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January 25, 2015

Gorgeous Michigan Boudoir | Miss K

Miss K came into my studio, ready to shoot a session as a gift for her significant other- and in the course of shooting her portraits she really opened up about why she REALLY wanted to do the session.  She confided that she was feeling pretty low- after a disastrous session with a photographer building a portfolio, Miss K was left with a sinking feeling, "Is that what I really look like?"

One of the saddest things I hear is that someone trusted a photographer who was new or doesn't specialize in women's portraiture and the images only serve to amplify insecurities.  EVERY woman has body insecurities (and if you don't, kudos to reaching nirvana!) and the wrong posing, poor lighting technique, and a general lack of knowledge as to how to bring out the personality of the subject all boil down to a bad experience and a sad client.  Something I never want my clients to go through.

I was ecstatic when Miss K saw her images- she's an absolutely stunning human being.  Beautiful.  Funny.  Sweet as can be.  And watching her gasp in delight that her images reflected who she really is just made my day. 

Check out a few from her gorgeous session, and if you're interested in booking your very own boudoir you can contact me at lashmunro@yahoo.com or read more info on my website at www.munrophotos.com

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January 12, 2015

Southwest Michigan Bridal Show : A DIY Booth

Southwest Michigan Bridal Show in Kalamazoo, MI this past Sunday (January 11, 2015)

This winter has been so hectic for me, that I really didn't have much time left to plan for my show booth.  I knew what I wanted to do in creating a unique space that people could relax in and be able to chat with me outside of the throng of attendees in the "walking path."  I wanted to have a display that was bright and neutral to draw attention to my artwork and style without being obnoxious or distracting to the eye.  While there was plenty to look at in the booth, it was just enough space to draw in couples to talk. 

I am SO excited to hear more from the couples I talked to at the show- there were hundreds of brides and grooms wandering the stadium and I am SURE that I talked to 95% of them!  (Probably the reason I have no voice today.) 

Here's a painstaking look at my foray into designing my booth, and the outcome- visually speaking, of course. *I am utterly sad that I didn't take my camera in for any booth pictures, but I DID have my handy dandy cellphone camera throughout the process- the best camera is the one in your hand, really.*

 So, you can see the stack of pallets I was fortunate enough to get for free.  I began by building three 8x3' frames out of studs.  Then, I removed the wood boards from the pallets one by one using a circular saw and a pry bar making sure to cut each board to size.  I laid them out board by board on top of each of the frames, nailing them down once they were spaced correctly. 

None of this was easy, and I wish I had started this project weeks ahead while we had moderate temps, because let me tell you- doing this in -15* temps all by myself made it ten times harder! haha!

 I knew that I needed walls for the booth, and I can tell you that this whole set up was a completely freakish miracle.  I found a blue oak door in a barn of my dad's, and as we were leaving, I spotted this AMAZING teal shutter... that just HAPPENED to be the same length as the door.  I knew right then that I had one wall.  I created feet for the door, made a shelf for it, and attached it to studs.  Using brackets, I hung the shutter above it for a "market stand" feel. 


VOILA!  The booth, set up at the show, was a smashing success!

I used canvases from the studio, hand painted a MUNRO sign, and the great chalkboard.  Using market lights and terrariums, I create interest without it distracting too much from the images.  People were drawn in to look at albums, sit a minute to really look at my work, and many people booked their wedding consults right then and there.  I shy away from doing any wedding bookings at shows this large to avoid double booking, confusion, and because I basically really prefer to get to know my clients at a more intimate consult.


 The sides of my booth: the right side, I created a shelf to set a 30x40" canvas on, using another board to lean it on.  I set out vintage cameras and faux succulents to add a little extra detail.

 I was asked repeatedly where I got my furniture, and I had to laugh.  I picked up the red seat from a photographer friend (it's one of my favorite pieces- I use it all the time!) and the mustard seat was another of my favorite finds from a Habitat Restore. 


So there you have it!  The creation and execution of my awesome show booth.  So many couples, so many consults, and I'm excited to see what 2015 and 2016 will bring for Munro Photography! 

If you're interested in hearing the show specials that are good for this month, please email me at lashmunro@yahoo.com or visit www.munrophotos.com 

You can also view my online wedding guide at www.issuu.com/munrophotos 





December 30, 2014

Michigan Boudoir Photographer : Ms. O

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Ms. O

Boudoir by Munro Photography


Chances are, if you have followed my work at all, that you know a major facet of my work centers on empowering my female clients through the art of glamour.  It's not your typical "glamour kiosk in the mall" sort of event- my boudoir sessions are beautiful contemporary portraits designed for even the most conservative of women.

