Kyle Had A Killer Senior Session – It’s A Real Keeper!

Kyle had a killer senior session alright – it’s a real keeper and it was a lot of fun to shoot!  Kyle is another Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Prep senior and his mom Amy and his lil’ sis joined us for the first part of the session in the woods before we finished on the beautiful campus of OLSM!  Let’s start in the woods with Kyle…….and his bow!

Killer Senior Session…

This is definitely our first hunting bow – pretty cool.

Killer Senior Session

We also have some behind the scenes fun for you – first from the story we created on Snapchat from the day!  Here it is…

After hanging in the woods we headed over to the OLSM campus for the rest – we’ll start with the sport coat and tie!

Killer Senior Session

Looking sharp!

Next Kyle broke out the letter sweater which is always a great look!

Killer Senior SessionAwesome – love that.

We also have more behind the scenes fun this time from the replay of our Facebook Live broadcast:


  And we’ll leave you with this one close up:

Killer Senior Session

And there you have it!  A killer session with Kyle – we hope you enjoyed the highlights of our day with him!

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Lo and Behold It’s Logan and His Killer Senior Session!

Lo and behold it’s Logan!  One of those surreal sessions for us since we’ve known this dude since he was a baby… he’s also a legacy here since his big sis Aria was one of our seniors last year (not to mention little sis Sedona had a Frameable bat mitzvah too) and this fam is one we’re very close with so this made for a fun one!

Lo and behold it’s Logan!

Meanwhile we were rained out twice for the location part of his session which was really the majority of what we had planned so we broke it up into two different days.  Logan’s mom Rachel came along and she and Ally did plenty of giggling getting Logan to laugh and smile…hehe…  So let’s start with a studio shot on day one:

Logan

Bad dude.

We also have some fun behind the scenes action starting with the replay of the Facebook Live broadcast from the studio:

Now let’s pick up the action on day 2 on location with some “Pure Michigan” colors!

Logan

Looking good!

For the behind the scenes on the location shoot we go to the snap story from Snapchat since there were some funny moments there…. lol!

And a couple more results:

Logan

How about that awesome Pure Michigan Color as a backdrop!!!

And we’ll leave you with one more…

Logan

And there you have it – lo and behold we made it happen with Logan even if we had to split up the session!  We hope you enjoyed the highlights!

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Zak Is Back And In The Zone On His Senior Picture Session!

Zak is back and in the zone for senior pictures!  We say he’s back because he’s been here a couple times before – most recently on his spokesmodel session representing the class of 2018!  This time around with his mom Dena we went exclusively with on location photos and we got some great stuff…. 

Zak is back…

We started on Zak’s home golf course – home course for the Orchard Lake St. Mary’s golf team that is and with the fall colors coming in in the background we started with this one…

Zak Is Back

Fore!  Looking good!

We also have some behind the scenes for you here – this time we’re going to start with the Snap story from Snapchat which is a lot of fun!

While we were at the golf course Ally spied some steps she wanted to use and we got Zak in mid giggle here – he’s a good kid and Ally loves to mess with him.

Zak Is Back

Next we switched locations and brought out the 1970 Cuda!  So cool!

Zak Is Back

And here is some more behind the scenes from that shot from the replay of our Facebook Live broadcast:

And we’ll leave you with one more shot:

Zak Is Back

Zak is the man!

And there you have it!  Zak is back and we hope you enjoyed the highlights of our day with him!

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Sarah’s Stunning Senior Session In And Around Detroit!

Senior sessions in and around Detroit always get us excited – there’s just such a buzz around the city and so much to photograph!  It’s even better when we have a senior who is down for some fun with personality, style, and the whole fam!  Yep Sarah’s parents and older sister came along and we all had a great time!  Sarah is a sweetheart and we are pleased to present the highlights of our day with her!

Sarah Around Detroit!

We started on Belle Isle which is how we typically roll – it’s a great location with all kinds of spots to discover – we’ll pick up the action there:

Around Detroit

Love that, and love the aesthetically pleasing match of Sarah’s top to the brick around her!

We also have some fun behind the scenes for you as we usually do – first with the replay of the YouTube Live broadcast at Belle Isle:

Here’s a photo now of Sarah over by the conservatory where we found plenty of flowers to play with – and why not with Sarah’s flowery dress!

Around Detroit

At this point we left the island to head over to The Belt where there are fun murals to play with, and we captured this fun photo:

Around Detroit

So cool with all the colors, and here is the behind the scenes this time from the Facebook Live broadcast replay!

Back to the studio…

At this point it was time to get back to the studio for our signature “black and blowy” setup and we’ll leave you with one of those:

Around Detroit

Um……stunning!!!

And there you have it!  A stunning session with Sarah in and around Detroit and we hope you enjoyed the highlights of our day!

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Ben’s Senior Session In The Big D Was Totally Bomb!

Ben’s senior session in the big D was totally bomb indeed.  We are photographing seniors in Detroit more and more these days and Ben is a buddy of both of our kids – it’s kinda cool this year for us with some of our seniors because this is the class in between our 2 and Ben we’ve known for a while so it was a ton of fun.  Ben’s mom Erin is great too – she came along and we laughed a lot on this session!

