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Personal Branding Headshot photography has been a found love I greatly enjoy.

Last Sunday I decided to do a little something different. In May I took the plunge and leased an office / studio space. I wanted to expand on more than weddings and portraits. I have found that personal branding really taps into you and your personality, not just your business. That is something I really love when I’m personally capturing images. I want to showcase YOU. You are the heart of your business so showcasing your personality and style is everything. Even though 99.999% of people hate photos, ha! I still make every effort to make it painless and fun!

With that, here are a few images from my mini branding shoots last Sunday.

xoxo

Sarah

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Jolie’s senior shoot in Downtown Milford Michigan was one of the most gorgeous summer evenings we’ve had to date! Jolie will be graduating with the class of 2023! From Jolie’s causal style, her laughter and even her personality made not only her shoot beautiful but it captured her as a person! I am so blessed to have been there to capture these moments before she begins her senior year.

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A few weeks ago I had the opportunity again to photograph the dance team called The Works Official! These dancers mostly derive from a local studio in Shelby Township, MI called Suzette’s Master’s of Dance. They are together in The Works for commercial opportunities. This group is under the direction of Brennen Maniaci. His choreography combined with their talent is outstanding!

Below are a few images from their shoot that I’m excited to share!

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Oh gosh, I don’t know where to begin but I’ll start off with I just sat down after playing a little Santa to families from my holiday minis! It has been a few years since I’ve done mini sessions and it brought back such a great spark for me. I’ve been so deep into weddings for years that portrait sessions I let simmer down. I didn’t expect a lot of response when I crowdsourced online to do mini sessions at Addison Oaks Christmas Tree Farm, but I was overwhelmingly surprised by how much love I received. You guys are the best!

Sixteen beautiful families later I am thankful to have captured them in the holiday spirit! I even managed to get a few captures of my family and I at the end of one of the session days which are posted at the end!

This holiday season has been everything I needed and more and has shown me how much appreciation friends, families and even supporters a like have for these forever memories. For that I’m truly grateful and feel fulfilled this season.

xoxoxo

Sarah

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Laura + Mike’s Belle Isle Detroit Maternity Shoot

Laura + Mike’s Belle Isle maternity shoot has multiple special meanings. This is where they had their engagement photos taken and when thinking of other ideas Belle Isle couldn’t get out of their minds. It was the perfect spot for them. This is also a special shoot because Laura plays an important role in my family’s life. My daughters dance at Laura’s studio and she has been teaching them for the past two years! It has been such an amazing experience for us. The growth our daughters have had, the everlasting friendships, and everything in between has been absolutely phenomenal for our family.

Laura is expecting her first baby and everyone at the studio is incredible anxious for this “little peanuts” arrival! We cannot wait to also find out if it’s a boy of girl! A healthy baby will make everyone ecstatic!

I feel honored to have been able to quickly document some moments of them together just before he/she makes their appearance. Here’s a little peek of our time together <3

 

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The Wyandotte family session with the Calhoun Family was lovely. With so many weddings each year it’s nice to have a change of scenery with a family shoot! I was lucky enough to photograph Kimberly and Ron’s gorgeous wedding at the Colony Club just last November! I was so flattered when they asked me to do this, now that they have started a family!

The shoot took place at their beautiful home in Wyandotte, MI. This home was so amazing and right on the water. We began outside in their yard, with extended family as well! It’s always a risk trying to get a baby in photos, you never know with them, but he could not have been happier! He was one of the happiest babies I have ever photographed! Kimberly and Ron are the most loving and caring parents, they can make their child laugh and smile so easily! It was such a joy being with them and capturing such beautiful moments of their family!

Take a look!

//Amanda//

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This Birmingham Michigan summer maternity photography session was absolutely precious. I don’t photograph maternity sessions often, but when I do, I love them! There is something so naturally beautiful about pregnancy and it is extremely special to capture, especially with these two! Photographing the love between them was phenomenal and they looked at each other like they did on day one!  

We started out the maternity session in their house. They had a relaxed session in their environment and I photographed them as they naturally interacted with one another. They looked absolutely adorable cuddling and gazing into eachother’s eyes. And she looked completely stunning. Then she changed into a simple, cute pink dress and we headed outside for some more adorable photographs! And when you have a Lamborghini you’ve got to take a picture with it!

The session ended with some breathtaking photographs outdoors. Here is it folks, see for yourself!

xoxo,

Sarah

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In the fall I photographed an absolutely beautiful family of four at their home. The family portrait photography session in Canton Michigan was one of my favorites! They were just the sweetest couple with the cutest little boy and newborn baby girl! The Meléndez family was so laid back and natural during their session and we got some amazing photographs from it! 

