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N Ruffolo Photography – Featured PHOTOGRAPHER!


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1) What is your photography site, blog url , and any other sites you own that you’d like to share with us?

Main Site:


2) What sparked your interest in the photography world, and when did you start first professionally shooting clients? Plus, where are you located?
I’m located a cute little town just north of Chicago and south of Milwaukee nestled next to Lake Michigan by the name of Kenosha, WI. I’ve always had an appreciation and interest in Art and started my love of photography shortly after High School. My interest quickly became a passion after the birth of our first child in 2007 and quadrupled when I discovered the capability of manual mode and the purchase of my trusty D90 in 2009. I began professionally shooting clients in 2012. I took the leap and purchased a building and renovated (with the help of my hand hubby) it to become the studio of my dreams a few months ago on May 2015.


3) And we have to ask, our typical question…… WHAT DO YOU SHOT WITH, and what is your favorite lens?
I’m a Nikon girl through and through. I shoot with the Nikon D4s. My favorite lens for newborns and studio work is my Sigma Art 50 f/1.4 and my favorite outdoor and family lens is the 135 f/2.


4) Let’s have fun… any extraordinary talent, or obsession, that you’d like to share with us? IE: can you touch your tongue to your nose, or do you snowboard, maybe run marathons or like to mow the lawn in your bikini ? :)
My husband and I love scuba diving. We are certified advanced open water divers. In my braver years (ie: before kids) we dove with sharks on our honeymoon in Bora Bora. Armed with a trusty Canon point & shoot and underwater housing circa 2006, I was able to capture some amazing photos of large and gorgeous sharks! One in particular bumped right into my camera with it’s nose.


5) Now this will be fun, seeing that you have worked with so many amazing vendors that we love & adore as well… it will be a hard one for you, but do you think you can give us a TOP 5 list of prop shops that you love “GO TO”? Please share (and include url)… in no order:

1. Sew Darn Cute (
2. Lavender Gray (
3. Darn Fanciful (
4. Merrieknit (
5. Sew Whimsey (


6) Do you shoot on location, or do you have a studio that you work out of?
I love shooting outdoors an in natural light, but unfortunately in Wisconsin mother nature doesn’t allow for that as often as I’d like. I’m fortunate to have a gorgeous newly remodeled 1,200 sq/ft studio that works very well for my needs.


7) Do you use actions (have a favorite?), or do you process on your own? We’d love to hear about your #1 processing technique that you seem to use on every edit.
Of course I try to get it as close to perfect as possible SOOC, but I do love curves and levels! A little bump here and a little dip there. I tend to tweak it on every photo and just watch the photo and what it does as I play.


8) Share with us your ALL TIME #1 FAVORITE image in your portfolio (make sure to label this photo FAVORITE)?
Ahhh! So hard to choose! Every session ends up being my new favorite. My current favorite is from a twin session I literally just shot 2 days ago. They were just over 4lbs each and about the sweetest and daintiest angels you’ve ever seen. The boy is wearing a gorgeous romper pants set made by Sew Darn Cute.

9) Do you have any other photography based adventures planned for the near future? For instance, your mentoring.. w’ed LOVE to hear more!
Well my studio was an old Dentist office we converted into a studio. There’s still LOTS more to do inside (and outside). I’m working on rebranding a little and tweaking my logo and designing a sign ect. I’m going to be taking on distressing some wood, collecting pallet boards and building my own signature wood wall backdrop. Stay tuned!


10) Any fabulous formative info you can “share” with fellow photographers ? Just starting out or seasoned professionals… we could always use inspiration… so we’d love a “pep talk” !
I would tell them to practice, practice, practice. Read your manual and flip your camera out of auto as soon as you can. Join a few groups on Facebook and don’t be afraid to ask for feedback and help. I’ve learned so much by just practicing and figuring out what works and what doesn’t and following groups and asking questions.


Creative Artist SHOOT OUT!


First ever SHOOT OUT ! Yes, you read that right… a SHOOT OUT!

Saturday October 3rd, 2015

This fall, in NW Illinois, join the creative forces behind Twig & Olive, Cream N Cocoa and Tracy Joy, as they invite you to join a SHOOTOUT with them.  Lush NW Illinois fall foliage, with models stylized by each artist… you can shoot aside them, and let your own creativity blossom.

Join us IN PERSON as we gather together for our first SHOOT OUT, this fall…. in the gorgeous Chicago Autumn Forests!

With Creative Artist Allum…
Twig & Olive Photography,
Cream n Cocoa Photography
and Tracy Joy Photography.


Lush NW Illinois fall foliage, with models stylized by each artist… you can shoot aside them, and let your own creativity blossom.

