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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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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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Rocking Senior Pictures and Getting It Done In The Swamp Is Justin’s Jam

We are on a roll with those West Bloomfield Lakers right now and these sessions have been killer!  But more importantly these seniors have been awesome and Justin is no exception.  Justin brought the whole fam-tourage with him and everyone had fun.  Actually Justin’s mom Christin had been to the studio for her own shots a while back so this was a fun reunion of sorts.  Justin was still in the thick of preparing for the football season at “The Swamp” which is the nickname of the West Bloomfield football stadium and we had plans to get some football shots in since football is Justin’s jam – but more on that later….

Starting out in Pontiac…

We wanted to get some cool urban shots first so off to Pontiac we went and found a cool new spot we had never used before – it’s Justin’s spot now (we name new spots after the senior who pioneers it)!

Justin's Jam

Good lookin’ dude!  Plus that lighting!  We started in the evening and got some of that golden hour sun…

We also have some fun behind the scenes action from the live streaming we did during the session – first in Pontiac on Facebook Live:

We also grabbed this cool photo with the little mirror image reflection…

Justin's Jam

Back to the studio for some fire…

We love setting things on fire here as you may know…  here’s the behind the scenes from the YouTube Live broadcast – be sure to subscribe to our channel if you visit! 

….and here is the fiery result!

Justin's Jam

Justin’s Jam

Night time sessions are rare for us but sometimes they can be so cool!  We headed over to the Swamp where you can see #32 flying around getting it done for those Lakers this fall!  A little off camera flash and a stationary FJ Westcott Ice Light and voila!!!

Justin's Jam

How cool is that?  An awesome session all the way around – we hope you enjoyed the highlights of Justin’s jam!

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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 Important Should Analytics Be To Your LiveStreaming Strategy?

Analytics

An exchange I had on twitter yesterday got me thinking…   Of course I often go to football for analogies because I have a background there, so as a former player and a football “purist” I may enjoy comparing statistics for fun, but I would never play “fantasy football”.  I never have and never will.  I actually like statistics – I do.  I’ll even use them from time to time in debates about teams and players and who was better.  However, analysis can cause paralysis and “fantasy football” takes analysis (and analytics) to the point where the appeal and the game of “fantasy football” itself actually has little to do with the team sport of football. 

Meanwhile I participate in a live twitter chat and Livestream every Wednesday at 3PM EST called #LetsLivestream which you can tune into on Periscope at http://pscp.tv/letslivestream/.  This week the topic was centered around favorite Livestream apps and one of the questions was as follows:

Analytics

If you aren’t quite sure what a twitter chat is, it’s where a meeting, presentation, or just a conversation centers around questions on a topic that are put out to the group with a selected hashtag and the questions are tweeted out as “Q1” etc. as you see above.  You then can jump in the conversation by using the hashtag and answering the question with an “A1” etc.  My off-the-cuff answer to this question was “A6 Important yes – they don’t DICTATE a TON of what we do per se for LIVE, but we definitely use them  As a side note Eggdrp and FullScope are the two main websites we use to grab our analytics for our Periscope broadcasts.  Facebook Live and YouTube provide plenty on their own.

At this point an exchange ensued where a Canadian Livestreaming company named Livescale chimed in and replied to my tweet stressing the importance of analytics – that’s one of the great things about a twitter chat – you meet people and have conversations around a shared interest – twitter should be SOCIAL!  Don’t forget that.  But the exchange got me thinking as you can see by my reply:

Analytics

How Important Should Analytics Be?

My reply is a perfect lead in to the football analogy.  See here is the thing…  Analytics – statistics – data – numbers that tell you how many viewers you had watching on a broadcast, how many comments they made, how long they watched for, how many times they shared in the app or on other platforms, how many times they took screenshots or gave other feedback like hearts on Periscope – all these numbers can give you an idea of how successful the broadcast was depending on your goals.  They can tell you what your growth looks like over time and give you endless ways to measure how you’re doing.  Livescale isn’t wrong.  These numbers are indeed important.  For example, Tom Brady (another #10 at Michigan after me – ha) is the greatest quarterback to ever play the game of football, and as a quarterback he is responsible for commanding the offense down the field to score more points than the other team to win games.  He handles the ball on every offensive play and if you look at his statistics they tell the story of a guy who yes, would be considered at the top based on the numbers:

Tons of statistics there – he’s thrown for over 61 thousand yards and over 450 touchdowns.  The numbers dotting his career in bold indicate statistics where he was number one in the NFL in that statistic.  These are just regular season statistics – he’s also been the winning Super Bowl QB more than anyone in history.  The data goes on and on, and these statistics / analytics tell the story of success on a massive scale.

Now let’s look at Larry Allen….

