Family Portraits at Home :: The O. Family

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Life can be so busy when you’re a parent.  Add those kid schedules into the mix and life gets more complicated, right?  That’s why we often plan family portrait sessions several months in advance.  It makes life easier for everyone!  And, when you decide to do your family portraits at your home, there’s another bonus!  I come to you — and you DON’T HAVE TO TRAVEL.  Yep, … Read More

Senior Portraits Worth Traveling For :: Areonna’s Senior Session

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Would you travel three hours for your senior portraits? Areonna and her mom did just that!  Why make the trek to Ann Arbor to have me do their senior portraits?  Because they were looking for a unique senior portrait experience…. and they found me via a web search.  Love when things are serendipitous like that! Anyways, Areonna’s mom contacted me because her daughter didn’t want senior … Read More

Photographing Babies on the Move :: Portraits of Miss S.

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I can’t believe it’s already been four years since I photographed this little girl’s big brothers playing in the leaves.  How fast time flies!  Miss S. was so sweet, and blessed us with many smiles and cute adorable looks. One of the tricky things, during a portrait session at this age, is that babies sometimes aren’t comfortable sitting up in a chair, but if you put them … Read More

Harry Potter Themed Baby Portraits :: Jacob’s 3 Month Photos

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Sometimes it’s fun to do something a little special when it comes to portraits.  Maybe you are a Harry Potter fan, like Jacob’s family.  Earlier this year you got to see Jacob’s newborn portrait session…. and now it’s time to share his three month baby portraits with you! I was really excited when Jacob’s mom showed up with props in hand.  While it’s always fun for … Read More

Have Camera, Will Travel :: Maggie’s Senior Photos on Lake Michigan

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Let me confess — I absolutely love doing portraits in new places.  So, when my niece asked me if we could do her senior portraits on the other side of the state, I didn’t hesitate! Would I do the same for a client? Absolutely!  You see, it’s super important to me that you are happy with the results.  If you have your heart set on doing … Read More

Senior Portraits of Twins: David + Joseph

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Twins run in my family, so I am really familiar with how different twins can be — whether they’re identical or fraternal.  So, for this senior portrait session, I enjoyed the challenge of creating senior portraits for twin brothers David and Joseph …and giving each of them senior portraits that weren’t exactly the same.  My goal is always to let everyone’s personality shine through in their … Read More

Senior Portraits at Cobblestone Farm :: Marissa

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Marissa is a senior at Chelsea High School — but she wanted to go somewhere else for her senior portraits. As in, out of Chelsea.  No problem!  We spent some time before her session at the studio talking about what Marissa liked and wanted for her senior portraits.  Sometimes during these planning appointments, I’ll even pull up Pinterest so we can pick out favorites …and so … Read More

Getting Kids to Relax and Smile for Pictures

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Sometimes I have a client who is worried I won’t be able to get good pictures of their kid.  Maybe you’re in the same boat.  Have you ever thought, “If I can just get one good picture from this session, I’ll be happy?”  Well, trust me, you’re not alone! Certainly, it’s a common fear… but, let me help you relax.  I’m used to working with kids, … Read More

Senior Portraits with a Horse…(and a why we needed Broom!)

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Sometimes the trickiest part of a senior portrait session isn’t choosing the clothes, or even selecting a meaningful location…. it’s making sure the horse isn’t afraid of the camera equipment!  But that’s why we do a little extra planning ahead of time when we include animals in a portrait session — so I can know what to expect and make the best of any situation. {In … Read More

Tips for Getting a Family Snapshot with out of Town Relatives

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My family loves photos. Maybe that’s part of the reason I was drawn to photography, right?  Anyways, my mom has a standing request when it comes to family.  When we have relatives visiting from out of town, she wants a family portrait.  Specifically, she wants me to take a portrait of everyone.  Sometimes we’ve been able to go more formal or planned with the portrait session, … Read More

Getting Kids to Smile for a Family Portrait at Island Park in Ann Arbor

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This summer I photographed the Holler family at Island Park in Ann Arbor.  I had been talking with Marcy about outdoor locations for their family portrait session… and we settled on Island Park.  Why?  That’s where she had her senior portraits done way back before kids!  (Marcy and her husband Jacob have three adorable girls that did a great job during the session) The day of … Read More

10 Tips to Help You Choose a Location for Your Senior Portraits

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When senior year finally rolls around, there’s a lot going on!  Add senior portrait decisions on top of that, and you might feel a bit overwhelmed, right?  After all, senior portraits have come a long way in the past 30 years or so.  What used to be a simple studio formal portrait with one outfit has become a mini model session with multiple outfits and even … Read More

Painted Portrait – a Father Daughter moment…

One of the nice things about creating a painting is that I can meld several photographs into one piece — and it looks totally natural.  This painting was based on several photographs that we took during Yara’s newborn portrait session (see the blog post with some of our favorite newborn photos of Yara!).  It took me several versions of the painting to get things exactly the … Read More

Being part of the team…

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What’s the whole point of being on a team, anyways?  Well, for the kids on the Pistol Prodigies in Manchester, I think it’s to build character and learn responsibility.  If you’re looking for a nice group of kids — the Pistol Prodigies team in Manchester definitely fits the label!  I’ve done team photos for the group for the past few years, and they are always more … Read More

Group Portrait of the Ann Arbor Grail Singers

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Because of all the musicians in my family, you could say music is in my blood.  And yes, I play occasionally — most often piano accompaniment these days.  A year or so ago I was able to join the Ann Arbor Grail Singers for a performance, which was really fun!  Sadly, my schedule didn’t allow me to continue on singing with them, but I was really … Read More

Newborn Portraits of Baby Yara

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I got to meet Yara this summer… and she is adorable!  Her mom had the cutest outfits planned for Yara’s newborn portrait session too.  The only problem?  Yara, who was wide-eyed and cheerful at the beginning of her portrait session, just could not stay awake by the end!  No matter how much you plan, this sometimes happens… so we made some adjustments in our plans and … Read More

Outdoor Soccer Portraits at the Studio :: Caitlin’s Senior Session

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Caitlin came to the studio this summer for her senior portrait session.  Last summer, when I did her brother’s senior portraits at Mill Creek Park in Dexter, Caitlin tagged along too.  It was fun getting to see her again, and create some new, updated, portraits of Caitlin for her very own senior pictures.  This time, we stayed inside the studio for most of Caitlin’s portrait session, since … Read More

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