Art by Roxanne Photography: Blog http://artbyroxanne.zenfolio.com/blog en-us (C) Art by Roxanne Photography artbyroxannephotography@gmail.com (Art by Roxanne Photography) Tue, 28 Feb 2017 19:07:00 GMT Tue, 28 Feb 2017 19:07:00 GMT http://artbyroxanne.zenfolio.com/img/s2/v53/u822141138-o870735171-50.jpg Art by Roxanne Photography: Blog http://artbyroxanne.zenfolio.com/blog 90 120 Today was a fairy tale.. http://artbyroxanne.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/3/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

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Sisters share memories and grown up dreams.. http://artbyroxanne.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/2/sisters-share-memories-and-grown-up-dreams Sisters share memories and grown up dreams.



And so it is with sisters Sarah Benich and Heather Mallard. Born just 1 year and 3 and half months apart themselves, the girls were extremely close in age and despite their different personalities they remain close today. So close that they have shared being pregnant at the same time, not once, but twice!

When Heather, the younger sister, found out she was pregnant with her first child, Sarah found out 5 weeks later she was pregnant with her first as well!
Today their now 3 year old boys, Xaiden (born February 1st, 2014) and Bodhi (born December 25th, 2013) are not only cousins but best buddies :)




In between then and now Sarah also gave birth to baby Freddy, named after his father Fred.


Baby Freddy came just 18 months after Xaiden. And now 18 months later BOTH the sisters are at it again!


Both 36 weeks pregnant, this time they are only 3 days apart! Heather, once again finding out she was pregnant first, is scheduled for a C-Section on February 24th to give birth to her second child and first little girl, Kiah, while Sarah is planning to be induced February 25th (unless she goes sooner!) to give birth to her third son, Lucas.

I am thrilled I was able to document this special time in both these young mothers' lives. This is the last pregnancy for Sarah so this is the last time the sisters will share such a special and beautiful moment in life.

Here is to a LIFETIME of future memories for these gorgeous sisters and their beautiful children. Much love to you all!

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Love and Hope http://artbyroxanne.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/love-and-hope
“Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops at all.”

Emily Dickinson



The first thing I noticed about Gabriella Ford was how upbeat and happy she sounded. Granted our first 26 encounters were all via email haha, but still, I definitely felt I knew what type of person she was even before I first set eyes on her.
And when I met her in person she was just as I had imagined her--cute and bubbly and full of positive energy. She was so adorable with her husband Curt. They definitely radiated that newlywed vibe, which makes sense, since they celebrated their first anniversary June 20th, 2016.

Curt and Gabriella met through Beachbody and after knowing each other for 6 years have been together a little over 3 years.  Gabriella has also stepped into the role of stepmom to Curt's sons. Jacob is 14, Ethan is 12, and together the 4 of them are picture perfect. :)

You would never know that this happy couple had suffered a sad loss this summer. This past June, Gabriella experienced a miscarriage at 11 weeks.  Though they did not know the sex of their child, they always referred to the baby as she and they feel strongly she was a little girl they call Hope.

It was important to the couple that they remember their child in this session and Gabriella wore a necklace with the name Hope on it as well as an anchor ring.
After reading Gabriella's beautiful blog post on their experience I knew I wanted to share their story and her post.


http://www.teamaddictedbb.com/2016/06/our-story-of-hope.html?m=1


I know others will find her story as beautiful and as uplifting as I did and I want to thank her for sharing it with me and for allowing me to share it here.

I wish the Fords all the best and many years of happiness in their new lives together.

At the end of the day they have each other, they have love, and they will always have Hope.




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Cubs versus White Sox http://artbyroxanne.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/cubs-versus-white-sox I first met the Littig family when I took images of the youngest Littig, the oh-so-adorable Declan, for his first birthday last summer.
So of course I was happy to take images of him again this month with his equally adorable big brother JJ and the boys' good looking parents, Josh and Emily. During this session I also got to meet Declan's grandparents, John and Michelle, and his Uncle Jon. I love, of course,  that the family is from my home town of Hessville, Indiana :)

The session was a lot of fun as the family was easy going and quick to laugh...despite their White Sox and Cubs family rivalry, haha!



I think it is super cute and cool that the elder Littig's, John and Michelle raised two boys, Jon and Josh, and are now grandparents to Josh's two boys--JJ and Declan.





