wall art wednesday – senior portraits

Since senior portrait session is up and running here in Michigan, and since today’s Wednesday, I thought it would be timely to showcase how a family displays the senior portraits of their twin girls.

As you undoubtedly know, I adore wall portraits in ALL my clients’ homes, as there’s no denying that they will be enjoyed each and every day. Once the senior heads off to college, it’s hard telling if they will ever live at home again. A wall portrait or wall grouping gives you a daily reminder of them and helps you remember how they were then.:)

This family’s twin girls loved many of the same activities and sports in high school, yet the two couldn’t be more different in personality. We had separate photo sessions for them, but we had great opportunities to also capture them together.

This first wall portrait is 12×18 inches in size placed in a rustic frame. I think it goes well with the idea of them relaxing on the dock, don’t you? And it looks great against the medium colored wood in their lake home.

Brighton Michigan senior family photographer on lake

The family enjoys seeing this daily as it is right in the entryway to their home, by the stairs and the home office. I’m sure it reminds them of the closeness these girls enjoy with each other. And, when the girls each come home from college [they go to separate universities] they can also enjoy a little piece of their history.

The second area in their home where the girls’ senior portraits are displayed is right in the little vestibule on the way to the master bedroom. There’s a small but prominent wall there, and they wanted to capture each young lady separately there in more posed portraits. The clothing and locations reflect the individuality of each senior girl. Each of these images is framed traditionally in different frames, also in 12×18, yet work beautifully together.

Brighton Michigan senior portrait photographer

All three of these wall portraits were carefully designed ahead of time using a software program that allows me to help clients visualize their wall art in their homes. We knew, after viewing several sizes, that these were the correct sized wall portraits for the spaces. And, because I work with more than one framing company, we had plenty of selections from which to choose.

Too see more images from the girls senior sessions, you can view Kenna’s here, and Kelsey’s here.

kim – glamour and beauty

It all started with the red blouse I saw in her suitcase as she was unpacking at my home. [Kim had joined her parents when they recently came from Iowa to visit us.] I insisted that I would LOVE to photograph her in that blouse! And, it started with her in the red blouse for a headshot. She gave me the green light to do a portrait session of her in my Brighton Michigan studio while she was visiting.

Because my sister-in-law is about the nicest, most thoughtful person I know, she went to the trouble of doing her hair and make up for the photos. So that’s what led me into doing more than the head shots. In fact, this photo shoot quickly because a quasi glamour session and I thinks she looks amazing!

It’s very rewarding to photograph women where they can see how beautiful they really are. Usually, women have their kids photographed, maybe an occasional family photo session. But to allow yourself to be photographed by yourself looking great is really a gift to yourself.

Interested in being captured beautifully in the studio? Contact me! [313] 530-1051.

Brighton Michigan Glamour Studio Photographer

class of 2016 ~ senior portrait season is here!

It’s the first full week of summer vacation here in Brighton, Michigan, and before you know it, summer will be over.:(

Okay, now that I’ve just become Debbie Downer, let me focus on the positives: It’s senior portrait season, and summer is a beautiful time to capture your teen for portraits.

As you would expect from me, I always focus on the printed, final products that you and your senior will cherish for years to come. Albums, wall portraits, multi-image framed pieces, and gift prints are all popular “must have” items. But some kids want wallets [most schools in our area are big into wallet sized photos] and we always need gift prints for grandma and grandpa and Aunt Susan. And, if you’re having a party, you definitely want custom designed announcements with images from your session!

Because senior “packages” can box you into something you may not want, I always use a “build your own collection” way of making things easier for you. YOU decide what you want, without the restrictions of a package! But by choosing from all four main categories in my product guide, you can save some significant dough.

Contact me today to get on the schedule! I’ll send you a product guide to help. We’ll have a pre-session consultation beforehand to decide where to shoot, clothing, products, etc. I’ll make things really easy for both the senior and the parents.

Even if you want an autumn senior portrait experience, contact me to get on the calendar. We all know how much busier seniors get once school starts!

Brighton Michigan Senior Portrait Photographer Guide


wall art wednesday ~ my back hall

There is nothing better than a printed photograph. Seriously. I’m not just saying that because I’m a photographer. I tell my clients that they deserve to have beautiful artwork in their homes featuring those that they love most – their family. ┬áSomething that they can literally enjoy every day.

I practice what I preach. If you’ve ever been in my home, you know I surround myself with portraits of my family.

This wall portrait is something that I see every day when I walk in from the garage. I get out of the car, and I see this view as I open the door:

Back Hall Wall Portrait Brighton

This is my back hallway. I walk in and immediately I focus on this portrait of Lauren from about 5 years ago, one taken on the beach of Lake Michigan. I walk straight toward it to go into the kitchen and great room. Here is a closer look:

Back Hall Wall Portrait Brighton close up

If my hands are free, I’ll stop and touch the canvas. I look at the texture I added to the image and the faint sight of words I edited into it. The image has a dreamy look to it; and even though it’s far from technically sound, I love it. This portrait is framed in one of my favorite rustic frames. It is 20×30 inches in size, plus frame.

Here is the most important part of this post: if you asked me if you could see this image of Lauren on my computer, I would be hard pressed to find it. I know it’s somewhere, and it’s backed up in 2-3 more places, but frankly, it’s been years since I have actually come across the digital file. I’d have to figure out what year it was taken, and in which folder I placed it, and then go through the other 30 images from that day to find it.

If you have favorite images from your every day life, don’t expect to simply enjoy them on your computer. If you love it, print it. Find a spot for it. Because if you’re like me, you have tens of thousands of personal photos on your computer, plus tons on your phone. Life goes on, and those favorite images are just not seen and enjoyed over time….unless you take the time to display it in your home.

May 28, 2015 - 11:50 am

Kitty Golding - This is great information Angie. Good reminders and I love the photo in this hall!!

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.”


May 25, 2015 - 9:37 pm

Dana Middlemiss - I absolutely love walking into my Mom’s house and seeing the beautiful portraits! They are beautifully done and really make her house even more warm and personable. I could look at the picture of her and the grandkids forever. What a gift to capture a moment in time with those we hold most dear. Great work Angie!