Posted on February 6, 2017
Every little girl DREAMS of being a princess! Vibrant dreams of ballgowns and tiaras, twirling around and around in beautiful flights of fancy.
What better way to make a little bit of that dream come true than by renting a gorgeous gown for a 9th birthday photo shoot! Elayna chose this blue dress by fancy frock-maker Dollcake and we rented it from Rainey’s Closet. She couldn’t WAIT for the dress to arriveand twirled around with a huge grin when she was finally able to put it on!
Her May birthday lines up perfectly with cherry blossom time when the Grand Traverse Bay region is frothy with orchards blooming all around! It’s the perfect setting for a birthday portrait straight from her best dreams.
Make a wish, Birthday Girl!
Just at sunset, we went down the hill to a field of beautiful yellow flowers (her favorite color!) where she was especially happy to spend a few minutes.
This girl is on fire! 😀
Posted on January 27, 2017
A mother/daughter glamour session – what a wonderful gift for any mom and daughter!
These days are so fleeting, so precious!
Working with Carrie and Kaylee was amazing. I loved watching their interaction with each other. It was sweet and saucy, a genuine friendship with honesty that is refreshing!
They came in to my in-home studio, had their hair and makeup done, for a full 3 hours of feeling pampered and beautiful! Here are a few of the favorites from their session.
Posted on January 17, 2017
Sweet Baby D! Such a beautiful baby girl, growing so very fast! It seems like she was just coming in with her parents for her newborn pictures, and then just moments later for her first birthday.
Now we’re coming up on her second birthday and she is a proud big sis to a new baby brother!
Thank you for letting me capture these precious moments!
Her crocodile tear just KILLS me.
There is nothing sweeter than the simplicity of a baby in a white onesie!!
WHAT is this nasty stuff?! The cake smash was definitely NOT her favorite thing! 😉
Posted on December 26, 2016
2016 is swiftly winding to a close, and yet here I am still catching up on 2015 sessions and images!
Today I’m sharing a few of my girls last fall, when we had these gorgeous sister sets from Rainey’s Closet rented for fall family pictures. I love how sweet they all looked in these coordinating sets that were pulled together by the owner, Erica. It was such an easy process to rent the gorgeous clothes and accessories and I hope to do more styled sessions for children in the future! What little girl doesn’t want to be a princess for a day?! My girls absolutely love dressing up with layers of lace and tulle for birthday pictures.
Are you setting goals for 2017 yet? I know I’ve been writing down my lists of goals for about a week now, looking forward to seeing progress as we begin a new year!
I have goal lists for my personal life and for my business.
Personal goals include reading lists and activity plans with the kids, daily habits for better health and relationships, achieving things that I’ve been saying I want to do “someday”, that sort of thing.
Business goals include finishing specific educational courses and learning new skills, creating inspiration boards, take a marketing class, achieve certain benchmarks in both sessions booked and sales so that growth can continue in an upward pattern.
I’ll be honest, though! I’m not good at setting goals and I tend to set the bar low enough that I’m assured of clearing it with ease.
What AM I good at? Procrastinating on those low goals until the very last minute. Yikes!
So here’s to a higher aim, more focus, and less procrastinating in 2017! We can DO this!!
So what are your goals for this New Year, and how do you make sure you stay on track? Any tips and tricks that really help you maintain that focus?
Whatever the plans you have – I hope you have a wonderful New Year’s Celebration and enter 2017 with hope and cheer and a sense of good purpose!
Posted on December 13, 2016
Because when it’s almost 60 degrees in the middle of December, you just have to get out there and have fun in your Christmas jammies!
Have I ever mentioned how much we love Hanna Andersson pajamas? We love the fit, the softness, and the quality that makes it possible to hand down well-loved pjs through these three sisters. 😉
And if I’m being honest, Emma is already wearing the jammies that Joshua was wearing in these images. Because red and green stripes are for EVERYONE in the month of December!
It’s not just my blog that I’m behind on! I finally had some of these adorable pictures printed and framed for my own mantle. Usually I stick to a fall-themed assortment of pictures because I LOVE me some October goodness! But this year when I was decorating for Christmas I decided it was time to switch it up and print my favorite holiday memories, and I’m so glad I did. What’s better than being reminded of the wonder and joy of your children during the holiday season?!
Print your memories. Look back on the good times. Embrace the fleeting moments.
Those are the things you won’t regret.
Merry Christmas, Everyone!
