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Some Thoughts On Senior Pictures And Why They Are So Special

We were sitting and talking with one of our high school seniors and her mom yesterday and it was a conversation I really enjoyed – one that got me thinking about our seniors and why their sessions are so special.

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We have had parents thank us before for “making it such a great experience” for their senior and “really capturing them” or “making them feel so special”.  Yes – we are really good at what we do.  Ally is an awesome photographer and she connects with people really well.

But here’s the thing, and I said this yesterday in what was a similar conversation to many we’ve had with comments like the ones above:

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Often the case is that we made someone’s daughter or son feel good NOT just because we said lots of things, complimented them and focused on them, but because the senior kicked butt.  At the end of the day the senior gets credit too.  It’s the senior who has to prep, dress, smile, pose – for hours!  It’s the senior who projects the confidence and the personality. 

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Sure Our Approach is Key…

Take the girl who was here yesterday with her mom to place their order.  Did we have something to do with her having such an amazing session?  Well sure we did.  We meet with each senior ahead of time to get to know them.  We want to get a sense of what their style is, their personality – and we empower them to be involved in planning their session.  We know what questions to ask, we know tons of great locations, we have a great studio with perfect lighting, fantastic backdrops and really cool vintage furniture.  We’ve been at this a long time and it’s our livelihood, but we want them to know this is about them.  So yes this approach breaks down barriers and paves the way for a better session.  It’s really important, and once we’ve done it the senior can own their part.

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…But it’s a Team Effort & The Seniors Make It Special

It’s truly a collaboration.  No different than a coach and an athlete, a conductor and a classical musician.  The girl who was here yesterday really rose to the occasion.  SHE was what made it special.  She looked great!  You could see the fun she was having and the confidence on her face in the photos.  Ally laughs at how I always say the senior is “killing it” or “slaying the game” haha…  But that’s not B.S. – it’s true!  And with yesterday’s senior everyone brought their A game, everyone feels like we really accomplished something great together, and now we’re friends.  We can’t imagine the tedium of doing it any other way for something that can and should be so special and our clients come here because that’s what they want. 

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So yes, we love what we do and we’re good at it, but it’s the team – us, the parents and the SENIORS that make senior pictures at Frameable Faces so special!

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Sports Update With Frameable Seniors Who Are Now College Athletes!

We have done Frameable Flashbacks before where we check in with a former Frameable senior but this is the first time we’ve ever done a sports update with all of them!  We hope to make this a recurring thing as we follow the careers of these inspiring young student athletes!  We got the idea because this year we had a big run on athletes in the class of 2019 and we were thinking how cool it will be to follow their exploits at the next level.  But that got us thinking about all the other athletes we’ve had come through the studio who had great college sports careers already or who are currently getting it done now, so we thought this would be fun to highlight them!  Note:  We did NOT take these sports photos – we have credited them to the appropriate websites from the schools.

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Let’s go back a ways to some of our seniors who have already finished their careers starting with Jarred Bratley!

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That’s Jarred above with the long hair running cross country for the Michigan Wolverines!  He graduated from Bloomfield Hills Andover and had a nice career at Michigan including Academic All-Big Ten honors.  What a great family, and his mom Elise would always come by the studio and keep us updated!  Jarred is going to be a doctor too.

Next we have Hallee Kansman who played soccer at Eastern Michigan!

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Hallee comes from a soccer family and we’ve known her mom for ages – so not to be outdone, her brother Kyle who was a spokesmodel for us played at Alma and earned all-conference honors there!  Both Kansmans played their high school soccer at North Farmington!

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Photo from Alma website

Way to go Kyle!

Next up is David Attenson who played football at Northwood – we remember cracking up on his senior session with a couple of intentionally goofy photos for fun!  David graduated from Bloomfield Hills Lahser.

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Photo from Northwood University website

He looks ready to rock in that photo!

Oh and let’s stay with Northwood with current player and son of Doug’s former Michigan teammate Doug Skene, Nathan Skene!  He’s a tight end up there and doing a great job!

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It’s cool to see the next generation getting it done.  Nathan’s sister Madelin is about to start her freshman season at U of M Dearborn as well so we hope to have some updates from her soon too!

Next up is Jack Wangler who played wide receiver at Michigan – that’s Jack #16 on the left!

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We’ve known the Wanglers for years and did senior pictures for three of the sibs as well as some great family photos.  Jack’s dad John played quarterback at Michigan back in the day with Doug’s older brother Jeff so we go way back.  We still talk about the laugh we had on Jack’s session when an older lady peaked her head in the door to say how good looking he was… hehe…   Jack has graduated and just came in recently for a headshot for his new job!

Once again we have a sibling student athlete with Jack’s brother Jared who just finished his career at Michigan this past season and he scored a sweet touchdown this year against Maryland!  Both of these guys played their high school ball at Warren DeLaSalle.

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That’s Jared #5 celebrating his TD!  Our first “night time bleacher shot” was done with Jared and it still hangs in one of our windows!

Next we have Kayla Cornett from Birmingham Groves who after starting at Macomb Community College has just signed to continue her career at Madonna University!

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Love that girl and we’re excited for her!

Next we have Jubilee Jackson who was a spokesmodel for us and graduated from Bloomfield Hills High School.

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Photo from Hope College website

Jubilee played lacrosse for a season at Hope College – she’s one of a kind that one…. love her!

Next up is our nephew Jake Cohen who has been playing football at Wooster in Ohio!

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That’s Jake #43 and Jake graduated from North Farmington.  Unfortunately Jake had a really bad knee injury this past fall but up until that point he was having a really nice career starting at linebacker for the Fighting Scots!

