Back at it.

Rochester, Michigan - Child and Family Photographer

“Write it. Shoot it. Publish it. Crochet it, sauté it, whatever. MAKE.”  - Joss Whedon

You may have noticed I haven’t posted anything here in over a year.  I have numerous (and lengthy) drafts of this post attempting to explain why.  But ain’t nobody got time for that, and it’s probably not all that interesting (unless you’re me…haha), so here’s the abridged version …

  • I had lots of photo sessions! Yeay!

  • I burned out...Booo! (if you feel so inclined, Google “photography burn out”….it’s a thing)

  • I took a long break

  • I missed photography

  • I missed it a lot

  • And now I’m back

As much as I enjoyed taking a nice, extended break, I missed photography.  To anyone else, it might look like a family portrait or a cute picture of a kiddo.  But to me, it is something I created and put it out there for the world to see (or at least, the handful of people who look at my website).  Besides love and parenthood, it is the most rewarding thing I’ve done.

So, I’m ready to start creating again, and you should drop me a note if you are interested in a session. 

In the meantime, I plan to share some images I took last year (before I went into hibernation), but never shared, because obviously I was a total slacker in the blogging department.  

First up…here is a family I photographed last summer.  Mom, Lisa, is a photographer herself (and a super talented one).  I can't even tell you what a huge complement it is, when another photographer picks YOU to document her family.  And with three little boys age 6 and under, I'm pretty sure I broke a sweat at this session, but I'm really, really happy with what I captured.  Enjoy.

Life Love Lens - March Blog Circle

Rochester, Michigan Photographer

Who’s ready for spring? I know I am. We have had a major case of cabin fever the last couple weeks, but we finally dragged our butts out of the house a couple weekends ago to hit the DIA (Detroit Institute of Arts, for you non-locals). It was Violet’s first time…I wasn’t sure how she would do, but she absolutely loved it. I think her favorite part was talking loud and hearing her voice echo. Due to my complete lack of planning skills, we got there an hour before closing, so we didn’t get to stay too long, therefore, I didn't get a ton of pictures.  We will be back, and my loud, echoing kid!

Below are a few photos from our little outing. And today is Blog Circle day, so be sure to follow the links to all my photographer friends who are sharing, starting with Laura Acton!  In the year I've known Laura through this blog circle, she's taken so many great trips...I am so envious of her travels!  This month she is sharing images from her Paris trip, so be sure to check it out!

But first, here are photos from my exciting trip down to Detroit.  :)  First stop....we were hungry so we stopped for a bite at Green Dot Stables.  The light was non-existent inside the actual restaurant, but I captured these shots in the waiting area, where Violet slammed this lemonade in about 30 seconds.

 On to the DIA!  This was right after we walked in and she was testing the acoustics.  :)

Not my favorite lighting situation for shooting (low light, artificial light), but I loved having all the beautiful art as my backdrop ...

And then I found the dreamiest light in this stairwell!  (Cue singing angels....)

 Closing time.

 And then my favorite shot of the day happened right outside as we were walking to the car...

 She's into non-matching gloves right now.  (And if I remember correctly, the socks she is wearing under those boots are non-matching as well.)

You guys don't see 90% of my photos where she is making faces like the one below.  She's such a goof.  #photographerschildsyndrome

Thanks for stopping by!  Don't forget to check out Laura's amazing Paris images and then click through the entire Blog Circle to see some fantastic photography!

My Funny Valentine :: February Blog Circle :: Metro Detroit Child Photographer

I recently re-worked our schedules so that Sundays are a completely free day for us. No extra-curricular activities, no plans, no nothing. I found I was constantly running on the weekends…always had some place to be…was always running late for something, and I was left with no time to recharge. So last Sunday, we experienced our first “free day” in quite some time. I made breakfast. We watched Frozen. We stayed in our pajamas well into the afternoon. I braided Violet’s hair like Elsa’s. She put on the homemade tutu I’ve been working on (which is still unfinished, but you only notice if you look at the back!). We worked on Valentine crafts. We went outside and made a snowman. It was the best day we’ve had in a while.

I wanted to share a few images from that wonderful Sunday with my little Valentine. And today is Blog Circle day (actually it's more of a square since we only have four photographers today!), so after you’re finished here, don’t forget to visit Emily Hutson to see what she's been up to. Thanks!


 The unfinished tutu...

 There is something about this image below.  I think I need an oversize print or canvas of this one.



 So, I bought a heart-shaped paper punch and it's been a big hit.  We were supposed to be working on Valentine's cards for her classmates, but she wanted to make this mask instead.

 And so she became "The Valentine Bandit"


 This little bandit stole my heart.

Thanks for stopping by!  Now, be sure to follow the links and see what my fellow photographer friends are sharing today...starting with Emily!