T Hawke Photography - Leaving Behind Something Beautiful..: Blog https://www.thawkephotography.com/blog en-us T Hawke Photography (T Hawke Photography - Leaving Behind Something Beautiful..) Sun, 12 Sep 2021 21:08:00 GMT Sun, 12 Sep 2021 21:08:00 GMT https://www.thawkephotography.com/img/s/v-12/u553693246-o538441687-50.jpg T Hawke Photography - Leaving Behind Something Beautiful..: Blog https://www.thawkephotography.com/blog 120 120 Introducing The Classic Collection - Fine Art Pet Portraiture https://www.thawkephotography.com/blog/2020/11/introducing-the-classic-collection---fine-art-pet-portraiture I LOVE The Masters..looking back at portraits over the years I have always loved the classic painted portraits. This of course is what we had before photography rolled around. It has always amazed me how someone can start with a blank canvas and paint a reflection of their subject. In striking detail no less. Sighhh.. to be that talented I can only dream.

I have dabbled in digital painting for a few years now. What is digital painting? Imagine taking a photograph and turning it into liquid. You can add color, texture, change the background, add striking details, and my personal favorite.. take a less than perfect image and create a masterpiece of your own. Well I still haven't reached "Masterpiece" status yet. I drive myself crazy when I am creating these, nothing is ever truly good enough for me. I am always looking for ways to improve, to bring out what I see in my mind to your living room wall. 

Today I bring you the new master collection. Backdrops created to replicate the hand painted canvas that photographer's used for years in portraiture. Classic beauty! Painted beautifully to bring out the best in your pet's sweet face. I choose the color and texture based on your pet's features, I have so many to offer!

I am pretty happy with how they turned out and wanted to share with you! 

Thinking maybe you would like one of your own? If your pet has been photographed by me in the past I can pull up your images and create you a gorgeous piece! OR if you have a digital image of your own, I can work with that as well. Please contact me with any questions. I can take a look at your photo and let you know if I think it has enough detail for me to paint from. 

Pricing begins at $65.00 plus tax for creation (me taking your image and creating your portrait) AND a digital download included with print release.) Complicated designs will take more time and will require additional fees depending on your unique situation. Want to really make it fancy? We can create a beautiful wall hanging for you. Choose from canvas or professionally printed and framed. Pricing depends on what you decide you would like to have. My first two beauties to enter my master collection are featured below! 

Previous clients whom have had a session with me. If you would like me to use an image from your session- Your cost is $32.50 plus tax. I can take any one of your images and place your pet into a beautiful backdrop. I do keep most of my sessions on a back up drive so just let me know if you would like me to recover one.    

Of course there is always the option to purchase professional products from me as well. My printing lab offers beautiful framing options!

Please take a look at several more tributes to some of my favorite fur babies. Feel free to contact me with any questions! 

I dedicate my first two portraits to Bernie and Sammy. Two sweet souls so very close to my heart always and forever!  I hope I make their Momma's proud!

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Created Just For You- Snow Globe Scenes! https://www.thawkephotography.com/blog/2017/10/created-just-for-you--snow-globe-scenes This Christmas don't have the same card designs as everyone else!  Purchase your own custom created Christmas Card Template from

T Hawke Photography! Or print the image as a 4x6 /5x7 ! 

You can use an image from a session you had with me or you can upload an image for me to use.

Please note : Regardless of print release you can not use an image from another professional photography session without written permission from the photographer. A print release is only for printing. It does not give me permission to use another photographers photo for this purpose. 

You will approve the final design before downloading your high resolution file- with print release

All designs must be paid upfront in full- No refunds on downloaded items


(T Hawke Photography - Leaving Behind Something Beautiful..) pet photographer wisconsin rapids pet photographer wisconsin rapids photographer https://www.thawkephotography.com/blog/2017/10/created-just-for-you--snow-globe-scenes Sun, 15 Oct 2017 16:52:39 GMT
Family Portraits- Tell Your Story With T Hawke Photography https://www.thawkephotography.com/blog/2017/6/family-portraits--tell-your-story-with-t-hawke-photography "Families are the compass that guides us.

