wall art wednesday

Hey there! I’m starting a new feature here showcasing photography as art in people’s homes. About every other Wednesday, I’ll spotlight something that will hopefully inspire you to decorate your home with portrait art. Sometimes I may feature a client’s home that displays my work, other times I may show you something else that I find inspiring. Who knows, I may even show you something that I enjoy in my own home every day!

This week’s home belongs to Connie. Her three grown daughters gifted her an extended family portrait session, which they experienced last fall. This session was a long time coming; they waited a few years for her granddaughter to make her way to her new home all the way from China! Now that the family was complete, they wanted to document this time in their lives. Here is her beautiful family:

Brighton Michigan Family Portrait Photographer

Connie wanted to enjoy her beautiful family every day, so we created two spots in her home where she could hang her portraits. On one wall, between two doors, I designed a grouping of four 11×14 canvases. Each of her daughters’ families were captured, and Connie was in the fourth canvas with her beloved six grandchildren. The canvas display looks like this:

Brighton Family Portrait Photography Wall Art 2

She also [of course!] wanted to proudly display a portrait of her whole family, but she liked the idea of a traditional frame for that wall art. We selected a beautiful brown wood frame in a 20×24 inch size, which she hung on the wall facing the front door. It’s the first thing you see when you walk in!

Brighton Michigan Family Photography Wall Art 3

Even though we mixed canvases with a traditionally framed portrait, the display looks stunning. The location she selected is perfect – – they are visible to both her guests and to her every day.

Connie has been very pleased with her groupings, which we installed right before Christmas. “The portraits done of my family are so beautiful and rich. I feel Angie really captured their personalities. It is such a joy to be able to look at what I truly see as art work, on a daily basis.”


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 angie@angelabrownphotography.com 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!

May 4, 2015 - 11:04 am

Patti Looney - These are adorable! I am so glad you showed me them when we came for the photoshoot because they look even better in person. How many charms are typical on a bracelet?