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A Theraputic and Self Empowerment Photoshoot

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A Theraputic and Self Empowerment Photoshoot

This is more than Boudoir, this is Self Celebration

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   For years I’ve used Photography as a way to express myself. If you've been following me through the years you'll know I got my photography start with Self Portraits. It’s honestly taught me so much about myself, especially in hard times, or in situations where I knew something was bothering me, but I didn’t actually understand it until I got it out of me and viewed it through the lens.
   Photography has also helped me celebrate the best of times! On days where I just feel excited and have something to share, photography has allowed me to express myself in a simple, visual way that people can relate to. Yes, capturing moments, and trips, and holidays are great, but it’s the true Art or photography that I’m in love with.

No matter the reason the EXPERIENCE, the PROCESS of getting photographed often helped me MORE than the actual portrait itself, although, the final piece is that reminder I need to-

    1- never go back to that state of mind
   2- remember that moment, and revisit it more
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   3- remember it's ok to share your experiences with others, like you all
   4- I've created something that will outlive me.

   That’s honestly the experience that I seek to give people. And sure, not everyone is as vulnerable, open, or as emotional as I am. Hell, some days I feel like just the biggest hot mess, and I think it’s because I’m actually too in touch with my emotions. Guess that’s the artist in me. And I know some of you just want a really fun, beautiful, feel good shoot, and I can give that to you a million times over, but don’t be surprised if it ends up showing you something more. And for those of you who are hoping to express yourself through a shoot- you are what my dreams are made of, and I thank you for being brave.

   Jodi. I don’t care what you say- you are brave.

   Jodi is 50 and it goes without saying she is damn fabulous. I applaud her for wanting to take the time out to celebrate herself, and her life, and who she is at this moment! That is NOT something that should be overlooked and we should celebrate ourselves more often, because we’ve worked really hard to get to this exact point in our lives!
   Having Jodi in the studio was honestly a day that breathed life back into me as an artist. She was carefree, she was fun, she was bold, she was daring, she let go. Those are all the things that will make for a stunning experience. Those are the things I can’t MAKE you do, I can try, I try really, really hard, because it makes your portraits that much more unique, but I can never force you to fully LIVE during a shoot, and Jodi did just that for us.
   The main thing I’ve learned so far in 2018- letting go of perfection. At one point we were literally chasing Jodi through the woods, RUNNING in the snow, around trees to catch up with her. We were screaming, and laughing, and it was an experience shooting I’ll never forget. I had NO idea what I was getting, but I knew what I was getting wasn’t made up, it wasn’t posed, it wasn’t forced. It was true.    Jodi booked this shoot to celebrate herself, she used it as therapy, but what she doesn’t know is, it was extremely therapeutic for me too. I aspire to be that fun, that young, that edgy, that brave when I am 50. And I plan on chasing more brave women, any age, through the woods, again and again!
   Thank you for sharing your true self with us, Jodi.   

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Senior Fashion- how to diversify your look during your photoshoot

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Senior Fashion- how to diversify your look during your photoshoot

    I like girls who don’t exactly play by the rules, especially with fashion. Take a few risks, I promise you it will pay off. Even if you’re not ready to totally get WAY out of the box, even the smallest of details will make a huge difference!
   Andrea didn’t know at the time of her shoot I would be using her as this fashionista example, I didn’t even know it, but looking back at her shoot now it’s clear she put together some killer looks and there’s some things you could learn from her and what she rocked during her Summer and Fall Senior Photoshoots (yes- she’s so fab she did 2 shoots!)

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   First off, this green “dress” she’s wearing. It’s an oversized sweater. She bought it larger than her normal top size so it would be the perfect slouchy, comfy sweater dress. So get creative with pieces and sizes! The boho headpiece- it’s just a necklace! As she was putting it on she looked like a little gypsy with it on her head, so we snagged some fun shots!

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   This bold pop of color in her next look was great and notice the accessories- a few bracelets and watch. It’s these tiny things that add extra texture and bling to your portraits, so don’t forget parts of your wardrobe that you think will be hidden- we’ll find a way and a pose to show them off!

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   Ok! I’ve waited long enough to talk about my FAV outfit she wore! These overalls and boots. The floral, bright crop top still keeps it feminine but those tall boots with the pants rolled up bring that edge back! I can’t get over this look! It’s unexpected and that’s what’s going to make your portraits stand out! Plus, she’s got moves- I mean look at her just rockin those baggy boyfriend cut overalls!

