Senior Boy Portrait Session (in the studio)

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Sometimes my clients contact me looking for something simple and in studio.  Maybe it’s because the yearbook requirements dictate a formal studio setting for the portraits, or maybe it’s just because simple can be easier.  Whatever the reason, I’m always happy to create timeless portraits like the ones we created for this senior boy’s portrait session.  So, without further ado, enjoy these portraits I created for … Read More

Monarch Caterpillars make their chrysalises!

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The next big step for any Monarch caterpillar is to pupate!  That’s when it turns from a caterpillar into a chrysalis.  I was blessed to be around when one of the caterpillars pupated, but he was sneaky so I only managed to capture a before and after rather than a “during” …maybe next time.  (if you missed my earlier posts, you can see the caterpillars when … Read More

Nature Portraits by the River in Dexter :: Haylee’s Senior Portraits

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With this recent cold spell, fall really seems to be upon us.  But it wasn’t that long ago that we had warm sunny days like for Haylee’s senior portrait session.  We planned Haylee’s portrait session to take place at Mill Creek Park in Dexter.  As you might have guessed from some past blog posts, it’s a popular destination for portraits.  But even so, it’s not hard … Read More

Monarch Caterpillars – Take Two (They are bigger!!)

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Earlier I shared some macro photos of monarch caterpillars…. and since I promised to show you how much bigger they would get…. here you are! The monarch caterpillars are definitely bigger. A lot bigger. Anyways, enjoy these photos. I did include the same dime in one of the photos so you could get a sense of scale. Because when you take such close up pictures… it’s … Read More

Senior Photos at Mill Creek Park in Dexter

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It’s always fun to do senior photos someplace local, someplace meaningful.  Or, in the very least, someplace that is amazingly gorgeous!  And that’s what Mill Creek Park is — gorgeous.  You might know it as the Library Park, because the Dexter District Library overlooks the park.  Or maybe you know the park as Warrior Creek Park….which it was formerly named in years past.  Whatever you call … Read More

Family Photos with Baby + Dog :: A. Family

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I photographed the A. Family when this cute little girl was just a newborn. And now here we are, doing a family portrait already… she’s grown so much!  There is nothing more exciting than getting to watch my clients’ children grow up into their own little selves.  Oh, I guess there’s one thing almost as good… and that’s when my clients bring their pets to the … Read More

Senior Portraits at Hudson Mills Metropark :: Luke

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Luke’s senior portrait session started at the studio, but most of his photos were created on location at Hudson Mills Metropark.  When photographing clients at two locations, I always love to start in the studio because those portraits are a little more formal. By the time we get to the second location, everyone is relaxed and comfortable — perfect for more casual location portraits! So, without … Read More

Macro Portrait :: Monarch Caterpillar

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My kids love nature (woohoo! Excited parenting moment, right?)… and they are always asking if we can keep bugs or insects to “watch them” for a while.  Usually, we send the little critters back out into the wild after a brief observation period, of course.  But when it comes to Monarch caterpillars, I’m willing to make an exception. You see, we have a friend who’s been … Read More

Manchester Pistol Prodigies

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For the past couple years, we have sponsored the Manchester Pistol Prodigies.  Now, since the season is over, I can tell you… the Manchester Pistol Prodigies did really well in the realm of competitive shooting this past year.  The team made it all the way to the 2017 National Championships!  Congratulations everyone!  The Manchester Mirror posted an article about the Pistol Prodigies heading to Nationals this summer … Read More

Baby’s First Year – P. is Ready to Stand!

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One of the best parts of my job is getting to see repeat customers. I love it when my littlest clients come back to the studio, because it’s always so amazing how much they’ve grown! And, let me tell you — if you’re worried about planning a portrait session for your child because he or she just doesn’t behave in front of the camera — don’t … Read More

Studio Portraits of My Dog :: Meet Apollo!

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Life has been pretty busy around here. But, I’ve finally taken studio portraits of my dog.  Yes, we have a new pup! As an aside, if you’re looking for a lab, I highly recommend Northern Lites Labs in Grayling, Michigan.  We made the drive from Dexter to Grayling to pick him up, and it was totally worth it.  This pup is one of the calmest labs … Read More

Senior Photos With Pets? Yes! :: Madison

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While I love photographing seniors, or any of my clients, I have to admit that I have a soft spot for animals.  So, when Madison’s mom asked me if I ever do senior photos with pets, I enthusiastically said, “yes!!” A lot of my clients are concerned that their dog might be too rambunctious or energetic to sit still for photos.  But, as I reassured this … Read More

One More Moment – Local Charity Spotlight

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This week my husband and I attended a happy hour event for One More Moment, a local Ann Arbor charity that helps create “one more moment” for late stage cancer warriors. (We’ve gone to several events in the past, and all of them have been fabulous) Maybe you’re wondering: What is One More Moment? It’s a nonprofit charity based in Ann Arbor that works with local … Read More

Learn about the Rule of Thirds (a fun snack activity for kids!)

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Learning is fun, but when you combine learning with snacktime, that’s even better!  This week, we’re talking about the Rule of Thirds (another stop on our trip through the alphabet with our Photography ABCs series).  What is the rule of thirds?  It’s a photography concept for creating visually interesting images — we’ll get into that shortly. Read on to see how we’ll be using crackers to recreate the … Read More

Looking Backward With Photo Memories

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Last night I was going through old photos.  While I have my client images well organized and backed up appropriately, my personal photos have been stored haphazardly on CDs, DVDs, and old external hard drives.  My goal?  To make sure my photo memories didn’t get lost forever.  If there’s interest, I’ll go over some ways to store photos in another article — send me an email or comment … Read More

Clothespin Christmas Angel (an elf alternative)

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My kids are really excited for December.  And since Thanksgiving has come and gone, there’s definitely been an uptick in the Christmas spirit around our household.  Last year, I’d been considering making kindness elves for the Christmas countdown, but never got around to it.  I have never really liked the elf on the shelf idea, so this year I did a little more exploring of alternatives to elf … Read More

Easy Last Minute Thanksgiving Activities + Crafts

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  Thanksgiving kind of snuck up on our family this year.  I’m not sure if it was just because life was busy, or we were preoccupied with school and the daily grind. Whatever the reason, Thanksgiving is here.  And we haven’t decorated.  We haven’t finished going grocery shopping.  We know we’ll be spending Thanksgiving with family, but the details?  Nope.  Those are still TBD. Maybe you’re a little … Read More

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