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detroit engagement session: christina & gabe

3.9.15 (Engagements)

Christina and Gabe live in Boston (we commiserated on the winter, although they've had it MUCH worse), and they came to Detroit for a short weekend for their wedding shower, to do their engagement session, and I'm sure to accomplish some other wedding-related things as well. Being originally from Metro Detroit, Christina loves the downtown area so it was important to her that their session was there. We started off with a few photos at the DIA but it was unusually crowded so we went across the street to the public library, which is another gorgeous building. Afterward we did some photos in The Guardian Building (Christina used to work in that building), and we finished with a typical downtown Detroit street photo. It was a phenomenal day (the type of February day when it's sunny and slightly above freezing, so it feels like a heat wave). Christina and Gabe were super fun to be around, and I'm so glad their wedding is coming up soon!

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valerie appreciation day!

2.26.15 (News)

Some of you have met Valerie, but in case you have not, Valerie is my super rad, always amazing, totally cool Studio Assistant. I don't know what I would do without her, so I decided that she needed to be appreciated in a BIG way. Yesterday when Valerie came to work, she was shocked and totally surprised by this banner I'd made her which was hanging above her desk. And of course this was not all that I did for her. She also got a hand-written card in which I gushed about her, a Visa gift card, and I took her out to lunch! As thrilled as she was by all of this, I think it made me equally as happy to do it for her!

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The playhouse I built for our daughter!

2.25.15 (Personal)

A little fun-fact about me... all of the tools in our garage are mine, not my husband's (he's cool with that as he wants nothing to do with them anyway). I've been known to embark on lofty, bordering-on-completely-insane, building projects (see my walk-in closet that I built a few years ago), and this past October I began my latest project.

Our entire basement is a big playroom (well, except for the bit of space we carved out for our gym), and I've been obsessed with filling the playroom with super fun toys, specifically ones that are different from what other kids have (our kid may be only two but already our house is "the party house", and I love it that way). Anyway, one day as I sat looking at an oddly recessed space in the playroom, I started daydreaming about making it some sort of indoor treehouse (well, minus the tree I guess). And then my daydreaming turned into thinking of how I would design it... and then of how I would build it... and then I drew sketches... and then at that point the plan bordered on a full-blown obsession, and once that happens there's no turning back for me!

Anyway, as an artist I could not help but prioritize form just as much as function, and the aesthetic of it was as thought out and slaved over as was the method of building it. I knew I'd have to look at it a lot, so I knew it couldn't be ugly. Originally it wasn't going to have the stairs jut out the way that they do, and it wasn't going to have a commercial-grade slide. But herein laid the problem: residential slides come only in green, yellow, blue, and red. Those who know me know that I'm not one to rock primary colors, or many colors at all for that matter. I spent hours searching for a residential-grade slide in a less obnoxious color, but after an exhaustive search I can confirm that they literally don't exist. And so a huge, 100+ pound, commercial-grade slide it would be! (Note: I can always determine if a person is an artist-at-heart by their design decisions. To those with artistry in their soul, bad design bothers them like an itch they can't scratch, and they'll go to great lengths and shell out stupid amounts of money to create/have something that pleases their soul.)

I've been getting the same questions from everyone who has seen it, so I'll go ahead and proactively answer those here. Yes, I built it myself (with a little bit of help from my dad). No it wasn't a kit, and no I didn't find the instructions for it online. And I don't know how I learned to build things, I just did - if you have enough drive and the vision to create something, learning how to use the tools is the easy part.

So it brings me great joy to reveal to you the final result! (And yes, that is a mail slot, a doorbell, carpeting, and pink twinkly lights... I told you it's a little insane.) Our daughter had better love this thing until she's at least 10, and every time she asks for something new I plan to simply point to her playhouse. ;)

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karlie & brian are engaged!

2.23.15 (Engagements)

Karlie and Brian have something in common with me and my husband, which is that we all love to go out to dinner and try new restaurants. However while my husband and I rarely venture outside of Birmingham, Karlie and Brian are more adventurous than us (and less lazy!) and they love to go to Detroit to check out the new spots... and so it is perfect that we did their engagement session down in the D! Not only are they are an adorable couple, but the outfits they chose couldn't have been better, and the way they look at one another made it so very easy to capture their emotion. Congratulations you two, I truly hope you love these photos of our little trek around Detroit together! :)

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