East Lansing Personal Branding Photography Session: Beyonce Meets Literature

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I had a lot of fun designing personal branding sessions this year. Here’s a small sampling of the direction Kinitra gave me in her Story Session Questionnaire:

Why did you decide to do a personal branding session?

I want to make sure I maintain control of my visuals and branding as my career expands beyond the scholarly work I currently do. I am expanding into more creative works (graphic novels, trade books, speaking engagements). Also, I want to make sure I maintain a certain flair and freedom as an Endowed Chair, which can be seen as a pretty “stodgy” appointment. I’m not stodgy. I am also well onto the path of becoming a Full Professor and want to make sure I have the personal visual narrative for that journey to heightening my national and international status as a scholar.

What specific stories, events, routines, or rituals do you want to share with these images?

Confidence, a kinetic stillness. Intelligent glamour. Reading, Researching, and Public Speaking. Mastery over intersections of race, gender, and popular culture. Tangential connection with Beyonce’s Lemonade. Southern Conjure Culture. Black womanhood. Black New Orleans. Fantasy.

Based on the questionnaire answers, I sent over a few location ideas, Kinitra reached out to Kirsten Elle Thompson for styling direction, and we made our final plans.

In the end, Kinitra selected her ten favorites for final retouching.

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A Late Fall Michigan Barn Wedding at Stone House Farm

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It’s always such a treat to get to explore a new Michigan wedding venue near the Lansing area, and Stone House Farm in Bancroft, Michigan, did not disappoint. Myla and Adam had an outdoor wedding ceremony in mid-November, so they offered their guests cozy warm blankets to snuggle up outside before heading inside to the warm barn for the wedding reception.

The team at Stone House Farm took the wedding party out on a “hayride” to take photos in the gorgeous late afternoon sun, then we all headed back to the farmhouse, where Myla and Adam signed their marriage license.

If you’re thinking about a Michigan barn wedding, here are a few things to love about Stone House Farm:

  • The newly renovated farm house is the perfect place to get ready, no matter the season.
  • The staff is amazingly helpful (Chris, the manager, even jumped in to help me carry my bag to the house).
  • The property offers so many opportunities for photos, and the wagon ride makes it easy for the whole wedding party to get there.
  • The heated barn is the perfect blank canvas to create a wedding of any style. I loved that Myla and Adam used a mix of china styles to create an elegant and unique look.

Scroll to the bottom of this post for more details about other wedding vendors.

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Fall Mini Session Dates Are Now Available

For the first time ever, I’m offering three mini session dates this fall at three distinct locations My custom photo session availability will be limited in the coming months, so I’ve opened up opportunities to book in a few of my favorite locations, including a weekend date. Use the links below to book.

If you’d like to book a traditional mini session (30 minutes), go ahead and book two 15 minute mini sessions, and I’ll follow up with the traditional mini session contract ($350 for 30 minutes and all edited high resolution digital files).

September 23: Lewis Landscape Arboretum

This is a great location and time of year for families with young children. The weather is usually still warm in September, and you’ll be close to the MSU Children’s Gardens to make an evening out of it.

Lewis Landscape Arboretum mini session photos

October 16: Michigan State North Campus

Fall colors should be out by this date. Look for colorful trees, pops of purple, and classic architecture.

Michigan State Campus fall mini session photos

October 20: Fenner Nature Center

This is a rare weekend portrait session date. Look for fall colors, and open field, and potentially big boulders to sit on.

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A Summer Wedding at the Michigan State University Horticulture Gardens

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Katie and Cory were married in mid-July at the MSU Horticulture Gardens, and I have to admit, when I saw the weather forecast, I was nervous. We were looking at extreme heat advisories with forecasted heat around 94 degrees for their greenhouse wedding. I picked out my lightest weight dress, and I packed up an entire hiking backpack of water plus a full Nalgene with ice to prepare for the day.

When I met with Katie in her hotel room at the Marriott in East Lansing, she was totally relaxed and so sweet (side note – one thing Katie and Cory did that helped them to relax on the wedding day was invite everyone to the rehearsal dinner the night before so they’d have more time to talk to everyone and feel like pressure on the day of the wedding).

Katie and Cory ended up having such an amazing sense of humor throughout the whole day (you’ll see their easy laughter in the photos). We all took breaks to get cool in the bus and the cool classroom at the gardens, and a nice quick storm rolled through to cool us all off in time for dinner.

Katie and Cory own Threads, a clothing boutique in downtown East Lansing. Go check them out!

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