Working with Angie was very special for me. I have had the privilege of watching her grow up and I am also her godmother. I knew shooting her senior portraits would be a lot of fun. The class of 2021 is facing some unique circumstances being in a pandemic and all. I wanted her photos to be extra special and hopefully bring some normalcy to her. When she suggested we shoot the photos in Detroit, I knew it would be a great time.
We began her session on the Detroit Riverfront at Cullen Plaza and Milliken State Park. Next we headed over to the Belt Alley in downtown Detroit. We finished the session on the grounds of one of my favorite places, the Detroit Institute of Arts. It turned out to be a beautiful afternoon and a session I will never forget.
Angie, I wish you and the rest of the class of 2021 nothing but the best!
Below are some of my favorite photos from the session.
Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a very special time for my family and I. It is a time to celebrate and honor our loved ones, who have passed away. We always build a family ofrenda in our house and have a special meal that consists of tamales and pan dulce to celebrate. My husband and I are raising our son to celebrate this holiday and hopefully pass this tradition on to his own family one day.
This year, I had the very special opportunity to help build an ofrenda for the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy on the Detroit River Walk. 2020 has been a difficult year for many people and for many reasons. It was built to remember and celebrate the lives of all those, who have passed on, that people could visit to keep their memory alive.
It was very special for me to see the community interact with the ofrenda. When I was building it with the help from others, several people stopped to talk about their own loved ones who had recently passed away. Others stopped to learn more about Day of the Dead.
The ofrenda allowed the community to interact with it by leaving the names of their loved ones, who had passed, or special messages for them. It was beautiful to see the amount of messages and the appreciation they had for the ofrenda. I will always treasure this opportunity.
Below are some of my favorite photographs I took.
I had a fun summer photo session with beautiful Catherine and her adorable dog, Rose. This location took place in New Baltimore, Michigan surrounded by flowers and a swimming pool.
Catherine is a very resilient woman with a tenacious spirit. Rose is a chocolate Labrador Retriever with a heart of gold. She is such a sweetie and was great for the camera. Catherine's parents even jumped in some photos towards the end of the session.
Catherine, it was great working with you and I wish you all the best!
I recently had the chance to do a 40th Birthday portrait session with Susan and her family while social distancing in Grosse Pointe Park, MI. While staying home due to orders for COVID-19, her husband was looking for creative ways to celebrate his wife's birthday. He ordered a couple dozen penguins and other signs to blanket their front yard in Susan's honor. This birthday session was a lot of fun.
I am so happy to be doing photography with clients once again. I have missed working with people so much! This birthday session was a lot of fun.
Susan, I wish you a year full of much love and joy. You are FABULOUS!
My next installment of the Calming Your Mind During COVID-19 series is made up of beautiful mountain vistas and forest images. It has been scientifically proven that being in nature calms the mind, body and spirit. Connecting with nature allows you to unplug (if you let it), take in beautiful scenery and breathe in fresh air.
I know right now we can't all go stand on a mountain top or hike through the forest. In lieu of a hike or walk, I have put together some of my travel photos taken over the years.
As you look at these photos, try to take in a deep breath, hold it for 4-5 seconds and then slowly exhale. Heck, even put on some relaxing music if you can. I hope you will feel calmness start to spread. This process can be simple.
Right now, we are living in very uncertain times. My hope is that, by viewing these photos, you will be able to relax your mind for a few moments.
Stay tuned for more to come.
As always, I wish you all good health, the ability to calm your mind, and continued happiness.
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