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2024: Godson

October 02, 2023 - I witnessed the birth of this human. I was there as his name was chosen. I am his feisty godmother. It was my honor to p...
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The Graduate

July 03, 2023 - I know, it's been a minute. I am thrilled to kick off senior season with this recent graduate! We thought about doing se...
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2023: Familiar Face

October 21, 2022 - This senior wanted to capture some autumnal colors in her photos. Her mom and I carefully studied the weather forecast a...
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2023: McCourtie Park

September 27, 2022 - It was raining - nay, pouring when I left my house. It was drizzling when I arrived at McCourtie Park. And then, in perf...
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2023: Twins

September 26, 2022 - When I was in high school, I had friends who were identical twins. I could tell them apart from from the backs of their...
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2023: Flowers in Her Hair

August 20, 2022 - We had plans for this photo shoot, but then at the last possible moment, we changed them. And I'm so glad we did. We sta...
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2023: Old Enough to be Your Mama

August 17, 2022 - The class of 2023 will have a special place in my heart, as I have a senior, too. I love when my work crosses into the p...
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2023: VIP

June 19, 2022 - The class of 2023 senior portrait season has begun with a VIP. This senior squeezed in our session before heading off to...
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The Value of an Image

February 23, 2022 - Recently one of my photos was used with an obituary. It wasn't the first time, and I suspect, it won't be the last. Ever...
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Family on the Go

October 25, 2021 - I have been honored to capture this family since before these little ones existed! This time around we explored the Dahl...
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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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A Whole New World

September 07, 2021 - This couple is adjusting to their new digs. They traded in a city lifestyle to enjoy a greener experience. Oh, and they...
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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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Family Photos

May 27, 2021 - It was so great catching up with this fam squad. This boy is a math and space whiz. When asked if he'd rather command a...
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Quarantined

May 12, 2021 - Before I moved to Jackson in 2003, I sent an email to the Center Stage Jackson expressing my interest in participating i...
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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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PRINT. YOUR. PHOTOS

February 04, 2021 - I hope that you are the master of backing up your digital images. I hope that as technology has changed, that you've upg...
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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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Believe

November 09, 2020 - I have a friend who has four grown children, two children-in-law, and two grand babies. She recently did a life review a...
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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: Racing to the Finish

July 27, 2020 - This senior came up with a pretty fun location for her senior portraits. She suggested Marshall Motors. I have driven pa...
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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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Senioritis: 2020

June 13, 2020 - My final senior of the class of 2020 is a special one. He's been a part of our lives since his first grade. He and my so...
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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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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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Love Is In The Air

October 15, 2019 - This weekend I got to snap up this lovely couple as they prepare for their 2020 wedding. I was excited to hear the plans...
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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: 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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Senioritis: Puppy Love

July 23, 2019 - I've known this senior since his Pre-K days. He was always taller than my son. He's a solid 6'2" now. A football player...
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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: Ella Style

October 15, 2018 - As autumn blooms in Michigan, our weather is never guaranteed. We got mega lucky on this girls' photo day! We made a cou...
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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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Printing PSA

June 06, 2018 - Who remembers exchanging photos with friends? Who had plastic photo sleeves in their wallets to quickly and easily show...
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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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To Selfie or Not to Selfie

March 09, 2018 - 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 t...
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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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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: Sunday Afternoon

October 31, 2017 - Sunday afternoon I got to hang out with this senior. I've photographed her before for school events, but I loved getting...
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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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Still Summer

October 10, 2017 - Will winter never come? If you're not in the Mitten, we're having an unseasonably warm fall. I met this family for an au...
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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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Baby Teeth and Eyelashes

September 12, 2017 - 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 ch...
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A Couple of Years

August 12, 2017 - What a difference a couple of years makes in our lives! Since I last photographed this family: TWO more members have joi...
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College Bound

August 12, 2017 - 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 som...
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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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Senioritis: Sports

July 22, 2017 - I'm so excited to be beginning the Senioritis series with a bit more regularity now. This senior went along with the flo...
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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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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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In-Town Wedding

May 20, 2017 - One year ago I was in Traverse City photographing a wedding. Today I spent the day snapping a wedding within walking dis...
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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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Girls in White Dresses II