They are the inspiration to reach great heights, and our comfort when we occasionally falter."-Brad Henry


I wanted to share with you a family session I had the honor of photographing earlier this spring. If you are looking for the perfect Father's Day gift consider purchasing a gift certificate from T Hawke Photography. Available in any amount you desire. Don't put off your family pictures another year. Give me a call and set up a time to create your something beautiful !

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Digital Paintings Created With YOUR Photos https://www.thawkephotography.com/blog/2017/3/digital-paintings-created-with-your-photos Those who have been following my blog know that I have been spending the last few months perfecting my digital painting skills.

This Image is of a Mother and Son!

This time I wanted to take an image that was perfect resolution , lighting and color. Then mix it with a ordinary image taken in a customers home with not so perfect light.. color .. and one that was lacking in details. I wanted to see if I could bring the two images together and create something beautiful despite their difference. The image above is my final image and I am pretty proud of my efforts.  Take a peek below to see how I brought it all together.

Original Image of the dog on the right. Taken from a compressed Facebook copy.

The Image Below is The original image of the Mother of this dog that I photographed for a client a few years back

Take a peek at the close up of the two images after I fused them together and you will be able to see the quality difference between the two.


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Cooper https://www.thawkephotography.com/blog/2017/2/cooper When it is winter time I spend my days learning.  The art of photography is always changing as is the software we use to enhance your portraits.

Most of you know I started " Painting A Bridge"  A few years ago in effort to provide a service to clients who had lost their dogs much to soon.

I got really good at painting my own images but found I was lacking in the talent to bring to life something like a cell phone picture. To me the quality just didn't match the vision I had in my own mind. Over the last year I have mastered the art of painting from my client's own images.

I recently invested in new software. Up until this point I have been creating my art pieces in Photoshop. I decided to treat myself to the preferred image software for painting known as Corel Painter. The learning curve for this program is huge. Just like it was for Photoshop. I am still at the beginning stages in learning this new platform. My goal is to begin to paint people as well as animals. I am so in love with art in so many forms and I can't wait till I am able to say I have mastered the next level of my digital painting.

Recently a family member was lost. Meet Cooper.. AKA "Fragile" Cooper came into my extended family full of warmth and kisses. He enjoyed camping and snuggling with his family which include several other family dogs. Cooper crossed the bridge a few days ago and I really wanted to see if I could take a Compressed FB image of a cell phone shot and make it into something more. I was skeptical because the source I had to paint from was such a small file I honestly didn't think it would work. But I wanted to give it a try. I have been playing in my new Painter software for a few days now and wanted to see what I could do . The finished portrait is below as well as the original FB image.

I hope it brings back memories for his family. I thought it was fitting to start out my new painting adventures with this sweet boy.

