Seasoned Mom opts for real portraits by Oxford Mi Photography Studio

She is finally here, that precious bundle of joy, that little girl that you’ve longed for. A little part of you. Then reality hits, it’s not that Sound of Music fantasy we all imagine. Amongst the pandemonium of life, the mountains of never ending laundry, the poop exploisions that even the best diaper could not tame, the constant crying when she’s hungry, when she’s wet, when she’s tired, and more crying when she wants held, you find your peace.

Meet Martene. She is a lovely 2nd time mom, who by her own admission would have probably felt different about her favorite portraits from this session, if this were her first time around.
As a seasoned veteran, Martene is able to find the peace in the midst of the chaos. She finds her happy place while her ears may be ringing. Believe it or not, this was the scene during our newborn portrait session at my studio in Oxford Michigan.  newborn_portraits_oakland_county_miThis is one of my favorite portraits from this session, and Martene’s also. And as much as I love this photo, if this would have been baby #1 for Martene instead of baby #2, I would not have shown this to her. As fresh parents we feel like we need to live up to this perfect ideal. That we, somehow are considered unfit, bad or just plain evil if we need a break of our precious bundle of noise…… but reality is, it’s normal, it’s ok. I had days where my daughter cried from 9am till 4 in the afternoon. That particular afternoon, I called my husband home from work early. I was done. Do you know what my adorable little daughter did? She stopped crying. As soon as he walked in the door. I was furious! But I happily handed her over, and walked out the door, trying to find my happy place. I have yet to be tested on my second child chaosppy (chaos + happy) theory, but I’ve seen it in full affect with many friends, family & clients.

Just one quick note, before I show you the only family portrait Martene picked out (which is my other favorite from this portrait session) with all the perfect family portraits that are on Pinterest, Facebook, & the world wide web, know & take solace that photographs can be deceiving. If you wanted to know the whole truth and nothing but the truth, ask to see them what really went down.  I bet the photographer has some great out takes.  So here it is, Martene’s family portrait pick! What do you think? Would you be brave enough to hang this on your wall?


For more on what goes on behind the seasons at a new born session, read  the lengths at one Mom went to here.

Like what you see?  Call 248.977.8136 or visit my web site to schedule your portrait session today!


Oxford Photographer Offers Cake Smash Sessions

cake_smash_clarkston Cake_smash_lake_orion Cake_Smash_OxfordIt’s Here! Your little one is finally, well ONE! YAY~! You are so excited. You have spent Months planning the first birthday party. Countless man hours browsing Pinterest finding the perfect theme, that matches your color scheme. Invitations were sent out 3 weeks prior to the party & everyone who is anyone on your guest list has already RSVP’d. You’ve nailed this! Martha Stewart has NOTHING on you! There are even games for the older siblings! (more…)

Valentines Boudoir Portraits in Oxford Mi


Oxford Michigan’s premier Boudoir Photographer

Clarkston Boudoir

Oxford Michigan’s premier Boudoir Photographer

Ortonville Boudoir

Oxford Michigan’s premier Boudoir Photographer

The aroma of fresh baked bread wafts in the air, candle light casts shadows that dance across  his face.  Taking a sip of your smooth red wine, grinning in anticipation, knowing he is going to love his little black book.   Thinking back on the photo session you had with Life’s Fotos Portraiture Design, how even though all the photos are of you, HE was secretly in everyone.  He loves your figure, especially your curves in those black lace panties, and the feel of your silk night gown.  It reminds him of the one you wore on your wedding night.    Reaching under the table, handing him a little box tied with a ribbon, you say  “Happy Valentines Day” and wait.   Watching his every movement, pulling at the end of the ribbon, letting the loose wrapping fall open, looking intensely at the his little black book marked for his eyes only.  Opening the book, he sucks in his breath, then brings his eyes to meet yours.  Feeling his desire, his need, his want, he asks for the check.


No more But’s

“When we are stuck, choice is threatening because it implies change. When you accept your power over these choices, you’ll have begun the process of being more open and free.” Joan Anderson

I love that! Everyone is afraid of change, at least in one form or another. It implies the unknown, and I am the first to admit, I am my own biggest enemy. My biggest block from moving forward. (more…)

Senior Photography,Oxford Mi

I have this great idea, I lean over to mom & whisper……”do you think he’d be up for…..” I didn’t even get it out, and He must have read my mind, because Jason was already climbing up!  I love Senior sessions, they really are up for everything!


Needs, Desires & Goals

“Many women drive their relationship to soul as if it were not a very important instrument.  Like any instrument of value, it needs shelter, cleansing, oiling, and repair.  Otherwise, like a car  the relationship sludges up, causes deceleration in a woman’s daily life, causes her to use up enormous energy for the simplest tasks, and finally busts down, out on heart break ridge, away from town and telephone.  Then it is a long, long walk back home.” ~Clarissa Pinkola Estes; Women Who Run With the Wolves.   (more…)