My parents have been married for 16 years and the last time they had professional photos done was at their wedding. How crazy is that?! Since I’m an Ann Arbor family photographer, I decided to give them a gift card for updated photos last year for Christmas. They’re lucky enough to live really close to Island Lake State Park so we chose the park for their portrait location. The funny part about that day was they fought me tooth and nail, trying every excuse in the book to get out of doing them; but good thing they raised me to be stubborn because I eventually got them out there. And once they saw the finished images they were thrilled! I designed Christmas cards for them to send out this year as well and every one of their friends called to tell them how cute they were. It’s so awesome to hear all the positive feedback they got on them and my parents liked their family photos so much they are talking about doing them every year (this Ann Arbor family photographer couldn’t agree more!). They also have a little surprise coming to them for the holidays this year, but I’ll have to wait and share that AFTER Christmas day.
Do you remember last fall when I had my family portraits done by Shawna Gerry Photography? Well it was time for me to return the favor for her and her family. We made the decision to do them down in Depot Town and couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day. I love being an Ypsilanti family photographer, we have some of the most gorgeous locations around! The background of the river and the wooden bridge are perfect for any portrait. I was so excited to do her family photos besides the fact that her family is super cute, I got to use the equipment I rented for the wedding last week. It was great to be able to use my dream camera setup for seven days and give Shawna beautiful family portraits. Although, it was a sad day when I packaged the camera and lens back in the box to send to California.
Both of these images are my favorites, I can’t decide between the two which I like better, which one do you like best?
There are a few causes that I won’t hesitate to donate to and The Buster Foundation is one of them. Pit bulls hold a very special place in my heart as I’ve owned a few myself (if you’ve been following me for long you’ve definitely seen pictures of Piglet) and have fostered a few until they found forever homes. So I was more than excited when Nicki told me she won my donated gift card, asked if I would be her Ann Arbor family photographer, and if she could bring along BooBoo (Buster alumni). Of course because pets are always family in my book!
She also said that her son was about to turn one and wanted to get some photos of him to celebrate the milestone. In true celebratory fashion I suggested that we do some family portraits first then end with a cake smash. We talked over the theme, I planned out the backdrop for the day, and busted out some of my own DIY skills to make things happen (I even made an Instagram video about it). And despite the poor guy not feeling the greatest, we got some really cute images of his special day.
Isn’t that cake just fabulous? One of my incredibly crafty brides made it based of a photo I sent her. I had her make two just in case there were tweaks that needed to be made I wanted to make sure all the bugs were worked out ahead of time. When she brought over the first cake I was seriously impressed, I knew she was creative, but that blew me out of the water (hahaha no pun intended).
Ann Arbor Family Photographer | Cake Smash Session