Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Rivet family.

I can't believe it's been almost 4 years since I originally photographed Joe, Cindy and their (then smaller) family.  They had two more little ones since then.  Each child had their own, unique personality but the one love they all shared was ice cream.  It was the goto bribe (mood enhancer) to keep them all focused during the hour-long session. The weather couldn't have been more perfect.  It was such a great session and a lot of fun.


Monday, July 21, 2014

Kellen turns 1!

There were lots of great moments captured during this family session on the Clinton River in Mount Clemens, Michigan.  Even though little Kellen had just turned 1, he walked like a 5 year-old on a sugar high!  I had to work fast to keep up with turbo-legs Kellen.  His energy and good looks made him a lot of fun to photograph.  Maybe Kellen can give some of that energy to his mom and dad when they have Baby Thompson #2 to care for in a couple months!


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Some portraits of our little sweetheart.

I've been doing so many sessions for other clients recently that I forget to update some of our own family photos.  This morning I noticed Leah wearing a cute summer dress and she looked beautiful!  I knew I had to get some photos of her wearing it.  To my surprise, she cooperated!


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Scott and Carol's Wedding.

I met Carol and Scott for the first time a few months ago when I did their engagement photo session. At the time I remember thinking, "Wow, these two are perfect for each other!" Last Friday, as I photographed their wedding, I thought the same exact thing!  These two compliment each other in so many ways that their love is undeniable when they walk into a room.

They tied the knot at the beautiful Villa Victoria Chapel on Silver Lake in Waterford, Michigan. Close family and friends watched when the two said their vows and kissed for the first time as husband and wife.  Their ceremony was perfect- peaceful and memorable.  I don't think they could have picked a better day.




Monday, July 14, 2014

Robert and Becka's Engagement.

It wasn't losing the radio station I was listening to, the 7 degree drop in temperature or roaming for cell service.  It wasn't the bug guts littering my windshield either- nope.  I knew I was "up north" because of the beauty that surrounded me.  The thick trees and cottages that lined the road.  The views of Lake Huron from the right and farmland to the left.  The intermittent 35 mph zones through small towns and the smell of fresh, country air.  Yep, I was in up-north Michigan and it was only an hour and a half away from my house!



Thursday, July 10, 2014

Leah's first jewelry box.

I blame my mom for the "Icantsitstill-itis" disease that currently affects me.  I'm a full-time registered nurse, a dad to a busy-bee when I'm not at work, a part-time photographer (although it's been feeling more like full-time lately) and a husband (I'm so sorry Haley)!  But I can't sit still!  So when one of my coworkers gave me some black walnut from her late-Dad, who carved it as a hobby, I knew I had to make something pretty special.  After approximately 7 seconds, I knew exactly what to make: A jewelry box for one of the most important girls in my life!



Monday, July 7, 2014

Lilly and Drew.

Before Lilly and Drew's parents found out they were having two, I was asked if I could photograph their baby. "No problem", I thought, as I've been getting very proficient with my newfound love for baby photography. My session times have dramatically decreased as my comfort level, image quality and baby experience have increased.

Then, a month later, they dropped the bomb. "Guess what? We're having twins!"

"Twins?!" My inner-photographer was doing a happy dance similar to Gabby Douglas on floor exercise while my distress-equilibrium-module was at a 12 on a scale of 0-10! Handling and posing one new, new, new baby can be challenging, but now there were suddenly two? The next few months leading up to their birth, I began planning my posing strategy and going over the "what-if" scenarios if both babies weren't cooperative. I really wanted to capitalize on this awesome opportunity.

A few weeks before the due date, something happened and the weight of the situation was suddenly lifted.  I remembered that they came to me for photos because they were confident in my skills and trusted me to take awesome images. I basically just needed to stop over-thinking it and trust in my own skills and everything would fall into place.

The session day arrived and I was greeted by two beautiful babies. If I didn't already know they were twins, I wouldn't have believed it. They each had their own look and facial expressions. It wasn't until I snuggled them close together that it was apparent. They warmly embraced each other and seemed to melt in each other's arms. After every pose, Mom and I stood back and admired the beauty in it all. Her excitement was contagious and I think it showed in the photos.

The actual session took approximately 2.5 hours, which was just right for two babies. Everything went smoothly and believing in myself was probably the best thing I could've done to get the results I got. Next time I have a set of twins to photograph, I'll save the worrying for the parents who will be raising them :)

Now, for their first official photographs, here are Lilly and Drew:




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