A family affair – [Detroit Metro – Downriver – Taylor – Michigan Photography]

Let me tell you…. I have to give big props to this family! You see the blond lady… well, this is her chase, out of her living room. When I saw it, I knew I would have to put it in a field…. and as you can tell, I did.

This group of amazing people are the most kind and generous individuals that I have ever met. When I moved to Texas, I knew no one. Everyone was friendly, but no one was willing to take me under their wing and give me the friendship I was yearning for dearly. Then, at a school get together, DeAnn was forced to come to my table when her daughter joined us (lol) and ever since, our friendship stuck. DeAnn is my other half, the one person who I think actually understood me completely. She is older then me, and had many more of life’s triumphs that I loved to learn from every day. DeAnn is married to a man that wears his heart on his shoulder as much as she. A mans man who doesn’t take anyone’s bull crap… I have no idea why My husband got along so well with him! Soon after becoming friends with De and Will, I was introduced to her sister, Cara, who is an amazing woman as well. So much like me with our “I am going to say what I want to say, if you don’t like it don’t listen” attitude. I was more in love with this family as ever. Then, De’s some came back to Texas to live and brought his girlfriend. James and Raychel soon became a  part of our life in Texas as well.

I love this whole family as if they are my own. When I got the news we were moving back to Michigan, I was sooooo happy to be coming back to my friends and family, but was so upset I had to leave my new family. This family will forever hold a place in my heart and will always be considered to me as my family!

Enjoy their beautiful faces!


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We adopted a [FURRY] son!!! Detroit Metro – Downriver – Taylor, Michigan – Pet – Family Photography

Less than a month ago I took the twins up to the Taylor Animal Shelter while my oldest was attending school. My husband, Patrick, and I have been throwing around the idea of getting a dog for a while now, while driving past the shelter, I decided to turn around and stop in. There are a lot of volunteers there that lovingly walk the dogs and give them the attention that they need while living shelter life. After the twins fell in love with a couple of dogs, we decided to take them for a walk around the shelter. All three dogs we walked were amazing in different ways. One, a blue-eyed white coat dog, was happy to be with us, licking all over the girls and jumping up on everything it could. He just wanted attention and affection and was excited that little ones where giving it to him. The second, a brindle colored dog,  was still a puppy (maybe just over a year… still a puppy) he was VERY excited and he walked me (lol). I loved how young he was and all of his energy, he was beautiful and I knew he would get all of his energy out in our just over one acre backyard with the kids. The third was a little older, a red color, and calm. He seemed sad to be in the shelter. He was unsure how to take affection from me as if he had never gotten it before. He easily licked the girls faces and stayed right by my side as I walked him on his leash. He was calm, but had an inner dog that really wanted to trust you and have fun. He was for sure my favorite. All three were fantastic with the twins, all three were fantastic in their own way and I would have taken any, if not all of them. When my husband got off work, I told him the good news “We are adopting a dog” he laughed at me, thinking I was joking. When we pulled into the shelter parking lot he knew other wise. I showed him my three favorite dogs. Since the brindle was still all puppy, my husband was leaning towards the blue-eyed beauty and the calm monster (he was huge, did I mention that? lol) He stood by the big guys cage for more that 10 minutes, petting him and falling in love with him. I soon realized, his favorite was mine as well. We both agreed that this was the dog we were going to rescue. He didn’t have an adoption card on his cage, most don’t if they are strays and haven’t met the time (jailed) to be put up for adoption. I told him that I would call in the morning on him, I wanted to go home and sleep on the idea of not only getting a dog, but getting this dog.

The reason for the nights sleep was not about the amazing dog himself, but for the stigma that would be involved with owning him. I did a lot of research that night on his breed and educated myself on everything that I could regarding him. The next day I called the shelter and was told he was up for adoption, but his card was down because like most cities, they can’t afford to house that many dogs, and he had been there the longest. closing was in two hours, which meant his closing was in two hours….. I was at the shelter in less than two minutes to save him.

Our new son is loving, has an AMAZING temperament (I don’t know by just owning him, but I have had it tested twice… just to be sure, lol, my kids come first when bringing any animal into my house), He can be left out all day to roam the house and never have an accident, he chases squirrels (has already gotten two) and has taken care of our mole problem. He has opened up, will play with us all day, he jumps up in the air off all fours and then proceeds to runs in circles. I have (finally) taught him how to fetch a ball. He doesn’t chew, and is the most obedient dog I have ever met. With in the first week I taught him “Sit”, “Lay”, “go lay in your bed”, “Come here”, “shake”, and “up”. The only thing I think he knew was “no”. So the previous owners house broke him and told him no a lot, lol.

