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Portraits in the Sun

By Photography, Portraits

Portraits in the Sun

Detroit is experiencing an early spring warm up. With temperatures hitting the 60’s in February, it is hard for all of us to not run around in tank tops and shorts enjoying the sun. I was able to take some portraits of Kate (@hautemesss) on one of these glorious days. She dealt with some strange requests like a champ and the resulting photos came out amazing.

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Gimme Shelter: Hamtramck Protest

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Protests in Hamtramck

As I’m sitting here starting to put together images from the protests today, Rolling Stones’ Gimme Shelter started playing in pure irony. Originally written and released about the political and social unrest from the war in Vietnam, it suits the unrest that is happening all over the world with this new presidency and the policies being put into effect.

Hundreds showed up to the Hamtramck City Hall to show support, peacefully protest and march, and let their voices be heard. The Metro-Detroit Political Action Network put the “Emergency Protest” on to stand in solidarity with Muslims. Hamtramck is considered a sanctuary city, and will continue to be considered one despite any policies put into place.

The protest, which was supposed to march around the block, ended up being too large and instead marched around the small park that sits across from the city hall building. It was truly inspiring to see different races, religions, and people of all ages marching in solidarity of fellow humans. As one speaker said

“We are a nation of nations.”

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Fresh Snow and a Red Dress

By Photography, Portraits

Fresh Snow and a Red Dress

There was fresh snow on Belle Isle in Detroit, well past our ankles. Trekking through the snow, getting it in our boots and squealing from the cold as it melted and made it’s way towards our toes, we made our way to a part of the island rarely seen by people now. Lainie is a trooper, even if she was in a dress and clothing not exactly suited for seven inches of fresh Michigan snow and cold temps.

After shooting on the island a bit, we decided to head to the historic Elmwood Cemetery not too far away. Elmwood is a beautiful cemetery, if one can get past the creepiness that it is indeed a cemetery. In winter, the tombs and mausoleums look even more spectacular and haunted with a layer of untouched snow on them. Lainie was a trooper as I had her running from spot to spot, switching coats, and even going barefoot.

Don’t forget, you can purchase prints in the Print Shop from this shoot!

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Baby it’s Cold in Detroit

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Baby it’s Cold in Detroit

The holidays are right around the corner, and Detroit is looking like a picturesque winter scene. From Campus Martius’ Christmas tree and horse drawn carriage rides, to Christmas lights strewn all along Woodward as heavy snow falls, it’s hard not to feel a little festive.

With a little more than a week left before Christmas, there is an urgency in city as people hurry to finish last minute shopping, get out of the cold, or just try to enjoy a night ice skating, drinking hot cocoa, and good food. Visiting Belle Isle to see the conservatory decorated with garland and lights, or going to the Edsel and Eleanor Ford Estate in Grosse Pointe to take a stroll along the ground and see the mile long path lit up, are just some of the other ways to enjoy the holidays this season.

Don’t forget, you can purchase prints in the Print Shop from this shoot!

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Nuke Nation: Pointe Mouillee

By Chasing the Sun, Photography

Nuke Nation

Near the Ohio border, on the shores of Lake Eerie, is a state game park by the name of Pointe Mouillee. Named by French fur traders in the 17th century, it lives up to its name as a beautiful wetland.

Feeling the need to get out of the city, away from the usual haunts, I made my way to this southern edge of Michigan to photograph the sunset from this quiet spot. It is fascinating, being among nature, surrounded by beauty, animals, and birds, to then look out to the water and see two giant nuclear cooling towers. But still, the marshes and the endless “ocean” that is one of the Great Lakes, makes the view a favorite.

So I sat and watched as the sky made itself into a beautiful watercolor, listened as distant owls hooted, and swans swam before me, while bitter November wind lashed at my cheeks and hands.

Don’t forget, you can purchase prints in the Print Shop from this shoot!

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Indian Summers

By Chasing the Sun, Exploring, Photography

Indian Summers

In·di·an sum·mer
noun

  1. a period of unusually dry, warm weather occurring in late autumn.

