Archive for August, 2011

Temple Shir Shalom – West Bloomfield, Michigan – Food Fun and Fireworks event

I’m sorry that I’m so far behind on my blog posts.  I have had a very exciting past month or so.  I have SO MANY things to share with you.  I’d say I’m about 5 posts behind right now.  I’ve been so busy shooting, editing and taking care of my boys that I’ve had very little time for anything else.  I definitely want to share some pics with you that I took during the Temple Shir Shalom (TSS) Food Fun and Fireworks (FFF) event!

TSS has been hosting this event for several years now, but this was my first time attending it.  Andre Douville, the Executive Director, promised me that it would be huge and tons of fun.  Since my boys are sticklers for their bed times, Andy and I drove separately so that he could bring them home after about an hour and I could stay to take pictures.  The first thing that I did when I got there was sneak through the line to get pictures of the food.  I was tempted to steal some, but I didn’t.  I waited my turn, because I’m a good girl.  There was salad, pizza, a chocolate fountain, crepes made right in front of you with Nutella inside (yum!), amazing kugel, all sorts of yummy food.  That list barely scratches the surface.  I said to my husband, “It’s like a mini Arts Beats and Eats in here!”

I went back to find Andy and the boys right before they were going to open the line, and there were people eagerly awaiting as far as the eye could see.

So we went in, grabbed a couple items of delicious food and headed outside.  As soon as Seth saw the bouncy house, he was ready to put our plates away and play!  They had a bouncy house, inflatable basketball hoops and batting cage, an obstacle course and a giant slide!  It was everything a kid could ask for.  Seth was afraid to go up the slide, but he loved everything else.

They had a band there called Sunset Boulevard Band.  They were awesome.  The band played a huge array of music from Michael Buble to Stevie Wonder to the Black-Eyed Peas.   They really got everyone out on the lawn dancing.  Members at Shir Shalom really know how to let loose and have a great time.

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Then, the fireworks.  Shir Shalom does not joke about their fireworks.  This was the best fireworks display that I have ever seen.  It was pretty much like a finale, except the finale lasted 40 minutes.  I was just about deaf at the end of it, but they were spectacular.  I’ve never taken pictures of fireworks before, so here are some of my attempts.



This is an event that I don’t think I will ever miss again.  What a fantastic way to spend a Monday night!  Thanks to Andre for asking me to capture it in images.  I hope you enjoy the images as much as I enjoyed taking them.

Hribar Family

Last weekend I went to a family gathering hosted by Renee.  Her family was in town for her son’s baptism.  Her mother and brother both live in different states, so she wanted to take advantage of this opportunity for a family portrait.  I couldn’t find where I wrote down her address, so I looked her up on switchboard.com.  “How many Hribar’s can there be in her city?” I figured.   I only found one, so I plugged that into my GPS and headed over.  When I got there, I saw a party, but it was next door to the address I’d found on switchboard.  So I cautiously walked into the backyard and asked if I was in the right place.  Thankfully, I was.  Then I noticed a gate between their fences.  It turns out, Renee lives next door to her in-laws!  She said that her husband actually bought the house next door to the one he grew up in.  That’s so cool.  Well, it seemed cool for them.  I’m sure that living next to in-laws (or one’s own parents!) would be torture for some people, but they honestly seemed happy about it.  It certainly makes parties easier when you have two backyards right next to each other!  I’ve been talking about putting a gate between the fences with my next door neighbor for years.

The forecast called for rain, but luckily all we got was a slight drizzle.  Everyone there was very nice and friendly.  The guys were playing Baggo.  Well, they didn’t call it Baggo.  I can’t remember what they called it.  Apparently they won’t play the Baggo brand because it’s plastic and slippery.  Anyway, I love playing that game.  I didn’t join in though, I just took pictures, then resisted the urge to go to the store and get one of my own on the way home.

I was hoping to take some pictures of Renee’s son, Benjamin, after the family portraits were over.  However, as Grandma rocked him and gave him a bottle, he fell fast asleep.  It was really sweet.

