LAF Lines Photography, INC: Blog en-us (C) 2018 LAF Lines Photography, INC (LAF Lines Photography, INC) Sun, 17 Jun 2018 23:13:00 GMT Sun, 17 Jun 2018 23:13:00 GMT LAF Lines Photography, INC: Blog 80 120 Social Media for Small Business 05129E7C-7666-42CA-957B-08FF2D5F889F05129E7C-7666-42CA-957B-08FF2D5F889F

If you’re a small business and don’t have the time to tackle social media, call me. If you’re a small business and can’t afford to hire a part or full time employee to manage your social media, call me. If you take a photo of your product and it lacks pizazz or turns out blurry, call me.

I can lend my skill set by taking photos for you, coming up with clever posts and even manage your customer engagement. I enjoy blending my passion for images and words to create social media posts that attract and lead to customer interaction. You may have the best thing going in town, but unless you get that information before your intended audience, you may be hearing crickets instead of phone calls. Meet your customers on the venues where they scroll. Allow LAF Lines Photography to help you.

LAF Lines Photography was born out of a love for business and art. You may expect that same level of professionalism and creativity when hiring LAF Lines Photography to help you move your business forward. Call today to schedule a consultation and to learn how LAF Lines Photography can help you market your brand. 517-917-4302

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Who remembers exchanging photos with friends? Who had plastic photo sleeves in their wallets to quickly and easily show off family and friends? There was a tradition when I was in high school of signing the backs of photos. Many were thoughtfully inscribed with comments, compliments and memories. I recently found my little wallet sized album and delighted in the images of my friends and the words they dedicated to me. It’s funny to look back and see how I was perceived and certain memories have been triggered with the combination of images and words.


I have many parents ask me now, “Do the kids exchange photos anymore?” The answer seems to be a no. Kids these days live in digital images. They like to keep their memories in their phones or in social media. I just wonder where those will be in a few years. We live in a physical world.

The current crew of young ones likely don’t remember floppy disks. They barely know about CDs. With the advancement of technology, things are changing at a fast pace. Do kids back up their phones? Do they have hard drives of images? (Frankly, do they really need to keep them all?) And what happens when the hard drives are no longer adaptable?

What about the classics? Shouldn’t some images be brought into the light of day and hung on the wall or kept in a physical album that has proven to withstand the test of time? In an age when we take too many snaps of ourselves, series and multiples of the same thing because it’s digital and “free,” I suggest taking the time to print those which are significant. Select a wall in your home and put up reminders of those relevant and wonderful moments. 

When the kids insist on digital files, so that they can easily broadcast their images, it makes sense to grant that. But, be sure to print some photos as well. After all, when they’re out exploring the world, wouldn’t you, yourself like some momentos of their time at home? Perhaps a wall full of memories that can be added to as the kids begin families of their own?

The struggle is real when having to search through old phones, computers or flash drives to find the images that represent our lives. Print them out. Date the back. Hang them up. Photos are moments of perfection. Those moments deserve to be on display and cherished. They're conversation starters and memory holders. Don't let your precious captures get lost in the digital abyss.

]]> (LAF Lines Photography, INC) family portraits portraits prints senior portraits Wed, 06 Jun 2018 23:45:12 GMT
Senioritis: Spring in the City My son was always quiet. He ran cross country and played the saxophone, and planned to do so in high school. Before freshman year started, he met this kid. This kid tapped into my son's young mind and opened it up a little. He encouraged my son to join choir and later audition for the spring musical. My husband and I scratched our heads. Our quiet, behind the scenes kid was going to try out for a play? Like, to be on stage? Yup. He did.

This blog post isn't about my son. It's about this cool kid who's preparing to graduate from high school and start his collegiate career at U of M in August. There comes a point in adolescence when peers have more influence than parents. I never could have convinced my son to do what this senior did. He taught my son about surrounding himself with a great group of friends and trying new things.

It was a privilege to snap up this senior and get to spend a beautiful spring evening with him. I asked about his future plans and what he'll miss most about high school. It was insightful and affirming. He's got a bright future ahead of him. I remain thankful for his positive influence in my family's life. It is critical to recognize the impact one person can make. The ripple effect pulses onward. With such influence, comes great responsibility. Use it wisely.

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]]> (LAF Lines Photography, INC) jackson laf lines photography michigan portraits senior portraits seniors Tue, 08 May 2018 20:31:58 GMT
Sharing the Love Congrats to the cast, crew, staff and pit of GUYS AND DOLLS produced by Lumen Christi. Oh, high school theatre. So much goes on during rehearsals, back stage and on stage. The skills that everyone involved learn cannot be measured or foretold. I was struck as I read the program at how many kids mentioned in their bio that they wished they had tried theatre sooner. Another common theme was encouraging peers and audience members to try something new, even if they’re afraid.

