Posted on January 25, 2019
In March of 2018, I submitted 8 images to The Portrait Masters Awards and Accreditation. Each submission is graded by a panel of judges and a final score is given based on the average of the judges’ scores. Points toward accreditation are awarded based on the scores and are accumulated based on an international judging system.
Of the 8 images I submitted, 5 scored high enough to receive Bronze awards with points toward accreditation.
Each image was required to have been taken within the previous 24 months.
Here are my Bronze award winning images:
Posted on August 12, 2018
Maria came to see me last fall for her Senior Portraits while the brilliant colors were at their peak. We had a great time wandering through the park and downtown Grayling during golden hour and right at sunset for these images!
Thank you Maria! I’m so glad you came to me for your senior pictures!
Category: Fall in Northern Michigan, Seniors, Uncategorized Tagged: au sable, autumn, beautiful, beauty, fall, fall colors, graduation, grayling, michigan, michigan photographer, northern michigan, photo shoot, photography, portrait, Senior, senior inspo, senior portraits, senior style, sunset
Posted on January 12, 2018
Sweet, incredibly talented, kind-hearted Nicole. This girl is simply amazing! Her kindness and joy just bubble out to everyone around her! Her laugh is infectious and she has this way of putting people at ease, listening with patience, caring intensely about the people around her.
I met her about 5 months before we got together in the studio for this session, and I think we could have laughed and talked and kept shooting all day -we had so much fun! She is such an inspiring person, so beautiful inside and out. My life has been blessed by knowing her!
Not only is her beauty stunning and her heart full of kindness, she’s also incredibly talented at creating delicious, healthy, plant-based food. I’m not even kidding, her food is AMAZING!! An entrepreneur who has started a pop-up restaurant service in the Detroit metro area, she has a passion for sharing a message of health and restoration. Go check out her website to see when the next pop-up date will be!
Category: Glamour Tagged: beautiful, beauty, entrepreneur, fabulous, gaylord photographer, girl boss, glamour, glamour photographer, gorgeous, grayling photographer, isn't she lovely, kalkaska photographer, michigan photographer, natural beauty, natural light studio, northern michigan photographer, photography, portrait, portrait photography, studio, studio photography, traverse city photographer
Posted on July 7, 2017
Brooke is the third graduate in her family to come to me for their senior portraits. I’m so incredibly honored by their family’s continued support of me, especially considering that they drive all the way up to Grayling from downstate! Brooke’s session was the first at our new location and it was on a beautiful fall day, perfect for the various places we have right at our fingertips. The boardwalk with it’s close canopy of cedars, the swinging bridge, the fall grass at the lakeshore, and, of course, the gorgeous golds and reds of the tamaracks and maples in October.
Congratulations to Brooke – a 2017 graduate! We wish you the very best as you leap into your next adventure! Thank you for letting me be a part of this special moment in your life!
Category: Celebrations!, Fall in Northern Michigan, Seniors Tagged: beautiful, beauty, fall color, golden hour, graduate, grayling photographer, kalkaska photographer, michigan fall portraits, michigan photographer, northern michigan, northern michigan photographer, October, photography, pure michigan, senior portraits, upnorth
Posted on June 26, 2017
Tori wanted her senior pictures to be taken around Torch Lake where her family spends time every summer! We met up in Rapid City on a beautiful October day, when the autumn color was at its finest, yet still warm enough to brave the Torch Lake waters for a few fun sunset images. Tori has such an amazing smile, a spirit that just shines through to everyone around her! We had a fantastic time getting these images, I’m so glad she wanted her senior pictures up north and came all the way from downstate to let me be part of the process. Go Class of 2017~ Best of Luck on the next adventure!
Category: Fall in Northern Michigan, Seniors Tagged: beautiful, beauty, bridge, celebration, fall color, fall foliage, golden hour, graduate, kalkaska photographer, michigan photographer, natural light photographer, northern michigan, northern michigan photographer, October, outdoor photographer, photography, pure michigan, rapid city photographer, rustic, senior portrait photographer, senior portraits, TCMI, torch lake photographer, traverse city photographer, upnorth
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.
Category: Families, Glamour, Uncategorized Tagged: beauty, Family, glamour, glamour photographer, glamour photography, grayling photographer, kalkaska photographer, michigan photographer, natural light photographer, natural light studio, northern michigan, northern michigan photographer, photography, rapid city photographer, senior portraits, studio, traverse city photographer, upnorth
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!
Category: Glamour, Riverains Reviewed!, Uncategorized Tagged: alden photographer, antrim photographer, beauty, glamour, glamour photographer, glamour photography, kalkaska photographer, michigan photographer, natural light photographer, natural light studio, northern michigan, northern michigan photographer, rapid city photographer, sue bryce inspired, TCMI, torch lake photographer, traverse city photographer
Posted on June 5, 2015
There is no better feeling as a photographer than to have a client who loves their images so much that they are willing to drive nearly 4 hours to come see me again! Sidney’s Senior Portrait Session (Part 1) was done in the beauty of the northern Michigan summer time, with the field in full bloom and summer sun warming the horizon with gorgeous tones and creamy backgrounds. Don’t miss the link at the bottom of this post to take you back to her summer session to see all of her amazing images!
Sidney also wanted fall color photos to add to her Senior Collection and we had the perfect fall day in all its Michigan October splendour! We found some awesome places near Torch Lake to capture these portraits and had so much fun during the whole process! Thank you for coming to see me again Sidney, I am honored that you chose me for this amazing time in your life! Congratulations on your recent graduation!
See the rest of Sidney’s Senior Pictures here on her Summer Session Blog Post!
Category: Seniors, Uncategorized Tagged: alden photographer, antrim photographer, beauty, fall color, graduate, kalkaska photographer, michigan fall portraits, michigan photographer, northern michigan, pure michigan, rapid city photographer, senior portraits, sunlight, TCMI, torch lake photographer, traverse city photographer
Posted on September 10, 2013
I’ve known Kristen for several years and I have to admit, I was not expecting her glamour session to be….so….HOT. She has this smoldering understated sexiness that felt like it was unveiled for the first time while we went through this series. It was amazing. The outer transformation was incredibly fun, but the intense connection she made with the camera can only come from the woman inside!
Category: Glamour Tagged: beauty, glamour, glamour photographer, glamour photography, kalkaska photographer, michigan photographer, natural light photographer, natural light studio, northern michigan, northern michigan photographer, petoskey photographer, photography, traverse city photographer
Posted on September 5, 2013
There is something incredible about watching the transformation of a woman from what she feels she looks like into the woman she IS down at the depths of her soul, without fear, without judging herself, without the insecurities that hound us all. When she connects with that inner strength the result is this feeling of having been witness to a rebirth. It’s beautiful. It’s incredible. And I feel so blessed when I get to be a part of that!
YOU are beautiful, Joanna.
*Hair and makeup by Raini Levi Engle