Art by Roxanne Photography: Blog en-us (C) Art by Roxanne Photography (Art by Roxanne Photography) Sat, 11 Nov 2017 16:24:00 GMT Sat, 11 Nov 2017 16:24:00 GMT Art by Roxanne Photography: Blog 90 120 Long Lost Love Reunited Long Lost Love Reunited

Thirty three years ago, at the tender age of 12 and 13, Angela and Fred met at his Pop Warner football game.
Young love ensued and would last for the next two years.
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Then one day Angela's step father abruptly announced they were moving and they were moving right then.
Angela did not even have time to tell Fred she was leaving.
With no ability to control it, she simply disappeared on the unsuspecting 15 year old Fred, seemingly without a trace.

Over the years they never forgot each other . 

But life goes on and both would go on to marry others and have children.
, each would have 3 children, and between the two of them, six grandchildren.

Fast forward 33 years into the future and the advent of social media and shared friends from past lives...and the plot would thicken.

Angela discovers one of her Facebook friends is also friends with the boy that gave her, her very first kiss and her first marriage proposal.

Angela had finally found Fred again.

Not a big social media guy, it took Fred two months to see Angela's friend request and accept it.
But from there they arranged a meeting and the rest, as they say, is history.

I have to admit I love 'long lost love reunited' stories!!!

I am so happy for these two. I know their time apart has only made their reunion all the more sweet.
May the next 33 years find you together and just as in love as you were all those years ago and as you are today.

Eternal love and best wishes to you both,  Nancy Roxanne

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Rain Rain Go Away-The Yonan family Rain Rain Go Away.

On an otherwise, almost mild, late October day, I had the pleasure of meeting this photogenic family, the Yonan's.
Meeting them and photographing them was the easy part.
Finding a place to do so? Not so easy.

As with all my clients, location is determined well in advance of the session. It is very much a custom location based on the client's vision, with me giving input as to places I feel might work.

Plan A
In the case of the Yonan family, mom Regina decided on the Osaka Garden in Chicago. I was super excited about the spot since I had never photographed there before.
But then the rains came.
Plans had to be changed on a dime or we would have to reschedule.

Plan B
So we decided on the atrium at Harold Washington Library.
Only when I got there early to scout the new location I found the top floor was off limits due to a wedding.

 Plan C
How about the Chicago Institute of Art?
I raced over on foot to the museum while the Yonan's were en route.
Arriving there I found long lines, high entrance fees and worse of all-- no inside flash was allowed. Sort of rough when you have a dark rainy day dimming the light in an interior location.

Plan D
I exited the Art Institute quickly and jumped into the Yonan's vehicle, just as they were pulling up.
What to do now??

Thinking fast I realized we were right around the corner from one of my  favorite shooting spots. Lurie Garden.

The rain had considerably ebbed.  So we decided to go for it.
Once we arrived the rain miraculously stopped. The city skyline was covered in fog but the beautiful fall colors were definitely on display and now was our chance to take advantage of the awesome backdrop.

And so Plan D it was!!

Thank you to the Yonan family for being up for the adventure that our session date turned in to!

At the end we got beautiful photos which made for our very happy ending, and that is truly all that matters :)

Much love to the beautiful Yonan family. I hope to see them again and again.

Nine year old Lyda was a picture perfect little model from moment one!

And though it took 3 year old Luca a minute to warm up to me, he didn't waste anytime once he was ready to go. His true personality came shining through again and again.

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The true character of ministry is a servant's heart. The true character of ministry is a servant's heart.

Kellie Kelly is preparing to graduate from a 5 year program that will see her becoming a Unitarian Universalist Minister.
UU members are multifaith,(including many atheists and humanists)and radically progressive, advocating rights for LGBTQ, women, immigrants, Muslims, and people of color.

What a wonderful concept when it comes to acceptance!
While I had never heard of this ministry I was very intrigued by it.
(I am including a link at the end of this blog post if you are intrigued as well!).

