When is the last time you purchased something special that was just a little bit extravagant? Wall galleries and custom albums are a wonderful treat that will not only bring a smile to your face every day but will say to your children “You are someone special and you make me happy every day.” They are like love letters from you to them. Let’s start building on that love!
Sometimes Walls of Love are created from just one fantastic session. Alternatively they can be built over a number of years and sessions. We recommend starting with at least 7 prints in various sizes, with 10-15 being a really great beginning.
Layered galleries are custom designed to best fit your space and session photos. The photos are printed on a masonite hardboard and then laminated for durability and to resist little fingers. The prints are prepared for installation with foam backing of different depths to give the layered look.
Not everyone loves the sweet chaos of the layered galleries. For those of us more drawn to clean lines and tidy borders, grid galleries, either a series of squares or rectangles that are all the same size or the Mixer, that uses long and short photos to create a pattern are the perfect choice.
If you think a Wall of Love is the perfect expression of your family’s crazy life here are a few quick steps to take before you meet Anna for your order:
- Choose a space. It can be as grand as the focal wall in the great room or as intimate and cozy as the little wall between bedrooms in the hall.
- Take a photo of the space with your smart phone and send it to Anna. Try to stand as close to straight-on as you can. Feel free to send a few options.
- Do a quick measurement of your space, top to bottom, side to side and possibly the placement of light switches or door frames.
- Sign into your gallery using a unique email and favorite anywhere from 10-30 favorite photos you think might work for your display. Anna can help you narrow it down to the ones that work best together and in your space.
- Sit back and let Anna create some magic for your walls. It’s a unique luxury you’ll smile about for years to come!
Outfitting your family can feel like a Herculean task, but with a few simple tips you can be ready in no time & with minimal stress. I promise.
Getting ready is easy– just be yourself. Anna has an eye that makes your everyday look glamorous AND it captures your life the way it is, not matchy and posey (unless that is really how your life is).- Lai-King, Milwaukee
Plan, but don’t overthink it.
Remember that the goal of your photo session is to capture the joys, tears, laughter, connection and fun you have together, not to show off the latest and greatest fashions. What you wear matters, but not so much it’s worth tears. Keep calm. It’ll be okay.
Don’t match. Coordinate.
Think of outfitting your group as you would put together a single outfit. Select a piece, perhaps your daughter’s patterned dress, and use the colors to find coordinating pieces. Even your favorite throw pillow could get you started. Designers know what works; trust them!
Consider your location.
Think about the colors that will be part of your session location. For instance, at the park, green will dominate so consider that color a part of your palette.
Flowing white shirts and khaki pants on the beach? Yawn. Think to yourself … Would I ever find my family wearing these outfits for something other than this shoot? Do we go out on the town in matching outfits? If the answer is “no” then you shouldn’t be wearing it for the shoot either! You want your family photos to reflect your family, not the people in the photo that comes with the frame.
Go Neutral. Go bold.
Neutrals certainly have their place and can be used balance a bright color palette, but don’t stop there. Bold colors will give your photos life. Have a favorite grey dress? Try adding a bold yellow scarf. Is your teenager only seen in public in her favorite black ….everything? Talk her into a bold red headband and some bright and happy Chuck Taylors. You get the idea.
Guide (okay, bribe) little Suzie.
Sometimes the little ones (and big ones) have strong opinions about what they will wear. It may seem easier to just give in and let Sophie wear her Doc McStuffins shirt, or Alex to wear his basketball shorts and neon yellow jersey but remember that these photos will be on your walls for years to come. Perhaps we can let them choose the grand finale ensembles because when all else fails, bribery is a mother’s (and photographer’s) friend.
Let the Kids.
If your shoot is just the kids, much of the “rules” can be tossed out the window. Let them wear their favorite super hero costume for part of the session if that’s who they are right now. It’ll be fun to remember years from now.
Copy the Joneses.
We have put together a What to Wear Pinterest idea board with some good ideas for building your palette from.
For the love of all things beautiful: n0 NEON. Just . . . NO! Also, avoid bright fuchsia or teal . . . and did I mention NO neon ANYTHING, first off these colors don’t photograph well. They also turn your face strange colors and one looks good with a neon yellow chin. Seriously.
