Monday, August 28, 2006

Rain or shine...

I guess when you live in Michigan you just expect to have weather that changes... OFTEN.

We photographed Kelly from Walled Lake Northern last week and just as we were finishing the session, it started to rain.

We all ran for cover under a nearby tree as it started to pour, but we managed to get some really pretty portraits before we were forced to stop by the soaking rain.

Thanks to Kelly and Mom for helping me to keep my camera and lenses dry as we made the looooong walk (run) back to the cars.

Check out the slide show.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Helping those who are less fortunate


This October we will participate with an elite group of photographers around the country in a very special family portrait promotion. Throughout October we will celebrate “Family Portrait Month,” a wonderful opportunity for you update your family portrait (or portraits of your children), and at the same time help to support Operation Smile, which treats children around the world who suffer with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities.

Along with other studio members of Professional Photographers of America (PPA), we have pledged to contribute $100. from every session to PPA Charities, which has chosen Operation Smile as its charitable partner.

What’s more, we want you to benefit from this special offer: Save 20% on any wall portrait (16x20 and larger) that you choose from the session.

Recording the faces of children and their families is our greatest pleasure. That’s why we believe so strongly in the work of Operation Smile. Each year this incredible organization of over 10,000 volunteer surgeons, dentists, and specialized health-care professionals, perform surgeries on as many needy children as their funding permits. Because of the medical volunteers, it costs only $240 to perform a life-chaging operation. More than 100,000 children are born with a facial deformity each year in Operation Smile’s 23 mission countries.

We also believe that Family Portrait Month is a wonderful way to teach children the value of reaching out to others. Even small children can understand the importance of Operation Smile’s work, and they are eager to help these needy children.

We hope you will join with us in helping to make this vital work possible. Don’t forget that the holiday season is right around the corner, so there’s no better time for a family portrait, which is always appreciated as gifts for family and friends and to send along with holiday greeting cards.

As always . . . we look forward to creating some truly wonderful portraits of your family.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Time with family

I've been a baaaaad blogger. I keep meaning to sit down and update the blog, but before I know it, the whole day has slipped away. Where does the time go?

Last Sunday we got to spend some time wth Tammi's Brother & Sister-in-law (Matt and Roxanne) and Shane, Courtney and the newest addition to the family, our seven week old nephew Joey.

We had a really nice visit with everyone including an awesome dinner that Tammi skillfully prepared ... and in keeping with the Deutsch women tradition, we had enough food to feed a small army!

One of the highlights of our day was being able to photograph the kids. We will post more of the three kids together after the next session. In the mean time here are a couple from the series we did of Little Joey.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Great Sr. Portraits for Samar & Erin

ERIN '07

Last week we drove out to the campus of Kingswood/ Cranbrook to photograph Samar & Erin. Both girls are going to be seniors there this year and most sr's have their portraits created right on the grounds of the school.

Can you blame them??? Everywhere you look there is a gorgeous area to photograph.

We had a great time creating images.... including the time when the security guard kicked us out. :)
But it's OK, we really were done with the girls' session's. I just like to see if I can get "One More".

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Antwaun Stanley "In The House!"

Last Tuesday we went over to Straight Gate Church in Detroit to photograph a CD release party for Antwaun Stanley.

Antwaun is a young gospel singer from Flint who has the combination of a velvet voice and a look that will put him at the top of the charts!

We got a really nice series of photos of Antwaun singing, signing autographs and hanging with friends, family and his producers. Here's great one of Antwaun and 2/3's of his production team PAJAM,which consists of Paul "PDA" Allen, Walter Kearney and J. Moss (who was unable to attend). The other fellas in the photo are the members of A PAJAM group,"21:03".

Antwaun is signed with Bajada Label.

Please support Antwaun by visiting his website and buying his CD. I'm sure you'll enjoy it.

Here's the Slide Show from the release party.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Butterfly Duets

JA Franco is coming out with a new CD entitled "Butterfly Duets" in which she will being doing... you guessed it, duets with other artists. It sounds like a really cool project.

We came up with a few different concepts for the CD cover and ended up using this one.

The butterfly wings came from a centerpiece that we won at our state photography convention one year. See! it pays to save things. You just never know when you might be able to use it :)

You can get more info about JA at Brother Angel Productons .


It's the weekend for us right now,but this Tuesday, when we go back to work, we're going to Straight Gate Church to photograph the new CD release for Antwaun Stanley.

We photographed Antwaun a couple of years ago in the studio and then got to hear him sing and man! can he sing!! We've had the priviledge of hearing Antoine sing at the One in Worship events that we photographed at Ford Field in Detroit and the Coliseum in Greensboro,NC.

Antwaun is releasing a new CD and we're going to photograph him with the record label execs and some candids of him signing autographs.

I love being able to be a part of an up and coming artist on the rise.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Kristi and Shane

Here they are!!

Cute, huh? I can't wait for the wedding....and avoiding the Woodward Dream Cruise traffic :)

Kristi & Shane's Engagement Session

I'm so excited to create some engagement portraits for Kristi & Shane this afternoon.

They are getting married in a couple of weeks at Addison Oaks. So I can't wait to photograph there because it's been a few years since I have, and it's a beatiful place.

Natalie & Mark (mom and dad) deserve some kudos for planning two daughter's weddings within a two month period!

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Which Print Didn't Hang?

Ok. Here are the results I promised last week. The one print that didn't hang at our National print competition was this one.

It's titled "A Cry for Peace".

It has a lot of meaning to me especially with all of the unrest in the middle east.
It's OK though. I have the "Best of Show" trophy for the image proudly displayed in our studio!! :) And I still love the image !!!

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

...And the Winner is...

I'll bet you didn't know that I am the proud recipient of a (genuine replica) Oscar Award.

That's right! The Oscar you see in this photo is a true to life Oscar, made from the mold that the real Oscars are made from.
The inscription on the front reads "The Worlds Best Master Photographer".

WOW!!! What an honor! Ok... so on the back it says "and he has the cutest mom too". Somehow, I think the award was more about my mother than it was about my photography; but hey, that's ok :)

At any rate, the Oscar was given to me as a gift from my mom's friend Alex. Alex is a retired plasterer who worked on a bunch of Hollywood hit movies. He's worked on movies like "Bram Stoker's Dracula", "The Goonies", "Dead Poets Society", just to name a few.

Hey Alex it's great to know you, and thanks again for the award!