I wish this awesome family nothing but health, happiness, and years of joy to come with these two sweet little men, JJ and Declan. :)




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The archer is the true weapon.. http://artbyroxanne.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/the-archer-is-the-true-weapon "The archer is the true weapon; the bow is just a long piece of wood."
Sebastien de Castell, 
Traitors Blade



Senior Dylan Roe began shooting archery after a visit to a local range in 2014. After picking up a bow he became hooked and immediately joined a youth archery program. He purchased a Olympic Recurve bow and began competing locally in 2015. 'A recurve bow has tips that curve away from the archer when the bow is unstrung. When strung a recurve stores more energy than an equivalent straight limbed bow and therefore offers more thrust to project the arrow through the air to the target.' (JordanSequillion.wordpress.com)
To date Dylan has competed in 21 local and national tournaments including the USA Archery Outdoor Nationals and the Buckeye Classic USAT.  His highest finish was 4th place at the 2016 NFAA Indoor Nationals and he was recently accepted as a member of the Shrewd Archery Factory Staff.  
 Dylan received his Level 1 Instructor certification in Spring of 2016 allowing him to instruct Beginner and Intermediate archers in the JOAD program at Washtenaw's Sportsman's Club as well as Cub and Boy Scouts at local camps 
Dylan also received his JOAD Bronze medal for Indoor Olympic Recurve this past May and currently ranks 47th in his division in USA Archery.  What a list of achievements, especially for someone so new to a sport!! 
Adding to the fun, his mother and father bought bows and started shooting in competitions in January of 2016 so that they could be actively involved with their youngest son's sport. How cool is that??!
 

Dylan has been in the Milan, Michigan school district his whole academic life. After starting to play drums in 6th grade he became a member of Milan High School's  drum line in 2013 and is currently the co-captain. 
After graduation Dylan plans on attending Eastern Michigan University to major in Political Science with a minor in Economics. 

With his dedication to excellence I am quite sure Dylan has nothing but success in his future. I wish you the very best Dylan!  Enjoy your Senior year! 




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Jake and Monica and Happy Ever After http://artbyroxanne.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/10/jake-and-monica-and-happy-ever-after

So it seems I am seeing a lot of the Fredericks family lately as this is the second wedding in their family I have photographed in the past 3 months! Of course my history with this family goes even further back and it seems we've come a long way away from Jake hanging out with my daughter Shelby and their high school friends.

Seeing the way Jake looks at Monica makes me realize just how far...I am so happy that Jake and Monica found each other and I can't wait to see what the rest of their life has in store for them.
Much love to both Jake and Monica and both of their wonderful families, who are now united as one, as they are.

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Wedding Venue: St Joseph's Parish Hammond, Indiana
Reception: Aberdeen Manor, Valparaiso, Indiana
 

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The Major and his Minors http://artbyroxanne.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/10/the-major-and-his-minors Well this family definitely makes my list for one of my cutest family groups, that is for sure.  And when it came to coordinating the color scheme, with just the right amount of accent patterns to make it interesting, Marilyn Rauschenberg NAILED IT!


Marilyn and her husband Major Justin Rauschenberg just relocated to Michigan from Virgina. Major Rauschenberg has been in the Army for 12 years now and did one year in Kuwait. He told me the hardest part of the experience was being away from his family. I can understand that--they are adorable!
And what personalities the girls Sydney, age 7, and Riley, age 4 have. Both were always ready for their close ups until the very end when 4 year old Riley was ready to move on to other things haha.
At one point the girls discovered a lady bug...Sydney was quite mesmerized by it but Riley decided the bug belonged in a better place and made quick work of it with a quick solid stomp from her boot. Oh em gee. I was dying!!! What a hoot!!!

While I know they miss the mountains of Virginia the Rauschenbergs are learning to love their new Michigan surroundings very quickly. Which is good, because I hope to see them the next time they need some images done! They were truly awesome :)

Welcome to Michigan, Major Rauschenberg, and your adorable Minors ;)



 

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Fun and Fearless in the Big City http://artbyroxanne.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/10/fun-and-fearless-in-the-big-city I am always a big fan of new sites, as I've said before, so photographing at Promontory Point in Chicago was a cool new place for a Senior session.
As I had only seen the location online, I was happily surprised at the awesome views and peaceful sereneness the Point allowed.

My Senior Maya Pancer loved it there too!  She jumped right in with her fun and fearless self. Despite a few times when her boyfriend's staring perusal threw her off a little bit she was a total professional. I guess I could have thrown her boyfriend, Jacob, off the 'set' but he is my nephew so we worked around him haha! (In truth he was a big help--thanks Jacob!)

