Waukesha Kettle Moraine Senior Portrait Photographer | Kara Reese Photography | Arrowhead Brookfield senior pictures » High-quality senior portraits for those attending Waukesha, Kettle Moraine, Arrowhead, Pewaukee, University Lake School, Catholic Memorial, Brookfield and other surrounding high schools

Students who join our rep team get loads of perks in exchange for pre-purchasing studio credit to be used towards prints and products they’d be buying anyway, and by doing their sessions a little earlier in the season (but you get that same amazing quality photography that we are known for!) Some of the perks include cash for referrals, free hair and makeup for your session, free images for social media, and free family portraits!

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I have had the pleasure of working with Taylin’s family for a few years now — which all started when I did her older sister Tristin’s senior portraits! I absolutely love working with this family! They are always a blast and we have so much fun at their portrait sessions. Read on to learn a little bit more about Taylin and how her session went.

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What extracurricular activities are you involved in? What about any interests?


Varsity dance team, studio dance (ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, hip hop, modern, contemporary), I love to read, involved in a few clubs at school, assistant coach/teacher for shining stars dance team.

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What kind of look were you going for in the shoot?

I was going for a natural look with a splash of vintage .

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How many outfits did you bring and was it enough? Was it too much? Anything you’d change?


3 dance outfits, 8/9 regular outfits, prom dress, I’d say it was maybe a couple too many but it worked out great.

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How did you choose to accessorize your outfits?

I like the more simple look so I didn’t use many accessories, just earring and a necklace in a few pictures.

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Did you bring any props? If so, what were they and why did you decide to bring it?

Yes, I brought my pointe shoes and tap shoes because dance is such a large part of my life.

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How would you advise someone else to prepare for a senior photo session?
Make sure to have your outfits picked out before hand and know what you are doing for hair and makeup. Don’t go overboard, Let the true you shine!

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What was your biggest fear or worry about the photo shoot? What was the outcome?
Going into my session, I didn’t really have any fears, Kara did my sisters pictures a few years ago and I loved how hers turned out so I didn’t worry.

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Where did we do your session? Did you like the location?
We stayed in downtown Waukesha for my session, I loved how many options there were just within a few blocks of each other that gave each picture a different look.

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What are your plans for after high school graduation?
I plan to go to college hopefully UW La Crosse, but I am undecided on what I want to major in.

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Alyssa is so creative and genuine, her smile says it all! We had a great time capturing different looks, especially incorporating her love of art and music. Here is an interview with Alyssa about our time together and her tips for other seniors:

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What look were you going for with your senior portrait session?

I was going for a more comfortable and relaxed look, I wanted to wear outfits that I felt were a bit more formal than what I normally do, but still matched my personality and style so that they would look like things that I would wear any day of the week regardless of the occasion.

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How was your overall experience with Kara Reese Photography?

I had a really fun time throughout the duration of both the in-studio and outdoor photo shoots, there was never a moment where I felt uncomfortable (physically or mentally) taking photos for certain photos. This was the first time that I have ever done a photo shoot, and it was an amazing first experience that really helped me to feel more confident in the way I look and how I feel about myself.

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What extracurricular activities are you involved in?

I work part-time at my town’s local hardware store, I play the violin in my school’s alternative and pop strings group called, “Rockestra.” I’m also a member of two volunteer groups at my school, the first being Spanish Honors Society where I help tutor kids in Spanish; and the second is Sexuality and Gender Alliance (SAGA), where we host in-school assemblies to spread awareness about the LGBT community in our school, as well as participate in LGBT related volunteer events outside of school. And I’m also heavily interested in the visual arts, especially when it comes to drawing and ceramics.

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How many outfits did you bring to your session?

I brought along around 5 outfits in total, three of which I used for the outdoor pictures, and the other two I used for the in-studio pictures. It was plenty for me because it allowed us to create a variety of pictures and it kept the session from being too short. The only thing that I would have is that I wish I had a second pair of jeans in a different style or maybe even a long skirt.

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Any hair/makeup tips for other seniors?

If you plan on doing outdoor photos, I recommend doing your makeup outside or somewhere with lots of natural light. This really helped me from going overboard with any contour or highlighting, and it also helped to prevent myself from going overboard with a bold eyeshadow look. I also made sure to apply my foundation down to the base of neck, and even a bit of my chest, to prevent a visible difference in the color of my face and my neck. Keep in mind that this is recommended for those who want to do their makeup to look more soft and natural. As for my hair, I had it re-permed about a week or two before the day of my senior pictures, and the salon I went into was called Hair Benders in Okauchee. They did a phenomenal job on not only perming my hair, but they waxed and plucked my eyebrows better than I ever could have hoped for!

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What was your biggest worry prior to your session?

My biggest fear was that I was not going to be photogenic whatsoever and that I would look terrible in every photo, I have the worst self-esteem and mental body image out of almost everybody that I know. So getting to see full body photos of myself, I was blown away by how I looked both in shape and expression. I’ve never felt confident in having someone take a picture of me until I can perfectly pose myself to minimize or hide the parts of me that I hate the most. I can’t say that it completely changed the way that I feel about the way I look, there are still parts of myself that I’m not confident about. But instead of tearing myself down and falling into an endless cycle of self-hate, I’ve replaced them with more positive thoughts and have started making healthy and safe decisions to improve the way I look.

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What do you plan to do after high school?

I plan on going to art school to pursue a degree in the Fine Studio Arts (focusing on either ceramic or sculpture) or Industrial Design. I still haven’t decided on which one quite yet, but either way, I will see to it that I have a career in doing what I love most: which is creating

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Tayler’s outfits are the cutest! We know that you’ll agree. This motivated senior is a Renaissance gal — she really does it all! Her bright smile made this session a joy to capture. Are you a Class of 2020 senior, looking to book your own session? Hear some advice from Tayler about her experience:

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How was your experience working with us?

I admit, I really dislike being photographed sometimes. However, I had a wonderful time working with Kara from start to finish. She’s optimistic and loves her work, and it shows when she’s taking, editing, and showing you the photos taken. Plus, she has the cutest studio downtown!

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What kinds of activities do you love to participate in?

I like to involve myself a lot with school clubs. I’m the President of Model United Nations, Senior Representative on student council, and a member of key club, national honors society, forensics, the West Leadership Academy, and marching band. Outside of school I spend quite a bit of time hiking at Lapham Peak and reading historical fiction.

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Any tips for hair & makeup?

I wanted to keep my makeup simple and sweet, and I did. I have no regrets about doing so because I feel like it’s 100% me in my photos.

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Where did we do your session? Did you like the location?

We chose Retzer Nature Center. I’ve hiked there most of my life, so I was very familiar with the location. There are so many different places to take pictures, I was never worried about finding the right spot.

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What kind of look were you going for in the shoot?

I don’t think I have a “look”, but I know that I wanted to have diversity in the outfits in my pictures as well as show off my style on my best days. When choosing, I thought a lot about what I love to wear, what I’d be comfortable being photographed in, and what colors would fit the season.

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What are your plans after high school?

I’m not sure what college I’ll be attending quite yet, but i plan to get a bachelors degree in biomedical engineering to be followed by higher education pursuing a career working with prosthetics. I’m very excited!

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