Posted on October 30, 2014
It photographs gorgeously, and makes delicious treats.
this was taken in my dads back yard in MI while we played family board games with friends. some of the best MI nights!
Posted on October 27, 2014
One day these two boys will be on the cover of GQ and I will have had taken their pictures years prior. Such sweet little men with a pretty awesome mom & dad. ( & if mom has her way, one of her boys will be married to my little girl! ;] *calm down husbands, i’m kidding… sorta*)
Posted on October 26, 2014
This is yet another favorite image, mostly because of the subject and how near and dear she is to my heart. But i think this is a gorgeous image besides the emotional attachment. The colors, the soft feel, the sharpness. Add pearls to any 2 year old and it’s gonna be a hit :) (this was taken in my favorite tree from my ‘old stomping grounds’ post, too!)
Posted on October 25, 2014
When you’ve got a little one who doesn’t answer commands very well, lifestyle photography i the way to go. Especially when it shows the love between mom, dad & the little one!
This is a very true friend I have here in Phoenix, AZ. She owns His & Her Photo and specializes in birth & newborn photography. i love that she trusted me with these images because they’re some of my all time favorites!
Posted on October 24, 2014
Ever notice when you quiet the hustle and bustle around you and just look at what you’ve been given in life – the simple things in life are sometimes the most amazing and rewarding? This is an image taken in the waiting area of Grimaldi’s Pizzeria. There’s so much love in my heart for her.
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Posted on October 14, 2014
Sometimes, less is more. Sometimes, you don’t want to clutter a moment with insignificant things and focus on what is the real focus. There’s something about negative space that I love, and for that, I have extra love for this image!
Posted on October 13, 2014
I use to live in the middle of a different desert where the creative natural backdrops were HARD to come by. This line of trees, and this type specifically photographed SO well for me for the time I spent in Twentynine Palms, CA. I always used this location and it really took a while for others to find. I didn’t hide it, but at the same time no one asked about it. I love how the trees catch the light and look so smooth. A lot of memories when I think back at these pictures, and this couple seriously was a hoot. Their first baby and the soon to be parents were so excited. Wish I could have stuck around to follow their family with photography, I’m sure their baby was a true blessing.
Posted on October 11, 2014
I had the honor of capturing these memories (others call them photographs) for a mother and father of a son who was being commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. The dad himself is Marine.
What a sense of achievement they both must have felt, and continue to feel!
I still wish the best for this family. :)
Posted on October 10, 2014
Before I decided to take newborn photography off my of repertoire, one type of shoot that I jumped for joy over were Fresh-48 sessions, otherwise known as First-48 or Hospital Newborn. The happiness the new baby brought to the new family before chaos ensued was so great to see. The babies were always so fresh, and so clean, and for the most part happy little bundles of sleepiness. I still absolutely adore all the images i’ve taken for my baby-toting clients. Even though I don’t offer the posed newborn sessions anymore I’d still be open to visiting hospital guests!
Posted on August 2, 2014
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Posted on July 23, 2014
My husband and I have been married seven years now. <3
Nothing beats a self timer and anniversary selfies!
Speaking of, let’s talk about not caring about getting them PERFECT straight out of the camera. I feel like so much is uncertain when I am not physically behind the camera when the shutter goes off.
I set the timer to 10 seconds, then I program the camera take 5-9 images when we are taking family images. I underexposed the images on purpose most the time; it’s a lot easier to bring up a slight shadow or darkness in a .NEF/ Raw file oppose to living with a highlight that isn’t recoverable!
I NEVER shoot in .jpeg. ever. I also rarely care if I look glamourous.
Here’s Legoland, CA. This is a few years old, maybe 2? This is totally edited; I edited people out of the background and brightened it and got rid of bra straps. Stuff like that. P.s. my kid’s adorable. We found a trash can I could put my camera on, or something and sat on the bench across from it. bingo!
Here’s one in Sedona, AZ shortly after we moved to Arizona. We found a stump we could set the camera on, rotated a bench thats I think chained down, and walla.
This one is from Sleeping Bear Dunes State Park, MI #Puremichigan I saw a porch far enough back that if I shot with my 35 we would have plenty of space. Or was it my 105? doubtful. Probably my 35. All i remember was this was a sprint to get in the frame and thats why my legs are all spread apart, because I was thinking of how to put my face and arms — not my legs!
