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

get the right sized portraits….every time

Have you ever had professional portraits done and you ordered a great big 8×10 for your wall? You excitedly get home, put it on the wall and it looks like this?

8x10 on the wall for blog

After investing time and money into your portrait session, it can be pretty discouraging to realize that what you thought was a big portrait was really…not. You needed assistance and a way to visualize what your investment would look like in your space. This is the basis of my portrait business. I believe in helping you visualize what will look right in your space!

I’ve invested in software to help clients “see” their portraits on their actual wall BEFORE they order. That’s why when you work with me, we’ll begin by getting some snapshots of any places in your home where you’d consider hanging your portraits.  That helps us in a few ways. First of all, we design the portrait session around the rooms where you’d like to display your portraits. If you have red accents in the room, I may recommend including red in the family clothing that is worn. It helps make your artwork look like it belongs in your room.

Second, I never want you to be disappointed with the size you select for your portraits. I have heard too many stories of people that wish they’d been guided to order a more appropriate size for their wall. That won’t happen when you work with me. We’ll look at the right sizes, frame choices, and, for wall groupings of multiple images, we’ll play with the arrangements. All before you order.

For the room above, we might have selected a 24×36 canvas for above this sofa. It would have looked something like this:

24x36 canvas wrap


Or, perhaps these clients really love traditional framing and prefer a whitewashed finish. Here is a framed 24×36 that might have worked above their sofa.

24x36 for the wall on blog

Let me show you a personal project I did for my daughter’s room.

1. Here you can see her room – painted with lime walls, and chocolate and turquoise design elements.

2. I wanted to do a collage of various images of her and I wanted to create a Wild Sorbet frame to match her room [Wild Sorbet is a line of hand painted framing that I offer]. Here is a copy of the collage in a virtual Wild Sorbet frame that I built using my design software.

3. I played with different sizes for that wall. Once I saw the 24×24 collage on the wall with the frame, I knew that was the right size. This is a virtual image of the artwork on the wall.

4. Finally, you can see the finished framed collage in Lauren’s room. It looks perfect, and I adore looking at it every day.:)

Room Views in my home

Let me help you create something beautiful for your home! Contact me today at to schedule a winter or spring portrait session.


holiday sparkle mini-sessions – the “real” images!

Since many of our holiday sparkle mini-session prints were holiday gifts, I promised not to post our favorite images until after the holidays. Now it’s January, so all is fair game.:)I giggle every time I see these images as I recall how much fun we all had that weekend. I’m already planning a holiday theme for next November – and if you are interested in staying informed about any of my special events, be sure to like angela brown photography on Facebook or contact me at!

Angela Brown Photography Brighton Howell Michigan Photographer event

holiday sparkle mini-sessions are a success!

Recently I held a weekend of Holiday Sparkle Mini-sessions and had an absolute blast! Since I am a custom portrait photographer, doing an event like these mini-sessions was totally new to me. Whaaaat? I can’t take 2 hours to have a view/order session with a client? I can’t photograph their kids forever? Luckily, my young subjects came ready to be photographed, and their parents came ready to make decisions on their prints and artwork. The framed products are being delivered this week, and it’s officially a wrap!

Here are a few stats about our event and the kids we photographed:

number of kids photographed: 17

girls: 9; boys: 8

sets of twins: 3

oldest: 14

youngest: 16 months

families wearing blue and gray: 3v

kids that were born VERY prematurely and are now happy and healthy: 4

girls with super curly hair: 3

overheard by Jake: “I get to wear my new TIE for pictures!”

most heartwarming plea: “Can Miss Angie carry me to the car instead?” <3

most popular product purchased: three image framed storyboard (3)

luckiest photographer: me!!

I suppose you’re super curious about how darling these portraits turned out, right? Well, I know for a fact that many of these portraits are meant to be Christmas presents to families, so I promised not to unveil them yet. Welllll, maybe I’m pushing it a little, but I just HAD to post something – even if they ARE outtakes. Take a look below, but be sure to check back right after Christmas to see the REAL portraits. In the meantime, here are my little subjects posing incognito just for you.

Angela Brown Photography Brighton Michigan Photographer

Now that I have a new studio space, I am considering hosting another event or two in 2015. If you have an interest in being kept informed of my special events, please contact me at (313) 530-1051 or Your kids will have a blast!!

holiday sparkle mini sessions ~ registration open!

I’m ready to sign you up for the 2014 holiday sparkle mini-sessions! I’m soooo excited for this! What a great way to christen my brand new studio space in the Brighton Howell area! I selected a neutral but festive set for this year’s sessions. My models wore cream and gold, but you can dress your kids in color as well.

Packages include the session fee and start at $158. There are seven packages with the top one including everything but the kitchen sink at $1300. There is sure to be the perfect package to meet your holiday needs.

These sessions not only focus on prints, but I’ve got lots of premium products available, which is highly unusual for a mini-session! Some of the packages include a wall portrait credit, image boxes with 10 mounted prints, some even have digital files. Regardless of what package you choose, I’m including a web-sized file of any images you order, so you can share them on social media or simply keep them on your phone.

I’m debuting two brand new products that I am super excited about – metal ornaments are sold ala carte and are sure to be a favorite gift idea. I’m also debuting the Canvas Mini Collection – a set of three adorable mini canvases. They come in 4×4 inch size, 5×5, 6×6 and 5×7. How much fun would they be to bring out every year during the holidays?! It would be like opening a new gift every year!

Call me at (313) 530-1051 or email me at to sign your kids up! I’ll get all your information including payment for the minimum package, and you’ll select your date and time. At that time, I will email you a complete pricing guide that shows you all seven packages, holiday card prices, and special products. I’ll even include some tips on how to make this session more successful.

There is also a referral gift for anyone who signs up for a slot AND refers a friend who also signs up. I’ll design a 3×3 inch mini accordion book just for you from your kids’ session. It’s perfect for your purse or to give to grandparents as a holiday gift. These accordion books are not for sale, so the only way you can get your hand on one is by referring. In fact, I’d appreciate if you can click the “share” button at the bottom of this post to share on Facebook. If you know someone that would be interested, just type in their name when you share.

Please call me to secure your spot today!

Brighton Michigan Photographer holiday mini session