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Haas donates services to local school

One of the great joys of living and working and growing up in the same community is that you develop lifelong relationships with the people and businesses and schools that you deal with.

Recently I was able to donate my photography skills to Washington Elementary school in Beaver Dam by doing an “all-school” portrait. The picture was done in the gym and included all of the kids and teachers and staff for the entire school. The picture was done to commemorate the winter Olympics. The school has a tradition of hosting fun, Olympic-style competitions at their school whenever the Olympics is going on.

What was particularly neat was that each grade level was wearing t-shirts based one of the Olympic ring colors.

I created the photograph from high up a ladder with an extremely wide angle lens. The kids were super-cooperative and really had a blast. I did, too!

The portrait we donated will be on permanent display as part of an all-school art piece in the cafeteria.

The pictures below are from the unveiling ceremony yesterday for the art piece.

Over the years I have put on numerous “visiting artist” programs for schools in the Beaver Dam area. If you’re interested in such a presentation, please contact Haas Photography at 920-885-4670.

Washington Elementary School

The "unveiling" ceremony

Washington School Olympic Portrait

Washington School Olympic Portrait

Amazing new technology for school pictures!

Ross Shafer (on left) with Gary HaasAdam and I are sitting in the Phoenix airport waiting for our flight back to Wisconsin. We attended a fantastic conference with leading school picture photographers from around the country. I served as a judge for the “friendly competition” of ten different teams during the conference.

While there, we learned about some the amazing new technologies that we will be able to offer our schools beginning already this spring. Most of it involves making it easier for our school picture customers to place their orders on-line. After all, this is where kids are “living” already. Customers will be able to pre-order on-line before school picture day or, they can wait to see their picture on-line (with full security) or they can place an order months later. There are now over 630 items available!

Here’s another really cool thing that will be helpful for families where the kid wants something different than the parents… For instance, at the high school and middle school levels, kids often prefer their hair hanging a little bit in their eyes with little or no smile, but mom wants to see the whole face and would die if there wasn’t a smile. With this new technology, we can take several pictures of the subject and the parents/students will be able to see them before they place their order. And, they can each order from a different picture. It’s awesome.

If you’re a school principal or secretary and would like more information, please give us a call at Haas Photography at 920-885-4670 and ask for Gary.

Talk to you soon,


PS. The attached photo is a shot of me (on the right) with Ross Shafer. Ross was the keynote speaker for the convention and I was really impressed by his presentation. Ross walks the walk… he has ‘Re-Invented’ himself from a small town pet shop manager… to a headlining stand-up comedian… to a multiple Emmy™ Award-Winning television host… to a leading Human Resources training film producer… to one of the most sought after motivational Keynote Speakers on the subjects of Business Relevance, Fresh Practices, Customer Empathy™, and Sustaining Growth. He had some amazing insights into human behavior and I especially enjoyed his ideas on how businesses can re-invent themselves to match the ever-changing needs of the local market. Here’s a link to his official website if you’re interested…