Kathy Weigman Photography LLC: Blog https://www.kathyweigmanphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Kathy Weigman Photography LLC (Kathy Weigman Photography LLC) Thu, 13 Apr 2023 22:46:00 GMT Thu, 13 Apr 2023 22:46:00 GMT https://www.kathyweigmanphotography.com/img/s/v-12/u259428195-o369635854-50.jpg Kathy Weigman Photography LLC: Blog https://www.kathyweigmanphotography.com/blog 120 120 How to choose a senior portrait photographer https://www.kathyweigmanphotography.com/blog/2023/4/how-to-choose-a-senior-portrait-photographer Quinlan-52Quinlan-52


Choosing a senior portrait photographer can be a daunting task especially if this is your first time.  These photos will capture a milestone moment in your child's life so it's important to choose the right one. Here are some tips to help you choose the right photographer:

  1. Look at their website: Take a look at the photographer's previous work to get an idea of her style and to see if it aligns with your vision for your senior's portraits.

  2. Check reviews and recommendations: Look for reviews and recommendations from previous clients. You can also ask friends and family members if they have any recommendations.

  3. Consider their experience: Look for a photographer with experience in senior portrait photography. Make sure they understand how to use light and pose the senior.  They will know how to make your son or daughter feel comfortable in front of the camera and bring out their best.  

  4. Check their availability: Make sure the photographer is available on the date you want your son or daughter's portraits taken. In WI, senior portraits are typically taken the summer after their junior year.  Summer is a busy time, with sports and vacations, so book your photographer as soon as possible to ensure availability. If your son or daughter is a fall athlete, be sure to schedule their session in June or July so it doesn't interfere with practice starting in August.

  5. Meet with the photographer: Schedule a consultation with the photographer to discuss your vision for senior portraits, ask any questions you may have, and get to know them. This will help you determine if they are the right fit for you. When you meet with the photographer, they can show you samples of prints and products and explain if they offer digital files as well.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            By considering these 5 things, you can find a senior portrait photographer that will capture the essence of who your senior is and create lasting memories, and heirloom prints, that you will cherish for years to come.


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How can I help you? https://www.kathyweigmanphotography.com/blog/2022/5/how-can-i-help-you Are you struggling when it comes to finding a senior portrait photographer for your son or daughter?  If your oldest is now a senior, it can be daunting to know what to look for.  What is the best month to book the session?   What kind of clothes should they wear?  Prints vs digitals?  How do you decide????

I understand that feeling, since I had it with my oldest son!  I can help guide you through all your questions, and all you have to do is give me a call!  920-475-5933

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Am I YOUR photographer? https://www.kathyweigmanphotography.com/blog/2022/2/am-i-your-photographer Am I the photographer for you?  Senior portraits are a big milestone, and probably the last time you'll have pictures professionally taken until your wedding!  It's a big deal.  Do you value the same things as your photographer?  It's important that your ideas mesh.

I value the power of prints. Our world is constantly changing, but some things are simply timeless — like the power of printed photos. Yes, print your stuff!  In the age of cellphones and social media platforms like IG, Snapchat, TikTok, and FB where pictures last a few minutes to a few months, it's important to have prints that will last a lifetime.  I have a photo of my great grandparents' wedding, a baby picture of my grandma, graduation picture of my mom, and many photo albums filled with pictures of my kids growing up.  Teenagers take more photos than any other generation, but will have very few to show years from now.  They're stored on your phone or in the cloud or on an external drive.  All of those can fail, and probably will.  Prints last more than a lifetime.  You'll have pictures to show your grandchildren and your mom can slowly look through your album once you've gone off to college.

Are you one of those seniors who doesn't even want to think about having senior pictures done?  I hear I'm not pretty or handsome enough, I need to lose a few pounds, my hair is horrible, I have acne, I'm not smart, or funny, or athletic or... or....or....  Let me tell you, you are perfect, as you!  Once you get in front of my camera, your confidence and personality shines through.  YOU ARE ENOUGH!

Am I the photographer for everyone?  No, but if you value having me with you every step of the way; if you value heirloom prints, if you value having your personality & confidence shine through, then I AM the photographer for you! Let's schedule a consultation.


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My Story https://www.kathyweigmanphotography.com/blog/2021/4/my-story Many people don't know how I got started in photography.  Let me just say, that everything truly happens for a reason.  After my divorce, I found a full-time teaching job in a private school, but like many private schools, the enrollment started to drop and my job percentage was cut to 80%.  I needed something to bring in more money, and a friend suggested I do something with my photography.

At the time, I was doing mostly landscape photography and some sports photography for my kids' teams.  While in Door County, I got up the nerve to ask if a gallery I was in would be willing to carry my work.  After seeing what I did, they were thrilled and I walked out with an exclusive contract!  

Fast forward to sports season.  I was taking pictures of the soccer team Austin was on and made a collage for one of the players who brought Austin to & from school and practice everyday.  Soon, other parents were asking if I would design one for their athlete and I was in business!  When I would take them to be printed the owner of the shop would always ask me if I was shooting seniors and I would explain that I wasn't a portrait photographer.  Well, after getting tired of him asking all the time, I decided to take 3 girls out and do a session.  Guess what????  I loved it!!!

So, my job getting cut was actually a blessing in disguise, because it allowed me to do something I was passionate about.  I have met so many amazing families throughout the last 10 years and I love every one of the seniors I have the privilege of shooting.

I've photographed a few weddings, but they're just not my thing.  I feel most at ease with seniors and sports photography.  By doing that, I often have the families come to me for a family portrait before their son or daughter leaves for college.

Today, I work with many high school teams around the Fox Valley designing posters, banners and trading cards to promote their team.  I also photograph around 25 seniors each summer/fall and some of their families.  I have the best of both worlds.  I get to teach physical education AND be a photographer!!  I've also done quite a few business portraits, some newborn and maternity sessions, but my passion is my seniors.

I still have my landscape work at the George Burr Gallery, in Ephraim.  Getting out into nature is my way to de-stress and relax.  Mother Nature is amazing!!


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I'm SO excited for this Year! https://www.kathyweigmanphotography.com/blog/2021/2/im-so-excited-for-this-year
I've been busy updating my website, and everything related to my photography business.  I'm looking forward to warmer weather, going camping, visiting my grandbaby, and photographing seniors!!!!

After a year of socially distancing, not seeing family and friends or shopping, I'm feeling more hopeful.  In March, I get the vaccine and if we all continue to do our part, I'm hoping there's an end in sight.  I've sewn far too many masks (as my students say, Ms Weigman, you have A LOT of masks!)  What can I say, I like variety!!!

Anyway, I've already booked 4 seniors, which usually never happens until after May.  I'm only taking a maximum of 30 seniors this year, and I have a feeling those spots will go quickly!  I'm looking forward to meeting the Class of 2022 and give them some amazing images to remember this time in their lives.  Senior year is such a milestone, that you want to make sure to document it with senior portraits.

Want to include your pet, car, sports or music?  No problem!  I have a session just for YOU!  All my sessions are done on location and YOU get to choose the place.  If you don't know, I have some suggestions based on your interests and personality.

Don't miss out on your preferred date or the limited sessions in Waupaca & Door County.  Call me to get more information and book YOUR session.  920-475-5933

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What??? but it's only January! https://www.kathyweigmanphotography.com/blog/2021/1/why-you-should-book-senior-sessions-now blogblog


Many of you may be thinking..."it's only January and my son/daughter is only a junior!  Why should I be booking my son or daughter's senior portrait session now?"  Well, the answer is, that before you know it, it's going to be June, your senior will have graduated, and many of the prime session dates will be taken already.  By booking now, you'll get the week or day you want, and your senior can be sure that they don't get scheduled for work that day.  Plus, many photographers have a limited number of sessions they offer.

I only accept 30 seniors, and only 1 each day, to be sure that I can give each of them a quality experience. It's so fun to watch them shine in front of the camera and for me to capture their true personality.  If they love sports or music, let's include that in their session!  Do they love horses?  No problem!  We can go to the stable.  Pets?  We'll choose a pet friendly location and someone can bring the pet at the beginning or end of the session.

As for choosing your location I have different ideas for urban, country, industrial, woodsy or flowers.  By booking now, I can suggest the best time for your session date to get the exact location you desire!  Does Door County hold a special place in your heart?  I'm offering 3 sessions there this summer between the last week in July and the first week in August.  These sessions are highly sought after and book quickly.  We can shoot at Cave Point on the edge of Lake Michigan, or in the small towns of Ephraim, Fish Creek or Sister Bay that lie on the banks of the Bay of Green Bay.  Sunsets are beautiful in Door County!

Send me an email [email protected] or give me a call 920-475-5933 and we can get a session on the calendar for YOUR senior!

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Goodbye 2020; Hello 2021 https://www.kathyweigmanphotography.com/blog/2021/1/goodbye-2020-hello-2021 2020...​.​.​​ ​it was a year full of difficulties, but it was also a year of blessings. ​​Each person faced the pandemic in different ways and did the best they could to cope with the changes. When the ​safer at home orders started​ in WI​, ​in March, I thought it would be for 3-4 weeks and things would go back to normal. Schools went virtual and I found myself trying to teach my students PE from home. Let's just say it was difficult and a lot more work than anyone thought it would be. Living alone was a challenge. I found myself going for drives just to see another human. I did things for my photography business and took up coloring to ease the anxiety. It was hard not to see my friends and family. ​I tried to be optimistic​ and went for walks alone, sewed masks out of fabric I still had, and put hearts and lights in my windows.  