May 10, 2017 - A couple of years ago, I photographed this First Communicant's big sister. She wore a sticker from her photoshoot to her...
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Girls in White Dresses

April 30, 2017 - Next weekend, this second grader will be making her First Communion. This weekend, however, we simply wanted to snap her...
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PROM: Three Tips for Great Pics

April 22, 2017 - If you've got kids heading off to prom this year, it's time to get your camera ready! Charge the batteries! Clear the me...
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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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Little Three

March 12, 2017 - It's always a pleasure to catch up with a little client. During this session I got to catch up with the three year old A...
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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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That First Year

February 26, 2017 - That first year of parenthood... pfew! What a wonderful time for celebration and absolute exhaustion! It was my pleasure...
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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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Playing With Light

February 05, 2017 - Each year I photograph my sons around their birthdates. I send out updated photos of my guys in their thank you notes. B...
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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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Two and Seven

November 15, 2016 - This sibling duo has been subjected to be my subjects since they were each born. They are keeping their parents busy. It...
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The Mother-Daughter Connection

November 13, 2016 - I had the pleasure of catching up with this duo since the daughter's senior photos. A lot has changed since we last met.
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5 Year Old Energy

November 01, 2016 - There isn't a product on the market that sells the energy a five year old puts out! It's infectious, fun and exhiliratin...
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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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The Littlest Sister

October 31, 2016 - This family welcomed their littlest wonder just 2 days before I met her! There was much cuteness to take in during the s...
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To Be Wed

October 24, 2016 - Today turned out to be a beautiful, albeit chilly day. I got to meet this to-be-wed couple and celebrate their engagemen...
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Senioritis: Nature Scenes

October 16, 2016 - This is this girls' second shoot. Her first session was around downtown Jackson in the summer. She mentioned then that s...
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Action

October 15, 2016 - Typically for 2-3 year old photo shoots, I chase kids. They don't exactly sit still. I know I have to do a lot of shadow...
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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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Party of Six

October 09, 2016 - When there are four children in the family, it's difficult to coordinate the family photo. Not in terms of clothes, date...
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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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Senioritis: Sunrise

September 06, 2016 - There was something ethereal about my senior shoot this weekend. We were in a beautiful location, and my senior gave gre...
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One Year Old

August 21, 2016 - This little lady will be celebrating her first birthday soon. It was my pleasure to catch up with her and her mom and ca...
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Blowing Bubbles

August 16, 2016 - This family selected Ella Sharp Park for their family photos. This is where the parents had their wedding photos taken....
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Starting School

August 15, 2016 - I can't believe this little nugget is starting Kindergarten--- ON HIS FIFTH BIRTHDAY! I have been snapping up this famil...
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Growing Out and Growing Up

August 12, 2016 - My youngest son decided to grow out his hair in hopes of making a donation to a children's hair charity. The school he a...
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Senioritis: Around Town

July 30, 2016 - We had a delayed start (by a week) to our photo session due to a storm that blew through J-Town. But I was glad for the...
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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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Homeward Bound

July 19, 2016 - I knew this mom when she lived in Jackson five years ago! She moved away, got married and brought this little guy into t...
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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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Baby Girl

May 14, 2016 - When I last met with this family, I had no idea they were expecting baby #3. It was a joy to meet their precious baby gi...
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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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Mother's Day

May 08, 2016 - What do moms really want for Mother's Day? Family photos. This family granted Mom's request. Adding a cutie patootie pup...
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All Dressed Up

May 01, 2016 - On the occasion of his First Communion, this guy was looking quite dapper. His parents, sisters and grandparents were ce...
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My 14

April 25, 2016 - Every year for my children's birthdays, I take their "official" birthday portraits. I have one son who will go to differ...
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What's the Buzz!?

