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February 19, 2018 05:45 PM Blog

It might be chilly out there, but here at Capture a Moment Photography, things are heating up for Spring.

Capture a Moment Photography - Easter Mini Sessions

We have been busy in the studio readying for Easter Mini sessions, and have created an adorable setup, complete with our resident bunny, Apple. These mini sessions have already started booking, but are only taking place during the month of March.  If you haven't grabbed your spot, we encourage you to do so soon!  You can book right online (http://cmomentphoto.appointy.com) , or give us a call at the studio.  We'd love to get you setup with a session.

Spring is a time of renewal and new beginnings, so after all the snow, we’ve been looking forward to watching those daffodils peek through the frost and seeing neighbors emerge after long winter months. Whether you’re looking forward to flowers and friends or sunshine and sandals, longer days mean more time for making memories. We’re so fortunate that you’ve chosen Capture a Moment Photography to document your special moments. Please call us or come by any time and let us know how we can assist you.


 
February 14, 2018 07:17 PM Blog

Justine came in for maternity pictures on one of the snowiest days of the year. We took one look at her beautiful gauzy dress and knew that we had to take the shoot outside into the snow.  She was due in 10 days but totally game to brave the elements!  We stepped outside into a winter wonderland and used the trees and snow as a backdrop.  With the light snow coming down, Justine looked stunning.  She is one brave Momma.  She did the shoot in her bare feet while we were wrapped in scarves & winter coats!  Strong woman!  

We also some really nice shots using the natural light in our studio.   Those turned out equally as good.  It was really nice to work with someone so game to take a risk and chance it.  Thanks so much for choosing us Justine.  We were thrilled to shoot something that absolutely captured the moment. 

If you are in need of photos, please give us a call.  Our goal is to customize every shoot so that it meets your needs and is memorable.  This, along with the relationship we have with our clients, is how we differentiate ourselves from the big-box studio competitors. Don't hesitate to give us a call or visit our online scheduler to make an appointment.  


 
February 14, 2018 05:43 PM Blog

Tim and Melissa brought their beautiful newborn son, Noah, in for pictures a short time after he was born.  Noah was the very last photo session of 2017 for us.  What a great way to end such a successful year of making beautiful memories for our clients.  

Noah is Tim and Melissa's first baby.  We placed him in a few different wraps along with different backgrounds, props and beanbag poses.  Tim and Melissa posed individually with Noah and together as a family.  They are so proud of their little one and you can see that in their pictures.  Having a family photo at this time in their lives is something they both will treasure forever.  

Our newborn sessions are up to 2 hours in length.  We heat up the studio to make sure that it is warm and toasty for your little one.  We provide a variety of different shots to choose 15 from.  Those 15 are fully edited and provided to you!  We also do the photo printing and can provide a DVD of the full session of photos if desired.  We have many additional products for consideration as well.  Most of our newborn clients end up purchasing the First Year package which is a series of sessions which captures the changes your baby makes over the first year of life.  Call or  click here to book online at your convenience.     


 
February 10, 2018 07:12 PM Blog

Little Allie entered the world on January 26th and visited us at the studio 4 days later!  This is perfect for us because it is best to photograph newborns when they are less than 10 days old. They sleep better and are more easily moved into position for the photographs. 

Eric, Jess, Colton and Allie all came to the photography shoot.  This is common when there are multiple siblings because its nice to capture a family picture of everyone. We took those pictures first then settled in with Allie for her session. While this was going on, Colton loved checking out the studio and walking circles around the lights.  ALL the toddlers do this!  Our lights now pull down from a structure on the ceiling. Who wouldn't want to walk around something new that is lit up like Times Square!  This is one of the reasons that we have such a large studio.  We want to accommodate everyone.  Colton was adorable with Allie.  He was so proud of his baby sister and he showered her with kisses. 

Allie did great during her session. Such a good sleeper and so little!  She was only 6 lbs 8 oz when she was born. The family has done a few session with us before.  We saw Colton when he was 6 months then saw them for family photos and Colton's 1year pictures.  Jess remarked about the amount of patience we have for the little ones.  That is one of the reasons that people come to us.  We are both photographers who work multiple aspects of your photo experience. We've been doing this for years and are moms so we've got tons of patience! 

