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  1. Lifestyle photography is a kind of photography which mainly aims to capture portrait/people on situations, real-life events or milestones in an artistic manner and the art of the everyday. The primary goal is to tell stories about people’s life or to inspire people in different times.

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Francis’s family, mom and dad were like season’d pro’s and he’s only 6 weeks old.  He was fussy a bit and we waited for him to decide when he was ready for his close up and I got to talk records and polotics and radio with his parents.  Then after three feedings (all right in a row) he was finally full and then it was even a few smiles from this new little bean.  A pretty wonderful afternoon.

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  1. Lifestyle photography is a kind of photography which mainly aims to capture portrait/people on situations, real-life events or milestones in an artistic manner and the art of the everyday. The primary goal is to tell stories about people’s life or to inspire people in different times.

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Megan’s family session is exactly what is wonderful about this style of photography and why I do it.. We didn’t go fast, I coloured with one little before I took one photo and when the kids got tired of seeing me with the camera we took a break and I read sister the Berenstien Bears while mom nursed the little and then we went back to playing with the camera clicking away.  There was no ” look look look look smile smile smile smile” and no one was stressed out or sweaty or ready for a glass of wine when it was over.  Happy, relaxed people look happy and relaxed in photos, stressed out people, not so much.  Each lifestyle session is going to be different because each families life is different, this is what thrills me and keeps me taking portrait sessions.  There will be limited days and times this summer and winter for portrait sessions, so please if you are interested in a family session don’t wait until the end of summer, I book two months in advance right now and I’d love to capture your amazing family!

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Do you see that little blue sky photo there on the end table.. I took that picture.  It was just a week before the wedding and Sara and Dan had been too busy to have had time to shoot their engagement session. So three days, maybe four, before the wedding I met them at a coffee place near the house.  They were exhausted and wedding planning saturated.  It had been a really busy week.  We talked and they were thinking maybe no photos they would just go back and I said, well let’s just walk around the block.  We did and about forty five minutes later I’d shot one of my favorite engagement sessions and they were laughing and relaxed and they’d gotten a chance to just pay attention to each other for a bit, enjoy them selves .   That’s what an engagement session can be. What I like it to be.   A chance to just forget, whether  a year before your wedding or the week before, everything else and enjoy being in love.. (fyi celebrating this any time, almost wed or 20 years together is a lovely thing)

These are not engagement session images though, they are celebrating Sara and Dan’s maternity. It was so fantastical to catch up with them, hear how they have been and  capture some of their wonderful in these images.   Here are a few of them they make me smile.

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  • Sara and Louis Brooks - Dear Sara and Dan, We love all the beautiful pictures our favorite photographer captured once again, of you and Dan during this very special time in your lives. The joy you and Dan feel in your hearts is reflected on your glowing, happy faces of what is to come. We know you will recapture these feelings each time you look back at your photo session of a miracle that was about to happen. Love You, Mom and Dad (Brooks)March 8, 2015 – 1:05 pm

  • Sherri and John - Wow! Incredible photos. You look so wonderfully happy and healthy. And you and Dan both look blissful!March 11, 2015 – 6:05 pm

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Last month Kerri and I ran off to the Pacific Northwest with a friend and fellow photographer Miss Abby Rose for what was a middle of the slow season injection of light, and inspiration.  The seminar we chose this year was http://www.mysticseminars.com/ and the format was set up to have up to six speakers a day over three days with a small intimate trade show.  The seminar was a great mix of speakers, I strayed away from the “be cool like me and make a lot of money” speakers (always something to beware of at any seminar) and really went only to the more  art and heart speakers!  Three speakers a day was the perfect amount of input to mull over as we explored the city, spent WAY to much time at Powell books (my new favorite store) and explored the Japanese gardens.  Abby taught me a bunch about shooting with my iPhone,  I met a great group of photographers, I hadn’t known before, got to meet up with a friend I’ve known online for over 10 years and Kerri and I got to bliss out on long talks about life the universe and everything.  As I’m heading out to Phoenix in a couple days I wanted to share some of the shots I captured exploring (and some iPhone shots too which is a big leap for me).

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  • Rob D. - Love it!
    Did you know that Oregon has over 400 different species of moss? I’m so flattered to have been able to meet you in person and hope that you’ll come back so that I can cook for you. Cheers!March 6, 2015 – 6:24 pm

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Did you know that love warms everything!! Well in this case our polar vortex of cold gave us a day off and Jenna and Maxwell’s engagement session was shot in a above freezing Ann Arbor full of light and laughter.  We started out at The Arcadian which is where Maxwell purchased Jenna’s engagement ring! Then we explored the city and enjoyed the sun! Popping into places where they dated in college!  It was a GREAT day!

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  • P. Costa - Awesome shooting Mel! Love their coats! Love love love! <3February 24, 2015 – 12:18 am

  • Jackie - I loved how you captured there time spent at college together and where he purchased the ring to unite this couple. What a fun session!February 24, 2015 – 7:04 pm