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The Mini & More
- $125 Family or Individual Mini Session Indoor session with lighting is $175
- On Location Sessions Prices begin at $350 and depend on travel.
- Full Family Sessions Bring your fur babies. They are family, too!
- Modeling $350 ^
- Acting $350 ^
- Real Estate Photography $75 to start. Based on travel/square footage.
- Business Head-shots $80
- Pet Photography Varies
- Commissioned Fine Art Varies
- Self-Exploration Session An on location collaboration $350 ^
- Boudoir $500
- Bridal Boudoir/Bridal Session $500
- Engagement $350 ^
- Maternity $350 ^
- Event Photography Varies
- Product Photography Varies
- Editorial Varies
- Weddings Please read the entry at the bottom of this page
**The Mini is a 45 minute to one hour photo shoot, performed outdoors here at my home, against a natural background. Clients receive 10-12 fully-edited images available for download via DropBox upon completion.
As a mommy myself, I know that nothing is as special as this time in your life. It can also a time when we aren't feeling our usual, pretty selves. I can help with that! My moms-to-be all love their elegant, soft images.
These days, gradation photos are almost like a modeling composite. Long gone, are stuffy studios, boring backdrops, one hand under the chin, smile and -click. Things have really changed, and for the better! This session is so much fun for all involved. We can head over to Belle Isle, where there are lots of great spaces to shoot in, or if you prefer a more rural background, we can do that, too. It's your day -your shoot!
You're a unit, you're close, sometimes you're silly, you're always real, in a nutshell -you're YOU. When I photograph your family, I work to capture you just being yourselves. Playing, interacting, and living life. I go for candid, fun images, that tell short stories. Yes, some are traditional portraits that you can send to Grandma during the Holidays, but the best in set are always the shots that make you laugh, and say, "Yep. That's us!"
Sweetness, all around. This was a $125 Mini, shot here at my home. Wonderfully candid, and seriously adorable. My clients were as happy with their session as they look!
Themed Engagement Session. A beautiful couple, who are now married (yes! I shot their wedding, too) asked me to do a fun, urban, and themed engagement shoot for them. We went from a redheaded, Marilyn and a classic James Dean, to Sandy and Danny.
This was a rather exciting, secret, proposal. My client and I brainstormed ways for me to shoot his proposal to his girlfriend, without her knowledge (at first). Clearly, she said yes!
Sundays & Photoshop
I am available to shoot on most days of the week, but with the realization that everyone is at work during that time, I understand that weekends are usually best. I'm available during these hours to accommodate you. Yes, Sundays, too!
Concerning Photoshop: I do not proof. Photoshop is a natural part of my process, and all of your images will be adjusted. I'll correct for color and density, do some light retouching, then I'll make artistic choices for style. If you have additional requests, i.e. extra retouching, nip/tuck, image-manipulation --prices may vary, depending on your needs.
Self-Exploration Session with a stunning, and quite fierce, yet gentle woman. This is an example of both fashion photography, and Photoshop/post-production skill. In PS, I took my creative license, and did a brave tintype overlay to give this something special. Those shadows were a gift from the Sun.
Are you thinking of modeling, and need a photographer to help work up a fantastic composite? I'm your girl. Together, we can create exactly what you need, and have a blast during the whole process.
Acting and modeling feel the same, yet require a different set of images. We need, clean, clear, photos. Some simple, and some dramatic. We will meet, and talk at length about the style you're looking for, and what you're hoping to accomplish with your acting resume.
I will scout the area surrounding your ceremony, far in advance to find the best spots for photo opportunities. This is so important! In the photo above, I had discovered an abandoned barn behind the venue this couple was married in. I look for interesting, natural backgrounds, and shoot, candidly. This day was sprinkled with rain, so I grabbed my trusty, red umbrella (which is always in the hatch of my truck) and created an unforgettable image.
This couple needed no scouting. They were married barefoot, next to a waterfall at the Ford Estate in Dearborn. Their pictures are just gorgeous, and I enjoyed shooting this wedding so, very much. I was filthy, afterwards, from crouching, climbing, rolling around, and doing pretty much anything I had to do to capture the very best. I enjoyed every minute of it. I am brave in post production, and this is an example of the artistic freedom, given to me by the bride and groom.