We asked Jess about her favorite part of the shoot and she replied, "The creativity Jen and Ang have. I’m the least creative person on the planet, so it was nice to leave the creativity in their hands". We can fully take the reins on your photo shoot or we can work with you to help customize backdrops & sets that you like.  We are easy.  Whatever you prefer!  Jess brought in a tutu and headband plus an absolutely adorable crocheted owl outfit that a friend of hers made.  These were dear to Jess which is why she desired to use them in the photo shoot.  

We are honored that you chose us for your family photos.  If you have a newborn on the way, let us know so that we can schedule you as soon as the baby is born. We also specialize in seniors and family photography.  Give us a call or book your appointment online.  


 
February 5, 2018 03:17 PM Blog

Emma came in for her birthday pictures and was one of the first people to use our brand new songbird backdrop.  it was a perfect match for her outfit.  We have 100+ backdrops in our studio so its impossible not to find a match for our clients however we were super excited to try out our latest acquisition.  We think Emma liked it too.  She came in with her Mom, Grandma and little brother Luke.  Our studio tends to be a family affair and it was great to see them and catch up.  Luke was last in for his pictures during the holidays and we had the honor of taking his 1 year old pics.  We talk a lot about the relationships that we've built with families over the years. Seriously, you can't put a price tag on it.  It's an honor to be a part of celebrating the special moments that Luke and Emma have in their lives.   Thank you for choosing Capture A Moment! 

If you are a parent of a child in need of birthday or other special occasion pictures, please don't hesitate to give us a call or visit our online scheduler to make your appointment.  We also offer a free consultation to help you decide your location and wardrobe changes.  Don't hesitate! Book today! 


 
January 29, 2018 03:21 PM Blog

Happy 1st Birthday Paisley!!  We met Paisley when we photographed her newborn pictures and now she is turning ONE already!  


Peter and Lisa brought both of their kids in for Paisley's session.  We have done pictures with this family many times and it is great to have them in the studio.  We asked Lisa what her favorite part about the sessions was and she replied, "Watching how you create the perfect setups for a perfect picture".  Lisa made it easy on us because she brought in a few clothing options which gave us something to work with as we built a custom set/backdrop around what Paisley was going to wear.  Lisa also brought in a birthday cake for a 1st birthday CAKE SMASH!  More and more people are catching this moment on film.  Moments turn into memories! 


In addition to Paisley's pictures, we also took a few family shots with Mom and Dad plus big brother Lincoln.  The relationship that we've built with this family since they started coming to us with newborn pictures really showed in the studio.  Our studio is very casual and family's are at ease with us.  That isn't always the case with photography.  We asked Lisa if she had any advice to someone looking to have photos taken and she said, "I would have to say make sure to book with Capture A Moment because the women there are amazing at what they do. and will capture unforgettable moments of your little one.  From the time I booked an appointment over the phone, I felt at ease and knew they would do a beautiful job.  I have never been disappointed".  Thanks for the kind words Lisa!  


If you or someone else is in need of family photos, please call.  Our goal is to customize each shoot so that it meets your needs and is memorable.  Don't hesitate to give us a call or visit our online scheduler to make an appointment.  


 
January 29, 2018 03:19 PM Blog

Katie Muehring brought her beautiful daughter Callie in for a 1st birthday session. Katie is a first time client but has friends who have used the studio so she was familiar with us. We are so happy that she came in.  Callie was adorable and such a happy girl.  She had smiles and giggles for everyone and was so incredibly cute. Katie calls her “my princess” which is why she chose the pink dress for her birthday session.  Katie really felt that it “screamed princess”. We think so too.  Of course, we also included the plastic letter #1 in a few pictures because everyone needs that iconic shot for their birthday pics! When we asked Katie how she felt her first session went, her thoughts were “Great! They made me and Callie both feel comfortable and Callie really reacted to that”. 

If you are in need of family photos, please give us a call.  Our goal is to customize every shoot so that it meets your needs and is memorable.  This, along with the relationship we have with our clients, is how we differentiate ourselves from the big-box studio competitors. Don't hesitate to give us a call or visit our online scheduler to make an appointment.  