Kellie and her son Matt, who is about to turn 12, joined me on a brisk day in October at Whihala Beach in Whiting, Indiana.
By this time, I already felt I knew Kellie from our correspondence, so I was excited to finally meet her and her son Matt in person.

She and Matt did not disappoint and were both lots of fun to work with.

Congratulations to Kellie on her upcoming graduation and to Matt on his last birthday before he officially becomes a teen next year!

May their future be as bright as their faith!


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Blood makes you related. Loyalty makes you family. Blood makes you related. Loyalty makes you family.

So on what may have been one of the last really nice weekends of the year, I met with Coty and Stephanie and their 3 children at the Wasem Fruit Farm in Milan, Michigan.

I may never do another family session again that does not involve some type of activity to keep the interest of multiple children! It worked out so incredibly well that I had the hardest time choosing which of their many awesome photos to post. I tend to have that problem a lot lol!

Coty and Stephanie were a hoot. Coty is definitely the teasing protagonist in their relationship and Stephanie's love for him and his antics were very apparent.

They are so adorable! 
Then there were the children.
and Xavier.

Jade, age 9, very much possesses all the wisdom and solemnity of the oldest child.
She also harbors a deep love for Five Nights at Freddy's toys.
When I was her age I loved to read Edgar Alan Poe and watch Frankenstein movies so I definitely love a child with a dark side lol!
And since I was also the oldest child in my household I could really relate to beautiful little Ms. Jade.

Then there was sweet sweet Micah. I'd be lying if I said I grew weary of photographing her adorable and perfect 6 year old face.
Between her exuberant personality and the sprinkling of glorious freckles across her little nose I was in photographic heaven.

Of course we can't forget the little man. Three year old Xavier. Lover of all things that go zoom.
At the last minute I had thrown a little airplane and pilot hat into my bag. The images that resulted from the combination of boy meets toy are so perfect and endearing I could cry.

Thanks so much to this awesome family for letting me document a moment in their lives. May you always be as happy as you are now.

Much love, Nancy.

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And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.

This past July, on the 28th of the month, Eric Kinney proposed to his girlfriend Brianna Kalmbach, 6 years to the day of their first date. On that same date next summer, July 28th 2018, he will make Brianna Kalmbach his wife.
I. Love. That.

Since Eric popped the big question while he and Brianna were out camping, it seemed perfect to Brianna that they should head back into nature and the forest when it came time to take their engagement photos.

Finding both woods and beauty in nearby Nichols Arboretum in Ann Arbor, we had a perfect day in the warm 70's surrounded by the burgeoning Autumn colors. And making it all the more perfect was when I found both Brianna and Eric to possess the kind of infectious carefree smiles that make my job oh-so easy.
So while we communed with nature and each other, I captured their relaxed natural style as well as their love for one another.
Brianna is a fellow artist and Eric is a musician/drummer, like my own fiance, so we had lots to gab about.
And let it be stated here and now, that in my own personal experience, if anyone can live in a small space with another person AND their drum kit and manage not to kill him or others, then they are surely a match made in creative heaven :D

I wish Eric and Brianna all the best on their upcoming wedding and in the next phase of their lives.
Much love to you both!


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One year down, forever to go One year down, forever to go.

Mike and Megan Wadowski were married last year on July 2nd, 2016 and next month marks their 6th year together as a couple. So they wanted to get together for a photo session to celebrate their anniversary.

 I am notoriously awful with remembering names but as soon as our session got under way Megan helped me out by telling me that all of their friends call them M&M.


Not only did that make their names stick in my mind but it also made perfect sense, because Megan and Mike could not have been any sweeter than if they were actually made from chocolate!
Some people are just easy to love off the bat and they are two of those people.

Of course we got pretty close, pretty quick, when about 10 minutes into the session, while walking backwards and framing my shot, I tripped over a rather large tree root and hit the ground hard and fast like I planned the darn thing. Without missing a beat I jumped back up and kept shooting. No one was hurt, except for maybe Mike from laughing so hard!! Now you know why I don't photograph on the edge of cliffs!

