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Graduation Photography in Madison, Wisconsin

Are you graduating from college this year? Have you thought about hiring a photographer to document you and your friends together before you graduate, move and get a job?

What will you miss most about college? Where do you and your friends spend the most time? Beth Skogen Photography offers a two hour documentary style photo session which includes digital files.

Contact Beth for more information!

email: beth@bethskogen.com

tele: 608.575.8207

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Color Factory – San Francisco, California

Do you dream in color or in black and white? I can’t tell when I dream but I wished my dreams were like what I saw last night! I’m visiting my friend Stephanie in San Francisco, California and she insisted I grab Color Factory tickets, which sold out in about 5 minutes online. I panicked and accidentally bought tickets for a week later than planned, so I’m glad we could make it work still!

Whoa, what a whirlwind!!

Each room was an entirely different color. Well, except for our favorite room. It had tiny pieces of tissue paper … everywhere … millions of them. We had the most fun and are still finding bits of paper at home and in our shoes! Thank you Method soap for that experience!!

Remember Lite Brite? They had a giant one.

The purple room concept was neat! They had a computer printing out images from Instagram that had #selfie. All those pieces of paper have a photo of someone on them.

And after the giant yellow ball pit (which made me want to shower immediately afterwards) was a corner of all things yellow! You’ll see me on the phone pretending to call someone! To end the whole thing, they gave out mini yellow ice cream cones. How. Adorable.

Hopefully you can get a bit of what this must see San Francisco experience was like looking through the photos!

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Ella’s Deli, I’ll miss you.

I’m not sure how to describe how I’m feeling. How do you describe 30 years of memories at Ella’s Deli in Madison, Wisconsin? When I saw the line wrapping around the carousel Thursday night, I burst into tears as it finally hit me that Ella’s was closing after 42 years. I called my mom barely able to speak, and she told me to “pull it together” and text Judy to see if I could go help them. Judy and Kenny are long time friends of my parents. My mom took me there with my brother and sister all the time growing up. We would pick up my Godmother who worked at Oscar Meyer at the time and head to Ella’s Deli for lunch. My mom and Judy Balkin became close through mutual friends. I’m not sure how many fried pickles and garden salads with a side of croutons I’ve had there.

Everyone has a story about Ella’s Deli. It’s truly incredible how many lives they touched. Weeks ago I laid in bed reading some of the comments on their Facebook page when they first announced that they’d be closing. Over 2,000 shares and hundreds of comments were written and my eyes filled with tears. So much hard work and love has gone into Ella’s Deli. I’m sad to see it go, but I’m so happy that they reached an enormous amount of people near and far.

The Wisconsin State Journal published a great article in today’s paper. One of my favorite quotes is this:

‘Include Ashley Hebl, 36, among those who are hopeful someone will keep Ella’s alive. She flew in from the U.S. Virgin Islands at 3 a.m. Sunday and was in line at Ella’s by 10:10 a.m. She’ll leave Tuesday. “This was an Ella’s Deli closing trip,” she said.

She follows Ella’s online and saw the Jan. 3 Facebook post announcing the restaurant would close Jan. 21. She was unable to leave home earlier because of hurricanes that damaged her home island of St. John.

When her father, Tom Hebl, a municipal judge in Sun Prairie and former state legislator, married her stepmother, Patty Conrad Hebl, and blended their two families, all the children met for the first time at Ella’s.

“They walked in the door and said, ‘Table for seven,’ and looked at each other and had to laugh because that was the new reality — table for seven,” Hebl said.

Hebl enjoyed one last meal at the restaurant Sunday with her father and stepmother and, like many others, stood in Ella’s parking lot taking photos and videos. Hebl, who has been coming to Ella’s for 30 years, said since she moved away it’s always been the first stop off the plane when she comes to Madison and the last stop before she leaves.’






















^ My last meal there wasn’t a salad, but it was the veggie reuben with a side of “award winning” croutons of course.


^ My good friends, Jill and Ryan had one of their first dates at Ella’s Deli in college.








^ Portrait of me. Thank you Judy and Kenny!!!!! XO.


^ Me in 1990 riding the carousel.

Youngblood Brass Band – European Tour

Wow. What an incredible experience to not only spend time with friends exploring Amsterdam and Paris, but we saw my brother’s band, Youngblood Brass Band, play in both cities. My favorite part was not just watching the band, but seeing how excited the fans were to be there. In Amsterdam, I asked a few people if they had seen the band play before. One guy said him and his friend have been listening to their music for 10 years but this was the first time they’ve seen them. Another guy in the front row with his friends told me they started a brass band and love Youngblood. They even play a few of their songs.

They played at La Gaîté Lyrique in Paris which sold out to over 800 people. While everyone was waiting for Youngblood to come on stage, people started chanting one of their most well known songs, “Brooklyn”. What a sight to be there to see it all.

They are touring all over Europe until the first week of November. Check out their schedule if you’re over there!

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The G Family – Lifestyle Family Photography

I’ve met some amazing people in Madison because of my profession. That’s one of my favorite parts of the photography world. Madison is such a great town for entrepreneurs and small businesses. Sometimes people ask if they should or shouldn’t venture off on their own. The advice I give them is to “go for it!” If you have enough passion and drive for what you do, you’ll do well.

This little girl was celebrating her fourth birthday later that afternoon and the bounce house just happen to come a little early about when I arrived. Um, yes! I couldn’t pass up this opportunity! When she ran out to jump in the inflated tiny red castle, I was right behind her. Not only was she jumping around, but her mom and dad took turns as well. I don’t think I stopped laughing for the whole time we were in there bouncing around like popcorn kernels.

Oh, and bikes! If you know me, I’m always game to photograph people and their love for riding. This little girl is a rockstar!

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Shadow Drum and Bugle Corps – Oregon, Wisconsin

“This will be my 25th Oregon home show. The first one was when I was 13 years old coming out of 8th grade and 4’11” on the snare line. The reason I’ve been with the program for so long is because it’s my family. The growth that I see from you makes it so there’s no way I would want to be anywhere else in the world. Shadow is my home. Shadow is my family and will be my family forever.” David Henzie-Skogen, Shadow Drum and Bugle Corps Artistic Director/Percussion Coordinator

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2017 Shadow Drum and Bugle Corps – Atreyu

I’ve been photographing Shadow Drum and Bugle Corps for ten years now and it’s still one of my favorite things to shoot. I’m not sure it will ever get old! There’s actually only two more weeks of the season, so I’ll be around a lot! I’ll be photographing them at their shows in Oregon, Illinois and in Oregon, Wisconsin this week and then traveling with them to DCI finals in Indianapolis next week. Here are a few photos from Middleton, Fort Atkinson and Thank You Show. More images can be seen and purchased on my website.

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University of Wisconsin Madison – 2017 Graduates

My mom has been a sorority advisor at the University of Wisconsin since I was born…so for 32 years : ) She’s met so many amazing young women over the years and keeps in touch with a lot of them! Every year a few groups of ladies who are graduating ask me to photograph their group around campus. It’s always so much fun hanging out with these young women! Congrats to you and have tons of fun in whatever is to next for you!

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