Back in January, we made a trek down to Detroit to have a “casual” portrait session with couple Brian and Jenn. Little did Jenn know, this would be the day she got engaged! We witnessed and photographed a beautiful proposal, then we walked around Detroit taking their engagement pictures. Proposal photography is definitely some of our favorite images. So beautiful! Check out some of their favorites below!
Earlier this month we had the incredible privilege of providing college graduation photography for Alan, who is graduating from Cornell University! We photographed Alan’s senior pictures in 2012, which you can see here!
He stopped by our studio and brought some of his Cornell apparel and cap and gown with him, and we were able to help celebrate this awesome achievement with him. Congratulations Alan!
To all of you engaged ladies out there: congratulations! I’m sure you’re quickly finding out that wedding planning is quite daunting, whether you have a wedding planner or not. If you’re like me and keep up on all the latest wedding trends, you may be wondering what your wedding this year should look like. Far fewer women have a plan for their dream wedding than we think they do. You may see a floral arrangement you love or a pair of earrings that you find especially bridal, but overall, very few women actually have a full wedding vision when they get engaged. To help you ladies (or fellas) decide what direction you want to take your wedding, here are some 2017 spring wedding trends for your spring wedding and beyond!
Pearls, lace, soft pink, heirloom materials… these are the things we love about a vintage inspired wedding. Vintage picture frames and antique platters and grandma’s hair pin! There’s something about old-world charm and simplicity that brings your guests back in time.
As a wedding photographer in Detroit Michigan, we’re big fans of high drama. So many of our previous wedding clients have certainly done this right. From opulent florals to dramatic uplighting, chandeliers, centerpieces, ice sculptures, fireworks, and sequined linens, a high drama wedding is sure to leave your guests in awe. If you want to give your friends and family an experience they’ll never forget, then a high drama wedding is for you.
This is like the vintage theme, but with a healthy dose of luxury. As wedding photographers in Detroit Michigan, we see plenty of 20’s glam in our plethora of old theaters and clubhouses, such as the Fillmore, Detroit Athletic Club, Westin Book Cadillac, Detroit Opera House, and Colony Club. These venues combine classic art deco and renaissance architecture with modern luxury, giving your wedding the same feel as a party at Gatsby’s mansion.
Spring season means flower season. If you’re planning a spring wedding, that means pretty much every flower is in season, so the possibilities for your florals are endless. That’s a good thing – because a floral theme is a great way to go! We see so many white and soft pink florals – which are beautiful! – but lately, bold florals have been making a comeback. Orange, pink, coral, yellow, purple, red… don’t be afraid to be bold! This brings so much visual interest to your wedding, and what better theme for a spring wedding than flowers?
Here are some resources for wedding trends and some inspiration photos!
Senior pictures are meant to reflect YOU. Each and every senior we photograph has a different personality, hobbies, interests, and passions. The more of these that you incorporate into your senior session, the more unique your photos will be, and the more you’ll love your photos! You might be wondering what options are available for senior pictures, and we’re here to help you personalize your session. One of the options for senior pictures is choosing how to express your personality in your photos. We can include sports, your car, your instrument, or your pet. We can take them in a rural nature setting, or an urban cityscape. We can even create a completely out-of-the-box, one-of-a-kind green screen image! Take a look at some examples below. These high school seniors wanted to make their photos all about THEM, and they helped us create some amazing images.
Another option for your senior pictures is an indoor versus an outdoor session. We almost ALWAYS do an outdoor photo session for our high school seniors, but we’ve taken some beautiful and fashionable high school senior photos in our studio. These are usually edgy and use dramatic lighting for an editorial look. Usually, if you’d like some indoor studio photos taken, we do one outfit in the studio and another 1 or 2 outfits outdoors with natural light. You can see some examples below of in-studio photos, as well as more natural, outdoor photos.
Here are the in-studio pictures:
Here are the outdoor photos:
The last option we’d like to talk about is natural light versus flash/artificial light. We tend to mix this up, depending on the type of photos and the setting. As you can see above, many of the photos that revolve around sports and hobbies use artificial light for a very striking, dramatic look. We also like to give our clients a couple of flash-lit portraits for a distinctive look. If you lean towards a certain style, tell your photographer! Below, you can see some examples of both kinds of photography.
Here are images lit with flash:
Here are images lit with natural light:
We hope you enjoyed seeing what options are available for senior pictures. One of our favorite things about senior portraits is that they are always so unique. Every student has a different vision for what they’d like, and this is what makes these images so special! Check out our seniors page to see full senior galleries and to see more examples of different styles of photography.
We’re proud Orion residents, and we love to take our family to different upcoming Lake Orion events and fun things happening around town. The weather is starting to warm up, and that means fairs, festivals, art shows, and more! We thought we’d give you a heads up to what Orion is planning for this spring and summer so that you can get your family out and in the sunshine! Upcoming Lake Orion events are fun for date nights, family nights, and even if you have a day free and are looking for something fun to fill your time! Take a look at what we’re excited about, and view the Lake Orion website to see more information.
Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.
