Monthly Archives: February 2011

Anne & Marty’s Frozen Engagement Session in Madison, Wisconsin.

This shoot was a very fun, yet bittersweet couple of hours for me.  As Anne is a friend of mine from my previous life as an Epic Systems Corporation project manager, I was super excited to learn of her engagement last year.  That is, until another couple swiped me out from under them!  Yep, that’s...

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Madison Wisconsin Budget Bill Protest Images: Find Yourself?

As I work to complete my editing on the images I captured at the Capitol last Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, I’m posting them in this public gallery.  Find yourself?  Buy a print, or even a t-shirt!  Find a friend?  Share with them!  I’m so proud of my fellow Wisconsinites for supporting one another so well. ...

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April 30, 2012 - 1:44 pm

Mazel Tov, Robert! A Bar Mitzvah at Tempel Beth El, Madison Wisconsin » Red Gecko Studio - [...] have helped me develop skills that translate well to any fast-paced life event.  From political protests to charity events to the birth of a newborn baby, these events are where I am given the opportunity [...]

February 24, 2011 - 3:38 pm

Anne & Marty’s Frozen Engagement Session in Madison, Wisconsin. » Red Gecko Studio - [...] Madison Wisconsin Budget Bill Protest Images: Find Yourself? [...]

Wisconsin’s Voice Continued

70 images in my last post!  Wow.  And so many more to share.  I’m headed back into the action to support my fellow Wisconsinites and document more of this amazing event.  For now, enjoy a few more images! Please see my previous blog post here for the first batch of 70 images that I shared...

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February 19, 2011 - 6:35 pm

Theresa - All support to you from New York– you are fighting for people all over the country who have been scared silent. How inspiring to see working people finally say “NO MORE.” May this spirit spread all over the country, and make it safe for workers everywher.

February 18, 2011 - 8:51 pm

SarahB - Thank you so much for sharing! These are awesome. I especially like those from within the capital. Also, you got some of the best signs I have seen, from National or Local contacts! Good job!

February 18, 2011 - 8:23 pm

Amy - These are absolutely amazing. You really captured the energy of the demonstrations.

February 18, 2011 - 12:13 pm

laura - these are such amazing photos… definitely bringing tears to my eyes!

What Wisconsin Has to Say: Adventures in Photojournalism.

The past three days have found a flurry of activity just blocks from my studio, buzzing around the Wisconsin state capitol here in Madison. With lots of schools closing classes today, the teachers and their students and the public and union workers of all kinds have come out of the woodwork to protest our new...

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February 21, 2011 - 1:40 pm

mpizzala1@wi.rr.com - Thank you so much for sharing these awesome photos. I have been trying for two days to describe what I saw and how I felt about the rally on Saturday to my family and friends. You have captured it all. Life magazine needs you!

February 20, 2011 - 8:06 pm

Mary Peterson - These pictures tell a “thousand words!” Thank you so much for sharing……

February 18, 2011 - 9:06 pm

Amy Dickerson - Mandie
These are amazing photos. Way to capture history, great work!!

February 18, 2011 - 3:43 pm

Sonia Evans - These pictures are awesome! Thanks for sharing.

February 18, 2011 - 12:46 pm

cammie - Nice job Mandie! The variety of signs and people you captured just plain ROCKS. All of your photos make it feel like I am right there, ground level with the people. Photojournalism at it’s best.

February 18, 2011 - 10:21 am

Gwenda Helgert - Mandy – Thanks for your amazing perpective on this challenging issue. I’m very proud of you! (Of course, I always did tell you that you’d be able to do anything you set your mind to!) An FYI for anyone reading this, Mandy has been an extremely creative young lady with her own unique perspective from kindergarten on. Congratulations on your great work! Again, thanks from all of us at Lowell!

February 18, 2011 - 8:35 am

Maggie Wright - Nice job Mandie!! Awesome photos!

February 18, 2011 - 8:14 am

Richard Glomski - Balance the Budget …Not the People..

