Senior Photos: Lauren

By Photography, Portraits


It never ceases to amaze me when I have family come to me and say “your little cousin is graduating, can you take photos?” It always knocks me on my butt, and makes me think back to when they were born, how old I was, all of the accomplishments I’ve watched them achieve throughout their life, and who they have grown to become.

My “little” cousin Lauren, who actually towers over me, was a big shock for senior photos. I remember holding her as a baby, when I wasn’t much more than one myself. I’ve watched her become an amazing young woman, athlete, and human.

From volleyball champ, to bleeding heart, she has always been kind and humble. I was so happy to get the chance to take her senior photos, and will be doing a second round of photos soon!


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Exploring: Downtown Detroit

By Exploring, Photography


One of my favorite things to do is to get lost in the city. Park my car and just wander aimlessly. I usually end up finding the best material that way, and meet some interesting characters as well.

It truly is a blessing to have a city that is so vibrant, full of hope, art, music, culture, and people. Detroit is unique and amazing.

Through my wandering, I have met some amazing people and started to see the city in a way I have never seen it before. Last night I met a man who called himself King David, who was just trying to get his band to China. It sounded absurd to me, but he was determined to get there and was going to be performing near the Music Hall all weekend. I had to smile and and ask for his photo after hearing the story, and he thanked me for listening as he rolled tobacco into a cigarette papers.

I continued through the night, armed with camera and tripod, and a good friend, watching clouds roll by in the night sky, and listening to the people coming out of the bars that had surely come down for one of the events happening in Detroit this weekend. It made me stop and realize how much the city has grown, and it always makes me fall in love with the city just a little bit more.


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Portraits: Lainie in Detroit

By Photography, Portraits

When a good friend and another local photographer asks you to shoot their photo, you do it. Especially when that friend is as adorable as Lainie. We went all over Detroit including Belle Isle, The Belt alleyway, the Riverfront, and West Village. Detroit has so much to offer for portraits and we had a blast shooting all over!

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Senior Photos: Bella

By Photography, Portraits

I recently had the pleasure of photographing my “baby” cousin (she is far from a baby at this point though) for her senior photos. When she first asked me I gasped a little and thought “she can’t be a senior this year! No way!” I quickly did the math in my head and realized, that yes, I am old and she is in fact, a high school senior this year.

We had a blast and had a perfect fall Michigan day for the photos. She even included her faithful pup, Duke, and a friend in some of her photos. I can’t wait to see what comes of life for her as she is one of the kindest humans I have ever met, and know she will go on to achieve greatness.

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Chasing the Sun: Belle Isle Part Two

By Chasing the Sun, Photography

Living so close to this beautiful state park spoils me every day. To also enjoy the perfect sunrises and sunrises it affords me is something I will never take for granted. The past few visits to Belle Isle, have brought peace to my soul, while leaving me with a wanderlust that continues to grow with a burning fire. It is an amazing feeling being on an island that has so many hidden treasures and hide-aways, all while being able to see a city that hustles harder than any other.

Exploring: The Packard Plant

By Exploring, Photography

The Packard Plant in Detroit, Michigan is a 3.5 million square foot old assembly plant that has been home to Packard Automotive, flea markets, paintball courts, and so much more. Now the building stands empty and crumbling, covered in graffiti, awaiting its next adventure in life. These are just some photos from over the years that I have spent exploring this magnificent building.

Scott Hocking’s Emergency Ark

By Photography

Scott Hocking is a Detroit based artist who has done some amazing installations throughout the city. From the marble egg that was made up of the crumbling walls of the abandoned Michigan Central Train Station, to a pyramid of tires, he is a visionary and artist that will have people talking.

The Barnboat is no exception. Located in Port Austin, Michigan, at the “tip of the thumb”, Hocking partnered with Jim Boyle who has been working on a project that reinvents the old barns of the area, into something a little more…Detroit. Hocking has completely dismantled an old barn, and essentially flipped it over to create an upside-down Ark. Though still being worked on and completed, it is still breathtaking to see up close.

Detroit ITU Paratriathlon World Event

By Photography

The Detroit ITU World Paratriathlon featured a 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike course looping around part of the island, and 5-kilometer run. Detroit was chosen as one of 10 cities to host the ITU World Paratriathlon Event worldwide. 60 athletes competed from several different countries including the United States, Mexico, Brazil, and Ireland, amongst others.

Chasing the Sun: Port Austin

By Chasing the Sun, Photography

One of the most amazing places to witness a sunset, is on a lake. To watch the sun touch the water and experience bursting into a million different shades of red and orange is magical. I spent a few nights sitting on the beach and wading out into the water to try to capture the brilliance of the sunsets that were happening on Lake Huron in Port Austin, Michigan.

Once Around Belle Isle (OABI)

By Photography

OABI is an annual event on Belle Isle where paddle boarders race around the beloved Detroit island. Along with the race, there are several other events and things to do, including Acroyoga, paddle board lessons, and more!

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