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My Dearest Spirit...A story of love and loss https://www.thawkephotography.com/blog/2016/7/my-dearest-spirit-a-story-of-love-and-loss My Dearest Spirit..
I want to go back
I want to run back as fast as I can to you and say I changed my mind
I want to go back to the days before... and show you how much I love you
You came into my life when my heart was so broken- to take away my pain
The unbearable void I felt in my heart .. the silent house... I couldn't take one more day
So I found you.
You were a fat little butter ball of a puppy. All the other pups were clinging to their momma.
But not you.. you followed us around the yard and when I looked in those big brown eyes I thought -YOU.
You will take away the pain that cut me like a razor . A new dog to love..
And my sweet Spirit you absolutley filled my heart with love.
Such a short time we had together I guess we never really know when the last time will be.
The last time you come nuzzle my arm to be pet.
The last time you put your paw on my lap .
The last time I would throw your favorite ball.. you know the one.
It always had to be the same.. you were so smart you knew if I tried to change it .
The last time you would come sit you 80 pound body on my lap because you truely believed you were still a little puppy.
The last time you ran beside me barking at the lawn mower so intent on protecting the universe from that beast.
The last time we snuggle together on the couch on the nights I couldn't sleep.
The last time we shared a nibble of steak.. or a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on my sleepless nights with you.
The last time you chase me around the yard trying to drink from the watering hose.
I am sorry for all the times I was upset with you for being " a pain in my butt"
I am sorry I couldn't make your fear of this world go away.. that maybe your life could have been better in some way.
I am sorry that I was upset with you at times .. for protecting me.. from everything and everyone even when no protection was needed. I know to you -WE were the most important thing in this world. And it was your job to keep us safe.. you were only doing what you thought you should.. you were only loving us.
We were your only world. And as sheltered of a world that had to be for your protection ... I hope with all my heart you were happy here.
I am sorry you never got to play in the special place I fenced in for you.. in hopes of you finding peace .. fun days without the anxiety of needing to protect us from every person that passed our way. I wanted you to have a special place all your own. I can't believe I just finished it yesterday.. and now you are gone.
I am sorry for all the things I said that were not 100 percent love.. because my sweet Spirit I love you so much.
Thank you for bringing me joy when my heart was shattered to a million pieces.
Thank you for protecting our family .
Thank you for the few years we had.
I sit outside in our special place.. right next to my the garden I built in memory of my first.
The paws you tried to fill everyday of your life.
I am numb.. that same feeling times two.. that void.. that hole.. that awful .. god awful ache in my heart.
I want it to go away.. I want to cry.. I want to ask God why the price of love is so great.
My Sweet Spirit fly with the angels my love and do not be afraid any longer.
The hardest thing to do in this world is to take away pain from another.. to end suffering .. to say goodbye.
Because you always have that little voice telling you maybe .. just maybe there could have been one more day ... maybe surgury will save you.. but at what price. What might your quality of life been? More future pain.. suffering all over again.. more fearful days.. Answers I will never know.
I feel like I failed you. My sweet boy it rips my heart to pieces.
We all come to this cross roads . I just never dreamed it would be this soon..I wasen't prepared..
We think we will be ready.. we will have one last day together.. share one last PB &J
But when it happens .. it happens fast.. choices have to be made in  a blink of an eye
I  chose to end your pain.. and I am so sorry for the suffering you endured waiting for me to let you go.
It is said that all our fear and pain melts away when we die. You don't have to be afraid anymore for us. We will be ok.
Wait for me at the rainbow bridge with my Timber by your side .. and I will see you again my sweet Spirit.
And know that even though you could never replace my sweet Timber that you made a new place in my heart.. And for that I am greatful .. so very greatful for every single moment and I am so sorry if I didn't cherish each one enough. I hope you are at peace knowing that your family loved you so very much. I will miss you my friend.. God I will miss you!
Love mom

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Praise for Dad's https://www.thawkephotography.com/blog/2016/6/daddys-girl  


"I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father's protection."

- Sigmund Freud


Happy Father's Day to all the Dad's out there who make an effort every single day

To provide for their family

Who cherish hand drawn cards written in scribbles of love

Who snuggle, hold hands & cut the crust of PB and J's

Who teach us to hit a baseball and catch one on the fly

Who dance with their daughters under a moon lit sky

Your children are watching every single thing you do

And hope one day to be just like you

Time is the most precious gift of all spend it wisely
















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A Dream Come True https://www.thawkephotography.com/blog/2016/6/a-dream-come-true  


A Dream True...

When my daughter was four years old I remember taking pictures of her at a local park. A wedding party arrived at the park while we were there and we got to watch from a distance as the photographer lined them up across the bridge to do formals. And I will never forget that moment because I was holding my little girls hand with tears in my eyes telling her.. do you see that? That is Mommy's dream.

Someday Mommy is going to be a wedding photographer.

That was six long years ago. I started with nothing but a camera in my hand and a dream in my heart not to long after that day. I took a huge leap of faith and started my journey photographing a bit of everything. I was always told I needed to specialize in something. And I could never really put my finger on what that something was. I am in love with every aspect of photography no matter what the subject.  Families, Pet Portraits, Senior Pictures, it was all the same to me. Pure love of what I do! But over time I began to photograph a few weddings every couple of years and I of course loved them but at that point I did not feel like I was ready to dive head first into that magical world. So I waited. I spent years perfecting my skills to bring me to this moment. In 2016 I announced that I would begin my wedding adventure. This wedding was the first of 5 weddings I am blessed with this year. When I watch this video it brings tears to my eyes.  I not only see a happy couple and a beautiful wedding. I see a dream come true. After so many years of hard work and determination I come to the exact place I wanted to be all along.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for having me be a part of your wedding day.

