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Class of 2022: The Last Nice Day

October 13, 2021 - Is today the last nice day of this epically long Michigan summer? If so, I'm glad I got to spend it with this guy. He's...
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Class of 2022: Into the Woods

August 30, 2021 - I've photographed members of this family in varying combinations over the years. Thus, it was fitting to return to the D...
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Class of 2022

August 06, 2021 - I have taken summer vacation to heart this year and have not been updating my blog. Oops! Let's see if I remember how to...
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Refresh

March 30, 2021 - The greatest compliments in this business are referrals and returning clients. This last week I got to do a couple of re...
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Through The Years

January 11, 2021 - In 2003, I put on an adult sized sweater on my one year old son. I pulled out my film camera and snapped a roll of photo...
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2021: Happy New Year!

January 01, 2021 - Welcome 2021. Sometimes a flip in the calendar is more than it seems. 2020 was a dramatic year. If it had been a horror...
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Gathered

November 29, 2020 - It's a great time for portraits when everyone is gathered. I tossed out the Rotunda at Ella Sharp Park as a spot, becaus...
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2021: Applying All Over

October 19, 2020 - This senior is sending college applications all over the country. She's already landed her number one pick, but why stop...
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2021: Baby Girl

October 19, 2020 - I remember seeing this {now} senior when she was a newborn. As with us all, the aging process is happening, regardless o...
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2021: Fall Colors

October 12, 2020 - This senior had a session in downtown Jackson during the summer. We simultaneously booked a fall inspired shoot. It seem...
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2021: Ballerinas in the Back

October 05, 2020 - This active nature and water lover picked the perfect spot for her portraits. So much so, that it almost even looks fake...
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Images Are Not Eternal

September 29, 2020 - About three years ago I went to the closing wherein I was the purchaser. I recognized the sellers, since we had gotten f...
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2021: Poolside

September 25, 2020 - High school is an exciting time of exploration: playing multiple sports, trying out for the school play, and joining var...
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2021: Access

September 21, 2020 - We had to jump through some hoops, but we got a very limited access for the duration of our shoot to our beloved {closed...
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2021: Cross Country

September 14, 2020 - I really do enjoy photographing at Ella Sharp Park campus. There is so much available in terms of interesting backdrops.
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Understanding Light

September 02, 2020 - I truly believe there is no replacement for a professional portrait. A cell phone camera, regardless of how good it is,...
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2021: Downtown

August 25, 2020 - I meet my clients where they're at. Some love to be photographed and will go on posing for days. Others are doing it bec...
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2021: Play Me a Melody

August 24, 2020 - This past weekend I took a trip to Island Park in Eaton Rapids. I met up with a senior who chose the spot and a nearby c...
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2021: Jackson Town

August 19, 2020 - After an initial streak of girls, we've got a few boys on the schedule to mix things up! Though he doesn't remember me,...
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2021: Sunflowers

August 15, 2020 - Though not the norm, it is not unusual for a senior to have two sessions. Sometimes they are spread over different seaso...
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2021: Downtown Lights

July 23, 2020 - If you've not yet worked with me, you might not know that I am constantly checking the weather for our shoots. The weath...
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2021: Downtown

June 27, 2020 - We have kicked off senior portraits for the class of 2021! After a necessary cheer celebrating the new "season" we ventu...
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Turning One

June 14, 2020 - It's such a pleasure for me to catch up with my LAF Lines Photography families! I love to see how the little ones are gr...
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Wedding Plans

June 07, 2020 - I've had this wedding on my calendar for several months. When the global pandemic hit the United States, we weren't cert...
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Senioritis: 2020 Strong

May 25, 2020 - These portraits were supposed to happen a while back. But you know, a pandemic hit. And life got shut down. We're slowly...
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Electronic Weeding

April 15, 2020 - For those of you who know the LAF Lines Photography story, you can skip this first paragraph. For those who are new to L...
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Class of Covid 2020

April 10, 2020 - In honor of my son's 18th birthday, we planned a photo shoot. (What else do we have to do?) We listed our props: mortarb...
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Messaging

April 06, 2020 - This Corona Virus Pandemic is tough for business. Even hospitals, inundated with patients, are experiencing financial tr...
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Story Telling: Desolation

March 30, 2020 - I biked downtown on Sunday. It started off as a sunny morning (which I was originally hoping to capture). By the time I...
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Back and Forth

March 26, 2020 - Whew. How about that curveball in our beautifully laid plans for 2020? I'm sure I'm not alone in my surprise at how swif...
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Family First

December 30, 2019 - Back when LAF Lines Photo was fresh and new, I booked my first senior. She was an ambitious, theatrical, and smart cooki...
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Senioritis: Mine

October 14, 2019 - I feel a connection to most of my subjects. We are a little vulnerable together as we create images. But this one in par...
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Senioritis: Camp Life