Sticking with Wooster we go to double threat Akwia Tilton who plays basketball AND runs track for the Scots!

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Photo from Woosterathletics.com

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Wow!  Now that’s impressive.  Akwia attended Roeper High School.

And yet one more at Wooster!  Anabel Faigin is a West Bloomfield grad and is a cheerleader at Wooster!

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Photo from Woosterathletics.com

That’s Anabel on the right in the second row!

Staying in Ohio we have Jake Rubin who is playing soccer for Wittenburg College!

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Jake attended Walled Lake Central and we just photographed his class of 2019 brother Josh!

Sticking with soccer for a sec we go to Centre College where Abby Hegarty is a defender for the Colonels!

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Photo by Kyle McGinnis from centrecolonels.com

That’s Abby above wearing #26!

Next is Marquian Johnson who played high school ball at Clawson and had a couple of great seasons playing wide receiver for Saginaw Valley State!

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Photo from Saginaw Valley website

Another great kid with a wonderful mom Brenda!

Next up is Scotty Grant who is playing baseball at Albion – another one with a younger brother we photographed this year from Orchard Lake St. Mary’s!

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Photo from Albion University website

Scotty reminded us of our Tony a little when we photographed him – before he grew his hair long of course… lol!

Last but not least is Nick Seidel who captained his West Bloomfield Lakers to the state championship game his senior year.  Nick was a spokesmodel for us as was his older sister Emma!  We love this family and Nick is a great kid.

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Nick is currently playing football at Johns Hopkins and that’s him in black and blue #43!  He had a fantastic freshman season and helped the Blue Jays get to the playoffs!

That’s it for now – we can’t wait to include Grace, Anika, Meg, Josh and Morgan as soon as they go off to Florida, North Carolina, Central Michigan, Spring Arbor & Utica to play track, tennis, field hockey, soccer and hockey!  We have also created a Twitter list of all of the current teams that have Frameables on the roster – you can follow that list HERE!

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Frameable Faces Photography is a small biz retail mom & pop shop of Doug&Ally Cohen located in the Orchard Mall in West Bloomfield, Michigan, United States Of America!
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Ally & Doug can be reached at the studio at tel:248-790-7317 or emailed at mailto:info@frameablefaces.com
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5 Totally Legit Reasons You Should Join Our Patreon Page!

Patreon is described in Wikipedia as “a membership platform that provides business tools for creators to run a subscription content service, as well as ways for artists to build relationships and provide exclusive experiences to their subscribers, or “patrons.”  We have our own Patreon, we are working really hard on it and we believe in it.  We hope you will join us and here are 5 totally legit reasons why you should.

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5 Totally Legit Reasons Why You Should Join Our Patreon Page

 

First of all, Patreon itself is really cool.

Let’s just talk about Patreon for a second if you aren’t familiar with it.  It’s a great website as well as mobile app that is growing and adding features and opportunities constantly.  You can find creators of all sorts to connect with there and subscribe to their page for anywhere from one dollar to $15 per month (and sometimes more for really big rewards) just for various levels of fun basic content.  Artists, musicians, comedians, business gurus, podcasters, vloggers – you name it.  And the creators who rely on this platform to make a living at what they do are generally really thankful for their communities who subscribe for their content.

As an end user you can go on the desktop version and even better download the mobile app.  The creators you subscribe to can upload video, audio, photos, livestreams, links, polls, stories, or just text  right to the app.  So you can listen, watch, comment, and interact with other fans & followers all from your smartphone.  You can access all of these things on demand as you like – a great way to support the people you enjoy on the go.  You’ll love it. 

Keep in mind that the best creators on Patreon typically have YouTube channels, blogs, Instagram and Snapchat, and a whole variety of profiles online where they’re sharing free content, but the ones who do it right are giving extra rewards and exclusive content to their patrons because the patrons are paying for it – they definitely appreciate your support.

As for OUR Patreon page, we’ve already posted a TON of stuff there…and we’re adding more.

We aren’t messing around.  We are off to a solid start with a handful of subscribers and we are working really hard to create content exclusively for Patreon.  Heck, part of the impetus for starting Patreon was the fact that people were asking us on our Periscope 📷Doug&Ally📷Morning Show!🎙☕ to do a podcast.  While we thought that would be fun we figured at some point it has to be sustainable for us to keep adding content that isn’t exactly our core business of photography.  Yes our content highlights our brand and is great for promotion but certain content in and of itself has value if we do it right and there are only so many hours in the day – as I said it has to be sustainable.  We felt a podcast along with some other things would fit the bill… so The📷Doug&Ally📷Morning Show!🎙☕………Podcast!  was born…

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We are having a blast with the podcast, and a shout out goes to the amazing Olivia Thai who supplied the little impromptu beatbox intro that you hear at the beginning of each one which we literally pulled from when she called into our morning show one day!

Meanwhile, we have SO much else to offer, and so we’ve been pouring ourselves into creating content for Patreon much like the courses we have taught here at our studio such as Doug’s teachings in his “2 Hour Social Media Class” and Ally’s “Photography 101” class.  People who follow us outside of the Metro Detroit area had been asking for a way to learn from us or get online courses and now Patreon gives us a way to do that with in-depth tutorials that we upload there.  The feedback on these has been solid (more on that in a bit) and we’ll even take requests on topics that our Patrons want covered specifically.  We do some of these with recordings of our computer screens while we’re walking you through how to create social media content or how to edit a photo in Photoshop.  These are great because you can access them on demand, at your own pace and you can watch them repeatedly.

We’ve added a few other exclusive series there too such as “Entrepreneur Life” where we talk about the highs and lows, thrills and challenges of having your own business – things that we’ve learned and sometimes the hard way…  We even include the occasional blooper!  As of this first writing we are at over 40 pieces of content total, available at the various levels.