I hope that the Hribar family enjoys their portraits as much as I enjoyed taking them and meeting the whole family.

Giveaway Winners Announced

Thank you to everyone who participated in the giveaway!  Let me know if you liked it, and maybe we’ll do it again when I hit another significant milestone.

Winners were selected by random.org.  Only one prize was allowed person.   If you won, please email me at nmehelich@me.com (in the next 24 hours) to get information about redeeming your prize.  I’m sure you’re all dying to know who won what, so here goes!

1. Nicole Mehelich Photography  WINNER IS LISA WINEGARDEN-PAOLUCCI
One free one-hour photo shoot with Nicole Mehelich Photography
(Valid during 2011 only)

2. Alli Balli Bands WINNER IS STACIE GRANSDEN
Alli Balli Bands (a Michigan company) is giving away this sassy Pink Marabou Headband
It is approx. 3″ and can be removed from the headband and worn in the hair or on another band. Girls of all ages will LOVE this one, it’s fancy:)

3. DianaMDesigns WINNER IS ALEXIS PAOLUCCI
DianaMDesigns is giving away a $20 credit to her store!  Check out her cool hand-stamped jewelry.

4. Lavender Ladybugs  WINNER IS LAURIE GRIFFITH
Lavender Ladybugs is giving away a sweet pink and white rosette headband (pictured above)
(shipping, $2.50, not included)

5. Affordable Wonders WINNER IS JEN JANKE
www.affordablewonders.com
One lucky winner will get this adorable boutique-styles diaper cover in Newborn size from Affordable Wonders.  It makes a great shower gift or photo prop.  She also makes hair jewelry.

6. Happy Acres Farm WINNER IS ERICA COOPER
I love Happy Acres Farm!  I have three of their Lens Bling animals, including the parrot pictured above.  I do not, however, have the Sprite, which is definitely next!  Whether you’re a professional photographer or just a mom trying to get your kid to look at your Rebel, the Happy Acres Farm Lens Bling products are great.  She’s giving away ONE LENS BLING of the winner’s choice.

7. The Beaded Butterfly WINNER IS LORI LENDZION
The Beaded Butterfly makes beautiful (and affordable!) hand-stamped and beaded jewelry.  Military families will love their keychains, and moms will love their subtle and stylish name cuff bracelets.  They are offering a $20 CREDIT to their site.

8. JKM Soy Candles WINNER IS KRISTEN SYLVESTER
I was first introduced to JKM Soy Candles (another MI company) when I went to the Canton Farmer’s Market at the start of this season ((she’ll be there again on Sunday, August 14).  I got several of her delicious-smelling candles, although my favorite is Monkey Farts!  I get complements every time someone walks into my home with these candles burning, and I love to have one lit during photo shoots in the studio.  She’s offering one winner $10 in shop credit, which is enough to get a couple of her 4 oz candles and see which scent is your favorite.

9. JillyBean Crochet WINNER IS SHERRI FROST
Finding cute boy accessories can be a challenge, but JillyBean Crochet makes it so easy!  You’ll see what I mean if you are the winner of this gorgeous newsboy cap, which I think would look cute on a girl too.

10. Straps by Leslie WINNER IS TAWANNA RIVERA
Straps by Leslie (a Michigan company) is offering one lucky person a camera strap of choice!  Don’t have an SLR?  She sells point-and-shoot straps too.

11. Adoruhbul Creations WINNER IS JAMIE HEITERT
Adoruhbul Creations  is giving away one of their blue knitted hats with pom pom on top (pictured above).  I love the open weave.  She has great hats for babies and amazing cocoons for photo props.

12. Tiny Tops WINNER IS JENNIFER REARDON
These wraps are great for swaddling those sleepy little newborns, and are the perfect size for it too! This wrap measures approximately 3 ft x 4.5 ft. Edges are raw, no sewing or seams to worry about hiding.  Tiny Tops is giving away ONE SAGE CHEESECLOTH, pictured above.   Also check out her pumpkin and owl hats if you’re already thinking about Halloween, like I am!

