Bugs, Bugs, Bugs!

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We had some bugs spend the night at our house the other day. Well, in the garage, to be exact. Grandpa sent these home with us, so we could watch them a little while longer before setting them free the next morning. The katydid took up residence on our deertick flower, and the praying mantis liked the Jerusalem artichoke we set her on. In case you can’t tell from these pictures (see more below), someone was REALLY excited to have these bugs around. He’s been talking about praying mantises all week. katydids, not as much…but then again, we didn’t have the interesting backstory for that little lady. The praying mantis had just eaten a humongous bumble bee before entering captivity. Read More

Finn’s Insurance Executive Portrait

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I recently was able to create a combination family and executive business portrait for Finn’s Insurance. We created a business portrait with four of the five Finn brothers and their father, and then by adding in the fifth brother we were also able to create a great gift for their mom. Here is the business portrait for Finn’s Insurance:

Doing dual-purposed portraits is actually a common request for me. Frequently my business professional clients love their headshot portraits so much that they ask about ordering a few prints to give as gifts. I love it!

Downtown Fine Art Photography Exhibit

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I am excited to share with you that some of my fine art photography is on display (and available for sale) at the downtown Ann Arbor Sweetwaters Cafe. While I had been over there to help install the exhibit, tonight was my first return trip since then. We ventured to Ann Arbor’s downtown for a nice weekday dinner with family — and while we were there, a quick stop at Sweetwaters was in order.

Right in the entryway, we stopped to take a picture of my artist statement and one of my photographs. Since there were some willing hands, I happily stepped in front of the camera to prove I was there.

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Ann Arbor Mu Phi Espilon Concert Celebrates 100 years

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The Ann Arbor Mu Phi chapter had a wonderful concert tonight! It celebrated 100 Years of the Ann Arbor Alumni Chapter. Many Alumni and friends of Mu Phi participated, and I thought it was lovely. Here are a few highlights from the event (see below). Several of my mother’s poems were set to music; it was really great to see the poems evolve and take on new meaning as they were performed. Read More

Elizabeth + Eve

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This fall Elizabeth had her senior portraits done. We kept things pretty simple, and decided to forgo any studio portraits. So, we did location senior pictures at the Arb — which I think turned out fabulously. It’s hard to pick a favorite, but I’m partial to the ones on the stairs that have both Elizabeth and her dog, Eve.

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Senior Portraits :: Downtown Ann Arbor

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While I love going to new places for location senior portrait sessions, it is also nice to revisit old favorites. And for C’s session, we went to two places I have enjoyed doing portraits — the Arb and Graffiti Alley. I am happy with how all C’s portraits turned out, she looks amazing in this senior portraits ;). Can’t wait to hear about the big decisions for college once that decision becomes more imminent.

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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!

Civil War Era Portrait

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I just wanted to share this period portrait I did recently; the couple is dressed in Civil War era attire. I thought it would be neat to go for an old time portrait look. And here is the Civil War era portrait!

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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?

Professional Musician Portrait

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This winter I created a professional portrait for my high school oboe teacher, Kristin Reynolds.  She is a faculty member at Eastern Michigan University, in addition to teaching private lessons and makes reeds for oboists not wanting to make their own.  Or, as in my case — not having the time to make my own reeds anymore!

Studio Senior Portrait

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Here are some highlights from one of our Pioneer Class of 2012 Senior sessions. This senior did a simple session at the studio. Now that our outdoor deck space is finished, we are pleased to provide easy green portraits like these outdoor senior portraits. I always love the deep blue sky portraits; they are a nice complement to the typical studio fare for senior sessions… and for those wanting a no-fuss session with two different looks, this is the perfect compromise.

Enjoy your senior year at Pioneer!!

C+I :: Newlywed Portraits

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This summer I photographed a pair of happy newlyweds — and rather than document their wedding, we planned a fun outdoors wedding portrait session. While the sun made for a hot day, I’m glad that we didn’t see any rain clouds!

Congratulations C + I… I love the storybook album we designed using all the wonderful portraits from your session at Gallup Park, and I can’t wait to help you select your favorite one to be made into a wall portrait!

Family Gathering :: Holiday Portrait

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The H. family had everyone in town over the holidays, and of course they contacted us to plan a portrait session at their home! We kept things simple, since the entire family group was so large. It takes some time to create a family portrait like this, so we did have to tease a few smiles out of the kids for some of the portraits. Overall I was really pleased with how well everyone did, particularly the puppy and the children. The important thing is that everyone had a relaxed experience, and that the portraits turned out well. I’m sure the H. family will enjoy these family portraits for many years to come.

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