Glamour | Kristen | Her Experience with Riverains Photography

beforeafter-2Looking 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!

Kristen 7747 edit 2 jpg small “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.” ~KristenKristen 7758 small

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Kristen 7751 edit smallsmall gorgeous glamour cover girl michiganKristen curates a great blog at here at Blissfully Insane, which you will LOVE! Go check it out and give her page a like at Blissfully Insane’s Facebook Page.

Thank you for the wonderful review, Kristen!

A Top Ten Feature!

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Last week I had the honor of being featured in  {Top Ten | Yellow}  over at  Jackie Jean’s blog! The blog post can be found here at shopjeanphotography.com

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.

 

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This picture is one of my absolute favorites, and it’s an honor to see it recognized in the Top Ten! Thank you Jackie!

A Family | Fall Photo Session | Northern Michigan Photographer

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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!

 

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I loved seeing their wall portraits and gift prints ready for delivery!

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Interested in a Fall Family Session this year? Call now (231-620-2505) or email me (riverainsphotography@gmail.com) to book your appointment with Riverains Photography! Sessions are limited and October in Northern Michigan is the prime time for family portraits!

R&L | Fall Family Session | Northern Michigan Photographer

There is no better place to be during the second week of October than in Northern Michigan! When the trees seem to be a light source all their own, when the sights and smells are so brilliant they’re almost overwhelming. For some, autumn scenes signal the end of warmth and the beginning of dreary, never-ending winter. But for others, autumn IS the new beginning.

Light. Love. Laughter. These are the things that made this fall family photo session so special!

As this gorgeous mom finishes up her finals this week and wraps up the first year of a grueling nursing program, I’ve never been more proud to call her my friend!

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S. Family | Fall Session | Northern Michigan Photographer

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Seriously, isn’t this just the most gorgeous family ever?!  Kari did an amazing job styling her family for this fall session in the beautiful woods behind their house. The incredible pathway through the woods is a photographer’s dream for fall family photos, and I was thrilled to be able to capture their family in such a special place. Their family is so full of love and laughter, and it shines through in these images!

Kari is not only a dear friend, she’s also an incredibly talented photographer! We had the privilege of having our personal family photos taken by Kari this year, and it was such a fantastic experience! If you are looking for a great photographer in the Petoskey and Tip of the Mitt area, check out her August Afternoon Facebook page!

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Back To School | Northern Michigan Photographer

September brought warm, golden days and the beginning of our fifth year homeschooling. Life is busy! Some days feel like they drag on and on and like the struggles will never end. And then there are days where you notice just how quickly your babies are growing up, and in between tears you try to capture the moment before it’s gone.

These are some of my very favorite images of my children.

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What about the youngest, you say? Where are the pictures of her? Well, this is exactly how cooperative she was that day. Photographer Kid Syndrome. It’s real.

Northern Michigan Photographer | Senior | Jillian | 2016

Senior 2016: Jillian

What happens when you combine a stunning girl and a field of sunflowers right at sunset in northern Michigan? You get these stunning images of Jillian! Jillian was amazing to work with and came up from downstate to make sure her senior pictures reflected her summer times spent in the Kalkaska area. We had so much fun in and around beautiful Elk Rapids on a hot summer night! Here are a few of our favorites from the session!

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Northern Michigan Photographer | Anna & Maddie | Summer Sisters

Kristen and I got together for a quick sunset session in June at our farm with these gorgeous girls. Just look at those sweet faces! They were really not thrilled about taking pictures that evening, but we managed to wrangle some adorable smiles from them and these images remain some of my absolute favorites. I love these little gals, their family are like family to us!

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Northern Michigan Natural Light Studio: The H. Family

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Sweet baby D. joined her parents in February and we split her newborn session into two parts, a sweet little sleepy babe session in their home and later, a bit of time with all three of them as a family in a natural light studio setup. I love the simplicity of the clean, crisp white wardrobe with neutral backdrop. We had a wonderful time capturing this special time and we made two gorgeous canvases, two custom designed albums, and her birth announcements from these images. Keepsakes that will last a lifetime and beyond!

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Holiday Mini – Home for Christmas in Northern Michigan!

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Christmas. What a wonderful time of year! It’s already September and time to think about Christmas cards and how to fit everything fun into the schedule! Cookie making! Snowball fights! Hot chocolate! Holiday movie nights! I love it all. I can’t wait for Christmas time again, and being a mom to four wonderful kids makes this time of year just that much more enjoyable as I watch their delight.
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Most years I have opted for Christmas jammies for our fun holiday pictures. This year I decided to go dressier with their wardrobe, but much more casual in the way I approached our setting. So this is our real Christmas tree, in our real living room, with the decorations left exactly where the kids placed them on the tree when they helped decorate, and paper snowflakes taped to the wall where they landed on the day we spent creating a huge confetti disaster in the living room. For me, there is something special about these images because of those real-life details. Pieces of life at this moment with these kids.

 

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Of course, we were joined by cousin Levi for some Christmas pictures of him in that memorable moment in between a full set of teeth! I’m sure he got really sick of hearing people sing, “All I Want For Christmas…..” but how can anyone help it with a toothless grin like that?! It’s a timeless capture of these childhood moments.

 

 

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I now have a gorgeous canvas on my wall of these kids, and it makes me so happy every time I look at it! I don’t even care that it’s a Christmas picture with a tree in it, I keep it up all year and enjoy the magic of the season as I anticipate this year’s celebrations. Are you ready for the holiday season to come? Thinking about Christmas traditions and capturing the memories with your family? Call me!

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