Here’s another one from Traverse City, Sleeping Bear Dunes area. This one took a lot of brightening in the faces because of the hour we were out at. Camera was on a “DANGER” sign.
This is from easter this year before we went egg hunting at the neighbors. Camera was on a tripod.
This is from Roosevelt Lake this summer. Camera was on a neat toadstool looking thing that was probably put there to place cameras on it for tourists.
here’s the Grand Canyon. This one was rough! High noon, antsy daughter. Lots of foreigners wanting to get where you are! I had my camera on my camera bag but the camera started to slouch into the bag and the frame just kept going up, up up…Whatever see the California Condor?! Exactly. I can totally pretend this was meant to be a negative space image. /not. #youknowthetruth
You see, you don’t have to make a family picture a painful experience. I make it easy, fast. We get 9 out of the way and i pick one after swapping heads and removing things from pockets and such.
Take a challenge and take a picture of your family within the month still. FAST. PAINLESS. you can do it!
but for real, everyone’s a photographer these days — you can totally do this too. ;D
For more information on how to program your cameras self timer, I suggest googling EXACT TERMS: “___camera model___ Self Timer ” I typically find some really awesome youtube.com tutorials. 9/10 chances are the person doing the tut has a brittish accent. #notsurewhy
My family will be able to look back at these one day and actually be IN the picture. Not just pictures of the things we saw on the trip but a picture of them ON it. I can NOT tell you how many of these we DON’T have from when I grew up. I grew up with a disposable camera glued to my hand. stuck. cemented. I forced my mom to fork over $20 so I could get them developed. It’s the only way I remember any of my childhood: photos.
I also lack, horribly, images of my mother and I together. And it’s something that when I’m 84 and maybe even gone that my daughter will look back and think “gosh i’m so lucky to have a crazy photo addicted mom who made a small photo documentary about everything in my life.”
These past events are for remembering in the future. I may live in the now but I want to remember the past.
you stay classy
Posted on July 15, 2014
I was hesitant to go, because the price seems a bit high. $50 to drive through a park!? drive through!? Sounds like a ploy.
But maybe it’s worth it I mean they’ve got a cool name, it’s gotta be worth the money, right?
I’m speaking of course, of Bearizona.
Experience animal wildlife the way it was meant to be, in a natural environment, all from the comfort and safety of your own vehicle. Your family will enjoy our wide variety of wildlife, from majestic bison and nimble big horn sheep to stealthy wolves and adorable bear cubs.
So we drive in, and first animal whose habitat you drive through is the Rocky Mountain Goat.
Next up, Is the Dall Sheep. They were pretty chill and liked to hide, here you see a mature dall sheep, and then a baby.
Then we moved to the American Burro (thats a donkey)
After the Burros, we move on to what my daughter called, “Mr Hairy face.” Otherwise known as the American Bison!
When you are done getting through these animals you run into a sign that reminds you to roll up your windows, and lock your doors. Why? because you’re about to be surrounded by Alaskan Tundra, and Arctic Wolves. Let me tell you; they made the money we paid to get in WELL WORTH every single penny. They walk right up to your car and you suddenly feel like you’re gonna be in what seems like youtube video of a wolf on a persons car.
When you’re done with the wolves, you go through Junior Black Bears but we didn’t see any. Not sure what was going on, but we end up seeing plenty of black bears at the walk-through portion of the zoo at Bearizona. (plenty of pictures from that t00, don’t worry!)
I could not get enough of the yellow wild flowers and the setting that the next animal, the White Bison.
Next: Ah yes, Rocky Mountain Big Horn Sheep.
THE BLACK BEAR! They were lazy. They were sleepy. They were HOT. I’m pretty sure that when it downpoured they were ecstatic (while staying asleep) that it was finally cooling off. It went from 82 degrees to 66 when It rained.
That my friends, is the drive through portion of Bearizona. Now, its not just a drive through zoo and I learned when we visited. There is also a walk through portion with shows, exhibits, and shops!
Let me share some amazing bear images I got after they fed the junior bears, and the baby cubs (plus some more other animals!)
