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Welcome to the official blog for "MPL Photography LLC". My name is Linda Sorensen and I am a Michigan based photographer located in the Metro Detroit area. I am dedicated to CAPTURING creative and visually pleasing digital images through a unique photographic style, PRESERVING and SHARING those images through a variety of media, and PROVIDING those services with tremendous passion, professionalism and affordable pricing. Read "MY BACKSTORY" and click "ABOUT" to learn about MPL Photography LLC. Click "PORTFOLIO" to visit the official website for MPL Photography LLC. Scroll the sidebar for the opportunity to "FOLLOW" me on social media, browse photo "GALLERIES" and read "PAST BLOG POSTS". And then "CONTACT" me today!

Michigan State Police – 100th Anniversary – Remembering my 29 years with MSP

“A PROUD tradition of SERVICE through EXCELLENCE, INTEGRITY and COURTESY”

Today, April 19, 2017, I find myself reflecting upon my 29 years and 1 month of civilian service to the Michigan State Police as the department celebrates its 100th anniversary as a world-class law enforcement agency.

My career with MSP began August 1, 1984, when I was recalled to a Stenographer IV position that I had been bumped from while working for the Department of Education. I vividly recall interviewing with then Inspector Michael Robinson, who eventually went on to become the Director of MSP and then Inspector Richard Meloche, who has long since passed away, for a position with the Criminal Investigation Section in Livonia. I even remember the outfit I wore to that interview, a light blue skirt and short sleeved blue/purple floral patterned blouse. Funny, the things we remember!

At that time, CIS was housed in a former elementary school on Harrison in Livonia (which has long since been demolished and turned into a subdivision). I worked briefly for the Detroit Narcotics Team while their secretary was filling in as the Captain’s secretary who was on maternity leave. By October of 1984, we relocated into another former elementary school building, still in Livonia.  I was assigned to the Technical Services Unit (TSU) where my primary responsibility was to answer the main phone (there was only one phone line into the building and calls had to be transferred). I also provided clerical assistance to TSU Commander Frank and Sgts. Dick, Gary and Jim.

CIS Livonia also had a full-time dispatcher (Don) on sight during the day who was responsible for assisting investigators out in the field, coordinating communications and running LEIN (Law Enforcement Information Network) inquiries. Midnight and weekend shifts were staffed by investigative personnel. As technology changed and the use of pagers and cell phones became more prevalent, the need for such dispatching was reduced and eventually became non-existent.

One of my more memorable tasks working in TSU was to help write a paper for the Unit Commander on how having computers and networking computers could help. That was in 1985, long before it became a reality. I got my first computer with a floppy disk drive in 1986 when I was eventually reassigned to the Surveillance/Analysis Unit where I typed surveillance notes, maintained various files and did research for the detectives. I worked at the unit level until 1991 when I was promoted to an administrative assistant position. I provided secretarial assistance to the Section Commander, who supervised the Unit Commanders.

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1994 – 10 Year Pin

In the mid-to-late 1990’s, as various financial management responsibilities were decentralized from Headquarters in Lansing into the field, I began to assume those tasks, due in large part to my aptitude for business related math, bookkeeping, etc. I eventually submitted for reclassification, creating a new Accounting Tech position at SECID, the first and only such position outside of Headquarters in Lansing. That was in 2000 and I maintained my role as the Financial Assistant for the Division until it was disbanded in 2010. My responsibilities had expanded greatly by then and I was reassigned to the District Commander where I continued to provide financial assistance as well as administrative secretarial assistance until I retired in 2013.

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January 2001 – Recognition Ceremony – Promotion to Accounting Tech 10

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2000 Promotion

Back in the day, SECID was THE premier investigative law enforcement agency in the State of Michigan, and one of the top investigative agencies in the U.S. Almost all major plain clothes investigations in Southeast Michigan, including narcotics, organized crime, auto theft, surveillance, dignitary protection details, etc. were handled by SECID. As crime trends changed, so did the structure of SECID, which eventually included units charged with investigating computer crimes, welfare fraud and internet crimes against children. SECID was also the leading agency for video and audio enhancement. SECID was cutting edge and innovative. MANY programs within the Department today started at SECID in Livonia!

