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Charity Channels Her Inner Charm For Her Champion Senior Session!

Inner charm, outer beauty, inner beauty, outer charm – all of it – Charity channels it!  Charity is another North Farmington Raider which is always a bonus for us as fellow Raider alums and we had a fantastic session with her!  Charity had to be a champ because it was chilly out – really chilly (how many words can Doug squeeze into this blog post that begin with “ch”?).  But she stuck it out and delivered some pure awesomeness in Pontiac for some city shots before we made it back to the warm confines of the studio…  Let’s get to it!

Charity Channels Her Inner Charm…

Charity is a sweetie and a dancer too so she’s got a lot going for her.  Her mom Caren joined us as we headed out on location.  First we have this photo on the fire escape…

Charity Channels

Love this because her outfit blends right in with the colors around her for one thing, and she just looks happy and great all the way around.  We actually have plenty of behind the scenes to share as well, and we’ll start with the replay of the Periscope live broadcast.  You can download the app and be part of the fun at @FrameableFaces at this link or you can also just watch from twitter here.

I have to mention that there is an amazing moment on this broadcast where Caren got very emotional watching her girl have her senior pictures taken and like a reporter I took a risk and ran over to catch it and ask her how she was doing – it was a good cry and so sweet!  Caren was great sport about it too!

Awww…..

At this point we relocated for a wardrobe change to another spot on a different set of steps and had some great backlight going for this one.

Charity Channels

That lighting and that smile!

You would never know we were pretty cold by the results…. and at this point it was time to get back to the studio.

First we have a close up of our girl on the red paper backdrop which is one of our faves for sure.

Charity Channels

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

Here’s a dramatic black and white version of our “black and blowy” setup that we are in love with…

Charity Channels

And we’ll end it with the Snapchat story we posted that day – you should be following us there too!  Snap us back!

So there you have it!  When Charity channels her inner charm it comes through with wonderful outer results!  We hope you enjoyed our highlights from our day with her!

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Emily Emits Spokesmodeling Excellence For The Class of 2018!

Emily is our first North Farmington Raider of this upcoming class, and as we expect from Raiders she emits excellence – spokesmodeling excellence and plenty of other kinds too!  She plays the oboe, and she’s involved in a couple of organizations – smart, funny, talented, beautiful – a multiple threat!  We haven’t known Emily long, but we became instant fans when she first came to the studio for our meeting – of her and her mom Jennifer – and we are thrilled to have Emily representing the studio!

Spokesmodeling Excellence…

This session was entirely in the studio as the rain was falling outside, and we love these.  For the spokesmodel sessions there is no pressure to go outside and we can try out some new things in the friendly confines of the Frameable Faces studio!  We started out with the black background for this one…

Spokesmodeling Excellence

Such elegance – she looks fantastic!

We also have plenty of behind the scenes footage from the day starting with the replay of our Periscope broadcast.  You can follow us and join in the fun of future broadcasts by getting the app and following us at @frameablefaces here or you can just watch from Twitter!

Next we went with the simple clean white background which is always a winner for this relaxed close up of our girl…

Spokesmodeling Excellence

Spokesmodeling excellence indeed…

Next we broke out the red paper backdrop which we love for its richness and we captured a candid and playful Emily here…  so fun!

Spokesmodeling Excellence

Emily Emits…

At this point we broke out the metal which emits a little reflection of its own, but Emily clearly overpowered it for this next series and we experimented a little here – different angles for a couple of the shots, we flipped over the floor mats to give a stark black floor to add to the industrial look and we added a filter to the finished product – this setup will be known as “The Emily” going forward and here is some of the behind the scenes from the Facebook Live broadcast.  As you’ll see things started getting “crazy” at this point!  We had double broadcasts going as Emily was live with her own peeps on Instagram and Jennifer was directing some poses for Emily – we had a blast!  

 

LOVE this result….

Spokesmodeling Excellence

We’ll leave you with the Snapchat story of the session which we have posted on our YouTube channel….  fun!

