Family Portraits at Home :: The O. Family

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Life can be so busy when you’re a parent.  Add those kid schedules into the mix and life gets more complicated, right?  That’s why we often plan family portrait sessions several months in advance.  It makes life easier for everyone!  And, when you decide to do your family portraits at your home, there’s another bonus!  I come to you — and you DON’T HAVE TO TRAVEL.  Yep, one less thing to do the day of your session.  How’s that for being efficient and minimizing stress?

The day of the O. Family’s portrait session, I arrived at their home and set up my equipment while the family finished getting ready.  We chatted a little to review what the family wanted regarding their portraits.  And then we got started!  Here are some awesome highlights from their session:

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Before the family portrait session started, I walked around the house to get a feel for the landscaping and which areas might look nice. This was where we ended up starting. I love how mom is holding both of her kids’ hands. <3
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I love the landscaping!  it’s all gorgeous, really. But this looked so nice, I had everyone gather on the stone steps. We did a series of portraits here in this location, but this was my favorite to share with you!
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Then we walked around to the back of the house, where there was this nice landscaping with stone steps leading down to the yard. I had the family sit on the rocks by this tree. This is another one of my favorites — I love how the house is included, but nature dominates the background, so it has a nice blend of architectural and natural elements. And, bonus for my subjects — we were in the shade, where it wasn’t hot! (er, *AS* hot).
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A sibling portrait, which I thought was cute….
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And then we did some mother daughter portraits. This one looks so lovely, don’t you think?
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Mom spontaneously gave her daughter a kiss on the cheek, and I am so glad I caught that moment for them 🙂
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Then it was time for the father son portrait. They goofed around a bit too — but settled in for this nice portrait of the two of them.
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Someone’s girlfriend made a cameo appearance towards the end of the portrait session (requested by Mom, naturally!).
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And last but not least, Mom and Dad. This is a painting created from a portrait that I took.
While I do have traditional training so far as painting goes, I’ve really enjoyed learning to paint digitally. For one, there is less mess. It’s so much fun to create these painted masterpieces for my clients — they LOVE the results, and I really enjoy being able to provide this unique style of portrait art !

If you’re interested in scheduling a family portrait at your home, please don’t wait to get in touch!  We can start the planning process now, and reserve your date in advance so that the whole family has it on their calendar.  Yes, it’s crazy to coordinate calendars these days, but when you plan ahead, you can make sure your family portrait session becomes a priority!  Call Betsy at 734-424-0472 or contact us via our web form today!

Photographing Babies on the Move :: Portraits of Miss S.

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I can’t believe it’s already been four years since I photographed this little girl’s big brothers playing in the leaves.  How fast time flies!  Miss S. was so sweet, and blessed us with many smiles and cute adorable looks.

One of the tricky things, during a portrait session at this age, is that babies sometimes aren’t comfortable sitting up in a chair, but if you put them on the ground, they take off crawling.  So, I usually enlist mom’s help during the session.  Every time Miss S. crawled away, mom put her back in place.  And when we had her sitting in the chair, mom was right there out of the picture — ready to spot — in case this sweet baby girl started wobbling.  Learning to balance is so tough!

I’ve included a few pull backs from the session, so you can see what I’m talking about!

And you can also see the cute adorable mini set I have for little ones.  It helps make the environment feel a little more cozy (and much less vast and scary).  Plus, it functions as a containment zone if we’re photographing a mover!

I really couldn’t decide on a favorite.  I love the traditional Norwegian attire, but I also love the soft textures of the pink sweater with the whites and grays.  Adorable.  And, so sweet that Miss S. wanted to share the rattle with me!

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We started out with a classic setting for Miss S’s formal Norwegian outfit. She is so adorable!
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Someone decided to be done with sitting on the floor, so we tried several props before settling on the rocking horse — which was a big hit. I’m including this pullback so you can see how someone is always within arm’s reach — safety is always key!
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Here’s a cute portrait of Miss S. from the rocking horse series… Love those eyes!
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Then it was time for an outfit change — so I switched up the background too. I love how the pink knitted items pair with the grays in this image 🙂 — including Mom’s sweater ;). She’s in here, again, so you can see how close someone is during this whole baby portrait session. Have to keep those precious babies safe and happy!
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Once Miss S. settled in and was willing to balance on the chair all by herself, we got some cute portraits — like this one. My sister-in-law made the crochet octopus… isn’t it cute??
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Because we all know how quickly babies move from one toy to another ….I have plenty of fun toys on hand. This little rattle, with its pastel color tones, fit in nicely with the whole scene. Miss S. wasn’t big into smiling during this portrait session, but boy did we get a bunch of cute expressions 🙂
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It’s always nice to share! I spent a little time handing the rattle back to Miss S. during the session, which was so sweet. You can tell she has good role models in her life since she’s already mastered sharing 🙂 (for now, anyways, right?)
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And because mom needs to be in some portraits too… we did a series of mommy and me portraits. Even though Miss S. has a serious expression in this photo, I love it 🙂 And her Mom looks fabulous, of course, right? 🙂
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Miss S. was kind of ready to be done modeling for the camera, but she pulled out a few stops to give us this portrait. I like how this portrait is more about baby, even though Mom is in the portrait and amazing 🙂

Getting good portraits of your little ones can be stressful and difficult — if you’re the parent.  That’s why we’re here — to make your life easier.  Let us help you plan your baby’s next portrait session so you can relax and let Betsy do all the leg work.  (is it really work if we’re having fun?).  Contact Betsy online or call 734-424-0472 to learn more about our baby’s first year plan or to start planning your baby’s portrait session!

Harry Potter Themed Baby Portraits :: Jacob’s 3 Month Photos

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Sometimes it’s fun to do something a little special when it comes to portraits.  Maybe you are a Harry Potter fan, like Jacob’s family.  Earlier this year you got to see Jacob’s newborn portrait session…. and now it’s time to share his three month baby portraits with you!

I was really excited when Jacob’s mom showed up with props in hand.  While it’s always fun for me to create unique portraits for my clients, I love it when they get involved in tailoring the vision and creating something truly personalized.  We made sure to put the Harry Potter books in the right order when stacking them, arranged everything so that it looked like we wanted.  After clamping the broom in place, we finally added the little wizard into the scene.  It’s hard to pick a favorite, but if you can, let me know yours!

We did two more settings for Jacob’s three month portraits — one with his parents’ textbooks and a doctor theme, and then a more traditionally styled portrait at the end.  What fun!

