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:

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
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.


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.

Cynthia Drake, Travel Writer

We found each other through a mutual friend (hey, Rachel!) who gave Cynthia my info a few years ago when I was shooting sessions above the Bean Me Up coffee shop in Coleman. That was the first time I photographed her, and I was so happy to hear from her again asking about another shoot.
She no longer lives in Michigan, but she stopped in on her way from Mackinaw Island.

I'm so happy she did---I loved chatting, and she's absolutely wonderful to photograph!

Cynthia is a very talented travel writer.
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