 
January 29, 2018 03:16 PM Blog

Max came into our studio for his first birthday photos and CAKE SMASH!!  Disney and Mickey Mouse are a hit with Max.  He wore his Mickey ears when he dove into his birthday cake!   Max's mom, Heather, filled out a questionaire for us on her experience at our studio.  We like it so much that we thought we would share it with you!  People read our blogs to check out sample photos but also to learn about the do's/dont's of a photo session. Check out Heather's points if you are looking to book a photo session too! 


Location of Session: In studio photo session with Max (age 1)


What kind of look were you going for in your photos? I really wanted to capture how much of a little boy Max was growing into and his funny personality. He loves Mickey Mouse, so I had to incorporate that into his Birthday cake session. 


Tell us an interesting or unique fact about each of your children.  Max walks like a mummy and loves to follow his big brother around the house!  Even though he is the younger sibling, he loves picking on his older brother and taking charge! 


Have we done a session together before? If so, why did you decide to book another? I had both my boys Christmas pictures taken with Capture a Moment and they were so kind and patient.  I decided to book a full session for Max 1 year, plus their studio is amazing! It’s huge and has a sink to clean off the babies for cake smash photos which is something I wanted. When I initially brought Max in he was sick and not himself. They so kindly agreed to not torture him with pictures and re-scheduled the session. They’re both Moms so they get it!


Why did you decide on the outfits you chose? There’s just something I love about a little boy in overalls! He just looked like a little man with overalls and no shoes! I choose the suspenders and bow tie because it was adorable! Why did you choose the particular props you brought? They provided a lot of the props which was a relief. The only thing I brought was Mickey Mouse for the cake! 


What advice do you have for parents planning outfits for a future family session? What about props? Plan according to the time of year and where the pictures are being taken. Also something easier to change in and out of because they get frustrated with lots of challenging outfit changes. 


Any tips on what to bring to a shoot? Anything that makes noise or moves/ sings or dances! Whatever you know will make your baby smile or laugh! 


How would you describe your overall experience? Amazingly unbelievable. I didn’t feel rushed or like they were annoyed with Max when he cried or ran away from the setup. They follow his and my lead on what to do and which back drops I wanted. It was a great experience. Very clean and tons of room ! 

Thank you so much for participating in our questionnaire Heather.  Max looks adorable in his pictures.  Thanks for celebrating his big 1st year moment with us.  


 
January 29, 2018 02:51 PM Blog

Luna is the sweetest little cherub who weighed 7lbs 12oz when she was born.  We were lucky to photograph her a week later when her parents, Bernard and Lulu, brought her in for a newborn photography shoot in early December.  Luna's grandma was in town and came to the studio as well.  Normally, there is a lot of love in the room when there is a newborn present however there was more than usual having grandma with us too.  One of our favorite parts of the session was seeing the pride and joy on their faces as they watched Luna's photo shoot.   

It is best to photograph newborns when they are tired so that they are easily maneuvered into position however we did not have to worry about this with Luna.  She did whatever was needed of her and slept through all of it!  We actually had the opportunity to try some new backdrops and sets that we typically haven't utilized because Luna did so well.  A few of these new sets incorporated props that Bernard and Lulu brought in.  They are both Filipino and brought along Philippine themed props so that they could honor Luna's roots.  It was really sweet to see and very easy for us to incorporate into her photos.  Another set was themed U of M thanks to Dad who brought along his own prop.  We are sure that Dad's subtle influence at such a tender age will go far with Luna and he will have a Michigan grad on his hands one day.    

Bernard and Lulu were really happy with the session.  We asked what Lulu's favorite part was and she responded, "It was how all of you handled and prepared our baby Luna for each set-up, specially making sure that she was warm in between shots :) As a first time mom, I appreciate that.. a lot! Making sure that my baby is well taken care of.  I didn't know what to expect but you welcomed us warmly." 

Lulu is already looking to book Luna's 1st birthday photo shoot.  We certainly hope that she does!  Seeing our clients as they and their families grow is one of the perks of being a family photographer.  We love to be a part of the special moments in your lives.


 
January 29, 2018 11:49 AM Blog

Ellie came in for her 6 month pictures.  So good to see this little one.  We have been taking Ellie's photos since she was in her mama's belly and we did a family maternity shoot that also included her brother, Nolan.  Ellie's pictures turned out absolutely adorable this time around.  As we write this blog, it is incredibly hard to choose which photo should be the one that goes up on our social sites!!!  We love her smile in all of them.  

