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As soon as my poor sister and brother in law got married, the clock began ticking.  They needed to make me an aunt!  And in February I got the news that they had!  And somehow me, ME – Ms. Can’t keep anything a secret, managed to keep Sarah’s pregnancy a secret until she came home to tell our family.  I went from MOH (Maid of Honor) wedding consultant, to pregnancy consultant.  Sharing all those things NO ONE tells you before you get pregnant with my sister.  They did the new trend of waiting to announce the gender via cake, and it was a boy!  And “baby awesome” as he was named was due on my birthday!  Sure, my sister will tell you 10-26, but I feel her OBGYN was off and clearly the day was supposed to be 10-27!

However that day came and went with no appearance by Baby Awesome.  So we began to wait and wait and wait.  And then finally on 11/3, I awoke to the text that my sister was in labor and I was finally going to be an aunt!  And later that afternoon, Luke joined our family.  There was absolutely no way I was waiting to meet that lil’ guy so my mom, Maddie and I set out later that week to meet Luke.  Having birthed 9lb+ babies myself, Luke was the tiniest thing I’d ever held!  Of course photos were a must while I was out there.  And my sister, might have a slight addiction to etsy.  Luke didn’t mind the football, or the hockey, or the tooth (can you guess what my brother in law does?), but the golf outfits he was just not having (my sister owns/designs for GolfHer Girl).  Let me tell you, it was not easy to photograph this poor unsuspecting baby in MSU gear <puke> but I did it.

March can not come soon enough!  When I get to see my sweet Luke again and of course get more wonderful photos of him :)

 

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I can’t fully commit to the idea that fall is upon us until I have my session with Miss V.   I believe we celebrated 7 years of photo sessions this fall.  This year we decided to try a new location for both the Z family and myself, The RiverWalk area in Detroit.  If you have not been down there (and I’m sad to say before this, I had only been to the fountains at the Ren Cen), it is a great place for a photo session!  I had a blast photographing Miss V this year, even if she did make me work for it.  One of the best parts of my job is watching the kids I photograph group up, almost along side my own.  Thanks again Z Family and Miss V.  I had fun!

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Seems like the M family is all over my blog and facebook pages these days.  Hey, what can I say, they love photos!  And I love that about them.  We’ve been in talks for a few years about shooting a session at the Big House (Michigan Stadium) for awhile.  So this fall, while Michigan was off on a bye, and the skies were blue, we headed to A2 to do just that!  Unfortunately  we didn’t make it onto the field this time, but I have no doubt there will be a session on the field with these guys in our future.  Thanks again M family.  Nothing better then photographing Michigan Families (I’ll shoot Spartan families too, for an added fee….kidding).  Go Blue!

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Miss C entered into one of my favorite families this year (and no, I’m not just saying that so Maddie will end up front and center for her dances this year).  Since then I’ve heard these stories of what a little devil she can be.  Pure trouble.  Ha!  C was a sweet happy little girl for our whole session.  Though she was upset for a bit that daddy took a work call rather then watch her perform.  Nonetheless, I left the M family home once again with a million pictures to narrow down!

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When I got the text with the picture of 2 pink lines, my response was “when are you due?  I’m coming out”.  It’s funny to think for 4 pregnancies, I was the first to know Kelly was pregnant and the first to know the gender even some go rounds.  I met Kelly back in 2004 in an “online baby group”.  We quickly discovered we lived near each other and once we both popped out our firstborns (exactly 2 weeks apart) we had to meet.  Jump forward 8.5 years later and I get the pleasure of photographing her 4th and final child.  I mean, you can’t have baby #4 miss out just because she had the nerve to move to Texas right after baby #3 (Brady’s future wife) was born.

Now Baby #2 (R) was such a diva, she actually went overdue waiting for my camera to return back from repairs before going into labor.  I kid you not, I got the notice my camera had shipped, that night Kelly went into labor!  Baby #3 (N) cooperated as well.  Baby #4 (E) did NOT get the message.  When we picked the date for me to come out and do E’s session we didn’t think he’d be 6 weeks old!  Oh E, you’ve got a lot to learn mister.  Nonetheless, I managed to get some great photos of E and the entire family.  Yes, even dad joined us!  For the first time in 6 years!   Oh and did I mention we did all of this in 100+ degree Texas heat!  I can’t believe how well this Michigan girl did!

