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Enzo Is Back, He’s One, and He’s Pretty Awesome!

Man do we love one year olds.  They are so fun at that stage as their little personalities are developing and this dude – Enzo – has personality to burn!  Plus he’s a hunka chunka and we had a blast with him and his mommy Ashley for his one year photos!  He was here last with his sibs when he was 6 months old and this time around he had an awesome multi layered birthday cake with him.  So the stage was set….

Enzo is back

First Ashley had Enzo stylin’ before we got to the cake and we broke out the blue/grey backdrop for a few portraits – we’ll start with those!

Enzo

Okay how yummy is he?

We also have some fun behind the scenes with the fun Facebook Live we did – here’s the replay:

And one more on the blue in the basket… 

Enzo

Haha!  So cute!!!  How great is that bowtie?

Let him eat cake!

Now it was time to get to the cake!  And what a cake – check it out… you can feel the anticipation!  Lol…

Enzo

We’ll leave you with one more as Enzo was getting his feast on!

Enzo

Now that’s a happy kid.

And there you have it!  To be one and awesome – that’s Enzo!  We hope you enjoyed the highlights of our time with him!

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We Love When Three Generations Get Together For Family Portraits!

Tricia and her hubby came in from Texas and brought in the whole crew for this session and it was a blast – a whole gaggle of little cousins running around and lots of laughter in the studio!  Gotta love when three generations get together for family portraits and we certainly love these results.  Let’s take a look:

Three Generations

It’s all about family and we’ll start with the whole family portrait on the blue / grey background…

Three Generations

Great crew!!!

We also had a little fun with some behind the scenes in the form of a Facebook Live broadcast – take a look!

And here we start to break it down into each of the families for more intimate portraits of each!

Three Generations

How cute are they?

Three Generations

Haha – awesome – hands full with little ones!

And now here is the coup de grace!  Love this collage that Ally put together of the cousins:

Three Generations

So precious!  A great one to end it on and we hope you enjoyed the highlights of the three generations that Tricia brought to the studio on this day!

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Well Hello Hakims! A Fave Frameable Family Of Ours!

We’ve had a couple of Hakims here in the studio before – Nadia and Aliya both had their senior portraits done here, and what a delight it was to have the whole fam back in the studio together for a family session!  Everyone looked great and we had a lot of fun!  So with these highlights we say hello Hakims!!!

Hello Hakims!

They were nicely coordinated with the maroon colors which look fabulous on the brown fabric background and we’ll start with the group portrait…

Hello HakimsWhat a crew.

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

Now let’s get into a few fun groupings – first the sibs all together…

Hello Hakims

Fun!

Next we have the happy couple:

Hello Hakims

How cute are they???

And we’ll end it with this fantastic shot of just these 4 stunning ladies!

Hello Hakims

Gorgeous!

So there you have it – we hope you enjoyed saying “Hello Hakims!” as much as we did!

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Aubrey Is Back, She’s One and She Is Super Delicious!

Yes Aubrey is back!  She’s our event photographer Angela (AKA “Nikon Girl”)’s baby, she’s one and she is super delicious!!!  You may remember her newborn session from last year and the video birth story Ally created at the hospital when Aubrey was born.  Meanwhile she’s growing up and while at first we thought she was all Cam (her daddy), now we’re starting to see a lot of Angela in her too!

Aubrey Is Back

We had a lot planned for this session including the flower pot baby setup and a cake smash!  So let’s get to it:

Super Delicious

Yes!!!  We love flower pot babies!!!  SO cute.

Here is some behind the scenes of the flower pot scene from the replay of our Facebook Live broadcast!  So much fun…  

And while we’re working with the wooden floor and the pink background let’s look at one more this time out of the pot and into a tutu!

Super Delicious

How adorable is she?

Super Delicious

So which is more delicious – Aubrey or a cake?  We’re thinking Aubrey…

Super Delicious

Starting the smash…

Super Delicious

Loving the smash!!!

And there you have it!  Yep Aubrey is super delicious and we hope you enjoyed the highlights of her return to the studio!

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Facebook Creator, SEO & more – Doug’s Social Stream Of Consciousness

 

Facebook Creator

A huge development just happened in the world of Facebook.  The launch of Facebook Creator is a pretty big deal for Livestreamers on the platform and we were able to download the app, set it up and go live with a bevy of new features yesterday in no time!  Here is the actual broadcast:

Thoughts & Tips on Facebook Creator

Let me take a second here to point out a couple of things and dissect our approach just on this first test of the new features in a screenshot graphic and then we’ll discuss further:

Facebook CreatorYou can see in the broadcast we were able to bring Jenny Q right onto the screen (with a simple click of her comment)!  There’s even a little video icon within the comments of your viewers while you’re live that lets you know who is available to join. 