April 19, 2016 - I've always felt a little pulled in two directions with photography. People often ask what my favorite thing to photogra...
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Turning Two

April 02, 2016 - This little lady has been a subject of mine since her days in her mama's belly. Her big brother gave me a great hug befo...
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Meeting Baby #3

March 19, 2016 - Quite possibly the coolest feeling is one that I get walking into a client's home and seeing our previous photographs on...
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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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Senioritis Booster Shots

March 01, 2016 - If you've read my blog, perhaps you've picked up on my love for meeting youngsters and watching them grow. Seniors are s...
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Celebrating One

February 13, 2016 - It was most delightful to take a break from note card sales and general hibernation to meet this little man! He just cel...
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Senioritis: Studio Style

December 28, 2015 - I was happy to get another dose of Senioritis at this quiet time of year! This senior wanted to hang out in-studio and a...
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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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A Walk About

November 02, 2015 - It is my custom to have the kids help create their family's photo session. I take their input and use it. I left the cho...
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Senioritis: Books and Views

November 02, 2015 - This senior had two things on her list: books and a view. We were able to accommodate both requests by getting roof top...
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Celebrating One Year

October 31, 2015 - These parents and I were in total agreement that the only way we'd succeed at snapping up this little one would be on th...
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Rori's Big Day

October 31, 2015 - This mom-to-be loves Autumn. She was bumming she wouldn't be showing enough for full on maternity photos. So, to celebra...
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Engagement Photos

October 11, 2015 - While at college, this couple met and fell in love. Now they are planning their wedding! I enjoyed getting to meet them.
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Forest Fun

October 11, 2015 - This family and I met at the Dahlem Center. The season's colors are running a little late this year, but we certainly di...
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Family Giggles

September 29, 2015 - This weekend I got to catch up with this family on the go! Now that baby sister is mobile, it's hard to keep up! I loved...
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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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Relationships

September 27, 2015 - While capturing portraits of this family, I enjoyed turning the camera to capture to some unsuspecting moments. Of cours...
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Newborn Love

September 23, 2015 - Today I got to meet a new member of the world. This precious little one is just one week old. While still so dependent o...
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Senioritis: Rainless

September 18, 2015 - The weather forecast today was bleak. When my eighth grader came in for breakfast, he couldn't figure out why it was so...
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Lake Living

September 17, 2015 - There was no question where this family should pose for their photos. When you live on a gorgeous lake, you ought to cap...
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Senioritis: Golf Boy

September 16, 2015 - There is still enough light in the evenings to capture some great portraits in September! This senior and I met up and h...
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A Photographer Turns Forty

September 11, 2015 - Yesterday I celebrated four decades on this Earth! I was excited and grateful for the entire day. I planned a few events...
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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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In Studio and on the Street

August 28, 2015 - This family came to the studio to celebrate their four year old with annual photos. We spent a little time in the studio...
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Senioritis: Camp Dainava

August 28, 2015 - It seems that having a loyalty for summer camp is a common theme for those of us who spent our youth at Camp Dainava. Th...
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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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In-Studio Adorable

August 20, 2015 - This family joined me in-studio because it was threatening storms on photo day. Watching this little dude cruise around...
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Family Updated

August 18, 2015 - This family has been photographed by LAF Lines since the oldest was in utero. (Before I was officially in business!) We'...
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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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Senioritis: Camp Style

August 08, 2015 - Did you go to summer camp as a kid? Did you go repeatedly? For some of us, summer camp was really the best experience. I...
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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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Senioritis: Downtown

July 27, 2015 - This senior was quintessentially cool. I mean, he wore a sweater, jeans and boots while I was melting in the July heat....
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To: You From: Me

July 22, 2015 - Dear Future Client, If we haven't met yet, my name is pronounced Lydia From-o. I know, I've got all kinds of extra lett...
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Senioritis: Irish Style

July 21, 2015 - I got to wander around downtown with this senior. I had mapped out a walk for us to take. The best part was, one of the...
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First Birthday Party

July 21, 2015 - First birthdays are so special. I congratulate parents for surviving what is usually the most difficult year. It's such...
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Summer Reunion

July 19, 2015 - When the family is reunited from three different cities, that's a great reason to have a photographer snap a few photos.
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Senioritis: Jackson Style

July 17, 2015 - My third senior of the season is a Jackson one! It's always an honor to be asked back by a family. So, I was thrilled to...
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Senioritis: Lisle

July 09, 2015 - I remember talking to my best friend from college about taking my photography on the road this year. She said, "My mom w...
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Senioritis: Morton Arboretum