It truly was magical and I loved every single moment.



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Your Something Beautiful https://www.thawkephotography.com/blog/2016/6/your-something-beautiful

The Essence of A New Day

This is the beginning of a new day. You have been given this day to use as you will. You can waste it or use it for good. What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it. When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever; in its place is something that you have left behind...let it be something good.

Author Unknown

There is a plaque that sits at my desk with this famous quote on it. 

Those words they have continued to inspire me every single day of my life.

In fact I was so inspired by them that I added a twist and made it my own.

.. Leaving behind something beautiful..

When tomorrow comes this day will be gone.. what will I have left behind that truly made a difference?

What will I be remembered for?


I truly hope it is that I was a Fantastic Mother, Wife, and friend to those who knew me.

I hope to leave behind someday a legacy built on hopes and dreams,

for my children to be proud of.

I pray that the beauty of your lives shine in every photograph I create for YOU

That I capture beautiful memories for your family to cherish.

If I can leave behind all those things then my life will have been well lived.

Every day is a gift from God, cherish every single moment.


With those words I give you my most recent family session

Happy First Birthday Little Miss Sunshine!

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T Hawke Photography's Digital Painted Portrait Session https://www.thawkephotography.com/blog/2016/5/t-hawke-photographys-digital-painted-portrait-session Introducing limited time only

Painted Pet Portrait Sessions

Treat yourself to a Mother's Day OR Fathers Day Gift!

You are after all.. a doggie parent

Gift Certificates are available


$275.00 plus tax

What you get:

1 1/2 hour session to photograph your pet.

One local location of your choice within 25 miles of Wisconsin Rapids.

Your choice of one 8x10 portrait.

Professionally enhanced with my digital painting techniques

The finished portrait will be professionally matted and framed with your choice of 3 frame finishes and either a black or white matting.

The frame will be sealed on the backside. Ready to hang with a saw toothed back hanger

Your portrait will be protected behind beautiful NON-GLARE glass.


Your pictures will be loaded to an online gallery for you to view and select the portrait you would like to be painted. Together we will choose which portrait will offer the best possible results. Once the portrait is selected it will take two weeks for me to create your painting , send you a proof via email that you will be able to view before I send the portrait off to be framed.

All other images from your session will be available to be purchased on a individual basis. All other images will include standard retouching and leash removal but will not be digitally painted. If you wish to have me digitally paint you another portrait this service will be offered to you at $50.00 per photo in addition to the cost of the print , framing , etc that you choose to order. My digital paintings are done by hand carefully using digital paint brushes. They take many hours for me to complete and are always available for you to view and approve before ordering.

Due to the amount of time it takes me to create each work of art I am only offering at this time 5 session slots .These slot are available to you starting May 3rd 2016 for purchase. These sessions will take place during the month of  July 2016. A non-refundable $25.00 fee will be charged to secure your spot. This fee will be deducted from your total due when the session takes place. All sessions will be paid in full before the session begins.

If you have any questions please feel free to call Tonya at 715-451-8106

Or visit me online at Thawkephotography.com and click the contact tab.

Please view the framing options below that you will be offered.



























(T Hawke Photography - Leaving Behind Something Beautiful..) Lifestyle Photography Pet photographer Wisconsin Rapids Pet Photographer Wisconsin Rapids Photographer https://www.thawkephotography.com/blog/2016/5/t-hawke-photographys-digital-painted-portrait-session Tue, 03 May 2016 19:31:46 GMT
We can never love them enough https://www.thawkephotography.com/blog/2016/3/we-can-never-love-them-enough

Part of being a pet photographer as the years go by is loss. Every once in awhile a client contacts me to share that their sweet baby has gone to heaven. The loss of my own dog brought me to my knees not so long ago. Fifteen years of faithful unconditional love. There are no words to explain the void you feel when they are gone. The house becomes so quiet. A haunting quiet that reminds you ever second of the day that your best friend is gone. When my Timber passed away I had hundreds and hundreds of pictures of her and our life together. And it is those pictures that keep her memory alive. As time passes our memory fades. But portraits are forever. A moment in time , a memory that lasts forever. Every client whom has ever lost a pet has said the same thing to me. " I am so glad that we had professional pictures taken, they will be cherished." If I do nothing more in this world I know that I have for sure made a difference for those who love their pets

A pet is never truly forgotten until it is no longer remembered.

