We love Milwaukee. We want to show the love! These very special sessions were an amazing hit in 2017 so we just had to do them again. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to capture your life through Anna’s lens for a fraction of the cost!
for just $500
a 1.5 hour UnScripted session ($350 value)
Choose five full-resolution digital negatives ($750 value)
and a Small Wall Gallery -four 8×10 or 8×8 masonite Gallery Wall ($640 value)
from 50 handcrafted images to choose from in an online gallery
June Special for Milwaukee Northshore: $500
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, well . . . 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 $750 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 10 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 nearly $2,000!
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 $560. You could upgrade to the 11×14 range for layered or 10x10s for the symmetrical gallery for $200 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:
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 in the pattern to find coordinating pieces that will draw out those colors.
Flowing white shirts and khaki pants flowing in the breeze of a sun-drenched beach. Yawn. Think o yourself. Would I ever in a million years find myself wearing this outfit for something other than this photo shoot? If the answer is “no” then you shouldn’t be wearing it for the shoot either!
Go Neutral. Go bold.
Neutrals certainly have their place and can be used balance a broad 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 husband going to the grave in Khakis? Pair it with a richly colored and patterned button down. In general, though, always stick with what is real for your family. These sessions are UnScripted, which means real life. Don’t dress like you’re going to a wedding. I am really not that kind of photographer. 🙂
Look nice. Not perfect.
Unless you actually are the perfect family, there’s no need to look like it. You’ll want to choose styles, color, and patterns that are true to who you are while at the same time looking great
Patterns, Yes. Characters. Usually No.
Sometimes the little ones (and big ones) have strong opinions about what they will wear. It may seem easy to just give in and let Sophie wear her Doc McStuffins shirt, but instead guide her toward choosing a favorite patterned outfit or bold logo shirt (think Mini Boden), however crazy it might be.
We have put together a What to Wear What to Wear Pinterest idea board with some good ideas for building your palette from.