July 08, 2015 - I can't quite explain how great it feels to have an out of state client get in touch for senior photos. Originally they...
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Wedding Bells

July 01, 2015 - This couple is just a couple of months away from their wedding day! They made the supremely wise decision to hire LAF Li...
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Three Key Points to tell your Photographer

July 01, 2015 - Keeping your photographer informed is the best thing you can do to ensure a smooth photo session. ESPECIALLY in a long s...
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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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A Priest

June 22, 2015 - Some kids play teacher. I'm guessing fewer play priest. And make their siblings attend mass during play time. And give t...
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Bunny Visits

June 09, 2015 - While grocery shopping yesterday, a woman behind me in line (who knows me as a photographer) caught me staring at an eld...
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Photo Credit

June 04, 2015 - Photos seem like fair game for anyone to grab now that we can make screen shots and copy images into our albums from soc...
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Father-To-Be

May 22, 2015 - In my line of work, when I mention a father-to-be, most would assume there's a baby on the way. Not for this blog post....
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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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Six Pack

May 14, 2015 - It's been a few years since I photographed this family. Now half of the kids are teenagers. I'm pretty sure the oldest i...
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Senioritis: College Edition

May 07, 2015 - Ah. Photographing this U of M grad was a trip down memory lane. She was my first (high school) senior. In 2010 we schedu...
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Flashback: Portrait Storytelling

May 04, 2015 - In 2012 I asked this senior if she would mind taking a few extra photos with me after her session. I knew her personally...
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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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All Dressed Up

April 20, 2015 - This First Communicant got a dry run with her dress and accessories! Her big day isn't for another couple of weeks, but...
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Welcoming Little One

April 19, 2015 - It's always exciting to meet a new citizen of the world. I have been photographing this family since big brother was in...
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Mama and Baby

April 13, 2015 - It was my pleasure to meet this wee one. She is a joyful baby girl who has distinct feelings about her toys! It was cute...
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Little Lady Turns One

April 13, 2015 - I have enjoyed capturing this family for years. I set out to snap up the brother and sister (with cousin) because the li...
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Kids in Studio

April 03, 2015 - This week I got to break in the studio further with a pair of brothers full of energy! It was great for me to learn how...
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Michael J. Cicirelli

March 19, 2015 - I have been in Jackson just long enough to say, "I remember him when..." Michael has been active in the theatre communit...
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In-Studio Session

March 04, 2015 - In the past, I have captured this family in various locations about town. This time they opted for an in-studio session.
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Catching Up

March 03, 2015 - This client enjoys the lifestyle portraits that tell the truth of life at this stage. And at this stage, this adorable t...
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SuperBaby

March 02, 2015 - When expecting a baby, we all hope for health (and maybe a bit of cuteness, too.) This little guy was eager to show off...
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Simple Sunday Sessions

January 14, 2015 - I attended an all girls high school. And an all women's college. I was taught that women can do anything. That we are so...
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9 Months Old

December 26, 2014 - Before the Christmas holiday, I got to catch up with this wee one who is growing so quickly along with her big brother....
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Family Love

November 10, 2014 - I stopped over to visit this family and capture a little love in action. It was easy to get as the kids were very genero...
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New Baby, New Home

November 03, 2014 - This couple sure has been busy lately. They are settling into their new home with a new little one to keep them distract...
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Beautiful Day

October 27, 2014 - This past weekend was a gloriously beautiful gift in weather! These clients got in touch when they saw the forecast and...
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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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Senioritis: Home Court Advantage

October 20, 2014 - When a senior chooses to be photographed at home, there is a certain comfort that can't otherwise be duplicated. This se...
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Senioritis: Ann Arbor

October 17, 2014 - While visiting an area college, this senior had her portraits taken along the way. We met in downtown Ann Arbor as a cen...
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Action Adventure Boy

October 14, 2014 - As is typical for 2-3 year olds, this little guy just wasn't that into sitting and having his portrait taken. We scrappe...
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For the LoVe!