Cruisin’ for the Trails
Where? Clubhouse BFD – 2265 Crooks Rd, Rochester Hills, MI 48309
When? Saturday, May 6, 2017
What? This is a charity bike ride along the Paint Creek Trail, from Lake Orion to Rochester. Of course, you can just ride as far as you’d like! Registration is $20 to pre-register or $30 day of. All riders park and meet at Clubhouse BFD and ride on from there! And you can bring your kids! As long as you’re able to transport them the whole way. There will also be a live band, drink specials, a charity raffle AND giveaways! This will be a fun event for all you bike riders. Click here for more information on this event and to register.
Lake Orion Flower & Art Fair
Where? Downtown Lake Orion
When? Friday, May 12th, 11am-8pm, Saturday, May 13th, 11am-6pm.
What? As a local artist, we love this festival. Not only is it the perfect way to kick off the warm weather, but it’s also a great way to see and support local art! Stroll the downtown and purchase flowers, food, nature-inspired artwork, and get the perfect Mother’s Day present while you’re at it. There will also be an auction on Saturday, and of course, an after party at Lockhart’s BBQ on Saturday from 6pm-11pm.
Memorial Day Parade
Where? Downtown Lake Orion
When? May 29th
What? Just what it sounds like! Enjoy a fun day for the whole family by attending the Memorial Day Parade, then grabbing a bite to eat at one of the many awesome restaurants downtown!
Summer Concert & Movie Series
Where? The gazebo at Children’s Park, off South Broadway.
When? July and August of 2017. Visit the Lake Orion website for specific dates.
What? Free and fun concerts and movies! Visitors are encouraged to bring their own blankets and lawn chairs.
Check back with us regularly to see the upcoming Lake Orion events that we’re excited about!
And while you’re at it, you can check out our website so that you can get that summer photo session booked!
If you have a senior graduating this year, you’re probably wondering, “when should I book senior photos?” We get asked this question a lot, so we’re here to help you know the best timeline for the best experience possible with little to no stress!
As a high school senior photographer, we encourage you to book early to ensure prime dates are still available. If you wait until August or September to book your senior pictures, chances are, there are only a few slots left through October! It’s not too early to call the studio in April or May to book a session for June just after graduation. This is helpful for you, as you can work around your vacations and plans, and it’s helpful for the photographer, as they get a better idea of their calendar for the season.
Occasionally we’ll get a call to our studio and ask if they can book a photo session for later that same day! While few people are this prepared, you do need to leave yourself some time between booking and the date of your student’s photo session. There are resources we send to you, such as location options, outfit suggestions, and sports or hobby questionnaires. This information helps us customize the photo session around the senior, and gets them photos that they feel truly represents who they are, instead of a completely generic photo shoot. You’ll need a few weeks to prep outfits, pets, props, etc., so be sure to leave yourself time to prepare for the shoot properly!
After your student’s photo session, our studio needs 2-4 days to process your photos and edit the color and contrast. We go through each photo and make sure it looks its best! You don’t want to see any hair in their eyes or an odd shadow across their face, so we fix all that and make sure the images are perfect. By the time you come to the studio to view the pictures and pick out what products you want, it takes an average of 3-4 weeks to get all the products that you ordered printed. Framed items tend to have the longest turn around time.
Keep in mind: this will be your child’s last professional photo experience while living at home. This is a huge milestone in your child’s life, and it deserves to be commemorated and celebrated as such! If you’re considering skipping senior pictures because they take a lot of selfies… don’t! You’ll treasure these photos, and one day, your grandchildren will love seeing these images. There’s nothing like having a beautiful, striking portrait of your student hanging on your wall while they’re away at college. Getting senior pictures done is not only a fun experience for your student, it’s a chance for you to remember them just as they are as they enter the world as an adult.
When you book senior portraits early, you get the most flexibility for scheduling by far! When you wait until the summer to book, your options for dates dramatically decreases. If you book a session in June, and should you need to reschedule their photo session for any reason, whether it’s bad weather or an illness, chances are that you can get another photo shoot in a few days. If you need to reschedule a shoot in September or October, our next opening may be several weeks away.
Portrait studios often provide discounts and promotions for those who book in the off-season or early on in the summer to help them get a jump start on their calendar. Taking advantage of the beautiful June flowers and sunshine may also save you money! For example, our studio is running a promotion for $25 senior sessions in June! While our session fee for our peak season is usually $395, those who book early and get their senior session done in June see amazing savings, and the photos are just as beautiful! It pays to be early… literally!
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If you have family photos in your future, we know the question on your brain. “What should we wear for family photos?!” Some moms are AMAZING at this, and can whip up perfectly coordinated outfits for a family of 5 in a week. But that’s not you. Maybe you can barely get your kids dressed PERIOD – much less coordinate outfits and get everyone looking photo ready. We’re here to help. We’re going to debunk some popular family photo myths and give you some pointers that will make your family photos a treasure for years to come.
1. DON’T dress identically.
We’re just going to throw that one out there right now. I know that you’re tempted to have everyone wear blue jeans and a white shirt, but we actually advise against it. Not only does this take away from everyone’s individual personality, but you’ll probably find that your pictures look a little boring. We like to see everyone in an outfit that represents their personal style. When you look at these images for years to come, you’ll appreciate that everyone was wearing clothing that was truly THEM.