October 07, 2019 - It was a pleasure to return to Camp Dainava for another session. It's difficult to comprehend that two months have passe...
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Senioritis: Baseball and Guitar

September 30, 2019 - This senior is all about the jams and baseball. (Wait, am I dating myself? Does anyone say "jams" anymore?) We were sche...
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Senioritis: Cousins

September 17, 2019 - These two cousins weren't really into having their pictures done, but their moms were certain they wanted some photos to...
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Senioritis: It

September 16, 2019 - I had so much fun photographing this senior. She brought a few props to incorporate into her session and it sparked a lo...
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Senioritis: Soccer

September 08, 2019 - This guy has been playing soccer since kindergarten. He's had a rough start to his senior year with an injury. Hopefully...
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Senioritis: Baseball

September 05, 2019 - This guy. He's funny and chill. And someday he might have a Golden Retriever and name it Henry. And baseball is his thin...
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Senioritis: 18

August 09, 2019 - I got to be among the first to wish this guy a very happy 18th birthday! In case you were wondering, having your senior...
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Senioritis: Amber Eyes

August 08, 2019 - My last session of our week at Dainava was with this girl. I asked about her youth and I was rewarded with a fascinating...
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Senioritis: Non-Lith

August 06, 2019 - So, this camp I was at last week is a Lithuanian Heritage Camp. I attended as a child, and I've brought my kids up atten...
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Senioritis: Little Brother

August 05, 2019 - I snapped up this guy's older sister a few years ago for her senior portraits. It was fun to revisit the same location,...
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Senioritis: Double Dose

August 05, 2019 - I had the privilege of photographing these two upcoming seniors. We were hanging out at a lush camp in Manchester for th...
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Senioritis: Bounce

July 28, 2019 - This kid's mom was one of my first friends when I moved to Jackson over fifteen years ago! I've had the honor of photogr...
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Welcome, Little Peanut

July 22, 2019 - This little guy... He's not a peanut. His big sister corrected me. He's her boyfriend. I took that to mean that she love...
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Senioritis: So it Begins

June 18, 2019 - I'm so excited to be back in Senioritis Season! I got the chance to hang out with this class of 2020 member and her mom...
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Senioritis: Braces Off

May 07, 2019 - One of my dearest friends was prepared for me to say no. Her son was getting his braces off April 29th. He has a photo s...
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Union/Reunion

April 28, 2019 - I stood in a store with tears welling up in my eyes, listening to a woman I'd not met before tell of her upcoming family...
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Turning 14

January 04, 2019 - My youngest turned 14 just before the New Year. We took some photos to commemorate. He is now the tallest member of our...
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A Decade of Memories

November 15, 2018 - It's been ten years since I hung out my shingle as a photographer. The very day I filed my paperwork and opened a bank a...
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Senioritis: Hail

October 23, 2018 - Remember Saturday? There was an hour and a half delay for the Michigan vs. Michigan State game? Then for the rest of the...
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Senioritis: Murals

October 23, 2018 - Right outside my studio are the gifts to Jackson from the recent Bright Walls Jackson Mural Festival. It's become a go-t...
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Senioritis: Meeting in Milford

October 11, 2018 - I met this senior in Milford where there is a nice park and a cute downtown all tightly packed together. This girl has a...
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Senioritis: Bright Walls and Gray Skies

October 07, 2018 - We’ve had some rain lately. I wondered what the weather would do for my session with this lady. We dodged some drizzle t...
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Senioritis: Dual Sports

October 01, 2018 - I got to meet this guy this weekend. He had me at hello as a cross country runner. Add to it that he's playing soccer as...
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Senioritis: Nephew

October 01, 2018 - I was so glad to have the opportunity to photograph my nephew. My son is just seven months younger, so I've always viewe...
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Senioritis: Taking Flight

August 28, 2018 - Throughout high school, this kid has been in the band and aviation club. We paid homage to both during his session. He's...
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Little Tiny One

August 20, 2018 - I forget each time how little babies start out. I mean, tiny. This little peanut is enjoying her fourth week in the worl...
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Senioritis: All That Jazz

August 14, 2018 - This kid. Smart, handsome, creative and talented. Such a threat! I enjoyed hanging out with him downtown and then in fro...
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Senioritis: Third of Three

August 01, 2018 - This is the third of three visits I made to Dainava for early morning shoots. I got to hang out with this kid who has be...
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Senioritis: Camp Continued

July 31, 2018 - In order to capture these seniors at camp, we meet around 6:30 am to enjoy the freshest morning light, and to be on the...
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Senioritis: Summer Camp

July 31, 2018 - This is the first of three seniors in the same location. We all have a shared experience, one generation removed. We all...
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Senioritis: Little Brother

