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Headshot Quick Sessions available now!

Do you need to update your headshot?

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We live in a visual world.  It is important to keep your image clean, professional and current. Take advantage of this opportunity to get an update with a quick and easy headshot session! Nicole Mehelich Photography will be offering 16 half-hour quick sessions in December.
Your session includes one edited, high-resolution digital image, for only $99.

Book your time now!
CLICK HERE to sign up for your time. Follow the directions on that page to finalize the purchase.

The dates and times are:
Sunday, December 4th 9:30 am-2:00 pm
Monday, December 5th 9:30 am-2:00 pm

Details:
Each session includes one digital image with printing and promotion rights*. You will have 5-10 images to choose from. If you love more than one, additional images may be purchased for only $49 each. They will be available to view and select online within 2 weeks of your session date, and will be delivered digitally.

These sessions are exclusively one-person headshots. If you’d like to schedule a family session or a full session of any kind, please call (734)261-1563 or email contact@nicolemehelich.com to schedule a shoot.

*The photographer maintains the copyright on all images.

Bobrovetski Anniversary Party

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.

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Then we went around the corner to a “great backdrop” I’d seen, and they saw their friends and family waiting to surprise them.

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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!

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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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What do you think about these images?  Let us know in the comments below!

 

Fall Mini-Sessions!

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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):

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Race Car Birthday Party – DIY Party Theme

My oldest son, Seth turned 3 in August.  Since he’s reached the age where he cares what his birthday party is like, I asked him a couple months before what kind of party he wanted.  Without hesitation, he said, “A RACE CAR party!”  For the next two months, he proceeded to tell everyone he could about his race car party.  I knew that I had better make it good.

My family is huge.  I have 5 sisters.  So our guest list is never under 30 people, and I can’t figure out any way to make it smaller.  I am always challenged to organize a party that will entertain a large group of people with a wide range of ages.  I also have to figure out what to feed them!  This year we went with pizzas from Costco.  I could eat them, since I was recently told by Levi’s allergist that I’m allowed to eat dairy again (I went dairy-free from Feb-Aug).  They were delicious.   Normally I’m inclined to go overboard with appetizers and desserts and all of that, but Andy has gotten pretty good about keeping me in check.

We had planned an outdoor party from 10am-12pm.  Then the forecast came in that morning, calling for rain from 9:30-11:30.  Fun.  So we had to bring everything inside our tiny house.  Thank goodness we have a finished basement!  We made race cars out of boxes for the kids to race in.  Andy was going to mow a racetrack into the backyard, but that didn’t end up working out.  Instead, we set up a couple of tables for them to race around.  Some other things we did was make a sign that read “The Pit Stop” to hang over the food, and we covered the coffee table with paper and made a racetrack for matchbox cars.  I put out crayons for kids to decorate the racetrack, but they didn’t.  I made a racetrack cake, with instructions from Parents magazine.  If you’re trying to make this cake and it isn’t Christmastime, you’re probably wondering where you get green sprinkles.  I got them at the bulk food store nearby.  They have sprinkles in all sorts of colors. I should have made a much bigger cake though.  It was tight to cut that into 30 servings.

Here are instructions for the race car boxes.  We used the Pampers boxes from the gigantic packs of diapers (size 3 and size 4 boxes).  My husband did all of the folding and taping, so I’ll try to remember how it did it.  He folded in all of the sides from the top of the box.  On the bottom, he folded in all but one of the sides.  That one side, he taped up so that it would be the “hood” of the car.  Then he taped all of the sides inside the box so they don’t pop back out.  We cut slots for holding the box right in the middle of the sides, between where the top flaps are on the inside.  Then we spray-painted them.  I’d recommend a primer color before painting a lighter color.  The blue only took about 2 coats.  The orange, without a primer, took an entire can.  We could still see some of the letters underneath it.  After the paint is all dry, cut two circles out of yellow or white construction paper for the headlights.  For the grill, you could paint it, draw it with a marker, or make it out of tin foil if you’re feeling adventurous.  We were running out of time, so we drew it on with a thick black Sharpie.   Then write or paint numbers on the side.  Voila!  Race cars!

I’m guessing you’d like to see pictures.  Here you go!

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BTW, he blew out all of the candles completely on his own!  I was impressed.  Stay tuned for more DIY birthday party fun.  Levi’s first birthday party is in just a few weeks, and I’ve come up with a completely original theme.  Well, it’s original to me, at least.  I’ve never seen anything for it before.

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.

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