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.
Once or twice every year, I take pictures of my twin and her family. This time, we were celebrating the birthdays of her two girls, who are now 7 and 2. It had been quite some time since I’d been to Mill Race Village (which now charges an arm and a leg for photographers to shoot there… but this was for family), so we decided to try it out. I hope you enjoy their pictures!
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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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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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Happy Saturday! We woke up today and were greeted by a lawn covered with a thick layer of snow. My kids were so confused, since it seemed like Spring was coming, and all of a sudden we’re covered with snow again. This year is a crazy contrast from last year, when it was around 80 degrees in March. Well, the vision of snow was enough to cause my 4 year old to immediately get himself dressed and request some snow play. Personally, I’m quite partial to warm weather. There’s something about kids though, they get you wrapped up in their excitement. So we played, threw snowballs, and I secretly hoped that this is winter’s last hurrah.
For fun, I thought I’d show you a glimpse of what we were up to on March 14, 2012. Gotta love Michigan.
Last week I had a shoot with Ellen. She had seen head shots that I had taken of her niece, and gave me a call. We decided to do them at her home in Huntington Woods. She probably thought I was crazy when I set up shop in the smallest room of her home after looking around for the best light. I was sad that it wasn’t the right time of day to get good light in her front living room, because she has gorgeous furniture and walls covered with art.
Despite it being a windy 28 degrees outside, she was a trooper and let me bring her outside to take some pictures as well. They turned out to be her favorites, and mine too. I’m so excited for the weather to warm up a bit and get outside a little more.
There are many outdoor shooting locations that have become virtually off-limits now, due to new fees to shoot there. Places like Mill Race Village in Northville, for example. If you’re a professional photographer, you now have to pay a fee to shoot there. Frankly, it was getting hard to shoot there anyway, because it had become so popular. So I’ve been on a mission to find beautiful shooting locations that are not as popular. We have so much natural beauty here in the Detroit area. Just take a drive down Hines Drive and you’ll see backdrop after backdrop!
Recently, we moved to a home in Livonia. Shortly after we moved, I took my boys to the park that is now the nearest to our house, Bicentennial Park. There’s the playground there, which is really great, but there’s also a great wooded area with a hiking path and whatnot. So when a client asked me if there was anywhere new that I wanted to try, I suggested Bicentennial Park.
Here are some of the pictures that we took there, with her husband and her two lovely daughters as well. I think this location will be especially beautiful in a couple of weeks when all of the leaves change color.