Sunday, March 22, 2009

This Blog is Moving!

My blog recently underwent a MAJOR overhaul and has moved to a new permanent home. Please update your blog reader to to catch all the new updates and fabulous posts!

A little teaser of the first post of the new blog...

Monday, March 16, 2009

Little Dylan : : 1 Year Session

Little Dylan is turning 1 in just a few short weeks and came down to the studio for a fun session complete with cupcakes and playing outside...enjoying the warmer temps we've been having!

Dylan's big blue eyes are completely captivating. A total cutie!

To make Dylan laugh his parents were running around and scuffling (is that a word?) their feet on the ground making. To Dylan, it was totally hilarious!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Our Photography Workshop : : Recap!

Ok so our workshop yesterday...SO totally amazing! I have been excited for weeks about Jen and I teaching our first full-day photography workshop, but the group of photographers we had attending yesterday totally made the class even better than I could have imagined! Throw in two sassy models, some perfect pre-spring weather and we had ourselves a pretty fabulous day!

We covered the gamut from talking about running a successful photography business, to teaching how to shoot in different lighting conditions using flash, reflectors and off-camera flash, both indoors and outdoors. It was a lot to take in, but these photogs had some amazing images to show off afterwards. We finished our day talking about editing and doing some image critiques.

Did you miss out on this workshop but want to be involved in the next? We are starting a mailing list for the workshops we'll be hosting in the future so if you want your name to be added, email either myself at or Jen at

Our senior model, Shawn, who was rocking some amazing poses for our students.

Jenn totally focused on her subject

Jen (we had three Jen's attending our class) getting into her angles

Action shot!

After lunch, we had Amy in her wedding dress and posing by our very cool freight elevator down the hall from our studio doors working with some off-camera lighting.

Thanks to all those who attended! Both Jen and I hope it was a great experience!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Amy + Carlo : : Preview Gallery

Saturday, March 7, 2009

I'm having a hard time coming up with words to sum up this wedding. So while I will give you the low-down, I will let the pictures speak for themselves!

First of all, Amy and Carlo are the sweetest couple! Not only are they sweet, but their family and friends were gracious and sincere and completely came together to make this day what it was. Amy's vision combined with a seriously fabulous list of vendors, made it one of my favorite weddings to date! I also had the fabulous Darrin Wassom alongside me all day helping me shoot, light, and even hoisting me on his shoulders to get a shot after the ceremony. That's some serious dedication to helping me get a great picture!

Helping hold it all together was the lovely Aletha of Pearls Events along with her two assistants for the day, Julie Strating was on staff to give Amy and her mom the perfect look with her makeup artistry, Amy's gown is from one of my favorite bridal shops in West Michigan, September's Bride, Gail VanderLaan rocking out some seriously amazing flowers, Becca of Lil Miss Cupcake providing her trademark tasty cupcakes, Rick Reuthers providing the music and singing, and a reception at one of my favorite venues, The Amway Grand.

I love this shot of Amy's mom, watching her little girl transform into a bride


I adore these bridal portraits. Amy, you are SO pretty!

These flowers were out of this world...gorgeous!

And we're off to the church!

St. Mary's is SUCH a beautiful cathedral!

This shot was taken from Darrin's shoulders. There was this horrendous trash receptacle right in front of the group and as it was raining, we didn't want to move them from the awning. Darrin stepped in like a champ and saved the day!
Smile with your eyes Carlo!
(I love a man who knows America's Next Top Model references!!)

Amy and Carlo are graduating this May from law school. It's also how they met so we had to get some shots in the tasteful and scholarly Lumber Baron Bar in the Amway Grand.

Before the reception, there was a cocktail hour in the upper balcony of the Imperial Ballroom. The candybar/place cards were a big hit!

Amy + Carlo - I loved loved loved working with you both and hope your both enjoying your time in Mexico. Enjoy your preview and can't wait for you both to see the rest of your pictures!