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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Wes.... a two-trackin' bass fisherman!

Mike (of the former post) and Wes are best friends and have been for quite some time. Hence, it was fitting for them to have their senior pics done together, just like they do everything else together.

We did some really nice studio shots first, (will add photos)

then moved on to Riverside Park:

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Wes & Mike wanted a few photos of them together to remember all the great times they've had during high school, and I was happy to oblige.

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After, I followed the guys to Wes' grandpa's house, set in one of the most beautiful countrysides I'd ever laid eyes on. Wes, his dad, and his grandpa are big-time bass fishermen and even compete in tournaments all over the state. It was important to Wes that some of his photos were of him on the bass boat. So important that he drove me across the lake to another location to get some shots. I had a good laugh about this afterward, saying I was pretty sure no one would ever give me a boat ride during a photo session again. (Little did I know what other adventures we'd go on that day!)

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Wes has spent quite a lot of time at grandpa's house, hunting and fishing on the property and just enjoying the view. The next significant location he wanted to shoot at was on top of a HUGE old ski hill that overlooks miles and miles of beautiful woodlands.

In order to get on top of that "mountain", we took Wes' truck down a two-track path and climbed that beast of a hill. It was great! I was reminded of all the fun I had growing up as a small-town country girl in the little town of Pinconning, MI. I have to admit, though, when we got hung up going up the hill for a moment, I was a little nervous! Luckily, Wes has been on the hill a lot and we made it safely. Again, not sure if I'll ever get that experience during senior pics again!

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One of the most special people in Wes' life is his grandpa. Grandpa reluctantly posed in a few shots, which I really love, because you can almost feel how close these guys are. I'm sure when Wes finishes his senior year and heads out into the world, he'll continue to make him proud.

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And, of course, the shoot wouldn't be complete without some of Wes and his good 'ol truck!

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Thank you again, Wes and family, for allowing me to capture Wes at his best. I had SO much fun, and between Mike and Wes' shoots, I really don't think any other senior portrait session is going to be quite as adventurous!






"Wherever you go, go with all your heart." ~Confucius

Monday, November 10, 2008

Mike, my first SENIOR!

Talk about a great guy to work with. I swear, he was a natural with posing! I met Mike and his mom Teresa in downtown Ludington on a beautiful morning in October. We ended up with some great shots with an "urban" feel. Some people just don't appreciate a good 'ol run-down building when they see it, but we had a blast there!

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Next, we headed indoors for a few studio shots.

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We then headed down to beautiful Riverside Park in Scottville, which I had never been to before. Talk about great photo ops! Not to mention we had the BEST weather that day.

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Some things in life are important to a guy. For Mike, he loves his truck, so of course we had to get some shots of him with it.

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We also ended up at Mike's pal's grandpa's house, with acres and acres of natural beauty. We two-tracked up a HUGE old ski hill (that's a story for another post!) to catch these:

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Our last stop was one that Mike has been all too familiar with these past four years... Mason County Central High School.

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Mike is a weight lifter, and wanted to remember how much time he spent at the MCC weight room.

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I had such a blast with Mike and his parents. Thank you all for allowing me to capture this incredibly important time in Michael's life. It was such an honor!





"All that stands between the graduate and the top of the ladder is the ladder." ~Author Unknown

Little Miss Andee

I had the pleasure of photographing this gorgeous little lady and her Daddy, Jason, back in August. They are dear friends of mine and gave me the honor of using them for models to gain a bit more experience with working with families and, well, "other people's" kids. :)

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And can you believe what good timing we had? While I was shooting, we heard a horn blow, and lo and behold, there went the Badger!

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We had a great time at Stearn's Park and Andee was a terrific model. She has such a personality, and looks, to boot! Jason was, admittedly, a little camera shy, but he was able to shake that off for a moment, and I think they both look great in these pics. Check 'em out!

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I should also mention that Andee is a big fan of my little Liz. (Who wouldn't be?!?)

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The two girls play so well together, and I'm so glad Liz has a friend in her life that can be sort of like a sister as she grows, since Liz has two brothers.

Even though Liz wasn't in the mood to model that night...

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We got a few shots of the two together anyway.

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Thanks again, Jason and Andee, for letting me have this opportunity. I really appreciate your support and am thrilled that you liked your photos so much!




"To myself I am only a child playing on the beach, while vast oceans of truth lie undiscovered before me." - Isaac Newton

About me

A little background...

My name is Beth

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and I'm a full-time Administrative Assistant and part-time photographer from Ludington, MI. I am currently working on getting my photography business moving along, so this blog will document my journey and showcase my work.

I'm a mom of three (Logan, 7, Jackson, 5, and Elizabeth, 2)

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and wife to Marc,

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the wonderful man who gives me 100% support toward reaching my goal of becoming a successful photographer. (He also buys me fancy cameras! :) )

My passion for photography began with an obsession for scrapbooking. I was constantly trying to capture my boys' personalities on camera and wound up with hundreds and hundreds of photos.

By the time my daughter Elizabeth was born on October 1, 2006,

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I'd become quite a paparazzi mama. I dedicated myself to having a mini photoshoot with her every month on the 1st for her whole year & also did some fun stuff for the holidays. We had a lot of fun (okay..... MOM had a lot of fun...) with tutus, bunny ears, tiaras, bee costumes, etc. Here are a few from that time:

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I was working with a little point-and-shoot, but I managed to achieve some cute shots. I started getting a little more experienced as time went on, so my hubby bought me a new camera to play with. It was a Fujifilm Finepix S6000fd and I'd highly recommend it to anyone who isn't quite ready for an SLR but wants to move beyond a basic point & shoot. It's a great camera and is as close to an SLR as you're going to get.


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Upon getting such a fun camera, I went hog wild taking pictures of the kids. Pretty soon, every other person that saw my photos said I should try to get into photography professionally. One day out of the blue, I asked myself, "Why not?" I told Marc what my plan was and he was all for it.

So... that's where it began. Next post.... First "official" photoshoot. Stay tuned. :)





"Stay away from people who belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that. It is the great that know that you too, can become great."

-Mark Twain-