Have you ever had your pets professionally photographed? If so are you glad you did. Our animals are family. The white puppy in the middle is going through cancer treatment, the family wanted group photo of their kids. We are so glad they found us on Thumbtack. These memories will last for ever. Thumbtack has connected us to a many new clients that we would not of had the chance of meeting.
by MG Photography & Design of Rochester
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We're thinking of you this time of the year, Wishing you happiness, joy, and cheer. May all your days be warm and bright, And your nights enhanced by holiday light. Don't let another year go by with having a profession family portrait made, If not for yourself then the generations to come.
The Hunter Family Session. Six inches of fresh snow, perfect weather outside, bundled up to have some fun. The kids grabbing your hand's mom and dad and pulling you through the snow, the dogs leading the pack, his head buried beneaththe snow, having snowball fights, running through the park while everyones laughing.
You don't feel the cold because the warmth your family shares when you're together is priceless. What makes these pictures so special?
It's not the coloration of the image, the frame, it's about the experience and the memories that you feel every time you look your images hanging on your wall. This is why I love what I do.
It's always fun & challenging getting the family to create your own unique photo session. After it's all said and done it will be worth all the effort & time investest. These creations are so personal and priceless.
Downtown Winter Engagement session
Snow, Love and lights…what more can you ask for!
Melissa and Mike wanted a modern artsy session to celebrate their Love and what a better way than to capture the essence of downtown Rochester all decked out with holiday lights- check out Melissa and Mike as they “Stop” traffic with their romance!
Well we're going to be celebrating approximately 10 years here in Rochester Hills, Our studio got a much needed makeover fresh paint new artwork and products.
We feel blessed to have great clients and so many wonderful relationships with all the people in the Rochester area, thanks for supporting us out the years. Sincerely Michael & Marcy Guimond
Invest in your self today, a dission you'll never regret.
A good professional photographer is worth their weight in gold, and even if you're not in business, if you're on the job market, it can make a massive difference to whether people pick up the phone to talk to you, or send you that email that could mean a very lucrative oportunity for you.
You don't get second chances to make a first impression, so make sure you show yourself in your best possible light, especially when you are likely to often be "meeting" people for the first time online these days. A professionally taken headshot is vital!
The more professional, yet approachable your headshot is, the more likely people will reach out to ask you about you, your business, your products. And when people reach out to you, that's a hot lead you cannot undervalue!
Communications aren't just verbal, or in text, they come in visual format too; your logo, and your headshot amongst many other visual communication tools.
Comments by Claire Boyles
Photos by MG Photography & Design
By Mike Allebach & Offbeat Bride,
It should be one of the best days of your life — not a source of disappointment, regret, and buyer's remorse. So when I saw this comment from an Offbeat Bride on 12 things wedding photographers want to tell you, but can't, I couldn't help but shudder:
What to do if I really dislike my wedding photos? I've stepped away from them for a few months and come back and I still hate them. I've shown them to family and friends and they all think they aren't very good either… I hired a professional photographer and second shooter.
Without seeing the photos or meeting the bride, I can't solve her problem — but I can offer advice to help brides-to-be avoid wedding photo regret. Here are 11 ways to make sure you won't rue the day you hired your photographer…
Not only do you have to like the photos your photographer takes, but you have to like your photographer's personality as well. When you meet with a photographer, make sure you're meeting with the person who will shoot your wedding. Beware of wedding photography mills (they exist!) where you talk to a sales person, view their best sample images, and then get stuck with a minimum-wage photographer with minimal experience to match.
To avoid getting burned:
Experience is the best teacher, so hire someone who specializes in weddings and has shot a lot of them. Good wedding photographers use their Spidey senses to sense moments before they happen. Just because your cousin is an amazing food photographer, it doesn't mean he can document your wedding. (The reverse is true too — I'm not the guy you want to hire for food photography.)
Allow your friends and family to be guests at your wedding. Photographer friends may offer to take photos out of kindness, but I suggest turning them down. Here's a secret: They probably won't mind being turned down. Wedding photographers never get to be guests. It's refreshing to attend a wedding where we can leave the camera at home, hit the bar, and maybe do the Wobble. Besides, it's best not to mix business and pleasure, right?
When to stop looking at wedding porn
There's one component of wedding porn that starts to feel just as unhealthy as typical porn: when lusting after some fantasy of what you could... [more]
Mark Twain said, "Comparison is the death of joy." I'm sure he would have a thing or two to say about Pinterest. If you're expecting your photographer to emulate all your favorite photos on Pinterest, you're setting yourself up to be disappointed — because those weddings aren't your wedding, so your photos won't (and shouldn't!) look the same. So a week before your wedding, purge your wedding Pinterest boards. Sacrilege, I know — but delete your pins and let go. The planning process is over. It's time for your wedding. Your commitment to each other. Your love for each other.