There were blessings though. I was able to offer yard signs to seniors in the area and made some money to keep my business afloat. I learned how to send invoices, figured out a schedule for pick up and had people pick them up from my front porch. I had moms in tears because they said it was the only thing they could do for their senior not having a graduation. I was deeply touched by some of their stories while we talked through the glass door. I was able to go camping twice over the summer and although it wasn't the same, I was still in my happy place. The greatest blessing though, was the birth of my first grandbaby! Noah arrived 3 weeks early, but was healthy and perfect. I can't get enough of that little peanut!

When ​I ​was finally able to reopen my business, we had to adhere to the restrictions that were in place.​ With outdoor sessions, everyone felt a little safer. When the mask mandate was issued, my clients were more than happy to ​wear a mask while inside the studio for their ordering session. Without the support of all of ​my 2020 clients, ​I couldn't have done it.

To ​my clients, ​I can't thank you enough. ​Please know that ​I appreciate you​ all, more than you know​.​ Whether I did senior portraits, family portraits or sports work for you...Thank you! You truly helped me survive one of the toughest years many of us have ever faced.​

​Please continue to support ALL small businesses, and as soon as they can reopen, be sure to especially support those in the hospitality, event, and entertainment industries.

Happy New Year, everyone, ​I can't wait to see ​YOU in 2021​ and make some amazing artwork for your walls​!



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Do YOU still need to book YOUR senior portraits? https://www.kathyweigmanphotography.com/blog/2020/7/do-you-still-need-to-book-your-senior-portraits great newsgreat news

I have some great news!  I became a Grandma a little early.  On July 5th, Noah James was born and he is perfect.  My heart melted and I am in love with him!  Because he came early, I'm able to add a few more session dates to my schedule in July!  

All my July dates were filled, so this means that I can accept a few more seniors!!  Yay!  If you haven't booked your session yet, please check out my website at Kathy Weigman Photography If you're interested, send me an email [email protected] or give me a call at 920-475-5933.  We can talk about your session and I can send you a copy of my Senior Welcome Magazine.  These are not your parent's senior pictures!  YOU choose the location, YOU choose the looks you want, YOU choose to include your sports and activities into the session.   

Call soon!  I'll also add a $25 discount on any of my July sessions!!


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We're Back in Business https://www.kathyweigmanphotography.com/blog/2020/7/were-back-in-business DSC00180DSC00180

Somedays I feel like this squirrel.... hanging on and trying to figure out the next step!

Because photography sessions were considered non-essential, my studio was closed from March to the beginning of June.  I took a cautious approach and opened the middle of June, doing only outdoor sessions.  I've had 4 sessions already, and have more seniors booked for July and August.

We're back in business, but things have changed a little bit due to the Covid-19 Virus.  We're following the CDC guidelines by socially distancing during our sessions, and having clients bring their own props.  Because I normally use a zoom lens, and stand at least 6 feet from my clients, nothing has really changed in that regard.  You still get the great photographs you've come to expect from Kathy Weigman Photography.

We're still looking at how we'll do our in person viewing and ordering sessions.  We'll either set up the studio so that clients can be at one table and I can be at another table, at least 6 feet away.  The area will be sanitized before and after each viewing session.  Clients will be asked to use hand sanitizer when they arrive, and masks will be recommended.  The other option is doing a Zoom viewing and ordering session.  We'll monitor the WI guidelines, as well as the CDC guidelnes.

Everyone is learning as we navigate through this crazy time.  We've taken a pause in life, and have hopefully rediscovered what is really important in our lives. Be safe, wash your hands, and wear a mask when out with others.

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If You Can't Do What You Do, Do What You Can! https://www.kathyweigmanphotography.com/blog/2020/4/if-you-cant-do-what-you-do-do-what-you-can We're in uncharted waters with the Covid-19 pandemic right now.  All non essential businesses have been asked to close, by the governor, and that's me.  All photography businesses should be closed to help limit the spread of the virus.

I'd love to be doing front porch pictures for people, but I can't because my business is closed.  I'd love to do some outdoor sessions, but I can't because I'm closed.  Instead, I shelter at home and find things to do around my house.  Don't get me wrong, I do go outside for walks, but I go alone.  I'm not meeting with friends or visiting with family.

If you can't do what you do, do what you can.  I can't take photos to help during this time, but I can sew masks for healthcare workers, so that's what I've been doing.  So far, I've sewn over 50 masks.  I've donated many of them to Froedtert Hospital, in Milwaukee, where my daughter in law, Nicole, works.  I've made some for family and friends too, as now we're all supposed to wear one when we're out in public.  Nursing homes need them as well.  As you can see, Pixel wants to help too!

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Safer at Home means just that.  We are safer at home, and help to not spread the virus to others.  Sometimes, you don't even know you're contagious for 1-2 weeks and by then, you've possibly infected everyone you've come in contact with.  Only go out for essential trips to the grocery store or pharmacy.  That doesn't mean going to the playground with your kids, meeting your friends at someone's house, having a fire and invite the neighbors over.....it means to stay at home.

We'll get through this if we all work together.  I'm so appreciative to the doctors, nurses, EMTs and other healthcare workers, as well as the essential workforce who gets food to the stores and keeps them running.

When we do get through this, I can't wait to start photographing all my seniors again and do some fall family sessions.  To show my appreciation to ALL my clients, past & present, I'm going to be offering something I've never done before.  Family mini sessions.  As soon as things have settled down and are back to normal (whatever the new normal will be,) I'll get information out to everyone through email and my website.

In the meantime.  Stay at home, and stay safe.

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Studio Closed for the Safety of my Clients https://www.kathyweigmanphotography.com/blog/2020/3/studio-closed-for-the-safety-of-my-clients IMG_1387IMG_1387It’s crazy out there!
With the recommendation of having everyone practice social distancing and isolation, I’ve decided not to do any studio sessions at this time, for the safety of my clients due to the Covid-19 virus.  I know professional photos are great, and I love working with my clients, but we just can’t risk it at this time.

i am booking senior portrait sessions, but they won’t happen until June, and then only if it’s deemed safe. Contact me if you’re interested in talking about a senior portrait session.

in the meantime, take photos of your children, family and the world around you.  Here are some tips for taking a better photo. Haul out your point and shoot camera, or just use your cell phone, chrome book or iPad. The best camera is the one you have with you. 

*If you don’t have flash, use soft window light to light your subject. 
*Get some candid shots of your kids doing online learning or dancing. 
*Get up close and fill the frame. 
*Look from different angles before pressing the shutter button. Shoot from down low, or from above, or from the side. 
*Do some fun shots with distortion. Remember, whatever is closest to the camera will look the largest. 

Just have some fun, practice isolation and social distancing, and connect with your family. Even in uncertain times,  being made to stay at home, with your family, can be a gift. I can’t wait to pick up my camera again and start creating memories with my clients. 💕

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It was a GREAT year for Senior Portraits! https://www.kathyweigmanphotography.com/blog/2019/11/it-was-a-great-year-for-senior-portraits I was so lucky to have some great seniors to photograph this summer & fall!  I started the end of June, and finished my last session the middle of October!  I shot in a lot of different locations including Door County, Hortonville, Neenah, Menasha, Shervood, Appleton, Kimberly & Kaukauna.  I LOVED getting to know all the seniors and their parents, and I reconnected with a few families that I did senior portraits for an older sibling.  

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Looking for a few awesome 2020 Grads! https://www.kathyweigmanphotography.com/blog/2019/1/looking-for-a-few-awesome-2020-grads  


I know you're probably not thinking about senior portraits because it's winter!  But, actually, now is the best time to seek out your senior portrait photographer and get your date in the books.  I'm also looking for a few awesome juniors ( who will graduate in 2020) to be reps for my studio!  If you commit now, we can get some great winter photos for your portfolio.  Simply fill in the application at the top of my website and submit it.  If you want to be a spokesmodel (aka rep) for Kathy Weigman Photography, you can be!  All I expect is that you like to be in front of the camera and like to have fun!  Other studios only accept one or two from each area school, but I think the more I have, the more fun it will be!  Apply today, and I'll send you information about the program and perks!  Afterall, everyone loves perks!! 

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How do you choose your photographer? |Kathy Weigman Photography - Appleton https://www.kathyweigmanphotography.com/blog/2018/7/why-should-you-hire-me-as-your-photographer-kathy-weigman-photography---appleton I do quite a few senior portrait sessions during the summer months and run into quite a few other photographers also doing sessions.  We have so many great photographers in the Fox Valley and clients are lucky to have so many to choose from.  I do see many photographers with nothing more than a camera.  I always wonder how they get their clients face to be lit properly without blowing out the background.  How do they get catchlights in the eyes, so they look alive and not dead?

When I'm doing a portrait session, I have always used either a reflector or off camera flash, to get the proper exposure.  I've also learned how to use editing software like lightroom and photoshop.  During my last session, I decided to take a few before and after shots just to show people what it looks like.  Many times, people don't see the difference when only shown one photo.

This is a shot I took of a baseball player.  He was pulled away from the brick wall, so the wall would be out of focus and not detract from the player.  The picture on the left was taken with just available sunlight,  and you can see that he has deep shadows under the brim of his cap and his hair is barely visible.  He's got dark shadows on his eyes giving him, what I call, raccoon eyes.  He looks nice though with his expression.

