When the impetus for a session is to have both children with their spouses and all five grandchildren together it’s as good a reason as any, and when one of the children has a connection to Ally going back to college days that makes it even more fun for us! What a joy for the grandparents to have their whole family together and captured to decorate their walls!
We had some laughs on this one to be sure – if you follow us on facebook we shared a “photography tip” that arose from this session. Ally needed to make the youngest kids laugh so she told them that she pooped in her diaper. They were CRACKING UP at this announcement! It was hilarious. There was lots of talk about photography and music and all the adults were jumping around and acting silly to get the kids to smile at one point which was pretty funny…. We hope you enjoy these images as much as we enjoyed producing them!
When we met these beautiful young sisters three years ago we were taken with them immediately! They were comfortable in front of the camera from the very beginning and that hasn’t changed at all. Younger sis was one of our very first “flower pot” babies when she was 6 months old! She’s 3 1/2 now with personality to burn and her older sister who was 6 then is quite the 9 year old young lady now!
They were very well prepared and coordinated for this shoot and we had a great time with them. It makes for a very special photo shoot when you can reconnect with the kids you knew from so little and watch them grow up right in front of your camera! Enjoy!
And so the campus tour rolled along… this time into Ann Arbor to see a couple of our favorite Frameable Wolverines! The cold front was just moving in and the weather was bitter cold but we didn’t let that stop the fun……or the FOOD! Shocking we know…. 🙂
The Frameable Faces Campus Tour checks in at Pizza House!
Nicole and Cheyenne met us at Pizza House – one of the most popular spots on campus and home of the best chipatis you’ll find anywhere. A chipati is a yummy salad wrapped in yummy and warm chipati bread served with chipati sauce. The pizza and garlic bread rocks as well – actually pretty much everything is good at Pizza House… It was a historic MLK day with this year marking the 50th anniversary of the “I Have A Dream” speech and it was also inauguration day. The girls didn’t have classes and we were able to relax and catch up for a couple hours in the late afternoon for an early dinner.
Chicago style deep dish pizza and a chipati! Mmmmm....
Ally and a couple of her favorite Frameable Wolverines!
Doug with Nicole and Cheyenne
In keeping with the theme established in East Lansing, we took a stroll over to Insomnia Cookies for dessert… and we can only say that it’s a good thing there isn’t one of these in West Bloomfield. It’s dangerous enough with a Just Baked right across the street from the studio (YUM), but late night cookie delivery could be a big problem. 🙂
Yet again at Insomnia Cookies.... So goood...
Another fun trip with two of our Frameables who are also responsible for two of our greatest images ever – Nicole standing in the water with the beautiful orange sunset many of you have seen and the stunning image of Cheyenne printed on the big beautiful plexiglass which still hangs in the studio. We love our Frameable Seniors and we love to share in their successes as they enjoy their college experience!
We have been saying for a long time that it would be fun to visit our seniors when they go away to college, so this year we launched the first annual Frameable Faces Campus Tour! We started out with a trip to East Lansing to visit our Frameable Spartans, and we had a great time!
Frameables at "El Az"!
As usual this get together centered around food. We arrived on campus and picked up Lainie, Jessica, and Chelsea at their apartments/dorms and headed over to El Azteco which is a Mexican dining favorite at Michigan State for the famous Topopo Salad. We had lots of laughs and it was great to catch up! If you enjoy a good salad and you haven’t had one of these you are missing out….
Two Topopos! Yum!
Ally with some of her favorite Frameable Spartans!
Doug with Jessica, Chelsea and Lainie
We then walked a few blocks over to Insomnia Cookies – one of the best concepts ever. Cookies served warm and even delivered until 2:45 AM – wish we would have had this when we were in college….
The Insomnia Cookies didn't last long...
Each one of these girls were responsible for some our best “iconic” shots of all time – Lainie actually IN the water with a dress on, Jessica in the snow in a white dress, and Chelsea on the pink background on a huge canvas that hung in our studio for a long time. Three of our all time favorites! All in all it was a great night and we hope to do this every year! Next stop, Ann Arbor….!