2. DO color coordinate
Okay, here’s our number one piece of advice to families everywhere asking themselves, “What should we wear for family photos?” Color coordinate! Pick a color family and go with it. Maybe it’s reds, oranges, and browns. Or maybe you like blues, purples, and greens. This gives you much more flexibility and it lets your family have more freedom in picking their outfits.
3. DO keep your home decor in mind.
If you’re getting professional photography of your family, you’re going to want a large, beautiful image to hang on your wall at home! So when you pick a color family for your outfits, try to keep your home decor in mind. Maybe your home is mostly neutrals, largely consisting of greys and whites. In that case, you’ll want to go with a more muted color palette. You probably won’t want to hang a large picture of your family wearing bright orange and red. If your home has lots of warm colors, like brown, tan, or burgundy, go with a warm color family for your outfits.
Another thing to keep in mind is the style of your home decor. If you have an elegant, beautifully decorated home, you may want to go for a more formal family photo session. If your home is more casual and comfy, a laid back, candid family session may be the best bet. Overall, you just want these images to represent your family, so go with the style that you’ll love most.
4. DO let your kids be kids.
This is especially for all you moms with young children. We know the horror of missing nap time or getting grass stains on those new pants you bought just for this photo session. It’s okay! Let kids be kids. Believe it or not, some of the cutest and most real photos we’ve gotten are when your little ones are distracted, running, playing, and being themselves. You want your family portraits to be a great memory for everyone involved, so if your kids want to play, we say: let them!
We recently had the pleasure of going to the Patel family’s house in Troy and shooting some adorable family photography. We love shooting at our studio, but there’s something special about traveling to a family’s home and taking their family portraits there. Especially when there’s a young child involved like the cutie you see below, they’re much more comfortable and more likely to come out of their shell a little bit. This can be difficult when you have a shy child and bring them somewhere they’re unfamiliar with. This little guy warmed up to us after a little while, and we captured some great smiles.
Now this is adorable family photography if I’ve ever seen it! The end of the photo session was full of goofy giggles and being silly.
What a gorgeous little family! Thank you to the Patels for letting us come to your lovely home.
As I’m sure you know by now, we have a great working relationship with the wonderful Royal Park Hotel in Rochester, Michigan. We’ve done a lot of wedding photography and event photography at this beautiful hotel and venue. Last week, the Royal Park hosted a joint event with Crittenton, and of course, the event was a success. The Royal Park definitely knows how to put on an event, and this one was no different. From the ballroom, to the decor, to the hors d’oeuvres, it really played off of the medical theme. The staff even wore scrubs! Not only was the event beautiful, but it was important. This hotel excels in hospitality, and they are partnering with Crittenton in giving the hospital some tips on how to improve their own hospitality and make each patient’s stay as enjoyable as possible. We were so happy to provide the event photography for this event; take a look at these photo highlights!
This event began with a panel discussion. Representatives from the Royal Park and Crittenton answered questions and talked about an assortment of topics.
Next, the event moved to the main hallway, where it was clear that it was a true Royal Park event. The themed food, the ambulance food truck, and wait staff dressed in scrubs were all true to theme.
Thank you to the Royal Park for once again inviting us back to provide event photography for you.
Weddings today have become much less of a once-in-a-lifetime event, and more of a twice-in-a-lifetime or thrice-in-a-lifetime event. 50 to 60% of men and women who have been previously married will plan another wedding for themselves. We think there are a lot of stigmas around planning a second wedding, and we want to address a couple things!
Remarriages used to have to be quiet, small weddings, but now, many people who are getting remarried make their second wedding just as large and elaborate as their first. Though this is true, those planning a second or third wedding usually have a lot of questions about what they should or shouldn’t do again, or what is and isn’t allowed. We totally understand these questions, and we want to reiterate that it’s our belief that for the two getting married, this is a first for them as a couple, and it’s a beautiful celebration of the beginning of their lives together. Every marriage is beautiful and deserves to be celebrated as much as you’d like it to be, whether it’s your first time down the aisle or your third.
Something we hear from quite a few people is the belief that it’s bad etiquette or embarrassing to re-hire the same vendors that they used on their first wedding. As a high-end wedding vendor, we want to squash that belief! If you were happy with the services of a vendor the first time around, why not allow them the opportunity to create a great experience for you again? Our job is to grow and change with our clients, and creating a new, but equally satisfying experience is what we love about second weddings. We know that you don’t want a duplicate wedding, or a wedding that will remind you (or your guests) of your previous nuptials. We love the opportunity to give you a whole new experience that you’ll treasure with your spouse. The absolute best thing you can do for a photographer, florist, planner, or DJ that you love is give them your business. We know that planning a second wedding can be tricky in many ways, but picking your vendors shouldn’t be. If you’ve worked with someone you loved, let them celebrate with you again!
So if you’re planning a second wedding, definitely don’t hesitate to contact the people who made your previous wedding beautiful. We want you to have a beautiful day just as much as you do!