Royal Park Hotel Wedding





Oct. 12, 2012 Wedding

The one thing almost all of my weddings have in common is that my couples have whittled down all the bells and whistles to what makes the most sense to them and what are the essential elements that hold the most importance and value to their lives. So Lauren and Chris had distilled their wedding day to a short portrait session at the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House, a wedding at the massive Assumption Grotto Catholic Church, a visit to the church’s cemetery and dinner at the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester, Michigan. Here are some of my favorite images from the wedding.

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Ann Arbor Art Museum Wedding

Kelsey and Mike’s big day back on the campus of University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan began with a wedding ceremony at the United Methodist Church in Ann Arbor, Michigan. We had great weather, enough love to fill the Michigan stadium and a lot of fun! Knowing the wedding reception was going to be at the University of Michigan’s Museum of Art, I brought along a large picture frame and we ended up using it as creatively as possible. I love shooting at this venue and loved working with Anna (and her two assistants) from Two Foot Creative. I loved that Kelsey and Mike (who planned their wedding from out of state) were very meticulous planners who then stepped back in order to thoroughly enjoy the fruits of their labor. I’m hoping they’ll have the opportunity to come back to Michigan again soon.

Art Museum Wedding Party photo, Michigan

Ann Arbor art museum wedding party photo

U of M bride puts on her wedding dress

Bride reacts to putting on her wedding dress in Ann Arbor Michigan

wedding ring photo from U of M wedding

Wedding ring balanced on a shoe from an Ann Arbor Wedding

Bride and groom head down the aisle in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Bride and Groom head down the aisle in the Ann Arbor Wedding.

Groomsmen photo in Law Quad

Groomsmen in Ann Arbor Wedding Photo

stairwell wedding photo in Ann Arbor

Stairwell art museum wedding photo in Ann Arbor

First Dance Wedding photo in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Michigan wedding couple’s first dance

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Wedding reception photo from the U of M’s Art Museum wedding.

Bride and Groom and the Art Museum

Bride and Groom kiss amongst the Michigan Art Museum

Nice ShotzJuly 3, 2012 - 9:20 pm

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Detroit Michigan Baby Turns One!

Detroit, Michigan Baby Turns ONE! Photographing one year olds!


Turning one is a big milestone for any baby and usually leaves parents wondering how on earth the time went so quickly. This baby’s first portrait was especially important as it was going to have to tide her parents over for a long time. I took Baby B’s photo just before her parents deployed for another tour and these photos will go with her mom and dad while they’re in Afghanistan for the next 6 months.

We had a lot of ground to cover as this wasn’t just a baby photo shoot here in Oakland County, it was their one chance to get some nice family photos as well. You’ll see that not only were we able to get photos of Baby B doing her cutest smiles ever, but we were able to get a nice family photo with mom and dad in their full dress uniforms.

But that wasn’t the real challenge. Babies turning one are pretty easy to shoot. Sure, they can move around and are happy to show off their new mobility and are as hard to shoot as moving targets. Yes, baby photography can be challenging as babies moods change faster than Kim Kardashian goes through men, but they are just so darn cute!

To add to this particular challenge of taking photos at a one year’s landmark anniversary, was adding into the mix the family pets. Taking photos of a one year old, two wonderful parents and TWO dogs was a bit more tricky. Then we added in the pig… yes, pig! That’s when things got pretty wild. Dog “A” does not like the pig, the pig needs to be kept away from the baby (as he might have mistaken her as something edible), etc. So with a bit of combined patience and a little perseverance we were able to get the non quintessential family photo of the baby, the parents, the dogs and the pig!

The top off my Detroit, Michigan baby photography session, mom had made Miss baby “B” her own set of cupcakes and matched her outfit with the frosting on the cupcakes. The results were a lot of fun. Her aim wasn’t too good, so we ended up sponging her off periodically when the frosting went into her eyes, but we all loved the photos. The glee you can see on Baby “B”s face is priceless. What I wasn’t able to photograph, as it happened while I was breaking my equipment down, was the clean up session. Picture frosting and cake bits all over their hardwood floors, a baby covered from head to toe in frosting. What are parents to do? One grabbed the baby and the other brought in the pig! Clean up time? 12 seconds!

Michigan Camera StoreApril 20, 2012 - 3:17 pm

So precious! Love the cupcake one!

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Detroit Proposal Photographer




Dustin called to enlist me into his plan to surprise his longtime girlfriend Kate with a Detroit style wedding proposal and he wanted me to photograph not only her reaction, but to take immediate engagement photos. He wanted the event thoroughly covered and brought along Kate’s Dad as another surprise so he could witness the wonderful proposal.

There was only one little possible hitch to all the well laid plans. It was snowing (which as we all know hasn’t happened much in Detroit this year) after pretty balmy temperatures, but this biggest, most challenging part of the surprise engagement was gaining access to where he’d taken Kate on their first date. What had been an abandoned building in downtown Detroit six years ago had served as an eclectic and not typically romantic first date spot. They’d climbed into the wreck of a Detroit high rise and perched themselves on a balcony over -looking all of Detroit, sipping cocktails.

Their abandoned secret lair was now a full blown construction site. So what’s a romantic guy prone to sweeping gestures to do? He enlisted the Broderick Towers construction team, of course. With their blessing, help and supervision, we all piled into the elevator with a baffled and blindfolded Kate.

Dustin guided her out onto the rooftop of the Broderick Towers, untied the blindfold and dropped to one knee. She said, “Yes”!

After a short while, Kate eventually noticed one of the men in hard hats was actually her father! We took photos on the rooftop as well as on the balcony where they’d had their first date. Let’s hear it for incurable romantics!