In addition… attendees will be given the choice to also join a LIVE EDITING WEBINAR, on Thursday October 8th (add’l cost).  Learn the secrets behind their hand editing techniques, and favorite actions, used to create the finished piece of photographic art.
*Webinar is only open to shootout attendees*

11129898_10153354637848384_5171074610861102880_oSo what IS A SHOOT OUT?
It’s like a workshop, but without all of the technical details.
Each mentor will have models, and scenes… where they set up the shot for the attendees.  Then, one by one… each attendee gets to SHOOT that same image that the mentor/artist set up.  Pretty amazing… working side by side each mentor, and seeing how they handle their models, and surroundings.
Registration is open NOW, and seats are limited

PLUS…SHOOT OUT ATTENDEES will be first dibs to our EDITING WEBINAR, where we will each edit an image from the shoot out… LIVE.

Limited spots open for shoot out and even more limited for webinar… so hurry heart emoticon




Inspire Shootout {2015} Chicago… with Rock the Shot & Prop Insanity


This past weekend, I had the experience of a life time.

Prop Insanity, along with Rock the Shot, dreamed up THE INSPIRE SHOOT OUT {Chicago} 2015.

Rallying 4 of Illinois top photographic artists…
Jamie Faulkner Photography {Lifestyle Children}
Anja Photography {Fine Art Children}
Liz Franco {Fine Art Beauty & Maternity}
Stephanie Pana {Seniors & teens}
we joined with 40 attendees from around the world… for this amazing SHOOT OUT experience.


This … my friends and fellow prop junkies… was a shoot out unlike any other.

Stylized professional, from top to bottom, by Jeanna Gattuso Styling and Abby Bella Couture… on the property of a stunning estate surrounded by lush forest, streams and gorgeous 1940’s homestead…. ALSO with HMU and stunning models… each and every attendee engulfed themselves in the beauty and creativity of the day.

Some fun BTS from the day… WHAT.AN.EXPERIENCE!

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Now… stay tuned, because Prop Insanity is bringing you another shoot out this fall.  Seats are limited, so don’t wait on it. We cannot over sell … registration can be found …. >>> HERE CREATIVE ARTIST SHOOT OUT {October 2015}<<<

We can’t help but share a few images from the day, and spread the love from our attendees.   Enjoy these… and check out our facebook page for more shares in the upcoming week!

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JME Portraits – Jamie Anderson… the loss of an inspiration, the gain of an angel. DONATE NOW.


As many of you have already read, this weekend we lost one of our own amazing and inspiration photographic artists… Jamie Anderson, of JME Portraits.

Jamie was a lover of newborn photography, and a supporter of Prop Insanity and all of our vendors.  The tragic, and sudden, loss of this outstanding human being is one we will forever feel in our industry.  Her work brought happiness to so many… and inspiration industry wide.

Jamie was also a loving mother and wife, and her thriving business helped her family grow and put food on their table.


I ask all of you… every single reader our there on our blog, newsletters, emails and social networks… DONATE NOW.  Show your support, your admiration, and most of all kindness… we may have lost one of our most inspiring artists, but her family lost one of their most important members.

>>DONATE to her GoFundMe HERE<<

Now… PHOTOGRAPHY PROP MAKERS & VENDORS… you can also donate in another way. Her wonderful friend Celsia has put together a Facebook group for PROP DONATIONS.  You can find it >> HERE<<  Hurry! The sale is this Thursday.

This past February, we featured Jamie as a CELEBRITY PHOTOGRAPHER right on our lil blog here. You can find her full interview here, >>> JME INTERVIEW<<<… she was inspiring to us all.  I remember the hard time she had picking out her 10 favorites images for the article, so she decided to make collages… she was so darn sweet, and so excited to share with our fans!


My favorite part of her interview, was the very last question:

10) Any fabulous formative info you can “share” with fellow photographers ? Just starting out or seasoned professionals… we could always use inspiration… so we’d love a “pep talk” !

“Oh…what would I have loved to know when I was first starting out….?
1. Please don’t compare yourself to anyone else or try to be exactly like someone. I know it’s easy to do, and a little addicting, watching their facebook page/website, but it doesn’t do you any good and it’s a serious waste of time. God made you an original, don’t die a copy.
2. Specialize. Specialize. Specialize. I used to do it all. And I was ok at everything I did, but I wasn’t great. I wasn’t amazing. There was nothing special about what I did. I was a jack of all trades and a master of none. It wasn’t until I decided to specialize in newborns that my business took off!
3. Set goals for you and your business. Where do you want to be next year? How many sessions do you want to do? How will you accomplish these goals?
4. Lastly, learn how to work your camera in manual. I know it’s easy to get into the habit of buying bigger and better equipment, but taking better photos is not always 100% in the equipment. Sure it helps, but it’s not all there is to beautiful photos!” ~Jamie Anderson JME PORTRAITS

Jamie… you will be missed.  This industry will forever be scarred, and have a void that will never be filled. Your bright light of creativity, combined with a spirt that filled the hearts of so many.  Rest peacefully… and know that you will never be forgotten, and you will ALWAYS be a hero to so many photographers worldwide. 

Here is a bit of Jamie’s AMAZING work… just a handful of my favorites from her.  God Speed beautiful soul…

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