Carri Beth Photography specializes in newborns and young children. Located in Ortonville, Mi. (southeastern / mid Michigan). Serving Metro Detroit and Mid Michigan, (Oakland, Genesee and Lapeer counties).

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Year In Review 2013 | Grateful Michigan Photographer

So the year is coming to an end, and what a year it has been.  I have had so many great clients, and have photographed so many beautiful faces.  I even added a few furry friends to the mix for the first time ever.  All in all, it has been a fantastic, colorful year.  I cannot wait to see where 2014 takes us.  Thank you to everyone who helped me make this year so special.  Happy Holidays to you all.  I'll see you in 2014.  :)

Here's a little Baby New Year to help bring in 2014.  :)

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phone: (248)678-3601

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Fall Family Fun {{{ Alliteration is Appealing 😉 }}} | Rochester, Mi. Family Photographer

Fall really seems to have taken a quick leap into winter around here, but fortunately I was able to squeeze in one more colorful autumn session before the winds of change blew the leaves off the trees, and the weather into sub-freezing temps.  This session was extra special because it was my very first time photographing my Uncle's family as a whole.  I had photographed his daughters, for a special surprise gift that my Aunt Cindy had planned, but have not had the pleasure of catching the whole family together.
My little cousins are such beauties, each with their own personality.  At least two of the three girls thought modeling was exhausting, although the real effort went into trying to find any remnant of autumn leaves left for us to use as our backdrop.  We might've scheduled the session a bit late in the game, but I love the images we caught, even with the dwindling bits of reds and oranges and yellows that were left on the trees.  
Uncle Shawn and Aunt Cindy, it doesn't take much to make your family look gorgeous.  Thank you for asking me to capture these images for you.  I had a lot of fun doing it.  :)

As you can see, my uncle is a bit of an up-stager.  Lol.  ;P


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Monday, October 21, 2013

Just the Girls | Goodrich, MI. Child Photographer

My favorite sister trio returned to me this year for another photo shoot.  I had a lot of fun with them last year, and this year was no different.  They looked so cute in their coordinating outfits.  I think their mom, Sarah, knew that the vibrant pink is right up my alley.  Little Ella was not really into the session at all until we found a nice flower box to play peek-a-boo with, then she was all smiles.  In the meantime, she made her own fun by running around behind the scenes while I shot her older sisters, Abby and Olivia, which made for one of my favorite shots of the whole session.  :)

There are a few perks to being friends with your photographer, and one of them is getting sneak peaks before your sneak peak is actually posted online.  One downfall to being friends with your photographer is that she can put off posting your preview, to spread out her blogging, without fear that you will hurt her, because you have already seen a few of your pics.  ;P
Sorry for making you wait Sarah, but I know you'll forgive me.  :D

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Let's Get Together......Yeah, Yeah, Yeah | Flint, MI. Family Photographer

Social media has become a part of everyday life for many people, including myself.  It is a time drain as you get sucked into reading the musings of your peers, sharing little stories, and let's face it.....watching funny cat videos.  (You know you've done it.  lol).  Well, social media may be a black hole of wasted time more often than not, but it also serves a higher purpose by reconnecting people who have lost touch with one another.  It has done this for me countless times, and though it is nice to catch up in the cyber world, it is even better when your reconnection leads to an actual in-person gathering.

That is exactly what happened to me this past weekend.  I was recently reconnected with a group of old friends, with whom I attended church when I was younger.  Michelle was one of the people in that group.  She and her family used to transport me and a few of my siblings to and from church when we were little.  I was literally just a kid then, and I looked up to Michelle as a sort of older sister type figure.    It has been more than 12 years since I last saw or spoke with Michelle or her family, so it was exciting to find out that she is now married with two kids and living a happy life.  Needless to say, when she asked me to do a photo shoot with her son and daughter, I was thrilled to have the chance to see her again, and to meet her beautiful family.

Her son, Andrew, is just the handsomest little 8 year old!  He is charmingly shy with a smoldering stare that is sure to make the ladies in his future melt like butter.  Hadley is a charismatic 6 year old, who has the cutest toothless smile, and doesn't even have to try to find a cute pose for the camera because she is just naturally photogenic.  I even got to meet their 5 month old horse...uh, I mean puppy.  Maggie is the biggest 5 month old ANYTHING that I have ever met, and she is just so pretty.  She even sat still for a shot or two with the kids.

This shoot was supposed to be just about the kids, but I made sure to let Michelle know that I was more than willing to do a family photo while we were out, but she assured me that she just wanted photos of the kids.  As we were nearing the end of our shoot I made one last ditch effort to convince mom and dad to join in the fun because I think it is important to snag at least one image that includes the whole family, since in normal day to day life, there always seems to be someone missing in home photos.  We are never guaranteed another day to find the perfect coordinating outfit, have a fantastic hair day, wait for that untimely pimple to fade, lose a few pounds, sleep away the dark circles under our eyes, etc.  These are only some of the many reasons that some of my clients have given me for not wanting to be included in the photos I take for them, but I assure you that as time passes and memories fade, a photo of you with your babies will mean MUCH more to you than the memories of unwarranted insecurities. 

I hope that you love all of your images Michelle, especially the family photo.  You have a beautiful family, and I am so glad that you chose me to share this time with you all.  

