Business Portrait :: Janice

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Janice came to the studio to have me create a business portrait for her to use to promote her business. Janice is a wonderful conversationalist and I really enjoyed chatting with her about her family and learning about how to stage homes (i.e., when you hire a realtor, and you stage your home to help potential home buyers envision the space properly).

For more information about Janice’s company, In Stages, feel free to give her a call at 734-560-5477.

Lauren :: Dexter Senior Portraits

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Lauren is a Class of 2011 senior at Dexter High School! We’ve been planning on doing something fun for Lauren’s senior portraits for quite some time (I photographed her sister, Ashleigh, a few years ago). So, Lauren came into the studio for her mini session (she’s a senior spokesmodel for Betsy’s Photography)… and we had some fun!

I am really thrilled with how the images from Lauren’s session turned out — I particularly like the ones of her in her prom dress. I wanted to do some retro Hollywood portraits with it. While it takes some time and patience to mimic the “Old Hollywood” feel, in the end, I am really happy with how things turned out.

Lauren will be making another appearance on our blog later this summer, since we still have her outdoors senior portrait session to plan still!

Studio Portrait Session :: Darrell

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Darrell came to the studio the other day to let me create some studio portrait images for his portfolio.  He had some great hats, and while we created a variety of images, I was really drawn to those moody and dramatic images where the hat covered part of his face.  Take a peek, and decide for your self which you think is your favorite!

This one is probably my favorite image from Darrell’s session.  Love this portrait.

But then again, this one is great too….

Retro Hollywood Portraits

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It’s always fun to try something new… and with that in mind, I planned a “creative” portrait session with a local model, Amy. We created some images “from another era,” so to speak. I was pleased with the results, and love how the retro clothing really takes this type of portrait to a whole new level.

This portrait is gorgeous. I love it, especially with the tinted sepia look:

This dress looked great on Amy… again, I love it!

In addition to the fur stole and the authentic dress, I was able to get my hands on a really nice coat.  It looked great on Amy:

And one last one, in true black & white, with the really dramatic Hollywood style lighting.  Great smile, great hair…everything really came together wonderfully!

Lifestyle Photography

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Recently I did a commercial lifestyle session with Amy (she’s a model). The main focus of her session was creating some images with a “product” feel. First, meet Amy:

Here are some of the results from the session. (a few of these were published in the online version of Professional Photographer magazine… May 2010)





After creating the needed product shots, we also took some time to do some “model-only” images, including something a little more creative. This is one of my favorite images from her session; love the dramatic lighting and demure feel.




Extended Family Portrait

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I love doing family portraits on location like this!  Creating a family portrait in my clients’ homes is not only a more relaxing environment, but the family portrait ends up being more meaningful because of the setting!

While going outdoors wasn’t really an option in the middle of winter (way too cold!) — there are plenty of places that make great settings for portraits.  This great room setting turned out perfectly, especially for the extended family portrait.

When we create a family portrait with an extended family grouping, I always recommend creating the smaller family portraits as well.

I’m really thrilled with how these family portraits turned out — and I know the portraits will make a wonderful addition to Allen and Michelle’s home.

Ann Arbor Senior Portrait :: Corey

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Corey is a Senior at Pioneer High School.  If he looks familiar, it’s because, a while back, we did his brother’s senior portraits.  For Corey’s session, we wanted to create portraits in an outdoor setting, since Corey loves being outdoors.  We spent some time at Corey’s home in Ann Arbor, followed by the schoolyard at a nearby public school.

On the school grounds, I found a wonderful variety of settings, allowing me some lovely backgrounds that complemented Corey’s attire.  We ended up with some great images incorporating the natural scenery, brick walls, an exterior door that contrasted wonderfully with nature’s greenery.   Corey’s mom said one of Corey’s portraits reminded her of a mountain man… the stark landscape with Corey as the solitary subject.

The portrait with the fence was taken in Corey’s backyard.  His mom loved it…  I always like it when I can incorporate a meaningful/significant location into the portrait session.  It helps transform the portrait from just a picture into a meaningful memory.

Corey was a good sport throughout the entire session, and I’m so glad we were able to keep the experience a relaxing one for him!

Plymouth Senior Portrait :: Alex

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Alex is a senior at Plymouth Salem High School, and he came to the studio this fall for his senior portrait session.  Alex plays varsity football, so naturally we had to incorporate his jersey and letter jacket into the session!  Here’s one of my favorite portraits of Alex.  I love the serious but thoughtful expression on this image, it’s very intriguing!

A different take on the same concept.  I like how this portrait displays the back of Alex’s letter jacket.

This next image was meant to be conceptually a little more “serious.”  I love how Alex’s expression and the football paraphernalia all add to the feel of this portrait.

We also created a more casual portrait of Alex.  Here’s my favorite one from the series.  Love the subdued gray tones!

Alex, congratulations for all your accomplishments.  I hope that you have a wonderful rest of your senior year!

Flutist

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We created this portrait for Debbie to use professionally — she’s a flutist and needs to submit nice but simple professional portraits to various venues for publication and promotion. Debbie also ended up using it on a custom designed business card that we created for her.

Business Portrait – Realtor Kathy Hay

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Kathy Hay came by the studio the other day to have me create a business portrait for her. Kathy is a realtor with Reinhart, and so for her session she brought as a prop… a yard sign from one of her properties that had just closed (i.e., sold!). I love how this image turned out, it really captures Kathy’s vivacious personality!

Anyone who knows Kathy will tell you, she is a warm and giving person. In addition to promoting Reinhart’s annual coat drive each year, Kathy has been avidly involved in the Adopt-a-Highway program for a number of years. We also created this portrait of Kathy for her to share… I definitely think it captures the essence of Kathy’s personality, don’t you? Friendly, approachable, and always happy to help out.

Senior Portrait at the Arb

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For Sarah’s senior portrait session (on location), we decided to go to the Arb, as well as create some portraits in and around the studio. This first one is going to be a wall portrait, and will look gorgeous from across the room. I absolutely love how pretty Sarah is, surrounded by flowers.

Sarah’s mom came out to the Arb during her lunch break to bring an adorable visitor…. Princess!  Princess was so excited to be a part of Sarah’s senior portrait session… that she didn’t know what to do (well, it was either that or the squirrel taunting her from the oak tree in the Arb — your guess is as good as mine!).  Anyways, Princess behaved amazingly and we were able to capture some really relaxed senior portraits for Sarah.  Here’s her laughing as Princess pranced over to say hi to me:

Next, we went over to the tree where that squirrel had been, so Princess could investigate.  I had Sarah sit down with Princess… and when  Sarah leaned over to praise her for being such a good puppy… I caught the moment  (You should know, I call all cute dogs puppies, because isn’t age relative for dogs too?).

Back at the studio, we went outside to create something a little more pensive and dramatic.

Engagement Story at the Arb

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Jessie and Paul asked me to help them plan an engagement portrait session at Nichols Arboreteum in Ann Arbor. The location was especially meaningful to them because it was where Paul proposed to Jessie.

We went with a lifestyle casual feel to the session, and created a number of fun images that really incorporate the natural surroundings at the Arb. One of my favorite portraits from the session was when we found some dandelions …I asked them to sit on a nearby tree stump and blow dandelions into the air together.

Of course, no engagement story portrait session would be complete without documenting the actual location of said proposal. So, we stopped at the park bench where Paul proposed and Jessie said, “yes!”

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