And there you have it!  Emily clearly emitted spokesmodeling excellence on this day, and we cannot wait to get her back into the studio for her senior pictures later this year!  Love her!  We hope you are enjoying the continuing highlights of our amazing crew for the upcoming class of 2018!

 

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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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Sami Spokesmodels and Slays At A Splendid New Spot!

Here we go moving right along with the upcoming class of 2018 as Sami spokesmodels and slays!  We are pretty excited for Sami as we are with all of the members of our new crew so far, and with this session we are particularly excited because we ventured out to a new location we’ve never been to and boy was it worth it!  Ally had the idea to give Mill Race Park a try in Commerce, and what a cool spot!  The Huron River, trails, a bridge, a covered bridge, graffiti – this park has it all, and all the features are in close proximity to each other.  A real gem!

Speaking of gems, Sami is surely one herself.  We’ve known Sami for a few years as well as her mom and dad and she is a real sweetheart – everyone has nothing but the nicest things to say about Sami!  She’s not only sweet and adorable either – she’s on debate team, Peer Corps, and she dances too!  She looked beautiful and the weather was crazy warm – 60 degrees on February 23rd!!!  And yes – that was yesterday as of this writing!  Ally was pretty excited to go through these and she grabbed 4 to edit so we could rush this out onto the blog and send out in our weekly Friday newsletter which you can sign up for here.  So with a quick shout out to the girls at Mandy Rose Studio for Sami’s makeup and hair let’s get to the location shots where Sami spokesmodels and slays shall we?

Sami Spokesmodels and Slays….

So the first landmark we came across was this cool bridge and that’s where we started:

Sami Spokesmodels

Love it!  

We also have plenty of behind the scenes fun from the session for you to check out.  First the replay of our live Periscope broadcast – you can join us on Periscope to be a part of our broadcasts here or you can just follow and watch from twitter as well! 

There are some great remains from the Commerce Roller Mill which dates back to the 1840’s so we played around with them for some shots – here’s one…

Sami Spokesmodels

When we were researching this location there was mention on the website of a covered bridge so we (Sami actually) found it and we fired up another Facebook Live broadcast…

…..and here is a resulting photo from the bridge!  “Sami’s bridge” going forward since she pioneered it which is how we roll here at Frameable Faces.  Actually the whole park is Sami’s…. lol.

Sami Spokesmodels

How cute is she?

Okay now we have one more shot to share – Ally loves this one of Sami just being adorable looking over her shoulder with more ruins in the background…

Sami Spokesmodels

We also did a few shots in the studio and you take a look at the behind the scenes fun below!  Sami will ultimately be able to share some of these on her own but we wanted to focus on the location for this post since it was a new spot for us!

We’ll finish it off with the Snapchat story we posted from the session – be sure to follow us there too!

So there you have it!  We now know when Sami spokesmodels it’s surely something special and we hope you enjoyed the highlights of our day with her!  She’ll be back on this blog and in the window of our studio – we’re not through with her yet!!!  Lol! 

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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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KICKING OFF Class of 2018 Spokesmodels with Olivia! BEAUTY & BEAST!

When we say we’re kicking off our class of 2018 spokesmodels we actually mean we’re kicking it off!  With a kicker – a female kicker!  We are thrilled to have Olivia representing our studio and this is always an exciting time for us as we start to look towards the upcoming senior class which we’ll start photographing in earnest this summer.  Some our favorite people of all time and very close friends started out as spokesmodels going all the way back to the graduating class of 2009 and we’ve already become fast friends with Olivia and her mom Liz.  But first let’s back up a bit to the fall of 2015 in the bleachers of Bloomfield Hills High School…

“Check It Out!  How Cool Is That?”

Our son Tony plays football at BHHS and when he first went out for the team as a freshman we were at one of his games sitting in the bleachers.  The freshman team was down on the field and they play before the JV so the JV came up into the bleachers to wait and watch until their turn came.  Ally being a nervous mom saw the size of some of the sophomores walking past and then….Olivia comes walking by in her pads and Ally and I said to each other “Check it out!  How cute is she?  And how COOL is that?”  There were no girls on the football team to speak of back in our day.  You see it more now but it’s still not that common and we think you need to be a pretty cool girl to be able to hang on a team of guys, and be a kicker where all eyes are on you every time you take the field to begin with!

