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Leila’s Christening – Detroit Event Photography

This was a first for me! I had never photographed a christening before. It was amazing! The church was absolutely gorgeous – full of rich imagery.Leila is such a sweet little girl, and her (huge!) family came out to celebrate with her.For church services, I generally put on a long lens and capture the action without being in it, but the family and priest suggested (insisted!) I stand behind the baptismal font. It was an awesome vantage!
Leila was surrounded by so much love, she barely made a peep during the ceremony.

She did, however, start to squirm once she was forced back into clothes. I suspect she thought naked time was going to last all afternoon!

Congratulations, Leila! 

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Vivienne and the Lollipop . Detroit childrens photographer

So, apparently there are two kinds of children-of-photographers: the ultra camera-shy ones, and the ones who ham it up for the camera.

Vivienne and the lollipop

Guess which one I got? She was sitting on my bed, eating a pineapple dum-dum lollipop (technically it was a mystery flavor one, but man! it smelled like pineapple and was bright yellow) on a recent afternoon and requested a portrait to commemorate the experience. Specifically, she held up her lollipop and said, “Take a picture of us!” Who could resist those charms?

Vivienne and the lollipop

I am so glad she inherited someone else’s eyelashes besides mine. I’ve got stumpy, spiky ones that splay out in all directions. Nothing like the perfect, feathery fans my daughter has.

Vivienne and the lollipop

At some point, Vivienne located a small, gold ring of plastic (how do toddlers do that? I don’t even know where it came from) and proceeded to ‘crown’ her Princess Lollipop. That shine on her chin is, in fact, drool. The kid loves her candy.

Vivienne and the lollipop

At this point, the camera was put down to make way for a TICKLE MONSTER!

Vivienne and the lollipop

I didn’t realize my bedroom was an IKEA ad. Between the green closet doors, and the bed/duvet cover, we’ve got it covered. I am a flat-pack furniture hero. I could assemble the Taj Mahal, as long as it came with an allen wrench! :)

Vivienne and the lollipop This is the mommy smile, the one just for me. It makes me so happy – I’m glad to be able to share it with everyone!

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Portraits: Samantha . Detroit Acting Headshots


Here’s a little glimpse of what the weather was like only a few short months ago. I can almost feel the sunshine!

I love shooting in Detroit. It is a wealth of texture – and not all of it grungy, although I’m a sucker for a good spraypainted wall or broken window. Sometimes Detroit gives you a stately stone and brick building, covered in a patina of moss.

I love to shoot headshot sessions for acting students in and around the school, simply because the place is so evocative – comfortable and full of memories. Just about any location can work for portraiture, but a great location happens when you love where you’re at.
I love how relaxed she is in this image! These were taken outside the Wayne State theatre scene/costume shop. Anyone who’s been in the theatre department has spent some time here, fabricating scenery, fitting costumes, and selecting props.  I love love love Samantha’s eyes, and I wanted to highlight them against the glass fronted building and afternoon sunshine.
This was one of the most beautiful fall days, and it brought out a little Detroit-style excitement. We took a short break during the shoot to speak with the resident of a nearby building who was having plumbing issues in her apartment while trying to prepare for a dinner party.

And in other news, there’s a new e-mail address for the studio. Send your questions and requests to veronica@veronicamachak.com!

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