You may find if you browse around Patreon overall that there are some who use their page simply as a donation mechanism – a way for their followers to contribute money to support what they are already doing elsewhere.  Not calling anyone out specifically or saying that’s bad per se…  But that’s not our strategy.  If you’re paying for our Patreon, you’re getting your money’s worth ON Patreon.  We’ll even send you a 📷Doug&Ally📷Morning Show!🎙☕ bookmark at the $5 level and up!

Our Patrons Are Happy – they are validating what we are doing there – so take their word for it!

We are getting great feedback so far and there are subscription levels for everybody – from just $2 per month to be included in our private Periscope group – this is a great thing by the way.  Sometimes we just go on Periscope live in a private broadcast just for our Patrons to get feedback, chat or we’ll even livestream there under our own personal profiles @dougcohen10 or @AllyCohen_1 if we feel like waxing poetic on our own passions like music, history, football, parenting – whatever, and the patrons are really enjoying this.  We are getting great feedback so far at all of the various reward levels.  Take a look at some of the comments from the page…

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Participation and Community is at the heart of what we do – Patreon is a shining example

We’ve always said we are all the Frameable Faces – sure it’s Doug & Ally – we own the business.  But we’re part of the community just like everyone else, and it’s our peeps that make our studio and it will be our peeps that make the Patreon page too.  Our friend Gareth from the UK is “Pliny The Round” and he’s already been posting in the “Community” tab on the Patreon which is awesome.  The people do and will continue to shape the community there.  We’ve had Patrons make suggestions for things to include in the Podcast and we frequently reach out for feedback.  At this point we are toying with adding Discord to our page (an app much like Slack that gamers have traditionally used for group chat and voice to text around certain topics) which can be integrated with Patreon.  Just another way to bring the community closer together – so we’ll see how Discord plays out.  Regardless, with Patreon since people are subscribing everyone has a vested interest in making it great!

When we share tips we don’t hold back – we pour out our knowledge…

We don’t really horde our secrets.  We subscribe to the idea that sharing helps the community, it helps the industry whether that be social media or photography, and we never have just one main magic sauce really anyway.  Once we’ve shared the sauce we’ve already concocted the next one.  We’re always concocting a new sauce and improving the current sauce, and just because someone took our sauce and tried to make it doesn’t mean they’ll make it exactly how we made it.  If by chance they made it better than us?  Well than that will just give us something to shoot for won’t it?

If you like the way we do things and you think you could learn from us, you will at our Patreon page.  We promise.  Thanks for reading and we hope to you see you there!  We won’t let you down!

 
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Frameable Faces Photography is a small biz retail mom & pop shop of Doug&Ally Cohen located in the Orchard Mall in West Bloomfield, Michigan, United States Of America!
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Ally & Doug can be reached at the studio at tel:248-790-7317 or emailed at mailto:info@frameablefaces.com
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How the Octopus Became A Symbol At Frameable Faces! #Octosquad

The Octopus is a really cool animal.  They’re smart, fascinating to watch, and there are 289 kinds of them!  But why have they become a symbol of a local independent photography studio in West Bloomfield, MI where none of them live within thousands of miles?  Let’s find out…

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How The Octopus Became A Symbol At Frameable Faces

As you may know we name a lot of stuff here.  We name locations for the seniors who pioneer them, we name equipment and some of them even take on their own personas and start tweeting, sitting down for interviews…. etc.  Oy.

Meanwhile we have a studio light that is octagonal shaped and we started referring to “him” as “Octo” just for fun.  That was how this whole thing started.  You see, over the last few years (it will actually be exactly 3 years on 3/31/18) we have been periscoping as you may know, and along the way The📷Doug&Ally📷Morning Show!🎙☕ became a thing.  We made the trending list on the app which is owned by and integrated with Twitter as “Twitter Live” and we now have over 22k followers literally around the world.  At some point during the show when a newbie shows up we welcome them and give a tour of the studio, and the tour itself has become a daily event with many recurring hallmarks and themes of its own – one of which is Octo which somewhere along the way became “The World Famous Frameable Faces Octopus”.  Not sure the exact origins of this can be traced beyond the likely scenario of someone thinking I said Octopus one day instead of Octobox, and…..well…..take a look below and you’ll get an idea of what has happened:

Yes the World Famous Frameable Faces Octopus gave way to the rise of the #Octosquad!  Our friend Lauren (@Sound_Of_Boots) usually makes the announcement and everyone gets their octo on.  Pretty much anyone can be a member of the Octosquad, just like anyone can be a Frameable – it’s an attitude, a lifestyle if you will, and you just jump on in!

Since then octopuses (yes that’s the proper plural of octopus) have been popping up everywhere.  In the studio….

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That’s the octo we brought back from the Keys with his partner Fitzy’s Maine Lobster.  Fitzy is one of our Periscope friends who sent us that from his trip to Maine.

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These little octos who sit by Doug’s computer were a gift by Periscope friends Jacqui Of All Trades and Laughing Leo who brought them to the studio on a visit…

We even found a tiny octo with our friend Steve (Steve named him Ocho) in a bucket down in the Florida Keys on the Frameable Faces 2017 Spring Break Tour

Octos even adorn our bookmarks which we’ve been giving out as rewards for subscribers of our Patreon page…  Our friend @McFannie showed hers off with a tweet!

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It’s gotten to be such a big deal that Reflecto seems to be getting a little salty about it…

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He’ll get over it….

And there you have it!  Now you know how the #Octosquad was born and how the Octopus became such a symbol of Frameable Faces!  We hope you’ll join the Octosquad too!

