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

Senior Portraits with Fall Colors

I love doing senior portraits during autumn. The colors are vibrant, transient, and beautiful. The colorful leaves provide a change of pace from summer green, and it’s usually still warm enough to forgo heavy jackets. Here are some favorites from a senior portrait I did during autumn at Nichols Arboreteum. The fall colors really add another dimension to these images. As an aside, I love including … Read More

Senior Portraits in Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor has such a nice variety of locations and settings for creating your portraits! For this senior portrait session, we chose two spots in Ann Arbor that are almost iconic. — Nichols Arboreteum and Graffiti Alley. An interesting juxtaposition, I might add. Nichols Arboreteum has acres of undeveloped land. There are a variety of natural areas: rolling hills with grassy open fields, deeply wooded areas, … Read More

Senior Portraits :: Courtney

Courtney came to the studio for her senior portraits, and after discussing numerous location options, we decided to stay at the studio. You’d never know it from the portraits we created, but it was a ridiculously hot and humid day. Courtney’s senior portraits are so gorgeous; I love how the color of her dress contrasts with the vivid green hues of nature. We also created a … Read More

Summer Portraits :: Sisters

These adorable sisters came to the studio on a nice (albeit hot) summer day. We started indoors, and then after doing some more formal portraits we created several more casual portraits outdoors here at the studio. I absolutely love the colors of these dresses, and the detail work was absolutely gorgeous too.

Dogs + People

It’s always fun to photograph dogs with their people!  Creating these portraits of Susan with her two dogs, Malia and Zihna, was a pleasure.  I enjoy animals of all kinds, but we’re still only a cat-only family, so it’s always fun when I get to play with puppies! Enjoy this series of images from her session. Oh, and in case you’re bemoaning the fact that your dogs would … Read More

Making the Choice: School or Home? (…9 parents share)

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As we count down the days left until school starts, it’s a good a time as any to cover the ever popular topic of schooling choices.  Specifically, whether to send your kids to school or keep them out of the school system and homeschool.  Rather than trying to argue one side or the other, I figured it would be more helpful to get input from parents … Read More

Michigan Pasty Recipe – Meat Hand Pie

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While Michigan doesn’t have an official state food, in the UP (upper peninsula), there is a fond love for the pasty.  Pasties are meat hand pies, and depending on who you ask, a pasty may or may not have specific filling ingredients (potatoes, onions, rutabaga, carrots, meat).  A little further on, I’ll share our recipe for Michigan Pasties, but first, a bit of history. According to … Read More

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