  • First narcotics teams
  • First auto theft teams
  • First fugitive team
  • First video/audio enhancement experts
  • First surveillance van
  • First wellness room for employees
  • First computer crimes teams
  • First grant recipients (Byrne, HEMP, ATPA, ICAC)
  • Many partner agencies including Michigan Gaming Control Board, AGO, the Feds and many Locals

SECID was also the home to three (3) Civilian of the Year recipients (Joy, myself and Carol):

Most importantly,  SECID had THE BEST administrative support staff a Division could ever have (Laurie, Alice, Dawn, Arline, Sally, Becky, Carol, LaTanya, Joy and so many more at the MJTF’s).

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But alas, all good things do come to an end. SECID, which underwent numerous reorganizations and name changes in the more than 25 years that I worked there (CIS, SECIS, SECID, SECIS, SID, ERSID, ERCID, CID) was eventually disbanded as a division (2010-2011). The various units were split geographically and assigned to various district headquarters, many of which became part of 2nd District Headquarters which covers most of Southeast Michigan. Major plain clothes investigations are still being handled, but it is not like it was back in the day!

Being the sentimentalist that I am, I first started taking “work” pictures to preserve memories of retirement parties around 1989, and I eventually collected more than 25 years’ worth of photographs from meetings, conferences, open houses and other gatherings as well as newspaper clippings, and other memorabilia. Below are photos of some of my favorite memories:

Open House – 1997

Car in the gym:

Fun Runs at Maybury State Park:

 Christmas Potlucks:

NASDEA Conference on Mackinac Island in 2008:

Take Your Child to Work Days:

My MSP ID’s

My Retirement in 2013:

Some other memories (without photographic evidence) that some will remember:

  • Girls to married ladies to moms to grandmas
  • Furlough days / Holidays / Snow Days
  • LEIN Training
  • Bottle Deposit Fraud Investigation
  • Podium built by T. Gomez
  • Mr. “C” – front lobby problem / security upgrades
  • Slip and fall – carpet installed
  • Change in Director – reorganization
  • Change in Bureau Commander – reorganization
  • Change in Division commander – reorganization
  • Typing pre-printed forms
  • Filling in electronic forms/printing out to submit
  • Filling out on-line and hit submit
  • Catching mistakes and finding money
  • 75th anniversary yearbook
  • Parking lot lights controversy
  • Two storage buildings turned into a two car garage
  • Gas tank / Fuel deliveries
  • Boiler heat, window air conditioners
  • New windows and doors
  • Million dollar central heating and cooling
  • Secretary Seminars: speakers, first aid, self defense
  • Christmas Parties / Summer picnics
  • Golf outings – never participated, with I had
  • Christmas luncheons with bosses at Sinbads
  • VFW Livonia Post Awards for PD, FD, MSP Tpr
  • Secretary / Admin Asst days
  • Weight loss contests
  • Pilot worksite for so many programs: MAIN, STATIS
  • Procurement card program
  • Trooper layoffs / Military Deployments
  • Good bye lunches
  • Transfer/Retirement coffees
  • Retirement parties (casual/elaborate) – Arnett on keyboard
  • Fiscal Manager meetings / luncheons
  • WCACP/SEMACP Meetings
  • Regional Policing Plan
  • Strategic Plan meetings
  • Fall Harvest Collection / Ennis Center (Christmas)
  • Zero Based Budget (ZBB)
  • Biennniel internal controls
  • World Cup Soccer / Super Bowl / World Series / Auto Shows
  • ICAC training in D.C. (twice)
  • HIDTA training in Miami
  • Annual fleet management / Radio upgrades
  • Lifelong friends I’ve made

Final thoughts:  

The only for sure thing that is a constant is change.

The Key to Success is Accountability.

 

 

Ste. Anne de Detroit – A Photographer’s Vision

“I never weary of great churches. It is my favorite kind of mountain scenery. Mankind was never so happily inspired as when it made a cathedral.”  ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

Scenic photography comes in all shapes and sizes. While I typically shoot outdoor landscapes, I recently had the opportunity to visit one of Detroit’s most iconic and historic churches – Ste. Anne de Detroit Catholic Church, located at 1000 Ste. Anne Street, at Howard.