Want a giggle?  We utilize a variety of backdrops and sets when people come in for their photos because its nice to have different shots to choose from.  Instead of the usual furry rug, we decided to plop Ellie down on a mirror. This was such a crack-up.  She was completely taken with her reflection and could not get enough of looking at herself. Adorbs! 

If you have a little one in their first year of life, you may want to think about our first year package.  This package allows you to document the many changes your child goes through in this very important time in their life.  We would love to capture these life long memories for you. Call today or book an appointment online


 
January 29, 2018 11:48 AM Blog

Ryker and his parents came in for a family photo session.  We took a few shots of mom and dad but focused mostly on pictures of Ryker.  They own Auto Dr  in Ira Township so we pulled out automotive inspired backdrops and props for his photo shoot.  Ryker loved the cars and shop tires we have. We also utilized a few other settings to offer a variety to choose from.  The baseball setup is nice for boys and also the simpleness of just being on a rug with a plain backdrop is a nice contrast to some of the busier sets.  We like to mix it up and offer a lot of pictures to choose from.  

Ryker certainly came to the right place for his pictures.  We are automotive buffs here at Capture A Moment and have quite a few vehicles of our own.  We might just stop by and see Auto Dr Jr the next time we are in need of service!  

If you are ready to have family photos taken, call us today at 586-646-8189 to schedule your appointment.  As always, you are welcome to visit our online scheduler to make you appointment from the ease of your own home.  


 
January 28, 2018 11:32 AM Blog

We last saw the Bernhardt Family for a combined family and maternity photo shoot at George George Park in the fall.  Scott, Heather and Michael were awaiting the arrival of their little one who entered the world a bit early and kept his family on their toes!  Charlie is doing great and the family came to see us when he was one month old.  We did series of sets and poses with this sweet little guy.  Big brother Michael joined a few of them as well.  This will make for a great family memory later on.  We cannot believe that the Bernhardts are now a family of four!   As we write this blog, we've looked back on some of the other photo sessions that they have done with us.  Reindeer Day, Easter photo shoots, family sessions, etc.  Documenting their memories over the years is one of the true joys of being a professional family photographer.  

Newborn photography is one of our favorite sessions to do. If you are pregnant, let us know that you have a bundle of joy due so that we can look to schedule you quickly once your little one arrives.  In addition to a newborn package, we also offer a first year package that allows you to document that many changes your child goes through in their first year of life. We would love to capture these life long memories for you. Call today or book an appointment online


 
January 26, 2018 08:00 AM Blog

We headed to Yale High School for Blake's senior pictures.  Capture A Moment is happy to travel for your graduation shoot and many students look to their high school football field, gymnasium or other location to showcase their high school involvement.  We love the depth and variety that it adds to the overall selection of prints that you are able to choose from. 

We shot at Yale's gymnasium using the court, bleachers and gym walls. The Bulldog logos really popped and added to the pictures.  We tried to do action shots however the lighting wasn't quite right within the gymnasium so we came up with Plan B.  For the 2nd location, we drove about 5 minutes away to grandma's house. The property was the perfect contrast to the photos we had just taken at the gym.  The wrought iron fence, barn and porch made for really nice outdoor backdrop.  It is also a nice memory for Blake & his family to have forever when they look at his high school pictures.  

Thanks for choosing Capture A Moment Blake. It was great to spend time with you!  

If you are a part of the Class of 2018 or a parent of a student that is graduating this year, don't hesitate to give us a call or visit our online scheduler to make your appointment.  We also offer a free consultation to help you decide your location and wardrobe changes.  Don't hesitate! Book today! 


 
January 24, 2018 03:40 PM Blog

Congrats on your senior year at Utica High School Desirae.  Quite an accomplishment!  You will soon be throwing your cap at graduation ceremony.  Time goes by fast.  

