Times are tough and no one knows that more than I do. I have several family members who were greatly impacted by the automotive industry crash and many are out of work as a result… and I know that many of you across the country are also feeling the effects of this.. so I am here to give the beautiful people of Michigan a little relief! I am dedicated to making 2010 something we can all smile about.. something we can look back and remember with fondness.. so with that I am slashing my session fees from $150 down to $75 per hour.

Yes, in half. You read that right! As a result, I am also keeping print prices down. There are no packages you have to buy to get this deal.. you still decide what and how many prints and products that you purchase.. the only difference is the price of the session fee. This applies from everything to portraits to boudoir sessions. Everything. You still get all of your proofs hosted on a password protected website, you still get the same amount of service.. hopefully, at a more affordable price for those of you looking for a little relief!

It was really, really close! So close in fact that I was thinking we might end up with a tie! We do however, have one clear winner.. and that is Photo #2! Congratulations H. family, you have won yourself a free photo session! Please contact me to discuss your session.

Now for the second winner.. that would be..

Jenna Benedict-Scott:
#3, I’m partial to barn wood and LOVE this as a background. Beautiful, beautiful work on all of them Nina!!!
Congratulations!! Please contact me to discuss your photo session.

Congratulations to all the families involved, I really enjoyed working with you! I don’t want anyone to walk away feeling like they have lost, so every one participating in the contest has won a free 5×7″ print of their contest entry!

A few other photographers are doing this now for spring portrait sessions so I thought that I would do something fun for my clients.. I am holding a contest and YOU are going to pick the winner! All you have to do is leave a comment with your favorite image number and when the contest is over the winning family will receive a free photo shoot! but wait! the fun doesn’t stop there! One lucky voter will also receive a free photo session too for yourself or someone you know in the Metro Detroit or Grand Rapids Michigan areas!

Feel free to tell your friends and family to get votes! Please limit your voting to one per person. Voting begins on Tuesday, February 2, 2010 and ends Sunday, February 28, 2010. Good luck everyone! and happy voting!

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I got to spend the day with this new little guy. He was born on Christmas Eve, how cool is that?! His big brother was so excited to show him off. I had so much fun working with you guys!! Little “C” truly is an angel.. I wanted to take him home with me! You really are blessed mom & dad! I am so jealous!

Enjoy your sneak peek at his newborn session!

How adorable is her little baby bump? She is due in just a couple weeks which means they just might have a Christmas baby.. wouldn’t that be exciting! We had a mini-maternity shoot mixed with some family photos for their Christmas cards. This is one of my favorite families to work with, everyone is so laid back and relaxed and their children are so precious! I can’t wait to meet your new addition. I just know he or she is going to be beautiful.

These two sisters were the very definition of princesses. They loved to play dress up and were so fun to work with. They held real still and even hugged each other for most of the session! They are truly adorable! Stay tuned for more photos of them in some princess dresses! Aren’t they the cutest little girls you have ever seen?!

We really hated to leave Georgia and we had a wonderful time! The week flew by and there was still so much we wanted to see so I think we will have to plan another trip! I’d even venture to say we had a better time in Georgia than we did in California.. but shh! don’t tell anyone I said that! I’ll give a quick update and some photos (since I know that’s why you’re really here!).

The day we arrived we quickly ran to get our rental car and checked in to our hotel in Atlanta and then ran to the Good Eat’s 10th Anniversary show. It will air on the Food Network on October 10th at 10:00PM. We weren’t allowed to photograph or record the program so all we were able to get were a few shots of the band that played and various stage changes. We had center stage seats and we weren’t all that far away (seats 120-something). The show wasn’t your average cooking show. There wasn’t any actual cooking.. instead it was more like a variety show. It started off with him sitting on the sofa with Ted Allen interviewing him, then moved through various performances of game show quizzes and clips from previous episodes. There was 1 other taping earlier in the day but our show lasted longer and was much louder than the first show. If you see a a red and white pixel (red hair, white top) center stage when it airs, that’s probably me!