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Ste. Anne de Detroit

Before I go any further, I have to give a shout out to Karrie Posio and Timothy Griffin of  “Creative Vision Photography Meet-Ups”, who organized the photography tour.  It was a great experience, although at times quite challenging with the varying light conditions and the large group of photographers!

The first thing one notices upon approaching the church is its twin spires:

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The view upon entering the cathedral from the foyer is breathtaking:

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The oldest stained glass in the city can be found in Ste. Anne’s upper windows:

 

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Stained glass above the main altar:

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A different perspective:

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View from front of church looking toward rear of church:

Ste.Anne_2017-128During the photography tour, I learned that the parish of Ste. Anne de Detroit was founded on July 26, 1701, Ste. Anne’s Feast Day, honoring the patron of France,  mother of Mary and grandmother of Jesus, making it the second oldest continuously operating Roman Catholic parish in the United States.  I also learned that the beautiful Classical Revival and Late Gothic Revival architectural building we were photographing, near the Ambassador Bridge and several blocks from the Detroit River, was not the original parish church, but is actually the eighth building parishioners called home.

French explorer Antoine Laument de La Mothe Cadillac, a couple of priests and a group of French settlers landed on the bank of the Detroit River on July 24, 1701.  Two days later, Ste. Anne’s Feast Day, construction of the first church (also the first building) at Fort Pontchartrain du Detroit began near what is now Jefferson and Griswold Streets.  The original church building was destroyed by a fire which swept through the settlement in 1703.  A new building was erected in 1704, still within the confines of the fort palisade.  A larger church was then built outside the fort in 1708-09, but it was torn down by the settlers of Fort Pontchartrain themselves, who had been under attack by Native Americans and feared the building outside the fort would be used as cover by their attackers.  For several years thereafter, the parish used a make-shift building within the Fort and it is believed another church was built between 1722 and 1754.

The sixth Ste. Anne’s Church building was built at the Fort in 1755 under the direction of its newest priest, Father Simple Bocquet, who then served the parish for 27 years.  In 1805, while Father Gabriel Richard was serving the parish (1802-8132), the church was again destroyed in an accidental fire which also destroyed most of Detroit.  A new stone church was built for the parish, on Bates Street, outside the grounds of the Fort but still near the river between 1818 and 1828.

The cornerstone of the eighth and present church, designed by Leon Coquard and built at what was then 19th Street and Howard (now Ste. Anne Street and Howard near the Ambassador Bridge), was laid in 1886.  Many artifacts from the 1818 church can be found the current church including the 1818 cornerstone, the main altar and communion rail, the “Beaubien Bell” and the statue of Ste. Anne and her daughter Mary.

One of the confessionals:

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A side alter:

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More few more interesting points of view:

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Back outside:

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As I mentioned, Ste. Anne de Detroit is near the Ambassador Bridge:

Ste.Anne_2017-131I feel it important to mention that most of my interior photographs were shot using a method called “bracketing”.  It was really the only way to try to get a balance between the darkened interior that the bright window light.  I used my Canon 60D and Tamron 10-24 wide angle lens for most of the shots, but also used my Canon Rebel XTi, Canon 50mm prime lens and Canon 24-70 zoom lens.  No flash was used.

After shooting the interior for almost 1 1/2 hours, a group of us enjoyed lunch at Ste. Anne’s “Friday Fish Fry”, which was quite delicious.  It seemed appropriate to give back to the church by attending the fish fry.  All of my exterior shots were made after lunch.

I hope to get back to Ste. Anne’s for the more formal tour and to take photos of some of the many things I missed on this first visit.  So stay tuned!

#detroit #steannechurch #puredetroit #puremichigan #ilovedetroit #detroitpride #michiganpride #mittenpride #depictthed #catholicchurch #steannededetroit #southwestdetroit #romancatholicchurch #michigan

 

 

 

 

Memories of My First Photography Show

After almost a year of preparation, a successful opening night reception, an evening of lectures discussing photography, several days working as a volunteer at the gallery throughout our three week exhibit October 7-29, 2016, topped off by a few calendar and book sales, “Through The Lens” Photography Show at the Riverside Arts Center is now just a memory.  But what a MEMORY!