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Frameable Faces Photography is a small biz retail mom & pop shop of Doug&Ally Cohen located in the Orchard Mall in West Bloomfield, Michigan, United States Of America!
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Ally & Doug can be reached at the studio at tel:248-790-7317 or emailed at mailto:info@frameablefaces.com
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An A-Maize-Ing Day At The 2017 Ann Arbor Street Art Fair!

This post is just a fun quick one about our day at the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair!  As photographers we appreciate all things visual, as admirers of art we appreciate all things creative whether visual or otherwise sensory in other ways, and as Frameable Faces we celebrate living a life you would want to celebrate – one you would want to remember and capture.  We think strolling through an art fair fits into what we do here in plenty of ways!

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The 2017 Ann Arbor Street Art Fair!

Meanwhile I felt a blog post would be a good place to post our snapchat story from the day and include the links to the websites of our favorite artists from the day and have them in one spot.  For starters you should get to the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair one July if you’ve never been – it’s a 4 day event that takes over a good part of the University of Michigan campus and parts of downtown (which is adjacent to campus).  For those of you who may not know, the University of Michigan colors are maize and blue – hence the “a-maize-ing” title!

At this point I think we’ll let the snapchat story do the talking for a couple minutes…

Some cool stuff right?  And how funny was that squirrel?  And we had to throw in the spot where Ally and I bumped into each other once in Ann Arbor during our college years in front of Ulrich’s….

So let’s break it down a little and talk about the artists we focused on in the story above:

First we have the sculptural weaving of Gloria McRoberts from Watertown, TN whose fiber sculptures are hand woven from natural, undyed wool.  We were really drawn to her booth and these awesome pieces.  You can visit her website here.

Next we came across these amazing sketchings on skateboards done by simple pen or pencil by Jeffrey St. Romain who is from New Orleans.  My favorite was the one you see of Jimi Hendrix with the lyrics from Castles Made Of Sand.  Here is his website.

Next you saw a piece from Erika Bushee and her Art Rocks Studio – stunning.  The rocks jut out from the surface and in the case of the one I snapped above, continue right onto the floor.  Really cool.

Last but not least the piece which kept people talking on Snapchat for 24 hours and on into our Periscope community was the amazing guitar tree by Demi Heitzman who is located not far from Toledo.  Here is her website.

We also would like to call attention to an amazing underwater photographer we met (even though I did not get any of his work into the snapchat) named Chris Gug.  Wow.  Just wow.  Check out his website here.

We’re also giving a shout out to our favorite new plant based restaurant in Ann Arbor – The Lunch Room!  OMG – delish right down to the deserts (VEGAN DONUTS!!!).  Check it out – here’s the website.

And there you have it!  A GREAT day at the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair!  We hope you enjoyed the highlights!

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Frameable Faces Photography is a small biz retail mom & pop shop of Doug&Ally Cohen located in the Orchard Mall in West Bloomfield, Michigan, United States Of America!
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Ally & Doug can be reached at the studio at tel:248-790-7317 or emailed at mailto:info@frameablefaces.com
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The 2017 Frameable Faces Campus Tour Was A Blast!

 

This month we decided it was time to go back to school!  Because like, we really miss college.  Okay well not exactly – we embarked on the 2017 Frameable Faces Campus Tour which was our third one!  We did campus tours back in 2013 and 2015 – not necessarily by design although the bi-annual approach may work going forward.  We’ll see since they are pretty darn fun.  You see we love our high school seniors and we miss them when they go away!  They often visit when they come home but we like to head up to Ann Arbor and East Lansing once in a while to see them and feed them – college kids love food right?  We get to reconnect with them and find out what’s going on in their lives and their parents get to see that they’re alive and well!  Haha!

2017 Frameable Faces Campus Tour!2017 Frameable Faces Campus Tour – First Stop, Michigan Wolverines!  GO BLUE!

We started out at U of M and we met at the traditional campus tour spot Pizza House right in the middle of campus!  We even got to Ann Arbor a little early and did a little snapchat story where we included a couple other stops on campus in addition to all the obligatory selfies with our Frameable Wolverines!  Here’s the snap story:

We also grabbed a quick Facebook Live video while we were visiting with our friends….  🙂

Lastly we walked around and gave our Periscope community a little tour of central campus and one of our seniors Becca made another random cameo – so fun!

Here’s the Instagram collage we posted that summed it all up:

2017 Frameable Faces Campus Tour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That wraps up our a-MAIZE-ing day at Michigan!  One week later it was time to…

Sparty On!  The 2017 Frameable Faces Campus Tour Rolls Into East Lansing!

Now we have to put a disclaimer on this…  we thought heading up to MSU on MLK Day would be a good idea because the University was open but there were no classes.  And that would have been a great plan.  What wasn’t a great plan was not checking the weather, because had we done that we would been aware of the freezing rain that came down most of the day.  Not kidding – we saw over twenty cars in the ditch on either side of I-96 on the way up to East Lansing.  The weather put a slight damper on the plans – we didn’t get up there early enough to do a snap story around campus like we did in Ann Arbor and our turnout wasn’t as big.  BUT – we didn’t let that stop us from having a great time anyway with a few of our faves!  Here’s our Snap Story with our selfies, topopo salads & Insomnia cookies!

We also have a fun Facebook Live video from El Azteco…

Fun!  And here’s our Instagram collage from MSU…

2017 Frameable Faces Campus Tour!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And that about sums up the tour!  We had so much fun visiting with our former Frameables and it’s such a thrill to see them thriving and learning up at school!  We wish we could get to all of the other schools too but time and logistics make it impossible!  Suffice it to say this is how we feel about all of our former seniors!!!  We hope you enjoyed the highlights of the 2017 Frameable Faces Campus Tour!