Maya is a Senior at Lake Central High School. Unsure of which college she plans to attend she is looking at her local options. She does know that she wants to minor in Fashion Design with most likely a major in Business. She loves reading, writing, drawing, painting, and music, so she definitely has an artistic bent.

 Good luck during your Senior year Maya and I hope college is everything you hope for :)

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Mothers are all slightly insane... http://artbyroxanne.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/10/mothers-are-all-slightly-insane "Mothers are all slightly insane."
J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

As a mother myself I can surely attest to that sentiment! Look cross-eyed at one of my children and you will see just how insane; and 4 out of 5 of my children are adults themselves!
 But mostly we mothers are insane with adoration and love for our offspring, despite their faults we see past to who they really are. We see the beauty of our child's soul, no matter if that child is 3 or 30.

Meeting with Kris and her two children, Isaac and Ciara, was my third shoot with members of the extended Holman Family. A large tight knit group, I am always impressed by their closeness and the love they radiate not only for their children but for each other. 
Those are my kind of people :)

They surely come by their easy family camaraderie naturally, as the matriarch of their family, Susan Holman, practically glows when she speaks of any of her 4 daughters or her many grandchildren.
Every child, no matter their age, should have a mother and grandmother speak of them in such a way!

So here are some more members of the Holman family..Kristen and her handsome son Isaac and her picture perfect daughter Ciara.
And you can tell by the look in her eyes that she is definitely crazy, insane, in love, over them both :)






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From making horror movies to music... http://artbyroxanne.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/10/from-making-horror-movies-to-music

From making horror movies to music, Austin Holloway is very much a creative soul. At our first meeting he seemed very quiet but the more we went along the more he opened up, even contributing
some ideas for posing when we got his electric guitar involved--I love that!
Due to time constraints on my schedule we actually changed our location at the last minute to Whihala Beach in Whiting. From the beach to the pier, the photo opps were endless as you will see in this blog post, making me realize I definitely have to start utilizing this location more-- especially since I live 5 minutes away lol.
After talking to Austin I learned that after his graduation, from Crown Point High School, he plans on becoming a Union crane operator---lots of big money there! But he will continue to work on his film making and his music on his down time, so he will definitely have all his bases covered.

Good luck in your last year of high school Austin! And keep up with your creative projects--


 “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time”.
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You may say I'm a dreamer... http://artbyroxanne.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/10/you-may-say-im-a-dreamer You may say I'm a dreamer..but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us. And the world will live as one.
John Lennon

On a beautiful Autumn day I met the equally beautiful Madison. She was as sweet as her smile and we got off to a wonderful start. Her blonde beauty and our prairie locale definitely made me envision the era of the 'free spirit and love for all' mentality from the 60's and I would have liked to take 'hippie girl' photos of her all day if she would have let me lol. Instead we did quite a few different looks and settings during her session, including some photos with some very verbal turkeys haha. How many teens can say they have a turkey in their Senior images?! Of course we also had to include her pup Andi (who was VERY protective of her during her session!) and we even got her equally beautiful mother, Susan, to join in the session for a few shots. :)

Madison is presently a Senior at Morgan Township High School in Valparaiso, Indiana where she is a cheerleader and also runs track. She loves the small school atmosphere that Morgan allows, and except for two years, has been in the Morgan district school system since kindergarten. She is thrilled to finish her high school career in the school she loves.
After graduation Madison is looking at schools in the gorgeous state of Colorado to get her Clinical Psychology degree, with the plan to later get her Masters in Occu
pational Therapy.

I am quite sure she will achieve all that she desires with her gorgeous smile to light the way. Much love and best wishes to you Madison!














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Twenty five years and counting... http://artbyroxanne.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/9/twenty-five-years-and-counting It's always super cool when someone from another state sees my work and decides to hire me while they are in town.
So I was excited when Californians Mary and Desi decided to include me in their plans when they stopped in Chicago, on their way to New York City, to celebrate their 25th Silver Wedding Anniversary!
While in town, they knew they wanted to see a few landmarks, and of course get some shots with the Chicago skyline.

So our first stop was Lurie Garden in Millennium Park.

After some fun and laughs, and a little cooling off, we headed over to the famous Chicago Theater- a perfect location for Mary who works as an actress.
Along the way we found a cool backdrop in a local alley...
Our last stop was at the beautiful landmark Union Station.