Now I’m not going to go into a bunch of detail about how to set this up on Facebook – instead I’m going to direct you to the link that walked me through it on Social Media Examiner written by Peg Fitzpatrick.  As a side note it was Ai Addyson-Zhang‘s tweet of the article that led me to it by a simple #FacebookCreator hashtag search.

Meanwhile here’s a tip – you don’t have to purchase Canva For Work (as mentioned in the article) in order to get a transparent overlay on your screen.  You can create a basic graphic in the free version of Canva and then select for it to be transparent right in the Creator app and it will convert it for you.  Canva For Work might give you a little more control over this but you can get around it if you’re starting out. 

Having the graphics on your screen is nice – similar to what I used to do with OBS for Periscope broadcasts for certain shows.  Now granted they aren’t as flexible – you can’t change them up on the fly during a broadcast, but they are cool to have there as I outlined in the graphic above.  The option to add prerecorded bumpers (prerecorded video intros like your favorite TV shows for example) at the beginning and end of the live broadcast is really nice too.  We haven’t done this yet but you can bet I’m looking for ways to use all of these tools to create new content for us on Facebook as well as for my social media clients.  For those of you who tune in to our Periscope broadcasts don’t worry, there are NO plans to move the Doug & Ally Morning Show to Facebook!  If you’re curious here is an article I wrote earlier this year that compares and contrasts the two platforms which is still pretty on point – there have been a few changes since then obviously, but the basics remain the same.

A Couple of SEO thoughts…

I’m no expert when it comes to SEO but I have a basic working understanding of it.  By using plugins like Yoast here for WordPress I’ve been able to properly place my content on the Internet so that it ranks well in search results on Google in our home base of West Bloomfield for example.  Now, some might say one of the flaws in our SEO strategy is that we cast too wide a net which doesn’t allow us to dominate a niche and the people we snag aren’t as targeted as they could be.  We are a high end / low volume photography studio.  It’s just me and Ally and we put a ton of effort, heart and soul into every client and every portrait session.  We bring a ton of experience and expertise to the table.  We aren’t for everybody – we aren’t a cheap studio, don’t want to be, and yet we rank for plenty of general searches such as “West Bloomfield Photographer” which doesn’t discriminate between different tastes or budgets.

Facebook Creator

So what’s the answer?  As I said I’m not an expert and I’m not ready to cast a smaller more targeted net on the web for “higher end” clients only – I’m not even sure there’s a way to do that – to only get ranked for clients who want the “best experience”…  I think I’m good with how we present and differentiate ourselves online with social media and our owned online assets.  I say for SEO just make sure you’re found first and foremost as a general rule and then make sure people can tell that you are a quality outfit when they find you.  In the meantime though here’s my advice if your net is a little on the wide side:

I had someone call asking about pricing for a portrait session the other day.  I talked him briefly through the process and the pricing and we were way out of the budget he was looking for – he wanted something really simple.  Instead of turning my nose up at him I helped him through his options and what the differences are, and ultimately referred him to Focal Point in Farmington.  They are a higher volume studio than us with a large staff and more basic options available.  It won’t be the same experience as working with us but this guy wasn’t looking for the “best” – he was just looking for something “good” and economical.  Nothing wrong with that.  Focal Point been good to work with for us with seniors for class composites, they are a local family owned studio, and I still helped this gentleman – I’m comfortable sending him there because they are a professional outfit.  The ease of entry has allowed too many non-professionals into this industry so I want to support actual studios.  You uplift your profession, you play nicely in the sandbox and if you are in the business of helping people then do it wherever you can whether someone becomes your client or not.  It’s good karma.

What are your thoughts on these topics?  Are you using Facebook Creator yet?  Have a good SEO take?  Let me know!

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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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A Fabulous Family Of Three – And They Are Soon To Be Four!

It’s a joy to see a family in the process of growing right before your eyes when they are expecting and this fabulous family of three is about to become FOUR!  So we met them in a park to get some awesome location portraits of this version of the crew and we had a blast.

