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Guess who’s big day is just two months away!?  🙂

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Okay, fine.  Maybe it’s a bit early to start packing the camera, but ya’ can’t blame a guy for being excited to get Alex and Holly in front of the lens again?

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Alex and Holly heating up Flagstaff

Alex and Holly, engagement session, portrait, sunset, kiss, flagstaff  So I love the outdoors.  Always have and probably always will enjoy getting out on the trails.  The first time I spoke to Holly she told me Alex and the family were headed up for a weekend of camping.  Better yet, they thought it would great if we could do their engagement session in the mountains somewhere.  Hold up…in the mountains you say?  Yep, it was pretty much on from there.

  If you’ve ever been to Flagstaff, Az in the summer you know that any plan is subject to Mother Nature and the monsoon storms.  The afternoon of their shoot was no different.  I had my eyes glued to the radar screen on my phone as their showtime ticked closer and closer.  Literally five minutes before they arrived a severe thunderstorm band passed through dumping buckets of rain and hail.

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They pulled up and just like that, the skies parted a cool breeze came in from the West and the sun shined down.  No really, that’s how it happened.  I have witnesses.

Forest 5_fbAlex and Holly, engagement session, portrait, sunset, kiss, flagstaff  Would you believe one of these two rock stars told me that they hated being in front of the camera and just didn’t “take good photos”.  Yeah…uh huh.  Sure ya’ don’t.

Alex and Holly, engagement session, portrait, sunset, kiss, flagstaffAlex and Holly, engagement session, portrait, sunset, kiss, flagstaffAlex and Holly, engagement session, portrait, sunset, kiss, flagstaffAfter a quick change we left the trails for a nearby meadow with a view.

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From start to finish, Alex and Holly rocked it out on a mountain in Flagstaff, Arizona.  If the good time we had during this shoot is any indication, their wedding in April is going to be amazing!  I for one can’t wait!  So make sure to stop by and tell the happy couple congratulations!

PS…want to know my favorite thing about being out on the trails?  Seeing sights like this!  Courtesy of Mother Nature and on this particular night, the awesome Alex and Holly!

Meadow 7Interesting fact…You can’t see them, but during this portion of the shoot we had an audience (about 30-40 people) on the ridge behind me.  I think they had come to check out the sunset but they ended up cheering and whistling every time Alex and Holly kissed.  Alex and Holly could see them and they cracked up every time.

Meadow kiss coveredHave a great weekend everybody!

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Four Years Later

From the desk of: Veronica

Since I shared my fears about my photo shoot with you, I thought it only fair I tell you how it went. I know you’ve already seen some of the family portraits and some of the shots of me and my husband, but I want to tell you about the making of those pictures of me and Jeremy.

I knew that this session was intended to make up for my lousy wedding photos, but I was very focused on the family photos we were to take at the beginning of the day. If you’ve ever taken a photo of a child, attempted to take a photo of a child, or even, you know, watched a child run around like a wild animal, you know that it can often be impossible to get kids to cooperate. Then try to do it with two of them. Oh, and make sure their parents are also looking good and not talking to the kids or trying to get them to smile. I was worried we wouldn’t get a single good shot, and to be honest, by the time we were done with those pictures, the worry had exhausted me. Of course, I had nothing to be worried about, but try and tell me not to worry – it doesn’t work.

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So, by the time Jeremy and I were supposed to leave the girls with my mom and be romantic in front of the camera, I was already worn out. But then something wonderful happened.

Everyone else melted away. It was just me and Jeremy.

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Seriously. We were giggling like kids, smooching, and whispering in each others’ ears. We were smiling so big my face hurt. I couldn’t stop looking at Jeremy. I felt like we fell in love all over again.

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When we were done with the shoot and packed the girls in the car, we just kept looking at each other with big goofy grins.

“That was like … a date!” I told Jeremy, and he agreed. We had an amazing time, and seriously thought even if we never saw any of the pictures, we had already gotten so much out of the experience that we were completely satisfied. We were madly in love and had a fantastic day.

And THEN, we DID get the pictures. Bonus! And they were amazing! BONUS bonus!

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I had no idea this experience would be so profoundly moving, and I have to tell you, I realize now just how fantastic it must be for brides and grooms to work with an amazing photographer on their wedding day. To have had that kind of moment on what was the greatest day of my life would have been perfect. Thankfully, I got that moment, four years after the fact, thanks to Sean and Amanda.

You can find Veronica at her blog, Veronica M.D. (no, she’s not a real doctor), on TwitterInstagram, (and Pinterest!). Feel free to stalk her. She encourages it.

The Dimicks … After Dark

From the desk of: Amanda

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In my last shoot recap, I talked about what an awesome time Sean and I had with our blogger, Veronica, and her beautiful family. The second part of their shoot was just for them. As you might remember, Veronica and Jeremy had quite the wedding photo story. After their family session, Sean and I spent some time giving these two lovebirds some photos that will hopefully alleviate some of the disappointment over the ones from their wedding.

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These two were SO easy to work with, it was unreal. Sean spent countless hours researching posing for couples, but a few shots in, it was obvious that we didn’t need any help. Veronica and Jeremy were naturals in front of the camera.

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How perfect is this?

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Or this?

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I can’t make this stuff up, guys. This is truly the stuff fairy tales are made of. They really ARE this much in love.

