Whoa, I’ve got alot to show you guys… been working my tush off for the past year… and I even squeezed in a trip to Mexico. Anywho.. One of my long term projects has been shooting for an art project being developed in the Osborne neighborhood. It’s been the best to branch out and meet some really great and interesting folks. I’ve had to keep most of the images under...
We’ve come a long way from where we started with our Mies van der Rhoe townhouse renovation… Master bedroom before… After.. you can see we took out the carpet and replaced the original asbestos tile with a non-toxic vinyl alternative. We had repairs to the plaster going across the ceiling and walls, the painting is actually the closet doors. We need to hang art, are going to...
Wow it’s been a crazy year! Vouge, Dwell, and now the Wall Street Journal. So thankful to all the people who have supported me through the years!
So I’ve relocated… going through the motions of fitting my life into new spaces. It’s like an injury…. this can fit here… for now… and it feels awkward until one day it doesn’t anymore. I’m looking forward to that one day.
Recently there has been a steady influx of young moving into Detroit and buying their first homes. These do it yourself type folks are taking advantage of the low mortgage rates and housing prices to build the homes of their dreams one project at a time. Here is a look into the mind of Aj Manoulian as he renovates his first home.
The last election night in Detroit. It’s hard to believe that 2012’s presidential candidates are arguing about who has been more supportive of Detroit when a mere 4 years ago no-one seemed to care. No-one knew about demongos, or capital park, or riding bikes in the city, there was no supinos, whole foods, rosa parks transit terminal, no whydon’tweownthis, no Detroit Bus Co, no...
#emafterdark part of the Detroit Design Festival
My beautiful cousin helped me out on a shoot yesterday… This is one of the outtakes as the sun was setting in eastern market. I’m lucky to have her <3
Art Prize Preview at 54 Jefferson
Site:Lab The Dream Before
How to survive the Detroit Design Festival.
Well, basically… I’m going to have to keep this short because I should be doing 5000 other things right now. I thought I would let you guys in on a little secret. This will be the second in my PSA series on how to do awesome things better. Since if you do things better you can do more of them. Tonight is like no other… I got back from the Detroit Design Festival Kickoff party with about...
Night at the (abandoned)Museum
Neglected, forgotten, forlorn may be better adjectives… I am aware. Remember as a kid your dreams of being Indiana Jones, or exploring the unknown, uncovering ancient civilizations in rare far off places? I am pretty sure part of that dream came unexpectedly true for me this weekend. I have been in lots of abandoned buildings; homes, hospitals, schools, offices, warehouses, doctors...
Unicycles, Ferris Wheels and Gold Fish in Hamtramck
Romantic and fun backyard BBQ wedding of some good friends! Congrats Carissa and Mark! Thanks for sharing your special day with me!!!
Shoot with Hair stylist Erica Dubroy Make-up artist: Hannah Price Stylist Jenna Zerbo Model Alexandra Lynn Kelsey Moped support from Motor Cty Riot
Ok, so, I rarely get super personal on this blog, but this event merits an exception. Over four years ago I met this super cute, tattooed, bike riding boy, and never thought he would be into me. Fortunately, I was incorrect and less then a year after meeting at an alley cat bike race we began a series of awesome and incredible adventures. Camping out in the Costa Rican rainforest, visiting...
Confessions of a Super Hero
Confessions of a superhero. Bear with me as I sort through some personal affirmations (I’m also pretty tired so please ignore any grammatical errors). As a kid we are taught that real superheroes wear capes, have masked identities and super powers like flight, super strength, and invisibility. They are often rich living in mansions, or supported by some sort of command center. Real...
Congratulations Patricia and Dominic!!! Many more edits from this beautiful and classic wedding to come!
Another from Dorcia.. one of my favorites ever
Before they were stars with Seth Troxler and Lee Curtiss, from the Dorcia party
A few from the Allied Media Conference this weekend… mostly of the wonderful people who run it!
2012 Detroit Fireworks
Some of the people from CAMP Detroit
It was recently brought to my attention that at least one person feels like I haven’t produced alot of work lately… prepare to see a slew of what I have been up too.. Including this amazing project.