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Frameable Faces Photography is a small biz retail mom & pop shop of Doug&Ally Cohen located in the Orchard Mall in West Bloomfield, Michigan, United States Of America!
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Ally & Doug can be reached at the studio at tel:248-790-7317 or emailed at mailto:info@frameablefaces.com
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Being “Frameable” is an attitude, a community, a way of life – a life you would want to celebrate and display on your walls for all to see!  Tell us… ARE YOU FRAMEABLE?
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26 Of The Best Frameable Faces Vines Of All Time

***Note*** This post was written shortly before the announcement one week later that Twitter was getting rid of Vine, so this collection of Vines was looking like an epitaph of sorts (and a fun one at that), but wait!  Not so fast….as two weeks later they announced they might save it by selling it….  Stay tuned.  In the meantime enjoy!

We love Vine!  Yes it’s not very popular anymore but we have had a lot of fun there over the last few years…  We have posted 354 vines since our very first one on June 11th, 2013 when it finally became available for Droid (right before we switched to iPhones) and they’ve been watched a total of 223,603 times as of this writing!  We’ve had some great moments here at the studio and a lot of fun with Vine’s 6 second looping format, so I thought it would be fun to select some of the best and feature them in one post.  Vine is a great way to tell stories in a condensed way and in most cases for us they are repurposed from another platform like Periscope, Snapchat or Facebook Live!  Here we have 26 “for your looping pleasure” as I usually like to say on this blog.  So we have 26 vines at 6 seconds each.  That’s 26×6=156/60 = 2.6 total minutes so you should be able to zip through these in no time!!!  So here we go in reverse chronological order…

26 of our best vines

This was a recent senior session with Reed which was a classic… We spent a day in Detroit and one of those merry peddling bars of partiers came by and jumped into a photo – oh and there was a wipe out.  It’s all captured in 6 seconds….  haha!

We spoke at Podcast Movement in Chicago this past summer and on a break we decided to mess with a few people, well….because it’s fun.

Also on this Chicago trip we photographed our first senior session in the Windy City – it was a such a cool experience with Taria!

Snapchat shenanigans…. and uh – well, yeah……

This vine is legendary – the “sharting baby” will never be forgotten….

Angela our event photographer is a complete sweetheart and always game for some fun!

Here’s a bit from our panel discussion when we spoke at Summit Live (known at the time as the Periscope Community Summit) in San Francisco – Ally singing my praises of course….

So yes we’ve been married for over 20 years but Ally can’t finish ALL of my sentences….

Not gonna lie, it’s fun to feature Jason Carr and Taryn Asher since they are such a well known and beloved couple in this town from their roles on the local news…  But this session was notable for being the first and only (so far) family winter photo session and a photo from this day is displayed in the window of our studio.

Part of our “Periscope war” with Ryan Bell when he made a would-be-innocuous comment about those of us who were early adopters of live video being geeks and nerds with regard to online technology.  Well……Ally took it personally.

This one cracks us up because our senior Mario Kakos went with the Mario Brothers theme for one of the shots on his senior session…  Hilarious.

The word of the day was Eureka….  hehe

We were part of a lip sync train on Periscope – here’s a clip…. haha

Tom is the glue that holds the mall together and he visited us one day during a live broadcast and then….we’re not sure!  LOL!

More from the Ryan Bell wars….. Ryan made a Periscope “troll account” called Flammable Feces – it’s a long story.  He even used our logo!  Well I guess I freaked out a little…..

Vines

My old buddy Aaron Norvell is an actor in Hollywood and he came by the studio for pretty memorable visit….

Christian’s session was epic – an evening session that went long after sundown, and while we light footballs and volleyballs on fire all the time, it’s not every day that we light a trombone on fire!

Ally really enjoys the opportunity to teach and to give back and on this day she had a group from BBYO here through the Building Entrepreneurship program!

 

Claire gave us the infamous “frog incident”…. haha

Loved getting Elise’s reaction to Alanah’s prints when she came to pick them up!

Loved this family session with the Kamens!  What an awesome crew…

Here’s Ally being interviewed by Kam Carmen for a feature Fox 2 News did on us!

This was actually Ally’s revenge on former “mascot” turned spokesmodel Mara Cranis!!!

Here’s what prompted it….

Sometimes you need to get creative like with off camera flash at a natatorium like on Danny McNeese’s senior session!

Our very first vine!!!  Back to where it all started!

So there it is!  You can see our Vines on twitter as well if you don’t have the app, and we hope you enjoyed this fun trip through our past Vines!

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Our Amazing Experience in San Francisco at Summit Live! Part 2

Summit Live as I discussed in part 1 the other day was a truly special and amazing experience, and so much so that there was no way I could tell the whole story in one blog post.  So let’s continue on with the rest of the event shall we?  We only got through the first day in the last post but we’ll try to wrap up the rest here.

A-Paneling We Go…

On day two Ally had the honor of moderating the photography panel which included @TerryLWhite (The Adobe Master), @EricNeitzel (The Journalistic Photo Genius), Aaron Roth from @Arkon_Mounts (The Equipment Guru), and @jennamtphoto (The Underwater Portrait Innovator).   Here is the replay of the broadcast from our YouTube channel!  Note: These broadcasts were originally embedded from Katch.me which no longer exists.  The replays we had to replace them with do not contain the comments and unfortunately the first one below was corrupted during the upload from Katch…

It’s a bummer we don’t have this one available because Ally did a pretty darn good job!