October 14, 2014 - As my weekend photo tour continued, I met this family. Upon my arrival, the little girl presented me with a drawing she...
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Live, Laugh, Love & MSU

October 13, 2014 - I have a thing about sisterhood. I love to see the special bond that sisters have. I have a brother, and he's totally gr...
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Family Time

October 06, 2014 - This weekend I got to catch up with this family as they celebrate almost three months with their baby girl. Big brother...
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Senioritis: Camp

October 06, 2014 - While volunteering at Camp Dainava in July, I was approached by this fellow who concluded he needed his senior portraits...
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Senioritis: All Over Town

September 30, 2014 - For this senior, we zipped about to three locations and got everything checked off the wish list. Except a fountain. Bec...
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Senioritis: Downtown and Soccer

September 29, 2014 - This past weekend I got the chance to meet this lovely chap. We wandered about downtown Jackson, and then zipped over to...
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Six Months Old

September 24, 2014 - It's hard to believe this wee one is celebrating six months on this planet! She was (in utero) the first to be photograp...
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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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Alma Mater Engagement

September 18, 2014 - I don't get to do engagement photos often, but capturing love is what I always aim to do. This special couple wanted the...
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Photos in the City

September 18, 2014 - Part of my recent Chicago adventure was stopping by and photographing this family. It was neat to experience what Chicag...
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Back to School: 3 Tips for Great Morning Snaps

September 01, 2014 - Are your kids heading back to school tomorrow? Mine started last week, and before they were delivered to their school, t...
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Sporty Family

September 01, 2014 - I caught up with this family for some updated family photos at their home. The mom and I talked ahead of time, and we kn...
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Senioritis: Crystal Ball

September 01, 2014 - I dig meeting seniors. They are on the brink of an incredible year, and are really figuring out who they are. Meeting th...
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Back to School: 3 Photo Tips for Great Results

August 24, 2014 - Are your kids heading back to school tomorrow? Mine are. And they know- before they are delivered to their school, they...
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Boys at Play

August 19, 2014 - When you live on acreage with play-space, animals and freedom, it's hard to to focus on portraits. Which is just fine wi...
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Senioririts: Downtown Jackson

August 18, 2014 - To pay tribute to his dad who works in the City Building, we stayed close to the studio for these senior photos! He pull...
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Senioritis: Twice as Fun

August 16, 2014 - I got another double dose of Seniorirtis last week- and I am not complaining! These young ladies were great sports and p...
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Senioritis: Westward Bound

August 07, 2014 - Sometimes these kids get notions in their heads to go far away from home after graduation. And parents aren't always as...
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A Love Story

August 01, 2014 - I don't get to do engagement photos often since I don't bill myself as a wedding photographer, and often those are packa...
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Senioritis: Double Dose

July 31, 2014 - I recently got a double dose of Senioritis! TWINS! Between strong winds and rain clouds, we took the opportunity to snap...
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Baby Girl

July 24, 2014 - A tired mommy brought her newborn daughter to see me today. I am so glad we worked something into the schedule before I...
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Young Love

July 11, 2014 - It's always fun to catch up with previous clients. Especially as they grow up... Even if that means into adulthood.:) I...
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Senioritis Begins

June 30, 2014 - I don't need any medication for this affliction! Senioritis has got me again this year!:) I so love photographing young...
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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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Waking Up

June 25, 2014 - Mom didn't think her daughter looked so different since her last shoot. To me she looks more "awake" and present. She's...
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Quick Trip

June 24, 2014 - This family was back in town for a wedding. I was honored that they thought to schedule a session during their visit. Th...
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Retirement

June 10, 2014 - For over twenty years, there has been a man "in charge" of my beloved summer camp Dainava. He has been meeting with insp...
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On The Other Side

June 02, 2014 - This past weekend my family and I were photographed by a fab up & coming photographer who hails from the Grand Rapids ar...
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Baby in July

May 31, 2014 - Being part of someone's life journey is such an honor. And SO MUCH FUN! This couple is expecting their first baby in jus...
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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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Graduation Day

May 23, 2014 - This past year, my senior rep at J-High helped spread the word about me. Tonight he graduates as a J-High Valedictorian!...
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Owosso

May 20, 2014 - I often show up to a shoot not having seen the location, whether in someone's home or being invited to a different town...
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Publicity Photos

May 15, 2014 - I love to get the call that someone needs a publicity photo because they are being honored, featured, published or apply...
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Adult Children

May 13, 2014 - Who says that just because the kids are all grown up, that it's time to stop having portraits done? Of course, when ther...
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40 Years

May 13, 2014 - Sunday I drove over for a surprise family photo shoot. The "children" surprised their parents with a photo shoot to hono...
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Finding The Perfect Photographer: Four Key Points

May 12, 2014 - Many people seeking a photographer get caught up with the end product and artistry of great images, and while that is wh...
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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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Why Hire a Photographer?

