Flashes of Hope

 

An amazing organization I’ve had the privilege of working with the last three years has been Flashes of Hope. Flashes of Hope gives free portraits to children and families of children with cancer. From the last three years of working with flashes of hope they have always been prompt and professional. I would highly recommend fellow professional photographers work with them. More information about Flashes of Hope can be found on their website

Photo Styling Tips and Tricks for Couples

 

All good portrait sessions take preparation. Here are a few quick tips for making sure your engagement or couples portraits look great. 

First of all make sure both of you get a good night’s sleep. Everyone looks and feels better when they are well rested and this shows through in the final images. Also try to schedule the shoot for a less stressful day is recommended so everyone will be in a better mood and better images will result.

Make sure your outfits are matching. Similar colors but not the exact same outfit is the best. For examples all wearing cool or warm colors looks great. 

 

Chris and Emily Engagement Session in Grand Rapids, Michigan

I had a great time photographing Chris and Emily’s engagement session in Grand Rapids, Michigan in early November. Here are my favorite images from the session.

Clare’s 515 Gallery presents “Wonderful Life” – Miniature Exhibit

“The 515 Gallery of downtown Clare is excited to be exhibiting over 45 incredible artists in the upcoming “Wonderful Life”- Miniature Exhibit, with opening reception & silent auction sales on Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 6-8 p.m. Inspired by the famous 1940’s movie, a small town gathers together to create Christmas magic by caring for each other. These compassionate artists are bringing awareness to childhood hunger with 20% of all silent auction sales of their miniature works going to the Clare Area Backpack Project – where volunteers supply food for local at-risk school children over the weekends. During the opening reception evening, Silent Auction bids will close at 6:30 pm, 7:00 pm and 7:30 pm to correspond with the miniature artwork groupings. In addition to the original small works, there will be an opportunity to purchase LED candles to place on the gallery tree and receive a bell “every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings” -It’s a Wonderful Life. 100% of candle sales will be donated to the Backpack Project also. Please mark your calendar for the opening reception of this charity exhibit December 2nd to meet these talented artists, purchase original, affordable miniature works of art and light our tree. Help bring the caring Christmas magic to our small town! “Wonderful Life” runs during the holiday season until January 7, 2018. Gallery exhibit hours are Wednesdays through Saturdays 11-4 pm and will be closed December 23, 2017 and reopen January 3, 2018.”

Kim Kleinhardt – 515 Gallery

 

Photo Styling Tips and Tricks for Pets

 

All good portrait sessions take preparation. Here are a few quick tips for making sure your pet’s portraits look great. 

First of all make sure your pets have been bathed and groomed before the shoot. This shows through in the final images. Also trying to schedule the shoot for a less stressful day is recommended so everyone will be in a better mood and better images will result.

Patience is also a must for pet portrait sessions. Don’t be discouraged if your pets aren’t cooperative at first during the session. Usually it takes some time for them to warm up and be available for the best images of the session. 

Teeples Wedding in Greenville, Michigan

My second shooter Nikki Robinson and I had a great time photographing the Teeples wedding in Greenville, Michigan in early November. Here are my favorite images from the wedding.

Headshot Day at the Energize Workspace on November 21st 2017

“Can you count the pixels of your current facebook photo on one hand? Are you in need of a new headshot for your startup or business profile? Does your whole staff need business headshots to update your look? We got you covered!

We are thrilled to be hosting one of Michigan’s best portrait photographers to provide a fun day of headshots for the Midland community. Ryan Watkins Photography will be setting up his studio equipment at Energize for the afternoon, all you need to do is bring yourself and that famous smile!

He is offering studio-quality headshots at $50, complete with professional retouching. Photos should be sent out within a week of the shoot.” Nic Von Schneider

Tuesday, November 21 at 2 PM – 6 PM

Energize Workspace

2016 West Wackerly Street, Midland, Michigan 48640

For more info visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1515801438511711??ti=ia

Myers Family Portrait in Shepherd, Michigan

I had a great time photographing the Myers’ family portraits in Shepherd, Michigan in late October. Here are my favorite images from the session.

What to bring to an Engagement Portrait Session

The best portrait sessions take a great deal of planning and preparation. This is why I meet with all clients either in person or over FaceTime prior to the session for a pre-session consultation. 

Here is a quick checklist for what to bring to your engagement portrait session.

Multiple changes of cloth. A combination of casual and formal is recommended. Also a combination of both lights and darks is recommended. Try bringing multiple styles and things which showcase your interests and personality! Anything you wear while performing your hobbies can be great to add to your session as well. Examples would be hats, cowboy boots, athletic wear, etc. Avoid clothing with stripes, loud patterns, or colors. Also avoid large distracting text. Make sure all clothing is clean, fits well, and is not wrinkled. Baggy clothing usually doesn’t look flattering. Also bring some clothing you don’t mind getting dirty so we can do poses on the ground or in water. 

For women having hair and make-up done prior to the shoot is highly recommended. I personally advice against spray tans. For men without a full beard shaving any stubble or five of clock shadow is also recommended. I can’t photoshop out stubble easily. Also make sure nails and hair are trimmed they way you would like them to be photographed. 

I like my engagement portrait sessions to be more personal than just the standard head shot. Bringing various props is one way to make your images more personal. Bringing things you use everyday or items that relate to your hobbies and interests can be a great addition. Cars are also a great addition to couples photo shoots. Make sure the car has been washed before hand. Anything sentimental to your relationship could potentially look great in your portrait session. 

I love photographing pets and they can look great in your engagement portrait shoot as well! Many times we will photograph in multiple locations and we save the pet images for some of the last images of the shoot after we get done at the main location.