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So I have finally gone and pulled images for my 2015 highlights.  I’ve been prepping for this look back for a while and I’m behind the curve so many other 2016 retro’s are out there to see.   One thing I’ve noticed about the myriad of photography sites is the descriptor “storyteller” showing up all over the place.   I use the word story a lot but I’ve never used “storyteller” in any of my bits and blubs.   I guess I took it for granted, isn’t that what a photographer is, do we have to say we tell stories.  I don’t know what a photo is if not a story, or a hint of a story.  My favorite part of weddings is the story of the day.  Each image is its own thing but combined, to me, they are magic.  Distilling a day into a rich roux of moments.  Family sessions are the same, we are seeing a verse, a paragraph, a chapter, in the life of a child, a baby, a parent, a couple. Combine these sessions over the years and we start to get chapters,  telling a longer tale.   I am going into my tenth year of telling your story, and telling your story has helped me shape my own.  I am grateful.   Here are just a few of the stories, the chapters, the paragraphs, a bit of verse, that I was honored to tell in 2016. 





Lauren and Aaron’s day was a whirlwind of art and embraces.  We had the whole Detroit Museum of Art to ourselves and it was beyond beautiful.  Museum weddings are my favorite’s (if I absolutely had to pick) and getting to photograph these two on the happiest day of their lives in one of the crowning jewels of Detroit was absolutely beyond belief.   I tried to capture not only the beauty and amazing ambiance of the wedding but also the little moments between Lauren and Aaron throughout the day as they celebrated how happy they are.  Congratulations to both families.


Melissa and Kelly didn’t want to shoot a traditional engagement session.  Instead, we did a meetup downtown, after dinner, and they hung out, had a smoke and went for a drink at the 8 ball, one of Ann Arbors famous dive bars under the Blind Pig.  I saw a bunch of bands play there years ago, we only had the jukebox and a few dart players to keep us company.  I only hung out with them for about a half hour or so, then left them to finish the date! They get married this Saturday and I’m so looking forward to meeting their families and celebrating with them!!

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Photographers have often used self portraiture to explore their art and themselves.  This class will focus on using self portraiture to grow and explore not only as an artist but as a human being. You will look at vision, technique and voice.  You need to bring a camera that has a self timer and/or a remote shutter.

Self-portraiture has helped shape me as a photographer and as a woman; it has been a touchstone and a way to find confidence in my work and in myself. Self-portraits are the personal work that keeps my creative engines fed.

I’m so excited to be bringing my self portrait workshop to my art studio downtown Ann Arbor.  Each Tuesday in April from 6pm to 8pm no more then 10 of us will meet for instruction, discussion and to share our work  Our focus will be self portraiture with a camera but artists who work in other mediums and want to explore this genre are more than welcome.  Don’t think of yourself as an “artist” but want to explore who you are through self portraiture, if you have a camera this is something for you as well.  Everyone is welcome! We’ll be working together to explore learning how to not only take an effective self-portrait but how self-portraiture can be used to inspire our art and build confidence.   This will be my fifth time offering this class and I can’t wait to see what we can learn and create this time!

Enrollment is limited and the cost is $275.00 per person

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Oh yeah and we do these portrait booths (they are like personal photo booths but I like to think of them as portrait booths because it’s set up with pretty light and a real person takes your picture so that’s what I call them)

We do portrait booths at about 1/3 of the weddings we shoot and it’s included as an option with 8+ packages, included, you can choose it or not, but while I photographed these, Kerri photographs them most nights and does an even better job then I do!!   I don’t share them enough and it’s not right, so as I get ready my “best of 2016” post I wanted to share some of this goodness too!

Grant and Geoff asked all guests to take a serious and a silly one then they (and I think I’m safe it’s been long enough) presented the guests with prints in their thank you!  Love the silly and love the serious, here are a few!

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