Mix a lot of patterns.
If Dad and Mikey are both wearing busy plaid shirts we’ll spend half the shoot rearranging to keep them apart. Busy patterns don’t play well with others.
I will say it again, don’t overthink it. It’s going to be great! Sometimes people like to snap a photo of their outfits and text them to me. Go ahead and do that. We might avoid a disaster or at the very least we’ll put your mind at ease.
We love Milwaukee. We want to show the love! These very special sessions were so much fun last year we decided to offer them again! Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to capture your life through Anna’s lens for a fraction of the cost!
for just $550
a 1.5 hour UnScripted session ($350 value)
50 handcrafted images to choose from in an online gallery (priceless)
Five full-resolution digital negatives ($1,000 value)
a Small Wall Gallery -four 8×10 or 8×8 masonite Gallery Wall ($640 value)
June Special for Milwaukee Northshore: $550
Greater Milwaukee Metro and Northern Chicagoland also available, learn more.
Is there a catch? Nope. Except that the session has to take place in Milwaukee (or within 15 miles of Bayshore), the surrounding area or northern Chicago suburbs (for an additional fee) and the sessions all must take place in June. For more details scroll to the bottom for the FAQs.
Once you book yours, tell your friends. Post this on Facebook, email it to a mom you know would love photos with Anna. Buy one for a friend her birthday. The whole idea behind us giving away the farm is to build up our local market. I love capturing the people I know and live with. It brings me joy! For every friend of yours that books with us you will receive another digital negative from your session!
Wall galleries are my passion. We know that everyone tells you to make sure you get digital files, but files don’t smile at you from your living room walls every morning. Files pile up in your drawer, your hard drive. Creating wall galleries that bring a smile to your face every time you walk by is what gets me up every morning. I can’t wait to help you get your wall of love started!
The small masonite wall gallery or “Wall of Love” is a starting point for building a larger gallery over the years. You can also upgrade print sizes or purchase additional prints to make your gallery an even happier
“Wall of Love”!
Or go symmetrical with your Wall of Happiness. This special comes with four 8x8s but you can always upgrade to 10x10s or add more photos to multiply the joy.
Add more prints from this session or add to it over the years. These walls have a magic way of reminding you, on the hard days, that life is beautiful.
What is UnScripted? If you are already a fan of Anna’s work you know that she is not the kind of photographer that will seat you in a group, arrange your heads, your hands and then snap a photo of you all looking directly at the camera with pasted smiles. She is more likely to direct you to jump into a pile and tickle each other or tell fart jokes until your ten year old belly laughs (and stops that goofy fake smile he uses for school photo day). Anna also has a session style that is more documentary, capturing your family as you really are. Your home, your Golden Retriever (wink wink), you and your husband stealing a glance at each other over the kids’ heads (or was that a glare). These UnScripted shoots are less about putting everyone in place and shooting and more about capturing you all just being a family. After 24 years as a mother Anna can tell you that the photos you REALLY want are those real moments that wouldn’t be called portraits, but rather, real life, captured. Here are some examples:
Getting REALLY real– You can make your “real life” shoot as real or as polished as you choose. You might want to coordinate your family just so, or maybe you want me to show up and capture your bed-heads in PJ’s while you eat Saturday morning pancakes. That is totally up to you!
Do I get the digital files? This special comes with 5 full resolution (printable) digital files (normally only available for $1,000 with a collection purchase of at least $1300!) We will have a special offer for purchasing the rest of your files because you will love ALL of them.
Can I buy a package for someone? Yes! Just make sure you let them know the date restrictions so they don’t miss the awesome, insane savings!
Can we buy more than the 5 files and 4 masonite prints? Absolutely! Of course you have the option to just keep what comes with this offer, but we can tell you now, you’re gonna love more than 10 photos! We have the full line of products available to you and we can go over those options when we meet for your photo reveal.
Can I just skip the photo reveal and review my photos online in my own time? We value your time and we value your experience. After 13 years providing full service to our customers we have learned that the best experience for you is to meet with us to make your selections and to let us help you with the best options for your photos your home and your budget. We promise this is the most pressure free appointment, Anna is just a guide in the process. The only thing we will insist upon, because we KNOW this is what you will be most happy with in the end, is that you make your selections that day. Don’t worry, though, we will give you at least 24 hours with your gallery before your meeting. It’s painless, we promise.