Needless to say our wheels started turning back then as they often do when we’re on the lookout for spokesmodels.  So flash forward to the varsity banquet at the end of Tony’s JV season a couple months ago and there is Olivia looking stunning, so we texted a couple people during dinner to ask about Olivia and we were given the thumbs up.  Ally makes a break for it.  So creepy right?  Like, “we’ve had our eye on you for years and we want you to be a spokesmodel for our studio”!!!  Haha!  But we still had to see if she was actually interested, meet her and her mom at the studio and make sure it was a fit for everyone.  So sure enough Olivia called and said she would be interested and when she and Liz arrived we fell in love with them immediately.  Such sweethearts both of them!!!

Kicking Off With Olivia…

While we may be kicking off the proceedings we should also mention that Olivia plays lacrosse and she’s nice and she’s smart – she’s the whole package.  But before we get to the beast part we started off with the beauty part of the session….  First we’ll share this one on the brown backdrop – we find the brown to be a great option to go with pink – a good color combo for this year.

Kicking Off

We actually played around with a few different backdrops and combinations as we usually do with our spokesmodels and you can see some of the behind the scenes fun here…  Let’s start with the replay of our Snapchat story from the day which ends with the “squad selfie”!  🙂

Next we have the replay of our live Periscope broadcast – if you aren’t following us on Periscope and want to join in the fun and be a part of our shows download the app and follow us at @frameablefaces, or you can watch from your browser and/or on Twitter too!

Now let’s take a look at some of the photos we did on the black backdrop.  First we have this relaxed and fun shot on our black couch – black on black anything looks cool when it’s lit properly and we are looking forward to more of our black couch which is still a relatively new addition here on the black background.

Kicking Off

Plenty of Beauty right?  Now time for beast…

What’s fun about these next couple of shots is that it was actually hard to get Olivia to keep a straight face, because as much of a bad ass as she is, she’s actually very humble and sweet and she was giggling.  Haha!

Kicking Off

How awesome is that shot???  The football / lacrosse mashup!

Let’s take another look at some behind the scenes fun with more live video this time from Facebook Live:

And now one more lit photo in beast mode….

Kicking Off

AWESOME!  What a way to be kicking off the class of 2018 spokesmodel sessions!  Much more to come from our new crew which is starting to shape up to be a very strong class!  We hope you enjoyed the highlights from our time with Olivia!  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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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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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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21 Reasons Photography Is Completely Overrated

Yes.  Photography blows.  We should know better than anybody – we’re photographers.  Through extensive research we have compiled the 21 reasons why photography is completely overrated. 

21 Reasons

 

21 Reasons Photography Is Completely Overrated

  1. You’re ugly and no one wants to see photos of you (shots fired! okay you’re not really ugly – this is an intentionally silly list)
  2. Your friends are ugly and no one wants to see photos of them either
  3. It costs a lot of money to actually get a good photo taken – like by an actual pro
  4. Good cameras are like way too expensive and hard to use
  5. Smartphone cameras can be a pain in the butt to figure out and even harder to use effectively than actual cameras
  6. That one time you looked really fat in that photo that was posted on Facebook
  7. You have all these photos with your ex that you never want to look at again
  8. Actual memories are better and you can kinda change them in your head to make them even a little better than they are – it’s harder to change a picture
  9. Because like, leave me alone
  10. Smiling makes your face sore
  11. Your dad is annoying – always wanting to take a picture of you
  12. Your dad is even more annoying thinking selfies make him cool
  13. Your dad is yet even more annoying doing snapchat selfies with half of his face cut off because he knows “it’s a thing”

    21 Reasons

    Exhibit A – Reason #13

  14. Your mom is annoying for all of the three previous reasons even if slightly less annoying than your dad
  15. Instagram overposters
  16. Having to explain……..like, anything
  17. Okay an example of #16 – You told someone you didn’t feel like going out but then got photographed…….out
  18. Narcissists aren’t cool in general and photography gives them an outlet to be….narcissists.
  19. Storage / Syncing struggles
  20. The awkward moment where someone is trying to imply that they want to take a picture of the rest of the group who have something in common that you don’t really have with them.  I mean, it makes sense but still totally awkward.
  21. Lists like this

So there you go – 21 reasons photography is completely overrated!  Feel free to add more to the list…. 