Desirae chose George George Park as the location of her senior photo shoot.  It certainly was COLD that day!!  Weather is something that we are pretty experienced with.  Tricks such as adjusting our camera settings, reflectors, using shades to block direct sun, working quickly if there is cold weather, etc allow us to capture professional photography even if the outdoor conditions aren't "perfect".  George George Park is a beautiful setting and popular with high school students weather it be grad pictures, prom or hanging out.  There are so many walking paths, fountains, the picnic pavilion and other places to utilize as backdrops for senior photography.   Desirae had a few clothing changes so we utilized different locations within the park for her outfits.  We love when clients bring various pieces (clothing & props!) for us to work with because it adds to the variety of the pictures.  We really enjoyed photographing your pictures Desirae.  Thanks for choosing Capture A Moment.  It was an honor. 

If you are a High School Senior or a parent of one, give us a call today to set up your Classic Senior Session or visit our online scheduling to set up your appointment at your convenience.  



 
January 22, 2018 07:55 PM Blog

Ian Lewis is a senior at Anchor Bay High School where he is a member of The Marching Tars. Congrats on your senior year Ian!   We are big fans of marching band at Capture A Moment and we know the dedication and effort that goes into competing and participating.  Football games, local parades, miscellaneous events and MSBOA Marching Festival are a few of the places that you can see the Marching Tars perform.  

We met Ian and his Mom at Wolcott Mill for the senior photo shoot.  Did you know that Wolcott is actually a Metropark consisting of 3 parks? You can visit a late-20th century working farm, Wolcott Mill from the 1840's and Camp Rotary along the Clinton River.  We did the photo session at the Mill which is quite a unique backdrop.  There were many places to take the pictures using the scenic acres, the banks of the Clinton River and many of the bridges throughout the park.  Ian brought along a couple changes of clothes but mostly kept it simple.  Most of the guys we photograph do the same.   Ian brought along his trumpet which was great to use as a prop.  Years from now, this instrument being in the photos will bring back many band memories for Ian and his family.  

We had a really nice time with Ian and his Mom.  Thanks for choosing Capture A Moment Photo!

If you are a part of the Class of 2018 or a parent of a student that is graduating this year, don't hesitate to give us a call or visit our online scheduler to make your appointment.  We also offer a free consultation to help you decide your location and wardrobe changes.  Don't hesitate! Book today! 


 
January 19, 2018 01:46 AM Blog

First Communions for Catholic families are a very special occasion.  After years of religious preparation, little girls cannot wait to wear their first white fancy dress complete with a veil and boys are typically excited to wear their very first suit.  Capture A Moment would love to help you remember this occasion with pictures taken in the comfort of our studio with your communion attire. It is also nice to feature a special bible, rosary or other memento from the Communion celebration.   If you would like pictures of the mass ceremony, we are able to attend as long as we have prior approval from the church.  Professional photography is the perfect way to remember this Holy event and it also makes a nice gift for family members who help to celebrate this very festive occasion within the Catholic faith.  

The season of the First Sacrament is approaching.  Now is the time to give us a call or book your appointment online.  We are happy to book a consultation prior to your session to assist with preparation and answer any questions you may have.    


 
January 17, 2018 09:37 AM Blog

We have so many different kinds of families that come in to have their pictures taken.  There are dynamics to all of them.  The Sanders family has something about them that is quite special. Dennis and Kendra are parents to three lovely kids.  Their interaction together showed how much love they have in the family and between each other. Dad was helping to make the kids smile, Mom was great and the kids had a wonderful session together.  All of our clients leave an imprint on our hearts.  Allowing Capture A Moment into your lives to celebrate yourselves is personal and not taken lightly by us.  It's an honor to be chosen by all of you.  We are happy to have met you Sanders Family.  You are quite special.    


 
January 14, 2018 01:00 AM Blog

Melissa and Don aren't new to the Capture A Moment family.  They live down the street from Ang and we've known each other for years.  We were so excited to get the call that Wrigley Sinclair was born and they wanted to schedule a newborn session.  We did a maternity shoot with the family right before she was born on November 28th.  It was such a sweet session and two-year old Berkley was so excited to have a new sibling on the way.  Melissa felt that the photo shoot at George George Park was easy and comfortable and the pictures turned out "gorgeous".  We love hearing that!

