Professional Business Portrait

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I recently created a professional portrait for Michael Carlin, a lawyer in Southeast Michigan. As is sometimes (maybe often!) the case, simpler turned out to be better.

Creating a professional business portrait like this doesn’t take much time out of your busy day; but it will make an impact on your professional image. When I’m asked, I always tell people why it’s so important to have a high quality portrait for business — image is everything. As much as we try to be objective in decision-making, emotions play a part in our day-to-day decisions. Your clients look at your portrait and make instantaneous, subconscious judgments about you and your business based on your portrait. “He looks like a nice guy!” …or… “I think I could trust him!” For less than an hour of your time, we can create a professional and friendly business portrait that you will be excited to see on your promotional brochures and website.

Newborn Portraits :: Mia

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Big brother Nate and big sister Tessa helped me to create some adorable portraits of their new little sister, Mia! We had lots of fun, and the kids were really cooperative. After creating a few portraits of all the kids together, it was time for Mia to hog the spotlight so we did some portraits of just baby girl by herself. I love how these all turned out; it is always great to include family in newborn sessions.

Professional Studio Portrait :: Erin

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Erin needed a portrait to display on her website. After a bit of discussion to see what style of image she was after, we settled on a clean gray background and a relaxed-yet-professional look. While there was a possibility she might want more than one image to use on the site, both she and I loved this particular portrait so much that it was the clear choice.

I’m excited to see how this looks when incorporated into her website; I bet it will be fantastic!

Birthday Pictures

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I love doing birthday pictures that include cake, cupcakes, or some sort of treat for a toddler. And this session was no exception.

First, for the birthday cupcake inspection…

One Year Birthday Photographs

And after a little cajoling, we finally got a bit messy! Sadly, I think we got more icing on the floor and on the adults than on the toddler… go figure (guess Baby Led Solids/Weaning really does work).

Michigan Toddler Birthday Picture

Finally, since he was in town visiting, we talked Great Grandpa into helping with the session. Here’s one of those portraits:

Great Grandfather Portrait Session

Happy first birthday!! Such a cutie pie 🙂 🙂

Michigan Winter Family Portrait

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With all this record-setting warm weather we’ve been having, snow seems a far cry to the past (knock on wood!). Normally I schedule outdoor sessions to avoid precipitation, but for this family portrait, that’s just what was desired… a fresh coating of snow. With how wacky this winter was, I’m glad we were finally able to create these portraits.

Here’s the top pick from the outdoor family portrait:

We also created some portraits in the studio, since it was so chilly outside! Here’s the baby girl in her kimono… so adorable:And the siblings together. It’s always cute to see how proud big siblings can be when holding the new baby (even if it is with help!).

Toddler Portrait

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I’m told that the term “toddler” is somewhat relative, and that for the most part you can use it once a baby starts walking. So, it looks like we have a toddler on our hands now! Despite his desire to abstain from walking or standing during our portrait session, we ended up with some precious portraits of the little one… including a few that show off the new teeth!

Michigan Toddler Portrait (1)

Still as happy as ever… with a mouthful of teeth (4 already in, and two more about to cut through).

Michigan Toddler Portrait (2)

Sadly this ball isn’t quite as tasty as his favorite fruit (apples). While sitting at the kitchen table the other day, he debated between an apple and an orange, and then (with a big smile) picked up and proceeded to bite into a very tasty apple.

Michigan Toddler Portrait (3)

They grow so quickly; it’s hard to believe Toby is entering toddlerhood already!

Family Portrait :: Baby M.

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Here are portraits from Baby M’s newborn session.  I absolutely LOVE the one of her big brother holding her; he looks so proud to be an older sibling!

Interestingly enough, we spent most of the session trying to get Baby M to fall asleep so that we could create the tour de force — that adorable artistic portrait of her sleeping on the settee.

I hope the family enjoyed their holiday gifts 🙂 — portraits always make wonderful presents, don’t you think?

Depot Town :: Josie

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Just before ringing in the new year, I got to go to Depot Town in Ypsilanti for a fun senior portrait session with Josie! We found a lot of fun spots to create some unique senior portraits; I’m particularly partial to the train caboose ones.

And then, as it started getting dark, we took to the streets to do some edgy portraits by the clock in Depot Town. I love the urban feel of all these senior portraits; it’s so hard to pick a single favorite from creative sessions like this!

Josie ended up with a gorgeous coffeetable album featuring a nice selection of images from her session.

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