Adventures of An Angry Bird: Part 2

In a few short days I’ll be heading to the airport to pick up my brother who just spent two months in Europe.  While he was gone I had this idea to use a plush Angry Bird to take with me on adventures with friends and family that he might have gone on if he were in the States.  Things such as trips to the beach, gatherings with friends, etc.  My family and friends really enjoyed including my Angry Bird brother in photos.  Here are the photos from another month of Angry Bird Adventures:

The past month was pretty busy so I didn’t get too many chances to take my Angry Bird brother with me except my Lake Michigan trips but no matter, because I’ll see the real one in a few days.  And yep, the Angry Bird will be on the trip to the airport to greet him.



Lake Michigan Obsession

I LOVE living in Michigan.  I’ve grown up in Michigan, and went to school in Michigan.  Some of my out-of-state friends were quite confused why I loved living in Michigan, especially those who were used to warmer climates for the winter.  Sadly, most of them never realized how beautiful Michigan is during the summer because as soon as it got nice and halfway through the spring they went back home.  I love the cool nights with a campfire, swimming in the lakes, camping out under the stars, ice cream outings, the list could go on for a while.

But every summer I try to make at least one trip to Lake Michigan.  Typically I go with my group of friends and we camp or just hang out at the beach for the day.  This year as August started approaching and I got busier I was afraid I might not make my trip to the lake this year.  Fortunately, I was able to make two trips this year: one with my parents and the next weekend with my friends.  I even got to climb to the top of a lighthouse this year!!

(A view from inside the lighthouse)

As always though these trips are too short.  I’m hoping that one day I might be able to visit more often or live closer to the lake so that I can walk along the beautiful beaches more than once a year.  Here are some of the photos I took while on my trips:

(The day at the beach with friends was quite busy.  Everyone loves the lake!)

(Friends doing jumps and flips in the lake.  Yay Lake Michigan!)

If you’ve never been to any of the great lakes, its hard to describe why the lakes are so mesmerizing.  Few other places in the world can boast of lakes so large they look like an ocean.  I’ve always loved the water so for me it’s like heaven.  Perhaps I’ll visit the lake again later in the fall, though I know it won’t be as warm for swimming until next year.  I’ve also heard that it’s amazingly beautiful when the lake is frozen too.  But until next year I’ll cherish the photos and memories of my beautiful trips to the lake.


Adventures of an Angry Bird: Part 1

When my brother left for Europe this summer and we were helping him pack/clean his apartment, he threw a plush Angry Bird toy at me.  “You can have it.  I got it out of a claw game last week.”  I really enjoy Angry Birds and probably would have bought one if I could justify it, but receiving one from my brother made it a little more special.

My brother is only about a year and a half younger than me, so we grew up doing the same things and having quite a few of the same friends.  Even though we’ve been living in different cities for almost a year it was really hard for me to see him go because I knew that I wouldn’t just be able to drive up to see him on the weekends anymore for a while.

So, when he gave me the Angry Bird I decided to start a photo project–bring the Angry Bird with me when I go someplace and take pictures to send to him.  I’m sure he will be busy enough not to care all that much, but it gives me something to do and hopefully it will bring a smile to his face if (by chance) he gets homesick.  Here are some of the photos I’ve taken so far:

Yes I know this might seem a bit silly and a frivolous task, but (if anyone had any doubt) I do miss my brother.  I know this will probably be the first of many long term trips and we may end up living on opposite ends of the country someday.  But it’s sort of a sentimental way for me to include him while he’s away.  And the summer’s only half over, so I’ll be sure to post another Angry Bird photo series next month!  🙂


A Wedding Photography Experience: Jonathan and Hannah

About a month ago I was asked to photograph another wedding for two of my friends from college.  I got to know Jonathan through another friend and he was friends with my brother because they were in the same class.  And although I didn’t get to know either of them as well as I would have liked (neither were music or art majors and therefore never in the two buildings that I ‘lived’ in most of the time), I know that they are both amazingly kind and generous people.  For that reason I was honored to get to know them a little better by photographing their wedding and celebrating their special day with them.

Wedding photography is still a bit new to me (this was only my third wedding) but my favorite part of being a photographer is capturing those ‘unexpected’ moments.  I enjoy the photo-journalist approach where photos aren’t posed, but taken in a spontaneous yet artistic way to capture events.  The expressions and emotions captured in someone’s face when they forget about the camera are the things I love to catch and make me smile as I edit.  Things such as the bride and groom holding hands moving from one photography location to another or a quick smile to each other amid nerves during the ceremony, the maid of honor shedding a few tears of joy during the ceremony… the list could go on for a while.

The college was nearby and we had planned to take photos there but opted not to go outside because it was too hot and humid to travel far but we found a few good places around the church to take some photos with good lighting and still got some great shots.  Thanks again Jonathan and Hannah for letting me a part of your special day with you!


Product Photography: Dane’s Pure

This week I got the opportunity to do some product shots for my cousin’s natural sweetener product line called Dane’s Pure.  They started out with maple syrup and that continues to be their main product, but they’ve expanded to honey & molasses and plan to add more in the future (maple candies, sorghum syrup, etc.).  They haven’t had photos taken for the finished products in a while and needed some to get their website ready as well so I was more than happy to help them out!  Here’s a few photos from the shoot:

If you’re local and looking for some good natural maple syrup and honey you can find some at one of the several stores that offer their products.  Their website is still under construction but the stores are listed on their Facebook page here.  And believe me, if you’ve only tried store-bought honey or maple syrup, you’re missing out!  Natural maple syrup and honey have more flavor and sweetness than the store brands anyway.  Even if you don’t live around here, go try some of your local products today!


Happy Independence Day!

I don’t have much to say with this blog today, but just to say a thank you to all who have served, are serving, and will serve our country.  Military, fire fighters, policeman, and others who serve our country in so many ways.  Thank you for everything you do.

I’ve been feeling more patriotic this year than I have in past years, possibly because times are different.  Things such as plans and conveniences haven’t been laid out like they have in the past, and with the extreme heat we’ve been having and threats of fires (here and all over the country) it’s made me appreciate the things that I have that I’ve taken for granted in the past.  Also, being able to spend time with friends who I haven’t seen in a while or will be moving out of town soon makes this week more special because I know it probably won’t be quite like this again for a long time.

One of the local community service groups posts flags throughout the city and I think it makes the city look more alive and patriotic.  They’ve done it for a few years now on patriotic holidays and this year I decided to use them as the subject of my photography project and capture a few patriotic images.  Enjoy, and have a great Independence Day!