I would like to personally thank everyone who took time out of their busy schedules to stop by the gallery during our three-week run to view the outstanding photography of eight accomplished women, including myself, and especially those who made purchases.

Below are a few photographs from this wonderful experience.

PREPARATION

DROP OFF DAY – Sunday, October 2, 2016

OPENING RECEPTION – Friday, October 7, 2016 – 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

AN EVENING OF LECTURES – Saturday, October 22, 2016 – 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Eight Women Photographers ~ Eight Different Points of View

“Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph.” Matt Hardy

The excitement is building for Through The Lens“, an invitational photography show being held at Riverside Arts Center in Ypsilanti, Michigan, October 7-29, 2016. This three-week exhibit will feature the artwork of eight talented and accomplished women photographers from Michigan and Ohio, each with her own unique style, vision and point of view.  The event was conceived, organized and is being curated by fine art, dance and landscape photographer Sylvia Ford of Sylvia Ford Photography and Ford Art Design.  Click HERE to visit the show’s official Facebook page.

I am so excited to announce that I, Linda Sorensen of MPL Photography LLC, am one of the invited artists.  I am so proud and thankful for this opportunity; and I am especially honored to be sharing the stage with these amazing women!

Back Row (L-R): Sylvia Ford, Wendy Wernet, Marcia Fowler, Cindy Huff, Linda Sorensen and Georgette Heron-Willoughby; Seated (L-R): Amy Lockard, Karen Hofmann

Back Row (L-R): Sylvia Ford, Wendy Wernet, Marcia Fowler, Cindy Huff, Linda Sorensen and Georgette Heron-Willoughby; Seated (L-R): Amy Lockard, Karen Hofmann

“You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.” Rosalynn Carter

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Our show opens Friday, October 7, 2016, with a reception from 5-7 p.m where you can meet and greet the women behind the cameras.  Each of us will be showing 8-10 framed images, including those featured on the below collages.

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All artwork will be available for viewing and purchase through October 29, 2016, during regular gallery hours.  There will also be other items available for purchase such as unframed prints, gallery gift shop items and of course two of my favorite MPL Photography LLC products:

2017 Scenic Michigan 12-Month Calendar

2017 Scenic Michigan 12 Month Calendar

AND

Straits of Mackinac – A Photographer’s Vision” 

Straits of Mackinac - A Photographer's Vision Artist Statement    Sample Pages

 A 20-page 8×8 photo book showcasing the beauty of Michigan’s “Tip of the Mitt”

We are also hosting an evening of FREE and “Open to the Public” photography lectures at the gallery on Saturday, October 22, 2016, beginning at 4:30 p.m. Seating is limited and pre-registration is necessary.  Reserve your spot ASAP by emailing Sylvia Ford at fordartdesign@yahoo.com.  Each of the following lectures will last about 20-25 minutes:

  1. Camera Settings 101 by Amy Lockard
  2. Night Photography by Wendy Wernet,
  3. Infrared Photography by Marcia Fowler,
  4. Printing, Matting and Framing by Sylvia Ford
  5. Starting a Small Photography Business by Linda Sorensen
  6. Open Floor Q&A

I sure hope you will either join us at the Opening Reception or visit Riverside Arts Center during regular gallery hours before the show ends so you can enjoy this is a unique collaborative effort showcasing the art of photography “Through The Lens” of eight creative women artists. 

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“A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform.” Diane Mariechild

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2014 to 2016 – Quite a Roller Coaster Ride

Here it is September of 2016, cannot believe it has been several months since my last blog post. Well, quite honestly, yes I can believe that!

Actually, for most of the past two and a half years, I’ve been on this wild and crazy ride. You may recall, I retired from my day job of almost 37 years at the end of August 2013.  I started my little photography business (www.MPLphotography.com) and enjoyed life as a retiree…..for a few months. Then my mom started having health problems in January 2014.  I had been acting as her health advocate since early 2008 when she beat colon cancer, but a May 2014 near death experience with e-coli sepsis, an August 2014 lung cancer diagnosis, subsequent life threatening complications from treatment, weeks in rehab, I became her caregiver.