Wedding day transportation always takes twice as long as you think it will — plan for it. If you forget to account for freeway traffic en route to your reception venue, you might cut your photo-taking time in half. Find out how much time your photographer will need, and work on a realistic time schedule. Photographers are magicians, but we can't actually bend time. Build a solid wedding day timeline with the help of a planner or coordinator, if you can. Nothing will eff up your wedding day photos more than rushing everything into an unrealistic timeline.
Do you look good with green spots on your face? No? Then kindly ask your DJ to kill the laser light show. Laser lights are pretty much the worst thing ever invented — they make your guests look like they have a mutant green skin disease. Oh, and those expensive lasers used in Electronic Dance Music can fry professional cameras on contact. Hulk smash laser lights!
Wait until after your ceremony and photos to go all Andrew W.K. I'm not saying you have to skip the mimosas, but keep hydrated and take it slow. Hate your drunk face? I can't fix that with photoshop. Plus vodka cranberry is hard to get out of a wedding dress.
The unplugged wedding: couples tell guests to put down their devices
Welcome to the era of the over-documented wedding, where even though you've hired someone to take photos, every guest has a camera and is live-tweeting... [more]
This topic has been heavily debated on Offbeat Bridealready. But I'm weighing in. The new trend of guests using iPads as video cameras is getting out of hand. I've seen guests holding iPads in front of grandma so she has to duck to see the wedding. Unless you want all of your ceremony photos peppered with people's iPads (which will look as silly as a Zack Morris cell phone in 20 years), ask them to put them away until after the first kiss.
Your caterer has a sinister plan called "hide the photographer." After the photographer's blood sugar hits rock bottom, they lead them into a dark hallway 100 yards from reception. At that exact moment, the DJ will announce that it's time for parent dances. I'm not sure where this awful tradition started, but there's an easy solution: Ask your caterer to feed the photographer at the same time as the bride and groom, so they're back in action at the same time you are. If possible, give them a table in the main reception room. That way if an epic moment happens, they're there to capture it.
[Click here for more thoughts on the importance of feeding your photographer! -Editors]
I've seen a DJ turn a bare room with four walls into a Vegas Nightclub with uplighting. Most professional DJs offer uplighting packages. Want to do it yourself? Check out this offbeat vendor.
What do you do with your wedding photos after the wedding?
What did you do with your photos after the wedding? Do you have them up in your house? Do you have an album? If you... [more]
After spending money on wedding photos, please please please do not leave them in the digital nebulas and interwebs. When historians (or *cough* family members) dig through your attic, old broken hard drives with wedding photos will be useless.
Even if you're disappointed with your wedding photos, find the few you do like, and print them up. If it's literally only a couple photos, cherish them, print them, and hang them on the wall.
If you can find a few more, make an album. The process of choosing photos to print might help you re-live all the excitement of your wedding. You may never go through the 1,000 digital images that you hate on your hard drive, but you'll look at the certain photos that you do like in your album, or that one photo on your wall for years to come.
The 2014 Ultimate Homearama luxury home tour — returning after more than a decade — will kick off its comeback with a charity preview party on Aug. 27.
The preview, to be held at the Pinnacle in Oakland Township, the site of the collection of luxury manors that will be available for viewing, will benefit Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County as well as the Rainbow Connection, a nonprofit that grants wishes to Michigan children with life-threatening or terminal illnesses.
We Raised $29,700 from the 2014 Home A Rama Charity Preview Party! Thank you HBA!
You've always wanted something artsy on your wall, you know your family would be the perfect subject for such a beautiful design,you keep putting it off because you we're never crazy about having a single huge wall portrait. Our Canvas wall clusters might be the perfect fit for you. Give us a call today to talk about creating your own custom cluster photo session. MG Photography & Design 248.651.5070
With the Detroit Auto Show in town we had the pleasure of working with Brad" Keselowski & Joey" Logano from Nascar Team Penske
Brad" Keselowski (born February 12, 1984 Rochester Hills, MI) is an American professional stock car racing driver and team owner. He currently races for Team Penske in NASCAR, driving the No. 2 Ford Fusion in the Sprint Cup Series and the No. 22 Discount Tire Ford Mustang in the Nationwide Series. He is also the owner of Brad Keselowski Racing, which currently fields two full-time teams in the Camping World Truck Series. In 2012, Keselowski joined Bobby Labonte as the only NASCAR drivers to have won a championship in both the Sprint Cup Series and the Nationwide Series
Joseph Thomas "Joey" Logano (born May 24, 1990) is an American stock car racing driver, who currently drives the No. 22 Ford Fusion full-time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the No. 22 Ford Mustang in the Nationwide Series forTeam Penske. He previously drove for Joe Gibbs Racing from 2008 to 2012, collecting 2 wins, and 41 top-10 finishes.