July 27, 2018 - This senior has an older brother who was one of my seniors last year. I was careful not to repeat the same shots or spot...
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Senioritis: Football in the City

July 19, 2018 - I secured my spot as this senior's photographer after a family session last summer. He doesn't love having his photos ta...
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Senioritis: First Dose

July 09, 2018 - Ah! My first dose of Senioritis for the class of 2019! Felt so good! We had rescheduled to avoid the mega heat of the we...
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Social Media for Small Business

June 17, 2018 - 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...
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Senioritis: Spring in the City

May 08, 2018 - My son was always quiet. He ran cross country and played the saxophone, and planned to do so in high school. Before fres...
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Class of 1993

February 02, 2018 - 2018 marks 25 years since I graduated from high school. There are moments that I feel “old”, but overall, I still feel y...
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Studio Lovin'

January 29, 2018 - When it's too cold outside to even bother, I love having my studio as a casual and warm option for photos. This family h...
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Funeral Photography

December 28, 2017 - We like to document the joyful times of our lives. We hire photographers for weddings, births and other significant mile...
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Family Time

December 04, 2017 - Originally, I was to meet up with this family during the Thanksgiving break. Illnesses and unexpected work shifts bumped...
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Senioritis: Artistic Flare

November 13, 2017 - This senior and I met for a pre-shoot consult. We developed a plan for what we wanted to capture in the allotted time. W...
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Generations

October 31, 2017 - I love capturing multi-generational families. It's so great to see how relationships unfold. Those tales are best told b...
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Gee Farms

October 31, 2017 - The mission was to capture three generations at Gee Farms. We got a few whole-family shots and combinations. This client...
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Senioritis: Studio Style

October 17, 2017 - You know... you just never know. We had this session scheduled several weeks ago. At the time it was probably 90 outside...
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In Between Raindrops

October 14, 2017 - Did you know that water is sprayed on the roads in movie sets before street scenes to make them look all shiny and prett...
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Senioritis: Summer Camp

October 12, 2017 - Possibly the greatest compliment is when a client drives 3 hours to meet me for a session. Sure, it helps to have a mutu...
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Senioritis: Quick Trip

October 11, 2017 - Not every senior session is hours long with wardrobe and make up. Sometimes we just need to snap the necessary yearbook...
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Fighting Crohn's

October 07, 2017 - 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...
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Senioritis: Taking Aim

October 02, 2017 - Normally people make jokes around me about "shooting" my subjects. I gotta tell ya, I made no such jokes with this senio...
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Party of Five

October 01, 2017 - This morning I met up with this family and explored their awesome property! We saw many frogs, and the boys were plannin...
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Picture Perfect

August 11, 2017 - The more people in a photo, the more difficult it is to coordinate smiles and blinks and movement. When members of the f...
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Senioritis: Ballin' at Dainava

August 10, 2017 - 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 i...
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Senioritis: Camp Dainava

August 08, 2017 - 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.
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Senioritis: Doubled Up

July 25, 2017 - This morning's photo session included TWO seniors! First cousins graduating from the same high school saw benefit in sch...
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A Birthday Gift

July 23, 2017 - This photo shoot has been in my schedule for months. It is a birthday gift for the Wife/Mother and "Nana" of this family...
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When?

June 29, 2017 - It feels like the kids have just begun their summer vacations. Summer camps, sports clinics, movies, swim days, shifts a...
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Senioritis: Garden Guitar

June 20, 2017 - I kicked off the 2018 Senioritis season in Elmhurst, Illinois. This senior and his guitar kept me entertained in the fam...
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Love in Lemont

June 19, 2017 - My second wedding of 2017 took me to Lemont, Illinois. There, I photographed this very loving and fun couple. The weathe...
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A Taste of Tiburon in Michigan

May 30, 2017 - My San Francisco clients are visiting in Michigan! I had the opportunity to celebrate their tenth wedding anniversary wi...
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Three Little Brothers

May 13, 2017 - I have had the honor of photographing this family as they've been growing up. Now the sister is in high school and the t...
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Senioritis: Political Ambition

April 02, 2017 - I love photographing seniors. I love learning who they are and what they aspire to accomplish in their lifetime! This me...
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No Make-over Required

March 10, 2017 - Remember the glamor photo studios that popped up in the nineties? You'd show up with washed hair and they'd take it from...
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Blooming

February 07, 2017 - This is my third (and hopefully not final) time photographing Amy. A few years ago she started a healthy, whole-food eat...
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Go Big and Take it Home

February 03, 2017 - In the spirit of full disclosure: a level was not used in the making of these photos. In my last blog I touched on the...
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2017

January 31, 2017 - Oh hi there. And happy 2017! I can't believe we're already wrapping up January. This year is on pace to be the world rec...
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Senioritis: Ella Style

November 01, 2016 - I have felt so glad this fall when the weekend weather has been conducive to photo shoots! It makes my clients happy and...
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Senioritis: Chilly Wind

October 10, 2016 - I really can't complain about the weather this "busy season." Aside from a rainy wedding day (that produced beautiful im...
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Senioritis: Hit the Road

September 25, 2016 - This senior had her locations and outfits all figured out. We went on a bit of a drive to hit all the destinations and i...
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What's Rain Got To Do With It?