– Lacie Petitto


Rest in peace Ceaser - You left a paw print on my heart and all those who love you. You will never be forgotten.

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For The Love Of All Things Horses https://www.thawkephotography.com/blog/2016/3/for-the-love-of-all-things-horses In the next few months you will see a lot more blogging from me! So with this goal in mind I asked myself.. What does a photographer blog about? It occurred to me maybe I should start with the past. So here is a collection of some of my very early work. Years ago I had the chance to photograph some of the local 4H girls doing what they love. Here is a little bit of rodeo love, Adams Friendship, WI style!  I had so much fun photographing all of them.

So much passion goes into what they do and it shows in their portraits!

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The Pilot- Painting your pets https://www.thawkephotography.com/blog/2016/1/the-pilot--painting-your-pets 2016 is here at last.

I have been beyond excited for it to begin. I truly believe that this year will bring incredible possibilities for my business.

My pursuit of weddings in this new year is off to a fantastic start. I already have four on the books and I am absolutely blessed to be a part of them all. As I journey deeper into my passion to tell a story through photographs I am happy to say I do believe my world is headed in the right direction.

I have two other goals this year. Two bring to life "Painting a Bridge" as well as my "Inspire" series. Both projects near to my heart that have been on the back burner over the last year.

"Inspire" is a branch of T Hawke Photography that I created to share my love of nature, animals , and all things beautiful and mix them with quotes from scripture. My goal is to one day create inspirational calendars and perhaps a book someday. Filled with all the images I find that I feel will Inspire you!

"Painting a Bridge" was created to provide pet owners with beautiful digital paintings of their pets based on the photographs I take during their portrait sessions. But this year I am taking it a step deeper and seeing what I can really do with ordinary pictures.  This will be a valuable asset to those who have previously lost pets and only have a few snapshots of them to remember . If I can take those snapshots and paint you a beautiful memory of your pet ... well that would be something worth pursuing!

With that I give you my Pilot!  My first attempt to recreate a cell phone picture into something incredible. And I think I am on the right track. I still have some more techniques to learn but I am headed in the right direction by far! My only hiccup is blowing up these pictures large. I believe that has a lot to do with the fact that this picture I used was a compressed picture. Imagine what I can do with the original versions!  Take a peek below ! 

Pricing for Painting a Bridge will be posted just as soon as I get everything put together, until then here is my first!

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Wisconsin Rapids Photographer-Invest in a memory https://www.thawkephotography.com/blog/2015/8/something-brand-new "Newborn Photography" " Newborn in home Photographer" " Wisconsin Rapids Newborn Photography" When I was pregnant with my first child, I spend hours folding each outfit just right for my little girl's dresser. I spent hours painting and stenciling her room.

I picked out the perfect matching crib set and the perfect everything. Every detail of her bedroom was planned to the last sock in the drawer.



After she was born, there was no greater feeling then bringing her home to this perfect place in the world that I had created for her.

This is why I love to photograph newborns and their family in a home environment.

I have discovered overtime that the pictures I cherish the most are the ones that remind me..









The ones that remind me of that time in my life. My child in the backyard they grew up in, pictures within our home. Our surroundings are always changing day to day. And when we look back years later at the pictures we took. 

We remember...

The tiny toes,

The hours we spent

together in the rocking chair.

We remember the

sleepless nights,

And we miss it.


Sometimes less is more.  The simplicity of a photo of you and your baby in the chair you rock her to sleep in every night.  Tiny toes, hands, lips, eyes, every little perfect detail captured in your home. These are the moments you will want to remember. The ones you will someday yearn to have back.

It is said that sometimes the little things, are the big things. And I couldn't agree more. Our best memories are happening right now, not in the distant future. We are always so busy planning what comes next that we fail to cherish what is happening now.