Analytics

In my opinion Larry Allen was the most dominant offensive lineman to ever play.  As a Dallas Cowboys fan I probably watched Larry Allen in around 140-ish of the 176 games he played for Dallas (on TV) and he was a beast.  Strong, massive, quick, nasty – a first ballot Hall of Famer.  And just look at those stats….  Wait what?  You see, while his coaches may have been breaking down his game films and grading him out on his performances, the only official statistics for Larry are the 4 fumbles that happened nearby him on the field that he was able to recover over the course of his career.  As an offensive lineman Larry may have never touched the ball aside from those 4 times in 14 years.  So how do we know Larry was successful?  Because we were there watching Larry – watching him move, neutralize and flatten defenders one after the other.  There are no official statistics for what Larry did and it doesn’t matter.  Statistics DON’T tell the story in this case.  

It’s not all that different in Livestreaming.  Analytics don’t always tell the whole story.  Sure they are important and shouldn’t be ignored.  However if only 10 people watched your broadcast but it changed their outlook, started a relationship or converted a client then it may have been a more successful broadcast than if 500 people were there live and none of that happened.  If one person watching your broadcast made a comment that opened your eyes to a new way of thinking that’s better than 578 comments of nonsense because you’re broadcasting drama that attracts people like a train wreck and you’re not even looking at the comments because you’re so wrapped up in your own…..drama… 

The same goes for all social media – build your community organically and yes track your analytics.  Watch for trends and try to track towards your goals.  But make sure you focus on your relationships and the vibe and culture around your brand, your broadcasts and your content as a whole.  Be true to that and then the analytics – while they are important – won’t be the only thing that tells your story, and they shouldn’t be.

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Another Example Of What 20 Years Of Happiness Looks Like!

When Dena came to the studio and we started chatting we discovered that we had a couple things in common.  A couple mutual friends, sons similar ages – stuff like that.  The usual fun stuff.  So we got to discussing the session during the consultation with the usual details, what to wear, what color backdrops and those sorts of things.  We looked at Saturday May 21st as the date for the session and she said that’s cool – it’s the day after their anniversary.  We said cool – that’s two days after our anniversary!  “Oh” she said “what anniversary is it?  It’s our 20th!”  We said “What?  It’s our 20th too!!!”  How cool!  We got married on consecutive days in 1996!!!  What a great connection – celebrating 20 years one day apart and then together the day after that for a family photo session!  We knew this would be fun.

20 Years Of Happiness…

So Dena and Stephen came with their son Zak who we really liked – he seems like a great kid!!!  Don’t be shocked if you see him again on this blog in the not-so-distant future…  Let’s start with a photo of the happy family on the white background…20 years

Good looking family huh?

Now let’s focus in on just the happy couple…

20 years

Before we get to the last two photos let’s take a look at our behind the scenes footage from the day!  First with our fun little 6 second looping Vine:

Next we have the extended replay of the live Periscope broadcast from the session with a live audience!  If you haven’t downloaded Periscope yet you can do so and follow us at @FrameableFaces at this link.

Okay we have a couple more photos to show – first one of a boy and his mommy!  How sweet!

20 years

And lastly a dude and his truck!

20 years

And there you have it!  We had a great time with these guys – on a similar path as ours!  We hope you enjoyed the highlights of their session!

The Great Gabby Makes Her Return With Her Senior Session!

You know when the great Gabby makes her return you’ll be in for some, well…greatness!  Hehe…  But seriously – the fact of the matter is we have now photographed Gabby 4 times!  First as the little sister in her sister Rachel’s senior session a couple years back, as a spokesmodel for us for the class of 2016, again for the spokesmodel mural currently in our window and now for her senior session which we present highlights of to you now!

Great Gabby Makes Her Return…

We started out here in the studio and we kept it pretty simple.  Just the black and the white backgrounds.  We’ll share one on the black here…  just a great representation of Gabby being her cute smiley self:

Great Gabby Makes Her Return

From there we’re going to head to the location photos since that was more of the focus of this session, and for the outdoor shots we went to Heritage Park in Farmington Hills which has a ton of variety to work with…  Before we look at the photos though here’s our behind the scenes fun from our day – first with our 6 second Vine for your looping pleasure:

Next we have the replays of our Periscope broadcasts from the day – in this case we have the video without the comments scrolling on the screen but you’ll get the idea, and we love that Gabby’s mom Lisa makes an appearance and it’s really fun towards the end when the two sisters take over the broadcast for a few minutes!  You can download Periscope and follow us at @FrameableFaces at this link:

Now let’s get to the rest of the photos!

First we have this fun photo of Gabby on the back of a trailer – we used a tractor, a trailer…. we had a good laugh and this photo is awesome!

Great Gabby Makes Her Return

Next we have a close up and more thoughtful pose of Gabby and something about it just really shows off her beauty…

Great Gabby Makes Her Return

Lastly a pop of color from some nearby flowers help to make this photo a gem!

Great Gabby Makes Her Return

And there you have it!  We had a blast with Gabby and we hope you enjoyed the highlights of her session!

A Little Bit Of Ilyssa & Lots Of Fab On Her Spokesmodel Session!

Ilyssa has never been afraid to go after what she wants.  When she was three she decided that our Lacey should be her friend and she made it happen.  She brought our families together in doing so and we’ve been friends ever since – going on 14 years!  So this was another of those surreal sessions that we have with family or long time friends and it was quite fab indeed.  “Lissy’s” older sister Rachel was also a spokesmodel for us a few years ago so this is the second time around with these guys… but as a crew they’ve been in here every holiday season for their holiday cards so this was a familiar scene!