These are just a few of the awesome shots we were able to capture that day!
I had a lot of fun with both of you, Desi and Mary, thanks again for including me on such a special celebration! I wish you another 25 years, and I hope you find them as wonderful as the first.
Nancy Roxane



Make sure to check out musician Desi's page at

http://musicbydesi.com/

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Champions rarely talk. They just perform and the world around them talks. http://artbyroxanne.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/9/champions-rarely-talk-they-just-perform-and-the-world-around-them-talks Champions rarely talk. They just perform and the world around them talks.

That quote basically sums up my meeting I had with this quiet young man at sunrise one morning. We exchanged introductions and a handshake, I told him what I wanted to start with, and then he set about getting his boat and things ready with a silent calm assurance. And he basically remained extremely quiet for the rest of our 2 hour session as I chitter chattered away.

Little did I know at the time,


but Ronnie Cantrell.. is a champion.

Ronnie has been rowing for Skyline High since his Freshman Year in high school. Now, as a Senior, he is the Captain of the team.
In his Sophomore year he won Regional Championships in the Junior Double and in his Junior year he won the Varsity Double.
Ronnie was also the first male at Skyline High to win a Regional Championship in the Varsity Single, which he accomplished his Junior year.
Setting yet another record, Ronnie was the first in his club team to make finals for the prestigious Royal Canadian Henley Regatta. The race is one of the biggest and fastest races in the world for a high-schooler. Not only did Ronnie make the finals, he came in 4th place in the U17 Single!
Then last year this young man took 4th at the Canadian Nationals in the Men's Varsity Double and he did it as a Junior racing against 19 year-olds.
Did I mention he also rows for Washtenaw Rowing Center, and that he rowed for the Junior National Team this past summer?
When I learned all this, days after our photo session, I told him I felt
like I should have at least bowed or something before leaving his presence--I was only half joking lol!

In all seriousness, what a list of wonderful achievements to have accomplished so early in his life. While some of us struggle with getting our teenage sons to get off video games and take out the garbage this young man is out there rocking the world around him.

Congratulations to you Ronnie for being head and shoulders above a vast majority of us out there, that simply settle for being average. What an inspiration you are. I know you have a lot of choices on the table for college but no matter where you decide to go after high school, and even later in life, I am quite sure you will continue to be the champion you are today.
It was a very real pleasure to meet you Ronnie, and I wish you all the success in the world, as you obviously deserve it and strive so diligently
for it.
May your Senior year be filled with one bright spot after another; I have a feeling it will be :)

Lastly, as a mother myself, I would be amiss if I did not say congrats as well to Ronnie's mother, Erin Cantrell.


Good job mom, good job.











 

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A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it... http://artbyroxanne.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/9/a-portrait-is-not-made-in-the-camera-but-on-either-side-of-it A portrait is not made in the the camera but on either side of it.
Edward Steichen





I can't remember how far back I have been wanting to do a photo session inside a laundromat so I when I decided to do a modeling session with Chloe Burns-Krul and Lanie Desano-Smith I knew this was my chance.

These young beautiful girls both definitely brought their energy and sense of adventure to the session. I can definitely see both Chloe and Lanie in magazine ads like these! I am looking forward to seeing where their future modeling careers will take them as they start off on this new adventure.
Good luck girls--you are both AWESOME!









Special thanks to Arbor Laundromat at 5567 Carpenter Rd in Ypsilanti and to the manager Arlene for allowing us access to the location and for helping make the session even more awesome with her help!

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Life is like a Ferris wheel.. http://artbyroxanne.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/9/life-is-like-a-ferris-wheel "Life is like a Ferris wheel ..sometimes you're up, sometimes you're down. In the end you just have to learn how to enjoy the ride."


California natives, Cecilia Wong and Jeff To, are definitely enjoying the ride of their 5 year relationship and one of the many ups was their recent engagement this past February 15th, 2016. The Ferris wheel analogy is very fitting as Ferris wheels themselves have played a part in their relationship from the very beginning.
It was on a Ferris wheel in Long Beach, California that Jeff first knew he was in love with Cecilia. So it seemed only fitting, that when it came time to propose, he would do so on another Ferris wheel-this one in Paris.. I'm pretty sure you can't get much more romantic than that!

When Cecilia contacted me about taking some photos, while she and Jeff were in Chicago for the weekend, she knew she wanted it to be all about city landmarks and views. After going over our many options we chose Milton Lee Olive Park. Not only are the Chicago skyline views incredible from this  little pocket park but it is also right next to Navy Pier and their well known Ferris wheel. So of course we HAD to include it in some of our images!