The shot on the right was taken with a flash, inside a 40" softbox about 2 feet from him.  Just that little pop of light takes away the shadows under his cap, takes away the raccoon eyes, and puts those tiny catchlights in his eyes, making them "pop."  Seen side by side, the right one looks much more pleasing.


Then there's the use of editing software.  Seniors want images that are different and show their personality and what their interests are.  I LOVE being able to offer sportraits to my senior clients!  It gets them excited about their session, and gives them images that will last a lifetime.  The shot on the left is the one that came out of my camera.  The shot on the right is his final image.  Which image would you choose?  I know my seniors will pick the one on the right!!

Sportrait before afterSportrait before after When choosing a photographer look at their portfolio, look for light in their clients eyes, and look for how they edit their final portraits.  It's not always about price, rather who can give you what you're looking for.  Check out the various photographers in the Fox Valley and choose the one that's right for YOU!  

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Looking for Class of 2019 Grads https://www.kathyweigmanphotography.com/blog/2017/9/looking-for-class-of-2019-grads 2019_spokesmodels_480p


I know it seems a bit early, but I'm looking for Senior Spokesmodels to represent Kathy Weigman Photography.  If you're a current junior in high school, simply go this link www.kathyweigmanphotography/seniorspokesmodel and click on the application button to complete YOUR application!  I want to do things a bit differently this year and offer a complimentary session in fall, winter and spring for my models and then do their full session in July!  The sooner I have my team together, the more fun things we can do leading up to your senior year!  I can't wait to hear from YOU!


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Summer is Going SO quickly! | Kathy Weigman Photography- Appleton Senior Portraits https://www.kathyweigmanphotography.com/blog/2017/7/summer-is-going-so-quickly-kathy-weigman-photography--appleton-senior-portraits


You had the best intentions to book your son or daughter's senior portrait session, but now it's the middle of July and the start of school is looming on the horizon.  Don't worry, you're not alone! There is still time though to get their session done before school starts.  Give me a call and I can give you more information about my sessions and book one for YOU!  920-733-3425

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Choosing a Senior Portrait Photographer | Kathy Weigman | Appleton Senior Pictures https://www.kathyweigmanphotography.com/blog/2017/5/choosing-a-senior-portrait-photographer-kathy-weigman-photography---appleton   Schedule_Senior_Portraits_2018_Grads_480p   


Before you know it, you and your son or daughter will be looking for a photographer to take his or her senior portraits.  Most high school students have their portraits done the summer before their senior year.  A senior portrait is one of the milestone portraits in a person’s life and can be a big investment.  So, how do you choose a senior portrait photographer that is right for your son or daughter?


  • Check out the photographer’s blog, facebook page, Instagram account and website to see if you like her work.  Do people look relaxed?  Do they look natural and not over photoshopped?
  • Is the photographer someone your son or daughter could work with and feel at ease with?
  • Call or email the photographer to ask questions about the portrait session.  Is she friendly, knowledgeable and good with high school students?
  • What if it rains on the day of the portrait session?  Can it be rescheduled?  Is there a fee for rescheduling?
  • Ask about your investment.  Like most things in life, you usually get what you pay for.  Is there a sitting fee?  How much time does the sitting fee cover?  Are there any special promotions or collection pricing?  Can you buy individual photos or do you need to buy a collection first?
  • Some photographers shoot and burn, meaning they take the photos and give their client a CD with the images on and you have to have them printed.  Many times printing at a pharmacy or discount store will not give the quality of prints that a professional lab can. Be sure if you choose a shoot & burn photographer that you have the ability to read the CD, as many computers nowadays are no longer equipped with CD readers.  Other photographers are print photographers, meaning they offer printed products to their clients that are archival and will withstand the test of time.  They are an heirloom to be passed from generation to generation. 
  • Often, the processing can mean the difference between a nice portrait and a great portrait.  Ask what kind of post-processing is done and is there is a fee for each proof that is retouched.  Can she remove braces or glass glare?
  • Ask what kind of camera and lenses she works with.  Does she have her portraits professionally printed?  Professional, quality printing means your portraits will last a lifetime and larger portraits will be mounted and possibly sprayed with a UV protectant.
  • Ask the photographer for suggestions regarding clothing.  Will she allow your son or daughter to bring along a pet?  What about sports uniforms, musical instruments or other props? Will she go on location or do all sessions have to be in the studio?
  • How are the proofs presented?  Do you place your final order online or in person?  Will she help you when it comes to ordering and seeing different options such as black & white and color?
  • Can your son or daughter order a variety of different poses or is he or she limited to 1 or 2?
  • What other products does the photographer offer?  Canvas prints?  Photo albums?  Storyboards? Metal prints? Digital phone apps? Slideshows?  Montages?
  • Once you place your order and decide to order more will the price go up?  How long do you have to order prints?  Does she offer graduation invitations and party supplies?
  • Is she willing to travel out of the area for a session if there's a special place the senior wants his or her session?


If you’re interested in looking at what I have to offer, please check out my website www.KathyWeigmanPhotography.com  for portraits I’ve done.  As a teacher, mom and photographer, I have a good rapport with high school students.  Their session is fun and relaxed, and you get quality portraits at an affordable price.  One of the greatest compliments I've received from a parent was that I made her daughter feel so confident; "Her self esteem soared during the session with Kathy." Another parent said that they chose me for their daughter's session because I didn't make my seniors look plastic.  I brought out their inner beauty and captured their real personality.  If you have any questions or would like to book a session, please feel free to contact me at 733-3425 or [email protected]

~Kathy Weigman


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Kara - Senior Spokesmodel |Kathy Weigman Photography, Appleton Portrait Photographer https://www.kathyweigmanphotography.com/blog/2016/6/kara---senior-spokesmodel-kathy-weigman-photography-appleton-portrait-photographer Let me introduce Kara.  Kara is a senior at Xavier High School, in Appleton.  She's fun loving, has a great sense of humor, loves to play softball and is beautiful!  We had such fun doing her bonus session.  As one of my senior spokesmodels, Kara had her bonus session yesterday and she'll have her regular session in July.  A bonus session is a short session that we do to get some great shots of her to add to her personal photo app, and for her rep cards.  As you can see by the photos, it's hard to get a bad shot of Kara!

If you'd like to get a discount card for YOUR session, be sure to ask Kara.  Then call me to book your senior portrait session!  920-733-3425 

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This weekend we celebrate a day for moms.  What is the best gift you could receive?  For some moms, it might be a day spent on her own....at the spa, shopping, or just sitting on a beach.  For others, it might be a restaurant meal or a gift she's wanted.  For others, it might be the chaos of having her kids around and just being together.

Now that my kids are grown, I miss that chaos.  I miss the mother's days that I spent on the soccer field during a tournament.  I miss the gifts, chosen with care, from The Dollar Tree.  I miss the messiness of the house and having their friends over.  I miss their presence.

Wherever you are in the journey of motherhood, enjoy it!  Relish the moment.  

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Another year has almost ended and another one is about to begin.  It's a time to look back and reflect.  Each year, I look back at the year in my photography.  What could I do to improve?  What things am I proud of?  Where will my business head in 2016?  What will my personal life have in store for me?

2015 brought lots of joys and a few disappointments, but with each day, I grew.  My clients appreciate my photography, but they don't know how much I love and appreciate them.  I learn their story - who they are, what their dreams are, and sometimes what their struggles are.  I feel as though they become part of my family.  I absolutely LOVE every senior that I've photographed over the years.  Sometimes, I even get to photograph them with their families and I get to know all of them too.  It's an amazing job! I tried to pick out my top 10 favorite portraits of 2015, but came up with over 30!  I've decided that it's impossible to choose only 10, so I'm not even going to try!

I've also had a few photo adventures with friends over the year.  I went to my first photography conference in St. Louis and learned so much and had a blast following the Mississippi back home! I went to a night sky photography conference in Two Harbors (just north of Duluth) and met so many people who love photographing the night sky as much as I do. Of course, I spent a few weeks in Door County over the summer camping and exploring. I've also done a few day trips with friends just to get out.  I'm able to slow down, and look at nature through the viewfinder of my camera.  It's a great way to de stress, and notice the beauty that's all around us.  I even won the editors choice award for one of my photos this year!  With the prize, I was able to take Austin & Jenna to The White Gull Inn for breakfast.  One of my favorite restaurants in Door County.

So, I tried to choose 10 of my favorite landscape photos, but added a few extras :)  I wish you well for 2016.  Look at each day with gratitude, and be thankful for all that you have.  Enjoy the beauty all around you.




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There seems to be so many people struggling lately with different issues.  It's in the news and I hear it from my friends - drug deaths in the Fox Valley, missing adults and children, health issues, mental illness, loneliness, family and marriage struggles, worries about jobs and finances.  Each day is a gift, but some days it may be hard to see the beauty of the day beyond the struggles.

Everyone has their own struggles and they are no more or no less than any one else's struggles.  They are THEIR personal struggles.  Many times you don't know what the struggles are of your friends or coworkers.  Be kind, and understand that we are all on a journey that holds twists and turns, ups and downs.

Even with the struggles of everyday life, each day is a gift.  I walked around my yard today, with my camera and took a few shots of the beauty that surrounds me each day.  Take a minute to see the beauty that surrounds YOU!