At any rate, after that I am pretty sure it was easy for them to feel comfortable with me. And whenever Mike was in danger of giving me a forced smile I would remind him of the time I fell flat on my backside and that would bring an instant gleam to his eye and a smile to his face.
Hey, you do what you got to do. Like I said. I planned that ;)

Happy Anniversary to these two awesome people. I meant it when I told them I hope to see them again and again.

Some of my friends become clients, and some of my clients become friends. And that is one of the best things about what I do. 

Much love to you both M&M.

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We'll always have Paris "We'll always have Paris"

                      Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca

Thirty five years ago this month Paris Freeman came into the world; a few days after her birth her mother Pamela celebrated her own 33rd birthday by taking her new baby girl home. 

After putting a trip off to Paris,France multiple times, Pamela had to once again put off her trip when she learned she was expecting a child. And that is how Paris Freeman got her name.

I love that story. And if you met Pamela in person you would know that she surely must have given her child a reminder moniker out of love and sarcastic wit.

At 68 years young, Pamela is full of pep and vinegar, and to see her and her equally fun daughter, Paris, interact is truly awesome to watch.

If there is anything I admire, it is a strong mother/daughter bond.
And these two wonderful ladies do not disappoint.
Happy Birthday to you both and here is to always having Paris!

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Quiet People Have the Loudest Minds-Rodriguez Family and Senior Siblings Quiet People have the Loudest Minds

“I’ve always liked quiet people: You never know if they’re dancing in a daydream or if they’re carrying the weight of the world.”

Looking for Alaska by John Green

Alaynna and Leighton Rodriguez are definitely on the reserved side. During our photo session I never knew if they were enjoying themselves or secretly plotting my demise haha! 😛
That's okay though, I have always liked quiet people. Maybe because it gives me more of an opportunity to do all the talking lol!


But the similarities don't end there with Alaynna and Leighton. Just 10 and a half months apart, they are both Seniors at New Prairie High School and have been actively involved in sports for years.

Alaynna, the oldest, is a catcher
and has played softball for over 12 years now; her dad Mike helps coach her travel team. Alaynna is also in national honor society and maintains over a 4.0 GPA.

Leighton is an offensive lineman for his school's football team which is currently leading the state in rushing for 4A schools.  Leighton has played football for over 9 years and made second team all conference.
He also wrestles and made it to semi state for his weight class this past year as well as honorable mention at all conference for wrestling.

Anyone with the quiet determination and steadfast dedication, required to participate and excel in sports for as long as these two have, surely have success in store for them in whatever they decide to do.

Good Luck Alaynna and Leighton and I hope you have a great Senior year!


While we were making plans for this Senior photo session we decided to do a few family shots with mom and dad, Heather and Mike, and youngest son Mikey as well.

The Rodriguez's take a lot of photos but have not had any done professionally since before Mikey was born 14 years ago.
It was definitely time!

Thanks to Heather for corralling everyone together and to Mike for patiently suffering through

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Men are what their mother made them--Senior Session with Hana Koilpillai "Men are what their mother made them."


Of course there are exceptions to every rule but in most cases, when you see a good man, somewhere behind him is a mother who raised him to be that way.

Today's Senior, Hana Koilpillai, would like to dedicate her Senior session to her grandmother and to the wonderful son her grandmother raised, Hana's father.

Hana had not initially planned on wearing a sari for her session.  But according to her mother Kim, the night before the photo shoot Hana came across some of her grandmother's jewelry and was overcome with emotion and memories. And though she normally does not elect to dress in the Indian style that is representative of her rich heritage from her paternal side, Hana decided to incorporate the beautiful sari that her grandmother had given to Hana's mother.

In preparing this blog I contacted Hana and her mother to make sure it was okay to include the images with the beautifully vibrant gown.  I had been told that Hana wanted to surprise her father, who had no idea she would be wearing the dress.

