LAF Lines Photography, INC: Blog en-us (C) 2017 LAF Lines Photography, INC (LAF Lines Photography, INC) Mon, 13 Nov 2017 16:23:00 GMT Mon, 13 Nov 2017 16:23:00 GMT LAF Lines Photography, INC: Blog 80 120 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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]]> (LAF Lines Photography, INC) jackson michigan portraits senior portraits seniors Tue, 31 Oct 2017 13:34:25 GMT
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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]]> (LAF Lines Photography, INC) autumn dainava laf lines photography michigan portraits senior portraits seniors Fri, 13 Oct 2017 00:30:16 GMT
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.


]]> (LAF Lines Photography, INC) crohns' disease fighter jackson knock it out laf lines photography michigan portraits Sun, 08 Oct 2017 00:57:35 GMT
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
Party of Five This morning I met up with this family and explored their awesome property! We saw many frogs, and the boys were planning on fishing just as soon as the photos were taken care of. Even though it's October 1, we were comfortable and got to really enjoy this beautiful day! The boys didn't have shoes on, and the sun kept us warm. It was difficult to keep the boys clean, but we made it through the session as best as we could! :) 

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]]> (LAF Lines Photography, INC) family portraits jackson laf lines photography michigan portraits Sun, 01 Oct 2017 20:27:32 GMT
Baby Teeth and Eyelashes It's always so great to catch up with a "regular" LAF Lines family. I get to see what everyone is up to- and I get to check out all the amazing, brilliant new things the kids are up to and in to. This year, this little guy is six. I've been photographing him from the beginning. I was stuck on his teeth. (Hear me out.) Next year- they'll be different. Either he'll have missing teeth or he'll have traded in his baby chompers for his permanent teeth... Oh my gosh! I made to sure to capture his smile with all those beautiful pearly whites. And those eyelashes! Had to get those as well. This little guy is energetic and wonderful. I'm so grateful for the opportunity to keep up with him!

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]]> (LAF Lines Photography, INC) family portraits jackson michigan portraits Tue, 12 Sep 2017 18:25:41 GMT
A Couple of Years What a difference a couple of years makes in our lives! Since I last photographed this family: TWO more members have joined the party! Two kids now wear glasses. Teeth have been lost and grown in! I absolutely loved catching up with this extended family. We picked the same spot and the family chose the same colors to wear. Even with those factors, when they compare these photos side-by-side they're going to see some major differences! I loved snapping them up!

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]]> (LAF Lines Photography, INC) family portraits michigan portraits Sat, 12 Aug 2017 19:45:56 GMT
College Bound When one of the birds prepare to fly from the next, it's time to snap up some photos of the family. Mama just wanted some photos of her family as they are. Nothing fancy. I love the freedom of that instruction. We had a very un-structured session to snap up this family as we're just a week and five days from the oldest moving out for college. What a bittersweet time! I'm glad this family paused and allowed me to Capture the Love!

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]]> (LAF Lines Photography, INC) ella sharp park family portraits jackson michigan portraits Sat, 12 Aug 2017 19:40:07 GMT
Picture Perfect The more people in a photo, the more difficult it is to coordinate smiles and blinks and movement. When members of the family are under 5, it's doubly more difficult. To me, the joy is in capturing where everyone is at in life. You have to take into consideration personalities. When those personalities come through, the photo becomes more dynamic. I love the results of this session. In another couple of years when everyone can sit still long enough, we'll snap that picture perfect family. For now we've captured personalities galore.

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]]> (LAF Lines Photography, INC) family portraits jackson laf lines photography michigan portraits Fri, 11 Aug 2017 15:16:57 GMT
Senioritis: Ballin' at Dainava As I said in the previous blog entry, Camp Dainava is a special place. We wake up to foggy mornings on the lake and it is completely picturesque. It was my pleasure to snap up this basketball player in her various favorite spots around the campus. She had an idea to incorporate basketball into her session. She was completely agile and easily sat herself into the basketball hoop of the outdoor court. I was so nervous! But she handled the task with complete ease. I'm so glad that she'll have these photos to remind her of her summer days at Camp Dainava!

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]]> (LAF Lines Photography, INC) laf lines photography michigan portraits senior portraits seniors Thu, 10 Aug 2017 16:15:23 GMT
Senioritis: Camp Dainava For those of you who know me personally, you know that for one week a year I return to the place of my childhood dreams. I volunteer at Camp Dainava, which is a Lithuanian Heritage Camp. Within those acres we study and celebrate our roots. Whereas I was once a camper, I am now a teacher. I watch many children pass through our weeks together with the same awe and joy that I had as a child. It's no wonder, then, that it is a popular location for Senior Portraits. 

As the seniors (and I) are workers, we wake up mighty early to fit in photos before the camp awakens and the full day of activities begin. I had the pleasure of snapping up this guy bright and early- while donning a suit! I loved the idea of him wearing a suit in our woodsy locale. He also changed into one of his own creations. He is using his artful eye and creative mind to design t-shirts that celebrate our Lithuanian ties! (The one he is wearing is a total mind bending Gedimino Stulpas (Coat of Arms). If you need this great shirt, let me know and I'll pass on your contact info.) 

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]]> (LAF Lines Photography, INC) laf lines photography michigan portraits senior portraits seniors t-shirt designer Tue, 08 Aug 2017 18:53:25 GMT
Senioritis: Doubled Up This morning's photo session included TWO seniors! First cousins graduating from the same high school saw benefit in scheduling their session at the same time. (It was cost effective also! Get in touch to find out how!) Both guys are football players, so that was a theme throughout our time together. We even found a football painted rock! Now that I know what positions these guys play, I'll for sure look for them on the field!

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]]> (LAF Lines Photography, INC) jackson laf lines photography michigan portraits senior portraits seniors Tue, 25 Jul 2017 16:47:39 GMT
A Birthday Gift This photo shoot has been in my schedule for months. It is a birthday gift for the Wife/Mother and "Nana" of this family! Everyone flew/drove/trained in to Jackson to make this happen. Of course, when you pick a date so far ahead of time, you cannot be certain of the weather in Michigan. We had to make a couple of little changes to the appointment time and location to accommodate the threatening skies. Ultimately we chose wisely, and were able to stay dry from the rain! We did a more formal shoot and once we got all the groupings done, captured some more casual style shots. I appreciate this family thinking of me in February to make this matriarch's birthday gift come to fruition in July! :)

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]]> (LAF Lines Photography, INC) ella sharp park family portraits jackson laf lines photography michigan portraits Sun, 23 Jul 2017 13:45:00 GMT