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When we first set Jacob into the Harry Potter theme, he was very awake and inquisitive. Lots of head holding, but still not really moving yet. Perfect for getting this kind of portrait!
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I love this expression. He’s so serious!
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Those glasses are adorable. We tried a couple times to get them on Jacob a bit later in the series of photos I’m sharing….
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What a cute baby smile! And all those details… the books, the broom, the cauldron, the wand….. love it!
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Here’s that portrait I was talking about with the glasses. Jacob was not a fan, and they came off almost immediately, but we got one good shot — and that’s what matters sometimes!
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We changed up the set a little with my grandfather’s old navy suitcase. It seemed like a great fit with the Hogwartz and Harry Potter theme. This one was to showcase Jacob’s cute onesie 🙂
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We put all of those portraits together to create this really great memories panel. I love designing these pieces with my clients — it’s really fun to see the design come together. The Harry Potter quote just makes it perfect!
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And with that, it was onto the next outfit. Jacob got a little break and mommy time while we tore down the Harry Potter set, and then it was onto the doctor themed portraits. I love this one…. his eyes are so intensely adorable!  I had a little fun personalizing this one for him too 🙂
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Jacob’s dad ended up getting a print of this portrait for his office. No, we didn’t really go on location, but sometimes I’m able to work some computer magic and create whimsical images like this one.  For this one, we set Jacob up next to his parents’ textbooks on a piece of flooring, with a white background.  After some creative work on my part, Jacob magically appeared in a hospital!
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And after another break, we moved onto Jacob’s last outfit. He was getting a little sleepy but we got a few smiles out of him….
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And then Jacob was tired out. Like that. He fell asleep and just chilled there while I finished up the session.  Love this sleepy smile…. adorable! What cute baby photos, right? This one ended up as a canvas wall portrait — which will look fantastic in their home.

 

I’m looking forward to seeing Jacob again for his next session — it’s always fun to see how much kids grow and change over their first year.  If you’d love to plan your own unique portrait session, please contact Betsy via the web or call 734-424-0472!  When we collaborate on the planning process, it’s easy to create a portrait that is themed to your interests and vision!

Have Camera, Will Travel :: Maggie’s Senior Photos on Lake Michigan

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Let me confess — I absolutely love doing portraits in new places.  So, when my niece asked me if we could do her senior portraits on the other side of the state, I didn’t hesitate!

Would I do the same for a client?

Absolutely!  You see, it’s super important to me that you are happy with the results.  If you have your heart set on doing a portrait session on Lake Michigan, like Maggie — I will figure out a way to make that happen.  Let me know what you have in mind and we can talk!)

Have camera, will travel!

Anyways, after packing up my gear (camera, lights, all that good stuff), we drove across the state to Lake Michigan.  It’s not that far of a drive, honestly…  And during the summer it’s gorgeous.  I wasn’t the only one who came prepared.  Maggie had a nice selection of outfits, shoes, and the like picked out for her senior portraits.  The trick was narrowing it down!

That’s where I come in.  In fact, I tell my clients to bring extra outfits if they can’t narrow their choices down.  I’m happy to provide suggestions or make an impartial decision if that’s what my client wants. :).

After hair and makeup were finished, we headed out to the lake.  Because we were planning a sunset portrait session, I kept a close eye on the clock so we could be in the right place at the right time.

We stopped at the lighthouse first, then walked out to the pier, and ended up down by the beach.  After the sun set, we headed into town to the local ice cream place — and did a few photos there just for fun.  Maggie’s cousins wanted to be in the photos too — so they met us at Dairy Treat.  Too much fun!

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I love how elegant Maggie looks in this series of photos. The lighthouse was the perfect setting… and that evening light from the sun on her hair? Gorgeous.
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Here’s another one from the same spot. <3 <3
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I know I already said it…. but I love that evening light!
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The sun started getting a bit lower in the sky, so we knew it was time to move on. We wrapped up with this outfit 🙂
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…by doing a final portrait of Maggie in front of the lighthouse. I love the wide angle feel of this portrait!
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Maggie’s next outfit was a little more casual. As the sun kept sinking lower, we walked out towards the beach. This shot is one of my favorites… I love the wide open expanse, the sun glinting off the water, and how the railing leads your eye straight to Maggie.
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Here’s a gorgeous close-up portrait of Maggie in the same spot… so gorgeous!
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It’s hard to pick a favorite sometimes. I liked this one too.
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As we walked up to the bench, we spotted a Little Caesar’s pizza box. Maggie loves pizza, so this silly photo was definitely fitting!
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Once we got to the dunes, Maggie changed into her next outfit. Love the light from the sun on her hair. So beautiful.
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Here’s a full length portrait of Maggie by Lake Michigan. You can almost see the lake… but not quite yet.
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A candid photo of Maggie that I really liked.
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And this one is cool because of the darkness that was starting to permeate the evening. Sunset was coming!
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Lake Michigan is really so amazing. The beaches and dunes…. just can’t be put into words. I thought this senior portrait kind of captured that sentiment. Maggie isn’t really the main subject in this photo, but a part of the scene.
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Time for some fun! And, you can see Lake Michigan finally! Our end goal and destination… just in time for the sunset.
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Gorgeous evening light…. xoxoxoxo
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….fun, fun, fun…. Who says senior portraits need to be all posed and such? This one is so cute! …and, so Maggie 🙂
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The sun was really setting by this point, and I used my studio lighting to get some nice light on Maggie’s face….and that gorgeous red glow from the setting sun on her hair.
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This one is just so gorgeous. Sunset on Lake Michigan. Perfect.
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And a fun candid portrait of Maggie jumping …because everything is better when you can be yourself!
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I seriously adore this portrait. You can’t really see Maggie’s face, but ….those waves… and the whole thing…. is just beautiful.
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Love how the waves kept rolling in…. We took a few of Maggie smiling at the camera….
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I think this is the one we ended up turning into a canvas wrapped wall portrait for Maggie. It looks fantastic!
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And then we did one last outfit change. While this outfit was the most casual, it also was the most representative of Maggie. I love how relaxed she got for this set of images.
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That view is amazing. This is one of my favorites! (I feel like I keep saying that…)
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This one was a fun photo to create. We took a series of exposures to get the perfect balance of sunset, my studio lights, and then had to time things for the waves to crash on the rocks. Love the result!
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Another one from the same series. I think I like how you can see the whole pier in this one.
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And….the final frame for the beach. Some of the family had hopped into the boat for a sunset cruise — and we spotted them going through the channel. Perfect time to get them in the photo!
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As I mentioned, we met up with the family at Dairy Treat …. and the little cousins wanted to be in some pictures too! Here are the girls….how cute that they all coordinate too (that was totally unintentional).
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And here are my boys with Maggie. Lol. Totally not color coordinating, but whatever, right?
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And a rooftop photo of Maggie, just for fun. Because what’s the point in doing a senior portrait experience if it’s not fun, know what I mean?

