introducing “Simply Me” portrait experience!

I’m beyond excited to introduce something near and dear to my heart – SimplyMe portrait experience!Brighton Tween Photographer Simply Me

Kids [especially girls] from the ages of 10-15 are at that in between stage and often question how special they really are. By this age they are exposed to media and “standards” that define beauty and measure themselves against it. Yet, these girls are playful, stylish and unique. SimplyMe captures the essence of this critical time in a young girl’s life by showing how special she is!

SimplyMe sessions are held in my Brighton studio, where we’ll capture your daughter wearing what she loves. It will be a fun session for her, and a special one for you, too. One of the most unexpected surprises from these sessions is the great experience that mom and daughter have the day of the session! You’ll see your daughter in her glory, being herself, and realizing that this is such a special time in her life. Let’s celebrate it!

Check out the video below for a taste of what to expect. These girls are amazing and I know you’ll see it too!


SimplyMe isn’t exclusive to girls; boys can use a confidence boost and you’ll want to capture him as he is, right at this unique moment. I can help him feel comfortable, maybe even holding or playing something important to him.

I can’t wait to share more with you about SimplyMe. Please contact me at [313]-530-1051 or to learn more or to schedule your daughter’s SimplyMe session!


newborn session ~ tucker

I recently was lucky enough to have Tucker in the studio. He was escorted by his mom and grandma – I took one look at him and gasped at how beautiful he is! He has the cutest little lips! I’ll be photographing him again when he’s sitting up and again on his first birthday [part of a baby’s first year plan] so this newborn portrait session was a great foundation for a year’s worth of portraits.

The moon is new – my dad designed it and built it – it is yellow on one side and creamy white on the other. Tucker really enjoyed lying in it!

brighton newborn session photos

product love ~ custom photo pendants

Sometimes you have to kiss a LOT of frogs before you find your Prince Charming! That’s what these last few months have been like for me as I went searching for a new company to create photo charms with my portraits. You see, I had a photo charm company that I adored, and my clients loved wearing their designs with my photos in them. But last summer, they announced that they were closing their company. I still get so sad thinking about it!

Fast forward to the fall and I found Jewel Kade. Although they were a “direct sales” company, I loved the ability to create custom photo charms for my Brighton area clients. The glass and soldering were a different look for me, but I quickly fell in love! Ah, but lightning struck twice – Jewel Kade closed down their charm business. I was out in the cold once again.

I furiously researched and found a few individuals [and even another direct sales company] that I was willing to try out for my clients. So, I ordered a photo charm from one company. And another woman. And yet another one. The joy you should feel when you open a mail package was actually frustration for me. None of them were up to the quality I expected for my portrait clients!

So this is when I became insane. I started researching how I could learn to solder and design these jewelry pieces MYSELF! [yes, insanity. Did I really consider that???]

Lucky for me, I never needed to learn this skill, because I found a woman that solders beautiful glass photo pendants. Finally! She’s been soldering since she was 11 years old and guess what? She’s also a photographer. So she understands my need for quality photos and paper to be inserted into the charms that she makes. When I opened her samples I almost cried with joy. They look amazing. She even lets me design the back of the charms with a design or another photo.

Photo Charms Angela Brown Photography Brighton

So there you have it. Now that I’ve kissed the frogs and found my “princess.” I’m back in the photo charm business. These beauties come in sizes from an inch square to 1 1/2 x 2 inches. I can help design one from your portrait session for you to wear or to give as a gift. With Mother’s Day coming up, it’s a gift that is sure to be cherished.

Most of the photo charms my clients have purchased are from portrait sessions. However, I can also do a special session for your child specifically for a photo charm or pendant. The pendant on the right, above, is of my daughter in her basketball uniform. I wear the pendant to her games instead of one of those big round plastic pins. Much more classy, don’t ya think?


March 31, 2015 - 7:59 pm

Jennifer Brent - I love the photo charms! I will probably have to have one of those for Elizabeth’s picture!

March 31, 2015 - 8:13 pm

admin - Hey, Jenn! Elizabeth would look darling in one of these photo pendants. Let’s figure out which image would be perfect for you. Thanks!

product love ~ wild sorbet painted frames

This year I plan to spotlight some of my favorite products. Top on the list has to be Wild Sorbet hand painted framing. I love love love Wild Sorbet! I originally began using Wild Sorbet because of the whimsical colors. Would you believe there are currently 128 colors available?  I work with lots of moms that love the whimsical colors for their kids’ portraits. The fun colors are perfect in bedrooms, play rooms, family rooms, even holiday portraits.

What I realized, though, is that Wild Sorbet colors can look very grown up and even sophisticated with some of the colors. It’s easy to mix a grown up metallic with a fun accent trim, or keep it strictly basic with browns, blacks, buttery neutrals and metallics. With the variety of trims and the option of adding polka dots or stripes, you can literally create a wall grouping unlike any other you’ve ever seen (or ever been made before!). Wild Sorbet is known as “the original shabby chic frame company” and lots of other companies try unsuccessfully to emulate them!

Personally, both my home and my Brighton Michigan portrait studio are filled with Wild Sorbet framing. You’ll see below some of my collections as well as some from clients’ homes. Click here to see a gorgeous frame in Lauren’s bedroom.

With every client that has loved Wild Sorbet, we’ve had a blast collaborating on the best combination of colors for their home. It’s a lot of fun! I’d love to design a Wild Sorbet wall grouping for you with your next family or kids portrait session. They are literally something you will love to look at every day.

Angela Brown Photography Framing Wild Sorbet