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Cobb Family – July 2014 – Mill Race Village


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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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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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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March Winter Wonderland

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.


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):

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Last month in our first home

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.

Detroit Zoo Portraits

Last month I had the pleasure of photographing beautiful Addison and her parents.  We met at the Detroit Zoo. I think this may become one of the places that I really love to shoot, with some adjustments.  Near the entrance, there’s a grassy area that NOBODY goes to.  I should have started there.  We went to the giraffes first, instead.  The only problem was that there were way too many people getting in my frames.  Also, there was so much going on, that I think poor Addison was a bit overstimulated.  We ended up finding some areas that were a bit more tucked away, and those places were where I got the more beautiful shots.  I loved getting to know Addison and her parents.  Here are some of the images I captured.

Downtown Royal Oak Children’s Portraits

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.

Baby Nolan

In early December I was delighted to shoot newborn portraits for little baby Nolan.  He is so cute and really sweet.  I’m a little late in posting, as he is now 12 weeks old!  Nolan came quite a bit early, surprising mom, Stefani.  But he was healthy and perfect.  Nolan really liked my nice warm studio, but wasn’t a big fan of us moving him, so we let him chill on his back most of the time, because that’s the way that he was most comfortable.

On that note:  There’s a lot going around the internet right now about novice newborn photographers putting babies in positions which are uncomfortable at a best, and life-threatening at worst.  Some are actually suspending precious newborns in slings on actual branches of trees several feet off the ground, or hanging them in a studio.  Some attempt positions where the baby is holding up his or her own head.  There are ways to do these shots which are safe, but they require extensive post-processing and compositing of shots.  For example, if you see a baby peacefully hanging from a branch, then it was probably shot as one image of a sling on a branch holding an inanimate object, and then one of the baby in a sling supported by a parent or assistant (preferably only an inch or so above a posing pillow).  Then the two shots are combined and the parent is edited out.  Please, if you are ever at a shoot with a photographer, and your baby seems uncomfortable and unsafe, stop them.  Insist on safety.   Most of my newborn shots are taken with the baby in a completely natural and comfortable position.  I’m not saying that I’ll NEVER try a structured shot like that… but it would be done safely.

Typically, I try to get some images of the baby with mom and/or dad, but Stefani wasn’t up for it this time around.  In the Spring we plan to do another shoot of Nolan with his sister, Arianna.  I had actually taken her one-year portraits just a few months before Nolan’s.  Here are a few of hers.

I Have Wall Guides!

I finally caved in and bought the Photographer’s Wall Display Guide templates.  I’ve been looking for a way to help my clients design gorgeous wall displays using the photographs I take, and this is the perfect way.  Selfishly, I also wanted to use them to create a new canvas wrap gallery above my couch.  Being a visual person, I really wanted a visual for it!  We’re talking about completely re-doing a couple of rooms in our house over the next year or so.  Honestly, we thought we’d be out of our house by now, but then the housing market crashed and it looks like we’ll be here for a while.  Next year we’re planning to refinish the hardwood floors that lie beneath our carpet.  The couches are from IKEA and have tan-colored covers over them.  I’d rather buy photos and art than new couch covers, so we’ll work with those.  I’m still trying to decide on a wall color.  Our house has a very relaxed feel to it.  Lots of neutrals and beige.  I’ve been told by many that it has a sort of spa-like quality, and I like that.  Well, except for the crayola-bright kids’ toys scattered about.  I thought I’d make up a potential canvas wrap design and use the photos I choose as the basis for the color.  Here are a few mock-ups that I made for my living room:


I would LOVE some input on this.  I’m hoping to order these gallery wraps in the next week or two, and I am just at a loss.  For the next year or so, they’ll be on beige-colored walls.  Just about the same color as the couch.  Which size design do you like best?  Which wall color?

If you are a client of mine and you’d like me to help you design a wall gallery, let me know.   I also have templates for framed images, if you don’t like the look of canvas wraps.

For reference on sizing, the images above use these sizes:
First and Third images: Trilogy package: 1 20″x30″ in the center with 2 16″x20″ (one on each side)
Second image: Bookends package: 1 20″x30″ in the center with 2 10″x20″ (one on each side)

I look forward to hearing your feedback!


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