They grow so fast and before you know it your chance to capture those first few weeks are gone. With so much money spent on the little things, invest in something you will cherish forever.

Newborn sessions are best captured in the first few weeks. Be sure to schedule your session in advance. We will talk together about the ideas you have that you want me to bring to life. On your session day we will set aside at least two hours to make time for in between feeding, snuggles, and newborn surprises.

You will never be rushed through your session and will always be comfortable

in the surroundings of your home.

With all things you will buy for your baby in the next months make it a point to invest in a once in a lifetime memory. When your baby is all grown up, and all those things you bought have been sold, traded, and replaced with something else. THIS is the one thing that you will always have.

Don't short change yourself. I promise it will be the best investment you make in the weeks to come. To view session pricing click here


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Wisconsin Rapids Wedding Photographer-Something Beautiful..the journey begins https://www.thawkephotography.com/blog/2015/7/something-beautiful  “When your footsteps and thoughts carry you down the same path your heart and soul are directing you,

   you will know without a doubt that you are headed in the right direction.”
Molly Friedenfeld

My journey started over 4 years ago. I was a full time Optician for ten years prior. I liked my job, I suppose if I stayed there for a decade of my life it must have been good right?! But I always wanted my dream. Everyone has a dream. That little something they wish they could do but never really took the steps to get there. Life gets in the way sometimes and our dreams are put on a back burner. For me it was life that put my first foot forward.  Life in the form of my two beautiful babies.

I was finding it very hard to balance being a Mom and have a full-time job that didn't have the greatest schedule. My husband at that time was a full-time truck driver and I was pretty much a single parent. My husband was home perhaps 3 days a month. Something needed to change. And when my second child was born.. it did.  I quit my job and fetched my dream off the back burner.

I have been in love with photography my entire life. Back before digital. Back in the darkroom days ( yes I am old)  I use to work in the high school darkroom. I imagined how I would set up my own darkroom in my home someday. Now of course the darkroom has become Lightroom . And all things digital has been born.  I studied my buns off to learn it all. I am a self made photographer. Meaning I taught myself everything I know , aside from what I learned in high school over 20 years ago. When I started this business I hired myself a mentor. Someone who had been in this business for years, someone to guide me into the business end of things. Someone who would be honest with me and tell me where I needed to improve and what I needed to do to get this dream of mine off the ground.

When you start out in this business everyone is your cheerleader. Your parents, friends, family, they all tell you how awesome you are and life is good. If I could give you one word of advice.. hire someone who doesn't fit into that group. Because when you first start out guns blazing with all this positive support behind you , you miss things. Things you could be doing different. Things that you could and should improve on. You see the people in group A will most likely never tell you ..ya know that picture really isn't the greatest. For 1 they don't know anything about photography to know the difference and 2 they are your cheer section.

So when I hired my mentor the biggest advice he gave this newbie photographer was this... Don't you dare even think about going out there and doing a wedding.

My ego of course kicked in and shot back with why not? After all I had been taking pictures for years, I knew what I was doing . And now I have a business . I am ready to take on the world. 

But for whatever reason the words.. A wedding is one of the single most important days of a person's life. And you are not ready to take on that responsibly.....for whatever reason those words stopped me from being a instant wedding photographer overnight. And Thank God. I have learned so much in the last four years. I will be near my five year mark in 2016 and I can tell you now that back then . I was NOT ready.

Great photographers don't just instantly become great . Greatness comes from years and years of trial and error. Mistakes, and learning from them.  Trying new things . Finding what works for you and what does not. Like everything we learn to be better every single day. We are growing , becoming better then the day before. In every aspect of life. So if you ask me what makes me different then the brand new name on the block I will tell you.. Time.. time makes me different. Because with time brings wisdom and experience. And those two things together with a passion for photography make me .. different.

One thing I have learned about myself is I am not a studio portrait photographer. At least not yet. Maybe years down the road that may be where I will go . But in the last few years I can count on my hand how many STUDIO sessions I have done. Its just not me.  I am a story teller. I LOVE photojournalism. Truth be told if I didn't have a family I would be traveling the world photographing for Time Magazine or something like that. I love raw emotion, unscripted, un-posed.  And you can see it in almost everything I do. It took me years to discover that this is who I am . This is my brand, my style, my T Hawke Photography.