Afterwards we fired up another broadcast with a bunch of Peri-friends in the lobby / vendor area and we’ll list a few of them for you and where they appear:

@Skorstar (Caroline Lesley) and her husband @JonErlichman appear right at the beginning.  We’ve known them on Periscope for a while now and they are fantastic.  Caroline is the creator of the @PeriscopePuppet and it’s the most hilarious thing – her mouth does this weird thing when she talks as the puppet which you never see during puppet broadcasts…  Jon has been doing tech trivia for a long time which is always a blast and the two of them along with Seth Cohen are the co-creators of the first Periscope network @ParachuteTV1 which we have been on before and as of this writing we will be returning on Tuesday 1/26/16 with a show called “The Photo Shop” which we are excited about!

@mojojojonez appears around the 1:58 mark – Amanda is a sweetie and we just met her on Periscope not more than a month or two ago.

@KyleKittleson shows up right after at about the 2:05 mark and at that point I got roped into what I’m pretty sure was my first chorus line ever….  Ally became a pretty big Kyle fan over the weekend to the point where I had to tell him I was sick of hearing about him…  hehe

@eguerra019 shows up at the 4 minute mark – Ed, or “E”, is an entrepreneur from Mexico and he has told us he may be making a trip to our neck of the woods here in Detroit on business soon!

At the 6 minute mark Ally reveals that she dropped her iPhone in the toilet and she shows off her 7-11 temporary special $12 phone…  ugh.

At the 7:30 mark we got “King Cake mobbed” in our scope – I guess a king cake is a cake from New Orleans – hadn’t heard of that but we totally respect the mob game just for the record.

@WickFury makes an appearance at 8:30 – what a good guy and a talented guy too.  The first scope we saw of his I think was an awesome stencil art scope he did several months back.  Seems he was providing the security for the event!

@Ryan_A_Bell appears to make a few more funny faces at about 10:15 – he’s really good at that.  Hehe…

After the day’s events we headed over to a local bar called John Colins for a little get together with the team from Periscope where we met Kayvon Beykpour the co-founder and CEO – what a nice and humble guy.  Here’s a photo of us along with Jason Cooper (Sock Cop himself next to me) and his wife Amanda.  The girl to Kayvon’s right I think is another member of the Periscope team but alas I’m not 100% sure….  I’ll update this if someone can let me know!

Summit Live

Summit Live Gets Live At Night

Later that night @TheRealJuanJohn had a table set up where he was doing drawings and he did a graffiti version of our “FF” Frameable Faces avatar which I scoped – check it out in this 5 minute replay.  Pretty cool!

Day 3 of Summit Live

We woke up to a happy text from @CathyHackl asking if we wanted to grab breakfast.  The third day was the day of our small business panel which we were really excited about, and one of our good Peri-friends the stunningly beautiful @BeBonita Viviane Aires came up to our room to do Ally’s makeup for the day!  So Cathy and I walked over to The Grove around the corner to grab a bite and I brought breakfast back to the room for Ally.

Summit Live

Doug and Cathy at The Grove!

When we got back Viviane and Ally had already started.  Viviane is a makeup artist and beauty scoper based in Philadelphia.  She’s awesome and I scoped a bit of her doing Ally’s makeup:

At this point we were ready to rock our panel!  We were really pleased that we had a packed room and “Chocolate Johnny” Kapos was the moderator – he did a superb job and there was a lot of talent and knowledge at that table as we were joined by Victoria Taylor (@VictoriaTaylUK – her social media company is called Blend Social), Jana Francis (@Jana_Steals – she is the founder of steals.com), and Sam Martin (@Socially_Sam of sociallysam.com).

Ally and I got to share our philosophy of live streaming for a small business and how to build community around your brand.  We discussed how we broadcast together and are both on board together with our strategy as a mom and pop shop.  We talked about how you can get direct business from Periscope which should only grow, how to enhance the experience for your clients through Periscope broadcasts, and the importance of viewing this as a long game since we are just starting to enter the early adoption phase of live streaming – 2015 was really the early innovator stage.  Joel Comm discussed this in his keynote speech as you can see below:

Summit Live

Joel Comm

Meanwhile this was a dream of ours since we first attended Imaging USA in Nashville exactly 6 years before Summit Live and we were barely a year into building Frameable Faces together as a team.  We thought then that one day we would be the ones presenting to big groups about the things we’ve learned building a business.  6 years later and there we were!

Summit Live

Summit Live

Check out the replay of our panel discussion:

Note that @iSocialFanz Brian Fanzo makes his own appearance at the very end of the scope – one of the co-hosts of Summit Live and one of the more knowledgable guys in the community when it comes to all of the different live streaming platforms and social media in general.

Bring On The Puppets

Later in the day the one and only Sock Cop (@JasonBurglar / Jason Cooper) appeared in the lobby and was “doin’ the things” with everyone.  Jason himself and his wife Amanda are such a lovely couple from Alabama, and I truly believe that Jason is a comic genius.  I mean that.  We’ve featured Sock Cop on this blog before for his “senior portraits” haha…  It was hilarious when Sock Cop showed up at Summit – check it out:

After the day’s events we joined a bunch of the scopers of @ParachuteTV1 at a cool place (with amazing lamb burgers) called The Press Club.

Summit Live

L to R: Rosie & Jason Stolken, Jon Erlichman & Caroline Lesley and us

Not to be outdone by Sock Cop I was able to get an exclusive scope later that night back at the hotel with none other than the @PeriscopePuppet!!!  This broadcast has some amazing and even some awkward moments when the puppet was rubbing his eyeball on my face…

Wow….  lol!

Goodbye San Fran…

We didn’t really scope on the fourth day, but the following day we scoped from the back seat of our Lyft ride to breakfast on our way to the airport, happily exhausted and buzzing from an incredible Summit Live!  We hope to be able to attend future gatherings like this with our friends, and we continue to look forward to every day when we can hang out with everyone virtually through the magic of Periscope!