Our new son is a Pit bull – Lab Mix (or so the vet thinks, I just call him a Pit mix), and he is the best dog EVER!

Meet Fues!

Here is his mug shot, courtesy of the “Friends of the Taylor Animal Shelter’s Facebook page


(I am also happy to announce that the other 2 dogs were soon adopted!)

….and here is our happy boys first photo session!








Before I get any negative comments, I have done my homework and am 100% sure I have gotten the best family dog that I can own! Have pit bulls been known to attack? Yes, but so have every other large dog including golden retrievers being at a higher human attack percentage. Golden Retrievers are not illegally used as fighting dogs, so the media doesn’t think it is high-end news when this happens (or so my guess is). I believe that you should not own any type of dog unless you are going to properly train and socialize it. Any dog can be a great dog if trained correctly. The term “pit bull” consist of many different dog breeds, including;  American Pit Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Bull Terrier , American Bulldog , Dogo Argentino , English Bulldog, French Bulldog, Boston Terrier and Cane Corso.

Fues is attending one dog training class, is enrolled to soon start a “trick” class (he will be jumping through hoops n no time!!!) and is also going to start his service dog certification soon.

About the Pit Bull breed-

Sometime during the nineteenth century, dog fanciers in England, Ireland, and Scotland began to experiment with crosses between Bulldogs and Terriers, looking for a dog that combined the gameness of the terrier with the strength and athleticism of the Bulldog. The result was a dog that embodied all of the virtues attributed to great warriors: strength, indomitable courage, and gentleness with loved ones. Immigrants brought these bull and terrier crosses to the United States

Statically, the medical profession reports that small dogs (weighing less than 20lbs) cause %70 of all dog bites that require medical attention in the United States. “Pit Bull” is an umbrella named used for several different breeds of very different dogs. An American Pit Bull Terrier and a Staffordshire Pit Bull have very similar features, however the markings and “physical standards” (based on AKC & UKC) are different.

As for fatal dog bites, most are caused by German Shepard’s and Retrievers. These breeds of dogs have been trained for years to “retrieve” for their owner, thus inflicting severe damage. The media has turned the bully breeds into monsters. Bully breed dogs were bred to wrangle large farm animals without inflicting serious damage and to kill large predators threatening their homes. For over a century, bully breeds were called “Nanny” dogs and could be found in most homes near the children. It is instinctual for a bully breed to gravitate to children. It was their job to “keep an eye” on the children and alerting the mother when she was needed. Also, most “fighting” dogs are owned and trained by men. It was breed into these breeds that when in the house, the mother was the master (the pack leader).

All dogs have the instinct to become vicious. Small dogs, especially Chihuahuas, are known to bite people walking by them. This is a statistical fact, not an opinion. People who have not researched a breed or talked to owners or breeders should not make opinions and call them facts. Because of uneducated and untrained people, thousands of dogs die each day because of a stereotype or mistaken identity. If just one person takes the time to become educated then the bully breed in general would be better understood.

As for the myth of “locking jaws”, it has been scientifically proven that bully breeds and “Pit Bulls” do not have locking jaws nor do they have a stronger bit than other breeds the same size. People assume that their jaws are super-powered because of their large “smile”. The shape of a bully’s mouth is a direct reflection of what they were bred to do. Example- A pit bull has a long, square snout and large cheek muscles allowing the dog to capture the prey or subdue the farm animal without causing extreme damage or pain to their jaw. If a smaller snout dog tried to catch a bull they may actually rip their jaw muscles to shreds because they are having to over-extend their jaws to perform the same task as a pit bull. As for the bite and release myth, all dogs will immediately release a bite when they realize that they have done wrong. However, all dogs will also hold and shake as well. Dogs hold and shake when playing, when threatened, and sometimes a human faints in front of them, not just when fighting. Remember that a dog has the ability to recognize a seizure before it actually happens and they can sense heart palpitations. Not every dog will react the same in situations, it all depends on the dog’s personality.

