Several months ago, I received a message from Amanda, who has had me take her family photos for the last 5 years or so, saying that she wanted me to photograph an anniversary party. All of her husband’s brothers and sisters were getting together to plan a surprise. I was the ruse. Since everyone was going to be in town at the same time, they told her in-laws that they booked a photographer to take family photos.
The surprise went off without a hitch. Everyone had a great time. It’s wonderful to see just how much they love each other after 40 years of marriage! After the surprise, it was time for speeches and mingling. I took some more family portraits, candids, and pictures of the kids. Congratulations on 40 years of marriage, Ken and Lou Ann!
Recently I went down to Belle Isle to take pictures of Andy Hargreaves and his team. I often take listing photos for them, as well. They are a fun group, and were good sports about the hot, 90% humidity day. Here are some of the pictures that we took.
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I was very excited to get the call to photograph Jules’ senior portraits. I’ve been photographing her (and her sister) every couple of years since 2011. The first time that I photographed her was right after I quit my day job and delved into my business full time. She has always been one of my favorite subjects. She is bright, cheerful, patient, creative and has always seemed mature for her age.
Here are a couple of pictures from 2011
Here are some from 2013
Here are pictures from this year. Jules is now a high school senior. She loved the nature-filled look of the last couple of sessions, and she wanted to keep it going. Jules also asked me to include her car, Roxanne, in some shots. She insisted that her mom be in pictures too, because her mom is her best friend.
Congratulations on reaching your senior year, Jules! You’ve grown into a beautiful young woman. Even more importantly, though, you are smart, kind, and thoughtful. I can’t wait to see what you do next! I hope you have an amazing senior year.
Last weekend I did a dream photoshoot with a 4-year-old named Fiona. She’s my niece. She loves everything superheroes. She and her family recently moved to a new home, and her one request was a Superhero-themed room. So her mother found her a Spiderman comforter and got some awesome art from Kinetic Press. One thing they didn’t have, however, was a large selection of kick-butt girl superheroes to put on the wall. I suggested that they let her be the superhero, and put the pictures up on the wall, and the concept started forming.
I asked Fiona where a superhero would be. “On the roof, of course.” Yes, of course. Big city or little city? “Big.” So we made plans to go to Detroit. Luckily her mom, my sister, had access to a green roof in Detroit! In about 1.5 hours of fading daylight, we took pictures near and inside the GM Renaissance Center, along the Riverfront, on the People Mover, and atop the green roof. It left me wishing that we had devoted more time, because I had so many ideas rushing through my brain. Here are some of my favorites of the images that we created.