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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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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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Leah Left A Lasting Impression On Her Senior Session!

Leah left a lasting impression on her senior session for sure, but we didn’t really doubt that would be the case.  Leah is a character and with her gorgeous curly red hair she’s impossible to forget!  We’ve known Leah for a long time too so this was one of those many surreal senior sessions we have here with seniors we’ve known since they were little.  Aside from the yearbook headshot this was an entirely on location session and we had a great day for it.  The summer has been hot but the visuals have been beautiful.  Leah’s mom Laynie came with us just like she did a few years back for Leah’s older sister Sara’s session and we had fun once again!  So on that note, let’s get to some photos!

Leah Left A Lasting Impression…

Our first spot was one that Leah suggested and one we had never photographed before!  There are always new spots to find, and this one was so cool because it was a pond literally covered with a sheet of green algae…  take a look!

Lasting Impression

What a cool backdrop it makes and the lighting on Leah’s hair is awesome!

Before we head to our next location let’s look at some of the behind the scenes fun from our day – first with our 6 second looping Vine:

As an added bonus here is the link to the little Snapchat story we did which is notable for the “beautiful” graphic I dropped in perfectly at the end of the clip of Leah playing guitar.  Don’t ask me exactly how I did it because I’m not quite sure…  lol.

Next we have the replays of the live Periscope / Twitter broadcasts from our day for your extended viewing.  If you haven’t downloaded Periscope yet and want to be a part of our community there you can do that at this link.  You can follow and see Periscopes on Twitter too at this link.

First we have the “bog scope”…

Next we have the scope from behind the West Bloomfield library…

Okay so let’s get to a few more photos!

This is our second location where we have Leah breaking out her guitar against the barn… love this!

Lasting Impression

Here’s one at the same spot but with a stone background….

Lasting Impression

And one more with Leah surrounded by (and adding to) the natural beauty!

Lasting Impression

And now you see why Leah left such a lasting impression indeed!  We hope you enjoyed the highlights of our day!

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Ryan Leads The Way For The Guys For The Class Of 2017!

Ryan’s session is the first official senior guy session for the class of 2017 and he definitely led the way in style!  We have known Ryan for a long time but not well – one of those things where we’ve known his family and more specifically his mom Jodie going back to high school days.  We photographed him before when we did family photos for them, but this was the first time we really hung out with Ryan for an extended time and we really had a lot of fun with him!

Focused dude…

One of the things that impressed us about Ryan (and you’ll see this if you watch the Periscope replay) is when asked by a couple of viewers of our live broadcast what subject he likes the most and what he wants to study he didn’t hesitate – just matter of factly answered “Econ” and “Business”.  I didn’t really have a clue at that age, so kudos to Ryan!  As for the session, he came solo and had two different dress shirts for the formal shots to go with the casual stuff.  Totally prepared – clean cut and ready to rock (not just with the photos but the kid likes classic rock too – which instantly makes him cool).  So let’s get ready to rock here, starting with our studio photos…

We started with the formal look with the grey fabric backdrop – this is a combo we like a lot!

Ryan Leads

GQ!  What a stud.

Next we moved to a little bit more of a casual look with a sweater for this one…

Ryan Leads

Looking good with the black background!

Before we head to the location photos let’s look at the behind the scenes action shall we?  First with our fun 6 second looping Vine where Ally is having a little fun with Ryan – haha!

Even his Snapchat story was pretty epic which you can check out on Slinger at this link!

Next we have the replay of our live Periscope broadcasts from our YouTube channel for your extended viewing pleasure!  Download Periscope and follow us at @FrameableFaces and/or watch the broadcasts on Twitter!

Ryan Leads Us…To The Location!