I was thrilled when my oldest auditioned for a play one year ago. My first love: theatre. Gosh, did I have fun. Anyone I knew back then remember the atomic fireball friendship club? Or when the bag of pretzels exploded before my big scene? 

I photographed the cast of GUYS AND DOLLS for a show poster to be in the lobby and I photographed the final dress rehearsal so the thespians would have still momentos and see what the whole thing looked like from the audience perspective. The photos are my gift to the cast/crew and families. It’s nice to breathe the theatrical air and reflect on my play years. As the slower paced first quarter of they year comes to a close, I’m glad to have kept my skills sharp on a great group of students. I hope their love of theatre continues into college and their communities. 


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To Selfie or Not to Selfie Look, I've been taking selfies since I've ever owned a camera. This was before there was a screen to view. So, some of them were great close ups of my nose or the top of my head. I grew up in an age that selfie photos were for fun. Not for anything legit. Certainly not a headshot. Sure, I'm in the biz. I will always want you to hire a professional photographer. I'm not just saying it to give myself a boost. There are reasons you ought to consider having your photos professionally taken.


So, here's me. My arm is only so long. They don't Go-Go-Gadget and extend. Without wanting to get my arm in the photo, my angle choices are limited when going the selfie route. Not to mention the entire image is soft and lacks clarity. The self facing camera on a mobile device is not the sharpest tool in the shed. I'm not a fan of making fish lips or duck faces, that does nothing for anyone but affect ridicule.

Last year on vacation my sons and I watched a woman standing on the beach among lounge chairs taking repeated selfies. She made all the eyes and lips at the camera. She then put a bikini on over a bikini and took another series of photos. We thought that this was a colossal joke because she was taking her selfies a little too seriously. AND IN PUBLIC, no less. Alone selfies really should be done in private. The front seat of a car is not private. But do you know why people are inspired in the car? It's the lighting. Great diffused light coming from multiple directions softens the skin.


So, here's me again. With the guidance of my friend Jenny Mietelka, I have better shoulder positioning and a more flattering angle. This photo has more crispness and potential for printing power. (You never know when you might rent a billboard.) When considering what you want to put on your professional profile pic, skip the selfie. Even asking someone to take your photo would be a move in the right direction.

It is important to maintain an updated profile photo in professional situations. Ever been to a conference and the speaker looks like they ate the person on the poster? Ever walked into a room and thought someone looked vaguely familiar, but not been able to name them due to a major departure from their head shot? If your image is important in what you do, keep your profile photos updated. This isn't a vanity move. This speaks to your credibility and is an investment in your customer's trust.

When it's time for an updated profile photo, don't reach for the selfie mode of your cell phone. Use the phone to dial a photographer (517-917-4302) and schedule a session for your professional image!


]]> (LAF Lines Photography, INC) jackson michigan portraits profile photos selfies Fri, 09 Mar 2018 23:28:01 GMT
Class of 1993 2018 marks 25 years since I graduated from high school. There are moments that I feel “old”, but overall, I still feel youthful. Within this body is the soul of the girl that I was. I’m a little more seasoned, busy, patient and responsible- but I’m still me. It’s bizarre to quantify the number of years it’s been since I went through the doors of ole Marian High.

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People fascinate me. I’ve always had a pull towards corresponding with friends. I used to look up long lost friends before Facebook existed and reach out. (It was possible to lose touch with people in the years before social media.) I like to know what they’re up to. I’m curious as to the paths they’ve chosen and how those choices have impacted their lives. 

In honor of my 25th high school reunion year, I’m feeling a project coming on! Remember my "Everyone Has a Story" project? I’d like to interview and photograph (no more than) 25 members of the class of 1993. I have a questionnaire ready, and I’d like to see what people my age are up to. To make things interesting, I’d love to catch up with my own schoolmates, and I’d also love to meet with people from any high school who graduated in 1993.

While going through it, high school is the biggest deal ever. I’m curious to see if it remains the biggest thing when looking back, 25 years later. There is no cost to participants, this is an artful project of my own imagination. Travel within a few hours of LAF Lines Photography headquarters is possible. Participants will be asked to sign a release so that I may use the images and answers in an ensemble yet to be designed. 1024x1024 images will be released to participants to be used as they’d like on their social media. 

If you graduated high school in 1993, let’s catch up! 517.917.4302

]]> (LAF Lines Photography, INC) artful project laf lines photography portraits senior portraits seniors Fri, 02 Feb 2018 15:32:40 GMT
Studio Lovin' When it's too cold outside to even bother, I love having my studio as a casual and warm option for photos. This family had nothing but love to share during their session. They were funny and full of energy. Some were slow to warm up to the idea of portraits, and some dove right in. I'm totally okay with different warm up speeds. We go with the flow. In the end, the results show the love and relationships- always the goal!