Overall: A+. 100%. Awesome! Totally worth the drive if you’re in the market for a day trip, if you’re staying in the vicinity, or if you are an avid nature photographer.
Pay once, go through alllll dayyyy. on wheels. not your feet. Are you getting how awesome it is to go to a zoo where you can stay in the car and not walk?
Like, we realized how awesome it was that we didn’t have to walk and hear about how “tired” our 4 year old is after walking. (heard enough of that in the actual walk through portion of the zoo.)
Bonus points if you go on a cold day, an over cast day, or a rainy day. We went when there was a 30% chance of rain. You bet your bottom dollar it rained. Scratch that — it poured. It was awesome!
For more information on Bearizona [ location, hours, FAQ] visit Bearizona.com
* This post is in no way endorsed by Bearizona, I just so happened to have been really impressed. *
stay tuned for a super-awesome post about our day long trip to the Grand Canyon!
Posted on July 9, 2014
I was born in , raised in, and still visit Grand Rapids, MI. It’s where my parents bought a tiny red brick house and made it their home. It’s where the kids left the nest from. It’s my mother’s resting place. It’s where my daughter loves to visit Papa.
It’s where I met my husband, it’s where my husband’s family lives. it’s where I see my in-laws, its where my husband sees his parents and family. It’s where my daughter loves to see GiGi and Grandpa Joe.
Regardless, it’s a place full of memories. It will always remain a place of memories.
I mock the hashtag and saying #PureMI or #PureMichigan because of the semi-famous “Pure Michigan” (click that for commercial) travel ad campaign that started in 2007 and still runs to this day. I have friends here in Phoenix, AZ that they always see the ads, I saw them when we lived in CA and people worldwide probably have the same testimonial.
She’s never seen a whirly-bird before. (helicopter, whatever you call them.) Her shirt? says it all.
This trip revolved around my brother getting married to his amazing fiance. I may be a bit bias, but she’s awesome. I didn’t photograph their wedding, thank gosh, because I had enough fun in the party to convince me to never shoot a wedding I’m invited to, ever. The amazing Peach Moon Photography based out of Grand Haven, MI shot their engagement photos and wedding photos and were great people to work with. I’m the tall blonde in the family image on the alter with the PRECIOUS flower girl that is my daughter, and the tall bald ravishingly handsome man that I’m married to. Thats my “cleans up well” dad next to me, and then of course her family on her side.
There are plenty of other #thelillis wedding insta-pictures on my IG Feed but you gotta go back a little ways. You can’t miss ‘em!
Besides being there for their wedding, we were there for personal vacation as well. We saw plenty of family, scenery, and I took so many nature/still life shots it will make your eyes numb.
We went to the Grand Rapids Arts Festival downtown Grand Rapids, MI.
We visited Grand Haven State Beach both as a family and as a couples date to just get away.
We went to Traverse City (TC), MI which is known for their berries, and cherries. We went because our daughter had never been there, and I haven’t either. There’s this place called the Sleeping Bear Dunes which is like, arguably one of the prettiest places to visit in the lower peninsula of Michigan. WE LITERALLY SAW A BEAR CUB CROSS THE ROAD. <– caps necessary.
Known for their berries and cherries, so naturally I had to have a very berry filled pie at Grand Traverse Pie Co. Some lighthouse that wanted $4.00 to walk upstairs in it. No thanks! We visited family for Father’s Day. The best part was that my dad came along with us to my husbands side of the family’s gathering. It’s so nice to have them integrated!
My husband and I respectfully saw friends I see once a year (when we visit.) Nothings more refreshing, more awesome, and more rewarding than maintaining friendships over years and years. We pick up where we left off the last time we saw each other — it’s how I’m able to have friends nation and world wide. Friends are the flowers in the garden of life!
Making S’mores with out friends Lisa and Conor whom will be getting married this year.
childhood best friends grow up, and have kids, who hang out with each other — i’d say that’s more like family.
The literally awesome part of the friends that I visit is they continue to grow up, prosper, and I get to see them from afar on facebook them actually meet their kids they’ve had or the ones they’re about to have! (a friend announced she was pregnant on fathers day!)
I saw old high school friends, old family friends. Family.
Oh, and I continued to shoot barns for no good reason at all.
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