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Generation to Generation | Kathy Weigman Photography - Appleton Family Portraits https://www.kathyweigmanphotography.com/blog/2015/6/generation-to-generation I'm sitting in McDonalds having a Diet Coke listening to the people sitting next to me.  It's a daughter with her elderly father talking about their heritage. Grandfathers and great grandfathers and tracking their family tree. The conversation turns to pictures and the daughter is asking for him to give her the family pictures so she can make copies for everyone to have. I can't help but think what the conversation will be in 20 years when it's her daughter asking her for picture to share with her children. 

Will she have any?  Will they all be on a computer that crashed years ago, or on a CD that has since become corrupt?  We take more pictures than any other generation but have fewer prints than any other generation as well. Think about technology..... how many of you have the ability to play an 8 track tape, or get files you put on a floppy disc?  The same holds true for photos.  Many computers don't even come with a CD drive anymore!

Have professional portraits done and purchase prints!  Do you have tons of pictures on your iphone?  Print them!  Photos on your tablet?  Print them!  Most labs have the technology to print right from your phone.  As a photographer, I take tons of pictures with my expensive camera, but I also take them with my iphone.   A picture of Austin & me in front of his dorm (the same one I lived in), a selfie of me and my mom, a picture of my 2 boys playing disc golf.  I printed them!

In 20 years when my kids ask for pictures of their grandparents to share with their kids, I'll haul out my photo album and hand them over. I won't be giving them a disc. 

One last thought.... If there were a disaster and you had to flee your house what one thing would you take with you?  For me, it wouldn't be my tv, or my wallet, it would definitely be my photo albums.  I'm SO lucky to have these portraits.  One is of my great-great grandfather at his wedding, and the other is of my mother as a little girl.

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It's seems like just a little while ago that I was photographing all these amazing seniors and now, they're ready to graduate from high school and move on to bigger things!

I'm SO fortunate to have spent a little bit of time getting to know these young men and women.  They each have a story, unique personality, so many different talents and were GREAT to work with.  I learn so much from them, and I'm so honored that they chose me to do their senior portraits.

I wish them nothing but the best in years to come and look forward to seeing the amazing things they do with their lives.  Good luck and best wishes <3


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Mississippi River Adventure | Kathy Weigman Photography - Appleton Portrait Photographer https://www.kathyweigmanphotography.com/blog/2015/4/mississippi-river-adventure-kathy-weigman-photography---appleton-portrait-photographer Part 2 of my amazing Shutterfest / St. Louis / Mississippi River adventure!  After the conference ended, 2 of my friends decided to spend a few extra days "adventuring" around the St. Louis area.  We spent the first day in St. Louis at Forest Park.  If you spend any time in St. Louis, Forest Park is a must see!  Everything at the park is completely FREE!  We started out wandering around the grounds, which are stunning!  Water fountains, walking paths, green space and lots and lots of tulips.

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We spent some time walking through the Art Museum, pictured above, then headed over to the zoo.  Who doesn't like the zoo?  And with the temps in the 70's, and me wearing capris and flip flops, it was a great way to spend the afternoon!  Lions, zebras and crazy birds, oh my! 

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One of the other places that was recommended that we go to was The Hill.  The highest point in the City, The Hill had German and Irish immigrants working the clay mines. Italians seeking a new future in America came to the area to work those same clay mines and made The Hill their neighborhood in the 1890’s. The Hill has been home to some of Saint Louis City’s most nationally known residents, including baseball heroes Joe Gargiola and Lawrence “Yogi” Berra. We ate at one of the local restaurants that had an abandoned warehouse across the street.  If only we could have gotten in there!  :)  We loved the houses in this area, long and narrow and very close together.  We left for Hannibal, just as a big thunderstorm hit. 


IMG_1426IMG_1426 IMG_1445IMG_1445 The next day we spent the day in Hannibal.  We went up to Lovers Leap, and took the tour of Cameron Cave, where Mark Twain explored as a child.  It is the setting for the caves in his writings of The Adentures of Tom Sawyer.  We went to the river and spent some time at the Riverboats and the Lighthouse.  Had a great lunch at a local Brew Pub, then headed north along the Mississipi.

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We ended our day in Davenport, IA where we were treated to a fantastic sunset over the Mississippi.  Sometimes, you just have to pull over to the side of the road :)  


We spent the night in Davenport after dinner at one of my favorite places - Steak 'N Shake!  The next day we headed home, and stopped for a quick hike at Governor Dodge State Park just outside of Madison.  


It was an amazing week, spent with some great friends.  Life is definitely an adventure, especially when you travel with photographers <3


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Shutterfest! | Kathy Weigman Photography - Appleton Portrait and Sports Photographer https://www.kathyweigmanphotography.com/blog/2015/4/shutterfest-kathy-weigman-photography---appleton-portrait-and-sports-photographer Wow!  My head is spinning from all the learning and information from Shutterfest last week in St. Louis.  First of all, let me try to explain  Shutterfest is.  Bring together 2000 photographers, 200 models, some of the best instructors in the country, an amazing setting, lots of vendors with awesome products and that's Shutterfest!  The photography conference was held at Union Station Hotel which is an amazing venue. 

I went to the event with 3 other photographers from the Fox Valley.  We left early Monday morning and arrived in St. Louis at 3:00.  We checked into our room, got registered for Shutterfest and then headed out to explore the city. 


We ventured downtown toward the arch but decided to head back for dinner and to meet up with other photographers for a nighttime arch shoot. We shot the Arch from across the river on the IL side.  The sunset was marred by too many clouds, but the night skyline was beautiful!


We had to find a place to watch the Wisconsin - Duke game.  We had hoped for a better outcome.  Oh well......... we all headed back to the hotel to go to sleep, only I couldn't sleep.  After watching tv, laying in the dark, checking facebook, and watching Netflix I got up at 6:00 to start my day!  A Diet Coke and I was good to go!

The days were filled with different classes about marketing, mastering your online brand, and building referrals.  My hands on classes were Extreme Sports Photography with Melanie Anderson and Pricing and Packaging with Sal Cincotta.  I'm SO excited to offer more unique sports photography to my seniors and I'll be offering collections this year instead of just a la carte products!  The models we had for our class were great! 

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That night, we decided to try to find a model and use our off camera lighting to do some shots.  This is one of the shots I got that night with Joshua & Bayleigh.  They were super to work with! 

IMG_1009IMG_1009 IMG_0998IMG_0998 Thankfully, this night I was able to fall asleep.  Since being sick on Easter and all the travelling, I really needed the rest!  The next morning we were up bright and early again to start our classes.  I was thrilled to be going to a photoshop class about compositing with Dave Cross.  I've watched tons of tutorials on photoshop by him.  I learned about a great organization program called 17 hats, listened to another speaker about workflow and how to speed things up.  My last class for the day was with Jeff Poole & Lori Unruh about Senior Portraits with a Punch.  Finding the right location and looking for things and angles that make for an interesting portrait.  Again, we were blessed with some great models to shoot.  Dalton was great to work with! 

IMG_1066IMG_1066 IMG_1112IMG_1112 After dinner the storms had ended so we headed out to the area next to the hotel to do some night shooting.  The 4 of us had a blast and laughed so hard at the things we were doing.  Light painting, long exposures and a few selfies.  

IMG_1173IMG_1173 After that I thought we were going to head in to the party, but we decided to head to the Arch instead!  It took us forever to figure out how to get there because of the construction, but we finally ended up parking in a church driveway and walking there.  The spot lights go off at midnight, but we had lots of available light.  Such a beautiful place! 

IMG_1174IMG_1174 IMG_1175IMG_1175 Well, that's the end of the conference, but it's not the end of my adventure!  Instead of heading straight back to Appleton, we decided to spend a day in St. Louis and then travel home by following the Mississippi River.  Stay tuned for my next blog entry where I'll let you know the rest of the adventure!

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More Learning! | Kathy Weigman Photography, Appleton Sports & Portrait Photography https://www.kathyweigmanphotography.com/blog/2015/3/more-learning-kathy-weigman-photography-appleton-sports-portrait-photography Brittany BlogBrittany Blog I'm SO excited to be heading to St. Louis in a few weeks to attend a photography convention!  I'm signed up for classes, have already connected with other photographers and I'm getting my list together of what I want to bring with me.  It's a great opportunity for me to learn from some of the best instructors in the photography business.

I'll be taking classes on Extreme Sports Photography, Senior Portrait Photography, Using Photoshop for Compositing (using multiple photos to make one amazing photo), Off Camera Lighting, Gels, Marketing, Branding, Referrals and Workflow.  In between, I'll be getting out with other photographers to shoot and network and, if there's time, sleep and eat!

The first night there, we're going to be doing a cityscape shoot at the Arch.  Then, there's the print competition with critique.  I've even entered one of my senior portraits from last summer.  YIKES!  But, I figure it's a great way to learn.  There were so many great shots that it was hard to choose one.  I finally decided on this shot of Brittany.  I used off camera flash and the sky had great clouds in the background.  Like all my seniors, Brittany was delightful.  She's as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside!

Once the conference is finished, I'm staying in St. Louis for another day, with 2 other photography friends, and then heading home along the Mississippi River to see what we can find.  It's going to be so much fun and I can't wait to use all the new techniques with my senior portrait
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Now is the time to start thinking about what you want for your session.  If you book your session for May or June, you can save 25% off your session fee!  Send me an email [email protected] or give me a call 920-733-3425 to get more information.


