Saturday, October 27, 2007

Derek & Allison - Wedding

Derek and Allison were married in September. You could not have asked for a better day. It was a beautiful wedding. Something about outside weddings makes the magic of two people getting married that much better!

marvin hall

Friday, October 19, 2007

Jenine - Bridal Portrait

Often times when I create a photograph the viewer never knows what was really going on just outside the frame. Thus is the case with this photograph. This one of my favorite places to take photos, Cooley Gardens. I like going there because usually it is a very peaceful park with few visitors to get in the way of my photographing. This was not the case that day. Shortly after I arrive to scope out a location about 60 kids for a local high school showed up to have photos taken of them in the formal attire... it was the location for their pre prom photos! By time my bride arrived the place was literally crawling with people, kids, parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters... you get the picture. There was even another bridal party that had stopped by to grab a few photos. We patiently waited for a break in that action. I finally asked if the crowd standing in front of the steps could give us a few minutes so we could take our photos. You can't tell it from the photo, but just to the right and left just outside the frame there about 30 or so people standing. I had to time my photo so I did not catch the many people wandering around in the background. I took about 10 or 15 frames at this location and them moved on. I think this is one of the best of the lot and I love it in B&W! A beautiful bride in a peaceful park!

Friday, October 12, 2007

Perspective 2 Studio

The Thurstons

Studio A
Last Tuesday I finally got a chance to try out Lansing's new creative studio space, Perspective 2 Studios. I have a basement studio which is use a great deal, but I can only photograph up to 2 or 3 people comfortably, enter P2. This place is huge! You get your choice of two studios either the 1100 sq/ft Studio A or the smaller 750 sq/ft. Studio B. Both studios have gorgeous oak floors. Studio A has as the natural real brick wall, Studio B white plaster. We had a great time. The staff at P2 was friendly and 1st rate and took great care of us!

The session I had was with a contemporary gospel group the Thuston Family. It was a group of eight so the extra room really came in handy. Professional lighting is included in the price of the rental, plus the have a plethora of studio gear that you can rent at reasonable prices. I especially liked the Pocket Wizard II wireless remote... I'm going have to buy a set of those!!

I have to give Kudos to the P2 folks, thanks for making our session one of the most enjoyable ones I've had in awhile. If you ever have a need for a "bigger" studio space, or are looking for a place to be your home base, check out P2, you won't be disappointed! Check out their web site under my favorites links


Saturday, October 6, 2007

Details, Details, Details!

Each wedding we photograph has little things that go into it to make it special and unique. The wedding cake, the bride's bouquet, the table decorations, etc. Kelly Botwinski, my assistant has a great eye for details like this. All of the above photos were taken by her. It is the details of each wedding that we strive to capture to help record that "special day".

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Kayte & Colin Wedding

Thanks again for your fabulous work at our wedding! You made the day perfect :)

Feb. 6, 2009

Hibbler-Pollard Wedding

I love outdoor weddings! This was wedding was held at the Opry House in Grand Ledge. A great place to work. The day was perfect. Carla Hernandez was my assistant for the day and we had a good time. Food, Folks & Fun!

Monday, October 1, 2007


Dave, my youngest son plays semi-pro paintball. He hooked up with a some guys for a paintball tournament at Excalibur Paintball in Battle Creek. Here are a few photos from that outing. Photographing paintball can be a challenge! You have to shoot with your mask on, making it real hard to see the viewfinder. At any moment you and your camera could get bombarded with paint balls traveling at 300 feet per second. I can't tell you how sticky a camera can get after taking a direct hit, not to mention the pain you can receive when one of the balls hits you in a tender spot! ~M