May 09, 2014 - Possibly the most insulting statement (photographically) said was at a show where I had my work on display. An observer...
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I Get By With a Little Help

May 08, 2014 - Friday night was Prom Night! And it rained. I got the opportunity to be the "backdrop" photographer for Lumen Christi's...
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Little Sister

May 02, 2014 - One of my LAF Lines regulars, whom I have been photographing since the womb is now a big brother! He showed me today jus...
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Salon Rushelle

April 30, 2014 - I was thrilled that the owner of Salon Rushelle wanted to take advantage of my recent headshot promotion. I got to hang...
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Four and Four

April 21, 2014 - This past weekend I caught up with this adorable family as they celebrated a first and fourth birthday. It's amazing wha...
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Six Month Love

April 14, 2014 - I don't think we realize how much love goes into the simplest of moments when caring for a little nugget. This weekend I...
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Expecting Baby

March 08, 2014 - A LAF Lines regular asked to be my first in-studio shoot. The space isn't quite ready, but there's a baby on the way- so...
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Environmental *Professional* Portraiture

February 12, 2014 - Today I had the opportunity to shoot a professional who wants some nice photos for her social media (and possibly websit...
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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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Three Girls

December 08, 2013 - Today I got to visit with a friend from my ole high school days. She is busy raising three girls (and a puppy to boot)....
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Thanksgiving Reunion

December 03, 2013 - I took my Thanksgiving break very seriously and am way behind in blogging! It felt good to take a few days off. I was, h...
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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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11-12-13: Wedding Day

November 12, 2013 - Today was a great date for a wedding! 11-12-13. The couple i met up with after their exchange of vows shouldn't have any...
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Fall in the City

November 04, 2013 - Sunday morning i met up with this family to snap up some photos in Downtown Jackson. There are some amazing textures and...
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Big Group

October 27, 2013 - My grandparents were immigrants, and literally only brought over their young family. Before my grandmother passed away w...
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Sunny Skies

October 26, 2013 - The sun poked out for Saturday's second shoot! It was actually okay to shed coats for a few minutes at a time to snap a...
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Surprises

October 26, 2013 - If you haven't gathered from my blogs yet, my style is to kind of pose people, and then just snap up what happens. Posin...
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Fall Colors

October 20, 2013 - It's that beautiful time of year again! Families are seeking those perfect fall portraits. The colors are in bloom, the...
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Senioritis: Waiting for Fall

October 13, 2013 - Saturday i met another of Jackson's seniors. She chose to have her photographs taken on the property where she grew up....
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Fall Days

October 12, 2013 - Catching up with this busy family of six is no easy trick! But we found some time to meet up at a perfect and significan...
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Oldest to Youngest

October 06, 2013 - i am a big fan of multi-generational photos. This morning, we beat the rain and i loved getting to snap up this family....
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Senioritis: Ella Sharp Park BFF #2

September 09, 2013 - This past weekend i had double the pleasure of getting to photograph two besties at once! It really worked out great, be...
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Senioritis: Ella Sharp Park BFF #1

September 09, 2013 - This past weekend i had double the pleasure of getting to photograph two besties at once! It really worked out great, be...
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Turning Two

September 09, 2013 - Saturday... In the park... i think it was the seventh of September. {Anyone know that song?} i met up with this fam at t...
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Freedom of Youth

September 03, 2013 - Labor Day i swung by to snap a few photos of these kids enjoying the last of summer. As much as i think the little girl...
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As Summer "Ends"

September 03, 2013 - As summer "officially" ends, marked by Labor Day, i got a chance to catch up with a little guy i have photographed since...
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Itchy and Papa