Senior Session In The Big D…

We started on Belle Isle which is pretty typical for us when we head down to Detroit and we’ll pick up the action there with the fountain in the background:

Totally Bomb

At this point we headed over to The Belt alley to get a few more shots and we have some behind the scenes fun from the replay of our Facebook Live broadcast: 

…and here is one of the resulting photos:

Totally Bomb

We then made another stop over by the Eastern Market to one of our favorite empty buildings for a little urban decay vibe (even though Detroit is very much “un-decaying” and coming back strong these days).

Totally Bomb

Ben – totally Bomb!

We headed back to the studio at this point for a fiery finish to the session – totally bomb!  Here’s the fun behind the scenes action from the YouTube Live replay:

And the killer result!

Totally Bomb

Bad dude right there….

And there you have it – Ben’s session was totally bomb indeed and we hope you enjoyed the highlights of our day with him!

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Highlights From A Total Knockout Senior Session With Noah!

Noah is a bad dude – for multiple reasons.  1) He has a great relationship with his mom Michelle who came with us on his senior session.  We think that’s bad ass.  2) He’s a North Farmington Raider – always a sure sign.  3)  He’s a mixed martial artist!  Anyone who doesn’t mind getting punched in the face and is willing to battle in the ring has to be tough, and that’s ultimately what made his session a total knockout!  You’ll see what we mean in a bit…

A Total Knockout Session

Noah’s session was in the morning so we started on location so we could get the sun low in the sky and that’s where we’ll start with this cool shot in a nice natural setting:

Total Knockout

Kinda nice that you can even see a few highlights of fall colors starting to show…

We also have some fun behind the scenes action for you first from the replay of our Facebook Live broadcast:

And here’s one more shot from outside:

Total Knockout

Good lookin’ dude!

At this point we headed back to the studio for the rough stuff….hehe

Total Knockout

Whoa – I would NOT mess with this guy…

Here’s some more behind the scenes from the studio this time from the replay of the YouTube Live broadcast!

And one more classic full length shot again in black and white:

Total Knockout

So cool.  Yep – the session was a total knockout indeed and now you can see why!  We hope you enjoyed the highlights of our day with Noah!

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In The Eden Of Orchard Lake For Senior Pictures….With Eden!

One of the definitions of an Eden is a place of pristine or abundant natural beauty, and Orchard Lake fits that description with beautiful Apple Island in the center.  It’s right up the road from the studio and a great backdrop for senior pictures!  So when an actual Eden came our way it seemed to make perfect sense to shoot there – by an “actual Eden” we mean our latest senior to highlight here on the blog – Eden!  Eden’s mom Lisa joined us and we had a great day starting in the studio so let’s begin there:

Eden

Love that – just simple on the white background!

We also have some fun behind the scenes as we usually do – first from the replay of our Facebook Live broadcast:


 At this point we headed over to Orchard Lake and we also have some Pure Michigan fall color going on!

In the Eden Of Orchard Lake…

Eden

Beautiful – love Eden’s smile here and that’s Apple Island in the background with the pretty fall colors!  We also like the way the branch in the foreground frames her nicely…

Here’s another with more fall color:

Eden

So pretty!

Let’s take a look at some more behind the scenes action this time from the replay of our YouTube Live broadcast:

And one more from our day…

Eden

Love it – great one to finish with at our Eden with our Eden!  We hope you enjoyed the highlights of our day with her!

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Is Organic Reach Dead On Facebook? Is This A Legit Question?

Organic Reach

Is organic reach dead on Facebook?  Do you have to spend advertising dollars to reach anyone on Facebook now?  I hear people say this more and more….  As I’ve written here before I participate weekly in a live Twitter chat and broadcast on Periscope called #LetsLivestream.  It’s always a good discussion with many great guests and nice production value hosted by Jonathan Tripp, and once in a while a topic or a take in the conversation gets me thinking about a blog post.  This week the topic was promotion of your live streams – best practices for promoting, various tools etc.  Question 4 is the one that got me going:

Organic Reach

Here was my answer:

Organic Reach

A bit of a contrarian view perhaps (Wait – MOI?  A contrarian view?), and even though I referenced Periscope in my tweet (keep in mind the livestream takes place ON Periscope), I continued on to include Facebook Live in my point in the chat.  At that point my esteemed friend Jenn Nelson of @JennsLIVE & @WineAntics who helps produce the show chimed in with the comment “ORGANIC REACH IS DEAD ON FACEBOOK!!!”  And then this happened:

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This was going nowhere.  We agreed to continue the discussion offline after the show which we did.

So Is Organic Reach Indeed Dead On Facebook?