So after years of perfecting , learning , and testing my ability I have come to a crossroads where I believe wedding photography has a place.  I have felt comfortable doing several little weddings over the years and I have to say, if ever there was a photographic way to tell a story this is it.

So almost 5 years later I am here to say that YES . I am ready to take the single most important day of a couples life and create something beautiful that they will cherish for the rest of their lives. And with that I boldly step into the magical storytelling world of Wedding Photography.

You will see a whole lot more of what I have done , and what I will do in the future as I take the next step into a whole new world that I am sure to love. Rest assured I will still be one of the best dog gone pet photographers in town. And your family pictures will remain close to my heart. I will continue to offer those services. I am simply taking the next step to my original promise..

Leaving Behind Something Beautiful.... And that something Beautiful will now include the most precious moments of your life! Your wedding day.





(T Hawke Photography - Leaving Behind Something Beautiful..) Wedding Photographer Wisconsin Rapids Wedding Photographer https://www.thawkephotography.com/blog/2015/7/something-beautiful Sat, 18 Jul 2015 02:36:13 GMT
Wisconsin Rapids Photographer-Choosing to live life NOW https://www.thawkephotography.com/blog/2015/2/choosing-to-live-life-now  

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” - Michael Jordan


Those words are so powerful to me. As a parent of a special needs child I feel like I have missed those 9000 shots every day.  And as a photographer I am never happy with what I have created. There is always something more I could have done... something better. 

I find that I am very hard on myself in nearly every area of my life.


Those of you who have a special needs child know the feelings well. 

The... how can I help my child more?

Why no matter what I do... I feel like I fail every day?

Why people stare and make assumptions about my parenting skills... when my child is having

Meltdown number 10 at the store?

Why does every other Mom seem to have it all together?

Why you have to remind yourself every single day that you are a good mother... that you are

Doing the best you can.

The best you know how.

Why you spend countless hours in therapy appointments, reading every book you can find

When it seems everyone else is enjoying there “Normal life”

You ask yourself... why I can’t have a Normal Life.

And then you see it.

You look at your child and you see that no matter what. You love them.

You see that you will move heaven and earth to make them happy

You see that love is truly unconditional.


If you are like me... you live each day for the next. I can’t seem to turn my mind around it all.

The NOW.

I am always looking for... WHEN.

WHEN my photography business is skyrocketing off the planet

WHEN my daughter can learn to deal with her disabilities and can find a level of control in her own world.

WHEN I have a bigger house

WHEN I have my own dream photography studio

WHEN... Will I be truly happy?


NOW ..is reminding yourself of all the things you have.

NOW ..is remembering that those THINGS were once everything you ever wanted

NOW you have them… ARE YOU HAPPY?


Life happens every moment. I was reminded of this while I have been home sick with the awful flu for days. My daughter was of course bored looking for a project to do. Scrapbooking. Which by the way is on my list of WHEN. So we went into my external hard drive of WHEN… WHEN I HAVE TIME to go through all the snapshots I take on a daily basis. And I saw it.



Life... Happiness … Laughter.. Moments.. All the cakes I spent hours making for the perfect birthday surprise. 

Trips to the Park

Coloring Easter Eggs

Endless pictures of my pets

Days we danced, days of toothless grins

Days of making cupcakes... cookies..

Countless pictures I take of homeless pets in hopes they find a home

Videos of the kids just doing silly things..

Our first pet... or last pet

I see my first picture I ever took when I started my business.. and I see what I can do now


I see that maybe just maybe I do make a difference. I see that life happens around me every day and I miss it somehow.

I truly believe we get lost in the future all the things we hope to have … hope to be.

At least I do.

No it’s not perfect but it is mine... my family... my life happening frozen in a picture.. to remind me. And each of those days thou they may seem insignificant make up my story.


Try hard to find the good in each day. And know that the little things are the big things.


So next time you are bored... sick... pondering how your life is so imperfect. The days you are NOT counting your blessings... LOOK

Look through your pictures.. your memories.. and be reminded of how beautiful your imperfect life is.