Posted on December 7, 2016
Snow!! We completely lucked out on this wintry scene on the day of this mini session! The snow didn’t last long and we spent the rest of the month of December hoping (in vain) for a White Christmas.
Well, at least we had these images for the H. Family’s Christmas Cards, right?!
I’m so glad they brought their sweet little fur-baby for these images, it’s always a lot of fun to get to know the furriest members of the family. And it’s important to capture them in family portraits, too!
Thank you for braving the cold for a few minutes on this wintry day last December!
Posted on December 5, 2016
It’s hard to believe – but these sweet pictures of A. and M. were taken almost exactly a year ago! And what a year it has been for these girls.
I’m going to let you in on a little secret…. the new year is going to bring them…. a new baby BROTHER!!!
We are so excited for this family, who have been friends of ours for so many years. I can’t wait to meet the new little man who will be such an amazing addition to their family.
Plus, she homeschools her girls! Guys, this mama really rocks! She’s an amazing person and I’m honored to call her a friend. You might recognize her from some of my previous work, she has always been up for random, last-minute, crazy ideas for photo shoots, like this day in Dec. 2015 when the air was too warm to pass up some quick pictures of the kids for Christmas. That kind of warm weather is just NOT typical of northern Michigan.
Now it’s time for new Christmas picture fun! But first I’m going to try and catch up a little more from this year’s sessions.
Merry Christmas Y’all!
Posted on May 18, 2016
Looking back a few years to July 2013 to my session with Kristen! This was just a few short months after I’d discovered the incredible talent of Sue Bryce and had begun to learn the techniques behind her wildly successful Glamour Portrait business. What drew me to Sue Bryce was hardly her business sense, though. It was her amazing ability to connect with all women, of all backgrounds, body shapes, and insecurities, and in the space of a few hours reveal to them their own beauty….and capture it in an image that would remind them, over and over, what it means to embrace it. Embody it. Live it.
Kristen was gracious enough to be one of the first practice sessions as I began the learning process! She suffers from adult acne which makes it difficult at times for her to see past to the beauty within. During the time we spent together, I was amazed by the easy way she connected with the camera, and thrilled to see the intensity and confidence shining bright through her eyes and her body language. It was a great experience for me, and I was happy to have Kristen write this wonderful review of her side of the experience!
“When I first heard “glamour shoot” I instantly thought of the horrible circa 1990s glamour pictures you would get done at the mall. I was hesitant. However with talking to Lisa and seeing her passion and excitement for her photography, I knew for certain this was not going to be pictures you get from the mall. From the moment I sat in the makeup chair, I felt at ease. As a mother of two, I do not get many opportunities to put on makeup and an outfit that I feel sexy in. Lisa and her makeup artist, Raini, not only exuded confidence in their abilities to make me feel beautiful but also exuded kindness in making me feel at home. Lisa’s goal of the day was to capture a shot that I could reflect on and see that I am beautiful! It is not very often that you come across a photographer that is equally as thrilled as you to see the outcome of the shoot. Lisa’s excitement throughout the whole session created fire within me. For those couple of hours I was a supermodel and I liked it! Lisa’s passion for photography is clearly evident in her work. I was shocked at how many photographs she came back with at the reveal. Each one was stunning and beyond my wildest expectations. The photos made me embrace what was already there; my beauty. The whole experience is something that I will cherish forever. I not only walked away from this shoot with breathtaking photographs but with more confidence about the person I am inside and out.” ~Kristen
Thank you for the wonderful review, Kristen!
Posted on May 9, 2016
If you are not familiar with Jackie Jean Photography, she has a fantastic website full of resources for photographers, including actions, presets, overlays, and workshops. She also hosts a wonderfully supportive group on facebook where photographers can share their work and enter the weekly Top Ten challenges.
This picture is one of my absolute favorites, and it’s an honor to see it recognized in the Top Ten! Thank you Jackie!
Posted on May 9, 2016
It was such a pleasure getting to know the Allen’s on a beautiful fall day last October! Well, actually, make that two days in October! Our first session was marked with tears and babies who weren’t feeling the best. So we got together again with great results! Sometimes a little extra time spent with my clients makes all the difference, and I’m so glad we could all find time in our schedules to make these special family portraits happen!
I loved seeing their wall portraits and gift prints ready for delivery!
Interested in a Fall Family Session this year? Call now (231-620-2505) or email me (email@example.com) to book your appointment with Riverains Photography! Sessions are limited and October in Northern Michigan is the prime time for family portraits!