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What an amazing session this was! Shelby traveled from Northville to get her senior pictures done right here in the Irish Hills, at her family’s beautiful lake property.  Upon my recommendation, Shelby got her hair and makeup professionally done, which completely added to her entire senior photoshoot experience.  I mean, this is your day, you’re going to want to look and feel like your most confident self.  Most of my senior girls don’t want a heavy look to their makeup, and I couldn’t agree more!  I love a very natural look, ie foundation that helps even out any skin blotchiness, and hair that looks flowing and natural.  (We go over what to ask for from your stylist during your senior consult!)
 
Taking pictures next to her family’s lake was so much fun! Their side of the lake has a perfect little beach area, where we captured some summertime barefoot shots. The greenery and wildflowers were so gorgeous and perfect for this shoot. Shelby was a delight to photograph – and the natural landscape complimented her easy-going personality perfectly.  After we shot around Shelby’s grandparents’ lovely home, we went to an Irish Hills local treasure, McCourtie Park in Somerset, MI, which always makes for a stunning backdrop for senior pictures.  This park has so many diverse spots for pictures, from the intricate carved bridges to its natural rock stairs. Shelby’s beauty and grace just glows straight through these photos.
 
Being friends with Shelby’s wonderful family, I’m beyond ecstatic that I was able capture such an exciting time in Shelby’s life in pictures that they can keep and cherish forever. I wish Shelby nothing but the best of luck in her future endeavors as she begins the next chapter in her life.
xoxo

Jenn

ps Hair & Makeup done by Kelsey Elliott out of Divinity Design Studios in Jackson, MI.  Call or text her directly to book your HMU appt: 517-945-2824.

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I have such a special bond with Chloe! She is a part of my Class of 2016 Elite Model Team, and I’ve loved working with her!  (ps I’m slowly working through all the seniors I have left to blog from 2016!)  I’ve gotten the opportunity to capture images of this sweet girl several times, so I wanted to make her June senior shoot extra fun for her! Chloe is such a well-rounded young lady with a passion for animals.  She’s not only a member of FFA, she’s the president!  She does all of her livestock showing through FFA.  She’s also involved with cheerleading at Western.

Chloe chose her grandparent’s beautiful farm in Parma, MI for her senior picture location. This country setting couldn’t have brought out her personality any better! We got some breathtaking shots with her and her horse all around the farm. Afterwards, we headed over to Western High School for some images of her in her cheerleading uniform in front of a gorgeous sunset. When it comes to senior photography, I always recommend my clients get their hair and makeup professionally done, and that’s exactly what Chloe did! She hired Kelsey Elliott of Divinity Design Studios in Jackson MI, and her ‘look’ turned out beautifully! Chloe’s mom told me she could literally see Chloe’s confidence growing as she sat in Kelsey’s chair.  I love hearing that!!!  Who doesn’t want to feel more confident the day of their shoot??

As this chapter in Chloe’s life comes to close and graduation approaches, I could not be more proud of her! I know that with this next crazy adventure that she will be very successful, and we are all rooting for her! I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to make one of her last memories in high school so special, and could capture this moment for her forever!

Congratulations Chloe!

 

xoxo

Jenn

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This girl is absolutely stunning and as kind-hearted as they come! Diana traveled from Dearborn Heights for her senior picture experience, and I had such a great time working with her. When Diana was growing up, she would visit St. Joseph’s Shrine here in the Irish Hills, and that experience stuck with her for years.  She was sure she wanted to hold her senior pictures there.  We scheduled her session in early November, while the leaves were still changing, which created such a colorful backdrop for her senior pictures.
Diana was seriously so much fun to work with! She and her mom had so many fun ideas in mind for her shoot, which made it an absolute blast and a very memorable experience! She was all about being unique! She even brought her sleek Mercedes to incorporate into several shots; she looked so fierce in those Christian Louboutin’s and her flattering black dress. To add to the uniqueness of her experience, we visited a few local Irish Hills hot spots and got a well-rounded gallery of images she was thrilled with.  We found a gorgeous wooden bridge and old country truck to shoot around. Diana’s session ended at the beautiful Clark Lake, where her beloved family friend rolled out his Harley-Davidson for her to get some pictures with. And wow! Did she rock it!!!
xoxo
Jenn
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I remember graduating high-school. It was such a bittersweet moment. Leaving your old friends behind, but having a lifetime ahead of you to meet new ones. That feeling of accomplishment & relief when you’ve taken your last final exam.  In a way, it’s sad to know that you are saying goodbye to your childhood – but it’s so exciting to finally enter the life of being an adult. Oh, Bela, I am so glad I got the chance to meet you and be a part of this wonderful journey ahead of you. You are such a beautiful girl inside and out.

Bela is a class of 2016 grad, attending Madison High School in Adrian, MI. Her presence is one that draws the attention from everyone around her.  She has such an easy-going confident nature, and such a beautiful, natural smile. Bela was a natural in front of the camera, and was so fun and easy to photograph. Her outfits were perfect and well thought out! My favorite was the dress she brought for our last location.  It complimented her figure flawlessly and also gave her such a unique look for her senior pictures (mission accomplished!)

Bela’s mom, Stasi, joined us, and we truly had a blast.   It was obvious that this mama and daughter share a strong bond, they were both so authentic.  I find that when I have clients like this, our photoshoot flies by so quickly (too quickly!)  We decided to hold Bela’s photoshoot in downtown Jackson at some of my favorite hot-spots.  Jackson has such a great variety of backdrops – from urban to natural to classic, all within a short distance of each other.  It was the perfect location for Bela’s senior picture vision.

xo

Jenn

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I know this world is going to be better because of the impact that Emily is going to have on it.  Emily is graduating from Tecumseh High School in only a few short weeks! It’s crazy how quickly time flies.  I know great things are in store for her after graduation.   

Emily was on my Class of 2016 Elite Model Team,  so I’ve gotten the chance to work with Emily a few times prior to her senior pictures, making this shoot fun and comfortable.  I scarcely had to coach throughout her shoot, she’s such a natural in front of the camera.  She has a wonderful personality that shines through her in her photos.  I think she might get that from her mom Carrie because I love the time I got to spend with both mother and daughter.  Carrie’s been a great role model for her daughter since she is someone who has such a beautiful and vibrant personality.  Emily, and her family, has a special place in my heart. 

Emily’s senior pictures were so much fun to capture.  She was up for the challenge of multiple scenery changes as we went to a few of my favorite locations in Manchester, MI.   Our final stop was Em’s ballet studio in Downtown Tecumseh, where we simply ‘created’.  There’s nothing better in the world than to draw energy from another artist, which makes Em’s senior shoot one of my all time fav’s.  It’s always fun to create portrait art with another truly talented artist! 

Emily – I will be cheering you on, sweet girl, as you graduate in a few weeks! I know great things will come your way and I cannot wait to see where life takes you. 

xo

Jenn

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