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Lane and Noah wanted a very low key photography vibe.   Some things, like their “first look” before the wedding, was just for them (though I could shoot from  distance and did :) ) Before the wedding they filled out their marriage certificate, Lane is a lawyer and the signing of the witnesses was included in the ceremony, but the soon to be husband and wife took the paperwork to a private room and filled out their parts together. I moved in and sat back, not disturbing them to catch these frames.  I’ve done a lot of weddings and am a romantic through and through this was so special.  His hands on her’s their foreheads together.  It made me a bit teary and after I got the shots I left quietly, letting them have some real time to themselves.

For the past few years I’ve had the pleasure of photographing Shanan’s son and step-daughter for the holidays, this year they brought a guest, little C their new cousin.  I am a super sucker for cousin pics and we had fun getting the holiday card images we need but playing with the baby and everyone getting some time with her!! Cards are out so I can share some of the images and outtakes.. Merry Holidays all!!!

This last year I’ve had a lot of Seniors with siblings that were much younger and it’s been a treat (and a surprise) to find that these little ones at the graduates’ session help keep things light!   Kam not only helped keep Dusty’s mind off the fact that he was the main focus of the afternoon, but the laughter, banter, and hugs worked as a GREAT way to loosen up and enjoy the process.   We’d focus on Big Brother and then Little Brother would have a few moments in the spotlight.   In the end we got some amazing images of each boy and then a couple special ones of them together that I know MOM was happy about!!!  Wes had on his cook hat and his suspenders with a bow tie in honor of the day and Dusty started out in his letter jacket and then we did some more theatrical stuff at the park! Thank you all for hanging out and playing with me around town!!!

  • Margie Good - These photos are priceless. Dusty and Kam are my oldest and youngest grandsons. Your work has touched a Very special place in my heart. Proud to be their grandmaDecember 4, 2017 – 9:25 pm

Sometimes a wedding day just flows moving organically from one moment to another with the markers of each bit of time being hugs, kisses, and smiles.   Sara and Jeff spent some time together, grounding themselves and expressing their love and excitement for this new stage of their lives, they then spent the rest of the day making each and every guest feel like they were the most important person there!  What a day and I enjoyed every bit of photographing it!

Daniel and Brandon wanted to do a session at home and something with a bit of a more editorial feel so we hung out at their beautiful home and then went exploring at a drained lake not to far from their neighborhood!  What we got was a fantabulous mix of domestic bliss and then so fun more dramatic images! Their wedding will be next year and we talked about their plans for their big day and I have to say I’m beyond excited!!! They have a website and it’s here!

It is both a relief and a worry to photograph another photographers family… On the one hand, they aren’t missing out on the perfect portrait of their little girl.. Both Tamara and Steve are fantastic photographers and so I knew that this isn’t their one and only chance for that “perfect” image.   On the other hand, I myself anyway, always feel a bit of eek, taking pictures of someone who knows not only what lens I’m using but how to work the light their way can make me feel a bit “in the spotlight.  Tamara helped me with the first step of getting a darkroom in place and I wanted to thank her with a little family session.  Nothing fancy, an afternoon in the life, them just being them and of course we’d throw in a couple family portraits because CAMERA HOLDERS NEED TO GET IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA NOW AND AGAIN!!!!

Aubrey did some painting, we went on a walk, chased the cats and nuzzled the dog and even got a few of mom and dad on their own.  These kind of lifestyle sessions, unscripted are my favorite.  Thank you all for letting me hang out with you it was a joy.


What I love about this session is it includes all the things we usually do at a lifestly session… I love the portraits where we’re all trying to look at the camera, the parents get the kids to look then LOOK at the kid to see if they are looking!!! :)  This is my favorite “outtake” so I guess it’s not an outtake if I include it everytime it happens!

It always takes a bit for the kids to warm up, here is this stranger in the house staring at them and so usually I play for a bit or have them show me their favorite stuff… We painted and then she showed me her beautiful sunny room and her bow and arrow which she drew and shot at me!!! (I missed the bolt coming at the camera (it was soft) because I ducked)

Then it was outside to play!

The family cats followed us wherever we went even on the walk!!! This hammock swing was awesome and she loved it because it was hard for me to get a picture in there, photographers kids are always the best at avoiding the camera!!!

Then we did some hide and seek, she was going to count, but then decided to hide.  But I found her and got this cool shot… 

We tried a family shot here and it was not going to happen so we decided on a walk instead!

Maybe it’s time for a break instead :) Mom got some photos with her other little baby.

And then we were ready.  The neighborhood was like one big beautiful park… I lived in Ypsilanti for a few years and loved it.  It’s looking amazing!!

The cats really did walk with us!!

This is my favorite set, those games you play all the time, the ones the kids ask for over and over again, like swinging or reaching for the leaves, these are the magic moments, these are the memories that you will go back to again and again as you look back and they will look back on as they get older with so much love and joy.  These are the moments that are timeless. 

It’s on the way back home that I did a bit of direction.  A cool yard to play in (friends of the family), maybe a couple looks at the camera!  When we’re about done the pressure is off and the kids (and parents in some cases) feel a lot more relaxed.  The hard part is over and there never was a hard part!

This is where we took the “family” pics above and got the cats in it to boot!!! Then it was time for the kid part to be over and I did the pics that I think are as if not more important.  The parents… because right now you want the adorable photos of your littles, and I love them too, but in 50 years, the littles will want the photographs of the parents and I want to be sure they have them.