A little about me ....
As an Artist, a Mom, and a Passionate Portrait Photographer.
Photography has been a passion since my first "real" camera at age sixteen. I specialize in Weddings and Portraits because I enjoy people. It doesn't matter the situation, type of photoshoot or subject matter. I aim to bring out the true beauty and natural characteristics in anything I am photographing. As a mother of two I also understand kids limitations and how to photograph even the crankiest of the bunch with big smiles.
My education began at College of Creative Studies, School of Art & Design, also known as CCS, a private art college based in Detroit, Michigan for a BFA, luckily on a portfolio scholarship. I continue my education in workshops as it is important to stay fresh, educated and up to date on the latest and greatest gear, techniques and newborn safety. I am professionally trained as a Newborn Photographer, and how to handle them correctly. I have worked in several Metro Detroit hospitals as a photographer. Knowing correct handling, poses and what the baby needs during the session is crucial for their safety and happiness. I personally have photographed over 800 newborns within my career as a newborn photographer. It takes talent and knowledge. Yes, you just might call me a baby whisper, ask to download my free sound app, all while asking how did I do that crazy swaddle?! Also the heat will be turned up! Sorry, but it'll keep your baby nice and warm during the session, but we will be sweating!
Besides photography I am also a published illustrator with five books currently in print. They are on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, local book stores, galleries and museum. I always love fun little side projects!
Over the years I have worked in television, assist artistically in comic books, including for Marvel & Malibu Comics in L.A., doodled in studios for illustration and graphic design as well as being an art rep for over a decade for 60+ artists. Whether it's giving you a book or seeing you through my lens, nothing makes me happier when I can savor your priceless smile!
It is a true honor working with families and Wedding couples. Allowing me to photograph your precious moments is meaningful to me as it is to you. In my sessions there's usually a lot of smiling, playfulness, and thirty minutes can run a little long because we are having too much fun. Yes it can be work to get the perfect shot but its well worth it. Being a Northern Michigan native, I can not get enough of the outdoors and prefer nature for my photo sessions as a back drop since it is always original. I am delighted to make house calls, and have a by appointment studio filled with fun props for newborns, headshots, maternity and boudoir sessions.
Thank you for viewing my portfolio & this website. Hope to see your smile soon. ~ Cher.
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