First Birthday | Baby D. | Northern Michigan Photographer

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!

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Her crocodile tear just KILLS me.

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There is nothing sweeter than the simplicity of a baby in a white onesie!!

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WHAT is this nasty stuff?! The cake smash was definitely NOT her favorite thing! 😉

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Sisters | Studio & Outdoor | Northern Michigan Photographer

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.

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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!!

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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!

H. Family | Christmas Tree Farm Mini | Northern Michigan Photographer

 

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. img_0670-edit-small

Well, at least we had these images for the H. Family’s Christmas Cards, right?!

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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! img_0673-edit-small

Thank you for braving the cold for a few minutes on this wintry day last December!

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C. Sisters | Fun at the Christmas Tree Farm | Northern Michigan Photographer

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. img_1078-edit-small

I’m going to let you in on a little secret…. the new year is going to bring them…. a new baby BROTHER!!! img_1067-edit-small

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.

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In addition to growing a new baby brother for these girls, Kristen has been growing her blog, Blissfully Insane, and her new photography business, Kristen Carlson Photography.

img_1044-edit-smallPlus, 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!

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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.