In response Hana sent me this message and ask that I include it so that everyone would know that these images are in memory of her dear grandmother..


"I had some pictures taken in the sari, which my dad's mom dressed my mom in for her wedding rehearsal dinner, to honor my beautiful grandmother, my Paaty. I'm so thankful for my Paaty raising her son to be the man that he is, because he's an amazing father. I wanted to surprise my dad with this and let him know how much I wish with my entire heart that she could be here to share my senior year with us."

Hana Koilpillai


Reading Hana's sweet words of love for her grandmother and father made me teary eyed! She is definitely a beautiful girl inside and out.

I am sure her father will love and cherish these special images from his only daughter.

And I know that Hana's Paaty must be looking down with a smile in her heart for her sweet and lovely granddaughter as Hana embarks on her final year in the Northville school system.


Attending Northville schools since Kindergarten, Hana is a third year varsity Lacrosse player for Northville High School. She keeps busy during the summers by working as a day camp children's counselor for Springhill Camps. 

"I love having my summer centered on Jesus and kids and seeing God work in my life and through me to help  kids grow in their relationships with Him"


Next up for Hana is college in Florida to study Marine Biology.

Between her family, and her faith, and her beauty in strength and character, Hana surely has nothing but good things on her horizon as she moves towards the next step in her life's journey.

And no matter where her path may take her, or how far from home she may roam, I leave her with this quote to light her way and bring her comfort.


'A life that touches others, goes on forever.'


Best wishes Hana!


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All the world's a stage-Senior Session with Tori Dedo "All the world's a stage."

William Shakespeare


Tori Dedo is an aspiring actress. A Senior at Detroit Country Day School, she is in the process of sending applications to colleges where she is looking to get her BFA and hone her craft.


An all American beauty type, Tori was both sweet and open for anything at our photo session. Which is probably a very good trait to have as an actor ;)

Equally adorable was Tori's mother Jacqui. She is one of those mothers that is in complete infatuation with their child and is their biggest cheerleader. The world would indeed be a wonderful place if everyone had the support system that Tori has in Jacqui!

I wish for Tori an awesome Senior year and I hope she finds the perfect college that helps her achieve all her dreams. Somehow I don't think she will have any problems whatsoever :)





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Generations of Love  Generations of Love
Here's to strong women.
May we know them.
May we be them.
May we raise them.

This week I had the pleasure of doing a generation session with Eve and her mother Inna and Eve's 5 year old daughter Sophie.
Eve's mother was visiting all the way from Russia! So it was especially awesome to have the opportunity to photograph these 3 generations of women.
I hope Inna enjoys her time in Ann Arbor and that she loves these special images with her beautiful daughter and sweet granddaughter.

If the family is together, the soul is in the right place.
Russian Proverb

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Ava Celebrates a Milestone Ava Celebrates a Milestone

Happy 1st Birthday to Ava Lucia Corral!

Ava just turned one on June 6th, 2017.
As you can see she is just as adorable as can be!


Though this is the first time Ava has been in front of my camera this is not the first time I have met her. My daughter Savanah was blessed to have Ava's mommy, Veronica, as her Girl Scout Co-Leader this past year. So I have had the pleasure of seeing this precious baby before.

But this is the first time I have gotten to meet Ava's daddy, Angel,and big sisters Julie,almost 13,and Nayeli
age 10, (unfortunately big brother Eddy was unable to attend).

Ava was truly a real sweetheart during our session. The further in we got the more her inner model came out!!
The whole Corral family is just as sweet and wonderful as they can be and I really enjoyed our time together. A shout out must also be given to Ava's Uncle Jerry, who really helped out on the sidelines. You could tell the two of them shared a special bond and I had to pull him in at the end for a couple of photos with his beautiful baby niece :)

Thank you to the Corral family for including me on documenting such a sweet milestone.
May all Ava's birthdays be as rich and blessed with love and family as this one was.