Ilyssa & Lots of Fab…

We started out in the studio on a day we weren’t so sure about – unseasonably cold and potential rain…  We broke out the damask pattern for the first shot and we love the hat – hats are way underrated for girls – they almost never fail!

Ilyssa

She looks amazing!

At this point we noticed that there was much more light coming in through the center court skylights than we thought – so we made the snap decision to go on location to Pontiac right then and there.  It was really cold but the lighting was pretty good and it was dry so we went with it…

Ilyssa

We spotted this doorway and combined with Lissy’s dress it was a total winner!  Love the blue on blue!!!

Before we show our last two sneak peeks let’s see our fun behind the scenes footage from our day!  First with our fun 6 second looping vine:

Next we have the replays of our Periscope broadcasts which are always fun from our YouTube channel.  Subscribe to us there and follow us on Periscope at @frameablefaces!  You can download the app at this link.

Okay let’s get back to a couple more sneak peeks!

Ilyssa had an outfit change on location and we got this cool shot on this staircase…

Ilyssa

Now if you remember we kinda raced out to the location when the weather appeared to break, but we still had some studio work to do, so back to the studio we went to wrap it up on the black background…

Ilyssa

Oh – hey beautiful!  Love the shades.

And that will do it for now!!!  A little bit of Ilyssa and a whole lot of fab!  We hope you enjoyed the highlights of our day!

 

The Thrill Of The Chase…The Sequel – His Senior Portraits!

Chase has been one of our spokesmodels for the soon-to-be graduating class of 2016 and you may remember his spokesmodel session on this blog.  Chase has a lot going on as we’ve said before with his business with a couple of buddies PWR Detroit, and he’s heading to Indiana University in the fall!  Meanwhile with some scheduling and weather issues for his scheduled senior session we ended up breaking up this session into two different days for the studio half and the location half.  No worries – just more days to hang out with this guy….

Chase In The Studio…

Let’s start with the studio session which was first where we kept it pretty clean and simple.  Here we will highlight a couple photos against the white background….

Chase Note the PWR Detroit bracelet….  🙂

Just relaxed casual looks here – dig it.

Chase

Now let’s take a look at some behind the scenes footage from our day(s).  First with our 6 second looping vine

Next we have the replays of the live Periscope broadcasts from the two days from our YouTube channel.  If you haven’t downloaded Periscope yet you can do so and follow us at @frameablefaces here!

First the studio part…

And now the location part!

To Birmingham…

We reconvened on another day to head out to Birmingham for the location part of the portraits and we’ll share a couple of those highlights here:

Chase

That one was pretty cool because we weren’t expecting to show up and find a fresh coat of paint a completely different color than that wall used to be!  Very cool…  Okay one more:

Chase

And there you have it!  The thrill of the Chase – the sequel!  We’ve enjoyed having Chase represent the studio this year and we hope you’ve enjoyed the highlights from our time with him!

Four P’s Of Rachel – Purple, Pointe, Plants, Perfection!

Rachel is fast becoming a “Frameable Faces Legend” for several reasons…  First of all she was the first spokesmodel we brought on board for the class of 2016, so that’s a nice distinction in itself.  But she also has been a pioneer of sorts here with a chair AND now a wall named for her.  Anytime a senior tries something new for us it gets named for them, so Rachel will long be remembered here.  Plus she comes by and hangs out from time to time.  Suffice it to say we love this girl…

Four P’s Of Rachel

Rachel’s spokesmodel session was entirely indoors back in January so we were excited to get out on location for her senior session and for this session we covered “four P’s” which wasn’t by design per se, it just worked out that way.  And what a session!  Rachel’s mom Sue joined us and much fun was had.  So let’s get to our four p’s shall we?

Purple

We started out in the studio on the purple background which we have had a lot of fun with this year.  It’s a great color for this girl!

Rachel

Now before we get to the other P’s let’s look first at our fun behind the scenes vine of our day:

We also broadcast portions of the session live on Periscope in the studio and on location and the broadcasts were a lot of fun – here are both segments back to back in this YouTube video including the “bee incident” where Ally caught a bee in the frame right by Rachel’s face!  The bee incident happens at the 11 minute mark and we got a little chuckle out of that.  Download the app here and follow us at @frameablefaces!

Now let’s head out to the location portion of the session first with this stunning photo of Rachel leaning against a tree:

Rachel

Love that shot!

Pointe

The next photo comes from a series of Rachel with “Rachel’s chair” and it’s on pointe in more ways than one.  Another one of the P’s!

Rachel

Plants

This is Rachel’s wall – we didn’t know it existed – she found it ahead of her session and led us there.  It’s covered in vines so there are your plants!

Rachel

Perfection!

So there you have it – the fourth “P” is perfection which describes the whole day!  We had an awesome time photographing Rachel again and we hope you enjoyed the highlights of her session!