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!
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!
Let me know what you think in the comments below.
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.
What do you think about these images? Let us know in the comments below!
Mother’s Day is only about a month away. Are you wondering what would be a perfect gift for your mom (or wife)? My mom has always been so hard to get gifts for. She buys what she wants, and she isn’t very vocal about what she’d like. So I thought about what moms who are hard to shop for would like. What can’t you buy in a store? Pictures. Not just any pictures, but the kinds of images that make you see yourself as the beautiful, loving, amazing person that you are. Images that capture the bond between family and friends.
In celebration of Mother’s Day, I’m offering 5 very special sessions. Each will be a double session – mother/daughter, sisters, friends – with gorgeous hair and makeup and a $50 print credit for each person. The total value of this package is $450. I’m offering it to the first 5 people who reserve their dual session for $150. After the first 5, it will be available until Mother’s Day for only $200. There will be images of each person separately and some together. You can either book the appointment for this month as an early gift (so that the images are in your hands by Mother’s Day) or surprise her with it on Mother’s Day and book it for afterwards. Just let me know which way you’d prefer.
Some ideas I had were for a daughter to give it to her mother and do the shoot together, or for a husband to give to his wife to celebrate with her mother, her daughter, her sister or her best friend. It would even be a great way for sisters or friends to just treat themselves!
After your session you will both look and feel gorgeous, so plan a night out!
To purchase this package, call 734-261-1563 or email me at email@example.com
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.
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.
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.
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):
My husband and I have decided to move, and the final move will be in July. We are moving to a bigger house, in a bit better neighborhood, with a front room that will make the perfect home studio for me, with natural light (yay!). We have a lot to do in the next 6 weeks. Now that it’s becoming more and more of a quickly approaching reality, I’m finding myself feeling very nostalgic about our home.
This is the house that my husband, Andy, bought before we started dating. He gutted it and made it his. Then he started dating me, and in time I made it mine. This is the home that I came to when I graduated college. This is the home that we brought our new puppy home to, and now she’s 8.5 years old! This is the home the we lived in when we got married, brought our first baby home to, brought our second baby home to. This is the home that housed my very first studio, a photographic place that I could call my own. The yard is finally one that makes me smile, with the patio that we poured, daylilies that we planted, with garlic, strawberries and herbs growing in it. (I recommend growing garlic. Not only is it yummy, but the garlic scapes look awesome and can also be cooked). This year, we even started finding Black Swallowtail caterpillars on our parsley, and I’ve really enjoyed watching them grow. I don’t even mind that they’re eating all my parsley.
A couple of days ago we were all home in the afternoon, and my boys were in an especially great mood because Daddy had come home earlier than usual. I grabbed my camera to capture this little slice of our everyday life in our first home. Seth in only his underwear, playing video games with Dad, dipping his hot dog in ketchup. Levi eating at his kid table like a big boy, and playing with the Build-A-Bear ipod. I captured them playing rough with Andy, smiling and laughing. Someday I’m going to look back at these pictures and remember the way that things were at the end of our time in our first home. When Andy bought it, he lived here by himself. Then he added me. Together, over the last 9.5 years, we’ve added cats (only one at a time, but 3 have lived here), a dog, two kids and a whole lot of noise to this house. I look forward to making such wonderful memories in our new home soon.
Here are some pictures from a shoot that was taken in downtown Royal Oak, MI with an adorable brother/sister duo. They were so playful and a real joy to spend time with. Royal Oak offers a large variety of backdrops, which meant a lot of fun and exploring.