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Chelice’s Senior Pictures

September 17th, 2012

I find it interesting how no matter how many times a person visits a place, there is always something new to be found. I’ve photographed at South Glenn before, but the flowers and landscaping are so beautiful, it seems to always be taking on a new characteristic of it’s own. Chelice was a really great person to photograph. Her radiant smile along with her excitement for the shoot made it so much fun!


A little trip to Hastings, Michigan and some night photography creativity.

September 10th, 2012

I love playing with my camera in the dark. Mainly, its because of the unpredictable nature of the prolonged exposure… especially when you are adding variables such as multiple subjects, and in this case, a crazy laser pen our friend had. The results were pretty incredible.


Steven’s High School Senior Album

September 7th, 2012

I love when I get to design High School Senior Albums because I have the chance to really get creative and personal.  It’s always interesting how these things take shape. In this case, it was Steven’s excellent drawing abilities along with his Dragon suggestion that inspired this design.

Click here to see the full layout.    Click here to link to Steven’s full gallery.



Jenn and Jay’s Wedding | August 11, 2012

August 28th, 2012

Jenn and Jason’s wedding was so much fun to photograph! It was very refreshing to work with such a fun, laid back couple.  Their wedding was beautiful and so were the people they were surrounded by.

I had the ultimate privilege of working with photographer, Christoper Jablonski as my second photographer. We worked so well together. I love it when that happens! I’m excited for how these all came together.




Steven Ray of Light.

August 25th, 2012

Steven, thanks for a really fun time. I am happy I could make these for you to enjoy forever. You will always be a part of some of my fondest (and funniest) memories.



Jordan’s High School Senior Shoot

August 18th, 2012

Jordan was a fun mix of urban with a little down home flair and out-doorsie. Her beauty really radiates when those ray’s hit her.


Jenn and Jason’s Time on the Town | Detroit, MI

July 3rd, 2012

It’s always fun to play out the adventure you’ve been planning for weeks! In this case, it was and engagement session with Jenn and Jason downtown Detroit. What a wonderful couple! I cannot wait to shoot their wedding this August!



Jon and Steph, I loved being a guest at your beautiful wedding.

June 28th, 2012

So it’s not very often (comparatively speaking I suppose) that I get to be an attendee at a wedding. Sometimes I just love enjoying the festivities without the adrenaline rush and craziness that is involved with being the wedding photographer. No more stress than finding the right thing to wear and catching the bus on time. :) Plus, you get to enjoy the little things a lot more. When I left for the ceremony, I almost left my camera behind. Katie persuaded me to take it (it’s like carrying around a small child.) I’m glad I did because Steph and Jon had their wedding and reception at an incredible location. The ceremony outdoors on a magnificent lawn with a large iron gate behind the alter. Magnificent trees rose to surround us as a beautiful canopy. Oh, I forgot to mention, my husband was also standing in this wedding. I really enjoyed watching the emotions flow through the people I know so well.


I was tethered to my chair. No angles. No freedoms. One location. It was interesting to be so restricted. I could finally stop to tell the story to them, as their guest, long time friend, and lover of light. My perspective, not the anticipation of everyone else’s. I would have been kicking myself if i’d left my camera at home. I just wanted to snap away. And snap I did. :)



Leroy White – The Emergence

March 16th, 2012

LeRoy White, a musician and spiritual guru of mine, has touched the lives of many over the years, including my own. He is an eternal sybol of peace, love and “sweet divine groove” for thousands across the country. LeRoy’s involvement with the Youth of Unity has been transformative to many throughout the years. His passion, rhythm and positive energy create a space for many to let go and let it flow. Anyone who has been to one of LeRoy’s concerts, knows the power of his spiritual groove. The spirit that surrounds this man is beautiful. His presence alone reaches out to touch you and bring you closer to yourself.


Personally I am blessed to have this man in my life, for the times when I was growing up and he moved my soul and for these days as I listen to his music to remember and get restarted. You are a gift to this world Leroy. The love you create is unending.



Up at dawn, I got a busy day So many things to do for it to be this way. I got hail to the chief, steady with the flow, don’t draw outside the lines and whisper what you really know. But I’m not complaining , in fact its o.k, cause I’ve got a place where I can get away.  People do what they do, people say what they say , so many things played out in the course of a day.  And when things get too much and I can’t find my way, I simply turn to the silence of myself and this is what I say. I will find a way, I will find a way, I will find a way to get myself back home. First breathe then pray. Here I am back again and I’m ready to go, ready to jump back in . I can keep the pace as long as I know the door swings both ways and sometimes ya got to go right into action into the heat of the day and sometimes ya got to be still and just get away and find a place where you can simply say, I will find a way, I will find a way, I will find a way to get myself back home, first breath then pray.
– LeRoy

I was honored to be able to photograph a man who, for me, influences my every day life, in spirit and principle.

Leroy is going to re-release all of his albums and make them available for resale. Keep checking his website www.leroywhite.com for more product and tour information.


Photography: getting down the basics

February 29th, 2012

There are three elements to creating your optimum exposure: shutter speed, aperture and ISO.

Let’s break it down:

It is first important to determine, what’s most important in the image, depth of field or stopping (or creating) motion. From here, you can determine which to set first.

Slower Shutter Speed

Shallow Depth of Field
Aperture  (or f-stop)- This is what creates “Depth of Field” in an image. A good way to remember is the greater the number, the MORE that’s in focus. This is to say, something that has nearly everything in focus has a LARGE depth of field.  Images taken at f16 or f22 have a larger depth of field while images taken at f2.8 or f1.8 will have a SHALLOW depth of filed. Images with a shallow depth of field typically have one of the subjects in the in focus while the rest is blurred out. Optimum aperture will change with the number of subjects and your distance to the subjects (plane of focus will very greatly with distance).

This image was taken at f16 and has a large Depth of Field
This image was taken at f2.8 and has a very shallow Depth of Field

Shutter Speed-  This is how fast the shutter of the camera opens and closes. The longer it stays open, the more light

you let into the sensor (film or digital). On a sunny day, if you let in too much light, you will get an over-exposed or blown out image. In bright lighting situations you will tend to have a fast shutter speed. Also, a faster shutter speed will allow you to stop motion, for action situations. Slower Shutter speeds are useful in lower light, or when you want to create motion-blurring effects.  Note: In these lower speeds, (below 1/60 s.) a tripod is necessary to stop camera shake.

Slow shutter speed to get detail in shadows- more ambient light. 1/30 sec
ISO- This works much like film speed- it is the sensitivity of sensor to light. The lower the number, the less sensitive to light, the higher the number the more light the sensor picks up. On a sunny day, one would use a low ISO at say, 200 whereas a person in a darker room working without a flash would crank up the ISO to say, 1600 to make the sensor more sensitive, grabbing as much light

as possible. A higher ISO grabs more “ambient” light. There is a compromise with using higher ISO’s, the images is less crisp and more

grainy. However, with cameras these

days, the ISO capabilities are becoming more and more impressive.

This image was taken in almost complete darkness, save for the streetlight.         ISO 1600
A deep understanding of these elements and how they work together, is what sets a professional apart from the amateur photographer.

Fast Shutter Speed to capture the movement and a Large Aperture to blur the background