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Debbie Daanen is a Professional Photographer in Appleton Wisconsin who specializes in children's portraits, senior portraits, family portraits and more.
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Oh, Mother Nature…

Well, Mother Nature has really did a number on us this week… So were SUPPOSED to have our first few nights with our new friends at #kidsonthemovedance this week.. but Mother Nature had other plans.


So since the weather is as it is, we will be seeing them, NEXT week and we are very excited to do so!  So our best advice for this week is to drive safe, stay warm/dry and make it a great day!

Meet Olivia…

It’s begun!  Our senior photo model rep ~ class of 2019 ~ photo shoots have begun!  We photographed our first amazing model yesterday… Olivia Schmidt of Appleton North/Central!  We had a blast working with her and although we have know Olivia for a few years, as she dances at one of the dance schools we work with (shout out to Footworks Dance Company)  it is always amazing how much you can learn about a person in just a few short hours.  Olivia and her mother Ann, we a delight to work with and we can not wait for our Summer photo shoot!

 You can see more of our time with Olivia at:


I want to take a moment to discuss her outfit in the image… where we typically suggest making clothing selections based on personal taste and trends, we often drive client decisions to go with a solid color item vs a heavy pattern such as this dress.  As always, do as I say, not as I do! ~ ha ha!  But in all seriousness, there is an exception to every rule… and this is a prime example.  Although a pattern, the image is larger and defined (unlike a small stripe) and not in a defined, structured pattern.  This, along with the dark colors, allow the clothing to not overwhelm her face.  Thus the reason we tell you to bring your closet along!  Happy shopping!!!  😉

It’s Feb. and we are busy, busy, busy!!!

It’s Feb. and we are busy, busy, busy!!!  We just had these lovely ladies in from the Kaukauna Dance Team and we are also gearing up for our month of dance school photography!  Busy, busy, busy!


On top of all of that, we still have our regular studio work and of course the start of our class of 2019, high school seniors!  We are still looking for a few more senior model reps, if you are interested, we recommend you inquire with us asap, as we are starting photo shoots soon!  🙂



Check out our new and improved website!!!

It’s winter in Wisconsin… and for professional photographers that often means hitting the books, reorganizing for the upcoming year and reliving all that the year past brought to us.   January for us has been no different…

After returning from the photo convention, I was all hyped up about all the things I was excited to do and share with everyone… AND I am happy to say, that I have already put several of these items into action!  Not too bad for only having been back for about 2 weeks!  (*pats myself on the back)

Now, with the first day of February upon us, I am even more pleased to say that I have completed revamped and updated our website with fresh images, new links to pricing and a few other added surprises!  Let me tell you, I now have a new respect for all you techy people out there-talk about working on a project outside of my comfort zone!  I am the queen of trial and error and man, did I try! ha ha  Our site was created and managed by a company called Rendering Effects, and we adore them and all they do… but last year I asked to have the option to have a bit more control on the look and the ability to add and switch images anytime I felt inclined… big mistake… ha ha… I got through it, but I see now why we had been paying someone else to do it for so long! HA!

Anyway, go check it out and let me know what you think… or if you find any spelling errors! Improper grammar is one of my BIGGEST pet peeves, but sometimes spell check and other programs change things on us that shouldn’t be…… my last name is spelled S-C-H-M-I-T… no D, one T… why can’t you learn that, spell check, why!?!  LOL Ok, I’m over it…

With this one big task off my plate, I am moving onto all the other things that are on my post-convention to-do list… oh, where to start…

Happy February everyone!!! -Ash  🙂