Kate Daughdrill working on the edible hut!
The Homesteaders (cont.)
Kate and the red pig! The pigs root out the soil and make it suitable for growing things in!
SO, this crazy past two months happened and I think I forgot to tell you that I am now Officially a member of Omnicorp Detroit! Anywho, We got a little busy last night and I was wondering if you like our new billboard?
Made this for the 2012 Goodwood show benefiting the Ride it Sculpture Park! It’s battery powered so it will show you the light when times get tough, and the Effiel Tower made of pallets should inspire you to build it your own way with what you’ve got. You can bid to take it home here! Other artists include some of my favorites Swoon, Thomas Campell, Barry Mcgee, Ed Templeton, Matthew...
2012 Bocci Salon North American Hair Awards Entry; Salon Team
The Players Club Model: Alexandra Lynn Kelsey Hair: Erica Dubroy (Bocci salon) Style (Clothing): Jenna Zerbo Make-up: Hannah Price (Bianchi salon)
Thank-you Dwell Magazine and Detroit Soup for making my dreams come true!
I undertook this shoot with about the same amount of reservation as excitement. When Erica (the amazing hairstylist) approached me with this look I immediately thought of a greaser/pin-up type housewifey concept. As I researched existing imagery I was disappointed by a lot of the stuff I found. Traditional pin-ups from the 30’s-50’s were painted, giving women posing in awkward...
All night long.
Amanda in Hamtramck on an awesome spring garden work day.
Been feeling a little like this lately in some respects. Working my butt off to change that.
I have been shooting weddings for a long time now (around 7 years) Yikes! Luckily, I think over that time I have continued to grow and get better (falling in love myself helped). I love every couple who I have had the chance to share in their most important day with, but to be able to do it for some friends of mine, come on, what an honor. Saturday I shot the beautiful wedding of two good friends...
Recently spent some time in a rural part of Alabama with a good friend and her son. We were both going through a rough time, I feel lucky to have shared some really amazing things with her. A part of my heart is always at her side.
2012 Marche du Nain Rouge
One of my favorite events of the year! The banishing of the red dwarf! Check out more images here!
Something slightly surprising, a car fire at Greektown casino. Goodnight pi day!
Welcome Awesome Foundation
SO, I applied for yet another grant, this time through the Awesome Foundation who won a Knight Foundation grant and have set up an Awesome news taskforce to microfund promising projects. So Awesome News Task force I hope you have a chance to stop on by and see some of my work. I need this grant for more then the money, I need it to add a stamp of approval and keep me trudging along the lonely...
PSA: Safe Travels with a DSLR
One of the best things about having a camera is having it with you as much as possible, and one prerequisite to that is doing it safely. Another thing however is, if you are like me, a person whose favorite mode of transportation is a bike, your method of protection must be light and fit easily into a backpack. There are many camera bags that will do the trick but they usually don’t have...
Much of this weekend was spent trying to stay warm in buildings with little to no heat, laughing till my cheeks hurt, and dancing. Welcome winter and friends with open arms. some secret projects in the works. many thanks to The Summer Pledge for sharing their mugs with me.
Was just listening to “Bad Girls” by MIA, made me think of when she was at the Old Miami in a few years ago. I remember watching her pour a fifth of vodka all over one of her dancers. Later on one of her entourage tried to kidnap a friend of mine so I had to pay for her to catch a cab to my house. At my house, my boyfriend at the time and my roomate were puking all over...
The Homesteaders (sort of)
A good friend of mine and incredibly talented artist/community activator bought a house in Hamtramck for $500. She has been hosting a series of work days preparing the house for occupancy and cleaning up the associated lots and alleys. So far it has been completely gutted and boarded up except one room at the apex of the house that has brand new drywall, paint and electricity. It’s hard to...
On the eve of the first snow that matters. A little excerpt from the blog that i wrote for the Knight Foundation tonight. “I’ve had a lot of moments in my life lately that have prompted me to hope and wait for the movie script ending or the sitcom laugh track that unfortunately does not exist in real life. This phenomenon dates back to my childhood when I would narrate my daily...
Congrats Patricia and Dominic!