mini golf 2017 // photographing my family

It was my sisters birthday, February 19th to be exact. Good ol' Wisconsin weather was February and as I am writing this (in May), it's raining and 45° F.

My family always gets together for birthdays, usually for a dinner at the choice of the birthday girl(or boy). Jennifer wanted to have her "birthday dinner" playing mini golf.  No one had any objections to this! There were still sheets of ice on the golf course. It might of been the first weekend that the outdoor course was open. With the fresh air and the sun, we could not have asked for a better day to have a birthday celebration.

As you will see below - my dad doesn't really get how to play mini golf. It's a mix between golf and billiards. haha. I love him.


What to Expect Before, During, and After Your Senior Session.

senior portraits in Wisconsin


Hello! My name is Katherine, I am the owner of katherine.ruth photography. I live in Mount Horeb, WI(originally from Cambridge, WI) but, I travel all through the Dane and Jefferson County area. I’ve compiled a few FAQ and some things to think about so you know what to expect before, during, and after your senior session. If you have anymore questions, or if you are ready to book you can fill out this form in portraits in the menu bar.



1. When do you need to have your senior portrait turned into the yearbook staff at your school?

Some schools take a more formal senior portrait at school, so you don’t need to worry about the yearbook. In that case, many seniors choose to have a more creative senior portraits taken by a professional. Other schools require you to personally send in a digital photo by a deadline. If that’s the case, find out that date asap.


2. Where do you want your senior pictures taken?

Great question! I have a quiz that will help me get an idea of what you are looking for (or maybe help you get an idea, if you didn’t already know). I customize each session to the individual.


3. Schedule your senior session a few months early.

Once the weather begins to get warm in the spring, my schedule begins to fill up, so make sure you get your session scheduled for your most convenient time.


4. How much will it cost?

You can find the cost for senior sessions here. Please note that senior session payment is due prior to the session in order to hold your day and time. Whether I’m photographing senior, wedding, family, or a couple, I strive to creatively capture the true personality of the person or persons in front of my camera. This takes time. We won’t rush. Prints and products are not included in the senior session, but are available for purchase in collections or a’la carte. If needed, a high-res digital file will be sent directly to your school free of charge.


5. What should you wear?

My suggestion is to wear your favorite outfit(s). Usually your favorite outfits are what you look and feel best in. Try to avoid bold colors, strips, and patterns as the can be distracting and draw attention away from you.


6. Wax on wax off.

If you have an appointment for a wax, you’ll want to have that done at least two days prior to your senior session. Guys, don’t forget to shave the morning of your session (unless you want that hair!). Blemishes? No worries! You can do your best to conceal them, but don’t sweat it...I got it covered.




1. How long will it take?

Plan on 1-2 hours for a Senior Portrait Session.


2. What will we do?

It may be different for each individual. This question will be figured out in our quiz. In most locations we will just walk along and I’ll ask you do “something” or stand a certain way and I’ll take some photos. You don’t need to be worried about what to do, how to smile, where to stand or what to do with our hands - I’ve got it covered.


3. To change or not to change?

Feel free to bring 1-2 different clothing changes. Before we start photographing, we will go through so we can pick out what outfit is best for the setting.


4. Can I bring a friend?

Sure! Sometimes it helps to have someone there to help you relax or laugh! It’s always nice to have someone goofy standing behind me, just warn him/her I might put them to work. :)


5. Model release.

After we’re finished with the session I’ll need you or your parents to sign a short model release.




1 How long until you can see your images?

Your images will be ready to view within 3 weeks of your Senior session. A link to the gallery will be sent to you via email. This is where you will be able to order your prints and products.


2. Can I share images on social media?

Yes! All I ask is that you give photo credit to katherine.ruth photography.


3. When will my prints and products be ready?

Your order will be delivered within 2-3 weeks of payment.


Ready to Book a Senior Session?

Fill out this form under portraits in the menu bar. I look forward to working with you!

Do you have more questions? No problem, feel free to email me at


katherine.ruth photography - Referral Program

katherine.ruth photography is starting a referral program! We want you to know how important you are to us! Share these cards with your family and friends to get awesome rewards! For every client you refer, that books a session with us, YOU receive a $25.00 credit to katherine.ruth photography that can be used on future sessions or orders! While your friends are gifted a beautiful 16 x 20 matted archival print ($100 value) from their booked session.

  • Valid for new clients only
  • Valid for Day in the Life Sessions and Weddings ONLY
  • Not valid with any other offers
  • The $25 credit is applied towards any FUTURE session or order
  • Credit will be available for 12 months
  • Referral program can end or change at any point with no notice