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Rochester Michigan Portrait Photography – Seniors, Newborns, Family Photography

Jumping the sun! July 22, 2012

Sure, rumor has it some ol’ cow jumped the moon but my kids jumped over the sun last week in Charlevoix Michigan, while we were there for a beach photo session!  Have you been to Charlevoix lately?  You know I’m a big fan of Michigan, especially northern MI – yup, all the way up to Copper Harbor.  “North” starts anywhere you begin to relax for those of you unsure.  Must-do’s on a trip for me are the Ironton Ferry, a drive by or tour of Castle Farms, a drive by Earl Young mushroom houses, a walk through town with stops at Cherry Republic and more.  I have two new favorite places to eat as well.  The menu is huge at Scovies and the food is very good.  We went back to Roquette Burger Bistro again.  It was closed when we got to town so we just ‘had’ to spend the night and get in line for lunch the day.  I learned about Roquette Burger on “Under the Radar Michigan”and we are already repeat customers.  We were there on opening day this Spring.  This time I had the Fire Burger.  It was soooo good and not too spicy!  That place is worth the wait.  They use lots of fresh local farm food and local grass-fed beef.  At the end of the day we always make our way to the beach.  Dinner ran late so we didn’t get there as early as I like to but I had just enough time for what I had in mind.  This visit we didn’t make it to the spray fountain by the marina until 10pm but it was so cool to go when it was dark and the colored lights were on.

It’s great to see all the license plates from near and far visiting northern Michigan.  Who knew people from Alaska drove to Michigan in the summer.  We loved showing my sister from San Francisco around all the places she hasn’t visited in a long time – some the same and some new.

Wow, this turned into quite the Charlevoix travel blog post.  I can’t help sharing my love of traveling around the state – with my camera in tow of course.  Hey, I’ve gotta be ready for snapshots and Michigan photo sessions whenever the mood strikes, right?  Let me know where you like to go in Michigan and share some tips.  I’d love to hear them!
Anyway, if you missed them on my photography Facebook page here are the photos of my kids jumping the sun at our beach photo session.


Megan, Senior Class of 2013! ~ Rochester, MI Senior Photographer July 11, 2012

Senior season for the Class of 2013 kicked off  a couple weeks ago with a great photo session with Megan.  Megan is starting her Senior year in September and didn’t want to wait for her photo session.  I can’t blame her with how busy summer gets, then school sports start up and then before we know it school begins and we all know what that entails.  I was totally game to kick off Senior season with Megan.  Megan is sweet, beautiful and comfortable in front of the camera and I feel that all shows in her portraits.  I think she enjoyed the photo session as much as I did and she was a great sport!  She came prepared with a lot of great outfits.  We started out with a studio session with music playing along, then when the light softened at my favorite part of the day we headed into Rochester for some outdoor photo shoot action!  We visited the park and some of my other favorite spots.  I hope Megan and her family are as happy with these portraits as I am.  I’m very thankful that they chose me as their Senior photographer since they do not live near me.  They saw my work and made the hour long drive after seeing another friend’s portraits that I did last summer.  I love referrals and for every one that you refer that books a session you get a $25 print credit.  Ok, on to Megan’s Senior portraits!

We did quite a few different studio set-ups.  This was one of my favorites.

I love this studio set-up – so summery!

Won’t these make great wallet photos?

Senior wallet sample

Part of our visit to the Rochester Municipal Park…

This was taken during our visit to the Rochester Municipal Park.

Then we hit a few colorful spots in downtown Rochester.  I’ll post some more of my favorites on Facebook for Megan to share.  It’s always so hard for me to choose my favorites.

I’ll be adding more of Megan’s images to my senior gallery here.   Feel free to like my business Facebook page here for more session sneak peeks, vendor specials, model calls, etc.  Thanks for reading along and if you would like information on a session let me know!