University of Michigan Wedding!



Couple from Ann Arbor wedding at Travis Pointe Country Club in Michigan.
MEGAN and DAN’s University of Michigan wedding is somewhat misnamed as Megan is an MSU grad and Dan’s a University of Indiana grad! But they had their wedding in Ann Arbor, Michigan at St. Mary’s Student Parish and their reception at the Travis Pointe Country Club just outside Ann Arbor.

I’d met Megan and Dan two years ago at one of my favorite couple’s weddings. In fact you can see Megan in one of my photos on my facebook page! It’s always a bit easier when I’m working with couples who are not only familiar with my work, but have seen me work and know what they’re in for the day of their wedding.

The challenge for shooting a February wedding when couples want lots of outdoors shots is to find nice warm places so the rest of their wedding party won’t freeze to death. The bride and groom are usually fine with colder weather, but adrenaline only gets you so far! So with a lengthly list of “must have” locations and shots, we set off. We were able to take photos in the Nickels Arcade in Ann Arbor, The Michigan Union and a few at Conor O’Neill’s pub downtown.

At the reception hall, the Travis Pointe Country Club, my favorite DJ, Dan Nichols from Michigan-Wedding-DJ,arguably the best DJ in the Metro Detroit area.

I loved watching the joining of these two families. Almost all of the wedding party were relatives and they’re a close knit bunch!

Here are a couple of my favorite wedding photos from Megan & Dan’s Ann Arbor wedding…

Baby “A” at 7 Days Old!


This week has been super special as I’ve gotten the chance to catch up with some of my favorite wedding clients from the past couple of years and play with their babies! Baby “A” was only 7 days and the promise of a sleepy and totally posable baby did not come to pass (as it almost never does). Personally, while having photos of sleeping babies draped over interesting props like sloths are adorable, let’s face it. They are cute humans chalk full of brimming, burgeoning personality, so showcasing all of that in the baby photos is my favorite thing. That and the fact that I’ve only had one baby ever fall asleep during a photo shoot at my studio in Troy, Michigan. I heat the studio excessively and photograph the babies before they are 10 days old when they typically start to wake up. But even then, they do rarely sleep. They are attentive, curious little newborns who want to show off their new trick of letting their personalities shine through! Who am I to argue with that?

I started off my photo shoot of newborn baby “A” while she was still groggy from her ride and I was able to take photos of her sleepingish through one outfit change. I have my couples arrive with their baby dressed in the “must have” outfit for this reason. Then we can move into other outfits and props depending on the baby’s needs.

I shot this photo and it seemed to me that the pose ended up looking a lot like Michelangelo’s “Hands of God and Adam” picture that’s at the top of the Sistine Chapel in Rome. Well, the God part anyways. So what’s a photographer in her down season to do? Create the picture, of course! Here’s the original;

Baby in the  Hands of God and Adam picture

baby in hands of God and Adam picture

And here’s what I couldn’t help but do myself. All I need now is to find a baby who can sit up and play the part of Adam!


If you’re wondering about the rest of the newborn Troy Michigan in home studio baby photography shoot, here are some of the other images.

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Baby C Turns One!


You know how I love my couples, right? So this year has been extra special since they suddenly all seem to be having babies and I get to see all of them again. I cannot tell you how gratifying it is to see “my” couples in this next stage of their lives. I’ve photographed my couples during their pregnancy, I’ve photographed their newborns, I photographed their extended families, I’ve even photographed their grandparents birthday parties! And yesterday, I got to spend time with one of my favorite couples from 2010, JJ and Josh (you’ll see them in the engagement section of my website too!) and their fabulous daughter baby “C” who is turning one! What you can’t see (and she was careful to avoid me) is JJ’s Mom, Pam, who is a grandma with the most energy ever and decided it was her task in life to make baby “C” smile. The baby’s favorite game in the world is chase, so some of my favorite family photos from this session took a detour from the normal type family photos, to depict what they do when they are entertaining their daughter and capture fun, unposed family fun!

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How To Pick A Wedding Photographer

Happy New Year to all you newly engaged couples out there!

Wondering how to tackle the task of picking a wedding photographer?

Things got a little easier for couples trying to find their wedding photographer when we all started putting all our stuff online. It made it easier to look through our portfolios, see what our styles were, maybe get some questions answered and you might even be able to find out about pricing and availability without ever having to actually contact the photographer.

That might be a great way to start your initial wedding photography search, but when it gets down to figuring out who you actually want to meet with, it gets a little more difficult to sort out our nitty gritty wedding photo package details.

I have lots of friends in the industry, am a professional photographer and frankly even I can’t make heads or tails of some of their packages. It’s especially difficult to figure out three things; what’s included in the pricing for rights, what’s delivered to you and how much post processing is done to the images (whether you get prints or digital rights).

Some photographers offer “Full resolution digital proofs”. What’s that? Usually proofs are low resolution and usually full resolution aren’t called “proofs”! “All the images are retouched”. Really? What exactly does that mean? For me that’s always meant they have been color corrected, contrast altered and are ready to print. But someone might think that means everything’s been photoshopped to create a perfect fantasy image of what the couple might wish their wedding looked like complete with altered backgrounds, braces removed, people photoshopped out of the images, etc. It’s subjective and it’s important for you, the consumer to totally understand what you are and aren’t getting. Are you getting images that are watermarked?

If you can figure out exactly what you anticipate you’ll be doing with your wedding photos, that will make it easier for you to ask the right questions about what your needs are. If, for example, you know you’ll be posting your images on facebook and not doing hardly any printing at all, you might be okay with low resolution (although I’m sure you’ll want to be able to print them eventually). I see lots of watermarked images appear on people’s facebook pages. Some photographers use that to copyright their images which means the couple are effectively using those images without consent, while other photographers simply watermark images so that other photographers and corporations can’t steal their work (but that’s for another blog!).

So don’t be afraid to ask questions that might seem silly or the photographer has implied that they’ve answered. Make sure you understand exactly what it is that you are purchasing and there won’t be any disappointments later.

Once you’ve figured out what you need, which photographer can deliver exactly what you’re looking for, then you look at which photographer’s images you relate to the most, who seems like the kind of person you can get along with the best, who has the most experience, timely delivery and whatever else are top priorities on your personal “must have” lists.

Happy wedding photographer shopping to all you newly engaged couples in the New Year!

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