You are a GOOD Parent, Sister, Brother, A Good friend. You are because you try your best every day to make it happen.  And you will miss the boat.. many times. You will fall and you will fail over and over. Both in your personal life and in your work.  The key is to get up, brush off the guilt and try again.  You can only truly fail if you quit. 


So take pictures.. A lot of pictures. Even if it is just on your cell phone. (my pet peeve)  As the perfectionist in me says the quality is just not good. But you know. If I had not taken that moment and that picture.. It may be forgotten. So I embrace my imperfect pictures in my imperfect life. Because they are reflections of my life. Reminders that maybe just maybe I have enough. And maybe I can stop and just be happy now.


My passion has always been to record moments. In photography I love nothing more than to sit back and watch a family.. Interact with each other. A pet and their owner lost in a moment. I want to capture the emotion.. what is real.   I want them to look back at the photographs I take of them and remember that moment.  Because in that moment they were happy.   This is my passion and why I love what I do.  Capturing all those imperfect moments and showing you how beautiful your life.. your family.. and you . .really is.


Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.
- John Lennon















(T Hawke Photography - Leaving Behind Something Beautiful..) Family Photography Pet photographer Wisconsin Rapids Photographer https://www.thawkephotography.com/blog/2015/2/choosing-to-live-life-now Mon, 23 Feb 2015 20:11:35 GMT
Wisconsin Rapids Photographer presents Sauk Prairie Bald Eagle Days- A photographic journey https://www.thawkephotography.com/blog/2015/1/sauk-prairie-bald-eagle-days--a-photographic-journey January 17,2015

Copyright 2015 T Hawke Photography

Today I took a road trip with a good friend to see the eagle release in Sauk Prarie, Wisconsin. I don't do a lot of nature photography. But the idea of capturing this event from an emotional standpoint was to good to pass up.  It is no secret that I love animals. And even more so I love the connection between animals and people. It is amazing to me the trust they put in us as humans. Considering how much we tend to destroy the world around us. The Raptor Education Group is a Non-Profit Organization that takes in injured birds and brings them back to health. The bond between these people and the birds they care for is amazing and I hope that I captured their love of these animals. To find out more about this group visit their Facebook Page here  Thank you for all you do and God Bless!

(T Hawke Photography - Leaving Behind Something Beautiful..) : Bald Days" Eagle Prairie Raptor Education Group Sauk Wisconsin Rapids Photographer https://www.thawkephotography.com/blog/2015/1/sauk-prairie-bald-eagle-days--a-photographic-journey Mon, 19 Jan 2015 20:03:34 GMT
Wisconsin Rapids Photographer- If only for a little while.... https://www.thawkephotography.com/blog/2015/1/if-only-for-a-little-while  
A daughter will hold your hand for a little while..but will hold your heart forever. 
_Author Unknown_
It is the one thing we would buy if we could
The one thing we cherish the most
But yet we waste often
We go to bed each day knowing without a doubt that we will see another day
Another month, Another Year
We are always planning
When I have this ..I will be happy
This baby won't sleep 
I can't wait till she is older and sleeps through the night
One night she does go to sleep and you miss her 
Squeezing your little finger while you rock her in the chair
You actually hold her longer then you need to 
Just to savor a few more moments
You want them back
When your daughter is bouncing off the walls, your couch , and your buttons
When she is asking you to play ponies for the tenth time that day
When she takes up every moment of every day
You Think..
I can't wait till she plays by herself sometimes
So I can have ME time back
And Then ..
She does 
And you miss it
You ask to play and she doesn't want to
Your heart sinks.. those moments are gone
And you want them back
A stitch in time where a memory is made
Your daughters smile, the way she hugs you tight
How small her hand feels in yours
And you hold it 
Never wanting to let go
_Tonya Hawke_
Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong is its current; no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by and another takes its place, and this too will be swept away.
 Marcus Aurelius
(T Hawke Photography - Leaving Behind Something Beautiful..) Family Photographer Wisconsin Rapids Photographer https://www.thawkephotography.com/blog/2015/1/if-only-for-a-little-while Sat, 17 Jan 2015 02:37:18 GMT