Here are a couple Instagram collages I posted of a bunch of photos of us and our friends from the weekend, and this about sums it up.  It was all about the people.  The community.  The extremely awesome community.  To quote @The_Sarah_Moore “we found our people at Summit Live ’16”.  Until next time, Periscoping down.

Summit Live

LOVE

Summit Live

More Love

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Our Amazing Experience in San Francisco at Summit Live! Part 1

Summit Live was an incredible experience.  Yes it was.  Just simple truth.  It is hard to describe unless you were there what it was like, but I’ll just say that the first night I had a moment where I looked around and was just really overwhelmed.  One of those feelings that will stay with you for a long long time, and I swear I’m not just being dramatic.  It was such a special feeling to be a part of such a great community with people you have been enjoying spending time with, learning from, laughing with, and admiring virtually for months, and then suddenly you’re hugging them one by one….by one, by one, by one, by one – one favorite to the next to the next.  Your head starts to spin and you start to feel this buzz and you know this is a really special moment in your life.  It might sound a little ridiculous but that’s the truth.  At least for me it is and I’m not embarrassed to say it.  I’m pretty sure Ally felt the same way.

Let’s Let The Broadcasts Tell The Story…

We started out pretty early with a flight that connected in Chicago where we did a quick shortened version of our morning show from the airport.  We were so hyped!  Note: these replays do not contain the comments that were made in the broadcasts… when we posted this originally they were embedded from Katch.me and that website no longer exists.  These are the raw feeds that we now have on our YouTube channel.

Summit Live

Arriving at the Park Central!

 

When we finally arrived in San Francisco and walked up to the front entrance of the Park Central Hotel we had our first surreal moment as a crew of our people came flooding out the door right at that moment for hugs all around!

We still needed to check in and we had a few hours before the festivities so we went off on our own for a while.  San Francisco is amazing and Ally had never been there.  I had been there once a little over 22 years ago and was eager to get back.  We started out at the Ferry Building and hung out on our own where we ate at The Slanted Door and sampled some ice cream from Humphry Slocombe and some toffee from GL Alfieri – both delicious.

 

From there we walked to North Beach to meet up with my old college buddy Jeff Meisel for a cup of coffee at Réveille Coffee Co. before we headed back to the Park Central Hotel to start the party…

Summit Live

Frisco Frameables Selfie Time…

Summit LIVE!!!

Once we went down to the opening party that’s when that overwhelming moment happened that I was referring to earlier…  and at that point I had to start scoping.  I have gone through and listed the people who appear in the broadcast at what time marker in case there is anyone you would like to see:

@YoPickless appears at the 4:53 mark.  LOVE this girl – she was handing out #Yopickles #PassTheTat tattoos and she is beautiful in person!

@BenLeonard appears at about the 8:33 mark.  What a nice guy he is!  Pretty much everyone was really cool.

@CathyHackl at 9:40 – one of our closest friends in the community and she is expecting their third child!  You’ve seen her and her family appear on this blog here.  Love her!

@VictoriaTaylUK at about 12:10 – Vikki was on the small business panel with us and what a sweetheart.  We actually first met her on another live streaming app called Blab.  She’s great!  Had a lot of fun with her.

@KatieLance and @TigerwonNYC appear at 12:46.  Katie is my favorite social media “guru” on Periscope – her blog is awesome and I always learn something new from her.  She really knows her stuff.  Tiger we had met before at a meetup in NYC last summer and she interviewed me later on during Summit Live.

@TerryLWhite shows up at around 14:20.  He was on the photography panel that Ally moderated and he actually used to have a photography studio in Troy not far from our studio.  He’s currently based in Atlanta and he’s an Adobe expert.  Good guy!

@RyanSteinolfson aka “Periscope Ryan” appears right after Terry at around the 15 minute mark.  A digital marketer based in San Diego, I felt a little bad that my Wolverines destroyed his Gators in the Citrus Bowl – okay maybe not that bad, but we hung out and talked shop quite a bit over the 4 days we were there.  What a great dude.

@JelCruz at 16:33 – this is funny – one of those whose name you’ve seen but don’t recognize right away in person!  What a sweetie!  Got to hang with her a little bit during summit.

@EthanPariseau shows up right around the 20 minute mark – we “hang out” with Ethan often on our morning show.  Good guy from the state to the south – Ohio…

@KristianCotta pops in right after that around 20:14 – personal trainer, social media consultant and Washington State alum who is still bitter about the 1998 Rose Bowl… (hahaha).  Had a great time with this guy!

@MarissaDunlap shows up at the 22 minute mark and of course Ally and I had to “sing her into” the scope as we do on our regular scopes.  Marissa lives not far from San Fran and she can sing some mean opera.

@ChrisStrub at the 22:50 mark is known for just completing an intense trek of volunteering with youth organizations in all 50 states!  What a bad ass.

@AECJosh is one of the three creators of @TheEditorTV which is a network on Periscope that we’ve been on a few times and he shows up at the 24:26 mark.  He was there with his lovely wife @TheCraftyCutie

@JoisyGirl555 – Lulu appears at 24:50.  We met her in NYC at our summer meetup last year and she’s a riot.  It was great to see her again!

@ChocolateJohnny appears at about the 27 minute mark.  Owner of Perfection Chocolates in Sydney, Australia, he moderated our small business panel and did a fantastic job.  As a small business owner like us we have connected and have been bouncing ideas off of each other for months.  He brought us some chocolate and it was fantastic!

At around 30 minutes we met a couple of really nice guys whose names I can’t remember as of this writing!!!  Dangit….  if someone lets me know I’ll update this post!