Combine that with acting as my dad’s health advocate, my photography business, along with blogging, was “put on the back burner”. Sure, I would escape now and then, snap a few share/sell worthy photos, all the while giving care to my elderly parents.

Fast forward to September 2016, mom passed away August 13th, and while dad’s health has been failing, he is somewhat stable. I often find myself a little lost and have begun refocusing on my photography, once again.

Hopefully, you will continue riding along with me as I navigate my way through the grieving process and rejuvenate my creative juices.

Here are a couple of very special cell phone photos from the past couple of months.

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Oh, and  I also got a part-time office job, but I’ll save that story for another time. Ta Ta !

 

Remembering My Summer of 2015 – Photographically Speaking

 

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“Aurora Over the Straits” – July 23, 2015 at 4:18 a.m.

“Every summer has a story” ~ Unknown

For me, the story of my “Summer 2015” will be remembered as “The Summer of My Aurora Experiences”.

Opportunities for summer photography, were far and few between for me due to parental caregiving responsibilities.  In fact, I only got away twice during the summer, a two-week “Straits of Mackinac” cottage vacation in July and a long weekend in Michigan’s “Thumb” in August.  However, I will admit, I took advantage of those rare occasions and captured memories that will last a lifetime.  On both occasions, I experienced the Aurora Borealis, the famed “Northern Lights”!  And what an experience.

The above photo was captured during an hour-long, visible to the naked eye, unbelievable Aurora Borealis.  It was breathtaking!

Fortunately, I had my Android smart phone app, Aurora Alert, by Eagles Orbit, set to notify me of any Aurora activity and the alarm went off about 3:30 a.m. in the early morning of July 23, 2015, the second week of my stay at a lakefront cottage, just west of Mackinaw City, Michigan, along Wawatam Beach on Lake Michigan.  Despite my desire to remain asleep, I woke up, quickly dressed and tip-toed outside and made my way to the cottage beachfront to see if there was anything.  Much to my surprise, the night sky was dancing in green.  I called my brother who was asleep in the cottage to wake him up and literally ran back up to the cottage to get my camera gear.  I shot the above image with my Canon 60D, Tamron 10-24 f/3.5-4.5, focal length 10mm, f/5.6, 31.0 sec, ISO 800 on my Manfrotto 055XPROB tripod and Manfrotto 322RC2 Pistol Grip Ballhead, with a cable release, minimal Lightroom Creative Cloud (CC) edits.  And yes, that is a freighter in motion on the horizon.

I shot the below image with my Canon 60D, Tamron 10-24, focal length 10mm, f/3.5, 31.0 sec, ISO 1600 on my tripod with a cable release, minimal LR edits.  And yes, that is The Big Dipper in the night sky.

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“Aurora Over the Straits” – July 23, 2015 at 3:46 a.m.

What transpired over the next hour was magical!  We could not believe our eyes.  I can still feel the exhilaration just thinking about it.  I truly believe God had a hand in giving me this opportunity.

I last saw the Northern Lights over the Straits of Mackinac when I was a teenager.  At that time, I only had a Kodak Instamatic 110 camera and needless to say was not able to capture the magic.  Since then I have dreamed of photographing this natural phenomenon with a SLR and nowadays my DSLR.

On this particular vacation, I took my mom with me for the entire two weeks.  She had been receiving home hospice care since February of 2015 for lung cancer and I had been her primary caregiver.  I had already reserved the cottage time from the owner and decided we needed to get out of the house.  I still provided care to my mom during the two weeks and the local hospice checked in with us.  It was a lot of work but so worth it.  And that is the reason why I think God gave me this opportunity, to let me know that it was indeed worth it.  On a side note, my mom has since been discharged from home hospice as a living patient and is showing improvement everyday.  We strongly believe this trip was instrumental in kickstarting her continued remission.