I hope that Cecilia and Jeff's upcoming wedding on July 15, 2017 is just as sweet and romantic as they are. Thank you to both of you for including me on one leg of the trip on the Ferris wheel of your life's incredible journey.
Nancy Roxanne



 

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My first grandchild turns two years old! http://artbyroxanne.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/8/my-first-grandchild-turns-two-years-old Felicity Shay


Two years ago on August 29th, 2014 at 10:12 a.m Felicity Shay Adams came in to the world at St. Anthony's Hospital in Crown Point. She was the first child for my daughter Mallory and her husband Scott, and the first grandchild for all three sets of her grandparents. She has been surrounded by love and attention from the very beginning including from her doting Auntie 'Tel' (Shelby) who actually got to witness her coming into the world.

From the very beginning she has had a strong personality and there seems to be no sign of that changing haha!
At 10 weeks she was already showing signs of her sweet self...
10 weeks old
First Birthday First Birthday It has been so awesome to see her develop into a little person...these images from her 1st birthday seem like just yesterday!







And then exactly 5 months ago she seemed to grow up even more when she became a big sister to her little brother Dawson Avery.
Despite my trepidation of what would happen when she had to share her parent's loving and devoted attention, she has been quite taken with her little brother and is always very concerned about him. We all believe they will grow up to be the very best of friends.

Another close bond is the one she has with my youngest daughter who is only 5 years older than she. She always wants to know where "Na-na-na" (Savanah) is :)
I believe they will always have a special bond as well---not to mention plenty of photo ops haha!!


What a blessing Felicity Shay Adams has been to us all... including her Uncle Mikey, and her surrogate uncles, Uncle Louie and Uncle Kurt who she is very close to. She definitely has the 'strong male figures' category on lock down!

And speaking of male figures, watch out sports world because, I am quite sure, if her daddy/coach Scott has anything to say about it, she will be a champion on the basketball court! He has had her in training since she could hold a miniature basketball and she is even joining a basketball league next month!
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Of course she is a champion off the court too! Full of personality and spirit, and we wouldn't have her any other way.

And even though not all her loved ones live close by I'd be amiss if I didn't mention her Aunt Natalie in Alaska, her Uncle Wyatt and great Aunt Jacquetta in Arizona, her great Granny and PaPa in Virginia, and her surrogate Uncle Phil in Wisconsin. They may not be right in her backyard but they all love her very much just the same!



HAPPY SECOND BIRTHDAY FELICITY SHAY ADAMS! YOUR NAN LOVES YOU TO THE MOON AND BACK!!

She is showing Nan the purple drawing, her favorite color! Sweetest little face! Of course I spent most of the session chasing after her! Peek a boo Nan! And she's off to explore the next phase of her little life as a big 2 year old!

 

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Introducing the always funny, always a character, and now a Senior, Zach Bedoy. http://artbyroxanne.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/8/introducing-the-always-funny-always-a-character-and-now-a-senior-zach-bedoy

So I have known this crazy guy since he was born. And he has, basically, been making me laugh ever since.
Zach and his sister up a tree

Like a lot of guys I had to drag Zach to get his photos done, like you have to drag a lamb to slaughter. From there he mugged on probably every 4 out of 5 shots. By the end of the session I needed a nap or some vodka. Not sure which!
But seriously, I love this young man to death and I am blessed to see him growing into the young adult he now is.
I look forward to seeing all his milestones. Congrats and good luck on your Senior year Zachary!

 

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I'm gonna marry that girl some day... http://artbyroxanne.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/8/im-gonna-marry-that-girl-some-day Eight years ago Bo Speichert spotted Chaunah Macewicz at the Buddy and Pals in Crown Point where she worked. The second time he saw her there he turned to his friend and said 'I'm going to marry that girl some day.' On July 30th,2016, after 2 years of dating, he made good his word.


I have known Chaunah's family since I was a teenager..her uncle Keith was one of my brother's closest friends and her Aunt Denean, who helped raise her, as been my dear friend since we were 17 years old.
So I have been wanting to get this beautiful young woman in front of my camera for many many years. I was especially happy when Chaunah wanted to do a fun conceptual session and include her new, equally good looking husband, Bo!

When I arrived at Bo and Chaunah's beautiful home, they were ready for me-- they had the backyard set up like a photographer's playland! Multiple vintage vehicles, including the green one I spotted out behind the pole barn in the weeds...hello lovvvverrrr!