If you’ve got a special location in mind for your senior portraits, please do share!  While we most often photograph around the greater Ann Arbor area, I am happy to travel if you have a special location in mind.  Give the studio a call at 734-424-0472 or email us via our web form today!

Senior Portraits at Cobblestone Farm :: Marissa

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Marissa is a senior at Chelsea High School — but she wanted to go somewhere else for her senior portraits. As in, out of Chelsea.  No problem!  We spent some time before her session at the studio talking about what Marissa liked and wanted for her senior portraits.  Sometimes during these planning appointments, I’ll even pull up Pinterest so we can pick out favorites …and so I can get a feel for what my client is looking for.  After we made a “custom pinterest board” for Marissa, I had a pretty good idea of what she was envisioning.

Style… check. (Love when technology helps like that!)

Next, with Marissa’s vision in mind, we started looking for locations.  Ultimately, we decided on Cobblestone Farm — Marissa really loved the barn and the little red building there. It wasn’t urban or grungy, and there were lots of natural options within a short walk.

Location ….check!

On the day of Marissa’s session, the weather cooperated.  Although it was a little hot and humid, you’d never know it from these senior portraits.  Take a peek and if you can decide on a favorite, be sure to let me know.  We ended up with such a wide variety of senior portrait images… and I loved the last set of portraits we did as the sun sunk below the horizon.  So much fun!

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Marissa’s senior portrait session started out by the old farm house. I love the old hewn wood… so much character. And Marissa looks amazing!
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Another from the same spot — I love the old window, all the little details that add so much character to this senior portrait.
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As we were moving on to the next spot, Marissa saw this fence and thought it looked neat. So, we did a few portraits here. Love how this turned out!!
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You might be wondering — “How can I change outfits on location?” Well, I have discovered it is much more relaxing for my clients if I bring along a portable changing room! See that big blue thing? It’s a pop up changing room that has been a lifesaver. Instant privacy!
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Okay, onto the next outfit. Marissa loved these stairs, so we stopped for a series of portraits. This one was my favorite. She looks so great!
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We walked around to the big barn, and did some senior portraits by the barn doors. They’ve been upgraded a bit, and have this cool veneer on them. Love how this portrait turned out!
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And another one. Marissa was rocking the serious model look throughout this entire session. 🙂
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When we were planning Marissa’s senior portraits, we spotted an image similar to this, and Marissa really wanted to do this for her senior photos. I love how this turned out. Sh…. don’t tell, but that sign was added after the fact. Would you have known if I didn’t tell you?
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And here’s the red wooden mini barn. Marissa’s more casual outfit went great with the red wood… Love it!
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I seriously love this portrait — and the next one. It’s a toss up. Which do you like better,…. Marissa smiling….
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…or Marissa being contemplative and serious? So gorgeous.
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The sun was sneaking below the horizon as we wrapped up the session. I spend a bit of time kneeling on the grass to find just the right spot for the horizon in this portrait. Marissa got to stay nice and dry, sitting on the towel I brought along. 🙂
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We were pretty much done when Marissa remembered she wanted a portrait sitting on a fence, or leaning over it. So, we made a beeline for this rustic fence…and did both poses. I love how this one turned out….
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But this serious portrait of Marissa is so stunning I had to include it as well. Isn’t it interesting how a few small tweaks can change the impact of a senior portrait?

If you’re looking for a customized and unique senior portrait experience, but don’t know how to put what you want into words,… give us a call at 734-424-0472 (or contact us online)!  Betsy will walk you through the planning process, help you determine your style, the location that fits your vision… all those decisions that can be tough if you don’t have someone to help you through your senior portrait experience.

Tips for Getting a Family Snapshot with out of Town Relatives

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My family loves photos. Maybe that’s part of the reason I was drawn to photography, right?  Anyways, my mom has a standing request when it comes to family.  When we have relatives visiting from out of town, she wants a family portrait.  Specifically, she wants me to take a portrait of everyone.  Sometimes we’ve been able to go more formal or planned with the portrait session, and other times, it’s on the impromptu side of things.

And that’s where this family snapshot was on the spectrum.  Desired, but spur of the moment, as our weekend plans had been put through a blender and the timing was just not conductive for a true family portrait.

Seriously, I think it took me longer to pack my gear before our trip than the photos took for me to take.  I spent less than five minutes taking snapshots of the kids, and about five minutes max taking a group portrait of the entire group.

Pre-session planning?  Non-existant.  Coordinated clothing?  On hand, but not being worn.  Relaxed session with lots of time for getting people to warm up and smile?  Nope, no time for that.  You name it, we covered the list of what not to do when planning your family portrait session.

But that’s okay.

Because this wasn’t a family portrait session.

This was a family snapshot.

Sometimes you need to document those moments — and there isn’t time for anything better.

So, what can you do to get a family snapshot with your out of town relatives?

First of all, relax.

  1. Don’t worry about getting it perfect.
  2. It’s okay if not everyone matches
  3. If your kids don’t have their shoes on, don’t sweat it.
  4. Do what you can with the time you have.
  5. Document your family with a snapshot, and know that it will be enough.

Seriously.  Don’t sweat the small stuff.  Not every family photo will be elegant.  But it will be real and authentic.  This family snapshot isn’t a portrait I would call award-winning.  But it does capture the moment, the spirit of our crazy busy weekend together with my out of town relatives.  People are looking at the camera.  Almost everyone is smiling.  And that’s life.

Sometimes you take what you can get, and have to remind yourself that it will be enough.

You don’t have to do perfect.

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I piled the kids on the swing for some quick snapshots while we waited for everyone to gather for the main photo. These three were ready.
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They were happy to smile for the camera….mostly, lol!
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And then came the real highlight. Kids always love those silly pictures!!
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The littlest cousin was ready for his photo, so we added him into the bunch.
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No smiles from him, but looking at the camera — that works for me! We were tight on time, as I mentioned.
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And here’s the whole family snapshot, with everyone. It’s not going to win any awards, but this is a precious portrait because of all the out of town relatives we managed to get together in one photo. Sometimes that’s what matters.

You know when I mentioned that family photos tend to happen every time we have out-of-town relatives visit?  Well, I wasn’t kidding.  And I’m thankful I have these, to show you how different styles of family photos can be valuable and precious — whether they are true studio family portraits or simple family snapshots on the fly.

Here’s a set of family photos from when my cousin and her daughter were visiting from out-of-town. Naturally, we did a portrait of my grandfather with (some of) his great-grandkids.

