Keep It Real

I'm proud to say that I personally know this amazing lady--she's our next-door neighbor, and I love her beautiful soul, and her fun, spunky spirit! 
It's those qualities that propelled her to a career in clinical social work, and most recently, to open her own private practice in Midland: Keep It Real! Counseling   
Anne Marie stopped over for some headshots. I'm normally an on-location shooter, but I happily invited her over to my fancy in-home studio (aka, the spot by my kitchen window where my table usually sits). As much as I love love LOVE to shoot natural light indoors, we pretty much had zero light that day. It was dark and gloomy outside. 
Thankfully, Anne Marie is a whole lot of sunshine herself, and we were able to make it work with a little flash finagling---light was bounced, laughs were shared.
Advice she'd give to her younger self?
"Don't worry about what other people think of you! Do what YOU want to do with your life!
Be kind to yourself and others, always. Stand up for yourself!
BE YOU!" 

She's encouraged & inspired me, and I was honored to take her portraits.
Isn't she simply fantastic??

Check out her website:

New Baby in the Home

I used to do in-home newborn photography. By "in-home", I mean I would pack my van full of blankets and props and backdrops and reflectors and a light and head to the client's house. Then I would unpack my blankets and props and backdrops and reflectors and light, shoot, then repeat that process.

And I loved it.

However, I'm not getting any younger, and that was a lot of haulin'. I also started studying headshots and portraiture for men and women, and my photography was definitely veering in that new direction. I had decided to stop shooting newborns. My fabulous photographer friend is amazing at wrapping, handling, and photographing the babies, so I've been referring people to her.

I've recently started falling in love with lifestyle photography, which captures the family in their natural habitat. I'm just dipping my toe in these types of shoots, but I look forward to doing a few more this year.

Thanks for having another gorgeous baby, W & A!

I'm Not Cold...Are You Guys Cold?

Actually, we were all pretty cold.

But everyone was absolutely amazing. We were out and back in, and then out again as quick as we could be.

And they knew how to bring it.



Family Is Everything

Sometimes the world gets really small, and it's kind of funny when it does.
A friend "tagged" in a Facebook post for someone seeking a photographer in the Wixom Lake area. This is my area, and I just had that Saturday open up, so I was happy to send along my information.
Turns out, they are just down the road from me. Turns out, also, that this is the family of my physical therapist, who I'd just been seeing for an injury issue. I think she's quite amazing, and she always spoke so highly of her family, so I was pretty excited about this.
I was not disappointed. Very wonderful, beautiful family. And the sweetest little 2-year-old.

Mom & Dad
....married 35 years and counting...
💗

Y'all know this is a whole lot of encouragement & inspiration to the rest of us married couples, right? 

The original four...
And Everyone...
This amazing girl (the PT I mentioned above) and her great-looking guy
And this gorgeous family
I think we need a close-up of that little cutie.
I just want to squeeze those little cheeks! So sweet!







Meet the Stylist

When I do headshots, I sometimes offer hair and makeup services. This is the girl that makes it happen. Elizabeth Hompstead is not only very lovely and sweet, but extremely talented as well. We had a few minutes before a shoot, and I'm so glad I asked her to step in front of the camera.









50 Years...And Counting

I was asked to photograph this lovely couple for their 50th Anniversary.
We met at Dow Gardens and I had as much fun chatting with them as I did photographing them.
 I just loved these two!
 I also had the honor of photographing the two daughters (and their families) who had arranged the whole thing.

Fantastic families---I love the love!

Self-Portrait, Vermeer/Bouguereau-Inspired

When I was twelve, I went on a field trip with my school to the Detroit Institute of Arts. There I saw the painting "The Nut Gatherers" by William-Aldophe Bougereau, and I've been so in love with his work ever since. About two years ago, I tried my hand at recreating that painting:
His:
Mine: 

I've also recreated a few other paintings, but this year I wanted to try something else.
I wanted to be *in* a piece of art that I might hang on the wall--something a little different from a regular portrait.

Inspired of course by Bougeureau 
And perhaps a little Vermeer
But especially by this light coming in our garage through the small windows
Seriously.
This is what I believe is what it means to be a photographer.
Seeing that light.
And dying inside until you are able to shoot in it.

The shoot was fairly impromptu.
I had bought this white top at a rummage sale earlier that day.
25 cents. Oh yeah.
I did the best I could to blend the styles of the rockin' years of the 1600's and 1800's using whatever I could find in my house.
These are "flowers" from my wildflower bed (aka, weeds that ended up not being from the wildflower seeds I planted after all).
I set my everything up, got the focus locked, had my daughter hit the shutter button for me.
My "Selfie".

I am crazy and thought I'd try something else the next day:
Although, I like the first one best.
That cat, tho.

Seniors

This is a wonderful British family who moved in the area from Belgium. Senior portraits aren't really a thing over in other countries like it is here in the US, so I was more than thrilled to be able to shoot theirs. :)
Here are two very brilliant young people, who have an amazing future ahead of them.