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   Ok, moving on from my current obsession of overalls- This dress is a great chic look and really mixes it up from the looks we’ve seen so far. It’s something a little more sophisticated, put together, and then paired with the heel, it takes it to a level we haven’t seen yet! Diversity is key to get the most out of your Senior Portraits!

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  Next we have this super casual look. When I say casual I don’t mean boring though, the ripped jeans and layered necklace keep it interesting! It’s meant to be a carefree, summer look paired with the easy going, sun kissed location.

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   And lastly. So dreamy. This white, soft dress with this floral crown. Whimsy will never get old to us at AJBC! The look turns very editorial / fashion when she gets in the water! And THIS is what you want for your Senior Experience! Something that doesn’t FEEL or look like a typical portrait. The days of turn, smile, click are gone, and so are the “rules” of fashion, because true fashion has no rules and no limits.

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If you like this water look check out Allison's Senior Session!

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Port Huron, MI Winter Maternity Photoshoot

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Port Huron, MI Winter Maternity Photoshoot

Dramatic Red Dress Outdoor Couple Maternity Shoot

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   There are 2 ways you should show up for a portrait session-
1- As you are. But RAW. Don’t hide any part of yourself, be ready to release your true , natural self.
2- As a new side of yourself you’ve never seen before, experience yourself in a new way.
   For Syme and Ryan’s Maternity Shoot they opted for number 2. When we first talked on the phone Syme told me she wanted to go all out for her Maternity shoot so she was breaking loose and doing everything she would never do for this moment in her life. She hates winter, she’s not one for dressing up... so of course she opted for a Winter shoot, in the snow, and she was even going to wear a floral crown. 
   Fun fact about the first time Syme and Ryan met- Syme was wearing sweatpants and a Tupac shirt. My day was made when I heard that, as she’s standing in front of me, polar opposite, looking like an Iceland Snow Mermaid in this red dress that fits her perfectly and also screams a lil Jessica Rabbit! She’s this little thing with a beautiful, bold personality to make up for her short height. Ryan is more quiet and sweet, but the way he looks at her and the way she smiles at him lets you know- these two are the real deal.
   Our first meeting was hilarious, talking about how magical their shoot was going to be that all the forest animals would probably run out of their dens to circle around her like this woodland Goddess, which, yes, she’s not that big into nature, but if that happened, she said she wouldn’t complain. We got a bit carried away.
   So, of course, the day of their shoot the snow melted. In a panic my creative brain kicked in and I knew I just needed something to mimic that whimsy feel. I found a hard pile of plowed snow in the corner of a parking lot and that’s what we used to create our magical snow mermaid shots. Sometimes you just have to trust the photographer’s vision.
   They went from spinning and dancing in the pine trees, to elegantly swaying with the wind on the icy beach shores, to lastly cuddling up on top of a snow pile.
   It was effortlessly stunning, it was true, it was love, and it was just in time bc that itty bitty, sweat pea of a baby came earlier than expected, less than a week after this!

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Top Michigan Winter Photo Shoots

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Top Michigan Winter Photo Shoots

Winter is here! Get inspired for your own session!

Engagement, Family, Senior, Beauty photoshoot in the snow!


We love the look of cozy engagement photos shot in the colder months of the year. So grab a cup of hot cocoa and get inspiration for your own cozy engagement photos!

Check Out Jen & Zack's Full Engagement Session!

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There’s something so magical and captivating about playing among the snowflakes! Don't let the cold stop you! Get out your cute scarfs and boots and don't miss out on this fun, unique experience!

Check out the rest of Aubrey's Whimsical Senior Session!

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Have the best of both worlds with family fun in the snow to warming up in the cutest coffee shops with the ones you love!

Check out The adorable Werner Family for some lifestyle inspiration!

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It doesn't need to be a bright and warm day to capture beauty! Winter may have this dark and gloomy persona but some of the most gorgeous shots have been taken playing in the fresh snowfall, dancing in the white out fields, and climbing washed up ice mountains! 

Get inspired by Taylor's Dark Beauty Shoot on Lake Huron!

Check out my Self Portrait in the white woods of Grayling!

Just Imagine white snow blanketing the town, flocking the trees, and floating down. How could you not be inspired for a whimsical winter beauty shoot!

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