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phone: (248)678-3601

Monday, October 14, 2013

Just Another Day On The Farm | Mid Michigan Senior Photographer

I recently had the privilege of photographing a Senior whom I met through my participation in Septemberfest this year in downtown Ortonville.  Josh invited me out to the ranch, Executive Farms Inc, where he takes horseback riding lessons, so that we could capture some photos of him with the horse that he rides, named Thumper.  I, of course, was excited because I think horses are absolutely stunning creatures.  We did some practice shots to see how Thumper would react to off camera flash, and as I feared, she was a bit spooked by it.  So I put the flash aside, and watched as Josh worked his magic on her to get her calmed down.  He was so kind and gentle with her as he groomed her with a calming hand, and soon she was ready for her closeup.  It was heartwarming to see their growing bond bloom right in front of me.  I am glad that he was able to steady her nerves so that we could some great images of the two of them together.  :)

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Something A Little Different | Waterford, MI. Senior Photographer

If you follow my work, you may have realized that I pretty much stick with photographing babies and young children.  I definitely market myself that way, so it is no surprise that I don't book many sessions that do not fit into that category.  Well, last weekend I decided to change it up a bit, and I accepted a session for a high school senior named Tiffanie.
Tiffanie was in a hurry to have her photos done in time to submit her yearbook photo to the school, so we scheduled her session quickly, and were blessed with a beautiful, but slightly chilly, day for the shoot.  Now, I have shot seniors before, but they are alway few and far between, and I always get a bit anxious before I shoot that age group.  Maybe it's because it's a totally different world working with someone who is so grown, than it is chasing after little toddlers that are spontaneous and full of energy, or shushing a tiny little newborn to sleep, and slowly and carefully curling them into position for their first portraits.  Perhaps my anxiety comes from my many years of being unpopular and incredibly nerdy in school, and always seeking acceptance.  I'll admit it, I am still slightly intimidated by the thought of not fitting in, but that is always short-lived when I meet my seniors and realize that they are just as, if not more, nervous as I am.  It is a lot to ask of someone, to stand in front of a camera and try to look natural.  I can't do it.  My eyes bug out of my head, and I usually end up making a crazy face, which is why I prefer to stay behind the camera.

Well, Tiffanie was not only natural in front of the camera, she absolutely shined, and she ignited an excitement in me to shoot future senior sessions.  She is a beauty through and through.  She is also a very crafty and inconspicuous outfit changer.  I don't know how she did it, but she was in and out of outfits in the blink of an eye, without flashing any of the goods.  Quite a talent.  lol.  And, luckily, she is not afraid of flying insects, since we shot one location that was swarmed with honey bees, and another that was swarmed with bumble bees.  She did it all without a flinch, and I am happy to report that we all made it out alive and unscathed.

It was such a privilege to work with Tiffanie.  I really enjoy seeing young people at this point in their lives, where they are really blossoming, coming into their own, and nearing a major crossroads in life.  I am so happy to be able to capture this moment for her.  Though she said that she was doing the photo shoot to appease her mom, I like to believe that when Tiffanie sees these beautiful images of herself, she will be pleased and excited that she participated in this shoot, and will be proud to share the images with her friends and family.  :)

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Friday, August 30, 2013

The Little Prince | Oxford, MI. Newborn Photographer

It's always nice to know that my past clients have good things to say about their experience with me and their photo session and images, so it was great to get a call from the mama of this little guy.  She had been referred by a family that I shot last fall, and I couldn't wait to have the opportunity to photograph her beautiful family as well, as they welcomed their newest addition, Baby Drew Alexander.
When I arrived to do their photo shoot, their adorable daughter, Audrey, was the first person I met.  She is a riot.  She is so smart and outgoing, and has so much energy that it is hard not to want to just jump and twirl and run right with her.
Soon, I was introduced to her new baby brother, and he is just the handsomest baby ever.  Mom had requested a crown for his photos, and I am so glad she did.  It is perfectly befitting of this little guy because he is such a perfect little prince.
It is a big deal to keep the flow of pleased clients running smoothly, and there is always extra pressure when you are shooting for someone that has been referred by a past client.  I would never want to make anyone regret sending their friend to me, so there is added pressure to really deliver great photos, and I hope that I have done just that.  Shannara and Neal, I hope you love your preview.  There is so much more to come.  :)

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Their Happily Ever After... | Holly, Mi. Family Photographer

It has been a busy summer so far, and it's not over yet.  I cannot wait to share more of what I've been up to.  For now, I am highlighting my session with a wonderful family.  We had a gorgeous evening for out photo shoot, minus the mosquitos.  It was the perfect temperature, and it was nice and dry.  What more can you ask for in Michigan?  lol.  This family has three beautiful kids that were so much fun to photograph, and we even got grandma and grandpa in the mix for a few shots.  Mom contacted me with a list of photo ideas that she wanted to try, one of which involved the phrase "Our Happily Ever After..."  We incorporated that into some of the images, and it turned out beautiful.  I am so happy to have taken part in helping them commemorate this point in their lives, as they continue to build upon their happily ever after.  :)

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Addi Turns One!!! | Astonished Auntie Photographer, Flint, Mi.

I cannot believe that a whole year has flown by already, but here it is.  Exactly one year ago today, I became an auntie again, to another beautiful baby girl.  Addison Riley was born at 6:43am, and instantly put smiles on the faces of those who were there to see her.  That trend has continued on through the year as she has grown, because you just cannot look at this girl without smiling.  Not only is she adorable, but she is also smart, and silly, and such a ham.  I love being an auntie to three beautiful nieces, and I cannot wait to celebrate Addi's first year with her.  
Happy First Birthday Addi Ooo!!!  I love you!

See Addi as she has grown, from birth to one year, through the photos I have shared here.


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