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Why I Offer Prints instead of Digitals | Kathy Weigman Photography - Appleton Portrait Photographer https://www.kathyweigmanphotography.com/blog/2015/2/why-i-offer-prints-instead-of-digitals

I just read an article today that talks about the fact that many of this generation will not leave any pictures for their kids and grandkids. We take more pictures than ever before with the invention of smart phones, tablets  and digital cameras, but we are printing less and less.  These great photos end up in our phones, on our hard drives or on a CD.   The bad thing about this - all of these fail. Phones break,  hard drives crash and CDs become corrupt.  A photo in an album, in a frame or even in a box will last forever.  PRINT YOUR PHOTOS!  

When you're looking for a photographer, don't limit yourself - check out the ones who offer prints.  I want you to have heirloom portraits that will be around for years to come.  When is the last time that you went into someone's home and they had a silver CD framed and on the wall? Digitals are meant for sharing, but portraits are meant for hanging and sharing for many years to come.

Check out the article http://t.today.com/money/why-your-digital-photos-might-die-your-grandkids-see-them-1D80395921

I'm starting to schedule senior portraits and family portraits for this spring and summer.  If you'd like information on sessions and pricing, please give me a call at 920-733-3425 or email me at [email protected]

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Sports & Activity Posters | Kathy Weigman Photography - Appleton Sports Photographer https://www.kathyweigmanphotography.com/blog/2014/12/sports-activity-posters-kathy-weigman-photography---appleton-sports-photographer Looking for a great way to promote your sports team or club?  Lots of area teams and clubs are working with me to design a fun poster to do just that!  In the last two weeks, I've worked with the Xavier Girls Basketball Team and the Varsity Mock Trial Team from Xavier.  Both sessions were so much fun and the results were awesome!

The girls decided on a theme that incorporated fog.  I'm definitely up for that!  I arrived at Xavier with my friend, Jennifer, and we set up our background and lighting and then decided how the girls would be posed.  Bring in the fog machine........and a tiny glitch.  Fog machines may set off smoke alarms and with a Christmas Stars performance going on in the theatre we decided that would not be a good thing to have fire alarms going off and have to clear the theatre.  Plan B.  We photographed the girls, they went to practice, we went to lunch, then came back and used the theatre, with the help of Jim R. to photograph the fog.  "You can just photoshop the fog in, right?"  Of course I can..... I think......maybe.  After some trial and error, we got the lighting right and the fog and I was able to make a composite picture of the girls and the fog!

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Bring on the Mock Trial Team!  They had a really cute idea with a play on the words, You've Been Served.  I love it!  We want to photograph the team in the gym and practice doesn't start until 4:00 so we've got about 15 minutes.  Oh my!  Not to worry.  I set up my lights at center court right on the X, then get the team members positioned.  Only problem is, we have basketball players to our left and basketball players to our right.  Talk about photo bombs!  The coaches helped us keep them away so we got out shots in and turned out a great poster for them!

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A few weeks before that, the NHM Hockey Team wanted a poster done to advertise for their upcoming season.  They decided they wanted to go with a theme that showcased hard work.  We had talked about getting a dump truck or some sort of work truck, but that wasn't able to happen.  We met in the parking lot of the Ice Arena, and right in the middle of the parking lot was an electric truck!  We took advantage of our good luck and used the truck as the backdrop to the picture!  There's even a team logo on the bucket of the truck :) hockeyhockey

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Fall is a GREAT time for Family Portraits https://www.kathyweigmanphotography.com/blog/2014/10/fall-is-a-great-time-for-family-portraits What a great way to document your life!  Have a family portrait taken and get prints!  Some people keep telling me that they want to have a family portrait done.  When the kids get a little older..... when I lose 10 more pounds.... when I get my hair colored.... when I have enough money..... when I have the time to get everyone together..... when I can coordinate clothes for everyone..... and the list goes on.  When is the perfect time to have a family portrait done?  NOW!  Don't wait for another day.  Life is precious, and your children will love to have a portrait of you with them.  Call today to schedule your appointment.  920-733-3425 IMG_1172IMG_1172

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Introducing Mr. & Mrs. Rietveld! https://www.kathyweigmanphotography.com/blog/2014/8/introducing-mr-mrs-rietveld Brittany & Matt had a perfect day for their wedding!  The weather was amazing, the rain held off, and their families and friends were so much fun.  As a bride and groom, they couldn't have asked for a more perfect way to start their lives together.

The church was filled with love as they said their vows to each other, and Brittany didn't shed a tear!  It's such an emotional day, especially when you marry your best friend!  After church the bridal party headed downtown for some group photos and a little celebrating before heading over to the dinner venue. 

Again, the reception hall was beautifully decorated, the cupcake cake looked delicious and all their guests were having a great time!

Matt & Brittany, I am so honored to have been your wedding photographer.  It was a great day and one that I will always remember.  Love to both of you <3


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One Week From Today....... https://www.kathyweigmanphotography.com/blog/2014/7/one-week-from-today Matt & Brittany are getting married!  I took their engagement pictures a few months ago, and can't wait for the wedding.  It is going to be SO much fun!!  Matt & Brittany have known each other since high school.  I got to know Brittany when we were lucky enough to hire her as a teacher at Holy Spirit School.

I just know it's going to be an amazing day! Stay tuned for pictures from their wedding.

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(Kathy Weigman Photography LLC) Appleton Appleton Portrait Photographer Kathy Weigman Photography Portrait Portraits https://www.kathyweigmanphotography.com/blog/2014/7/one-week-from-today Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:18:28 GMT
Tom & Amy https://www.kathyweigmanphotography.com/blog/2014/7/tom-amy What an AMAZING day for an outdoor wedding!  I have known both Tom & Amy for over 10 years, and couldn't be happier that they found each other.  Oh, and by the way, I take credit for introducing them to each other at the Xavier freshman parent get together! 

I started the day out at their home, where they were all getting ready for the big occasion.  Talk about relaxed!  At least on the outside they were all cool, calm and collected.  Relaxed enough to even have some pizza before leaving for the ceremony!  The park setting was beautiful and everything went perfectly!  Tom & Amy celebrated the day with their children as their attendants, along with both their extended families.  You could just feel the love and happiness that everyone shared with the bride and groom.  Congratulations Tom & Amy!!  <3

Tom & AmyTom & Amy

(Kathy Weigman Photography LLC) Appleton Kathy Weigman Photography Portraits Wedding Weigman photography https://www.kathyweigmanphotography.com/blog/2014/7/tom-amy Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:05:25 GMT
Summer is FLYING by! https://www.kathyweigmanphotography.com/blog/2014/6/summer-is-flying-by

I can't believe how quickly summer going!  It seems as though we just got out of school and already it's almost July 4th!  Senior portrait sessions are in full swing and I am having SO much fun!  Each high school senior I meet has been so polite, eager to start their senior year, and excited about their portrait session.

Portrait sessions should be fun and relaxed.  I got the best compliment this week from one of the moms who came along with her daughter to her session.  "You just know how to relate to these kids and make them feel at ease.  You capture their true personality."  That's the best thing that someone could say to me, as a photographer.  That's my goal.  To capture your son or daughter's true spirit and emotion.  If I can do that, I feel as though I've succeeded.

I've met so many amazing young men and women who have goals and dreams after graduation.  I'm honored that I can be in just a small part of their lives as their senior portrait photographer.

If you're still looking for a photographer for family portraits or high school senior portraits, I still have a few session dates available in Mid July and into August.  Call, to set up YOUR appointment!  920-733-3425.

(Kathy Weigman Photography LLC) Appleton Kathy Weigman Photography Kaukauna Kimberly Portraits senior portraits https://www.kathyweigmanphotography.com/blog/2014/6/summer-is-flying-by Mon, 30 Jun 2014 05:38:07 GMT
Do you have a DSLR camera? |Appleton Portrait Photographer - Kathy Weigman https://www.kathyweigmanphotography.com/blog/2014/4/do-you-have-a-dslr-camera-appleton-portrait-photographer---kathy-weigman Do you want to learn to use your camera better?  DSLR cameras have so many buttons and options that it can be a bit overwhelming at times.  One of my favorite things to do is to check out various photography blogs and watch youtube videos on things I don't understand about photography.  I'm also thinking about possibly teaching an introductory photography class next winter for those people who have a camera, and would like to understand how to take better pictures.

In the meantime, I found some information on a blog from Digital Photography School that talks about how to get perfect focus in your photos.  This blog was written by Elizabeth Hatford and has some great information.


Two Factors for Perfect Focus

A Post By: Elizabeth Halford

Recently, I posted that my biggest frustration is improper focus.  If you use a point-and-shoot, the solution it pretty simple. You hold down the shutter button halfway until focus is achieved and then push it the rest of the way down. The only reason you’d be likely to end up with poor focus is, as I said before, you’re shooting in an improper mode. For example, you’re shooting a landscape in macro mode.

For us DSLR users, focus becomes another monster all together.

{Factor 1 – Selecting Focus Mode}

The first thing to consider is the mode you’ve set for your camera. In the menu, there will be an area for ‘AF Modes’. The three you may see are:

1.} One-Shot – Suitable for still subjects. Press the shutter halfway and the camera will focus only once. If the subject moves or you want to recompose the shot, you must release the shutter and press it halfway again to refocus.

