew and was very impressed with the entire process! Andrew made the experience enjoyable and was very organized and fun to work with. I would highly recommend Andrew Samplawski Photography! – Amanda S.

The Importance of a Corporate Headshot

Everyone knows the importance of a first impression. Those first impressions mark a lasting effect on a relationship. And first impressions happen quickly– There’s even a theory that it only takes seven seconds to make a first impression! So what happens when your first impression is online? What does your profile picture say about you? In today’s fast-paced world of technology, your headshot and your profile are your first impression. Last year, I shared some benefits of getting a new professional headshot and I wanted to stress that importance again.

A Corporate Headshot is the Face of your Business

Look at your current headshot. Would people recognize you from that picture? Your headshot is your first impression to potential clients, to potential employers and to other professional networking contacts. LinkedIn, more than ever, is a powerful business networking tool to grow your business or to use in personal networking. Does your portrait reflect your business? Does it support your brand identity? Does your portrait reflect who you are as a person?

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Clyde Ironworks Wedding Andrew Samplawski Photography

Nadia & Eric Wedding

I’m excited to share the images from Nadia and Eric’s Clyde Iron Works wedding this week because it’s also their one year anniversary! Nadia and Eric got married on March 10 of last year in a gorgeous winter wedding filled with fun. Happy anniversary, lovebirds!

Minnesota Wedding Photography

The day started out great. Eric had rented an AirBNB for the guys to get ready. They were enjoying some beers and some drinks ahead of the big day. We did some portraits and made sure to get some shots of the guys in their fancy socks. Of course, when the Fireball whiskey and the hockey gear came out, there were even more opportunities for fun wedding photos! These guys were a blast for my second shooter, Jeff, and me to photograph.

After we spent some time with the men, we headed over to meet up with Nadia and the ladies. Their hair and makeup was done by Jayde and her team from Touch of class out of Cornell, WI. Jeff and I photographed detail shots of the dress, flowers and rings while the ladies finished their preparations. Nadia got with her personal attendant in her own little suite, and then we photographed a mini-bridal session of her alone.

After some bridal portraits of Nadia, we staged a big reveal to her mom and dad and bridesmaids. This moment, when Nadia’s parents saw her for the first time was one of my favorite moments of the whole day! After some tears were shed, with Nadia ready we met up with her handsome little nephews and did some family wedding photography. So much of this Minnesota wedding was centered on family. So we made sure to capture plenty of candid photographs with mom and dad with their little girl as the day progressed.

Clyde Ironworks Wedding Photography

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UW Eau Claire Davies Center Wedding Andrew Samplawski Photography

Meghann & Stan

Meghann and Stan were married on August 18 with a gorgeous ceremony at St. Raymond’s Church in Fall Creek followed by a reception at UW Eau Claire Davies Center. It was so much fun to be the wedding photographer for this summer celebration of love.

Meghann and Stan’s 8/18/18 Wedding

I love when weddings have special meaning to their dates, so I was not surprised that 81818 was a popular wedding date! There’s no excuse to forgetting your wedding anniversary when you choose such a memorable wedding date! That morning, Jeff, my second shooter, and I started out at St. Raymond’s Church in Fall Creek, WI. When we arrived, Stan and his groomsmen were having guy time and hanging out in the parking lot while the girls were inside the church getting ready for this momentous occasion.

An Emotional Fall Creek Ceremony at St. Raymond’s Church

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Holiday Traditions Andrew Samplawski Photography

Holiday Traditions

As a photographer, it’s my job to have vision. Part of the joy of photography is in capturing a moment in time. I’m preserving memories to be cherished for years to come. During the holidays, not only are there precious memories, but there are also so many treasured family traditions.

Holiday Photography | Preserving Traditions

Family traditions take so many different shapes and forms. For some, it’s following Grandma’s recipes, faithfully recreating the same cookies from a recipe scrawled on a yellowing sheet of paper. Maybe it’s hiding a pickle ornament somewhere on your tree.  Maybe you spend Thanksgiving hunting instead of shopping.  Here in Wisconsin, I know deer season takes just as much planning as cooking a meal!

Maybe your holiday traditions involve hiking out to cut down your own Christmas tree.  (That tradition for many families usually also includes a new scratch on the ceiling, since… it didn’t look that tall out in the field, right?) If you’re in Milwaukee, maybe you dress up and ride in the Santa Rampage. Or, if you’re brave, maybe you’re out there on New Year’s Day taking a Polar Bear Plunge!

Traditions can come in a simple form of decorations. I know in my family, opening up that box of ornaments and candle holders comes with a moment of reverence. As each sparkling ornament is unwrapped, there’s a story. There’s a memory.

That’s why photography during the holidays is so important. Make sure you take the time to capture those traditions. Moments, when photographed become memories.  Memories, when repeated, become traditions. Take the time to slow down and appreciate the beauty in your own traditions this holiday season. Enjoy the warmth and comfort of treasured family, no matter what your holiday traditions.

From our family here at Andrew Samplawski Photography to yours, please have a happy holiday season filled with warmth, joy, and cheer. Merry Christmas.