The entire family came in for the photo shoot in our studio.  We photographed them together, separate with Wrigley & Berkley and then a few with each of the parents.  We really like to take our time and provide a good variety of options so that there is plenty to choose from with your final photo selection.  We did quite a number of different backdrops and sets.  Melissa likes it best when the shots are simple so we were happy to abide by her wishes and utilized very few props.  Overall, Melissa felt the session was comfortable and relaxing. Her advice to other parents is, "go with the flow...you can't manage a newborn but they will get a great shot regardless.  Babies aren't cooperative but Jen and Ang are patient".  

It was sweet to watch Berkley with Wrigley. She loves her little sister.  When Wrigley came home from the hospital, Berkley had a cold so they had her kiss Wrigleys feet instead. Now, the cold is gone but its still something special that Berkley does with her baby sister.  During the shoot, she loved to give Wrigley kisses.  Such a special session.  Berkley also made us laugh by smiling and saying "I'm photogenic". Yes, you actually are Berk!  This one smiles on cue and we LOVE that!!!  She has been featured quite a number of times on our social channels because she is so darn cute.  

If you are in need of family photos, please give us a call.  Our goal is to customize every shoot so that it meets your needs and is memorable.  Don't hesitate to give us a call or visit our online scheduler to make an appointment.  


 
January 10, 2018 09:21 AM Blog

The Holtz Family visits us quite often here at Capture A Moment.  We did a couple of sessions with the kids early 2017 and most recently, they all came in for family holiday photos.  

Lisa and Jeff are the parents of Christian-14, Serena-9 and Gabrielle-6.  Jeff is a hardworking dad who likes to make sure they do fun things as a family. Lisa balances school, work, and family so she's got a busy lifestyle as you can imagine.  Christian is an intellectual (per Mom) who loves little-known facts. Serena is energetic and plays the piano. Gabrielle is their lovable ballerina.  Can you guess what their favorite family activity is.......Disney World of course!

Lisa chose a studio session  because of the cold temps outside!  We happen to agree with her but are game if a client decides to brave the chilly outdoors.  We decided to utilize the tree farm set from Reindeer Day.  As we do with most of our sessions, we strive to do pictures with all of the family members as well as individually.  Lisa was hoping for a "Christmas-y" photo so decided to dress up the family.  The pictures turned out beautiful and they felt the session was fun & easygoing

Thanks for being a part of our family Lisa, Jeff, Christian, Serena and Gabrielle.  We hope to see you in '18.  

If you are in need of family photos, please give us a call.  Our goal is to customize every shoot so that it meets your needs and is memorable.  This, along with the relationship we have with our clients, is how we differentiate ourselves from the big-box studio competitors. Don't hesitate to give us a call or visit our online scheduler to make an appointment.  


 
January 7, 2018 02:51 PM Blog

Luna is the sweetest little cherub who weighed 7lbs 12oz when she was born.  We were lucky to photograph her a week later when her parents, Bernard and Lulu, brought her in for a newborn photography shoot in early December.  Luna's grandma was in town and came to the studio as well.  Normally, there is a lot of love in the room when there is a newborn present however there was more than usual having grandma with us too.  One of our favorite parts of the session was seeing the pride and joy on their faces as they watched Luna's photo shoot.   

It is best to photograph newborns when they are tired so that they are easily maneuvered into position however we did not have to worry about this with Luna.  She did whatever was needed of her and slept through all of it!  We actually had the opportunity to try some new backdrops and sets that we typically haven't utilized because Luna did so well.  A few of these new sets incorporated props that Bernard and Lulu brought in.  They are both Filipino and brought along Philippine themed props so that they could honor Luna's roots.  It was really sweet to see and very easy for us to incorporate into her photos.  Another set was themed U of M thanks to Dad who brought along his own prop.  We are sure that Dad's subtle influence at such a tender age will go far with Luna and he will have a Michigan grad on his hands one day.    

Bernard and Lulu were really happy with the session.  We asked what Lulu's favorite part was and she responded, "It was how all of you handled and prepared our baby Luna for each set-up, specially making sure that she was warm in between shots :) As a first time mom, I appreciate that.. a lot! Making sure that my baby is well taken care of.  I didn't know what to expect but you welcomed us warmly." 

Lulu is already looking to book Luna's 1st birthday photo shoot.  We certainly hope that she does!  Seeing our clients as they and their families grow is one of the perks of being a family photographer.  We love to be a part of the special moments in your lives.


 
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