On August 15, 2015, I had the opportunity to attend a “Night Sky” photography workshop in Port Hope (Michigan’s Thumb area).  The workshop was offered by Daniel Frei and Terry McKay II and the goal was to learn how to photograph the Milky Way.  After an evening of instruction, we awaited the night sky.  Shortly after 10:00 p.m., the Milky Way became visible and we all turned our cameras toward the southern sky and began shooting!  A few minutes later, my muted cell phone started vibrating.  I was shocked that it was an aurora alert.  About the same time, our instructor Dan must have received the same alert.  We both turned around and looked toward the northern sky and were astonished to see a bit of green haze.

As we all stood there, the haze began to shimmer and become brighter!  It was another amazing, forty-minute, visible to the naked eye, unbelievable Aurora Borealis.

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“Aurora Over Pte. Aux Barques” – August 15, 2015 at 10:26 p.m.

This above shot was taken from County Lighthouse Park at where the Point Aux Barques Lighthouse is located, near Port Hope, Michigan over Lake Huron on August 15, 2015, at 10:26 p.m.  I used my Canon 60D, Tamron 10-24, focal length 10mm, f/3.5, 30.0 sec, ISO 3200, on my tripod with a cable release, with minimal LR edits.

I shot the below vertical image was shot at 10:36 p.m. with my Canon 60D, tamron 10-24, focal length 10mm, f/3.5, 30.0 sec, ISO 3200, on my tripod with a cable release, and again with minimal LR edits.  This time, I shifted my focus a little more south to capture the some of the Aurora with some of the Milky Way.  Lake Huron is at the bottom of the image.

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“Nighttime Magic – Aurora Borealis and The Milky Way” – August 15, 2015 at 10:36 p.m.

My two Aurora Experiences were definitely “The Story of My Summer of 2015”!

Note: All images are available for purchase through www.mplphotography.com.

 

 

 

Narrowing My Focus! (pun intended)

“Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph.” ~ Matt Hardy

Learning to see!  Developing a style!  Finding my niche!  These are things I have been working hard to achieve since I began the journey of becoming a professional photographer four years ago.

Education! Peer critique!  Experimentation!  Exploration!  These have all been instrumental tools as I made an effort to “narrow my focus”!

I have been pursuing a “Photography Imaging” certificate program through Midwest Photography Workshops (MPW) located in Farmington Hills, Michigan.  I have been learning all about the “Fundamentals of Photography”, “Intermediate Shooting Techniques”, “Portfolio Development”, “Digital Landscape Composition”, “The Art of Seeing”, “The Business of Photography” and “Framing for Photographers” while shooting a variety of subjects (living and still life) in the MPW indoor studio, going on field trips (Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village, Elmwood Cemetery, and Clarenceville Cemetery) and participating in workshops such as “Adobe Lightroom”, “Shoe Mount Flash”, “Outdoor Portraiture with Fill Flash”, and “Detroit Night Lights”.

 

I have been exploring the many different types of photography (fine art, portraiture, macro, landscape, travel and events), experimenting with a variety of photography related software (Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop CC, Adobe Bridge, Pro Show Gold, Nik Plug-Ins, etc.), completing challenging assignments, accepting constructive critique and swallowing my pride!

I have explored my scenic and landscape creativity during a week-long workshop with Michigan’s nationally and internationally recognized, award winning fine art photographer Monte Nagler.

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Monte Nagler Photography Spring 2014 Workshop Participants (Photo Credit: Monte Nagler and his tripod)

I have participated in mini-workshops with talented Michigan photographers such as Thomas Nighswinder, Daniel Frei and Terry McKay II.

I have joined in and been an active participant with local meet-up groups including Michigan Photo Adventures, Tri-County Photography, Ann Arbor Shutterbugs, Creative Vision Photography MeetupsMichigan Female Shutterbugs, Alanna St. Laurent Photography Workshops, and On The Move Photo Group.

I have been following local, statewide and national photography pages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to network with peers and gain further insight into this ever changing profession.  The valuable interaction has been priceless.

I have entered a number of competitions and exhibits where I have had some success in the 2014 Pure Michigan Moments and the 2015 Pure Michigan Moments (Finalist-Spring Category and Top 15-Fall Category) Photo Contests, Women In Photography International’s “I AM woman…I AM digital” (2015 Exhibitor “Cell/Tablet” category) and View Bug.  The experiences have been quite “eye opening”.