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Cousins together for the first time. They were happy to smile for the camera as long as I let them do a silly picture at the end!
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Great Grandpa with his oldest great-granddaughter.
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While not all of the great grandchildren, this was everyone there at that point in time!
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And the four generations all together!
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My cousin and I got a photo together too. Again, these were a step above snapshots, but as you know — a photograph can be priceless when you have memories connected to it!

This last family portrait I’m going to share is the most formal.  We did a studio portrait with three generations of extended family.  My mom has a set of these displayed in her living room as canvas gallery wraps — they look gorgeous.  We used the portrait of my kids for part of our Christmas card :).

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Here’s a more formal family portrait that we did a few years back. That checklist of things to do before a portrait session? Complete! My mom has this hanging in her family room, and while it no longer shows everyone in the family, it is still a valuable family heirloom.
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This portrait is also hangs on the wall next to the one above. Love it!
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And one of my parents with their grandkids at the time. My mom was over the moon when she got to see the sneak peek from her portrait session for the first time. <3
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And here’s my family from that same session. I can’t believe how much the boys have grown!!!
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Those smiles are so cute!
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This is one of our all-time favorite portraits of the boys with their dad. It’s a bit silly, maybe even worthy of the “outtake” status,… but I always include family portraits like this because it shows the loving and fun dynamics of a family relationship
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And one of me with my boys. So sweet.

So, there you have it.  Family photos don’t always have to be perfect.  But they will always be representative of your family.  Make the best of the situation, get as many smiles as you can,… and if at all possible, have a family portrait photographer do your next family portrait.  Because I know from experience.  When you’re in charge of taking the picture, it’s a more stressful environment.

That’s why I do this.  I want my clients to be able to have memories of their family — without having to go through the stress of getting everyone posed for a family photo.  When you tell people to just listen to the photographer — you get to hand off the responsibility. It’s no longer your job to make sure everyone looks good, or that everyone is smiling for the camera.  That’s my job.  Your job is to relax and trust me to create images you will want to give to your grandchildren one day.  For more information about scheduling a family portrait session, call 734-424-0472 or contact the studio via our website.  I’ll walk you through the whole planning process and make your next family portrait the most relaxing one yet!

Newborn Portraits of Baby Yara

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I got to meet Yara this summer… and she is adorable!  Her mom had the cutest outfits planned for Yara’s newborn portrait session too.  The only problem?  Yara, who was wide-eyed and cheerful at the beginning of her portrait session, just could not stay awake by the end!  No matter how much you plan, this sometimes happens… so we made some adjustments in our plans and instead of creating newborn portraits of a wide-eyed baby girl, we created some adorable sleeping newborn portraits at the end of her newborn session. Not what mom had planned, but sweet nonetheless.

Such is life!  Next time Yara comes to the studio, she will be a bit older, and I know we’ll capture some portraits with her not-so-sleepy-personality on display!

So, here’s a sneak peek of Yara’s portraits…. enjoy!

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Yara was wide awake at the beginning of her portrait session… just about as wriggly as a baby bunny too! But we got some cute portraits, including this one of her peeking out from under her hat. Love it!
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Between outfits, Yara needed some snuggles with her mama, so I got to capture this adorable portrait. Such a sweet baby girl!
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This is an outtake from Yara’s session. I think sometimes it’s helpful for my clients to see photos like this, because it can be super tough to visualize how baby gets settled into a particular pose or prop. Well, we do it carefully! Yara’s mom was within reach the whole time, and I always tell parents that safety comes first. After Yara fell asleep, her mom was able to move just out of the camera so I could capture the next few portraits.
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First, a close up of the adorable little sleeping beauty. Love that bow!!! Yara’s mom did a great job of picking out outfits and putting together accessories for the portraits. We may not have gotten any portraits of her awake in this outfit, but… sometimes that’s how it works. Newborns will be unpredictable in whether they are awake or asleep. Fortunately Yara will be coming to the studio frequently (Baby’s First Year plans rock!)… so next time around, we’ll get more portraits of an awake baby girl, I know it!
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And here’s the final frame. I absolutely love this one. So serene, so sweet. Yara was so precious to work with, and I look forward to seeing her again soon!!

That’s all I have for a sneak peek, but there is another adorable portrait in the works.  I have a little more work to do on it yet, as I’m making a digital painting…. but I’ll share that with you when it is ready for the world to see :).  So, for now, enjoy these portraits, and try to decide which is your favorite!

If you have a newborn, or are expecting soon, please contact me at 734-424-0472 to learn more about our Baby’s First Year plan!  It’s a great alternative to an a la carte portrait session, and you will love how easy your portrait experience is!  I’ve worked with babies of many temperaments, and it’s always fun to help bring out their personalities so you will end up with adorable portraits like these ones of Yara.  Not one newborn portrait session is alike, I can tell you that for sure!

A Studio Headshot of Sydney

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Life is sometimes so busy it’s hard to find time to do things for yourself.  Even if it is something helpful to your business, like getting an updated headshot portrait, right?

Well this past month Sydney came to the studio for a session, and she was on a tight schedule.  We scheduled the session to be an hour before she needed to leave for an appointment… no problem, right?  Well, add an unfortunate traffic jam into the mix, and things got a little more complicated.

Fortunately, I knew we could get a nice headshot in 15-20 minutes, easily.  Sydney was relieved to know she would have plenty of time to get a nice business portrait …and still meet her client on time.

Sydney and I briefly discussed how she wanted to look in her portrait…. Not too big of a smile, but definitely smiling, and a word that came to mind was “approachable.”

So, here’s the final headshot portrait that Sydney settled on. I love this one! She looks so approachable, friendly, and I think it really captured her personality well.

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Sydney’s business portrait…what a nice headshot, don’t you think?

 

If you need to update your headshot but haven’t because of a busy schedule, know that we can easily fit a basic headshot portrait session into most busy schedules. Contact the studio at 734-424-0472 to learn more today!

Engagement at the Troll in Dexter, MI!

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On Saturday I left my older son Toby’s baseball game to go hang out at Mill Creek Park for an engagement photoshoot. Since Steven (my husband) was coaching the baseball team, I took our younger son Zack with me. Which was actually helpful…. because this wasn’t a typical engagement portrait. My client hired me to photograph her son as he proposed to his girlfriend.

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I love this one, it has the troll in the portrait and everything!

And I had to be inconspicuous.

So, I figured, what better way to be inconspicuous than to have a toddler in tow? Right? I mean, no professional photographer would be hanging out at the park with a kid, a toddler bike, and a wagon full of snack supplies!

It was kind of exciting, too! I hadn’t met the couple, I didn’t know what they looked like (aside from a photo that the mom had texted me). I knew where he was planning to propose (at the friendly troll statue next to the boardwalk. And we had a general idea of the time it would take place.