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Looking for more of our portrait work? Just wait till you see Amy Z and her family. But that will come soon enough. There’s already too much awesomeness in this post. We don’t want to break the internet, do we? <wink>

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The Dimick Family

From the desk of: Amanda

I’ve known Veronica for a super long time, like all the way back to high school. When Sean approached me about wanting to bring on someone who is far more experienced in the ways of blogging than we are, I knew she was the person I wanted to approach first. She’s got an amazing personal blog, and I knew that even if she wasn’t interested in the spot, she could likely point me toward someone who was. I was over the moon when she agreed to help us out. I absolutely love her writing style, and I knew she would be a huge asset to SPP.

One of her first contributions to our blog was about her experience with her wedding photographer, and after hearing that she couldn’t even hang ONE photo on her wall, Sean and I wanted to do something for her, since we both (obviously) feel that loving your photos is very important. We knew that we couldn’t go back and recreate her wedding day, but we could still give her and Jeremy some very special photos of the two of them, worthy of hanging on their walls. I’ll talk more about that shoot in my next post. For now, I’m going to give you a closer look at their family session.

Veronica and Jeremy have two beautiful daughters, Josephine and Genevieve, who are center of their world. The whole family was a ton of fun to work with, but these two little girls really stole the show. I knew right from the first moment they arrived that this was going to be an awesome time. Josie, who I hadn’t seen in quite some time, immediately grabbed my hand and took off, while Gigi flashed me the biggest smile I’ve ever seen on a one year old.

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These girls were total show-stealers. I mean, look at this

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They almost didn’t even need Mom and Dad around, lol.

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But when we finally caught them … look what happened:

veronica family 2Perfection. This family is so full of love and it shows through in everything they do. Sean and I are blessed to not only have Veronica on our team, but to call her our friend.

Stay tuned for my next post, showcasing how freaking gorgeous Veronica and her hubby are together.

Want to get to know us a little better?  Facebookers can find us here, Tweeters can find us here, or if you’re a pinner, our boards are here. If you’re looking for more of ME, don’t be shy. you can find me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest. I can’t wait to connect with you!

A Senior Shoot with Chris W

From the desk of: Amanda

A few weeks ago, Sean was able to spend some time here in Michigan, so I made sure we had several shoots lined up. We’re really excited to share some of the results of those with you. The photos are just as amazing as the people we got to spend time with. Each shoot will get its own special post. First up is Chris W, a senior at Port Huron Northern.

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Lacrosse has been a wildly successful part of Chris’s school career, and it’s no surprise … would YOU wanna mess with him on the field? I know I sure wouldn’t!!

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072313_2319_ASeniorShoo9.jpgAll in all, this was an awesome shoot. We were super lucky to work with such a laidback teen!!

Stay tuned for the next post about our very own Veronica!!!

Want to get to know us a little better?  Facebookers can find us here, Tweeters can find us here, or if you’re a pinner, our boards are here. If you’re looking for more of ME, don’t be shy. you can find me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest. I can’t wait to connect with you!

Our Gift

From the desk of: Veronica

When Sean and Amanda offered to take pictures of me and my husband to make up for my dreadful wedding pictures AND some of my family, I was flabbergasted. How wonderful and amazing are these people, am I right?

I was so excited. But … if I’m being totally honest, I was also very nervous.

Here’s the thing: I love pictures. My girls are so gorgeous they take my breath away. My husband is incredibly good-looking. That leaves me. And I am really not a fan of the way I look.

I know, I know. Love yourself, blah blah blah, but I don’t. I just don’t, and I feel like a lot of people feel the same way I do. We’re not all models, and I’m certainly not the most hideous person on the planet, but when I see pictures of myself, I just cringe. I look like THAT?

So on top of the shopping for clothes and getting my hair did and making sure the girls were as clean and primped as possible, I was also worrying about the outcome. Am I going to hate the pictures simply because I am in them?

Then it hit me. These pictures aren’t just for me anyway. Sure, no matter how fat I think I look, I’m going to hang them on my wall and make them my wallpaper on my computer and stare at them every day and love them, but it hit me out of the blue the other day: These are for my girls.

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These pictures of our young family, happy, healthy, smiling. These pictures of me and Jeremy, totally in love with each other. These are for me, but they are going to be the pictures my girls pull out to look at when they want to remember their youth, or see what mom and dad looked like when they were young. The love is going to ooze out of these images, and I just know they won’t be able to look at them without smiling.

Then, one day, their possible future children (and those children’s children, and those children’s children, and on and on) will pull these out of dusty photo albums to see what their ancestors looked like. While it’s possible it might cross someone’s mind that mom/grandma/great-grandma was pleasantly plump, I don’t think that’s what they will be looking for.

They will look for the sparkle in my eyes. The smile on my face. The dimples that might look just like their own. How I hold my husband’s arm. How I stare at my children with such love it looks as if my heart will burst. That’s what they’ll look for, not the size of my hips. And they’ll find all those things.

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Thank you Sean and Amanda. I thank you, and my family thanks you. You have given us such a beautiful gift.

You can find Veronica at her blog, Veronica M.D. (no, she’s not a real doctor), on TwitterInstagram, (and Pinterest!). Feel free to stalk her. She encourages it.