Small logo

Downtown, Detroit, MI

Sunday, July 1, 2007
Categories: ,

On my last day in Michigan, we all met in Detroit for an urban session with one of Kevin's recent brides, Jessica. The first couple of days, we had been working with models. Models can make a photographers job easier because they have their own ideas for poses and know how to move gracefully, but you definitely don't have to be a model to have gorgeous photos. Jessica did a great job in front of the camera (or 18 cameras in this case).

The location was honestly pretty scary. Many brides want really pretty, natural backdrops for their bridals, and this was about as far away from that as you can get. We had to leave someone on guard because there were a couple of guys casing our vehicles before we were even around the block. The first alley that we went into had dead sheep piled up and smelled really bad. Later, we made our way into a partially demolished building. It had some cool possibilities, but there is no way I would have ever gone into it without a large group. The interior rooms were huge (the actual floor separating upstairs/downstairs had been removed in some areas) and pitch black.

Even More Workshop Photos
Even More Workshop Photos
Even More Workshop Photos

The following photo shows the same "window" as the photos above. In those, Jessica was in a dark room with only a video light for illumination. In the photo below, we had switched places with her so that I was in the dark room. Again, the video light was used for a spotlight effect.

Even More Workshop Photos
Even More Workshop Photos

Even More Workshop Photos

Small logo

Lake St Claire, Detroit, MI

Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Categories: ,
On our second day, we started out on an old ship. This was probably my least favorite location of the trip. As you can imagine, sitting on a big piece of metal on a summer afternoon can get pretty hot. Once again, the models were amazing professionals and gave us some great poses even with the bright sun being reflected in their eyes.

More Workshop Photos
More Workshop Photos

More Workshop Photos

More Workshop Photos


Later that day, we met up at the Gross Pointe War Memorial, a beautiful mansion on Lake St Claire.

More Workshop Photos
More Workshop Photos

More Workshop Photos

More Workshop Photos

More Workshop Photos
Small logo

Lake Michigan sand dunes, Silver Lake, MI

Monday, June 25, 2007
Categories: ,
I was pretty annoyed with myself when I went off on the first day of the workshop and left my favorite lens back in the hotel. I ended up not having anything longer than 55mm which forced me to shoot a bit differently than I usually do with portraits. It's especially difficult to shoot wide when there are a dozen other photographers around with long lenses as you always have someone else in your shot. I did end up including more scenery than I usually do, but I don't think that's a bad thing when you have such beautiful locations.

Here are a few more photos from our first day shooting. It's pretty wild to go to Michigan and find beautiful sand dunes, but you can! These dunes are in west Michigan next to Silver Lake village. It's not easy to trek across sand dunes, but it was worth the trouble as this turned out to be my favorite location.

More workshop photographs
More workshop photographs

More workshop photographs

More workshop photographs

More workshop photographs

More workshop photographs
Small logo

Light Sable Point Lighthouse, Silver Lake, MI

Monday, June 25, 2007
Categories: ,

I had a busy but wonderful time in Michigan and can't wait to share some of the images! First I need to give a shout out to Danielle, a friendly 11-year-old that I met traveling by herself on the plane from Charlotte to Detroit. I also want to thank Sandra Reed who was kind enough to share a ride with me in Michigan and Dustin Francis who gave me a ride back to the airport. They're both really great people so anyone planning a wedding in Ohio or Michigan should look them up.

Now for some photos! Of course I shot a LOT of images and choosing favorites is very, very difficult. I plan to edit a few from each location as I have time so check back for more posts later. These first shots were from an afternoon shoot on Lake Michigan. That day, we worked with a couple of amazingly talented models who mastered the art of looking sexy and beautiful even with full sun in their eyes. Caroline even climbed up to the top of the Little Sable Point Lighthouse and stood right by the railing in strong winds. I am SO glad it was her and not me up there.

Judging from my favorites, can you tell that I LOVE veils? This was actually a large piece of fabric, but it looked amazing against the blue sky.
Michigan Workshop Photographs

Michigan Workshop Photographs

Michigan Workshop Photographs

Michigan Workshop Photographs

Michigan Workshop Photographs

The following photos were taken at a second beach location (Golden Township Park) and include both Caroline and Tiffany.

Michigan Workshop Photographs

Michigan Workshop Photographs

Small logo

Home, Seymour, TN

Monday, June 25, 2007
Categories:
Happy second wedding anniversary to Lona & Keith who were married in an evening ceremony at the home of Lona's sister in Seymour. For the ceremony, guests were seated around the pool and on the deck. They then enjoyed a dinner buffet and live music on the lawn as the sun set.


Hutchinson/Garner Wedding Anniversary June 25

Hutchinson/Garner Wedding Anniversary June 25
Slideshow
X
Link to blog post
X

To copy the link to this individual blog post, right-click the link and choose "Copy Shortcut" (IE) or "Copy Link Location" (Firefox).

Thanks For Commenting!

We have received your comment. It will be displayed when it has been approved by Nancy. We unfortunately have to filter comments because of spammers.

Captcha Verification Failed

The reCaptcha verification failed. Please use the  I'm not a robot  to prove that you are a real human.

Welcome!
Welcome to the Nancy Hellsten Photography blog! This is the place to be if you’re looking for wedding ideas and photography promotions or if you just want to view some great photos and see what I’ve been up to. If you or someone you know are getting married, having a baby, or just want some relaxed portraits with the family, please visit my website or contact me for more information. I would love to hear from you. Thanks for visiting and check back often to see what’s new.
Contact
Navigation
Categories
Search
Subscribe
Archives
Administration