But first I got to step inside the lovely house that the newlyweds call home.
To see the couple together, so obviously in love, was a wonderful thing.
I am so glad that Bo and Chaunah have found their happy ever after and I wish them many, many, years of beautiful, joyful memories.

And to start them off on their journey, here are some awesome and fun images from their session. Enjoy! Mr. & Mrs And they walked off into the setting sun to their Happy Ever After..


 

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Local fire showcases both heartache and heroes in Whiting, Indiana http://artbyroxanne.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/8/local-fire-showcases-both-heartache-and-heros-in-whiting-indiana As a portrait photographer I am used to capturing emotion. Usually that emotion is one of happiness. But earlier this week a fire broke out in a home near mine. That day I captured emotion as well, but on this day it was of sadness, loss, and confusion. I was also able to document the bravery of our local Whiting Fire Department.
My nephew is actually a firefighter for Lake Hills Fire Department, so I have a special high regard for these heroes.
This is the post I shared on my private Facebook page and that I am sharing with you now.



Earlier this evening I noticed that outside was getting strangely foggy so I opened our window to look closer. Immediately it became clear that it was not fog but smoke.

Savanah and I ran out the back door of our building to see where it was coming from.
Across the alley and down about 4 homes, the back of a house was billowing smoke. As we got closer we could see it coming out of the back basement door.
After taking Savanah back home to Ben I grabbed my camera.

The home, on Fischrupp in Whiting, is owned by an elderly woman who had multiple family members living with her as well.

Whiting Mayor Joseph M. Stahura was on site and I spoke to him briefly. The house was built before the age of putting fire-stops in place thus allowing the fire to spread rapidly beyond the basement. I heard a firefighter say it was in the walls so I am assuming that means something electrical.

At first the firefighters were told it was a rescue mission because a family member could not be located. Luckily, that person was found to be at a local store but sadly the family's cat did not survive.

Talking to the owner's daughter I got the impression of a house filled with memories, including some dating back to World War II.
I hope that when all the smoke clears they are able to salvage something.

Keep this poor family in your thoughts and prayers!!
Heroes... Where it seems to have started This poor gentleman was sick with worry about his cat, Bob. Sadly, Bob did not survive the fire. Family being comforted by friends Mayor Joseph M. Stahura (in blue). The owner of the home.. Whiting Fire Chief Gus Danielides After being inside the home.. Camaraderie God bless our firefighters
 

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My favorite place to take Senior Portraits in Ann Arbor, Michigan http://artbyroxanne.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/8/my-favorite-place-to-take-senior-portraits-in-ann-arbor-michigan I'm sure all photographers have their favorite locale, their go to spot. I am no exception. And while I am always up for a new adventure there is something comforting in the familiar; the tried and true.



For Senior Portraits you can't get much better than Barton Dam Park in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Where else can you find: a country dirt road, wooden rail fence, graffiti wall, a bridge, an urban walkway over a dam, a pier, wooden steps, a brick wall with ivy, tall grass field ...and more?!


A lot of my Seniors agree with me, and when given options, many of them choose Barton Dam.


So when it was time for my latest Senior session, my clients Lauryn and Isaac also opted for Barton Dam and it's multitude of awesome settings. 
And I am glad they did, especially since Isaac led me to a new spot I had never seen before.  Thank goodness he went exploring on his bike while I was photographing Lauryn! Thanks to him I found this awesome tall grass field.  He looks great in it, doesn't he?


Both Lauryn and Isaac eased into their session smoothly and I really enjoyed photographing them.  They were laid back and fun, and they even allowed me to take photos of them together, which can be difficult when it comes to teen siblings haha!


Isaac and Lauryn are both pretty prepared for what comes next after high school. Both are currently enrolled in college classes for their Senior year, along with their high school classes, to help take them to the next step in their academic life.
Lauryn plans on studying to be an EMT which she will then follow up with Nursing School. And Isaac plans to go into Auto Mechanics (although he told me he thought photography was interesting as well!).
Both are involved in sports, Lauryn in basketball and Isaac in football. Isaac also plays the saxophone, super cool!
All in all, they both seemed extremely well rounded, with their eyes firmly on their futures.

Congratulations to you both, Lauryn and Isaac, I know you will have a great Senior year! And I really enjoyed getting to know the both of you during our time together, especially during our talk on the pier :)
Much love and best wishes--Nancy Roxanne.

 



Those eyes..
What a sweetheart!






 



 

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