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O’Dea Family Christmas

Two days after Christmas, I met the O’Dea family in the Embassy Suites Livonia hotel to take pictures of the family in the atrium.  Being late December, it was a bit chilly outside to take pictures with several small children, so we made the best of the plants inside the building.  Altogether, there were 31 of them.  They are normally spread around the country, so they wanted to capture a time when they had everyone together.

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Baby Lucas – 10 days old

My friend Gabi had a baby 10 days ago, and I was able to meet him today.  He was an instant snuggler, and melted right into me.  He had that new baby smell and that new baby sweetness.  I think he also has her gorgeous eyes.  Maybe the next time I see him he’ll open them up for the camera.  Here are a few pictures I took while I was visiting him today.

Lucas - 10 days old


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Miles – Newborn Shoot – Livonia, MI

It feels like just yesterday it was Election Day and my cousin Frannie called and told me that she was expecting (you may have seen my earlier posts with her maternity shoot, and later some images from his Bris). She didn’t find out if it was a boy or a girl, so I was very excited to find out when he arrived that he was a boy!  There weren’t any boy kids on that side of the family except for mine.  Time has just flown by, and we are so excited to have Miles join our family!  He is so sweet and precious.  He has gorgeous big brown eyes, which he mostly kept closed during our shoot, and absolutely amazing little lips.

Welcome to the family, little Miles!


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Fiona One Year – Canton, MI

This past weekend my niece, Fiona, turned 1 year old.  I went to see her on her birthday.  Even though she wasn’t prepared for a real “shoot”, I wanted to snap some pictures of her on her actual birthday.  So we grabbed a little chair and I took about 10 pictures.  Here are my favorites.


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Bris Milah – West Bloomfield, MI

Today I had the honor of attending my baby cousin’s Bris Milah.  I got a little teary, as we welcomed him into this world with songs and prayers that have been shared through many generations.  You may have seen my post a couple of weeks ago with the maternity pictures I took with my cousin.  I’ve been so happy to finally meet baby Miles.  He’s also one of the cutest newborns I’ve ever seen!  Not that I’m biased, or anything.  You can see for yourself.  I was very pleased to be able to take a picture of 4 generations.  There is one with Miles’ Great Great Aunt Charlotte, his Bubbe (grandma), his mom and him.

(Thanks to momma Frannie for taking the pictures at the end of me holding Miles.  I really wanted a picture of me with him, and I’m always behind the camera.)

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To Tell the Truth – Maternity shoot -Royal Oak

My cousin Frannie is due any day now to have her very first baby.  She’s a very creative person.  She’s an actress and director, and has co-founded a theater company, Magenta Giraffe.  When she heard that I was interested in shooting a maternity shoot that was more “real life”, she jumped at the chance.  I’m calling this one a “To Tell the Truth” shoot.  We discussed some of the things about her pregnancy that have stood out…things that are different from usual.  Some of these were a sore back, sore and swollen feet, going to the bathroom constantly, spending lots of time on her couch with her cats, taking a ton of supplements, always feeling hot, craving Dunkin’ Donuts double-chocolate donuts, falling asleep when trying to work, and having a hard time getting comfortable in bed.

Here’s our “real life” take on maternity pictures!

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She’s Here!

She’s here!  My 7th niece (I also have 3 nephews).  Her name is Karen, and she is soooooo cute!  Ok, I’m biased, but she really is.  After anxiously waiting all day, my husband came home and I raced over to the hospital as fast as I could!  Then little Karen had the audacity to eat for the first hour or so that I was there.    Finally, I got to hold her.  My sister, D’Arcy is doing great.  Tired, of course, but great.  I’m so proud of her!  She is so happy to finally be able to give her older daughter, Autumn, the sister she’s been begging for.  I can’t wait to snuggle that little baby again.  Newborn portraits coming soon!


Baby C – 6 Month Portraits

This past summer some good friends of mine had a their first baby.  They waited a very long time to be able to have a baby, and we were all so excited for them.  I have never seen them glow so much.  Motherhood makes my friend shine, and it just melts my heart.  They asked me to take 6 month portraits for them.  Since it is a bit miserable outside in February in Michigan, we did them in my Livonia home studio.  I’m looking forward to shooting some more pictures of him in the lush, beautiful world of summer soon.  Ah… summer.  I miss you so much!  This year I’ll be working on landscaping the backyard at our new home to make it a great place to take pictures.  I’ll be sure to keep you posted as we make progress on that.  In the cold and slushy meantime, here are some adorable pictures of Baby C!  I just love his clear blue eyes and absolutely infectious smile.


Six month portraits – Livonia family photographer

Yesterday I had the pleasure of taking portraits of 6 month old Fiona, and her big sister Shayna.  It was my first time shooting with studio lights in the studio at my new home.  We thought we’d have a little fun playing with some outfits and accessories.  She cried and struggled through her whole newborn shoot, but this time Fiona was perfect and calm!  I’ve been photographing Shayna every 3-6 months since she was born.  Here are some pictures of these beautiful girls.

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Fall Mini-Sessions!

metro Detroit fall mini sessions available
For the first time ever, I am offering Fall Mini Sessions.  My clients have been requesting it for a couple of years, and I think it will be a lot of fun!  They will be at my home studio, taken outdoors.  There will be pine trees, lots of Autumn leaves, and of course, some pumpkins!

Each mini session includes 80 double-sided 5×7 inch holiday cards with envelopes.  The portraits will be available for viewing online within 2 weeks to choose which images you’d like on your cards.  (Additional purchases are available from the usual price list.)  There will be at least 15 pictures to choose from.

These sessions cost $195 each, which serves as a retainer for your time slot.  There are only 4 spots available.
Please call (734)261-1563 to reserve your session.
Here is a sample holiday card (other styles are available):

Holiday Card Sample
Holiday Card Sample - side 2

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