Mill Pond Park – Family Portrait

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The F. family had their family portrait created during the summer. Thankfully, we didn’t schedule their session for one of the really hot/humid days we’ve had during July… and there was a nice breeze the day of the session too!

Here’s their favorite portrait from the session. I absolutely love this family portrait; the location is gorgeous and has significance for the family too! I am sure this will look lovely hanging on display, and the F. family will have a wonderful portrait to remind them of this summer for many years to come.

Displaying Your Family Portrait

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Sometimes it can be tough to figure out where exactly in your home you’d like to display your family portrait. Common places that my clients typically want to adorn with portrait art include over their fireplace, in their front entryway, or a bedroom or hallway. It really depends on where you will be able to get the most enjoyment out of your investment though. If you really love the portrait we’ve created for you — will you be happier if it is on display in your family room, or hidden away in a back room so it can be enjoyed on a more personal level?

I love where we decided to display our own family portrait — it hangs over the fireplace in our family room, which is really the nucleus of our first floor (due to the open floor plan). Every time we walk in the front door, we can enjoy the portrait, and every time I come down the stairs or pass through the family room I am able to enjoy the memory of our family vacation to New Hampshire, where we had a wonderful portrait experience with an award-winning photographer.

I want you to enjoy your portraits every bit as much as I enjoy mine. And that’s why I recommend thinking about where you’d like to display your family portrait ahead of time. You don’t have to have a spot set in stone, but knowing your options will make life easier when it comes time to order your family portrait.

Here’s a picture of the entryway into our residential studio, which, as you can see, prominently features the family portrait of yours truly.

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You deserve to have portraits you can enjoy not just because of who’s in them — but also because of the fine craftmanship and artistic nature of the portrait itself. Treat yourself to something more. You deserve to enjoy a piece of personalized artwork in your home!

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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Dexter Train Depot – Family Portrait

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Earlier this fall, the M. family and I planned an outdoors portrait session in the Dexter area. The family liked the idea of incorporating the old Dexter Train Depot — so off we went! Here are two images from their session, I think these look great in black and white… it kind of captures the old vintage feel that naturally accompanies the historic building.

Dexter Family Portrait

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The W. family planned a family portrait this fall — and the timing was just perfect when their session came. Downtown Dexter was full of golds and oranges, and the gazebo was even decorated with festive fall decorations. All in all, I love how these relaxed family portraits turned out. These will look great above the W. family’s fireplace!

Siblings :: Location Portrait

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Before it turned cold, I created a family portrait for the S. family. Unlike a typical portrait where everyone was involved, we decided to have this session focus on the kids. Well, adult-aged kids, that is. Both siblings were back in town on college break, so we went to Gallup Park to create some unique sibling portraits.

Family Portrait :: Chelsea, MI

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The W. family came to the studio recently to have their portrait done. After creating their main portrait, mom asked if we could add a little fun into the mix — she had brought along Chelsea Bulldogs shirts for the family to wear! Of course, I said yes! So, we ended up with another fun portrait for the W. family to enjoy.

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Four Generation Family Portrait :: Chelsea, Michigan

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This summer, Linda planned a four generation family portrait! We decided to create the family portrait at her mother’s farmhouse near Chelsea. And I think the results are absolutely priceless. We actually created two separate portraits — one with four generations of women (Linda, her mom, one of Linda’s daughters, and her granddaughter), and the other with three generations (Linda, her mom, and Linda’s other daughter).

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Baby G :: Newborn Portrait

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Baby G finally arrived… and we finally got her into the studio for her newborn portraits. Since she was a couple weeks old already, Baby G was pretty active! We did manage to lure her halfway to sleeping… and ended up with some wonderful portraits of her awake and asleep. I absolutely *love* this portrait of her in the basket… what a cute smile on baby!

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Peanut :: Newborn Portrait

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Baby Peanut came to the studio a couple days after she was born… boy was she tiny! Her parents participated in the session too, and we created some adorable family portraits for them to enjoy. Peanut was a joy to have in the studio — she mostly slept, and aside from a feeding break, things were pretty uneventful! Since we did these portraits, Peanut has gained about a third of her original body weight… and is quickly catching up to those “standards” that the doctors love use when measuring kids and babies.

Angel :: Outdoors Family Portrait Session

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We planned a relaxed session at Angel’s home, to include her entire family: three people and four dogs.

Bear was the oldest dog, and since he was going blind and deaf; we did a portrait of him being petted by “his” human. Kerby posed for the camera like a show dog (well, with the aid of treats)… and Catherine, well, I captured her doing what she does best — swim in the river.

I love all these portraits, but especially love the image I created of the whole family. It’s going to look great as a wall portrait in Angel’s home!

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.

An Engagement Love Story (in Dexter)

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Mark + Kara wanted to do something a little different for their engagement portraits, so we ended up planning an extended Love Story session to capture not only a few memories, but to tell a story as well. 

We started off in downtown Dexter, so I had to include the clock.  The  VW bug in the crosswalk adds a great splash of color to this image. Next we went to a little bistro where Mark + Kara sat at a sidewalk table.  

Finally, we headed to a park in Saline for another series of images, which ended up being more nature oriented.  And to tie the whole thing into their actual engagement story, we included some wine glasses and a bottle of red wine for the final set of images. In case you’re curious about that one, Mark + Kara actually got engaged in Traverse City, at one of the many Michigan wineries around the area.  So we incorporated some wine tasting into the portrait session.

Studio Child + Family Portrait

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M. and her parents came to the studio to be photographed — we did a series of photographs of M. by herself, and then several photographs of the entire family.  This first one is one of my favorites; doesn’t she look adorable!

Next, it was time for some fun!  Yes, M. is actually hanging upside down; can’t you see her braids?  Obviously not very posed, but sometimes it’s capturing that moment that makes child portraits so special.

One last kid portrait.  I noticed when she came into the studio M. was wearing some very cute pink boots.  I thought it would be really adorable to incorporate them into one of the portrait images.  Can you guess her favorite color?

And finally, the family portrait.  I love casually-posed family portraits like this one; it really captures the essence of the relationship M. has with her parents.

Thanks for a great session!  I’m looking forward to seeing you back at the studio soon; in the meantime, enjoy your new family portraits!

Family Portrait with Dogs in Dexter

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This Dexter family has two great puppies: Curly and Moe. We started out the session by doing something a little more active, the goal being to have the dogs use of some of their energy so they’d be calmer for the rest of the session.   The dogs were included in a number of portraits, including a great sibling shot.  Once the dogs were a little calmer, we were able to get a great portrait of the entire family — Curly and Moe were behaving like perfect angels!

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