Sayre at 9 Months! {Royal Oak Urban Baby Photographer}
Sunday, May 22, 2016 9:12PM
By Turtle Street Photography
Pin It

It's a damn good thing babies don't fit into pockets, as we've already established on this blog - because if they did, Miss Sayre surely would have come home with me last Wednesday :-). I LOVE urban baby sessions - heck, I love ALL urban sessions - but there's something about a tiny little baby perched among all those colorful, real-life backgrounds and big buildings that speaks to me. SO FUN.

This sweet lady heads off to Boston this week for an important surgery, and we wish her all the best! To learn more about her and her families' journey, go here. 

The Jaber Family {Ann Arbor Lifestyle Family Photographer}
Saturday, May 14, 2016 1:15PM
By Turtle Street Photography
Pin It

This family charms the heck out of us every time we see them, and I'm willing to bet they've charmed you before, too. They rock every photo session with their lively personalities and their abundant love for one another. SO GREAT to see you as always, Jaber family!


Soccer Kids {Metro Detroit Child Photographer, Detroit Kid Photography}
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 6:50PM
By Turtle Street Photography
Pin It

Our little munchkins, aged 8 and 6.5, on the morning of their first-ever soccer game. They grow up so fast and they stand still for so short :-). I've had a lot of fun photographing their games this season. Go Sharks!!

Baby. Bebe. Bambino. {Metro Detroit Newborn Photographer}
Friday, May 06, 2016 8:35AM
By Turtle Street Photography
Pin It

We love the smell of fresh baby. Mmmmmmm. Newborn shoots are so sweet and exciting and just…special. Totally different from other shoots. We love ‘em.

Our approach to them is a little different, though: we do lifestyle newborn photography. That means we come to your house or whatever location you want, and we focus on just capturing your new love in a totally authentic, natural way. We use your nursery. Your blankets. Your furniture. Our main props are your hands for holding the baby and your neck for snuggling the baby and your lips for kissing the baby.

What we DON’T do is even more important: we don’t stress about the baby being awake or asleep. We don’t stress if your other kids want to get into the shoot. We don’t stress if your house isn’t perfect (ours sure isn’t!). We don’t stress if we can’t get the baby into the perfect pose, because we don’t do any posing. We just…relax. We laugh. We welcome breaks for feeding. We laugh some more. It looks different, but it also feels different. It’s not trendy or fancy but it feels right to us. If you think it might be the right thing for you, give us a shout!

Side note: I am 100% kidding when I joke about sneaking your baby into my pocket and smuggling them home with me. Everyone knows babies don’t fit into pockets ;-). Use our Contact page to book! 

Ann Arbor. Storytelling. Our Kids Behaving (Sorta) ... {Metro Detroit Child Photographer}
Tuesday, May 03, 2016 7:58PM
By Turtle Street Photography
Pin It

It’s no secret around here that I love Ann Arbor, I love the University of Michigan (BA ’02, MSW ’05, GO BLUE), and I love shooting anywhere urban.  And when I photograph my kids somewhere fun and just roll with it, they behave better because the pressure is off. Did they do random stuff, like lie down on their stomachs and pretend to be an inchworm moving along 5th Avenue? They sure did. Did I love getting it on camera because being goofy like that is essential to who they are at this moment in their lives? I sure did.

Not to mention my daughter's two front teeth being gone? IRRESISTIBLE! 

For this session I did one of my very favorite things – I let my kids pick their outfits, followed them around one of my favorite places, and let the magic happen while I documented them being completely themselves. At the risk of sounding creepy…I’d like to do the same thing to you ;-). We call this a storytelling shoot, and we’re one of the few photographers around who do these regularly. Use our Contact page or email to learn more.


Now Shooting the Class of 2017! {Metro Detroit Senior Portrait Photographer}
Monday, May 02, 2016 7:22PM
By Turtle Street Photography
Pin It

Attention, class of 2017! We LOVE photographing high school seniors and we're now booking May through August...We also happen to scout amazing, unique locations and help you find a makeup/hair artist if you don’t want to use your own. Not to mention, cheesy poses? We don’t do them. Ever.

Email or use our Contact page above to get on our calendar.