February 18, 2011 - 7:41 am

Lisa Wilcox - Amazing work, Mandie. Incredible group of images.

February 17, 2011 - 10:18 pm

Stephanie Natale - Amazing captures Mandie, great job!

February 17, 2011 - 9:28 pm

Phyllis - Thank you for sharing the link with Katie. You are an amazing photographer!

February 17, 2011 - 9:04 pm

Cathy and Scott Erickson - You did an awesome job documenting everything … thank you for sharing!! Wish we lived closer so we could come check it out in person. Keep up the good work! <3 xoxo

February 17, 2011 - 8:47 pm

Norris Carden - Nice work, Mandie. It’s sometimes good for an art photographer to try photojournalism… just like it was good for a photojournalist to work with an art photographer.

Since you kept this about the images and not the issue, I’ll keep my two cents for posting elsewhere.

February 17, 2011 - 7:16 pm

Dani Stephenson - WOW. Thanks for sharing these images.

February 17, 2011 - 6:50 pm

Jen Towner - Awesome post. Great job.

February 17, 2011 - 6:15 pm

Christine - WOW! I wanted to be down there soooo bad, but work keeps me here. You got some good pictures that will be remembered for a long time in Wisconsin! They are wonderful, and I bet you just have stories to tell of that day or days to come. Thanks for posting!

February 17, 2011 - 5:42 pm

Justyna - Great images. You can tell the people really care and are so dedicated. I loved seeing the kids too.

February 17, 2011 - 5:01 pm

David King - Excellent work Mandie! Thanks for sharing these.

February 17, 2011 - 4:58 pm

laura z. - mandie, these are so great! i was down there before it got crowded on tuesday and would love to make it down tomorrow. these get me excited to do so! (:

February 18, 2011 - 11:18 am

Wisconsin’s Voice Continued » Red Gecko Studio - [...] What Wisconsin Has to Say: Adventures in Photojournalism. [...]

Congratulations to Newly Engaged Valentine’s Couples! Win a FREE Engagement Session!

Happy Valentine’s Day! February 14 is one of the year’s most romantic holidays- and a HUGE day for proposals and engagements! To celebrate this fun & beautiful day of hearts, Red Gecko Studio is offering a contest for all of you newly engaged lovebirds.  <3  Visit this blog post and leave a comment to share...

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February 14, 2011 - 8:49 pm

Crystal - Being together seven years, you’d think I know that a proposal was coming, but it was quite a surprise. Rick and I met my freshman year of college at UW-Madison and our friends immediately knew we were meant to be. Why seven years? We just knew it would happen when the time felt right. and this year, Rick and I share a special hobby: the WI tradition of sturgeon spearing which only happens once a year every February. When he met me, he was quite suprised that I was a “sturgeon spearer” being the occasional girly girl that I am. I sparked his interest in the hobby and now we sit together in a shanty every February, waiting for the big fish. This year was extra special. Opening day is exciting in itself, but nearly 15 minutes of staring into our fishing holes, he excitedly told me to come look at a fish in his hole. I reluctantly walked over to take a peek and to my surprise, a large written message appeared in the water…”Will you marry me.” I quickly teared up and said Yes as he took my hand and placed a beautiful ring on my RIGHT ring finger (a funny moment to remember). Nearly a week after my birthday and an exciting fishing weekend ahead of us, February 12,2011 is a day to remember and will be a special weekend every year of sturgeon spearing.

July 5, 2011 - 3:39 pm

Crystal & Rick’s Engagement Session, Madison, WI » Red Gecko Studio - [...] You can read their very sweet and very unique story in Crystal’s comments on the blog post HERE.  I was really glad to work with these guys.  They’re fun & laid-back & were up for [...]

The Waterfall Was ON: Annie & Dave’s Milwaukee Engagement Session.

After an incredibly snowy week of hunkering down inside the house, an engagement session planted right into the middle of the offending white stuff was just what I needed.  Meet Annie & Dave, everyone!  They’re an adventurous couple with an anything-goes attitude: perfect for a frozen tundra experience.  There were a few times I was...

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