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Downtown Chippewa Falls Senior Session Andrew Samplawski

Jessica | Downtown Chippewa Falls Senior Session

 

Meet Jessica! Jessica is a senior at Cameron High School and is graduating with the class of 2019. She and I cruised around downtown Chippewa Falls to capture her senior portraits in a fun, upbeat senior session just last month.

Jessica has a classic beauty. With her long, shining blonde hair and her beautiful blue eyes, she is beautiful both inside and out.  She is very active at Cameron High and has been a member of many clubs and organizations. She says her favorite thing about high school is how she’s been able to meet tons of great people. She will be attending Winona State University in the fall and will be pursuing a career as a physician’s assistant. She loves being able to help patients and to create bonds and relationships with them. She truly has a heart of gold.

Cameron High Senior Photography

Jessica and I had a meet and greet before her senior portrait session. It was so helpful because I could help her figure out her outfit choices. After all, this was Jessica’s first professional portrait session! But you wouldn’t know it from her pictures– her confidence was through the roof. Her beauty (both inner and outer) shone in each image we captured. Just look at that smile! You’d never know it was her first professional photo shoot.

The great thing about Chippewa Falls portrait sessions is that it gives me the opportunity to have some fun with both urban and natural backdrops. We took portraits all around the area with different outfits and different backgrounds.  We even got some awesome shots of her in a great pink dress—her favorite color. This young lady will go far in life with her dedication and attitude towards life. It was so much fun to capture her senior portraits!

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Lake Wissota Senior Session Andrew Samplawski Photography

Brooke | Chippewa Falls Senior Session

 

I recently had a chance to meet up with Brooke to capture her senior portrait session. We had a great day taking photos around Chippewa Falls and Lake Wissota. I had so much fun with Brooke taking her senior portraits.

Lake Wissota Senior Photography

Brooke is graduating from Chippewa Falls High School in 2019 and while she is not sure what her plans are after graduation, she’s already had a chance to move from one high school to another and is a pro at embracing change. She says that moving schools has allowed her so many more opportunities to make new friends and to forge new relationships because there are so many neat people everywhere you go. This sweet young lady tries to be the kind of person who puts others first. Not only that, but growing up she always wanted to be like her greatest role model: her mother. Brooke also shared that her high school experience taught her that no matter what, if you always stay true to yourself, it will always work out. That level of optimism and that outgoing attitude was so present in her senior portraits.

Brooke and I had a meet and greet before her Lake Wissota senior session and it really helped me to get a read on who she is and what was important to her. I already knew Brooke, since I photographed her brother, a family portrait session with her whole family, and now her senior portraits.  But, even though I’d already had a chance to meet her, I wanted to make sure I took the time to get to know what she wanted out of her senior portrait session. With my high school senior sessions, it’s important to me that the entire session is personalized to that high school senior’s style. Midwest seniors are all unique, and their senior portraits should be, too!

That’s why we hit up the streets and country backroads to find her some locations that reflect Brooke. From cityscape to country life, we worked together to find backgrounds that were important to her. Wandering down those country roads, we were even able to capture her inner love for bow hunting and water.

Brooke is full of spunk! While she might seem timid and shy, once you get to know her, she’s got a high-energy personality. She spiced up her senior session with a super fun outfit and wedges. It was so much fun to capture a session that was totally Brooke. Thank you, Brooke for letting me be your senior photographer!

Chippewa Falls High Senior Photography

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Kiara | Chippewa Falls Senior Session

FEATURED SENIOR | KIARA! I had a fun day with Kiara, cruising around Chippewa Falls for her senior portrait session.

Kiara enjoys volleyball and plans to attend Winona State University after her graduation with the class of 2019. Growing up, she wanted to be a doctor because she so very much enjoyed the TV show, Grey’s Anatomy. Now, she plans on becoming a psychiatrist because of her love for helping others. Kiara and I had a meet and greet before her session and that helped her to prepare for our senior session. It also helped me get to know her so I could plan ahead on the spots we visited while capturing her portrait session. Even though Kiara started out nervous, she opened up quickly and we had so much fun.

One of my favorite things about senior portrait sessions is how many different backgrounds we end up using. From some of the more urban backdrops downtown to fun in the hydrangeas, to literally stopping traffic, and then finally ending up at the waterfront, we explored so many different looks and different backdrops. Chippewa Falls has so many different sides, as does Kiara! It was fun to explore them all.

I have to say that some of my favorite images were taken at the end of the session when we were at the water. Kiara kicked off her shoes and splashed off the side of a dock and then, after a quick costume change, I pulled out the fog machine and took some more dramatic shots in her stunning gown!

Kiara, thank you so much for trusting me to be your senior portrait photographer.  I had a complete blast during your portrait session. I hope your senior year is amazing and wish you the best of luck at Winona State!

Chippewa Falls Senior Portrait Photography

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Book your Senior Portrait Session Today

Thanks to Kiara for asking me to be her photographer and thank you for stopping by to see this fun Chippewa Falls senior portrait session. Are you a Midwest senior or Midwest Junior interested in finding a senior portrait photographer? Make sure to contact me today for more information about senior portrait photography!