So about 45 minutes before the proposal was set to happen, Zack and I headed over to the park. Zack was on his bike, and I brought the wagon along just in case he got tired, so we could make it in time. We set up a “picnic” on a bench near the troll, and waited. Since I figured Zack might not be good at keeping a secret, I didn’t tell him what we were doing — we were there to “look for birds and other animals.”

For a three year old, he was a trooper! We hung out, I pretended to look for birds while secretly checking out everyone coming down the path — I didn’t want to miss the soon-to-be-engaged couple! Towards the end, Zack got a little antsy and wanted to start biking again. Fortunately, I was able to persuade him to stay a little longer with a cup of trail mix.

That was around the time when I saw my couple walking down the path. I tried to look the part of mom with camera, looking for birds with her toddler. When I saw him start to pull the box holding her ring out of his back pocket, I stopped trying to be secretive and just made sure I was in the right spot to get the best photos of them.

So, while my cover was blown, at that point she was focused on something other than me — her ring. It was so much fun to document her reaction; seeing people so excited always makes me happy :). At that point she kind of looked around at everyone standing and watching — and I said, “congratulations!”

He had succeeded in surprising her, and she started to piece things together. We introduced ourselves, and I took a few more posed portraits of them next to the troll. And that was it. I congratulated them a final time, and then they went back the way they came, arm in arm.

I was really proud of Zack for holding himself together, so we headed off for a celebratory ice cream cone at Dairy Queen (this time he didn’t bike; I pulled him in the wagon). What a fun day!

Here are some of my favorite images from the session (and to see the whole series, you’ll find a slideshow at the end of this post!)

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They showed up, and I was ready! 🙂
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And he was ready too…. finding the perfect time to get out the ring!
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He definitely surprised her!
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…and of course, she said yes!!
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The troll was happy to witness the proposal!
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…so much excitement!
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And of course, no proposal is complete without a kiss, right?
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…I love her expressions, she was so excited!
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Love this one. Sometimes you don’t need any faces in a portrait to tell a story.
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…and the ring is on!
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one final embrace before leaving…
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…and off they went!
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The happy couple 🙂

 

And, as promised, here’s the slideshow:

Congratulations!!! I am so excited to have been a part of your big day 🙂

Ann Arbor Rainy Day Senior Portraits :: Genna

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It seemed fitting that I should post rainy day senior portraits on a rainy winter’s day like today.  After all, it doesn’t feel like winter right now here in Michigan at all, does it?  Anyways, before I share the still senior photos, here’s a video highlight reel of some of favorite senior portraits from Genna’s senior photo session.  I just have to say, I’m so grateful that these old growth trees were plentiful in number, because even though it was rainy we stayed relatively dry!

 

And in case you’re not one for video shows, here are some still portraits from Genna’s senior photo session.  Enjoy!

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Meet Genna’s dog, Roy. He’s the reason we had our session during the rain — scheduling can be tough when you have to arrange for a service dog-in-training to come too!
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Like any young dog (and maybe labrador retrievers in general), Roy was full of energy and excited …but willing to be around my camera equipment. Here’s one of him playing a bit with Genna while we got him in position for the real senior portraits.
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I love working with dogs. Because there’s nothing better than a senior portrait with your dog in the photo, right? Here’s Roy focusing on me for a nice senior portrait with Genna!
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Here’s one final favorite portrait of Genna with her dog. I love this one, it turned out really well! Yes, it takes a little more effort to add a puppy into the mix, but I’m up for the challenge. If your dog can sit and is interested in treats, chances are good that I can create some nice portraits of you with your dog!
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This senior portrait of Genna turned out so amazingly, don’t you think? It’s a bit more of a closeup, but for this portrait, the cropping really works well.
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I love the perspective on this senior portrait. The brick wall just draws you right in to where Genna is sitting.
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Genna and her mom also brought along a chair for the senior photos at the park. I love how this one turned out. The canopy of trees is gorgeous, and Genna looks so elegant sitting there in nature.
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Right from the beginning when we planned Genna’s session, we knew there would be something involving this awesome teal mustang and the trees at Burns Park in Ann Arbor. Genna’s mom pulled the car into place while Genna changed outfits, and we ended up with this really neat portrait. I always try to do a mix of serious and smiling expressions, because you never know what is going to be your favorite for a given image.
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I love this portrait of Genna. She is really relaxed and happy, don’t you think? Make sure to enjoy the next two photos as well, because we did a series of silly faces that was really fun 🙂 (and would look great in a senior portrait coffeetable album).
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one of the senior photos in the silly face series I mentioned. So fun!
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…and the final one I’ll be sharing in the silly face series. This might not be anything you’d buy as a single print, but as a series, it is just perfect.
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Then we added a red jacket to the mix. I like this portrait of Genna, it’s a little vintage right?
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I really can’t say which portrait of Genna is my favorite. She had ideas for her senior portraits and we did our best to work all of them into her session. While I’m happy to take charge and give suggestions or directions to my clients, I also love it when my clients take an active role in planning their session 🙂
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And I’ll leave you with this last almost-outtake from Genna’s senior photo session. She’s not looking at the camera, but I just love it.

 

You might think it’s a little early to start planning for senior portraits, but in fact, we’ll be publishing our senior portrait “model” call soon!  If you’re interested in have a two part senior portrait session and getting some *perks* for sharing your senior photos with all your friends, then you’d be a perfect fit!   Let me add that you don’t have to look like a model to participate.  We love having real, normal teens as a part of our program — because everyone is special in their own way.

To learn more about planning your senior portait experience with Betsy’s Photography, please contact the studio at 734-424-0472.

New Year, New Goals! {and another self-portrait}

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It seems like every year I do a new self portrait.  I don’t know if it’s to help ring in the new year, to keep my image looking updated and current, or what.  Maybe it’s just because I’m a photographer and I can’t help myself!  Anyways, this portrait was fun because I had curls!

But with the new year also comes new resolutions, right?  At least, if you’re into that.  I didn’t make any resolutions, persay, but I did take a mini-retreat  during the winter break — that alone time with my planner, my laptop, and a cup of tea was invaluable for helping me plan out my vision for 2018.  I always think big when it comes to planning, but this year it seemed smart to take some extra time to lay out a game plan for achieving balance between the many different hats I wear.  …entrepreneur, yes, but others too.  …wife, mom, pet owner, homeowner… you get the idea.

Long story short?  I came up with several mini-goals for each month to help keep me motivated, excited, and on track to have a great year!  But enough about me, right?  Here are those self-portraits I was talking about.  I LOVE how they turned out.