The next day we checked out of our hotel and headed to the aquarium. We spent the entire day there. We got to see a couple feedings and the fish were all amazing. Aquariums are one of my favorite places to be. I’d live under water if I could! Everyone knows how much I love to swim! The penguins were having their habitat rebuilt so we didn’t get to see them. 🙁

We had tickets to the Titanic exhibit and went there after browsing the fish. I can’t even tell you how amazing and tragically sad it all felt to me. You got to see a recreation of a 1st class & 3rd class rooms, actual clothes and luggage, and even smell the perfume of some of the passengers. There were dozens of dishes and pots and things you could see, and every item I saw, I kept being reminded of just how many people lost loved ones that fateful night.. so it was a bittersweet experience. I was fascinated by everything they managed to pull up and preserve and yet saddened by the tragic loss of life that made these things so famous… even more bittersweet at the end of the voyage you find out of the people you were and were with survived.

My pass was a 1st class woman by the name of Mrs. Henry Birkhardt Harris (Irene Wallch) who was 36yrs old and from New York, New York. She was accompanied by her husband and stayed in cabin C-83. They were returning from an extended holiday in Europe. Her husband Henry was a famous Broadway producer who owned the Follies Bergere. Henry so depended on Renee for advice in his business that he often said “If anything happens to me, she could pick up the reins.” While on Titanic Renee slipped and broke her arm… Sergey said that sounds exactly like me so very fitting I was given her boarding pass.

Sergey was given the pass of Mr. Paul Edvin Andreasson who was 20yrs old and traveling in 3rd class. Paul was sailing from Southampton and was from Småland, Sweden. He was accompanied by Albert Augustsson, Carl Jonsson, Nils Johansson, and Olga Lundin (friends). He was traveling to be with his brother Earnst, who lived in Chicago. In Sweden, he had trained for seven years to become a blacksmith. Presumably, he planned to look for work as a smith in Chicago. Paul was one of 106 Swedes on Titanic, almost all of whom traveled in third class.

My passenger survived Titanic, Sergey’s did not…it was a great reminder never to take a day with him for granted. We then jumped in our car and headed out to Savannah.

We decided OK, I decided, that we should take a ghost of Savannah tour and there were tons to choose from.. one of them you even ride in a hearse! I couldn’t talk my husband into getting on a hearse so we settled for the T.A.P.S. tour.. the one that was featured on Sci-Fi’s Ghost Hunter’s. We got our tickets and waited for the black trolley to come pick us up. It was PACKED! Every single seat filled. I forgot to snap a photograph of the trolley guide but I managed to snap a photo of the house tour guide. The inside of the trolley is decked out something like an old hearse or coffin.. I am not sure which is more appropriate. The first stop is an old Manor house that we all left the trolley and went into a pitch black house and you’re shuffled from room to room until you are moved into the slave quarters and you are played a recording that T.A.P.S. was supposed to have recorded. You then tour the grounds and back to the trolley you go! You then drive by various houses and hear the stories of the people who lived there. The last stop is of an old Cemetery where a man was murdered and the crime was never solved. I won’t give away all the details.. if you are ever in Savannah, you should check one out! They are at the very least, fun! We didn’t catch a ghost on film, but one of the men next to me swears he captured one on his cell phone… I sort of think it looked like a reflection from my camera flash.. but who am I to ruin his fun?

We spent our anniversary eating at Paula Deen’s restaurant, The Lady & Sons. I caught a cold from a woman at the aquarium and spent most of the day in bed.. even with the sickness… it was still probably the best vacation we have ever had!

Beautiful “K” drove 3 hours just to see me! We had such a fun time! and I just got the “OK!” to post some images from her smokin’ hot photo shoot! Jamie you’re a very lucky man! I can’t wait to hear what her husband thinks of her session! And did I mention that she brought her gun? 😉

As we were wrapping things up to leave, his mommy said “hey! show us your surprised face!” and this is what we got. I think it might be my favorite of the whole session! lol I had a great time photographing this little boy, on his birthday! He turned the big TWO! He loved to run around and play with his trucks and ride his grandpa’s tractor. He was so fun and friendly and I loved him to bits! I would have taken him home with me if his mommy had let me! Here’s a peek at his session. He was so photogenic! I hope I get to see him again real soon!

We had a blizzard in Michigan this past weekend but that didn’t keep us inside! I had the pleasure of meeting the sweetest little boy for a fun walk in the park. He was such a good happy little guy! He was all smiles as he frolicked in the snow carrying his blankie. I hope I get to see him again real soon! Thanks Michelle for the referral. 🙂