13. Rock’n Baby Boutique WINNER IS LOTTIE ESSIG
Rock’n Baby Boutique makes all sorts of cool things for little ones.  Tank dresses for girls, tie shirts for boys, and fantastic minky blankets for everyone.  They are offering ONE 20×20 BLANKET of the winner’s choosing.

14. Brown Owl Designs  WINNER IS DANI COBB
Are you looking for modern, spunky clothes for your little ones or as a gift?  Check out the great onesies and tee shirts at Brown Owl Designs!  They have great designs for boys, girls or both.   Brown Owl Designs is offering a ONESIE OR T-SHIRT OF CHOICE.

WiggysStuff – Ernie the Sock Monkey
Etsy Shop
WiggysStuff sells a variety of items, ranging from hats to vintage patterns and stamps to all sorts of items with the adorable Ernie the Sock Monkey on them.  My 3 year old absolutely loves Ernie, and can’t wait to turn the calendar each month to find out where Ernie went next.   WiggysStuff is donating TWO prizes.  They will go to separate winners.

15.  The first prize is FIVE ERNIE NOTECARDS of the winner’s choosing WINNER IS KAREN COBB

16.  The second prize from WiggysStuff is any INFANT HAT of the winner’s choosing WINNER IS SOMER DEPESTEL

Congratulations to the winners!

Baby Braylon

Last Wednesday I had a photo shoot with Baby Braylon for his 9-month portraits.  We went to Heritage Park in Farmington.  Braylon is just a little over 9 months and is already walking!  He is really cute and made some of the best silly faces.  He was a little grumpy when we started, but I was able to get him to warm up towards the end.  All I needed was a neat rock and some silly songs.  I absolutely loved an image that I set up with Braylon standing by the tractor.  It was perfect until his mom let go and stepped one foot away.  Then watch out…waterworks!  I’m sure it won’t be his mom’s favorite pic, but I still love the freak-out pictures, so I put it in here.  Hey, that’s how it really is, right?  Enjoy.

First NMP Giveaway!

In June I quit my corporate job and took a leap of faith to put all of my efforts into my photography business.  It has taken off at an amazing rate!  I have been so fortunate to be able to begin living my dream.  Everyone who has spread the word, liked my Facebook page or had a session with me is helping me live that dream.  I can’t thank you enough!  I am so very grateful for the support that I have received.  I have partnered with some AMAZING vendors to share the love with a great giveaway.

Here are the rules:
1.  Please leave your full name and email when you enter

2. State whether you are local to the Metro Detroit area so that local prizes can go to those people

3. Go to each vendor’s facebook page and click “like” at the top.  Leave some love on their Facebook wall and tell them that you were sent by the “Nicole Mehelich Photography giveaway”

4. Come back to THIS PAGE.  One comment on this page (scroll to the bottom) with your full name and email after liking EVERY vendor page counts as one entry (make sure to tell me if you’re local).

If you’re not comfortable leaving your email address, you can email it to me at nmehelich@me.com with the subject: Giveaway – (your name)

5.  You can get a bonus entry by sharing the giveaway through your Facebook status  – include this link http://nicolemehelich.com/?p=217  Please make a second comment (on this page) that you did this, as each comment counts as an entry.  (I will be checking that each winner has complied with entry requirements).  Only TWO entries allowed, any comments beyond the two will not be counted as an entry.

6.  Winners will be selected through www.random.org.  Prizes will be limited to one per person.

7.  The winner must respond by emailing me (nmehelich@me.com) for information to claim their prize within 24 hours of winner postings.

8.  The contest will end at 8pm (EST) on Friday, August 12.

Thanks for participating.  Now for the prizes!