I sent her these screen shots of recent analytics for our Facebook page with the organic reach numbers – these represent all the posts we made on the Frameable Faces page from 10/3/17 to 11/14/17:

Organic Reach

Note that as of this writing we have a TOTAL of 1792 followers of our page.  You too can be a follower!  Give us a “Like”!!!  Okay sorry that was very shameless and spammy.  I digress.  But the point is you’ll note in the numbers above that virtually ALL of our reach has been non-paid.  There is one sliver of darker orange that represents a bit of boosted / paid reach when we spent a couple dollars to get one post going a little.  In this snapshot of time the reach on our posts range anywhere from 188 at the lowest to 2.6k at the highest and roughly half of these were Livestreams.  The livestreams didn’t have the peaks and valleys that the other posts did, generally ranging between a more consistent 500-1000.  Meanwhile, YES – we still get plenty of organic reach and a handful of posts still go beyond the followers of our page without paying on Facebook!

Is This Even A Legit Question?

Now here is where the debate gets interesting.  Jenn’s point which is shared by many is that Facebook doesn’t just automatically dole out free reach for your business page anymore.  And she’s right to a point.  Little by little Facebook has pulled back on how much they’ll push your content out to your followers, and many feel like it’s become closer and closer to a full on pay-to-play model to get any reach.  Each time the announcement / rumor comes out that they’ve tweaked the algorithm again my response is the very same every time:  Crappy content continues to get less organic reach on #Facebook. Good content still gets plenty. frameablefaces.com/2017-11-16-organic-reach-dead-facebook/ Click To Tweet

So my question is what IS organic reach?  See the following conversation between Jenn and me:

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How great is Jenn?  Give her a like / follow!  But here’s the question (to her point), a typical post of hers might only reach 40 people on Facebook on its own.  That’s what Facebook is just handing her out of the gate.  I would still argue that that is still not purely an automatic just because she posted – those 40 people on some level have to be 1) followers that have 2) likely shown some affinity towards her page through their Facebook behavior.  Now once someone shares it it may bump right up to 200 and so on.  Isn’t that STILL “organic”?  In other words, good content that compels people to share will still gain reach organically.  If that’s not still considered organic then what’s the point of even talking about “organic reach”?  As I said to Jenn what’s the point of even creating content in the first place if no one is going to share it?  If a post falls in the Facebook Forest and no one sees it did it really happen?  Shares, likes, comments – engagement – is part of the deal with organic.  That’s the reason we do this in the first place.

Which brings us back to the same old tried and true principle of Facebook and ALL social media in general.  Make sure you are entertaining, teaching, engaging – providing value with good content and you will still get that organic reach!!!!  I created this meme a while back as kind of my favorite quote for small businesses – kind of my little calling card….  follow this and yes – there is still organic reach to be had everywhere on social media.  Even on Facebook.

Organic Reach

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Kristen Is Our First Falcon And She Represented In Style!

It’s pretty hard to believe that after basically 9 years of photographing seniors that we never photographed a Farmington Falcon!  So finally……enter Kristen!  Kristen came to us as a cousin of some former seniors of ours and we were pretty excited to keep the chain going and get some Falcon love on our blog!  Kristen was a perfect first Falcon too, so let’s get to it!

First Falcon…

Kristen had a little entourage for her session here at the studio and her lovely mom Jordon met us downtown for the location shoot at Eastern Market as well – much fun!  After a quick few shots in the studio we stopped at a park in Farmington before we headed downtown and that’s where we’ll pick up the action:

First Falcon

Nice!!!

We also have some behind the scenes fun as usual from there in a Facebook Live replay:

At this point we headed downtown and we were actually a little nervous because it rained on the way down – it was NOT supposed to!  But we lucked out – the weather held once we got down there and we were able to get some great shots.  Not to mention an overcast sky can really work to your advantage anyway because the light is nice and diffused.

First Falcon

Love that…

Here’s another:

First FalconThe color is so vibrant and with the flowers on Kristen’s shirt it ties in nicely!

Time for a little more behind the scenes fun this time from our YouTube Live broadcast replay!

And we’ll leave you with one more photo…

First Falcon

And there you have it!  Our First Falcon was a winner and we hope you enjoyed the highlights of our day with her!

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An Honor To Have Chase Here For His Senior Pictures!

Yes it was fun to have Chase here for his senior pictures, but it was also an honor since Chase will be joining the Army after high school!  What a great kid and we know he’ll have a great career in the armed forces.  But for now let’s enjoy the fun pics where everyone got involved from the fam to Diva the pup, and this session was broken up into two days because of weather…  that seems to be a bit of a theme this Fall!

An Honor To Have Chase…

So we started in the studio on our scheduled day even with the bad weather outside and mom Krysten and nana Denise both joined us!  Great ladies!  Here is Chase on the white backdrop for the clean basic contemporary look – always a winner.

Honor

 

We also have some behind the scenes with the replay of our Facebook Live broadcast where Chase donned a little Army gear (a t-shirt, ballcap, and camo shorts)!

And the result:

Honor

Very cool!  We support our military!

Day 2

The day we had scheduled for the location session was a perfect day and everyone got into the act here…  so fun!  Let’s start with Chase and Diva the German Shepherd!

Honor

Diva even smiled for the picture!  Awesome.

We have more behind the scenes here too this time from the replay of the YouTube Live broadcast:

We’ll leave you with the family shot complete with the little bros!

Honor

And there you have it – an honor to be with these folks and Chase especially.  A fine young man to be sure!  We hope you enjoyed the highlights of our time with all of them!

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