Where do we take the photos? These UnScripted sessions should take place somewhere that is special to your family. Your home, your backyard, the beach, a favorite playground or ice cream shop. Because the session is only 1.5 hours we recommend keeping the locations to one spot or up to two locations if they are very close together.
Can we shoot anywhere in the Milwaukee area? This promo’s focus is the Milwaukee North Shore but we would also love to capture the joy for families all over Milwaukee Metro and northern Chicago, so we have an option to upgrade your session beyond the MKE Northshore. When you click BOOK NOW you will see the options. Choose which one is right for you.
What if we can’t schedule in June? If you have purchased this special but for some reason cannot schedule for June your non-refundable but transferable retainer can be given to a friend or you can take the value and apply it to a regular session (session fee $350, with a $150 credit toward your purchase). But we recommend making it happen so you can save $1,440!
But do I really need a wall gallery? Wall galleries are what sets us apart. From the very beginning we believed that getting photos off of harddrives and desk drawers and onto the walls and into the hands of our clients was the most important thing we could do. Many photographers just hand over the digitals and for some people that is perfect. For most of us, though, it’s just another thing that get’s put on our never-ending to-do list, giving us nothing but guilt as they pile up, unseen. That’s not the best customer service we can give. Wall galleries and amazing albums? Now we are talking!
Okay, but what IS a wall gallery? Our wall galleries are created using real photographic prints on a masonite backer board, then laminated to protect the photos from dirty fingers and flying coffee (it works, I’ve ahem, tested it). They are then mounted on foam and attached to the wall via velcro and command strip adhesives that protect the walls from damage. They are awesome and unique. And they really are a show-stopper on your walls. Our Walls of Love have been bringing joy to families in California, Minnesota, Texas, Washington DC, Massachusetts, Oregon, Illinois, Washington state, Florida. . . okay, all over the U.S. for the last 13 years. A client or fan from San Francisco could walk into the home of a friend in Chicago and take one look at their Wall of Love and say “That’s an Anna Mayer wall, isn’t it?” The joy is real and we hear from clients ALL THE TIME about how much happiness their galleries bring.
So, it says I get four 8×10 masonite prints but those photos look like different sizes. When we create Walls of Love, or the layered wall galleries, we use photos of all sizes to give it that varied, random feel. To keep the pricing clean and simple photos are priced by the general size they relate to. So a gallery might have one photo that is 15×18 (priced as a 16×20), a couple 10×10, 11×14, 10×15 or 10×10 (priced as 11×14) and a handful of 8×8, 7×10, 8×10 etc (priced as 8×10). The starter gallery that comes in this special might have an 8×8, two 8×10 and one 6×9. The symmetrical gallery would be 8×8’s. Both are valued at $640. You could upgrade to the 11×14 range for layered or 10x10s for the symmetrical gallery for $320 more.
How do we create a wall gallery? Don’t panic, Anna’s got this. She has been creating wall galleries for 13 years and she will walk you through the process of creating yours, from choosing the best photos to represent your family to deciding the layout (something layered and random or something more symmetrical and “clean”) and determining which size is the right scale for your available space.
But I don’t have a lot of wall space. Most of our clients don’t! One of the things we most love about these galleries is that they can be scaled to fit any space. From a small wall between doors in a hallway to an epic living room wall with vaulted ceilings. We promise, you have space for this and you will LOVE how it brings joy and life to your walls.
What should we wear?
Step one: don’t panic and don’t overthink it. Twenty years from now you will just see the beautiful faces of your now-grown children (and maybe you’d laugh and your most carefully chosen clothing, anyway). But for those who like a plan:
We have put together a What to Wear What to Wear Pinterest idea board with some good ideas for building your palette from.
We are excited to announce that Anna will be back in Boston this fall to capture your cuties once again. Can’t wait!
October 22, 23 & 24, 2016
Location of your choice
60 minute session
Session Fee: $350
Tell your friends. Then contact us to get your session booked!