Maybury Photographer

Quyng-Nhu + Chris

Since Michigan is in the middle of a polar vortex I am going back to sunshine and warmer weather for this week’s blog post!

Talk about a radiant momma-to-be! This beautiful momma hopped right out of the car at her session, slipped into her high heels and was ready to explore the park together in the summer heat.  We actually ended up squeezing in this session just a few days before their little one arrived- and I am so glad we did! 

Quyng-Nhu and Chris are so amazing.  They are in the midst of so many life changes and they just laughed it off and talked about all of the exciting things coming their way in the upcoming months.  Graduating from med school, new jobs, a new home, and the biggest one- the arrival of their little one! They didn't seem overwhelmed at all- just excited for what was to come! 

Maybe all of their joy comes from their unique ability to make one another laugh.  As soon as these two were cuddled up together Chris would say something to Quyng-Nhu that had her laughing away or vice versa.  It would certainly be difficult to stress about life when you have your favorite person next to you making you laugh during all of the adventures to come! Thank you for letting me capture this exciting stage of life with you, Quyng-Nhu and Chris!

Brooke McDonald

Brooke absolutely rocked her senior session.  We met at Maybury State Park just as the sun was setting and the sky melted into the perfect fall golden hour.  As we explored the park I noticed that Brooke carried herself with a confidence that most teenagers don't have yet.  She was totally comfortable in her own skin and I couldn't get over what a natural she was in front of the camera.  And while I name off a few more compliments- can we talk about her style?! I kind of wanted to steal each of her outfits for my own closet! 

My favorite part about my time with Brook was chatting with her about high school.  She was just as beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside, and her sweet personality showed through in each of her stories. Brooke was such a great story teller and I loved hearing all about her sports, high school activities and school trips.  Brooke recently went to Spain on a school trip- how cool is that?!  She chatted quickly and personally with me about funny stories and anecdotes from high school, and it was so much fun to just enter into her life during our time together. Brooke, with your beauty, confidence and outgoing personality you are going to do some amazing things after high school! Best of luck in the future!

Madison- Class of 2018

Senior season is in full swing over here! For the past few weeks I have been meeting seniors for evening sessions at different parks and downtown areas around Metro Detroit.  It has been so much fun to see all of their personalities shine through during their sessions.  Madison is a part of my senior rep team so I was so excited to finally meet her in person.  We had to make a last minute change to her shoot location because of a concert in the park where we planned to shoot, but thankfully she just rolled with it.  And I have to say, I ended up loving our backup location even more than our original choice!  Madison was so easy going during the day as we texted back and forth, reworking our plan for the evening, and that relaxed personality flowed right into our shoot. 

We started our session in downtown Northville.  Madison told me about her plans to pursue a degree in teaching following high school, and how she is spending her summer working in a shop in downtown Milford.  Madison's mom came along for the session and it was fun to see the two interact.  I remember my own senior pictures, and picking out my outfits and going to the shoot with my mom. It is such a special experience to share.  We headed to Maybury State Park for the second part of Madiosn's session.  The sun was just setting over the trees and it created the prettiest light over the whole park.  

My favorite moment of the shoot came when we got to Maybury and Madison's mom got really quiet behind me.  Madison kindly asked her mom if she was alright.  While Madison and I had been joking around and getting Madison posed, her mom was tearing up behind me.  She shared that she was just taking in that Madison was actually graduating and that she looked all grown up.  I came home and shared the story with Ted and we started talking about how your senior pictures are really the first big event that kicks off your senior year.  How fun is it that, I get to share that moment with seniors and their parents? I don't take one moment of being a part of this experience for granted, because I know how special these memories are.  Thank you for letting me be a part of your senior year, Madison!

Pagel Family

Each Sunday morning I see these three little cuties walk in and out of church.  And you know, I do the typical adult thing- a little smile, whisper to my husband, "isn't that just the most adorable little family ever", and then I go on my way.  I have worked with their momma on a few projects at church, but mostly we just e-mail back and forth without chatting much.  So when she e-mailed me a few months back and said she would like to get some family photos done I was so excited.  I couldn't wait to get to know their family better and to photograph those 3 sweet little faces that I see parading into church together each Sunday. 

Our session did not disappoint!  These girls each have their own personalities and it was so much fun to see each of their unique characters play out during our time together.  One super girly chatting about bows and sparkles, one ready to take the lead and run down the path and get a little dirty, and the youngest with a big personality and believing with every part of her that she makes all the decisions :) I feel ya on that one sister, I sure know how that youngest personality thing goes! 

I have to say that my very favorite part of the shoot was watching how Hannah and Eric parent together.  I know it sounds kind of deep, right?! But so often photoshoots can be a stressful event for families, and that is not what I want!  I want them to be a time when your family can play and laugh and just enjoy time together.  I want you to get into the car and think well that was easy, now let's go get donuts to celebrate!  So it is so encouraging when both parents want to be at the shoot.  And they take care of each other's needs and the needs of their little ones without even thinking about it.  And that is exactly what Eric and Hannah did.  So thank you for making the shoot so enjoyable for me! I hope you had as much fun as I did, Pagel family!

Kelly + Loren Maternity

This session was such a dream.  I took a chance on a new location (Maybury Park) and asked Kelly and Loren to come as early as they could so we could catch the morning light.  The sun was just perfect, there was no one else at the park, and when Kelly got out of the car wearing that dress I knew we were in for an incredible shoot.  These two are expecting twins, a little boy and a little girl due this fall!  I know right, you would never know by how glamorous Kelly makes pregnancy look.  

We spent our hour together wondering through the park and catching up on life and what soon to be parenthood looks like for these two.  Kelly and Loren are so incredibly comfortable around each other, and that made my job so fun.  They laughed with each other, talked about how excited they were for their growing family, and luckily Loren was able to watch out for the poison ivy that I continued to put us next to.  I will need to learn what the looks like for my next shoot! 

I am already looking forward to meeting these two babes when they arrive this fall.  But for now, enjoy this exciting season of life, Kelly and Loren!