Fabulous Family of Three

Corey and Alexis have actually been to the studio before as part of a larger group family portrait session, but this time we got to hang with just them and their cool little man Avery and the results are pretty great.  Let’s start with the family portrait of the three of them:

Fabulous Family

Love that fun look on Avery’s face!

We also have some fun behind the scenes from the morning from the replay of our Facebook Live broadcast:

So fun!

Let’s get to a few more shots – let’s take a look at Avery just being Avery!

Fabulous Family

And how about a father / son shot in black and white!

Fabulous Family

Precious.

And now just the happy couple together…

Fabulous Family

Awesome.  We enjoyed our time with this fabulous family and we hope you enjoyed the highlights of our morning!

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Just About The Sweetest Sibling Session You Will See!

We had just about the sweetest sibling session here at the studio on the occasion of the youngest’s 6 month milestone and these three were so fun!!!  Mom Ashley has been here with hubby Chris and the kids before but this was Enzo’s first appearance with older sibs Lucca & Sylla together and there was definitely more magic this time around…

Sweetest Sibling Session

So this was a pretty straightforward approach with the kids on the brown backdrop and their outfits were amazing…  Let’s start with the three together:

Sweetest Sibling Session

How great are they?

We also have a little behind the scenes fun for you here with our Snapchat story from the session!  You’ll even see that Ashley jumped in for a couple shots!  Follow us on Snapchat for frequent snaps and stories from sessions and various other goings on!

Now let’s take a look at individual portraits of all three kids shall we?  First big brother…

Sweetest Sibling Session

Stylin’!!!!  Love the suspenders…

Next we have big (and little) sister…

Sweetest Sibling Session

Love the beret!!!

And now the little man!

Sweetest Sibling Session

OMG… could he be any more delicious?

And there you have it – just about the sweetest sibling session you will ever see!  We hope you enjoyed the highlights!!!

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A Few Highlights From Evrett’s Awesome Celebration!

There’s nothing like one of those special and memorable family events – milestones by which we mark the stages of our lives and celebrate together like a Bar Mitzvah!  We have been honored to be a part of many of these since we brought our event photographer Angela on board, and Evrett’s Bar Mitzvah is no exception!  We have some highlights to share from this awesome celebration!

Evrett’s Awesome Celebration

Let’s start with the man of the hour:

Awesome Celebration

A fine looking young man!

Now how about a nice family photo:

Awesome Celebration

Always a great occasion to get some great family portraits with everyone happy and looking so nice!

Tradition

Awesome Celebration

Here we have a couple photos representing some of the Jewish traditions that go along with a Bar Mitzvah…

Awesome Celebration

…and the party!!!

Awesome CelebrationThink he was having fun?  This is always a fun shot of the Bar Mitzvah boy up in the air, on top of the world during the traditional Hora dance!

And there you have it!  We hope you enjoyed a few of the highlights of Evrett’s big day and the family’s awesome celebration!

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This Was A Fun and Fabulous Frameable Family of 6!

Sometimes life happens – things get crazy, you’re raising kids and it’s the glorious chaos of life, right?  Heba is a perfect example of this with the story of this session – first let’s just say at the end of the day she has 4 amazing kids and just an overall fabulous Frameable family!  4 kids ranging from 15 to 3 – which we know ain’t always easy, but judging by the results we have to give it up to her and Vinny – they are pulling it off in style.  Meanwhile Heba stopped in here a year ago to plan a family session and then it didn’t happen – like the first sentence I typed above life happened!  We had almost forgotten about her – almost.  But when she popped back in with a huge friendly smile asking “remember me?” I absolutely did and we were thrilled that she came back!  Her little man was turning 3 and the timing was good for them to get this scheduled.  So without further adieu let’s take a look – we’re going to present these a little differently than we usually would because we LOVE the 4 close ups of the children which Heba will be displaying in her home along with the family portrait!

Fabulous Frameable Family!

Let’s start with the traditional family portrait – what a gorgeous crew.  The little guy and I bonded – we were giving each other “two thumbs up” to get ready for each shot and he was a total pro – and I gotta tell you, not all 3 year olds are the easiest to photograph, but we usually can get it done and with this little one there was no problem.

So here is the Fabulous Frameable Family:

Fabulous Frameable

….and here are the children in order from oldest to youngest with matching close crop black and white portraits!  Love these.

Fabulous Frameable

Fabulous Frameable

Fabulous Frameable

Fabulous Frameable

Stunning right?  We really enjoyed having this crew in the studio, and we hope you enjoyed the highlights of our time with them!

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