Heritage Park is a great location for outdoor sessions and we got some great stuff with Ryan.  This was a later session where we planned to get some off camera flash going and the results are fantastic…

First we have a nice close up with the barn in the background…

Ryan Leads

And lastly an off camera flash photo…

Ryan Leads

Cool!

And there you have it – Ryan leads the way for the guys and we are really off and running with this senior class!  We hope you enjoyed the highlights of our time with Ryan!

Doug’s Rant: Twitter Stickers, Photos on Social, Apps Chase Apps

Yes it’s been a while since I’ve posted a rant!  Let’s do this….

Twitter Stickers

Twitter Stickers

You may have seen Twitter’s recent announcement about the new “stickers” feature which allows you to add emojis and other things to your photos.  Fortune points out the obvious play on Twitter’s part to keep up with Snapchat with a headline that gives the new feature a positive spin.  Meanwhile the Wall Street Journal is completely and inexplicably oblivious to the chasing of snapchat with a slightly-less-than-flattering headline about Twitter….  Note in particular the second paragraph in the WSJ article about the other “communication” apps with stickers.  C’mon….  Really?  ZERO mention of Snapchat there?  That’s amazing.  I’m not totally sure how I feel about stickers yet since I haven’t used them but I have plenty of thoughts and you can look at this from a few different perspectives which we’ll get to.

A Couple Thoughts On Social Photography…

Meanwhile as photographers the ongoing debate of whether iPhone pics and the ease of entry is “ruining” the industry is an interesting one to us.  This article on Popular Photography while not overtly addressing the big picture in that regard seems to come from that mindset, claiming that using Twitter stickers is a way to “completely ruin your photos”.  I always find these types of opinions a little troubling.  We’ve always embraced the idea that the more people appreciate everyday photography the more they will appreciate professional photography.  We’ve always looked at Snapchat and Instagram as opportunities to have fun just like everyone else and we actually use them to highlight aspects of what we do at Frameable Faces.  To call attention to stickers being a way to ruin pictures is silly to me.  If you take a picture you don’t want to ruin with a sticker, then DON’T ADD A STICKER…… duh.  Right?  Maybe the fun you can have with stickers can help you build community to draw people in to see the stuff that is meant to stand on its own without the stickers.  We actually covered this topic today on our photography show “The Photo Shop” on @ParachuteTV1 on Periscope if you’re interested in taking a look.

Social Media Apps chasing Other Social Media Apps…

So while the photography studio owner in me doesn’t have a problem with stickers, the social media guy in me might.  Here’s what bugs me a little about them – keep in mind that I have not used them yet.  This is an overall statement about social media platforms that I think applies here, even though I may be admitting soon that stickers are the greatest thing to happen to twitter (although I doubt it).  I have no problem admitting when I’m wrong…

Here’s my issue.  Each time a unique social media platform adds a feature to chase and become like another platform, it blurs the lines between platforms that make them cool.  I like the different uses for each platform.  I like the different etiquette and the different cultures of the different apps.  Here are three other examples I thought were somewhere between silly and annoying when they rolled out and still do:

  • Facebook hashtags  Good try Facebook but you are NOT twitter.  Hashtags totally flopped on Facebook – they just really don’t belong there in my opinion.
  • Instagram video  I believe Instagram did this as a reaction to Vine at the time.  I can’t stand videos on Instagram.  There was nothing “insta” about pausing while scrolling though the pics in the feed to watch a 15 second video and now the videos can be up to 60 seconds – good grief.   I know not everyone agrees with me on this but it is my rant…
  • Periscope sketch  Rolling out the ability to sketch on the screen while you’re broadcasting was, well…sketchy.  I can only conclude that this was a way to chase Snapchat (?) even though the two are completely apples and oranges.  Sonia Figueroa is the only scoper I’ve seen who consistently makes me smile when she draws hearts on the screen to “give them back” to her viewers (she’s one of my faves), but at a time when everyone was waiting for other more practical features this was a bit of an annoyance.

So there it is…  had to do it.  Thoughts?  Are you using Twitter stickers?  Can you think of other app fails from apps chasing apps?  Please comment, share your thoughts, and share this post!