Love, Nancy Roxanne



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Newborn Baby Mohini Newborn Baby Mohini
Used to wrap my hands around his little finger
Turns out he was wrapped around mine
He said "You can be anything you want to in this great big world"
But I'm always gonna be daddy's little girl
                                                                              The Shires

On June 6th, 2017 at 6:30 am, Mohini Yu Mullick made her debut at 8lbs and 9 ounces. Named for a Hindu Goddess and her middle name for her Korean grandmother, she starts her life surrounded by lots of love and a rich heritage from both her father's Indian background and her mother's Korean one.

Mohini's delivery was a long one and mom Erin credits new father Jay with being the one to help her make it through the intense all natural delivery.

Mohini is Jay's first child and by the look of total adoration he has whenever she is near I am sure she will always be daddy's little girl!

Mohini will definitely have the best of both worlds as the baby of the family and the only girl, but she will also have the benefit of two older brothers to help her along life's path.

From rowing to hockey, her big brothers will have lots to teach her!

Congratulations to Jay and Erin, and to big brothers Ronnie and Nicky!

And welcome to the world Baby Mohini!

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Ted and Melissa and a Detroit Wedding Ted and Melissa
A Bachelor proposal leads to a beautiful Detroit wedding. 

It all began when one of Melissa's clients, Joann Bidlack, happened to be one of Ted's patients. Joann tried more than once to set Melissa and Ted up. Melissa took a little convincing. 
But after their first phone conversation, Melissa and Ted found out they attended the same church and from there a first date was arranged. 
As coincidence would have it, on that first date they ran into Melissa's mother and that was how Ted met his future mother in law the very same night he met his future wife! 
Fast forward and Ted knew he was in love with Melissa the night she scaled a 10 foot fence at a Michigan game. What's not to love about that?!
When Ted decided to propose he wanted to plan an elaborate occasion but his excitement got the best of him the day he picked up the engagement ring, and so while watching The Bachelor, he popped the big question. 
But Melissa actually thought he was joking till she saw the ring! 

And who says The Bachelor relationships aren't real?! ;)

Fast forward to May 20th, 2017 and here we all were celebrating the love and marriage of this great couple!

The eventful day started at Detroit Motor City Casino where the bridal party was getting ready. And that's where we also did the first look. 
From there we jumped on the party bus and headed to the beautiful DIA. 
And just as the rain started to sprinkle it was time for some images in the beautiful Detroit Public Library.
Then the party bus took us to Jefferson Beach Marina for the beautiful outdoor ceremony. 
Though the temperature started to drop and the wind began to pick up spirits remained high as Ted and Melissa said their vows. 
From there it was on to the the gorgeous Ovation Yacht for a 4 hour cruise. 
The water was a admittedly a little rough with a storm moving in but the party rocked on!  And the images underneath the Ambassador Bridge while Melissa and Ted danced under the darkening sky were incredible! 
I'm not sure who had more fun, Ted and Melissa dancing or everyone who got to watch them. It was pretty great. 
And after toasts, and dinner, the party and celebration continued on. 

Thank you to Ted and Melissa Paquin for allowing me to share in your special day. 
All the world loves a great love story. It gives us hope and fills our hearts with joy.
Here’s to a lifetime filled with joyful moments! 

Much love, Nancy Roxanne 

Thank you to the following people and vendors:

Second Photographer : Erica Hawley

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Noa turns One Noa turns One
Recently I was asked to photograph little Noa's very first birthday celebration on June 7th.

It was just a low key day with good food and good friends who joined Noa's mom and dad and her 3 year old brother, Itai, for the happy occasion.
Making the day a little more extraordinary was that Noa's 'yaya' traveled all the way from New Jersey just to celebrate Noa's milestone. From the look of love on grandmother Sally's face you know she would have gone to the moon and back to be there :)

I wish sweet little Noa many more happy birthdays and for her to always be as loved and treasured as she was on this very first commemoration.

