Let’s Warm Up Together

Every photo shoot has a little warm-up period. Kids (and adults alike) are scoping me out; trying to figure out how painful this process is going to be. i often say, “Let’s warm up together.” And that means i get my camera set just right, and my subject has a chance to acclimate to me and the big lens pointing at them. This morning’s shoot had bit of a necessary warm-up. But, once we got past the formality, the kids hammed it up for me. Which i love!

Meeting everyone and “warming up.”

Holding on tight to Dad.

Not too sure about this whole photo session.

Oh yea! All loosened up and showing me her best faces!


Six Months…and Four Years

Photographing a four-year-old? No sweat. Photographing a six-month-old? Fun! Both together? Not so easy. πŸ™‚

While enjoying the evening light, i got to catch up with these handsome boys and did all i could to get both to look at the same time for a “brothers” photo. Mom made silly faces, we made animal noises… Nothing is beyond a photographer to nab a little one’s attention! We had fun trying to get that picture “perfect” moment. And i have to say, i love the results as they are.

Three Cousins…Turn Four

i have been photographing these three cousins since they were 18 months old. It’s become an annual tradition- and i really love watching them grow up! During today’s shoot i was astounded by how much they are talking and communicating- with me and with each other. They were all born in the same year, just a few months apart. Which is great; like built in playmates for family gatherings. πŸ™‚

The beach theme worked perfectly well, considering how hot it was today!

Jayna Katz

Today i had the pleasure of photographing Jayna Katz as she prepares to make her passion a career! She needs some head- shots for an upcoming audition, and having won a LAF Lines gift certificate last November*, she knew just how she wanted to use it! i have little more to say about our session other than i am LoVing the results! If you think she has a beautiful face- you should hear her voice! AH-mazing! Good luck, Jayna! Don’t forget us little people! πŸ˜‰

(Headshot sessions last up to an hour, are naturally lit and include 2 8×10 digital releases for $150)

(*LAF Lines gives away gift certificates on Facebook to commemorate the anniversary of becoming a business on 11/17)


Figuring Out Ferndale

Friday evening i caught up with this little Star Wars lover. We had fun playing with his toys and enjoying the various backdrops Ferndale has to offer, including the awesome mural by Daniel Cascardo entitled “Fantastic Ferndale.” When i left metro-Detroit eight years ago, Ferndale was not nearly as vibrant as it is now. i was thrilled to see all the people out enjoying the fabulous weather and the restaurants bustling with people. One man biked past us as we were making photos with a lightsaber and said, “A Jedi in Ferndale, huh?” Yup, now he has seen it all!

Special Moments Make Unique Photos

‘Tis the season that the light lasts longer into the evening, therefore evening sessions can now be scheduled! Today was my first evening session of the season! i loved meeting this family and these two beautiful and creative girls! They helped me make Mom & Dad laugh- and they offered their own ideas of where they should be photographed and how. i love to get the kids involved in the photo-making process, because it makes for completely unique photos.

i enjoy shooting at Ella Sharp Park because of the various backdrops and settings available on one campus. In the past i have worried that all of my photos will end up looking similar. But i realize something: each family, every client brings their own uniqueness to the photo shoot. Regardless if every session is in the same place, the results will always be different by the charm and special energy that all individuals carry with them. i get excited when i see results that are special to the family. Each photo carries a memory of a conversation we were having at the time, and sometimes a few tender moments that might have been missed in real life, the camera captured.


Taking LAF Lines on the Road!

i have been asked by one of my bestest friends to come to Huntley, IL so that she can share my services with her neighbors and friends. (If that isn’t a compliment, i don’t know what is!) So, i’m packing up my gear and will be hanging out in Deicke Β ParkΒ on June 9, 2012. Mini-session appointments will be available 10:00, 10:45, 11:30 and 12:15. Afternoon mini-sessions will be available (after naps) 4:00, 4:45, 5:30, 6:15.

Mini-sessions will last 30 minutes and i can accommodate families of up to six people. If you would like a full hour session, i can make that happen as well. If needed, appointments for Sunday can be accommodated before 2:00pm.

So, if you live in the area- check me out and let’s have some photo fun! πŸ™‚

lidija- 517.917.4302 – lidija@laflinesphotography.com


Everyone Has a Story…4

This week i met interviewee #4 for my Countryside service project. i started my interview, as i do them all, asking for name and birthdate. While i was trying to calculate the age of this gentleman, he noticed my concentration (math is not my strong suit), and said “Yup, 94. And I just finished playing golf.”

i listened to his tales of his first job as a paper boy at age 7 and how he came to work for Standard Oil. At age 9 he witnessed a shooting in Chicago that killed a man. He fell in love in high school and was happily married for many decades to follow. He has hit five holes-in-one on the links- and has proof, in case you doubt him. When asked if he has any advice for those younger than him, he said quickly “The glass is always half-full, not half-empty. Everything you do has to count for something; for you and your family.” He cited his children as his greatest accomplishment.

Having survived the depression as a soda jerk and several threats of cancer, i found his stories interesting and i was truly invested. He looked at me and said, “I think you’re good for this kind of work. You seem really interested.” i smiled and told him, “that’s because i am.”


A Day at the Park

i have said before that the 18-month-old photo shoot is the toughest in terms of little ones being on the go and exploring their worlds. Same goes for one year olds who learned to walk early! Today i got to catch up with a (former newborn) client and her family. She was on the go and i was so impressed with her curiosity and fearlessness! (Brought back memories of my little guys, actually.) We explored the grounds at Ella Sharp Park, sang songs and blew on dandelions.

We decided that our best options for capturing the girls would be in-action. i was happy when reviewing the images, that we got a little of both: nice posed photos with lots of personality, and action shots. πŸ™‚