Friday, October 30, 2009

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Baby C is 6 months!

This past Sunday I had the joy of photographing Baby C. Even though she is only 6 months old she has been thru so much already. She is definitely the strongest baby I know and she must get that from her mom as she is probably the strongest woman I have encountered. Here is a sneak peak of some of the ones from the session. Oh and by the way the session was done totally Baby C's style and timing, but when she was ready was she ever CUTE!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Tuesday's Tip - Outside!

The weather here in Michigan is crazy and you can't count on it, so today's tip is get outside when you can! You just got home from a crazy Halloween party and your kids are cranky?! Sounds like how it was for me today! When you get a small opportunity to shoot outside you have to seize it! I had my girls almost ready to crash and then I realized it was a REALLY rare nice day and they were partially in costumes. Instead of going inside and getting them ready for dinner (which was what I wanted to do) I grabbed my camera and got them outside. Not only did I have a little bit of nice light left - I had fun with my girls outside! It was awesome and here is a little glimpse of the kind of photos I got- just from taking a 15 minute detour from my schedule!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Baby S - Sneaky Peak

Today I had the pleasure of meeting another sweet baby girl! She had me a little worried that we were not going to get any sleepy photos that her mother wanted so much, but in the end she gave in and slept for a good 15 minutes while I snapped away! She was so alert and held her head up so well that it was hard to believe she was only 4 weeks young! Here are a few from today :)

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Tuesday's Tip- quality prints

I love my image on my screen on the computer and when I printed it out the colors were terrible. Why does it look different on my screen?

Ahhh. this was my favorite question, and I can answer it fairly simple by 1st asking where they got it printed.

It's about quality. You spend money on your camera and you spend time on taking and processing the photo. Right after the photo is ready to print you fail, you end up printing it at a cheap place and guess what? It shows! All that work and quality equipment is transferred to a cheap print and it looks like crap! Most professional photographers either have a photo printer at hand or they have their computer monitor calibrated to the lab's printer to ensure the most accurate color during printing. I recommend finding a great lab or online service and stick with them. There are quite a few labs that are excellent and I have not calibrated my monitor to such as

My tip for this Tuesday is: choose a quality printer.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Tiff and TJ's Engagement Session!

Tiff and TJ live in California. It would have been my first choice to shoot their engagement session there, but since they were coming back to Michigan for a friends wedding they decided to have their session here...bummer ;P Whenever they visit their hometown they always go to the Hunter House in Birmingham, so it was decided to start there!

Dressy clothes in a little burger fun is that?

No, I don't ask my couples to deface public property...

We had to get some shots of the leaves changing color, I guess in Cali all they have is palm trees and boring are those!

It was great meeting you Tiff and TJ! I am looking forward to your wedding next year!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Newborn Twins!

I had the privilege of photographing my Moth-in-law's friend Kim's grand babies when they came into town from Chicago. I have only taken photos of 3-year old twins before and have never had the opportunity to work with newborn twins. These two babies were so cute and chubby! Their mommy Ann was so calm and collected throughout double the baby changes and feedings. Enjoy a sneak peak!

Twenty tiny toes and twenty tiny fingers!

Mommy has her arms full

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Tuesday's Tip - Too bright!

I get question in my class almost every session:

I take a photo near the beach and the subject's face is too dark! Why is that the case when it is so bright out?!

Your camera is adjusting and reading the exposure of the background which, esp at a beach, is very bright and has a lot of light. There are a few things you can do to avoid this:
1- use a flash. If you use a fill flash you will light up the subjects face while still having the correct exposure for the background. If you don't you will either have a blown out background or a dark subject!
2- have the subject face the sun...This will work well if they are wearing sunglasses :)

Friday, October 09, 2009

Fall is here!

It's fall here in Michigan and that means...apples! My neighbor has a huge apple tree and it is 100% organic... but that also means that there are no pesticides, so there are little pests that get into the apples...ewww :)

My daughter's collection of apples.


Again, not looking at her mom :)

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Sam's Family Session

So my friend Sam decided that she wanted to have a family session and I was lucky enough to have her choose me to photograph them. We decided to go to the township park in Plymouth for her family photo session. I was pretty excited to do this session as she has two adorable little boys. It was a great time and I even got some action shots as footballs and airplanes flew at me! They turned out great and the weather was on our side- yea no rain in Michigan this day! Here are a few of my favorites from the day.

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Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Tuesday's Tip- go with the flow

Today's question come from a student of mine.

Everytime I actually get my stuff together to take photographs my kid acts up! What do you do?

I go with the flow. Not all frame worthy photos are of children sitting nicely and smiling with their hands in their laps. If that were the case my daughter's photo would never be in a frame! I was so excited to get a tutu for A when she turned 2 and actually planned a trip to Henry Ford Village to take some 2-year photos. SHe completely melted down and threw the biggest tantrum. Yes- this photo is actually framed on her wall.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

My baby- Plymouth, MI Newborn & Infant Photography

Here is my baby B!

I just printed this out on a 8x10 for her bedroom :)