2.} AI Servo – Also known as ‘continuous focus’ on a Nikon, AI Servo is used to keep a continuous focus on moving subjects until the shutter is pressed all the way. The ‘AI’ stands for ‘artificial intelligence’ and the camera uses these algorithms to predict where a subject is about to be. This is the setting to be used in sports photography and I use it with children on the go. Wikipedia’s entry on AI Servo says it so well: “Before servo focus the photographer would generally pre-focus on an area where he/she thought the best action would take place; today he/she can follow the entire sequence of events, and select the best later.” In AI Servo mode, the camera won’t beep once focus is achieved. It just keeps focusing until you decide to take the picture.

3.} Al Focus – AI Focus mode starts with normal one-shot focusing (hold the shutter down half way and it will beep when focused) but if the subject starts moving, it will switch to AI Servo mode. Certainly, this is clever of the camera, but Nikon doesn’t even have this option. Why? Your subject is either a living, breathing, moving being or it isn’t. I’m either in One-Shot or AI Servo. AI Focus just seems kind of dumb to this Canon user :)

{Factor 2 – Selecting the AF Area}

In my camera (A Canon 7D) there are three AF Areas and it should be pretty much the same in most cameras.

1.} Single Point AF – this selects one spot to be used for focus. In the viewfinder, you’ll see the little square and you press the shutter halfway and the camera will beep to let you know that focus has been achieved. This mode is useful if you often follow the rule of thirds because you can focus on your subject, slowly re-compose the shot and take the photo. Your subject will be in focus.

2.} Zone AF – Focus points are organized into five different groupings, and the camera uses one of the points in the group to autofocus. Can be used in the thirds composition as above but offers a bigger area for focus, useful for tighter shots and portraits.

3.} Auto Select 19-point AF – All 19 available autofocus points are used. If multiple areas are in focus, all of these points will light up in the viewfinder. This is the mode used in full auto and creative auto modes. Pressing the shutter halfway will display the AF point(s) which have achieved focus. If multiple points are displayed, it means they all have achieved focus. This mode tends to focus the nearest subject. Great for moving subjects.

If you'd like to read more blog posts, here is the direct link to Digital Photography http://digital-photography-school.com/tips

(Kathy Weigman Photography LLC) Appleton Appleton Portrait Photographer Kathy Weigman Photography Photography Portraits Weigman https://www.kathyweigmanphotography.com/blog/2014/4/do-you-have-a-dslr-camera-appleton-portrait-photographer---kathy-weigman Thu, 03 Apr 2014 23:26:15 GMT
Light up the Night | Appleton portrait photographer https://www.kathyweigmanphotography.com/blog/2014/2/light-up-the-night-appleton-portrait-photographer wool spinningwool spinning


I have to preface this by saying, "Do not attempt this without finding out all the details and using safety precautions." I heard about steel wool spinning quite a few years ago and have always wanted to try it, so when Austin came home for the weekend and needed to do some light painting for his photography class and suggested spinning, I was all in!

He did the research to find out what we needed and the settings that are recommended for photographing it.  He did all the spinning and I just pressed the shutter button.  It was really very cool, up until the time my camera stopped working.  It was snowing very heavily and I think some moisture got into my camera.  It's all good now, but I was a bit worried.

This was a group effort. Along with me & Austin, we also had Jenna, Jennifer and Jef with us.  Jennifer is another photographer, her husband Jef was the light man to make sure we had focus on Austin, and Jenna was the encourager :)  If it hadn't been so cold, if Austin had dressed warmer, and my camera hadn't died, I'm sure we would have tried different types of light painting.  We had LED lights, and glow sticks along, but didn't get to use them.

I posted the top photo on Flickr and it made explore!  For those of you unfamiliar with Flickr, it's a photo sharing community.  Every day Flickr chooses some of the best photos for Explore, so it was pretty neat that one of the first photos that Austin did with me made explore :) 

Maybe we'll try again this summer when we're near water.  We still need to use the LED lights and glow sticks.  There's so much you can do with night photography!


(Kathy Weigman Photography LLC) Appleton Appleton Portrait Photographer Kathy Weigman Photography Portraits steel wool spinning https://www.kathyweigmanphotography.com/blog/2014/2/light-up-the-night-appleton-portrait-photographer Tue, 18 Feb 2014 00:25:31 GMT
Embrace Winter! |Kathy Weigman-Appleton Portrait & Sports Photographer https://www.kathyweigmanphotography.com/blog/2014/2/embrace-winter Like most people, I'm wondering if winter will ever end.  Snow and bone-chilling below zero temperatures have kept most people inside.  I'm here to tell you to get out, and embrace winter and the beauty it has to offer.  I think we all enjoy the beauty of a summer day, but bundle up, get outside and see the beauty of winter in Wisconsin.

Now, I'm not saying that you should be outside when wind chills are -40, but on a day when temps are above zero it's great to get out.  Put on those long underwear and Cuddle Duds, along with a hat and mittens and your warmest jacket and take a walk.  Head out to one of the local nature preserves or 1000 Islands to see the eagles, or one of the many State Parks; they have so much to offer. 

You can head over to the Lakeshore and take in the beauty of a frozen Lake Michigan, or take a weekend trip up to Bayfield to see the Apostle Island Ice Caves.  This phenomenon hasn't happened for 5 years.  Lake Superior is frozen solid for over 15 miles out!  If you don't want to go that far, head to Wequiock Falls just outside of Green Bay, or check out the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary in winter or the N.E.W. Zoo in Suamico.

There is so much to see in winter, and before you know it, the snow will be gone, the temps will be in the 90's and everyone will be complaining about how hot it is!

         Storyboard Embrace WinterEmbrace Winter

(Kathy Weigman Photography LLC) Appleton photographer photography portrait senior winter https://www.kathyweigmanphotography.com/blog/2014/2/embrace-winter Sun, 09 Feb 2014 21:13:33 GMT
Calling all 2015 Graduates! |Kathy Weigman Appleton Sports & Portrait Photographer https://www.kathyweigmanphotography.com/blog/2014/1/calling-all-2015-graduates IMG_6644WMIMG_6644WMAlec at his senior portrait session in Door County.

I know it's hard to believe, but it's almost time to book your senior portraits!  Typically, senior portraits are done the summer before your senior year.  If you're set to graduate in 2015, that's YOU!

What makes my senior portrait sessions different from other area studios, is that I offer all my sessions at any location in the Fox Valley for no additional charge!  I even have one week in August where you can book a session in Door County at no additional charge! Alec, in the picture above, had his session in Door County.  If you're not the on-location type of person, I also have an in-home studio where you can have your session done.  I find that most seniors enjoy being outside in an area that fits their personality.  It's relaxing, low-key and fun!

Each session is unique and I encourage seniors to bring along things that define who they are.  Pets, cars, sports items, or anything that makes you, you. 

When you call to book your session, I'll talk with you or a parent and find out the things you like to do, and find a location that fits you.  Plan to spend between an hour or two at your session.  We do lots of traditional poses, and lots of fun and unique poses.  I guarantee you'll walk away having had a great experience!

So, in order to get the best dates for your senior session, call to book your session now.  Anyone who books before March 1st, 2014 will receive an additional $50 print credit.  Call now!  920-733-3425



(Kathy Weigman Photography LLC) Appleton Appleton Portrait Photographer Kathy Weigman Photography Photography Portraits https://www.kathyweigmanphotography.com/blog/2014/1/calling-all-2015-graduates Mon, 20 Jan 2014 23:00:31 GMT
Time for Winter Sports Collages! |Kathy Weigman-Appleton Sports & Portrait Photographer https://www.kathyweigmanphotography.com/blog/2013/12/time-for-winter-sports-collages I just finished the weekend with my Open House.  Most parents have picked up their child's fall sports or theatre collages and that means it's time to begin with winter sports!  I love the reaction of the parents when they see the collage for the first time.  So many emotions!  If you have a son or daughter participating in a winter activity, think about ordering a collage for them.  It's a great way for them to remember their season. 

I LOVE sports photography!  Besides being able to "freeze" the action, I also get to watch lots of high school games and love the passion that they athletes have for their sport.  I was at my first basketball game last night and will be going to lots more in the next few months.  I have examples of collages I've done on my website under Sports Photography, and an order form under Investment.  If you'd prefer, just send me an email and I can get you an order form.


(Kathy Weigman Photography LLC) Appleton Kathy Kaukauna Kimberly Neenah Photography SMC Sports Weigman Xavier collages high school https://www.kathyweigmanphotography.com/blog/2013/12/time-for-winter-sports-collages Wed, 11 Dec 2013 18:19:52 GMT
Empty Nest | Kathy Weigman Photography - Appleton Portrait Photographer https://www.kathyweigmanphotography.com/blog/2013/8/empty-nest-kathy-weigman-photography---appleton-portrait-photographer August signals the end of summer and back to school for many.  As a teacher, August is always bittersweet.  I love my students, but I also LOVE summer! As a Mom, I was always that mom who loved having her kids at home during the summer and didn't look forward to them going back to school.  I know, I'm in the minority!

This August brings a big change for me, as my baby will head off to college.  I have to say that I am struggling with having him gone.  I know there are many of you that will experience the "empty nest syndrome" this fall.  I'm thrilled that he has found a school that really seems to fit him and that he will have the chance to continue to play the game he loves - soccer.  I'm also thrilled that he will be close enough for me to get to see many of his games.  It will take some getting used to coming home and not having him here.  I have a great support system with family and friends and my photography keeps me really busy!  Fall sports are starting soon and I'll be busy taking sports pictures, expanding into all Fox Valley Schools and designing collages for athletes.  I have lots of senior portrait sessions to do in August and September and a few family sessions.