The United Kennel Club gives this description of the characteristics of the American Pit Bull Terrier:

The essential characteristics of the American Pit Bull Terrier are strength, confidence, and zest for life. This breed is eager to please and brimming over with enthusiasm. APBTs make excellent family companions and have always been noted for their love of children. The breed’s natural agility makes it one of the most capable canine climbers so good fencing is a must for this breed. The APBT is not the best choice for a guard dog since they are extremely friendly, even with strangers. Aggressive behavior toward humans is uncharacteristic of the breed and highly undesirable. This breed does very well in performance events because of its high level of intelligence and its willingness to work


The best review on Pit Bulls I could have read and that was my deciding factor on getting my new son, was this review written by the ASPCA The Truth About Pit Bulls. If you think negative of me for bringing a Pit Bull into my home, please read the whole article first, and then, maybe, you will realize why I saved this loving boy!

The most decorated war dog was a Pit Bull named Sergeant Stubby

Petey, the playful dog, from the show “The Little Rascals” was a Pit Bull

Truth about pit bull myths can be found here

This Pit Bull was named a hero this year

Info on pit bulls

Erica & Andy [Enagaged] – Metro Detroit – Taylor, Mi – Downriver Wedding Photographer

I was so excited to get two of my GORGEOUS friends in front of my camera! It amazed me at how easy going they were during the entire session. They have been together  for a few years now, but that spark is still between them. With every touch, every look into the others eyes, it was more than pure love, there was also heat and need rolled into one. There was no question that they wanted to be with each other, but also, no question that they down right need each other. They are a PERFECT fit, no question about it.. You can tell this couple is deeply in love and committed to each other with just one look at them. I swear, I could not have asked for a better session! Andy’s funny nature and the way that Erica just laughs at him (lol… true) is something for anyone to be in awe of. Here are my favorites from their session (and one funny one thrown in their for laughs!)











Baby “Cowboy” [Metro Detroit – Taylor, Mi – Downriver Newborn Photographer]

This session let me know how Texans are… They are proud from where they are from! I have a blast doing this themes session with this family! I also found out while they were here… they live a block away! How amazing is that! Mom is Filipino and brought me over some homemade authentic Filipino cuisine!!! Love my clients!! Check out how handsome their little man is!!!

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Baby M [Metro Detroit – Taylor, Mi – Downriver Newborn Photographer]

I have no words for how beautiful this baby is.. just none! One look, and I was in love…. and was going to steal her for the day… (forever.. until she started talking back.. then I would give her back to parents.. lol.. but really!) She was a perfect sleeper.. didn’t fuss and posed for me like she had been doing it all her life (yes, it was a pun, lol) I thought I would share some highlights and show you guys how beautiful she really is!!

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yeah… HIGHLIGHTS.. I told you she was a sleeper! lol.. Session was short as well! Cant wait to see you at your next session Baby M!

My twins! Mini silhouette session on bikes!![Metro Detroit – Taylor, Mi – Downriver Family Photographer]

I took the kids out for a quick shoot to get some pictures of them on their new bikes that Nana and Papa bought them (My Mom and Dad) since they are still in Michigan and we are in the great state of Texas (I had to show them what they bought the twins for their Bday… since I picked it out! lol) During this session I decided to get some silhouettes as I have not done so in a while, love how these two turned out and thought I should share!!


AND.. here is the first one I edited that is not a silhouette.. My Ryelynne.. on her totally rad new bike!!!


(Irelynne fell off of hers during the mini shoot.. so she is yelling at me in most of them.. I will share one of those after i edit!!

Maternity & Family [Metro Detroit – Taylor, Mi – Downriver Newborn/Maternity Photographer]

Let me tell you, I have done quite a few Maternity sessions in my time, but never once, never, have a seen this type of glow! Mayra is is the spokesperson of the “perfect pregnant woman club” ( I may have made that up, but if there was one, maybe even president.. really). I loved every moment working with her, she is an amazing person, inside and out (did I mention how beautiful she is?… Well, she is)

Mayra contacted me for a Intimate Maternity shoot, as well as some family images. Well, families just have to be outdoors, so, at 2pm we went out in high sun with no clouds to filer any light and baked outside for their family session (this location is in my sub about a block from me house.. lucky, I know) Besides the humidity and sun on our soldiers, we rocked it!! Then we went back to my home, let her children play with mine to keep them occupied and headed into the studio…. where the air conditioner quit working! LOL… but regardless of the heat, (and the noise of 3 shop fans) she rocked the session like a seasoned model! See, she is amazing!! (Don’t worry clients, air has been fixed.. haha)

I would also like to add… she loves her man! When I wanted a “true” smile out of her, I just told her to look at him! The way her eyes sparkled and whole being just lit up by making eye contact with his was truthfully astonishing. The love they share is amazing and such an inspiration!

