We love being in a Pure Michigan Mood – when the fall colors are in full swing and we have a fun senior to photograph? It doesn’t get much better than that, and Merrick brought his A game! Merrick has been in front of Ally’s camera several times now going back to when he was little, and most recently as a senior spokesmodel for the class of 2023! We headed out on a brisk fall day for this session and got some great stuff – check out these highlights!
Pure Michigan Mood with Merrick
We hit some spots around West Bloomfield starting with this one which is one of our faves:
We also have some fun behind the scenes from one of our favorite burning red fall trees on Facebook:
And here’s the result:
At this point we planned to get a couple on the track since Merrick is a runner (he comes from a long line of runners) and all around great athlete! We got some snow flurries which we used to great effect on this next one. Merrick’s mom Melissa joined us for this series on location and we had a few laughs! Merrick is a total badass…
You’re only cold in your head – it’s all mental!!!
At this point it was time to head back to the studio where we got a little more behind the scenes this time on Instagram:
Wow. Let’s just say we’re pretty DARN excited to share these highlights from Taylor’s senior session…. We fell in love with both Taylor and her mom Charese pretty much immediately. You can just tell when you connect with your people, and we laughed our butts off on this session – we just had a blast and the results, well….you’ll see. Meanwhile Taylor is a senior at Detroit Country Day and she’s adorable. Funny, smart, beautiful, artistic, athletic – a quintuple threat, and we actually broke this session up into two days because we had some specialized strategies laid out to capture what we wanted, so let’s get to the highlights!
Smokin’ Session With Taylor
Okay so actually the smokin’ part happened on the second day. The first day we started in the studio and we’ll start there:
We also have some behind the scenes – first from Instagram:
At this point we headed outdoors to Birmingham where our favorite little tree was in full Pure Michigan mode! We only get this tree in the fall for a short window each year so we are always so excited when we do! Here’s a little more behind the scenes from Facebook and we have to give props to Taylor who was a real trooper because it was quite chilly…
We also got some yellows and oranges – all the Pure Michigan feels!
LOVE that one – the sweater was perfection for this photo.
Now for day two. We headed over to the track at Detroit Country Day where Taylor’s peeps were practicing – cheerleaders, football – she had an audience! And we had a WARM evening which was great. We’re obsessed with how these came out with a little off camera flash combined with some incredible natural lighting…
Now for the SMOKIN’ part… and first one more behind the scenes video from Facebook:
And the smoke:
And there you have it! A smokin’ session indeed with this young lady, and we hope you enjoyed the highlights of our day with her!
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This was probably the easiest blog post title I’ve ever had to write! Going for the gold was easy with Grace because she’s a sweetheart, she’s an accomplished track and field student-athlete, she’s friends with another of our all time fave seniors Jojo, and she’s a gold medal hurdler herself! Like – for real!
Going For The Gold With Grace…
This was a session of firsts for us – we found a new spot that we photographed for the first time in Pontiac, and we set a hurdle on fire – we’ve set plenty of stuff on fire before but never a hurdle! Before we get to the hurdle we’ll start with the location photos in Pontiac where we noticed a little marble structure that we never used before that framed Grace nicely:
We also have some fun behind the scenes for you first from the replay of the Instagram LIVE:
We were all a little hungry at this point too, so we stopped for a snack and discovered that while Grace likes guacamole she has zero interest in avocado toast. We’re not totally sure why. Hehe…
So an outfit change later we did a little more exploring in Pontiac and captured these next couple images…
We are always fans of the fire escapes…
Grace looks amazing!
At this point it was time to get back to the studio where the session got REALLY LIT!!! Grace brought a hurdle to the studio and we lit it on fire – kinda like the fire Grace leaves in her wake as she hurdles to greatness! Check out the behind the scenes broadcast of this from Facebook – it’s sooooo cool!
And here’s the fiery result!
We’re going to leave you with one more video…. We don’t usually post these types of things here but we can’t help it – we’re just SO excited for Grace! Not long after our session Grace was off to Argentina to compete in the Summer Youth Olympic Games where she took the GOLD in the women’s 100 meter hurdles! Here she is going for gold!
And there you have it – now you see what we meant when we said we were going for the gold and hurdling towards senior session greatness! We hope you enjoyed the highlights of our day with Grace!
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