August 27, 2013 - This morning i got to catch up with a young lady i haven't seen in over two and a half years. She lives several states a...
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Senioritis: No Pictures, Please

August 25, 2013 - Typically when i wrap a shoot, my subjects offer up, "that was fun, actually." That's my goal. i try to make photo makin...
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Senioritis: This Used to be My Playground

August 25, 2013 - Saturday i met up with this senior and after a few photos on campus, we headed to Loomis Park. i didn't know ahead of ti...
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Senioritis: Arts/Armory

August 24, 2013 - If you hire me for your senior portraits, i will give you advice on your future major or career choice for free. Just as...
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Active, Funny Kids

August 10, 2013 - i love it when kids are funny, and the adults around them pick up on this. This morning's generational shoot had mom and...
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Little Brother Turns Two

August 10, 2013 - i am going to go out on a limb here and say that photographing wee ones in an open space is to their advantage. i am goi...
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Senioritis: Strumming at Ella

August 08, 2013 - This morning Senioritis continued at LAF Lines Photography! This senior has a natural musical talent that will hopefully...
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Little Baby Cousin

August 05, 2013 - Today i got right back into the swing of work after a week "off." (i put that in quotes since i was volunteering as camp...
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Senioritis: Tennis Courts and TV

July 26, 2013 - This evening's shoot with was a hoot with this creative senior. He brought props and wardrobe and we had ourselves a gre...
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Christmas in July

July 22, 2013 - Sunday's client is on the ball! She had me snap a few photos for prospective Christmas Gifts while all cousins were gath...
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Three Cousins Turn Five

July 22, 2013 - These cousins have been having a joint portrait session since they were 18 months. This year they turn five! They are so...
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Senioritis Begins

July 20, 2013 - i am so excited for Senior Portrait season! For LAF Lines it began this morning. We started our session on home base and...
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Summer Vacation

July 13, 2013 - I can't believe it's been over a month since I wrote a blog! OOPS! I guess I was taking summer vacation a little too ser...
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Happy Heart

June 04, 2013 - I drove home from today's shoot with a happy heart. I love to meet new families. I love to be part of their lives, even...
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Sunday at Ella (part 2)

June 02, 2013 - This morning, I was excited to photograph a "new" (to LAF Lines) family. We had fun walking about Ella Sharp Park Campus...
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Sunday at Ella

June 02, 2013 - This morning I met up with this family and their trio of boys. I have two of my own, and thought I had my hands full! Bu...
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Senior Rep: Connor, Jackson High

May 29, 2013 - Hey Juniors! Meet Connor. If you aren't sure who to hire for your senior portraits, ask Connor what he thinks of LAF Lin...
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For The Love of Sports

May 18, 2013 - Today i met up with this casual fam. for some backyard portraits. i have been photographing this little guy since he was...
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Meet Andi Wynn

May 17, 2013 - This morning, Ella Sharp Park leant itself so beautifully as a backdrop for Andi Wynn's headshot portraits. Andi is a mu...
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First Communion Photo Op

May 05, 2013 - Sunday i caught up with this family after the mass in which they celebrated their son's First Communion. There are some...
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Wedding Day

April 27, 2013 - I declared 2013 the year to try new things. Today I added a wedding to the mix. I was really nervous. I have photographe...
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Newborn and Three

April 26, 2013 - Today i had the extreme pleasure of meeting and photographing one of our world's freshest! While he was completely coope...
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Tiburon: Day 2

March 13, 2013 - I write this from Chicago, halfway through my journey home. I am a little sad, if I am honest, to have left behind the e...
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Tiburon: A Day in the Life

March 12, 2013 - Today I spent the day following this family as they enjoyed a pretty normal day as a family. The photos are pretty low k...
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San Francisco: Last Day on Call

February 11, 2013 - Sunday's adventures required several stops. I was happy to participate in a day-in-the-life with my host family. We drov...
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San Francisco: Reporting for Duty

February 09, 2013 - Every time my phone rings, or my email pings and somebody is inquiring about having me photograph their family, I consid...
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8 Years Old

January 21, 2013 - i might always refer to my children as my babies. And when i talk about the weight i need to lose, i sometimes say, "Wel...
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