You don't have to bare it all to feel beautiful, sexy, or glamorous.

What makes my job amazing is the moment at the Reveal Meeting where my client gasps- that moment where she sees herself as stunning.  Timeless.  Elegant.  Gorgeous.  Ms. O's session and reveal was every bit what I have come to love about this experience.  Come as you are, whatever age, whatever body, whatever confidence level!

Here's what Ms. O has to say about her time in the studio:

Laura does a wonderful job in making the boudoir shoot fun and Rachel does a great job with hair and makeup.  I was nervous at the beginning of the day but that didn't last long with Laura as she is great at putting your fears and discomforts to rest.  I had an album created for my fiancĂ© for Christmas and he absolutely loved it.  I would highly recommend Laura for any photography needs you may have, you won’t be disappointed!
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AND, just in time for Valentine's Day, I will be offering a selection of boudoir collections to choose just the right book or album for your needs.  Don't forget to check out the boudoir information under the "glamour" section at www.munrophotos.com

December 19, 2014

Jim & Wendy : Michigan Wedding by Munro Photography

Jim and Wendy : Michigan Wedding by Munro Photography

Michigan Barn Wedding styled by W.E.D. and florals by Petal and Forrest

Wedding Planner and Design: Lynn Lucas of W.E.D
Personal Florals: Petal and Forrest 
Catering: Adeline Leigh

Wendy and Jim are a unique couple- they knew what they wanted and they created a wedding that was truly a reflection of their personalities.  It was an all out party, with skilled touches of Star Wars memorabilia, gorgeously elegant florals and- or course- awesome friends and family!

I learned a lot about this couple throughout their wedding day; cue the waterworks during makeup time.  Jim's gift to Wendy was an incredibly thoughtful gesture of a handmade "birdhouse" with carvings and the sole of his shoe on the bottom.  Now, this isn't just any shoe- it is one of the pairs he wore out while hiking the Appalachian Trail..."You gave me your heart, and I give you my soul."
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And with that, I knew the bar was set for a day made perfectly for these two.  Soulmates. 
Enjoy the images of their romantic, funny, candid, loving day!

Visit www.munrophotos.com if you are interested in having me be a part of your own wedding day!

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November 30, 2014

Chad and Heidi: Michigan Barn Wedding Photography

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Peacock Road Tree Farms, Laingsburg, MI



This is a very, very special wedding to me.  This was my very first opportunity to actually be IN a wedding... and photograph it.  Well, a good hefty chunk of it.  Heidi is my best friend.  Like, in the Grey's Anatomy way- she's my PERSON.  And Chad is pretty darn swell, too.  I'm happy to share my person with Chad (this was supposed to be part of my Maid of Honor speech, but I'm none to eloquent when emotional, so my actual speech was rather lacking, and slightly hysterical).

Chad and Heidi have weathered so many storms, but they have also encountered equally as many rainbows in life.  In each other, they have found a true soulmate.  Understanding each other, they have made me nearly physically ill on occasion with envy over the complete acceptance they have of one another.  That's not to say Heidi isn't calling Chad out every once in awhile, likewise, Chad doesn't hesitate to tell Heidi when she needs to knock something off.  It's pure bliss.  Unadulterated divine matchmaking at its best.

So, fast forward to their wedding.  Equality in their relationship branched into true equality in their wedding planning-- there are parts of Chad and parts of Heidi plastered throughout the details of their wedding.  Unique "guestbook" puzzle pieces, a caramel apple bar (literally), amazing desserts, and partnering over the color scheme ended up creating a wedding that was equal parts awesome, elegant, and one-of-a-kind.

A huge thank you to Tracy Park of Park Place Design for the gorgeous flowers, mason jars, burlap runners, and stunning garland for the ceremony.  Her flowergirl wreaths were to die for, and the boutonnieres were perfect.  

In these peeks, you'll catch a glimpse of yours truly- it's not an easy task to take on the role of MOH and the wedding photographer.  So, I'll be the first to say, I owe a big shoutout to my girl, Heather, for helping capture the ceremony and reception, and doing a bang up job co-shooting the bridal portraits.  She rocked as my "second-ish" for the day.

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We set up Heather and my regular second, Tracy, with cameras for the ceremony to catch what I couldn't... my jokes about hiding my camera under my dress and pulling it out during the ceremony to shoot a bit weren't well received... haha! 
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 Love the shot from Heather of me getting down and dirty in my dress to work on bridal portraits.  She also nailed the doorway shot. ♥
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 Caramel apple favors, anyone!?  I'm in tears because I never got one. Boo. 
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Love this last shot by Heather- we were talking a bit about my preference for backlighting, and she nailed it.  So pumped!