Unkrainian wedding Immaculate Conception Church and Cherry Creek Golf Club

Traditional weddings are always interesting to photogrph, as specific wedding traditions get passed down through generations, and sometimes integrated with modern life.

This Ukrainian wedding started with ceremony at the Immaculate Conception Ukrainian Catholic Church in Hamtramack and reception celebration continues at the Cherry Creek Golf Club. We stopped by at the Stoney Creek Metro park for some creative photos as well. When it comes to the weddings with multiple locations, my best advise is to account for the driving times, so they day doesn’t seem rushed.

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Ukrainian Wedding Hamtramack
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Cherry Creek Golf Club Wedding Peony Flower Bouquet

Amaizing Smoke Photo-Shoot With Kyle

Spring finally had arrived and i was ready for another creative photo shoot. I'm so excited that Kyle from Kyle Ann Design joined me to have some fun with.

Green Smoke Photo Shoot

We photographed with green, purple and white smoke in wooded area near my home. The exciting part about photographing smoke is the movement and unpredictability as the smoke rises. Even the slightest wind changes the direction and how it billows.

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Purple Smoke Photo Shoot

Kyle also happens to be amazing hair and make -up artist in Detroit Metro area. So we changed up her hair half way through the photo-shoot.


Indian Wedding at Inn at Saint johns

This Indian wedding was filled with beautiful traditions incorporated in a Catholic mass at Inn at St Johns. The couple couldn’t have picket a more fitting venue. After bride and groom got ready we started with First look in the beautiful long hallway with high arching windows facing the courtyard.

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Followed by couple taking photos with bridal party and family in the courtyard. I love First look as it gives couple a chance to get all the family photos out of the way and enjoy time with their guests right after the ceremony.

The couple had some fun ideas and I’m glad to capture all the joy and show off the personalities.

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Wedding funny socks

Groomsmen showed off their awesome socks.

And bride looked radiant in the lovely wedding dress accented by bold reds in her flower bouquet

And bride looked radiant in the lovely wedding dress accented by bold reds in her flower bouquet

Indian Catholic Ceremony

After ceremony wedding guests treated couple to choreographed dance and the celebration continued on

Body Mind Green Expo - Clarkston 2018

Every year Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce puts on a Body Mind Green Expo featuring local businesses that are involved in health , wellness and better living industries in the local area.

Body Mind Green Expo

This year Expo featured chiropractors from several companies including Orion Family Spinal Center, midwifery service  -  Nine Short Months, microblading service -  Bespoke , as well as variety of hospital services, healthy food coaching and  physical therapy companies.

 Another highlight at the Expo was Clarkston High School Basketball Team -  State Champions signing autographs of their poster.

Body Mind Green Expo Clarksotn

Kelly Scott - People behind the Business

I met Kelly few years ago. Out paths had crossed at Chamber of Commerce networking events and Coffee Club. But over the past year going to Coffee Club almost every week, I learned more about her business.

Kelly is the business coach and her company is Bound for Bliss. Her goal is to help her clients in creating the life they desire.

We sat down recently to chat about her path and passion for business and personal coaching

She went back to school to become a therapist, but found herself more in alignment with life coaching  -  the proactive aspect of it as well as being able to use ones past as a tool in shaping the future.

I asked her about her clients - who are people who are seeking her help.

Kelly -  its people who are deciding that they need the change in their life or people who are going through change.

She helps her clients in seeing a bigger picture.... putting all the little puzzle pieces in their life and putting it all together. People who know that they need to grow, and will need to put the effort in that growth. As she said  -  " the people are finally to the point where the pain of change is less than the pain that they are in -  because the pain is what pushes you forward."

Kelly starts her day with yoga and meditation and she also uses it in helping her clients growing in awareness -  noticing their own story and being able to write their own story, and learning from their experiences.

Majority of Kelly's coaching sessions are via phone. It helps with clients busy schedules as well as help them being open in their own environment.

If you think that Kelly could help you check out her website -  Bound for Bliss and her social media on Facebook and Instagram

Picassos Grapvine - all the bright future

Picasso's Grapevine is more than just painting  and wine, it offers palette sign classes and make your own corn-hole classes, to wine glass and wine bottle painting classes.

Recently there are some changes coming to this lovely art place. The building has new owners,  but the Grapevine is still going to offer classes -  they are just moving downstairs, while a bigger and broader future space is spruced up in a barn house not too far away on Clarkston road.

Picassos grapevine clasroom ready for students

But on this day - in the very first week of 2018, Leanna Haun was boxing up the bright paintings as she was moving the classroom downstairs.

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Picassos grapevine art classes
Picassos grapevine wine glass painting

While the storefront will be different, make sure you peak in a take a class and find a bit of time for art and wine

For all updates make sure you visit https://picassosgrapevine.com/

Goodbye 2017 and hello 2018

2017 was a great year. Looking back I have to be thankful for the great opportunities through Minted -  I have two greeting cards in Target stores.

Ilze Lucero greeting card at Target
Let the adulting begin greeting card at Target

I got to visit my family in Latvia and have an extra stop in Rome, Italy

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I photographed some amazing weddings and portrait clients

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Wedding photogrpher in Detroit

So from the bottom of my heart I have to say -  thank you.

I'm looking forward to 2018 -  to set my intentions and reach my goals

Cowboy Wedding in Michigan - Upland Hills Farm

As this year is coming to a close, Ive been sorting my hard drive folders, and came across this lovely wedding -  so this is a bit of a throwback post. But it was such a pleasure to be part of the big day for this young couple who embraced the farm they chose for their ceremony and reception with flock of geese following us around for a while.

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Upland Hills Farms had a lovely barn for the ceremony and beautiful hillside for the photos and it truly captured the cowboy style this couple chose for their big day

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Barn Wedding - cowboy boots
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