Empty nest doesn't have to mean lonely.  Connect with others in the same situation, reconnect with old friends, volunteer, find a new hobby or join a club.  Take advantage of things in your community like free concerts, art shows, and farmers markets.  We will all survive this change in our lives.

Day 11A

(Kathy Weigman Photography LLC) https://www.kathyweigmanphotography.com/blog/2013/8/empty-nest-kathy-weigman-photography---appleton-portrait-photographer Fri, 09 Aug 2013 18:08:18 GMT
Senior Portrait Sessions are an Event! | Kathy Weigman - Appleton Portrait Photographer https://www.kathyweigmanphotography.com/blog/2013/7/senior-portrait-sessions-are-an-event-kathy-weigman---appleton-portrait-photographer Seniors 2014 blog

When someone calls me to ask about scheduling a senior portrait session, I tell them that the session is fun, unique and an event that they will remember.  The session, is just as important to me as the final portraits are.  It's an experience, an adventure, and hopefully they leave their session feeling good about themselves. 

Each of my sessions are different, and done on location.  No two sessions are the same just because we never know what might happen.  During a session at a park, llamas arrived and Rachael had some of her photos done with the llamas!  While photographing 2 boys by a fire department, the fire chief stopped and asked if we would like to go inside and take some photos with the antique fire engines.  While photographing down in The Flats, a local resident showed my client and I a "secret" location that was gorgeous! Sessions are fun, spontaneous and uniquely YOU!

If you're still looking for a photographer to take your senior portraits, or if it's been a long time since you've had a family portrait done, give me a call and we can schedule an appointment.  920-733-3425

(Kathy Weigman Photography LLC) 2013 2014 Appleton Kathy Weigman Photography Photographer Portrait Portraits Seniors Weigman graduates https://www.kathyweigmanphotography.com/blog/2013/7/senior-portrait-sessions-are-an-event-kathy-weigman---appleton-portrait-photographer Wed, 24 Jul 2013 18:58:53 GMT
Senior Portrait Sessions | Kathy Weigman Photography / Appleton Portrait Photographer https://www.kathyweigmanphotography.com/blog/2013/7/senior-portrait-sessions-kathy-weigman-photography-/-appleton-portrait-photographer Austin-70 Austin-80


















Can I just say again, how much I love doing senior portrait sessions?  I LOVE photographing high school seniors!  The pictures above are some of the reasons why.  They are just so much fun to interact with.  I love making them feel special, and get to know a little bit about them.  I also love the funny moments. 

When Austin and Maddie saw the statues at Doty Park, they went and stood next to them, and were commenting on how creepy they looked because they really have no eyeballs.  Of course I took a photo and then I had to tell them the story of the first time I went to Doty Park.  It was a few years ago just as I started taking senior portraits and I was looking for a few different locations.  It was over spring break, and I decided that the next day I would drive to Neenah and look around.  Well, I woke up to over a foot of snow, but decided to go anyway.  As I drove up to the park, I saw 3 people standing in the snow.  I decided that if they could walk through it, so could I.  So, I got out of my car and started walking toward them.  I wondered why they didn't move and were just standing in one spot.  You guessed it!  As I got closer I found out that they were statues!  I don't tell too many people that story :)

In the second shot, I had asked Austin to make a small splash, so there would be ripples in the water when I took the photo.  He was a bit overzealous, and the splash got a bit big.  Yes, he was soaked, but we all had a good laugh!

So, with summer over half over, there's still time to schedule a portrait session.  Seniors, it's so much easier to have yours done before school starts.  Give me a call, and we can set up a time for you!  920-733-3425


(Kathy Weigman Photography LLC) Appleton Senior Portrait Photographer Appleton Sports Photographer Kathy Weigman Photography Portrait Photography https://www.kathyweigmanphotography.com/blog/2013/7/senior-portrait-sessions-kathy-weigman-photography-/-appleton-portrait-photographer Wed, 17 Jul 2013 03:06:42 GMT
Milestone | Kathy Weigman Photography - Appleton Portrait Photographer https://www.kathyweigmanphotography.com/blog/2013/6/milestone-kathy-weigman-photography---appleton-portrait-photographer 8th grade graduation is a milestone for all students, but especially when they attend a Catholic School.  I recently had the pleasure of photographing the graduating class at an area school.  I LOVE middle school kids!  They're enthusiastic about life, and looking forward to beginning high school.  It's such an exciting time!  I wish all 8th graders luck as they begin their high school years, but I especially wish that these 8th graders do well!

Graduation Video


(Kathy Weigman Photography LLC) Appleton Photographer Portrait https://www.kathyweigmanphotography.com/blog/2013/6/milestone-kathy-weigman-photography---appleton-portrait-photographer Thu, 13 Jun 2013 01:23:53 GMT
Graduation Night | Appleton Portrait Photographer - Kathy Weigman Photography https://www.kathyweigmanphotography.com/blog/2013/5/graduation-night-appleton-portrait-photographer---kathy-weigman-photography Graduation tri

Last night, my baby graduated from high school.  It was a beautiful and emotional ceremony at Xavier High School.  The class salutatorian and valedictorian gave compelling speeches, and the commencement address by Andy Strand, the Phy. Ed. teacher was humorous and to the point.  These are the things that I took away from the night....

Not everyone has an easy life, and even though you don't get what you think you want or need, things happen for a reason and you still need to do your best.

Do what you love!  If money were no object, what would you do?  Then do it! 

F-cubed.  Faith, Family, and Friends.  Know that God is always with you, don't forget your family, and surround yourself with good friends. 

I think we can all take something away from those 3 speakers, not just the graduates.  I'm a big believer in that things happen for a reason.  Looking back on my life in just the last 10 years, I see people who have come into my life just when I needed them.  Coincidence?  I don't think so.  Is life easy?  Not always.  Is life worth it?  Definitely! 

Since as long as I can remember, I've wanted to be a photographer.  I used to look at Sports Illustrated and LIFE magazine and marvel at the photos.  But, being a photographer was never something that I thought I could actually do, so I chose to go to college and become a teacher.  Also a passion of mine.  I love seeing kids succeed in doing something they struggled with.  Fast forward many years, add in a job cut, and with the encouragement of friends, I started my own photography business.  So, I do love what I do as a teacher AND photographer!

Faith, family and friends.  Where would I be without any of them?  As I look back, I can see the times that God has answered my prayers.  After my divorce I struggled financially.  Luckily I was really good at using coupons and saving money, but there were times when I wondered where I was going to get the $100 to pay for Eric's soccer fees, and the transportation check from Kimberly would come in the mail.  Things always have a way of working themselves out, if you only have faith.  Family.  My parents and siblings have been SO supportive of me, as well as my godmother. They constantly tell me how well I've done as a single mom, and they are always there when I need them.  I love being a mom.  I think it's what I was really meant to be.  I struggle a bit with the fact that my oldest is now living in Indiana and my youngest is going off to college in the fall.  I'll have an empty nest and I'm not so sure I'm going to like that, because sometimes I feel as though being a mom is who I am.  Friends.  I have GREAT friends!  Some of my friends have come into my life for just a short time, but have meant the world to me.  Others stick with me through my happy times and my bitchy times.  They support me, some go on photo adventures with me, and some will meet me to have a Diet Coke or Smirnoff Ice!

So, take the advice of the graduation speakers.  Do what you love and be sure to keep God, family and friends in your life.  Good luck to all the graduates of 2013.  The world is waiting for you.  Go out and make a difference!



(Kathy Weigman Photography LLC) Appleton Commencement F cubed Xavier advice speakers https://www.kathyweigmanphotography.com/blog/2013/5/graduation-night-appleton-portrait-photographer---kathy-weigman-photography Fri, 31 May 2013 00:24:59 GMT
Graduation is Near! |Kathy Weigman Photography - Appleton Portrait Photographer https://www.kathyweigmanphotography.com/blog/2013/5/graduation-is-near-kathy-weigman-photography---appleton-portrait-photographer

2013 Graduates - your graduation is going to happen within the next few weeks.  Such an exciting, nervous, happy, and sad moment all at the same time!  Believe in yourself and you will be able to accomplish everything you want to. 

If you haven't had senior portraits done, there's still time.  Just give me a call and we can do your senior session in the next 2 weeks so you'll have portraits ready for graduation.

2014 Graduates - you're just beginning your senior year.  It will go by SO quickly!  Enjoy it.  Participate in school activities.  Be sure to book your senior portrait session early to get a time that works for you.  I still have openings for most weeks during the summer, so give me a call and we can get your session booked!

(Kathy Weigman Photography LLC) Appleton Fox Kathy Photographer Photography Portrait Portraits Senior Valley Weigman https://www.kathyweigmanphotography.com/blog/2013/5/graduation-is-near-kathy-weigman-photography---appleton-portrait-photographer Wed, 22 May 2013 23:03:15 GMT
Go on an adventure! |Kathy Weigman - Appleton Photographer https://www.kathyweigmanphotography.com/blog/2013/4/go-on-an-adventure-kathy-weigman---appleton-photographer IMG_5182W

I have a group of photography friends who love to go on "photo adventures."  We'll just pick a destination, and head out with our cameras, tripods and a sense of adventure.  We'll often stop along the way for lunch or dinner and usually a bag or two of Skittles or Cheetos! We have become family.

