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  • Courtney - Portrait/Headshot Session

    For a lot of us, the only time we really have a professional photo taken is high school graduation, or a wedding. But there are so many more opportunities to celebrate ourselves and mark different times throughout our life. Courtney came in for a session, and beyond just using these for headshots, she has some beautiful images of herself as a gorgeous, vibrant young woman, with a great smile.

  • Steinhafels - Faces of Metro MKE n- M Magazine

    The design team at Steinhafels Furniture really knows how to work it! Thanks to the team, and Steph Graham for making it such a fun shoot, and for letting us into your beautiful photo studio to make the pic! Find this in the most recent issue of M Magazine! Photo by The Refinery Photo Studio#editorial #portrait #groupportrait #designer #funatwork

    Check out the rest of the issue by visiting M Magazine online:
  • Luka - Faces of Metro Milwaukee - M Magazine

    The New Issue of M Magazine is about to hit the stands, and we are excited that we were able to be a part of it by photographing the special Faces of Metro Milwaukee campaign!

    Check out the over 15 different businesses featured in this section by clicking here, or pick up a copy at the stands!

    And if you need a "Master of Deception" check out Luka's website: Luka Magic

  • Chris - Business Portraits

    Last week Chris hired me because he got a promotion, and needed some portraits for a variety of uses including social media and images for upcoming conferences.

    Even though these were for corporate use, I had the freedom to be a little looser with the posing and feel of the images.

    I took a more editorial approach, and we acheived a nice variety of straight on headshots in addition to more editorial, magazine-style shots! (Pulling from my old days as a Magazine Staff Photographer!)

    Congrats to Chris and his new adventures!

  • Arthur Ircink - Founder, Director, & Producer of Wisconsin Foodie

    Arthur Ircink is the Founder, Director, & Producer of Wisconsin Foodie, an Emmy® Award-winning television series dedicated to discovering the stories behind the food we eat.

    I met Arthur back when we were both young cats on the Photo/Video scene here in Milwaukee. So, I was delighted to hear from him when he said he had been nomintated for the Milwaukee Business Journal's 40 Under 40 and needed some portraits taken!

    During our shoot Arthur mentioned that they always shoot natural light when they film the show, so I wanted to use the same approach with his picture. He also mentioned 60's French Filmmaker, François Truffaut, who has all these great, gritty, black and white images of himself, so I wanted to bring that into the shoot as well.

    Congrats to Arthur for his nomination! 

  • Bailey Hintz - Miss Wisconsin 2016 Contestant

    Bailey Hintz - Miss Wisconsin 2016 Contestant

    We recently had Bailey Hintz (@bailey_hintz) in the studio, who is competing for Miss Wisconsin 2016 this year! 

    Bailey was so much fun to talk to, and underneath the glamour is a girl who loves to read! She is down-to-earth, funny, and smart, and we wish her the best of luck! 

    Thanks also to Parker (@manaboutstyle), who did hair for this photo shoot!

    #misswi2016 #misswisconsin2016 

  • CoPA - Pop Up Gallery - The Pfister Hotel

    CoPA - Pop Up Gallery - The Pfister Hotel

    Earlier this year I became one of the Directors of the Coalition of Photographic Arts (CoPA) (www.copamilwaukee.com) here in Milwaukee. I was approached by the new president who shared her vision for CoPA, and I was moved by her passion and dedication, and wanted to be a part of it. One of the things I really wanted was a high level exhibition opportunity for CoPA members, and boy, did we get it! Armed with the fitting theme of "Transformation", members submitted work that was juried into the show by representatives of Haggerty Museum of Art. Winning selections were printed on various fine art papers by Prime Digital Media. The show is being held at the Pop Up Gallery at The Pfister Hotel alongside gorgeous large scale images of Yosemite and The Tetons by CoPA Founder Tom Ferderbar (who will be on WISN 12 NEWS tonight talking about the show!) My heart is full of joy with all this success and I couldn't be more thrilled. I will be at the show opening reception tonight at The Pfister (6-9pm tonight with After Party to follow) and would love to say hello to you all!! Please stop by and support this awesome achievement for Milwaukee!!

  • Father's Day Special: MKE Beard Book PLUS Burton and Levy Brass Irving Beard Comb

    Father's Day is right around the corner, and we've got just the thing for the stylish, whiskered father who has everything! We've teamed up with Burton and Levy, a beard comb maker out of Detroit, to create the perfect Father's Day gift pack featuring their best-selling brass Irving beard comb and a copy of our book of bearded portraits, the MKE Beard Book.

    Unruly beard? Did the wind mess up your whiskers? With a Burton and Levy beard comb in your pocket, you can be back in style in no time!

    Burton and Levy's Irving beard comb debuted last holiday season and quickly became a customer favorite. The brass finish is something really special-- with an extra soft finish, the original yellow will darken over time into brown and gold tones totally unique to each user. Irving combs are one of our most versatile designs, perfect to tackling beards of any length or texture.

    Each Father's Day gift pack will include the brass Irving comb, the hardcover MKE Beard Book, and a Father's Day card in time for June 19 (order by June1). Together, the pack is a $96 value for only $75, and includes free shipping. Even better, $5 from each sale is donated to No Shave November.
    Get that stylish dad something he'll appreciate for years to come! Father's Day gift packs are available now through June 1, so order yours today!

  • Brandon - Portrait Session - Milwaukee Lakefront

    Brandon just turned 30 and wanted to celebrate with a portrait session by the lakefront. He chose this location because he loves to spend time there in the summer. The only issue with this is that his birthday was in April and, unfortunately, we had to reschedule our shoot a few times before we found a bright, sunny day. (Wisconsin weather is so fickle, isn't it?)

    But, I really love the fact that Brandon chose to do this! I think it's really important to document our lives, outside of the big classics: graduations and weddings. Think about some of your favorite photographs of your loved ones. Some of mine include an amazing photo of my mother as a young woman, posing adorably on a rock in Puerto Rico; another is of my young dad and some cousins working on a classic car. 

    Speaking of cars, Brandon wanted to incorporate his beautiful convertible into some of the shots. 

    Sometimes it's important to pause a moment and reflect on where we are NOW. Today. Stop and look back at how far we've come. 

    Let's celebrate ourselves. 

    Happy Birthday Brandon!