Zyea’s Mackinaw Photo Shoot

This June I was so happy to be able to be the photographer for Zyea Folz.  She is an amazing, smart, and talented young woman.  Zyea, her mom Heather, Grandma Anne, and Aunt Heidi all joined me for four fantastic days, with five photo sessions in Northern Michigan.  Mackinaw Island was in bloom with the annual Lilac festival, which we took advantage of for some beautiful vistas.  A tour of the island by carriage allowed everyone to sit back and relax.  Our rental cottage was superb and the kitchen was the perfect backdrop for a culinary photo session.  Zyea’s interest in culinary lead us on a drive to the Les Cheneaux Culinary School .  After a delicious meal and dessert all of us gathered for a special photo session with a parachute.  Thank you ladies for a fun and happy destination session.

MY WHY

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Why I became a photographer:

While dog sitting for a friend of mine, I pulled out the camera and started taking photographs.  Hoss was content play and lounge while I clicked the shutter away that afternoon.  I decided to take the photo’s and put them into a little album as a gift for Leah.  About a month later I finally had a finished press album with photo’s of Hoss and his playmate Otto the cat.  I knew my images were not on a professional level and I was nervous about what Leah would think of them and the book.  In the end all that really didn’t matter.

As I met with Leah that afternoon she broke the news that Hoss had passed on that weekend.  It was devastating.  If you have ever lost a pet, you know what I’m talking about.  I was so shocked, and in my hand was this little album with the few pictures I had taken of him.   Leah and I spent hours in tears going through the album.  In the end all that mattered was that she had images of Hoss to remember him by.  Afterwards I thought about how I had wished to have more photos of my own dog Chilie when she passed away.  Not just more photos but good quality photos.

That was my aha moment of maybe I could be a pet photographer.  It was a crazy idea, and I wasn’t even sure it would work.  I started to jot down ideas and do some research and learned that it wasn’t such a far-fetched idea.  There was a pet photographer based out of Seattle, who had even written a book.  So I researched more, and took more photography classes.  There is always so much to learn and not just about photography but about business itself.  It was a few years before I would truly feel ready to launch my photography business.  If not for Hoss, or the album for Leah, I am not sure if I would have started this journey.  I am so glad that I did.  Since then I have added High School Seniors and Headshots to my services.  It still have a lot I want to learn as photographer but love being able to create a session specifically for each individual client.