Last night conditions were favorable to be able to see the Northern Lights.  I have seen them twice in my lifetime and photographed them once.  It was truly an awe inspiring moment.  My friend Gary and I headed north to find the darkest spot possible, away from the lights of the city.  We talked about photography, family and bats!  We stood in the snow and the cold for hours waiting to catch a glimpse of the dancing colors of the northern lights, but the clouds had other ideas. 

See, the thing with taking an adventure is that if things do pan out the way you think they will, there is always something else to see and photograph.  We have never gone on an adventure and come back with nothing.  That's what makes it an adventure.  If you go to Horicon Marsh to photograph the birds on the marsh, and there aren't any, you just head down the road to the first dead end road you find.  It reminds me of the Robert Frost poem.  Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled and it has made all the difference.

Life is like that.  Gary and I would have been perfectly content to stay home, but we chose to take a chance on seeing the northern lights.  Did we see them?  No.  Did we enrich our lives by getting out last night?  Yes! 

Go on an adventure.  You don't even need to be a photographer.  Head to the nearest State Park, lake, or nature preserve.  Take a friend, your kids, or go by yourself.  Look at all the beauty around you and start taking your own adventures!

















(Kathy Weigman Photography LLC) Appleton Door County Kathy Weigman Photography Northern Lights adventure photography winter https://www.kathyweigmanphotography.com/blog/2013/4/go-on-an-adventure-kathy-weigman---appleton-photographer Sun, 14 Apr 2013 20:14:21 GMT
Will Spring EVER get here? | Kathy Weigman Photography https://www.kathyweigmanphotography.com/blog/2013/4/will-spring-ever-get-here-kathy-weigman-photography Tulips at White Gull Inn I thought I'd give you a picture from last year's spring!  I sure hope that winter is ready to leave after this last blast of ice and snow!  I'm so anxious to get outside to start photographing area athletes for their sports collages.  I know they're just as anxious.  There's nothing worse for an athlete than not being able to play the game he or she loves!  There's still time for parents to order a collage, so just send an email to me at [email protected]

With less than 7 weeks left of school, thoughts are turning to graduation parties, summer jobs, and fun in the sun.  Seniors, be sure to enjoy the last days of high school.  Spend time with friends and participate in activities, it will be June before you know it!

(Kathy Weigman Photography LLC) Appleton collages graduation portraits sports https://www.kathyweigmanphotography.com/blog/2013/4/will-spring-ever-get-here-kathy-weigman-photography Sat, 13 Apr 2013 02:51:47 GMT
Choosing a Senior Portrait Photographer | Kathy Weigman Photography - Appleton https://www.kathyweigmanphotography.com/blog/2013/3/Choosing_a_Senior_Portrait_Photographer SENIOR PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY

Before you know it, you and your son or daughter will be looking for a photographer to take his or her senior portraits.  Most high school students have their portraits done the summer before their senior year.  A senior portrait is one of the milestone portraits in a person’s life and can be a big investment monetarily.  So, how do you choose a senior portrait photographer that is right for your son or daughter?


  • Check out the photographer’s blog, facebook page or website to see if you like her work.  Do people look relaxed?  Do they look natural and not over photoshopped?
  • Is the photographer someone your son or daughter could work with and feel at ease with?
  • Call or email the photographer to ask questions about the portrait session.  Is she friendly, knowledgeable and good with high school students?
  • What if it rains on the day of the portrait session?  Can it be rescheduled?  Is there a fee for rescheduling?
  • Ask about price.  Like most things in life, you get what you pay for.  Is there a sitting fee?  How much time does the sitting fee cover?  Ask the photographer to send you her price list if it isn’t posted on her blog or website.  Are there any special promotions or package pricing?  Can you buy individual photos or do you need to buy a package first?
  • Some photographers take the photos and give you a CD on the spot, but most do not.  Often, the processing can mean the difference between a nice portrait and a great portrait.  Ask what kind of post-processing is done and if there is a fee for each proof that is retouched.
  • Ask what kind of camera and lenses she works with.  Does she have her portraits professionally printed?  Professional, quality printing means your portraits will last a lifetime and larger portraits will be mounted and possibly sprayed with a UV protectant.
  • Ask the photographer for suggestions regarding clothing.  Will she allow your son or daughter to bring along a pet?  What about sports uniforms, musical instruments or other props?
  • How are the proofs presented?  Is there an online gallery to share with family and friends or do you get a proof book?  Do you place your final order online or in person?
  • Can your son or daughter order a variety of different wallet poses or is he or she limited to 1 or 2?
  • What other products does the photographer offer?  Canvas prints?  Photo albums?  Storyboards?


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If you’re interested in looking at what I have to offer, please check out my website www.KathyWeigmanPhotography.com  for portraits I’ve done.  As a teacher, mom and photographer, I have a good rapport with high school students.  Their session is fun and relaxed, and you get quality portraits at an affordable price.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at 733-3425 or [email protected]

~Kathy Weigman

(Kathy Weigman Photography LLC) Appleton Appleton Senior Portrait Photographer Kathy Weigman Photography Kaukauna Kimberly Little Chute Portrait Photographer https://www.kathyweigmanphotography.com/blog/2013/3/Choosing_a_Senior_Portrait_Photographer Wed, 13 Mar 2013 02:08:28 GMT
Studio Update! |Fox Valley Portrait Photographer https://www.kathyweigmanphotography.com/blog/2013/3/studio-update I've spent the last week updating my studio, adding new backdrops and props, hanging pictures and moving furniture.  I've already done a few professional portrait sessions this week, but I'm looking forward to doing lots of senior portraits, families and individuals in the coming months. 

On location photography sessions are still offered at no additonal charge, but having a studio just gives my clients more options.  Once spring arrives, my backyard will also be able to be used for any studio sessions.

If you're interested in booking a session, please call me at 920-733-3425. 

Studio Lighting



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It's Time to Book Senior Portrait Sessions! | Kathy Weigman Photography - Senior Portraits https://www.kathyweigmanphotography.com/blog/2013/3/its_time What is it that you're looking for in your senior portrait photographer? 

  • On location sessions at no additional charge?
  • A high resolution image included in your session to use for college applications, invitations, or facebook?
  • No set sizes of portraits that you're required to buy?  Instead, you have a print credit to use as you like!
  • A facebook cover with 2 of your favorite ordered images?

You can have all that, and more with Kathy Weigman Photography!  Call 920-733-3425 to book your session soon.  In the meantime, see what seniors from last year did with their senior sessions in the slideshow.


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2 days until....... |Appleton Senior Portrait Photographer https://www.kathyweigmanphotography.com/blog/2013/2/2-days-until-appleton-senior-portrait-photographer .......senior portraits can start to be booked!  I am SO excited for this year and the class of 2014.  I can't wait to meet many of them and have the honor of taking their senior portraits.  Starting on March 1st, I will begin booking senior portrait sessions for April through August.  Times are limited, as I will have one session in the morning and 1-2 sessions in the late afternoon on Monday - Thursday.  Fridays will be reserved for rain dates.    

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Class of 2014 |Kathy Weigman Photography - Appleton, Kimberly, Kaukauna Senior Portrait Photographer https://www.kathyweigmanphotography.com/blog/2013/2/Appleton_Senior_Portraits 2014 seniors time to book

I can't believe how fast this year is going!  Juniors, it's almost time to start thinking about your senior portrait session.  What are you looking for in a senior portrait photographer? 

*All my portrait sessions can be done at any location in the Fox Valley at no additional charge. 

*Your session will be fun, relaxed and unique.

*You get unlimited clothing changes.

*Your proofs will be ready within 2 weeks of your session and will be in your own private, online gallery.

*The possibilities are endless!  Your session will be as unique as you are!

I'll be posting an exciting offer on March 1st, and start booking sessions at that time.  Be sure to book early, to get your choice of times and dates.  I'll even have a week of portrait sessions in Door County the first week in August.  Those time slots always fill quickly!

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Canvas Prints are Here! |Kathy Weigman Photography | Appleton Landscape Photographer https://www.kathyweigmanphotography.com/blog/2013/2/canvas-prints-are-here-kathy-weigman-photography-appleton-landscape-photographer canvas

My canvas order arrived today and they look awesome!  I'll now be offering canvas prints to my portrait clients (new for senior portraits sessions this year), and I also have a few of my favorite landscape prints done in canvas.  If you're looking for something unique for your wall and want to support local business, come and see what I have or send me an email! 

My wrapped canvas prints can be done in a variety of sizes, depending on what you're looking for.  Canvas gives that special look to a photograph and is ready to hang on your wall.

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Gift Certificate Sale | Appleton Portrait & Sports Photographer https://www.kathyweigmanphotography.com/blog/2013/1/gift-certificate-sale

I am SO excited for the coming year. I'm updating my studio and planning some great things. The temps have been below zero for the last few days so I've been going through my archives and looking at all the great seniors I've photographed last summer and fall. I can't wait for the weather to warm up and for senior portrait sessions to begin again!

In the meantime, I'm going to have a gift certificate sale. All gift certificates are 10% off through the end of January. All certificates are good for one year and can be used for senior portrait sessions, family sessions, graduation portraits, collages or any of my framed landscape prints.

Give me a call at 920-733-3425 to order yours!


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