In Praise of Summer Photo Sessions {Metro Detroit Portrait Photographer}
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 6:01AM
By Turtle Street Photography
Pin It

Every year, Michigan photographers experience a huge rush of business in the fall. IT'S CHAOS! Everyone wants those gorgeous leaves in their photos, and who wouldn’t? They’re amazing, and one of the highlights of living in our state.

 But we’ve gotta speak out on behalf of fall’s less flamboyant seasonal siblings: spring and summer. If you’re thinking about booking a fall shoot – or if you ONLY book fall shoots – we offer the following thoughts for your consideration:

  1. Because spring and summer are less chaotic for us (and probably you, too – fall sports, anyone?), you have a much better selection of dates/times for your session. Not to mention we can shoot all the way into the evening because there is more daylight, and if we need to reschedule, we won’t have to push back to a date with potentially worse weather (November, I’m looking at you).
  2. Speaking of evening, that warm, glowy light that makes everyone look like a million bucks? We can’t get it in the fall. We can get pretty light, and flattering light, but there’s something about a spring/summer sunset that autumn, for all its glory, simply cannot duplicate.
  3. Warmer temps! ‘Nuff said. No more red, runny noses. Or having to bundle up like eskimos. According to, the average temp on October 23rd, at the peak of fall color, is 50 degrees. True story.
  4. The three Bs: Beaches, bonfires, and boats! We love them, and we love to capture you enjoying them. And speaking of beaches…we are always available for destination shoots and may even waive your mileage fee if I can turn the trip into a “momcation.” For real! Please book well in advance to ensure we can swing it.

Convinced? Use the contact page above to set up your lovely, warm, glowy spring/summer session – we’re now booking through August 2016!

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes {Metro Detroit Portrait Photographer}
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 5:43AM
By Turtle Street Photography
Pin It

Maybe you’ve noticed we're changing things up around here? New blog, for starters, and we're in love with it because it showcases our work MUCH better than the old site (peep that new logo, too – designed by our friend Lysa at Demby and Soloman).

We also now offer two packages, just like when we started out. The difference this time is that you get everything: all the images we select from your shoot as a digital negative, plus a 4x6 print of each. Now you don't have to leave behind images you love. You don't have to find time to get prints made for your desk at work. You don't have to worry about placing your order in time. It's easy and relaxed...and even better, it costs less. Whaaaaat?!

That's right, less. With our 2015 pricing, a shoot for a repeat customer with a family of four + 15-20 digital files cost over $600. With our 2016 pricing, a smaller shoot for a family of four with 15+ digital files costs $455 ($425 + $30 for the fourth person). And not only does the $455 include the shoot + digital files like before, it now also includes a 4x6 print of every image. A full session with 40+ digital files would cost a repeat customer with a family of four $775 in 2015– this year it costs $750 as a classic session, plus you get 4x6 prints and an image box for safekeeping.

This new structure lets us offer smaller sessions year-round, so we don't have to cram them into a single day…a day that may not work for your busy schedule. If you just want a quick milestone shoot for your kids, it costs less than a shoot for your entire family. And the deposit is similar to before - around $200 - so no worries about having to front all the money as soon as you book. 

Is it crazy to charge less? The answer is no, because we suspect it's easier for you...but it's also easier for us. To budget time away from the kids and the number of shoots we schedule. To allow all the work Mark does during the editing process to come alive on your walls - you'll get all the artwork we want you to have, nothing will be "wasted." You’ll walk away with something tangible and lasting from the shoot, regardless of technology. It's simply easier. For everyone.

We’re loving this change, and we truly believe it works great for the majority of our clients. Whenever we can simplify, let’s do it. Life is complicated enough as it is!

On a side note...we're booking through August 2016 and would love to get you in front of our lens!


Awesome {Royal Oak Baby and Child Photographer}
Saturday, April 23, 2016 9:47AM
By Turtle Street Photography
Pin It

You KNOW we loves us some Lincoln family! The cutest, most well-behaved, most awesome kids. The end :-). I paid special attention to Ms. Meredith, who is 9 months old now - I love how she was like "ready for my audition to be a baby model, I'm gonna rock this thing. Kthanx." ALWAYS a pleasure, guys!