Play Like A GirlJune 15, 2016

Seniors 2017 – when you come in for your session do not hesitate to bring your sports gear to the session.
Have a great summer and we look forward to seeing you in the studio. It is a great time to schedule your session !

To easily contact the studio use the link located at the top of the page. ~Cathy

 

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2016 Spring RecitalMay 24, 2016

Leap of Grace Ballet Studio is located in Kalamazoo,Michigan.
Supporting fellow small business owners makes me happy.
The recital put on by the studio was spectacular.
Thank you Amy for sharing your passion of dance with SW Michigan and teaching the next generation.
If you have a child interested in dance please do not hesitate to contact Leap of Grace studio right here in wonderful Kalamazoo!
Picking Photography enjoyed an hour of pure springtime joy watching your recital.

To obtain more information about ballet lessons please contact info@leapofgraceballet.com

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Headshots – Your online presenceMay 18, 2016

When was the last time you took time to update your headshot images?
It is probably time to come into the studio to refresh your headshot.
Make sure your online presence is fresh,current and relative.
I’ll be waiting to hear from you!

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Spring is Here!April 23, 2016

Spring has arrived in SW Michigan.
You know the local photographers are happy when the blossoms finally bloom.
There was a spontaneous gathering this past week where creatives on both sides of the camera met to work together.
Photographers and models arrived and without any threat of snow or rain we were able to enjoy a “Pure Michigan” evening.
Thank you to the models I worked with. Arielle, Jordan and Patri you were amazing and will be welcomed in my studio anytime.
Patri’s her as an exchange student and her home is in Madrid,Spain. The first series of images is Patri blowing a big kiss back to her family in Spain !
Picking Photography is looking forward to a season of working with clients who are looking for exceptional service and a wonderful experience.

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Being Three is Terrific!April 3, 2016

Turning three is fabulous.
Initially Miss H was not a fan of the photographic process.
By the end of the session she was smiling and cried when she had to go home!
Happy Birthday to a wonderful three year old who says she is 4!

Stay tuned for the second smiling half of the session.~Cathy

 

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Midwinter BeautyFebruary 6, 2016

Sarah has been a faithful Picking Photography client from the very beginning. When I wanted to photograph a mid winter creative session she was my friend to call.

The images that came out of our time together in the studio are perfect. They showcase Sarah’s beauty.

Even with the great natural light in the studio I love to use a single light with a 70 inch parabolic modifier when creating portraits.

The new year is shaping up to be full of beauty.fun and amazing images. I look forward to showing women how a simple session can transform how they see themselves.

Beauty is all around us sometimes we just need a little push to document it!

I look forward to documenting your beauty and joy! ~Cathy

 

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The “Who I Am” ProjectJanuary 30, 2016

The “Who I Am” Project 2016

 

“Did I not exist as a tween?” I think to myself as I flip the plastic pages of my parents’ family photo album. One of the few photos that exists of me as a preteen is a traditional school photo. You know the one, that head and shoulders pose with the cheesy grin. My teeth are slightly too big for my face and my hair isn’t combed. Ah, sweet innocence.

Babies are so cute, new and chubby. Toddlers have those big, bright eyes and lets face it, they just do the darnedest thing. But those preteen ages are often forgotten. At ages 9-12, kids aren’t children anymore but aren’t quite teens.

I’m making it my personal mission to capture those lost preteen years. The goal is to help 9-12 year olds look and feel amazing and have an unshakable confidence in themselves when they hit junior high.

In comes the “Who I am.” project
We are starting the “Who I am” photography project to fill in the forgotten photo years while enriching the lives of your children. The main goal is to make preteens look and feel confident in who they are.

Who we’re looking for
We are looking for models for our photography project, ages 9-12. We will ask the model and their parents a few questions, then combine the text and photographs to create one impactful piece of art.

Why “Who I am”?
We want to capture the the personality of these preteens and record the last stage of their childhood before they become young ladies or gentlemen. We want them to realize their unique traits  so that they are confident in themselves before they hit Junior High. Imagine the impact a single amazing image can do for your preteens self-image.

How to participate or nominate a friend:
Please e-mail us by Friday, February 12th if you are interested in having your child participate in this project.If you would like to nominate a friend or family member of yours that you think would be perfect for this you can email the contact information . Please nominate people you think would enjoy the boutique experience we provide. The in-studio session itself is complimentary and includes $75 in product credit (a total $225 value). Our goal is to create a gorgeous group of photos you’ll love and that truly show your child’s spirit and soul!  Many people like to use these photos as birthday, holiday, Mothers Day, and “just because” gifts for their child. Our portrait collections start at $395.

After you email us, we will send you specific details and you can decide if this project is perfect for your child. Our studio is located downtown Kalamazoo,Mi in the historic Park Trades Center, 326 West Kalamazoo Avenue.

Email us at cathy@pickingphotography.com we look forward to talking with you. ~ Cathy

 

 

 

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Picking Photography – 2016 SeniorOctober 31, 2015

Just a quick look into the images I am working on from this fall.

 

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GlitterSeptember 22, 2015

I would like  to share a glimpse of the fun we had during Allie’s senior session last night.

Perfect Michigan weather accompanied a whole lot of laughing as I had the pleasure of photographing this beautiful senior.

Downtown Kalamazoo is a great location for finding unique backdrops for every senior. There are doorways and secret gardens that will be featured within this sessions images.

Our night while walking downtown Kalamazoo did have a sober moment when we found some birds who did not have a good day. Ask Allison for the complete story!

Thank you Allie for being so flexible and for your willingness to be photographed at the numerous urban locations last night. This glitter gif makes me happy when I think of all the fun we had!

Picking Photography has limited sessions for the 2016 senior who would like a custom senior experience. Call Cathy at 269-290-2499 or use the book a session tab above for more information.

 

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Belleza con leche y floresSeptember 1, 2015

Today is day one of the new series titled “Beauty with Milk and Flowers.”

Working with a model in a kiddies swimming pool full of milk raised some eyebrows of the neighbors.

I hope they can see the finished art.

Thank you Sarah for being willing to immerse yourself in milk to capture the series of images.

If you are interested in a specialty session please contact Cathy via the contact tab for scheduling your very creative milk session.

 

Please enjoy this with a glass of milk and some cookies!!

 

 

 

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