Extended Generations Family Photo

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Why do extended generation family photos matter? Because they document your family, they preserve a glimpse into a moment, and they are a joy to display. It may seem like a lot of work to plan an extended family photo session, but it’s worth it. Your children will thank you one day too.

The Easy Way to Draw a Heart + A Photo Valentine Craft

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Last year in preschool, Toby’s teacher taught him (and me) a neat way to draw a heart.  It’s so ingenius that I had to share.  And since this trick about how to make a hear is so short and sweet, I thought I would also share an idea for making a photo Valentine’s Day card too. But first, this trick for drawing a heart. If your … Read More

Thankfulness + Gratitude Journal

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Sometimes it’s hard to stay positive. This life is full of heartbreak and troubles.  Something that has helped our family lately?  A gratitude journal.  Also known as a thankfulness journal.  I got the idea from a good friend who has gone through a lot.  She mentioned that this simple act of writing down five things a day that she is thankful for has helped her realize how … Read More

Finding Time For Yourself

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With all the directions we’re being pulled in, it can be tough to carve out time for yourself!  Like me, I’m sure you wear many hats — perhaps including things like business owner, household manager, kid wrangler, laundry sergeant, extracurricular activity planner, ….the list goes on. Drawings and sketches in 2016, created by Betsy Finn. (Disclaimer: These are photographed with my phone… so I can share … Read More

Family Photos with Horses

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I recently did a family photography session that included the family’s horse.  We met at the barn where their horse was, and after doing a series of family portraits on location (without the horse), it was time to bring her in from the pasture. Well, needless to say, since it was December, and on the warmer side, it was a little muddy.  My client took some time … Read More

Managing Toy Clutter in the Family Room

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Despite the fact that we have an entire playroom on the main floor of our home, there is inevitably an exodus of toys from the playroom to the other areas of our house.  Most frequently, these toys congregate in the family room. And while I love seeing the boys play with their toys and read books, it’s not so fun to navigate a toy minefield when … Read More

Winter Storm

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I love winter.  …the cold, crisp, air… the snow… the whole thing.  And so I was just about as exited as our boys were to get our first big storm of the season.  We got a lot of snow. The boys begged to go out and build a snowman, and so we bundled up and went out — but the snow was a little too crumbly.  We made … Read More

Engineering Fun!

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We somehow ended up with a few extra PVC frame laundry hampers in our home.  So, as is usually the case, my creative toddler discovered a way to repurpose it.  Toby asked me about taking it apart.  I thought, “sure, why not?” So, for the next hour, our kitchen became an engineering construction site.  Toby gleefully pulled apart the PVC pipes and connector pieces, reconfigured them … Read More

Cultivating Water Kefir

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Over the past few years, I’ve learned how to cultivate different fermented foods — sauerkraut, sourdough starter (for bread), kombucha, milk kefir, and now water kefir.  My toddler, Toby, has enjoyed helping with these processes. I’ve found milk kefir to be the easiest of the fermented beverages to maintain, followed by kombucha.  Water kefir, thought, I found more tricky.  I think the original water kefir grains (not really grains, but … Read More

Rooting + Dividing African Violets

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Around here, we love finding ways to bring nature indoors.  And one of those ways is to have houseplants.  For the longest time, my mother has had African Violets basking in the Northern windows of her home. So, several years back I mentioned to her that I wanted to have some African Violets of my own for our house.  My mom made me a generous offer… … Read More

Practicing Scissor Skills with Family Photos

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This is a fun little activity that I created on the fly for my four year old.  He wanted to cut things with his scissors… And I just happened to have some photos on hand. Now, I’m not advocating you hand photographic prints to your child to have them practice their cutting skills, because we all know where that could lead. (Yikes! It could be worse than … Read More

First Snow – Grayling, MI

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It’s amazing how transient things are, how quickly the seasons change.  We went up north last weekend as part of our continued “working on the cabin” saga.  And yes, that’s why things have been a little quiet around here on the blog.  Real life obligations always come first — in this case, it was an amalgam of things for clients as well as the addition we … Read More

Simple Studio Portraits

Just because you choose to have your senior portraits done at the studio, that doesn’t mean your portraits will suffer. One benefit of staying at the studio for portraits is it’s simple to do both indoor and outdoor locations — without the hassle of additional travel. We have a nice wooded area, complete with rustic forest path and patches of sunshine that make it through the … Read More

Senior Portraits at the Park

I find that senior portraits, when done at a local park, always end up with a more casual and relaxed feel. Maybe it’s the simple fact of being outdoors, or just happenstance, but if I have a client who is looking for relaxed and casual — I’m definitely going to suggest someplace green and natural. The nice thing about most outdoors options is the variety of … Read More

Retro Hollywood Senior Portraits

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Sometimes it’s fun to do something a little different, a little retro. These Hollywood glamour style portraits have a retro vintage feel, and definitely are not your average senior portrait. While this style of portrait is easily created in the studio, it’s also simple to create on location. Creating a vintage-themed portrait does take a little planning, but it’s easy enough for anyone to pull off … Read More

Senior Portraits at Home

Sometimes the best locations are literally just outside your front door. Or, the front door of a family member’s home. For this senior’s portrait session, we planned a relaxed outdoors series of portraits around her grandmother’s home. Additionally, we incorporated a few inside settings into several of the portraits (based on a preliminary walk through). While having a plan is good, it’s important to go with … Read More

Senior Portraits on Location

This Saline High School senior wanted to have his car included in the senior portraits. So we planned a location portrait session at his home. While we were there, we also created a number of other portraits around the neighborhood. I love the wide variety of portraits you can get with a location senior portrait session like this. Laid back, relaxed, casual, and stress-free. All part … Read More

Senior Portrait with Musical Instrument

An important part of creating senior portraits? Finding ways to personalize them! For this senior’s session, we decided to incorporate his musical instrument. Well, one of them. Percussion players almost always get to play more than one instrument, so we settled on just one for the portraits. Because of the instrument’s size, it was easier to create these portraits at my client’s home (versus transporting it … Read More

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