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This is my favorite self-portrait of the bunch. I plastered it everywhere on social media etc because …it’s good to have a consistent image, right?

 

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And another one from my mini professional portrait session.

 

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And here’s my last favorite photo. I guess it’s only fitting that some photography studio equipment would work its way into one of my professional portraits, huh? I thought about bringing out a camera too, but that seemed a little cliche at the time.

 

Are you excited about what 2018 holds?

I am.  And I hope you are too.

But if you need some encouragement to get excited about your resolutions, your “new you” for 2018, make sure you’re not neglecting yourself.  We tend to take care of things that are more pressing and put our own personal needs at the bottom of the list.  But if you don’t make time for the things that motivate you, how will you have enough energy to change the world?

Make yourself a priority.

And if you haven’t had a new professional portrait done in a while, please consider letting me help you update your image.  I can provide clothing suggestions, makeup tips, and do my best to make sure you will be at ease for your photo session.  Because for your headshot to look like you, …well, you have to feel relaxed and be comfortable.

Whenever you decide you’re ready, I’ll look forward to hearing from you.

{call 734-424-0472 or contact Betsy today}

Portrait of Kids in the Studio

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These adorable little munchkins came into the studio for their portrait session this month.  Shh… don’t tell their grandparents, because it’s a holiday surprise!  It was really cute to see the kids interact, and to hear their ideas for how the portrait session should go.

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I’d photographed Bella and Cole before, but they’ve grown so much since then! Bella wanted one of Cole sitting on her lap, so we did that portrait first.
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Cole was very excited…but as with all toddlers, he needed a little encouragement to smile for the camera. (This age is so cute…you get the cheesy “smile for the camera” grins and have to catch them off guard for a genuine smile). Love how this one turned out!
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And a portrait of Cole by himself. I forget whether this was a bear, a bunny, or a dog, but the stuffie was definitely his favorite! 🙂
Bella had envisioned this portrait of her and her brother. I was happy to oblige! This portrait of the kids turned out so cute!
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And then we did a few portraits of the kids without the book. This one is cute, even through they’re not looking at the camera, don’t you think?
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Next, it was time for a portrait of Bella and Cole’s cousins. Bryce and Trent were so cheerful, it was fun to photograph them!
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And finally, we created a few portraits of all the kids. I like this one — they arranged themselves from youngest to oldest! Although, the younger boys weren’t as thrilled about this idea as the older kids. It’s all good though. What a cheerful bunch of kiddos!

 

If you are looking for the perfect gift to give a loved one, consider a portrait session!  While printed photographs are great to give (and receive!), it’s just as common for my clients to gift a certificate for a portrait session — especially if the recipient is supposed to be in the family photograph!  Contact the studio today or call 734-424-0472 to learn more about scheduling a session or purchasing a gift certificate for your loved ones.

Senior Portrait Outdoors at the Studio :: Ian

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Ian came to the studio last week for his senior portrait session.  We did some portraits inside the studio, including the obligatory high school yearbook photos.  In case you’re not up to speed with senior yearbook requirements, it really varies across the board.  Some high schools will take anything, or allow any background as long as no hands or props are showing.  Other high schools, including Saline High School, require the senior portrait for the yearbook have a professional backdrop.  So, for that reason, we started in the studio.

After the studio portion of Ian’s session was finished, we headed outside (here at the studio) for some really cool fall portraits.  I love how easy it is to create portraits both indoors and out here.  Make sure to scroll down so you an enjoy some of Ian’s senior portraits that include the natural wooded area with the fall leaves strewn all over the ground!

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Ian’s senior portrait session started out in the studio. When a formal senior portrait is requested or required, I always do this part of the session first. It gives people a chance to relax a bit in front of the camera, and get used to working with me 🙂 ….we did a series of senior photos for the yearbook, and then moved on to something more casual.
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After we got those formal portraits taken care of, Ian changed into his second outfit and we did a few more portraits in studio. Here’s a close up portrait that I really liked. I always take a variety of poses in studio, often with some more serious rather than only smiling. Because variety is the spice of life!
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And here’s another from the studio portion of Ian’s session, with a smile this time. Love it!
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Next stop? Outside! While some of my clients have a particular destination in mind for their location portrait session, others are just looking for some nice senior portraits in a natural setting. When that’s the case, we’ll often use my property. We have this gorgeous wooded area that shows off the fall colors really well.
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I love this setting. Yes, I’m biased. But there’s something about the trees, the sky peeking through, and the leaves on the ground. Gorgeous spot for any type of portrait!
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It was hard for me to decide which of this series of senior portraits was my favorite. Ian did a great job during his session, don’t you think?
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I seriously love this close up senior portrait. The background is really unique! Even though I photograph clients here a lot, the seasons change, the time of day is different, and I use my lights to create something unique for every portrait session.
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And this has been my favorite type of senior portrait lately. To be honest, I really like them all, but there’s something to be said for these fish eye portraits. The resulting senior portrait is really creative and looks awesome!
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Another close up portrait. It’s nice to have a little variety when choosing your senior portraits, especially if you think about having me design a coffeetable album for you!
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…..seriously. The sun, peeking through the trees. Gorgeous. I love those rays of sunlight, the dappled leaves, and the whole setting. It’s amazing how beautiful nature can be! I’m so glad we were able to create senior portraits for Ian that included the fall colors 🙂
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Another more serious portrait of Ian. Love how this turned out!
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I know that some people consider the “tree” pose to be a little cliche for senior portraits, but this next set of senior photos turned out really nicely and I just had to share. I love the texture of the tree bark (this tree trunk probably has a 3-4 feet diameter, and is easily 100 feet tall).
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A mid-length senior portrait with the same tree. Still love that tree trunk’s texture!
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And one final senior portrait from Ian’s session here at the studio. Yes, I had to wrap this post up with a wide angle portrait. I love how the leaves are surrounding Ian, don’t you?

Well, that wraps up this sneak peek.  I know Ian’s family is really excited to see all the portraits we created when they come back to the studio for their ordering appointment.  It’s easy to compare favorites when you can view images on a studio projection system 🙂 — and I’m here to help along the way with any tough decisions.

If you are needing to schedule a portrait session this fall, please contact the studio or call 734-424-0472.  The leaves are falling, but not as quickly as I would typically expect.  Or, if you want to keep things simple and plan a studio portrait session, I’m always happy to help you with that too!

Senior Portrait with Fall Colors

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I love going on location for senior portrait sessions! And, I love when my clients have a specific location in mind!  T and his mom started his session at my studio (so we could get the yearbook photo), but the bulk of his amazing senior portraits were created on location in Dexter.  Mill Creek Park is just one of those versatile places, I love how it never looks the same twice.