August 22, 2016 - Saturday was another wedding day of note for LAF Lines Photography. This was #3 of 4 for 2016. (One was unpublished, if...
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Four Legged Photo Bombers

July 24, 2016 - Saturday morning I drove out to capture this family. The goal was to take some nice photos of mom and dad (a Christmas g...
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Senioritis: Stormy Skies

July 10, 2016 - I am guessing that this senior was my sister in a previous life. We had some great laughs during our shoot, while dodgin...
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Senioritis: Wheels

July 06, 2016 - It is that wonderful time of the year when Seniors begin their journey into their final year of high school. I was happy...
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Guest Blog Post: My Teenager's Perspective

May 10, 2016 - 'I personally, do not like getting my photos taken. And I've given a hard time to my mom about it. Just having all the a...
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April: Gilmore Car Museum

April 03, 2016 - I admit, I'm not a car enthusiast. I appreciate the aesthetics of beautiful vehicles, but I have no clue how a motor wor...
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March: US-12

March 13, 2016 - I'm so glad that at least for the first quarter, I kept up with my New Year's Resolution to go out in pursuit of photogr...
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Last Minute Senioritis

March 05, 2016 - I'm not going to lie, a last minute dose of Senioritis for the class of 2016 totally hit the spot. I was glad to put the...
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Christmas Cheer

December 28, 2015 - The day after a holiday is a great day for a photo shoot! Everyone is gathered from near and far, and hopefully in good...
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On Turning Seven

November 17, 2015 - By the time I was seven years old, I had cracked my skull and broken my arm. I had lost my two front teeth and was begin...
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Senioritis: Ann Arbor Explorers

September 27, 2015 - This senior came to me with a bucket list that included dinosaurs, a library and the colors of Autumn. We had fun explor...
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First Birthday

August 29, 2015 - This family thought to update their portraits to celebrate baby's first birthday! She was cruising and a-moving! We trie...
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Senioritis: All Grown Up

August 21, 2015 - I haven't seen this senior since she was in sixth grade. While photographing her, I could see the features in her that w...
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Bar Mitzvah

August 11, 2015 - A few years ago, I was not hired for a Bat Mitzvah because the client wanted someone with more experience. I was not off...
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Girls in White Dresses

August 01, 2015 - Three generations gathered on the beautiful campus of Kensington Metropark for an hour of photo combinations. It was so...
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Taking a Walk

June 26, 2015 - This morning I took a walk with this family. We were all tuckered out in the end, and the smallest of us needed help get...
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Tiburon Revisited, Part III: Berkeley

May 22, 2015 - I was so excited when upon arriving to my clients' home, that the baby was awake! I wanted to snap a close up of her bef...
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Tiburon Revisited Part II

May 21, 2015 - Day two together with my Northern California clients prompted a trip to Sonoma and Napa. Our first stop was CornerStone...
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Tiburon Revisited

May 20, 2015 - For my latest shoot I went to the Bay Area to hang out with some pretty cool people. You may recall, I've visited them b...
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Senioritis: Spring Edition

April 21, 2015 - Senioritis strikes again, this time in the spring! This senior was too busy last fall to pose for photos. I was happy to...
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Senioritis: Playing Ball

October 21, 2014 - This senior is the younger sibling of another senior I shot a couple of years ago. It was a delicate balance between wan...
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Catching Up

September 21, 2014 - When these little guys can use the word "Frustrated" appropriately, it just makes me happy! I have been photographing th...
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Baby Makes Six

June 28, 2014 - When I got to meet this newest family member, I could totally see his big brothers in his tiny cute face! You can totall...
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Who is LAF Lines?

May 27, 2014 - In case we've not met, my name is lidija. (Pronounced lydia) I don't capitalize my "L" because I admired ee cummings in...
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Prom

May 11, 2014 - Finally, a fabulous night for a prom!! For the first time in my experience, it was a beautiful night for prom photos! Ho...
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Winter Wonderland

December 26, 2013 - The day after Christmas I met with this family to capture some wintry photos. The session was a gift from the kids, as t...
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Senioritis: Baby, It's Cold Outside

November 23, 2013 - Just when I thought all the seniors were hibernating for the winter, I got one more call. We met up at the beautiful Jac...
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The First Five Years

November 17, 2013 - Five years ago today I filed my DBA with the Jackson County Clerk. My next move was to the bank to open an account for L...
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