@JasonStolken and his beautiful wife @RosieStolken appear at 32:42.  We’ve talked on the phone before but had not met until this moment.  Great couple and we got to spend a decent amount of time with them.  One of the best, funny and genuinely good guys in the community.  He even gave the classic “high face” in my broadcast!  Haha!

@KeiphMaurice is the creator of www.playforstuff.com which is a network of game shows across Periscope where you can play for prizes and our Play For Stuff show should be debuting next week!  Keith makes his appearance at 37:58.

@MrASingh is an artist and a really deep thinker – he does a lot of inspirational philosophical scopes from the UK and he appears at 38:50.  I of course had to do a little British accent trolling on Amrit when I saw him…

@DaveGonz2012 I met at the 40:30 mark – don’t actually know Dave very well but a nice guy and Ally and Dave  had an opportunity later to talk a little photography.

@EricNeitzel at about the 41:20 mark is an awesome guy.  He was on the photography panel as well and we have been Peri-friends with Eric for a while.  He has used his photography to help document and provide information from choppers during wildfires among many other things.

@SandyChoiRadio at the 42 minute mark is definitely one of my favorite scopers.  I’ve spent a lot of time late night just hanging with Sandy on her scopes listening to her freestyle, play guitar, sing, rant, and whatever else she feels like.  The girl is fearless and will say whatever is on her mind.  She keeps it real and we were so glad we got to spend a lot of time with her on this trip.

@DieterDieterVB at the 42:40 mark – what a sweetheart of a guy.  A photography enthusiast, Ally was able to help him out with a couple of tips and we were happy we were able to hang with him as well.

Mr. @Ryan_A_Bell himself – the creator of the Periscope Community Summit and one of our most notorious trolls – creator of the @FlammableFeces account appears at about the 43:30 minute mark.  All joking aside he’s been a big supporter of ours and it was great to meet him in person.

@AfricaMiranda gave one of the most inspiring talks you’ll hear as one of the keynote speakers at summit.  A beauty inside and out and a very talented and accomplished girl – we’ve been fans of hers for a while and she appears at the 44:45 mark.

Whew…..  okay.  Here are a couple fun iPhone photos from that first night…

Summit Live

Doug & Ally with @LynnRose!

Summit Live

Doug & Ally with @JennyQ and @MsCandyBlog

Summit Live

With Courtney Harvey (next to Ally) and Africa Miranda (far right)

We spent a lot of time with @LynnRose (wonderful actress and singer), @JennyQ – Jennifer Quinn who is a host of The Daily Q on Blab.IM, and @MsCandyBlog – one of the most entertaining people on Periscope with her amazing candy review shows, throughout those 4 days – love each one of them!  We also loved meeting @CourtTheTrendLA – Courtney Harvey who is an E! News producer and host of The Trend LA, and of course Africa Miranda as we mentioned before!

Okay that will do it for now – the next post we will get into the panels we participated in as well as meeting more friends including Sock Cop and the Periscope Puppet….  stay tuned!!!!

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Frameable Faces Photography is a small biz retail mom & pop shop of Doug&Ally Cohen located in the Orchard Mall in West Bloomfield, Michigan, United States Of America!
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Ally & Doug can be reached at the studio at tel:248-790-7317 or emailed at mailto:info@frameablefaces.com
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It’s The Frameable Faces 2015 Campus Tour!

Every now and then you need to go back to school right?  Well that’s just what we did with the Frameable Faces 2015 Campus Tour!  This year’s tour included stops in Ann Arbor and East Lansing and we had a blast hanging out with some of our favorite former seniors!  High School senior pictures are so fun for us and we get pretty close to many of our seniors so it’s really special for us to be able to visit them up at college!

First Stop – Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan Wolverines!!!

We made Ann Arbor our first stop where we met at Pizza House just like the 2013 tour, where we hung out, ate some yummy pizza and garlic bread.  Nicole Davidson (Frameable Faces class of 2011), Jarred Bratley and Cheyenne Stone (FF class of 2012), and Mara Cranis and Alanah Bratley (FF class of 2014) all met us and we caught up for a while.

2015 Campus Tour

2015 Campus Tour

Afterwards it was time to get over to Insomnia Cookies for a little dessert – YUM!

2015 Campus Tour

All in all a great day!  GO BLUE!

Next Stop – East Lansing and the Michigan State Spartans!!!

Our next stop was a dicey proposition because we planned it for a Sunday evening on the weekend of the Elite 8 and if the Spartans won on Friday they would be playing on Sunday – we just didn’t know when.  As it turned out they won and were scheduled to play on Sunday at 2, so when we rolled into town for dinner at El Azteco, the campus was buzzing since the Spartans had just punched their ticket to the Final Four.  Chelsea Cage (FF class of 2011) and Bri Dines (FF class of 2013) met us for a topopo salad feast – just like we did on the 2013 tour.

2015 Campus Tour

2015 Campus Tour

This time around we decided to change it up a bit for dessert though and go to the MSU Dairy Store for ice cream.  They have flavors in honor of the different Big Ten schools, so I got a scoop of Maize-N-Berry on top of a scoop of Buckeye Blitz.  Ha!  Delish!

2015 Campus Tour

2015 Campus Tour

Always remember if you’re the one taking the group selfie to cut off half of your face like our daughter Lacey did above – it’s a thing…  No really – it is.

One last point to make here – we are so proud of Nicole and Chelsea – the two seniors in the group.  Nicole is graduating from U of M and is continuing on to med school, and Chelsea is graduating from MSU and has been hired by General Motors!  So there it is – the 2015 Frameable Faces Campus Tour – one of our favorite things to do!