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I've never seen a smiling face that was not beautiful .. I've never seen a smiling face that was not beautiful.
Author Unknown

I had the pleasure of photographing two best friends back to back this weekend, Kate Stanko on Saturday in Chicago, and Nikki Katalinic on Sunday at Whilala Beach in Whiting.
The girls have known each other since kindergarten and they both graduate from Munster High School in just a few weeks.
But come Fall, their paths will go different ways, as the girls head of to different colleges with Nikki going to St. Louis University to study nursing.

With Nikki's bright smile to light the way I am sure she will find much success on her life's journey. She was a pleasure to work with and, like her best friend Kate, she was up for anything!

As you can see I was able to capture so many cool images of her--I hope you love them as much as I do,  Nikki!

Good luck at 'SLU' ;)


Jewelry courtesy of:

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Big City Girl Big City Girl

Apparently this was Kate's second attempt at Senior images...her first attempt at a local beach at the beginning of her Senior year , according to her best friend Nikki, did not feel like Kate.

    Because Kate, is a big city girl at heart!

This tiny girl with her love of the big city is headed to Purdue West Lafayette come Fall, where she will major in Elementary and Special Education.  And while West Lafayette may not be a huge metropolis, Kate definitely sees herself finding her dream job in a large city after graduation.

After spending her entire school career in the Munster school system, Kate is just a few weeks away from graduating from Munster High School.

Good luck to you Katelyn as you begin your journey to fulfill all your dreams!

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The days are long but the years are short The days are long but the years are short...

My latest session with the Whiting family was a lifestyle session in their beautiful new home in Milford Michigan. In the stage of final touches, it was a definitely a gorgeous setting for an indoor shoot.


According to Wikipedia, lifestyle photography is "a style of portrait / people photography which aims to capture and document real-life events, situations, or milestones in an artistic manner and the art of the everyday."
I am truly starting to love lifestyle photography more and more. And while my passion has been outdoor location sessions, there is definitely something to be said for capturing the beauty of a 'day in the life' of a family in their own environment.

Always one of my favorite families, I have been photographing the Whitings since 2 year old Ashton was just an adorable little baby bump in Kiersten's slim frame.

Fast forward to the last time I photographed the family and it was around this time last year. Ashton was a sweet 16 month old, still very much a baby.
This year I found a little boy, just as sweet and adorable but definitely in the throes of what is commonly referred to as the 'terrible twos' lol!
When he is not mimicking and idolizing big brother Paul, age 7, he is antagonizing him. Of course, Paul, as a typical older brother, antagonizes right back!  Such is life with multiple children--you may have 2 minutes of peace followed by 500 minutes of crazy. ;)

The days are long, but the years are short :)














When I first arrived at Paul and Kiersten's new home Ashton was just waking from his nap. So the session began with my documenting the ever so fun task of trying to dress a squirming 2 year old. There should be some type of parenting award for this, just saying!

From there we had our ups and downs, from little Paul wanting to be anywhere but taking photos, to Ashton wanting to run, and throw, and eat, and cry, and yell, and be two years old :D

And yet a couple of days later, when I sat down to go through the images and flag my faves for this blog post, I had an incredibly hard time eliminating photos, I wanted to post so many! 

Real life, with it's good and bad moments, is truly a beautiful thing.
(Of course, throw in a gorgeous home filled with natural light and a family that looks like they stepped off the pages of a magazine, doesn't hurt either) ;)

Thank you to Paul and Kiersten for always welcoming me into your home, and lives, and allowing me to witness both the joyous and the not so joyous moments.
You are definitely a photographer's dream :)

If John Lennon was right that life is what happens when you’re making other plans, parenthood is what happens when everything is flipped over and spilling everywhere and you can’t find a towel or a sponge or your ‘inside’ voice.” ― Kelly Corrigan


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Every ending is a new beginning Every ending is a new beginning..

Last September I met Erin Cantrell, owner of Erin Cantrell Fitness, when I photographed her oldest son's Senior photos. It was a gorgeous sunrise session out on Huron River documenting Ronnie's talent and love of rowing.

