Monday, April 18, 2011

Sweet Surprise

Don't you just love pulling off a great surprise for someone??

On the morning of Alex's photo session, Olivia sent me a text message telling me that their anniversary was coming up and she wanted to surprise Alex with a new photo of the two of them. So, she asked if during the photo session I would take a photo of them together.  I asked her if she had anything specific in mind for their photo and she said no, so I got to use my imagination, which was tons of fun!

We didn't tell Alex what we were up to; instead, I just kept randomly asking Olivia to join Alex for some of the shots. After the photo session was over, I met Olivia and showed her all of the photos I had taken of the two of them and let her pick her favorite to present to Alex as a gift. I promised her that I wouldn't give her surprise away or let Alex see the photo she picked until after she gave it to him.

It's been killing me to keep this photo under wraps this long, as it is one of my favs from the session, but I never would have ruined Olivia's surprise.  Luckily, she gave Alex his photo and gave me permission to share her surprise on my blog today.

So, which awesome photo did she pick?  This one...


Is it possible to get more adorable? Seriously.

I kinda dig it in black and white, too...


Happy Anniversary, Alex and Olivia!!! You two are awesome and adorable together.

Michele Whitacre is a portrait photographer currently located in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Michele will be relocating to Phoenix, Arizona during the summer of 2011. Visit Michele's website at michelewhitacrephotography.com. Become a fan of Michele's work on Facebook. Follow Michele's updates on Twitter.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Alex + Olivia Are Back!

These two should look VERY familiar to all of my regular readers! I photographed Alex and Olivia back in February, and I just posted some photos of Alex a few days ago.  As promised, here are more of the photos that I captured of the happy couple during Alex's photo session over the weekend.

This one was one of the very first photos I took of the two of them, and it is definitely one of my favorites.  Both Alex and Olivia take such awesome photos that it is impossible for me to pick a number one favorite!...


They are just too stinkin' cute!...


After the photo session, Kevin and I went out to dinner and a movie with Alex and Olivia, so my hubby got roped into tagging along for the photo session. I'm not exactly sure what was going on between the three of them while I was behind the camera, but I think that Alex and Olivia are laughing at Kevin in this photo. I love it!!!...


Alex and Olivia have an eye for good trees to photograph! I might have to start hiring them to come along on future photo shoots to point them out! In their first photo session, Olivia spied the one that resulted in the awesome photo of them in front of it, and Alex pointed this one out...


This is one of my favorite photos from a photographer's point of view.  I really like the composition of it with Alex and Olivia in the background...


And they are both just as awesome as their photos make them out to be! They are very easy to be around and within minutes of meeting them, you feel like you've known them for years. They are both very talkative, and tons of fun!

I am in love with this one, too!  (Oh, who am I kidding?  I love them all!)...


As always, thank you so much for allowing me to take your photos! It was awesome getting to work with you two again! I wish you both a lifetime of happiness.

Michele Whitacre is a portrait photographer currently located in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Michele will be relocating to Phoenix, Arizona during the summer of 2011. Visit Michele's website at michelewhitacrephotography.com. Become a fan of Michele's work on Facebook. Follow Michele's updates on Twitter.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Tay + Sunny's Sneak Peek

On Sunday, I had the pleasure of photographing two awesome sisters, Tay and Sunny!

I met up with the girls, and we all hopped in my car and headed off for our photo session. During our drive I learned that Tay is just finishing up her Senior year of high school, while Sunny is finishing up 8th grade.  Their mom wanted to get some photos of them before Tay headed off to college next year.

While we were driving to our session, I asked the girls if they got along well or spent their time arguing.  They joked that it depended on the day.  Apparently Sunday was a good day (or they were being nice to each other for my benefit).  Either way, this first photo is one of my absolute favorites from the photo session...


I just might have a minor obsession with railroad track photographs (but I guess there are worse obsessions to have),. I just love both of these pics...



Perhaps, I have an obsession with shoes, too...


It took Sunny a little while to get into the photo session, but once we got going she was a riot! She was dancing around in between photos, and during the shots she kept asking if she could pose a certain way. A lot of the really fun photos we captured where her doing.  I just love this one of her laughing at Tay...


I think both girls thought I was nuts, when I asked them to pose for this one! But, it is another one of my favs...


As we were finishing up, I asked Sunny and Tay if they would be interested in doing some silly shots posing with suckers. I was half expecting them to say no, but they were really excited to get creative and take some fun shots.  This photo really captures our photo session to perfection! It was insanely windy during the entire photo shoot, and both girls ended up having to pull their hair up to keep it from constantly blowing across their faces! But it didn't stop us from having lots of fun, and capturing tons of smiles!...


Thanks Tay and Sunny, for allowing me to take your photos. It was a pleasure meeting both of you and spending the evening with you. Tay, I wish you lots of luck as you head off to college next year! Sunny, good luck with high school!

Michele Whitacre is a portrait photographer currently located in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Michele will be relocating to Phoenix, Arizona during the summer of 2011. Visit Michele's website at michelewhitacrephotography.com. Become a fan of Michele's work on Facebook. Follow Michele's updates on Twitter.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Alex's Sneak Peek

When I began taking portraits, I twisted all of my friends' arms asked very nicely if my friends would be willing to act as models to help me build my portfolio. I had several volunteers, but all of them were female. (Big surprise, right?) So, my photo galleries are sadly void of males.  In an attempt to even out the score, I've been trying to round up some fun, fearless guys, who are willing to brave the camera lens and help me out.

My husband's friend, Alex, is the only brave soul who has volunteered so far and we had his photo session on Saturday evening.  Alex is THE MOST photogenic person I have ever met! I guess it helps that he is also ridiculously adorable, too...


His girlfriend is one lucky lady, isn't she?!

There's just something women like about a pickup man (that's a reference to a country song for those of you who aren't up on country charts)...



I'm thinking Alex stands a good chance of making it on the cover of GQ some day, what do you think?...


This one is one of my favs...


Not only was Alex easy to photograph, he was also tons of fun to work with. He was up for anything and didn't think twice about posing for any of the shots that I wanted to take; he even suggested a few of his own. It's awesome working with someone so willing to try anything!

For some reason, I think that this photo makes Alex look like he should be a cop.  All he needs is the gun and the badge...


Love it!...


It was a hard choice, but this last one is my favorite from the session...


If you're thinking that Alex looks familiar it is because you've already seen him on {the blog} when I photographed him and his girlfriend, Olivia. Olivia was able to join us for our photo session, and I took a handful of photos of both of them. Here is just one of the awesome shots I took of them together...


Stay tuned for a few more fun photos of the adorable couple coming up very soon.

Thanks, Alex!! I appreciate you taking the time out of your busy schedule for our photo session! It was awesome having the opportunity to photograph you again.

Michele Whitacre is a portrait photographer currently located in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Michele will be relocating to Phoenix, Arizona during the summer of 2011. Visit Michele's website at michelewhitacrephotography.com. Become a fan of Michele's work on Facebook. Follow Michele's updates on Twitter.
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