*Local Prize.  Please note if you are local to Metro Detroit to be eligible for this prize*
1. Nicole Mehelich Photography (yes, please start with liking my page!)
One free one-hour photo shoot with Nicole Mehelich Photography
(Valid during 2011 only)

 

 


2. Alli Balli Bands
Alli Balli Bands (a Michigan company) is giving away this sassy Pink Marabou Headband
It is approx. 3″ and can be removed from the headband and worn in the hair or on another band. Girls of all ages will LOVE this one, it’s fancy:)

 

 

3. DianaMDesigns
DianaMDesigns is giving away a $20 credit to her store!  Check out her cool hand-stamped jewelry.

 

 

4. Lavender Ladybugs
Lavender Ladybugs is giving away a sweet pink and white rosette headband (pictured above)
(shipping, $2.50, not included)

 

 

 

 

5. Affordable Wonders
www.affordablewonders.com
One lucky winner will get this adorable boutique-styles diaper cover in Newborn size from Affordable Wonders.  It makes a great shower gift or photo prop.  She also makes hair jewelry.

 

 

6. Happy Acres Farm
I love Happy Acres Farm!  I have three of their Lens Bling animals, including the parrot pictured above.  I do not, however, have the Sprite, which is definitely next!  Whether you’re a professional photographer or just a mom trying to get your kid to look at your Rebel, the Happy Acres Farm Lens Bling products are great.  She’s giving away ONE LENS BLING of the winner’s choice.

 

 

 

7. The Beaded Butterfly
The Beaded Butterfly makes beautiful (and affordable!) hand-stamped and beaded jewelry.  Military families will love their keychains, and moms will love their subtle and stylish name cuff bracelets.  They are offering a $20 CREDIT to their site.

 

 


8. JKM Soy Candles
I was first introduced to JKM Soy Candles (another MI company) when I went to the Canton Farmer’s Market at the start of this season ((she’ll be there again on Sunday, August 14).  I got several of her delicious-smelling candles, although my favorite is Monkey Farts!  I get complements every time someone walks into my home with these candles burning, and I love to have one lit during photo shoots in the studio.  She’s offering one winner $10 in shop credit, which is enough to get a couple of her 4 oz candles and see which scent is your favorite.

 

 


9. JillyBean Crochet
Finding cute boy accessories can be a challenge, but JillyBean Crochet makes it so easy!  You’ll see what I mean if you are the winner of this gorgeous newsboy cap, which I think would look cute on a girl too.

 

 

 

10. Straps by Leslie
Straps by Leslie (a Michigan company) is offering one lucky person a camera strap of choice!  Don’t have an SLR?  She sells point-and-shoot straps too.

 

 

 


11. Adoruhbul Creations
Adoruhbul Creations  is giving away one of their blue knitted hats with pom pom on top (pictured above).  I love the open weave.  She has great hats for babies and amazing cocoons for photo props.

 

 

 


12. Tiny Tops
These wraps are great for swaddling those sleepy little newborns, and are the perfect size for it too! This wrap measures approximately 3 ft x 4.5 ft. Edges are raw, no sewing or seams to worry about hiding.  Tiny Tops is giving away ONE SAGE CHEESECLOTH, pictured above.   Also check out her pumpkin and owl hats if you’re already thinking about Halloween, like I am!

 

 

 

13. Rock’n Baby Boutique
Rock’n Baby Boutique makes all sorts of cool things for little ones.  Tank dresses for girls, tie shirts for boys, and fantastic minky blankets for everyone.  They are offering ONE 20×20 BLANKET of the winner’s choosing.

 

 


14. Brown Owl Designs
Are you looking for modern, spunky clothes for your little ones or as a gift?  Check out the great onesies and tee shirts at Brown Owl Designs!  They have great designs for boys, girls or both.   Brown Owl Designs is offering a ONESIE OR T-SHIRT OF CHOICE.

 

 

 

WiggysStuff – Ernie the Sock Monkey
Etsy Shop
WiggysStuff sells a variety of items, ranging from hats to vintage patterns and stamps to all sorts of items with the adorable Ernie the Sock Monkey on them.  My 3 year old absolutely loves Ernie, and can’t wait to turn the calendar each month to find out where Ernie went next.   WiggysStuff is donating TWO prizes.  They will go to separate winners.

15.  The first prize is FIVE ERNIE NOTECARDS of the winner’s choosing

16.  The second prize from WiggysStuff is any INFANT HAT of the winner’s choosing

Good luck!

 

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