Here are some highlights from their GORG session!


You’re a Photographer with NO talent! [Metro Detroit – Taylor, Mi – Downriver Photographer]

Metro Detroit, Mi / Fort Worth / Dallas / Hurst, TX Photographer {Custom Photography}

As many photographers, when I first started out I had big hopes and dreams. I thought I was a good photographer, decent at least. I started my Facebook fan page, and started networking with other photographers and prop shops. Doing so, I got very discouraged, seeing how beautiful and crisp other photog’s photo’s were, mine just didn’t stand up next to them. I booked my first Wedding, it was a long time friend of mines wedding, and that’s when I got even more discouraged. A more established photographer who I had met and worked with personally (that is all I will say) wanted to book the wedding as well, and got very upset when she told him she was going with me. He then went on to post on Facebook

“Pisses me off that these Brides book a photographer who has absolutely no talent, when there is talent sitting right in front of their face”.

When I read his post, I knew it was about me. At the time, I was jealous of his work, and thought he may have a reason to be saying the things he was. I had been getting more Portrait sessions, reading more books, watching more tutorials, and growing every shoot. I knew it, and I was happy with my work, even though I still had room to grow. But then again he writes

“I don’t understand all these people are booking sessions with her, she has no talent”.

By that time, I was out to prove something. I was out to prove that I was talented. At first, I wanted to “show him”, but at the end of the day, it was for myself. I stopped looking at other people work who had already developed their skill and wishing I could be that good. I started looking at myself and seeing what I could improve, what I wasn’t getting. I took a couple workshops on posing and practiced with my camera, natural lighting techniques and studio lights whenever possible. I ordered new books on editing, and spent hours on YouTube.com watching tutorials. I did my homework. I upgraded my equipment (for me, it really helped) and I am happy at the place I am at. Not trying to be cocky, but I actually blow his images out of the water now, and he has completely stopped talking to me. Truthfully, it makes me feel good, but it inst important, I would like to see him grow as well, just loose the attitude in the mean time.

I guess, the main lesson of this story is, don’t listen to others that put you down. Also, don’t put others down that you think aren’t as good as you. Encourage them, if it bothers you that they are that bad and you think you are so much better, help them! At the end of the day all that matters is that you believe in yourself. Do not compare yourself to others, find inspiration from them to nurture your inner talent. One day, those photographers may be taking inspiration from you. You don’t get that far ahead  being jealous, you dig yourself into a rut! AND, no matter how good you get, you can always get better, so no giving up!

I know that I still have lessons and techniques to learn, but I am better then I was a year ago, and next year, I will be even better! I know that I have an eye for photography, but I still have more skills to learn (photography is ever growing, new techniques and lessons are to be learned everyday)

I would like to add, when I started out doing studio portraits, I was teaching myself my camera and also my studio lights at the same time… So I am pretty darn proud that they aren’t MORE of a mess!!! lol

Now, here are some shots from when I first started taking clients, over 4 years ago……


Here is some of my work a little over 3 years ago.. when I started “getting it” a little more!


I got a better hang on it as time went on…


Here is my latest work…




Sorry for so many images, it was hard for me to pick which ones I wanted to share! But, as you can see, anyone can grow, you just have to believe in yourself and do your homework! I am excited to grow more over the next year! (Do you love how I can never keep a logo for that long.. lol.. always re-branding!!!)

Gavin – 4m [Metro Detroit – Taylor, Mi – Downriver Newborn Photographer]


Gavin came into this world earlier than expected… 7 weeks earlier! In his parents eyes, he is a true miracle, a fighter, a child more perfect as they could have ever imagined! He is a baby of many faces. When he smiles, the whole room lights up! He also has this “serious face” which is amazing, it looks like “the whole weight of the world id on his shoulders” as his Mommy described it to me.

Gavin’s parents are first timers, and are amazing first timers at that! These two love their boy so much (look at that face, who couldn’t)  and they are going to be the best thing this little man will ever known. They are also amazing people in general…  nice, kind and both with a great sense of humor, their shoot turned out amazing because they are! Mom and Dad also  brought all kinds of props to make the session personal, Dad was a boy scout, Mom a black belt and trained in other types of fighting and both… Longhorn fans!! Enjoy looking through the highlights!

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