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]]> (LAF Lines Photography, INC) family portraits in-studio jackson laf lines photography michigan portraits Mon, 29 Jan 2018 16:06:21 GMT
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We like to document the joyful times of our lives. We hire photographers for weddings, births and other significant milestones. How about funerals? I grew up with parents who would receive photos from Lithuania of relatives standing beside caskets of loved ones. They were grim photos, but they documented the end of life, and showed the survivors. So, to me, photos at funerals aren't out of the ordinary. 

Before Christmas, a photographer I love passed away. His funeral was the 27th. My aunt didn't directly ask me to take photos, but I knew she was asking. Leave it to my mom to tell me bluntly that I should take photos. So I did. As with weddings, but perhaps even more so, funerals are a blur in hindsight. 

Joe had a successful career in photography. He took photos of my family throughout our significant milestones. He also did corporate work and weddings. Aside from that, he always had a camera at family functions. He documented our lives. My aunt, in her grief, so plainly stated "We lost our photographer." So true. It was actually an honor to capture his funeral for my family to have images to send back to the old country or just to keep to help remember the day. Maybe they'll look at them once, and never again. Totally okay.

Being responsible for photographing the day was a welcomed distraction. Over the course of his illness, I had to fill in for Joe a couple of times. They were challenges in the sense that he had previously made the task look easy, with his many years of experience- and because I didn't want to have to replace him because he no longer could take on the responsibilities. I knew we would lose him and that was not okay.

When Joe's body was brought to the altar of the church, I smiled to myself. He had stunning light. Photography is nothing more than capturing light. And at the funeral, his was beautiful. I'm not sure if anyone else noticed, or if it was just for me. But I snapped it up. It was tough to say good-bye to a mentor and fellow camera compadre. I grieve for my family members who still had plans and dreams to share, and for the community at large who lost a friend and a giver and a gentle, kind soul. As my cousin said in the eulogy, "Joe is the kind of person we need more of in the world, and cannot afford to lose."


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Family Time Originally, I was to meet up with this family during the Thanksgiving break. Illnesses and unexpected work shifts bumped us a week. The great news is that we had lovely weather to enjoy while hanging out at the Jackson Train Station! I enjoyed capturing this family as the kids are just about all grown up. Soon they'll be moving out and moving on from the nest. They'll at least have some nice portraits to remember the day by.

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]]> (LAF Lines Photography, INC) family portraits jackson laf lines photography michigan portraits Mon, 04 Dec 2017 14:46:37 GMT
Senioritis: Artistic Flare This senior and I met for a pre-shoot consult. We developed a plan for what we wanted to capture in the allotted time. We hit the streets of downtown with purpose. We also swung by Art 634 and found a piece of the stonewall to sit on along Ella Sharp Park's border. We wanted to showcase this senior's artistic edge while honoring this rite of passage photo session. I dig the results because the clues are sometimes subtle, but they're there!

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]]> (LAF Lines Photography, INC) jackson laf lines photography michigan portraits senior portraits seniors Mon, 13 Nov 2017 16:22:55 GMT
Generations I love capturing multi-generational families. It's so great to see how relationships unfold. Those tales are best told by the kids who easily react to their surroundings. (They couldn't keep secrets if they tried.) Before taking pics with their aunt and uncle, I asked the boys if their relationship was really serious, or if they had fun. The boys said, "we have fun!" So my instruction was to let me see it. I love the results: we got traditionally nice family pics and combos, and then we let the fun shine!

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]]> (LAF Lines Photography, INC) autumn family portraits jackson laf lines photography michigan portraits Tue, 31 Oct 2017 15:48:31 GMT
Gee Farms The mission was to capture three generations at Gee Farms. We got a few whole-family shots and combinations. This client is super good with me just capturing what's going on. So I did. There was a lot of cuteness going on.

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]]> (LAF Lines Photography, INC) family portraits laf lines photography michigan portraits Tue, 31 Oct 2017 14:07:59 GMT
Senioritis: Sunday Afternoon Sunday afternoon I got to hang out with this senior. I've photographed her before for school events, but I loved getting to spend some one-on-one time with her and learn a bit about what makes her tick. We didn't go far from the studio, the weather wasn't so great. Once we took care of the yearbook requirement, we ventured around the block and shared some laughs and created some great images for her rite of passage photos.

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Senioritis: Studio Style You know... you just never know. We had this session scheduled several weeks ago. At the time it was probably 90 outside. We thought we'd have beautiful weather and gorgeous fall color. But, nope. It was super windy and rainy and gray outside. So, we stayed in-studio. I try not to pre-plan much, so that shoots stay fresh. Being limited to space requires a little furniture rearranging. I also used some of my fave go-tos. Like the stairwell in my building. It's just perfect for what I do. I dig the results. Thanks for flowing with me!