Sometimes photo restoration can be just as rewarding as creating a new photo. Mike is a client who brought in an incredible photo that was damaged, creased and tattered to see if we could fix it. You can see the results below and after learning that this was what Mike called home while serving our country in Vietnam we can only imagine what this photo means to him. Actually I’m sure that most of us cannot imagine it, but you can feel that you are looking at an important piece of history – personal and national – when you see it. To be able to restore this image to such a pristine state is a very rewarding thing and Mike was gracious enough to allow us to share it on our blog. The next time you get annoyed about your living conditions – you wish your kitchen was a little bigger or you can’t stand the draft along the floor in your bedroom, think about what the soldier deals with while he/she is out there defending our country.
We asked Mike a couple of questions about the photo and here is what he had to say:
Frameable Faces: So Mike, tell us what is in this photo?
Mike: This is a picture of what I called home for some time when I was serving in Vietnam. I prefer not to talk too much about my time over there, but the photo definitely means a lot to me.
Frameable Faces: Can you tell us more about the photo? Did you take the photo yourself and did you have it developed once you returned home?
Mike: I took the photo myself with a throwaway camera. I wasn’t going to take an expensive camera over there and my mom actually sent over a disposable camera for me to use. I had to just keep the camera on me since there was obviously nowhere to get it developed where I was. I brought it back to the U.S. when I returned in 1967 and that’s when I got it developed.
Frameable Faces: Well we are glad we were able to restore it for you and we hope you are happy with the way it turned out. Thank you so much for sharing and for your service!
Mike: You are welcome and I couldn’t be happier – this photo deserved to be restored and I’m putting it in a frame so I can display it properly. You guys did a perfect job on this!
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Yesterday we posted some peaks from a family session we did on Christmas day and we mentioned that it was one of two families we photographed that day, and to stay tuned for the other one…. Well here is the other one – this is “part two” of What A Fun Way To Spend A Holiday!
We couldn’t have asked for better back to back families that day. We have a couple of connections to this family and this was the first time we had all four of them in the studio together for a photo session. Lots of good music being jammed and discussed, and a lot of just general catching up being done. Great people, great photos! We even took a photo of these two extremely sophisticated gentlemen worthy of the cover of Cigar Aficianado! 😉
This was a fantastic session and it took place on Christmas day! The funny thing is when we tell people that we were shooting on Christmas day their first reaction is confusion – “Really?”… “On Christmas?” But think about it – everyone is together, everyone is happy (right?) and what better way to celebrate family on an important day than to take pictures together?
This was actually one of two awesome families we photographed that day (stay tuned for the other one) and a memorable day it was! We had a lot of laughs with this group – they were a very lively gang (there was laughing, wisecracking and yes – even some singing), not to mention a great looking group! Stylish, athletic, glamorous – all represented in this crew! Enjoy!
Welcome to our second edition of Frameable Flashbacks! This is where we celebrate and check in with our former high school seniors to see what they are up to – sort of our version of “where are they now?” The first one we did with Hannah Iwrey was a lot of fun, and now we check in with West Bloomfield High School Class of 2011 graduate Chelsea Cage!
One of Chelsea's senior pictures
Chelsea brought us her older brother Chad for his senior pics when she was a junior and we recruited her to be a spokesmodel. She has been a huge part of our studio and of our lives over the past few years. She literally helped lay the foundation here and rarely do you get a chance to meet someone as beautiful inside and out as Chelsea – she is the genuine article and she is like family to us! We love when she comes back to visit and this time we snapped a couple of quick shots including one of her holding her canvas that used to hang on the wall of the studio.
Here’s what she had to say:
Frameable Faces: So what are you up to?
Chelsea: I’m currently studying at Michigan State University, and I love being a Spartan!!! I’m a teaching assistant, and I’m the publicity chair of the National Association of Black Accountants (MSU Chapter).
Frameable Faces: What are your future plans with your studies (what do you want to be when you grow up)?
Chelsea: I want to go into business; either accounting or supply chain management. I want to work for a Fortune 500 company.
Chelsea and Doug catch up!
Frameable Faces: What do you remember most about your Frameable Faces experience?
Chelsea: What I love most about my Frameable Faces is the relationship I built with Doug and Ally :-). It’s nice to know that I’m always welcome to stop by the studio and hang out! And having my picture in the window for a year was pretty cool!
Another beautiful shot from Chelsea's senior session!
Yo – this family is soooo GANGSTA. Be intimidated. Be very intimidated…..
We have a lot of fun with them because every year they come in with a new fun theme and this year was no different! We were cracking up during this session!
Frameables In The Hood!