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For T’s session, our main location was Mill Creek Park in Dexter. I love how versatile this park is — even though I’ve photographed numerous high school seniors there this year, every session feels completely unique and different.
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The natural setting is great for portraits, I love how it changes throughout the year. This close up senior portrait of T. is nice, don’t you think?
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Another one at the same railing. I love using this lens of mine, because it provides a really unique perspective. What a great environment!
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T’s mom really liked this part of the boardwalk where it goes under the railroad bridge. I thought it was a great spot too… so we stopped here for several senior portraits that incorporated the structure and warm wood tones.
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Another one in the same spot. It’s always neat to see how a little shift in perspective changes up the whole portrait! I had T sit on the boardwalk for this senior photo, and I moved a bit to get more of a visual leading line.
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We moved to another spot in the park for some water portraits. It was a bit chilly for going in the water, so we decided just to use the rocks and have the water in the senior photo instead.
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A quick outfit change and T was ready for the last part of his session. We started off in almost the same spot, but using a different rock for the setting.
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It’s really hard for me to say which senior portrait from T’s session is my favorite, because they all have so much character! I love how the sun’s rays are captured in this particular one.
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Oh wow! I love this one, and think it would look great hanging over a sofa or even a piano in someone’s living room. What a great natural setting, don’t you think? Love it.
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We walked further down the boardwalk to get to another popular spot. I’ve photographed clients at this rock many times, but again, it never looks the same twice. And I like that. Lovely colors.
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In a change of pace from the last senior portrait I just shared, this one features a calm and quiet river. I love how the sky is reflected in the water, and that we can get a glimpse of fall colors as the last rays of daylight grace those leaves. Gorgeous.
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Again, I wanted to get a full sense of the setting, so it was time for another wide-frame image. I like to provide a variety of senior portraits for my clients, this type being one of them!
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These last few are somewhat similar, but I couldn’t pick my favorite. It’s just a gorgeous setting in the fall. Love those fall colors!
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Love the colors, and the serenity of this senior portrait. So peaceful!
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See what I mean? T did a great job of working with me for his senior portrait session. I loved creating these images for him and his family, and it will be fun to see which portraits they pick as their favorites!
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Oh yes, I almost forgot. Here’s a sample of the studio portraits we did for T — he had to have an in-studio yearbook photo for his senior portrait session. I created this senior yearbook photo (and several other choices) very quickly at the beginning of his portrait session. Personally, I’m a fan of the outdoors ones, but I know there’s a time and a place for traditional professional portraits like this one.

If you need to plan your senior portrait session, please contact the studio today so that we can fit you in before your yearbook deadline!  We typically get booked up with last minute appointments as high school senior yearbook deadlines approach.  So, a little advance planning will ensure you get your senior portrait planned — at a time that is convenient for your schedule!

Sometimes… Simple Portraits are Best!

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If you’re thinking about skipping the whole senior portrait thing.  Please reconsider.  My guess is that you just want something simple and painless — well, look no further!  We can make your senior portrait session short, relaxing, and maybe even fun! With studio senior portraits, there is nothing to distract you from the person.  Everything, all your attention, is drawn to the high school senior — you really get a sense for their personality.  You get to look into their eyes and see their smile.  Years down the road, you will look at that senior portrait and fondly remember that time in your life.

A few years ago, my mother-in-law gave me a picture book illustrated by one of my favorites, Tomie DePaola.  The author is Nancy Willard, and the book is called “Simple Pictures are Best” (#afflink).  The brief synopsis?  A man and his wife hire a photographer, but add so many props and “things” into their portrait that they end up with ….well, let’s just say the photo doesn’t turn out as planned.  Anyways, I digress.  Let’s take a peek at these simple senior portraits that we did in my studio that meet most high school yearbook requirements in the Ann Arbor area.

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When it comes to keeping things simple for your senior portraits, there’s no better choice than a studio portrait session!
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The nice thing about staying in the studio is that you don’t have to worry about rain or inclement weather. It’s always nice and comfortable inside!
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Simple is good. We can breeze through a number of poses to give you some variety in your final senior portrait images, but it doesn’t take a lot of planning or effort on your part!
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Whether you have a great smile and are “camera ready” — or you need me to work my magic, we will get some fantastic portraits of you during your senior portrait session. 🙂
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Seriously. Your session can be a calm and relaxing experience. My job is to listen to what you want from your senior portrait session and make it happen. If you just want some simple portraits for the yearbook, we can do that. If you want senior photos that you can also share with family and friends, we can do that too. My job is to make sure you have a great senior portrait experience!
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When my clients are up for it, we’ll do several full length portraits during a studio portrait session too. It’s simple, but gives you a little bit of a different look…. because variety is nice!
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I always love using this traditional studio backdrop! It’s a little more interesting than your run of the mill textured color wash, and pairs wonderfully with earth tones and blues alike. While this senior portrait wouldn’t cut it for the yearbook, it would definitely be a nice portrait to display at home!
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All in all, I am excited for this family to see the senior portraits — I know that they will be very pleased with the results! Because in my book, everyone *is* picture perfect!

 

There’s something to be said for the classic portrait. Whether it’s the more traditional suit and tie, or a somewhat relaxed studio portrait — these senior photos really will never go out of style. As I said before – if you’re on the fence about hiring a professional for your senior portraits, please give me a call at 734-424-0472 or visit our contact page.

I’d be happy to talk with you personally about what you want for your senior portrait session and help you make that happen.  Your senior year of high school is already crazy enough, so let me help you make at least one thing go smoothly!

Senior Boy Portrait Session (in the studio)

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Sometimes my clients contact me looking for something simple and in studio.  Maybe it’s because the yearbook requirements dictate a formal studio setting for the portraits, or maybe it’s just because simple can be easier.  Whatever the reason, I’m always happy to create timeless portraits like the ones we created for this senior boy’s portrait session.  So, without further ado, enjoy these portraits I created for this class of 2018 senior.

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I really like how this portrait turned out for G!
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Here’s another portrait, this one framed pretty closely. This type of senior portrait looks very sharp, don’t you think?
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I typically run through a series of poses when doing studio portraits, changing out chairs and such to create a variety of portraits for my clients. Love how this one turned out!
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From the same set of photos, we changed up the pose just a little bit. But it has a very different look. This whole posing thing is my job — to make it go quickly AND to get the photos to look good.
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I really like how dramatic this one looks. Definitely contemplative and such. It’d look nice as a black and white portrait too.
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You don’t always have to be smiling a full smile for a senior portrait to look good. Sometimes the beginning of a smile, or a half-smile, like this expression, turns out really nicely!
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I like the weighty atmosphere in this portrait. Not everyone comes in planning to create “serious” portraits, but I typically capture a few anyways. They are a great addition to a coffeetable album, if you’re more a fan of smiling senior portraits.
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And let’s wrap it up with one final smiling senior portrait. I really enjoy creating portraits like these — they may be just in the studio, but these senior portraits are timeless and will look nice in any home!

