Senior 2018 | Emma

Senior pictures are by far my favorite to capture! Emma was so sweet and willing to venture around to get that perfect shot! Congratulations, Emma!

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Senior 2018 | Ashley

“Let us make our future now, and let us make our dreams tomorrow’s reality.” —Malala Yousafzai

I had a wonderful time shooting this senior session. This young lady has big dreams and aspirations for the years ahead and it was so inspiring. Congratulations, Ashley! You are going to shake up the future in all of the best ways.

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Wedding | Tabetha & Jake

This day was awaited with much anticipation and excitement! I was so humbled and honored that Tabetha and Jake, after I took their engagement photos some time ago, wanted me to take their wedding photos. I hope you enjoy these treasured memories for a lifetime – congratulations on your marriage! (Click on an image to enlarge it)

Senior 2016 | Alex

This session was a little emotional; it felt so surreal to take my baby sister’s senior pictures. We had an absolute blast and bonded with each other before she spread her wings and flew into adulthood. Congratulations, Alex! I’m so excited to see what God will do in your life and how He will use you as a future supreme court justice!

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Senior 2016 | Halie

I had such a pleasure shooting with my beautiful cousin. It was her first time in Ann Arbor, so it was a blast sight-seeing and stopping for a photo op along the way! I know this gallery is long overdue, but I am so proud of all she has accomplished and what she is doing. Congratulations, Halie!

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Makeup Review | Tarte

 

During Mother’s Day, Tarte sent me an email saying they had a special deal for one day only. Of course, knowing me I can’t pass it up, but I told myself only to look. The deal was for six items of your choice and a makeup bag for only $59. Six. Full-sized items. For 59 bucks. After I finalized what I wanted I tallied up what it would have cost me: $168 (not including the bag price if there was one). I absolutely love Tarte because they have products that do not irritate my overly sensitive skin. I was inspired to do a makeup review on the products because I usually don’t get this many at once. So here goes nothing!

Empowered Hybrid Gel Foundation: $39

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This foundation is one-of-a-kind. It is hypoallergenic (good for sensitive skin), and it is extremely hydrating, which is perfect for people with dry skin. It goes on very well, gives full coverage, and lasts quite a while. If you have oily skin, or even normal skin and do not like the dewey skin look, then this foundation is not for you. I do have to powder every once in a while because my skin gets shiny as the day rolls on, but I can live with it because it does not irritate the dry patches on my skin. One other note: I hope they come out with more color ranges, because the lightest shade (fair to neutral) they have is a bit dark for me, although I do have the translucent skin of a vampire. It would be nice, though! Overall, a really nice foundation for dry skin!

Limited Edition Lights, Camera, Lashes Precision Longwear Eyeliner: $20

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This limited edition shade, deep brown, is perfect for those who find black to be too harsh for their skin tone or eye color. To be honest I was not too impressed with this. I tried it and it did not go on very smoothly. It snagged my eyelid when I was trying to make a line and it left a patchy job. I do not know if it is because I am used to em by Michelle Phan’s liquid eyeliner applicator or what, but this one was not a winner for me.

Bronze and Glow Contour Brush: $34 & Colored Clay Bronzer Blush: $30

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I never contoured before, and to be perfectly honest I thought it was a fad that was going to fade away (which it probably still is, but not anytime soon). This bronzer/blush combo is perfect for beginners who are a little intimidated by the idea of contouring. The brush makes it super easy, with the slim side used for sweeping the darker colors under the cheek bones, under the jaw line, down the sides of the nose, and around the temples. Then, take the bigger fluffy side and blend, blend, and blend some more! I opted for the pink shade to go more with my skin tone, but they do have a peachy shade as well. It is a beautiful combination of colors – I highly recommend these two!

Lights, Camera, Splashes Waterproof Mascara: $21 

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For some unknown reason, mascara is my friend and my enemy in the makeup world. Any mascara I try, it always smudges underneath my lower lash line. So, I went for Tarte’s waterproof mascara. I probably should have bought waterproof mascara ages ago, but this is a pretty good option. It takes a while to get a few coats on your lashes, but it significantly reduced the fallout/smudging problem I had. I believe the only shade they offer is black. Overall, great mascara! Obviously a little harder to get off, but that is normal with waterproof mascara, just be careful to not rub your eyes raw or pull out all your lashes!

LipSurgence Lip Crème: $24

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This is by far one of my favorite Tarte products! I already had two other shades, so when the opportunity came to get another, I pounced at the chance! I have full lips and I love the formula – it glides on smoothly and my lips stay moisturized all day practically. They also smell minty to me, which is not so bad either ;). The shade Serene is a beautiful peachy pink almost nude color. It looks very natural and is just a beautiful shade. I cannot say enough good things about these – if you do not have one, I would suggest you invest in one. It is definitely worth it.

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Disclaimer: this blog post was not sponsored in any way – I purchased these products myself and all opinions are my own. All pictures are owned by me and were taken by me.

What I Wore | Sweater Weather

Wow it’s been a while since I’ve done my last post in this series – sorry about that! It’s hard to find the time to take pictures and have to schedule with someone else to do them. Anyway, taken again by the lovely Samantha Cushman. I’ll put a link to everything down below (click on an image to enlarge it, too). Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hat | Charming Charlie

Sweater | Forever 21

Necklace | Forever 21 (Similar Option)

Skirt | Target (Similar Option)

Purse | Charming Charlie (almost exact)

Booties | Madden Girl

What I Wore | Autumn Plaid

Shot by the lovely Samantha Cushman – I realized there were no pictures of my shoes…oh well. I’ll link them with the other items so you can see what they looked like. :]

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  • Hat | American Eagle (N/A)
  • Necklace | Forever 21
  • Lips | Nyx
  • Shirt | Forever 21
  • Jeans | American Eagle (N/A)
  • Booties | Target

Engagement | Sarah & Anthony

“For I know the plans I have for you,” Declares the Lord, “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

We had so much fun in downtown Detroit to shoot their engagement photos – even though it was freezing! I might as well post these since they’re getting married in two weeks time. Enjoy! (Click on an image to enlarge it)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Engagement | Tabetha & Jake

“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.” 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7 NLT

I received the pleasure of photographing my two friend’s engagement. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed taking them. (Click on an image to enlarge it)