Logano's first major NASCAR win came during the Meijer 300 at Kentucky Speedway in just his third start in the 2008 Nationwide Series. Logano became the youngest driver to win a Nationwide Series race at 18 years, 21 days old. The previous youngest was Casey Atwood in 1999 at 18 years, 313 days. Logano became the youngest winner in Sprint Cup Series history when he won the 2009 Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway at 19 years,35 days. The previous youngest was Kyle Busch in 2005 at 20 years, 125 days. Logano is now the youngest winner in two of NASCAR's three top divisions. Logano was also the first NASCAR driver born in the 1990s that has competed inNASCAR's three major divisions.
DETROIT – The 13th Annual Toast of Hockeytown presented by ITC Holdings Corp. will be held on Monday, March 18, from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. The event benefits the Detroit Red Wings Foundation and will take place on the covered ice of Joe Louis Arena. Only 500 tickets are available to this exclusive event.
Fans can look forward to mingling with the entire Red Wings team, alumni and other local celebrities, while listening to the sounds of nine-piece band Persuasion and enjoying delectable foods and desserts. The event will feature over 70 different wines from Italy, Spain, France, California and Michigan.
The popular live and silent auction will offer guests the opportunity to bid on once-in-a-lifetime sports experiences including a trip with the Wings on Red Bird III, a two-day Porsche driving school experience, exclusive autographed Wings memorabilia and other unique items. The Detroit Red Wings Foundation would like to thank all the local companies that have supported this event, including associate sponsors PNC Bank and Porsche of The Motor City.
Individual tickets are available for $200 and can be purchased at DetroitRedWings.com/Foundation. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Detroit Red Wings Foundation. Guests must be 21 years of age to attend.
This is your only chance to have family photographed in the Detroit Red Wings Locker Room this year, by MG Photography & Design.
We been working and donating to the Detroit Red Wings Foundation & Ilitch Charities for the past six years and have help raise over $4500.
Thanks to all the families that have donaded to this great cause.
Another great line up for the Western's 64th Annual Stag Award Event, working with a couple former Detroit Red Wings, Johnny Ogrodnick, Mike Modano, also Bobby Mitchell from 104.3 WOMC and me The French Canadian Photographer.
This is what happens when you turn your back on the Cup, the sign read Do Not Touch, I think he was thirsty.
Featured Guest Speaker Mike Modano-Dallas Stars & Detroit Red Wings w/Emcee Bobby Mitchell.
Michael Thomas Modano was born on June 7, 1970 in Livonia, Michigan to Michael, Sr. and Karen Modano. Mike has two older sisters, Sandy and Linda. An energetic young boy, Mike found hockey at the age of 7. Immensely talented from the beginning, Mike worked hard playing for youth groups in and around his hometown. Mike was selected by the Minnesota North Stars as their #1 pick in the first round of the NHL Entry Draft. Mike was only the second American-born player to be chosen #1. He played primarily for the Minnesota North Stars/Dallas Stars franchise. Because of his leadership both on and off the ice, in 2003 Mike was named Captain of the Dallas Stars. Along with the 2 prestigious NHL records, Mike holds all of the offensive Dallas Stars franchise records, including career points, career goals, career assists and career games played. Mike played in the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan as well as the 2002 games in Salt Lake City, Utah where he led the team to a silver medal victory.
After 21 years of an iconic career, Mike retired from hockey and began with a renewed focus on “The Mike Modano Foundation”, which provides resources and education for at-risk, particularly abused, abandoned and neglected children in the Dallas area. Mike continues to provide funding and resources to organizations whose purpose is to offer education to children and families to assist in reversing the devastating effects of child abuse.
Good Fellowship Award Recipient Scott Kowalkowski-Detroit Lions.
Scott Thomas Kowalkowski was born August 23, 1968. He played high school football at St. Mary’s Preparatory in Orchard Lake, Michigan, where he was an All-American linebacker. Scott played college football at the University of Notre Dame and was drafted in the eighth round of the 1991 NFL Draft by the Eagles. Scott played in the NFL for the Philadelphia Eagles and the Detroit Lions in a 11-year career that lasted from 1991 to 2001.
Scott’s father, Bob Kowalkowski, also a former Detroit Lion, founded Kolo Charities in 1991. After Bob’s passing in 2009, Scott now chairs for Kolo Charities. Since 1991, the Kolo Charities has contributed over 1 million dollars to various charities. The two principle organizations supported are the Leader Dog School for the Blind in Rochester, Michigan and the Detroit Lions Courage House which directly provides funds for the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Program of H.A.V.E.N. in Oakland Country.
It was nice shooting Carly's senior session in the summer. We did her family photo's in the snow last winter.