I’m excited to see which portraits G. and his mom will like best. It’s always interesting to see which of my clients’ favorites end up being my favorites too!

If you’re needing to plan your senior portrait session still, know that it’s never too late.  Even if your yearbook deadline has come and gone, we can still create a series of senior portraits that you enjoy and want to display in your home.  If your yearbook deadline is coming quickly, make sure to get in touch, as we may be able to fit you in before the deadline.  Contact the studio today at 734-424-0472 or use the contact page on our website to get in touch!

Nature Portraits by the River in Dexter :: Haylee’s Senior Portraits

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With this recent cold spell, fall really seems to be upon us.  But it wasn’t that long ago that we had warm sunny days like for Haylee’s senior portrait session.  We planned Haylee’s portrait session to take place at Mill Creek Park in Dexter.  As you might have guessed from some past blog posts, it’s a popular destination for portraits.  But even so, it’s not hard to make your portraits look unique and personalized to you.  Haylee was a great sport and smiled beautifully for the camera throughout her entire session…. and we ended up with a fantastic set of senior photos for her and her parents to enjoy.

Make sure to scroll all the way through this series of senior portraits, because I saved some of my favorites for the end.  We did do a few portraits standing in the water, which I have to say, was cold but felt refreshing given the heat.

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I’m not sure if there was a surefire favorite from Haylee’s senior portrait session at Mill Creek Park, but this one is definitely up there. She looks so beautiful!
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I love photographing seniors at this rock wall. It’s timeless, and even on the hottest days, it feels nice and cool!
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Okay, so every once in a while, the photo just really needs to be in black and white. And I love how this one turned out.
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This portrait of Haylee was used for her drama club headshot. So pretty!
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And a close up of Haylee smiling. Love it.
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We ventured out towards the water a bit, and Haylee smiled beautifully for the camera (even though her mom was making her laugh!).
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This one of Haylee is cute too! It was really hot out, but she did an awesome job of following my directions and smiling for the camera!
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Seriously, Haylee had so many great photos to choose from. What a gorgeous senior photo session!
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You’d never know it from these photos, but it was sweltering out the day we did Haylee’s senior photos . And, there were bugs too, of course. But Haylee did so well!!
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After a quick outfit change, Haylee was ready for the second part of her session. Here’s a head and shoulders photo of her…
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Haylee put up with my antics while I created a series of wide angle portraits like this one. It takes a little guesswork when you’re holding your camera two feet above your head! Love how this one turned out.
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Honeslty, this portrait might be my favorite from the session. It’s just so fun, and you get the awesome view of the border to border trail going under the railroad bridge…and the Dexter library too! Quintessential Dexter, right?
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Stunning. Really. I love this portrait series that we did on the pathway. Haylee looks so sophisticated, don’t you think?
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A full length photo from this series of senior portraits. So pretty!
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And, of course, another one that turned out great. 🙂 🙂
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We wrapped up Haylee’s senior portrait session with a few portraits by the water. This one is a super wide angle one that is kind of fun, don’t you think?
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And here’s the final frame. A digital painting that I created from one of the last portraits we did at Mill Creek Park in Dexter. You might notice a few scenic changes from the last portrait — that’s the beauty of painting. It’s an art and you can change the scene to fit the feel of your painting. Love those clouds.

 

If you’ve been putting off planning your senior portrait session because it seems like a lot of work, just get in touch!  We help you through the entire process, whether it’s choosing your location, giving advice on attire and outfits, or selecting the best portraits to hang on the walls of your family room.  Your senior portrait experience can be relaxing and maybe …even fun! 🙂

Senior Photos at Mill Creek Park in Dexter

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It’s always fun to do senior photos someplace local, someplace meaningful.  Or, in the very least, someplace that is amazingly gorgeous!  And that’s what Mill Creek Park is — gorgeous.  You might know it as the Library Park, because the Dexter District Library overlooks the park.  Or maybe you know the park as Warrior Creek Park….which it was formerly named in years past.  Whatever you call it, the park is gorgeous.

Let’s just say, if you’re thinking about doing senior photos at Mill Creek Park in Dexter, you won’t be disappointed.  I love the boat launch steps, the walking path under the bridge, the grassy natural areas, and even the playground.  Mill Creek Park offers a nice variety of settings for most types of portrait photography sessions — and, most importantly, there are some nice shady spots to keep you out of the heat of the midday sun!

Here’s a sibling portrait session I did at Mill Creek Park this summer.  N. is a senior at Dexter High School, while C. is a junior this year.  It was nice to get photos of both of them during this senior and not-quite-yet-senior photo shoot!

Since you might want to see what some other parts of Mill Creek Park look like, here’s another senior photo session that we did there.  Well, at least partly.  Madison’s senior portrait session took place in downtown Dexter, and included some senior photos at Mill Creek Park in Dexter too.  I love the one of her with her black lab.  So adorable!

I’ve done various other senior portrait sessions at Mill Creek Park over the years.. the water is almost always nice to wade in, and feels great during hot summer Michigan days. On rare occasion the water is too high, and the current too fast, but usually my older (i.e. teen or adult) clients are able to comfortably wade into the shallows of the water. Here’s a few photos from a teen photo session at Mill Creek Park….

And for those of you who remember what Mill Creek Park was like before the boardwalk and other improvements went in, I haven’t forgotten either.  Here are a few senior photos at Mill Creek Park when it was still known as Warrior Creek Park.  Amazing how quickly we grow accustomed to new improvements, huh?

As an aside, there’s another nice park in Dexter that’s similar, but a little different — Hudson Mills Metropark.  I’ve done senior portraits there too.    If you want to take a peek, you can view Luke’s senior portrait at Hudson Mills Metropark.  Here’s a teaser of his senior portrait blog post:

If you want to explore Mill Creek Park a little more, you might check out this blog post of mine about Mill Creek Park in Dexter.  I have a few more recent sessions on the schedule to share with you at Mill Creek Park, so if you’re dying to see more senior photos at Mill Creek Park in Dexter, definitely sign up for my email updates so you won’t miss those posts.

If you want to learn more about planning your senior portrait session at Mill Creek Park (or elsewhere), please contact the studio today.  We definitely are in a busy season right now, but should be able to fit you in before your yearbook deadline.

 

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