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]]> (LAF Lines Photography, INC) autumn jackson laf lines photography michigan portraits senior portraits seniors Tue, 17 Oct 2017 18:51:10 GMT
In Between Raindrops Did you know that water is sprayed on the roads in movie sets before street scenes to make them look all shiny and pretty? Then, wouldn't the same be true for all around us? ? What does an entire day's worth of rain do to the vistas? If you're texting with your client, trying to decide if we really should do this whole session thing, and the forecast shows an hour break of rain at 4:00- then you go for it! And you take in the pops of color against the gray sky. I just feel bad for the bridal party that showed up as we were leaving and the rain had resumed...

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]]> (LAF Lines Photography, INC) autumn ella sharp park family portraits jackson laf lines photography michigan portraits Sat, 14 Oct 2017 22:14:09 GMT
Senioritis: Summer Camp Possibly the greatest compliment is when a client drives 3 hours to meet me for a session. Sure, it helps to have a mutually favorite place in my neck of the woods. ;) In a recent blog I wondered if winter would never come. It's not here yet- however, the temps have cooled and we're having more seasonally appropriate weather. This includes cloud cover and a gentle mist. We worked through it and captured this senior having our entire summer camp to himself!

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Senioritis: Quick Trip Not every senior session is hours long with wardrobe and make up. Sometimes we just need to snap the necessary yearbook photo and a few other casual shots to satisfy. A bonus feature of being downtown is having the backdrop situation set up, and then getting down to street level for a quick tour. This senior wanted to allude to his football years without donning the uniform. I found his attire choice a clever way to sum it up in a shorter session! 

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]]> (LAF Lines Photography, INC) jackson laf lines photography michigan portraits senior portraits seniors Wed, 11 Oct 2017 14:51:47 GMT
Still Summer Will winter never come? If you're not in the Mitten, we're having an unseasonably warm fall. I met this family for an autumn themed shoot, while donning my summer wardrobe. We're all a little confused as to what we should be wearing. I'm not complaining, I'd rather have my clients warm and comfortable rather than teeth-chattering-cold! It's been five years since I've last seen this crew. I loved catching up with the kids and finding out what they're up to and in to! They look the same, but not at all the same as the last time I saw them! :)

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]]> (LAF Lines Photography, INC) autumn family portraits jackson michigan portraits Tue, 10 Oct 2017 17:01:07 GMT
Fighting Crohn's This is Steph. She's young, vibrant and fun. She is organized and loves to travel. If you met her today, this is how she'd look. By outward appearances, she looks like she hasn't a care in the world.


2017 has been a rough year for Steph. She's faced her own mortality- twice; in the name of Crohn's Disease. Her diagnosis came on December 25, 2015 at the age of 23 after she'd spent 22 hours vomiting. Since her diagnosis, she's never been in remission, and most of her time has been considered at a severe level. She had to modify her diet and take medications to try and simply carry on. 

One year after diagnosis, it was determined that to bring her intense level of pain and illness down to a more bearable state, she'd have to have surgery. Steph now lives with 8 inches less of ileum and 2 inches less of sigmoid in her digestive system. After a severe allergic reaction to her medication, she has been recovering.

This woman has had to explain to her family her wishes in the event that she didn't survive her surgery. And you know that YOLO chant? She lives it every single day, because Steph lives with the knowledge that her Crohn's can't be cured and she's likely to go for another round of surgery. But this girl isn't going down without a fight.

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Accepting her scars and paying tribute to her fight were the themes of our session. Steph ordered an old pair of boxing gloves that were shipped from the Ukraine. I was honored to be part of her recovery. Travel plans that were put on hold this past year are back on the schedule. Steph doesn't show signs of slowing down. She'll lead the way, and the Crohn's will have to follow her--- not the other way around.


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Senioritis: Taking Aim Normally people make jokes around me about "shooting" my subjects. I gotta tell ya, I made no such jokes with this senior. He really knows how to focus, aim and shoot. He's a precision air rifle and small-bore events shooter. He's competing in Olympic style events across the country. It isn't unusual for him to take off after a football game (where he plays the drums) and drive several hours away, to wake up and compete. He takes his precision onto the baseball field where he pitches for Lumen Christi. I love it when a photo session turns into a lesson. There's a whole world of events I've never been exposed to. I'll be watching for this guy at the Olympics!

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]]> (LAF Lines Photography, INC) jackson laf lines photography michigan portraits senior portraits seniors Mon, 02 Oct 2017 19:20:08 GMT