(Make sure you check out the blog post from September 2016)
I also had the opportunity to take some family images that included Erin's other son, Nicky, and her boyfriend of 5 years, Jay.  Every time I look at this photo of them it makes me want to smile and buy whatever it is they are selling in this picture perfect ad :D

Now, nearing the end of Ronnie's Senior year, Erin finds herself preparing to see Ronnie graduate and go on to his next adventure-- experiencing college life in the oh-so-faraway-Oregon. 
For anyone who has experienced the moment when your first child leaves home, you will recognize such a life event as both poignant and heart-wrenching.

But every ending is a new beginning, and never more so then in Erin's case, because as she readies her mind to bid farewell to her oldest child,  Erin is also preparing to welcome her third child into the world and their family dynamic, this June.

As someone who personally had my fifth child 16 years after my youngest, I can completely relate to the concept of starting a second family as your older children have left the nest or are in the process of doing so.

And while many will shake their heads and say 'no way, not I!' I can tell you unequivocally that experiencing a second stage of motherhood is one of the sweetest joys you could ever be blessed with.

It is at once beautiful as well as bittersweet.
This time around you have learned to revel in each and every moment, even the not so perfect ones, and to appreciate them all. 
Bittersweet because of the now constant reminders of all the moments that you cannot repeat or relive with your older children, moments that passed in the blinking of an eye.

At the end of the day, you will feel awashed in the glow of the joy that this second round of motherhood brings.

While some things will definitely be familiar, this is still a time for so many firsts.
This will be Jay's first child, Erin's first girl, Nicky's first younger sibling, Ronnie and Nicky's first sister...
what an exciting time in this family's life!

Getting lots of advice/horror stories from friends on the dynamics of raising a girl versus boys, Jay and Erin seem nonplussed by it all and ready to handle whatever comes their way with their newest addition. 
And since Ronnie has one foot out the door to college, it will be Nicky that will be at home year round playing big brother to their new baby sister. While he is a little nervous about handling a small infant I am pretty sure he will make an awesome mentor to his new sibling and teach her lots of cool stuff-- from playing hockey to how to use hair styling gel (did I mention 12 year old Nicky is obsessed with his hair, as of late, haha?).


No images were taken unless Nicky had perfected his cool hair swoop ;)

Congratulations to parents Jay and Erin, and to big brothers Ronnie and Nicky, on their impending arrival. I cannot wait to meet her and document all of her newborn sweetness and witness the joy she is sure to bring your family.
Thank  you for including me in another wonderful life changing milestone!
Much love to you all xoxo!

















         Makeup by Nicole Elizabeth

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Today was a fairy tale.. Today was a Fairy Tale
If there is one thing a photographer loves to do, it's something they have never done before. So you can imagine my excitement when I received a phone call from Abu Yousafzai asking me to document a surprise proposal he had planned for his girlfriend of 3 and half years, Ashley Guidroz.
My very first surprise engagement!!

Abu and I met early on the big day to go over our game plan at the Nichols Arboretum in Ann Arbor Michigan. Abu had everything all planned out, the ring--that he had kept hidden from Ashley in different spots for weeks (!), the perfect location: the place of their first date, the photographer (me haha!), and even Ashley's best friend Sarah Lesch and her husband Wesley to arrive after the proposal with celebratory champagne, and oohs and aahs for the gorgeous ring that Abu had chosen, to celebrate his and Ashley's love for one another.

Watching this video it's hard not to cry along with Ashley, because to see the look of genuine love and happiness on their faces is truly overwhelming.

Thank you so much for including me on such a special day Abu...I hope the rest of your life with Ashley is as perfect as a fairy tale.

Nancy Roxanne


]]> (Art by Roxanne Photography) Ann Arbor Engagement Michigan Nichols Arbortoreum beautiful couple fun location love marriage outdoor portrait portraiture proposal surprise winter Tue, 28 Feb 2017 18:09:04 GMT