I’ve dabbled in stock photography through iStock.

I finally participated in my first “selling event” at the Inaugural Holiday Craft Show & Small Business Expo on Small Business Saturday (November 28, 2015) sponsored by the Garden City Business Alliance and the Garden City Downtown Development Authority.

And now I am so excited to announce that I have been invited to participate in a month-long photography exhibit titled “Through the Lens” with seven other women at the Riverside Art Gallery in Ypsilanti, Michigan.  The October 2016 exhibit is being organized by my friend and fellow photographer, Sylvia Ford.  Sylvia is a professional, award winning photographer.  Her photographs have been on display at galleries throughout Southeast Michigan and Ohio, and in private collections throughout the U.S. and Japan.  The six other talented exhibitors are Marcia Fowler, Karen Hofmann, Cindy Huff, Amy Lockard, Wendy Vendersun, and Georgette Heron-Willoughby.  I met Sylvia, Cindy and Marcia on Monte Nagler’s 2014 Spring Workshop.

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Four Women Photographers – May 2014

Throughout this journey, I have reaffirmed my love for all types of photography, and will continue to shoot anything and everything.  But all along, I knew that I needed to narrow my focus to achieve success, and I have finally done just that.  Below is my new Mission Statement, which embraces the strength of my scenic photography and my love for preserving the memories of special occasions.

“Specializing in Fine Art Photography, with an emphasis on showcasing Michigan’s natural beauty, as well Personal and Corporate Event Photography, I am dedicated to Capturing and Preserving creative and visually pleasing images with Passion and Professionalism and Sharing those images through a variety of media including framed and unframed prints, canvas art, metal prints, calendars, books and more.  It is my sincere hope that you will be inspired by “my vision” and that you will purchase my artwork to adorn the walls of your home or office or give away as a special gift, recommend my products to your family and friends, and/or to consider my photography services for any future events.” 

Why the emphasis on Michigan?  Quite simply, the Great Lakes State is a photographer’s paradise.  From Lake Erie, the Detroit River and Lake St. Clair in the East to Lake Michigan in the west, from Lake Huron on the “Sunrise Side” to Lake Superior in the Upper Peninsula, Michigan is breathtaking.

My passion for scenic photography was ignited during my childhood years while taking family vacation pictures with my Kodak 126 Instamatic. Although I was born and raised in the Metro Detroit area, I was lucky enough to have spent many summer vacations “Up North” visiting relatives in Cheboygan and Munising.  It was, and still is, such a thrill to see the pillars of the majestic Mackinac Bridge peeking through the pine trees for the “first” time while traveling north on Interstate 75 or US Highway 23 and to cross the five-miles spanning the beautiful Straits of Mackinac (MAK-in-aw) into the Upper Peninsula.

That childhood passion was fueled throughout my adult life when I upgraded to my Pentax 35mm SLR (Single Lens Reflex) and expanded my statewide, national and international travels.  I became obsessed with preserving not only my memories of those travels but the memories of other life experiences by creating numerous photo album and creative scrapbooks.

Although I resisted embracing digital photography, I eventually made the leap with a point-and-shoot in 2004, took the plunge with my first Digital SLR in 2006, a Canon xTi and eventually upgraded to my current Canon 60D DSLR in 2012.

I am fortunate that after nearly 50 years of taking and making pictures my passion for both scenic photography and preserving memories still burns within me. I am truly grateful for that passion as I continue to pursue my retirement career as a professional photographer using my Canon DSLR cameras to specialize in Fine Art and Event Photography.  And just maybe it is time for another camera upgrade to help me maintain my “focus”!!!

From Merriam-Webster, the definition of the word FOCUS

The noun:

  • a subject that is being discussed or studied : the subject on which people’s attention is focused

  • a main purpose or interest

  • a point at which rays of light, heat, or sound meet or from which they move apart or appear to move apart; especially : the point at which an image is formed by a mirror, a lens, etc.

The verb:

  • to cause (something, such as attention) to be directed at something specific

  • to direct your attention or effort at something specific

  • to adjust (something, such as a lens or a camera) to make an image clear

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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