My awesome office art. Vintage cameras.

Check out the awesomeness of my new wall art. I know I am biased, but my son Tyler, 21 years old, created these posters for me and I think they are beyond cool. Don’t you? They all have a special meaning for me. The Rolleiflex is the camera my grandfather used in his studio, the Super8 is the video camera my dad captured my childhood with, the 110 is the first camera I ever had, the Polaroid represents the coolest photo thing I’d ever seen as a child, the Minolta was my very first camera of any quality, handed down to me by my mom and it began my photography career and finally, the Canon EOS represents the 5 different Canon cameras I’ve owned as a professional photographer and now filmmaker. I am giddy over these! milwaukee videographer

Check out Tyler’s other work here.  And the handsome schoolboy below is my other son, just fyi, not a 21 year old that looks 12 (just a 15 year old that looks 12).

Our Theo and Beau footage is on National Geographic Wild!

We are so excited to announce that our video footage from the Theo and Beau movie is a big part of an episode of Unlikely Animal Friends on Nat Geo Wild channel. I mean, how cool is that? We think it’s pretty cool. You can tune in on Friday at 1pm to catch it live (it was originally aired on primetime but we didn’t get this post up in time, sorry) or if you have cable you can view it here (Note that the title of the episode is “The Tale of the Cockatoo and the Kitty Cat). If you don’t have cable you can still see some of the story here.  Fun!

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*”Theo and Beau” is a registered trademark (pending) of Jessica Shyba. The video footage licensed by Nat Geo is the registered copyright of Anna Mayer Studios.

Project 365. Getting my camera out for MY family.

I feel so very lucky to be a photographer (and filmmaker).  I remember when Tyler was 2 years old; I didn’t even own a camera (my sister accidentally threw mine down the basement stairs with some dirty laundry). A college classmate was in a photo class and took some really heartfelt photos of him blowing bubbles. They were, and still are, prized possessions of mine. I remember thinking “If only I was a photographer, I could take photos like that of him, photos that capture not just his likeness but his essence, everyday“.  That was 20 years ago (eep!). Now I am a photographer and a filmmaker and the truth is,  I don’t always take advantage of that. It saddens me when I look through my photos from some seasons of life when I was too busy or distracted to capture my kids. I am sure you can relate. 

I want to encourage all the parents out there, whether a photographer or just a parent lucky enough to have a good camera (heck, even a phone), to remember to use what you have; your heart, your eye, your iphone or your dusty DSLR, because it’s a gift to have these memories and it’s a gift you’ll only receive if you pick up your camera and shoot. 

This year I endevoured to take 365 photos, one each day, with my DSLR (you can see them all and follow along here). I made it 2.5 months before I succumed to insane busyness (we landed two big film jobs that took up incredible time). Despite my setbacks, I am continuing on with the project, even if it means shooting 3-4 photos one day and nothing the day or two after that. I WILL photograph my everyday life this year, my heartfelt moments, because I am no longer that 19 year old single mother with no camera (and of course, no iphone!) and a growing child. I have the tools. We all do.

And I am so glad used them here. Bug is looking at her big sister; a sister who was being unusually nice to her. I love that little-sister face, her dirty arms and legs covered in bruises, Brian’s vintage car . . . everything. Grateful. What if I  hadn’t paused to capture? Sigh.

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