The portrait session was filled with giggles, toys, sunshine, and of course, lots of love! Their lifestyle type photography session allowed us to capture precious, authentic moments. Instead of being stiffly posed for every shot, the Meléndez family was able to be relaxed and interact with each other like they normally would! My favorite photographs from this session are when the children were not posed. Their little boy read a book to me as I photographed away and the sweet baby girl laid on her back on the bed while I shot her playing with her toes. SO CUTE! So next time you think family portraits, don’t think plastered up against a 90’s backdrop, think authentic, relaxed, and natural.

Take a look at some of my favs!

// Amanda //

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Miller’s Big Red Farm in Washington, Michigan has a great orchard and is the perfect location for a fall photo shoot! It was a beautiful fall day in October when I met this amazing family! Sarah Kossuch photographed them a couple years ago and they decided they wanted to update their family photos. As Sarah was busy editing weddings I had the great opportunity of photographing these fun people! 

Their kids were so silly and they totally rocked out the shoot! And their coordinating deep red outfits looked great with the fall colors! I had a blast photographing them and from the photographs you can tell that they did as well! 

Take a peek at this super cute family! 
// Amanda //

Miller’s Big Red Farm, Washington, Michigan

Miller’s Big Red Farm, Washington, Michigan

Miller’s Big Red Farm, Washington, Michigan

Miller’s Big Red Farm, Washington, Michigan

Miller’s Big Red Farm, Washington, Michigan

Miller’s Big Red Farm, Washington, Michigan

Miller’s Big Red Farm, Washington, Michigan

Miller’s Big Red Farm, Washington, Michigan

Miller’s Big Red Farm, Washington, Michigan

Miller’s Big Red Farm, Washington, Michigan

Miller’s Big Red Farm, Washington, Michigan

Miller’s Big Red Farm, Washington, Michigan

Miller’s Big Red Farm, Washington, Michigan

Miller’s Big Red Farm, Washington, Michigan

Miller’s Big Red Farm, Washington, Michigan

Miller’s Big Red Farm, Washington, Michigan

Miller’s Big Red Farm, Washington, Michigan

Miller’s Big Red Farm, Washington, Michigan

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In October I photographed an amazing family at Grosse Pointe Yacht Club. I seriously love this place! It is a beautiful property and all the boats make me feel like I’m not stuck in Michigan. The family kept their boat there so it was perfect location to capture them! 

I met Kevin and Deanna at my husband’s crossfit gym. They are such an amazing couple and they have great children! Mitch and Melina, their beautiful (not so little) kids, were such a blast to photograph. Mitch, who is graduating soon, also had some senior photographs taken that day.  Seniors portraits are always fun to photograph because I get to capture all the styles of the individual. Mitch started out preppy, then transitioned into a sportier look as he showed off his varsity jacket. Then we finished the session with a more casual look. 

This family was amazing to work with! It was a super windy day but they toughed it out. Take a look at their awesome photos! 
// Amanda //

Grosse Pointe Yacht Club, Grosse Pointe, Michigan

Grosse Pointe Yacht Club, Grosse Pointe, Michigan

Grosse Pointe Yacht Club, Grosse Pointe, Michigan

Grosse Pointe Yacht Club, Grosse Pointe, Michigan

Grosse Pointe Yacht Club, Grosse Pointe, Michigan

Grosse Pointe Yacht Club, Grosse Pointe, Michigan

Grosse Pointe Yacht Club, Grosse Pointe, Michigan

Grosse Pointe Yacht Club, Grosse Pointe, Michigan

Grosse Pointe Yacht Club, Grosse Pointe, Michigan

Grosse Pointe Yacht Club, Grosse Pointe, Michigan

Grosse Pointe Yacht Club, Grosse Pointe, Michigan

Grosse Pointe Yacht Club, Grosse Pointe, Michigan

Grosse Pointe Yacht Club, Grosse Pointe, Michigan

Grosse Pointe Yacht Club, Grosse Pointe, Michigan

Grosse Pointe Yacht Club, Grosse Pointe, Michigan

Grosse Pointe Yacht Club, Grosse Pointe, Michigan

Grosse Pointe Yacht Club, Grosse Pointe, Michigan

Grosse Pointe Yacht Club, Grosse Pointe, Michigan

Grosse Pointe Yacht Club, Grosse Pointe, Michigan

Grosse Pointe Yacht Club, Grosse Pointe, Michigan

Grosse Pointe Yacht Club, Grosse Pointe, Michigan

Grosse Pointe Yacht Club, Grosse Pointe, Michigan

Grosse Pointe Yacht Club, Grosse Pointe, Michigan

Grosse Pointe Yacht Club, Grosse Pointe, Michigan

Grosse Pointe Yacht Club, Grosse Pointe, Michigan

Grosse Pointe Yacht Club, Grosse Pointe, Michigan

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