Detroit has been experiencing an amazing Indian Summer once again this year. Warm temperatures, late fall colors, and gorgeous sunrises and sunsets to make every day even more spectacular. Last year we saw temperatures in the 70s and 80s in late November. Although we aren’t as warm as last year, it is still enough for this Michigander to still rock flip flops and a tee.

It is hard to refrain from wanting to lay out and soak up these last bits of sunlight every chance I can get. So this weekend, I spent the entirety outside, shooting with friends, driving all over (making a few U-turns), and realizing that sometimes you just have to let all of your worries go. From Belle Isle, to Eastern Market, to Irish Hills and Saline, it was spent drenched in the golden glow of the sun and fall leaves.

Don’t forget, you can purchase prints in the Print Shop from this shoot!

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Into the Foggy Night

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Into the Foggy Night

There are times when photographing the sunrise or sunset just aren’t going to happen. The clouds take over, rain is pouring down, or any number of circumstances are working against me. This night, my mood matched the weather: grey, foggy, and rainy. But I just got a new lens, and wanted to try it out immediately. I called up my long time friend and mentor, Bruce Giffin, to see if he was up for a night of photo shenanigans.

We headed out into the night, with two former stray dogs Bruce had found years ago on the streets (though we all know they actually found him). Off to the island we went, looking out over the city as we crossed over MacArthur Bridge, trying to spot the iconic GM Renaissance Center behind the thick fog. Besides a few other cars, and a couple of bicyclists, we were the only ones on the island.

We listened as a distant freighter sounded his horn, probably unable to see the way along the river. We could just barely make it out as it passed by us, the horn echoing down the river, and the sound of the calm water being disturbed as it floated by. It was like a ghost ship.

We then headed into the city, our heads on swivels. We would see something, loop back around to shoot it, and then see something else. By the end of the night, we were soaking wet, almost hit by lightning and cars, and starving. We ended the night the only way possible: heading to Southwest Detroit and eating at Duly’s.

To say the night was a success, and a mood booster is an understatement.

Don’t forget, you can purchase prints in the Print Shop from this shoot!

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Chasing the Sun: Detroit Sunset

By Chasing the Sun, Photography

Detroit Sunset

There is something magical about a Detroit sunset. It’s calming to watch as the day ends and let your worries fall away beyond the horizon. Belle Isle is always a great spot to watch, as the sun tucks itself behind the skyline. I am always drawn to the water, and love plunging into the river to get shots that most people take from the shore.

Don’t forget, you can purchase prints in the Print Shop from this shoot!

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Edsel & Eleanor Ford House

By Exploring, Photography

Edsel & Eleanor Ford House

Fall in Michigan has always been my favorite season. The temperature becomes bearable, sweaters and boots can be dragged out of storage, the leaves change to a vibrant red, and the smell of autumn lingers in the air. I recently had the opportunity to walk around the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House and gardens to experience the beauty of the grounds.

What started off as a promise of a gorgeous sunset, quickly was overtaken by autumn rain clouds, but the grounds still did not disappoint. The rose garden, designed by Jens Jensen for Eleanor Ford, was still in bloom with beautiful pastel roses. Bird Island’s paths were covered in beautiful red and orange leaves from the almost century old trees.

It was a great experience, and I can’t wait to return in the winter to see the changes to the grounds under a blanket of snow.

Don’t forget, you can purchase prints in the Print Shop from this shoot!

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Rusty and Amy

By Photography, Weddings

Rusty & Amy

There really are no words to describe this pair, but they are two of the most amazing people I have ever met. Their wedding was nothing short of a good time and left everyone limping away from exhaustion and laughter.

This Detroit wedding took place at the one and only Cliff Bell’s, a restored art deco jazz bar. The night was filled with 80’s music, calls for shots, great friends, and dancing until we were all ready to pass out. To say it was a hit is an understatement.

Congratulations to the bride and groom. Here’s to many more years of wedding bliss.

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