I could fill this blog post with 100 pictures from the time I spent there.  It was great to see my bestest mommy friend, get just enough dose of having a newborn to tide me over, and visit with my future son-in-law and daughter- in-law.  (Yes, we have prearranged marriages for both Maddie and Brady to her kids).  Thank you O Family!  Miss you bunches!  And I promise, next time Maddie and Brady will visit too :)

 

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A few weeks back I had not one, but two twin sessions, in the same week, both girls!  What are the chances of that?  Thinking about it now, why didn’t I play PowerBall?  If you’ve been a newborn client you know, sometimes they can be fast, and sometimes they can be, well…..so long that whomever is watching my own children during the session think that I’ve been kidnapped by the family.  So taking on newborn twins is always a gamble.  I’m happy to report Miss R and Miss E were perfect little newborns.  They both slept for group shots, and cooperated for their solo pictures as well.  Though as you can see, I had one that wanted sleeping shots, and one that wanted to be WIDE awake and show her pretty eyes!

I can’t wait to come back and photograph the girls and watch their friendship grow :)

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I don’t get twins very often, but I do get them from time to time.  Imagine my surprise when two weeks ago I had not one, but two sessions of twins; both girls, and both mom’s named Stephanie!  What are the chances?

I started off twin week with these two sweet little girls.  It’s amazing as a mom how quickly you forget about how much work a toddler session can be.  Well take that a multiply it by two :)  I think these sweet little angels had mom, grandma and I earning our keep during the session.  But the result was some amazing images!

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N’s mom asked me at the Lungevity fundraiser if I did First Communion sessions.  Not one to turn down a new experience I said of course.  Normally, as you know, my sessions are done on location in a fun, playful manner.  First Communion photos brought about the challenge of shooting someone who looks like a mini bride (I don’t do weddings, more from the bridezilla and time aspect), and in a much more formal setting.

N was the absolute most perfect client for stepping outside my norm.  First of all, she was 7 (now 8), and a very silly girl.  She was willing to do and pose however I asked her like a pro!  She managed to give me some lovely test shots loaded with goofiness and sass.  But when it was time to get down to shooting the pictures, she could turn it on!  Such a beautiful girl!

T family, I can’t wait to do a session with all the girls this fall!

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One of my favorite long standing clients (who happens to be Maddie’s dance teacher), lost her mom last summer to lung cancer.  The dance studio picks a charity to fund-raise for every year.  This year they will be raising money for LUNGevity and I will be there to help the cause.  You do not have to be a dancer at The Dance Connection, or a dancer at all.  And if you’re looking for something more then 10 minutes, I will be donating portions from simple and signature sessions booked this day as well.  Please stop by!  There will be so many home business vendors as well!

 

Three crazy days, and I’m offering three crazy sales!

Sale option #1 – One last chance to snag your former session archive CD.  Session held between 2006-2010 are eligible to purchase a CD of the images from your session.  The more you buy the more you save.  1 session $300, 2 sessions $500, any additional sessions $100 more.  Subject to session archive availability.

Sale option #2 – You’ve loved it before, and it’s back!  My gift certificate bonus sale!  Spend $300 and I’ll gift you an additional $100 FREE!  No limit to the amount of gift certificates you can buy, nor the number of free bonuses.  Buy $600, get $200 FREE!  Buy $900, get $300 FREE!  It’s a great chance to pre-buy for your 2013 session, and save some money doing it.

Sale option #3 – I’m so excited to offer Snow Mini sessions this winter!  No matter how much we love or hate it, living in Michigan, snow is a part of our life, for what seems like for months unending.  Here’s a chance to embrace the snow and get some great images of your family/child(ren).  Fresh white snow, and images filled with sleds or skates, cute hats, colorful scarves, warm bright boots, and pink cheeks!  These sessions will be 20 minutes long, and offered in various locations (Ann Arbor, Northville, Novi, and Plymouth).  Session dates TBD based on snow availability.  $75 (that’s a discount off my usual mini session fee).

 

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