A stunning bride in a vintage context. I tend to shoot like a photojournalist, rather than in a posed 'bride staring at her bouquet' style. Your wedding is unique. You are not a number on a list of weddings I must shoot. Not in my book. I literally chronicle your day from beginning, when you're getting ready, to end, when you're cutting the cake, and dancing with your father or mother. I have an eye for detail, and know what not to miss: Like the look on a groom's face as he watches his bride walking towards him.
♥ To the Bride and Groom ♥ First and foremost, congratulations on your engagement! Let's talk. I would like to take a second to explain my position on weddings. Thank you in advance for reading!
Here goes: I am not a 'traditional' wedding photographer, so-to-speak. My style is artistic, free-spirited, candid, unique, and very creative. If you're looking for standard group photos against manicured backgrounds, I may, or may not, be the person you're seeking. Yes. I will arrange family, and shoot the necessities --those are a must. There WILL be group shots of immediate family, yet on the same token, the bulk of your images will be candid, arty, and eye-catching. I have covered many weddings on my own as a solitary photographer, yet am happiest as a second-shooter. A second shooter is free to capture moments that you may not have even been aware of. When I shoot, I work hard to provide both. I'm there photographing expressions, and I'm there in those rare moments, where the wind catches a veil and lifts it into the air. Moments where unexpected hilarity ensues, and priceless pictures are the result. Moments of strong emotion between all people. The real moments that make up your day.
The Process: My job begins the minute you hire me. Once booked, I will visit all locations. Where the ceremony will be held, where the reception will take place, and what might be in between. I do this for scouting purposes. I like surprises, but not on your wedding day. At least not trouble-bubble surprises.I am looking for, and documenting creative/interesting photo opportunities. A great example of this: Behind the Vintage House in Fraser, did you know that there is an old, dilapidated, barn with weathered wood, and a view of the skyline? Yes! Along both sides of the pebbled path leading to that barn, I was excited to discover tall, and lush plant life, which provided gorgeous, natural backgrounds offering fantastic images (one is above (or below if you're here via your phone). Matt is laughing with his bride, and best friend, Lisa. What could be greater?)
I do not use backdrops or flashes except for receptions in dark halls, where I bounce a soft, diffused flash off of the ceiling in an effort to avoid that artificial "smile! cheese!" look, yet provide enough light so that everyone can been seen. My hope is to pull as much magic as possible. To create a body of work worth showing off. Images that, arranged properly, could be a book, with the best of the best gracing the walls of your home. I want you to say "Wow.. these are all we hoped for and more." --as every photographer should. It's your wedding day!
So: If you are an open-minded, couple, and are looking for candidness, photojournalism, and something different, then let's discuss. I love an outdoor wedding in an interesting place. Or a unique, wedding where creative freedoms are welcomed. When I do shoot a wedding, my process is to capture not only the intimacy of your union as a newly married couple, but also that behind-the-scenes, no one is looking, essence. The little, things that make up this journey we call -Life. The beginning of yours, together. I collect that greatness -the greatness which you so mindfully, planned, and in post-processing I enhance it all into something unforgettable. This is my very favorite part of being an artist! This is why I do what I do.
After Your Day: As mentioned, I fully edit the best in set, then share your images via Dropbox ( I send you a link to an online folder with your finished set so that you can just download them to your own computer. As far as post-processing goes, I do not charge by the hour, or separately, for Photoshop. You might notice that most photographers do (I've seen up to $150 per hour for this service) I prefer to build that into my rate. My goal is to keep things affordable, and fair. Your wedding day is extremely important, and I am only one person. Post-production (editing) is a big part of what makes my work, well, my work! Because of this, I do not proof. Raw images and/or proofs will never be made available. I actually delete as I reject images that are not to my standard -which is quite high. My message here, in quite a few words (sorry!) is that I'm an artist, and photography is my medium. You will not see the proverbial unfinished, painting. Finished images, only. Thanks again for reading my little e-book here, and for your understanding!
Well Look at You..
Sorry, guys. This one is for women, only. I do not shoot "dudeoir" . Thanks for understanding.