Michigan Camera StoreMarch 15, 2012 - 12:38 pm

What a nice proposal! So sweet. Great shots! Camera Mart.

Boudoir Photo Advice for Valentine’s Day


As Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, I thought I’d give all the ladies out there some important advice before they book their boudoir or glamour photography sessions here in semi tundra we call Michigan.

10. Find a compatible photographer both you and your partner will be happy with. If your partner is going to pitch a fit because he thinks you showed a male photographer your undies, then the shoot will not be received as the gift you intended it to be.

9. Figure out ahead of time what your goal for the shoot is and where your personal comfort zone is. You don’t want to be pushed to do something you don’t want to do, so you should communicate this with your photographer. If they seem pushy when you talk to them, keep looking. This should be a fun thing, not a series of compromises.

8. This is by far the most vulnerable of photo shoots and it takes a lot of guts to do this, but most women come away from the shoot feeling empowered, thrilled and yes, relieved! If you’re worried, that’s perfectly normal. Communicate your fears with your photographer. They’ll probably tell you, as I would, that everybody’s nervous ahead of time and that once the session starts, the jitters will disappear. If talking to the photographer makes you uneasy, again, move on and find someone who will make you feel relaxed. No sense worrying over this; life’s too short and there are plenty of photographers out there who can make the session the fun thing it’s supposed to be. Women tell me this is a truly empowering and liberating experience, so a little bit of prep work will go a long way towards making this a really successful photo shoot.

7. Don’t worry about poses. Every single client I’ve had is worried about some body part or another. And I mean every single woman. I’m talking about those size 0 women who, like every other woman on earth, has insecurities about some body part or another. Don’t sweat it. Experienced boudoir photographers know what poses work best for different body types.

6. On a similar note, while it’s great to know which body part tickles your partner’s fancy, it’s the eyes that are by far the sexiest to me. It’s the look in the eyes that creates that sensuousness, the look of love. I’ll be honest, most of my boudoir photography clients are women I’ve never met before, so creating that amazingly sensual eye contact quickly is part of the fun for both of us.

5. These are not serious shoots. Boudoir photography is about creating an illusion and it’s a whole lot of fun. The most flattering poses are downright goofy to get into and the idea that you lounge around in your panties all day long is downright hilarious. I tackle the shoot as though this is an inside joke between us. You’re the actor and I’m the creative director. It’s a collaboration on what men think we do all day long. So don’t worry about taking it seriously. It’s only seriously fun!

4. Practice getting into what you’ll wear before you arrive at your glamour photo session. Many of these contraptions are quite challenging, so a practice run or two can really speed things along. Bring favorite props to your glamour photography session. Some of my Detroit women have brought their man’s favorite tie, or sports paraphernalia, jewelry, shoes, glasses and sometimes even their cars and motorcycles. Yes, this is about empowerment and feeling really good about yourself. If you need to bring a couple of things that help the narration of the story, then by all means, bring them along.

3. Know how you’ll use your boudoir photos ahead of time. Will you be creating an album? Is that something you want the photographer to do for you? Will your partner want these to be private? Will he be sharing them with pretty much everybody who walks into the office? Do you want ownership of the images? How soon will you get them back? All of these are nice and practical questions to know ahead of time.

2. Even though you’ll be tempted to, don’t bring someone with you. While the photo session is light and fun, having an extra set of eyes to “perform” in front of is well, just awkward. I warned you before that some of the most flattering boudoir photography poses look odd and silly. Having someone there saying you do indeed look odd and silly from their point of view is really counter-productive. And they often like to put in their two cents. Then their 10 cents and before long, they want to be Martin Scorsese (sorry, can’t think of a great Michigan director!) directing all the things they’d like to do if it was their photo session. Awkward, just awkward.  The trust and bond gained by us collaborating together on producing fun and amazing photos of you works a lot better if it’s just the two of us working together. If you’re concerned about meeting a stranger, by all means bring someone who can sit out in the lobby or down in your kitchen or anywhere but where we’re shooting. I’m all for feeling as comfortable as possible.


Once you’ve decided to do the photo shoot, you’ve selected and vetted your photographer, don’t tell anyone you’re doing it. WHAT? No really. If you want to be talked out of doing this, then start telling people what you’re planning on doing. Only a small fraction of women have the confidence and chutzpa to pull this off. Only a teeny percentage of women are willing to put themselves in such a vulnerable and humbling (and liberating) position. I’m not talking about taking their clothes off. I’ve shot hundreds of boudoir shoots and have rarely seen any private parts. It’s about the suggestion that there is something very intimate going on, the possibility that you were buck naked in front of a photographer, not the reality that it’s all sheets and positioning and moving bra straps out of the frame.

I can guarantee that if you tell your co-workers, friends and families that you’re planning on going to some photographer and getting sexy girly photos taken, they will look at you like you just announced you’re planning on jumping out of an airplane without a parachute. They wouldn’t do it. 99% of women would just not have the bravery to do this and they will try to talk you out of it. Seriously. This happens so often I decided to blog about it. If you’re on the fence, then have that debate with them and they will talk you out of it. But if this is something you really want to do (for whatever reason YOU want) then make the appointment and keep the appointment. Tell someone where you’re going, but don’t ask for their advice. If you’re getting nervous and having second thoughts about following through with the boudoir shoot, call your photographer so they can either reassure you that you’ll be fine or if you’re still wobbling, then back out. Nobody, even your photographer, should ever talk you into doing something you don’t want to do. And that includes  your friends and family.

Detroit Camera StoreJanuary 20, 2012 - 10:11 am

Great Advice 🙂