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WOMEN WITH BIKES BOOKING NOW!

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WOMEN WITH BIKES – jsingletonphoto pin up series for women who own and ride motorcycles

Women! Get your motor running!

jsingletonphoto is now taking bookings for WOMEN WITH BIKES! These photo sessions are for those motorcycle enthusiast who want image of themselves with their pride and two wheel joy! The sessions are your own personal pin up images with you and your ride. If you are looking for a social media album to show your friends or large metal art prints to hang on your wall this is the place to put on your brakes.

The sessions will include consultation with me as to what your goals are for your individual session. It will also include make up and hairstylist suggestions as well as clothing styling to fit the look you want to achieve. Be it a hard leather look or something a bit more reveling the session is yours to discover a hot look for you and your motorcycle.

This blog announcement will be one of many to start up the WWB sessions. Now I must admit that the product name may change or be altered because I am in the beginning stages of putting together these sessions so please keep watching for blog updates.

WOMEN WITH BIKES –

  • WHEN – Booking starts today 5/10/2017 (Check for available dates)
  • CONTACT: email – jsp@jsingletonphoto.com or jsingletonphoto@gmail.com JSP J Singleton Photo on Facebook
  • WHERE – Sessions will be based upon consultations
  • WHO – All women who want to have some cool, sexy, fun and wild pin up fashion images with their motorcycles.
  • *PRICING – $$$ to $$$$$ – these will be stylized shoots so expect the cost to be reflective to the value of art. Customized pricing currently. Session setting *fee currently start at $200 and up

*(subject to change)

 

Thanks for stopping by and please book your session today!!!

 

J

 

 

model information helping new talent

Camera’s ready, prepare the model!

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Model Rachel Simone – Makeup Tayla Ashford – Hair Michael David – Photo J Singleton – jsingletonphoto©2015

I am reworking a few items on my menu for model shoots. I am putting more effort in developing my photographic style, retouching, and client delivery. And with that I am updating my Model portfolio image page. I plan on having the page to not only show the current hard work within testing light session to master light, but as well to show updated Adobe Photoshop skills that I am developing.

Plus it will act as a showcase to show the “team” who make the dream work. From makeup artist, hair stylist, clothing stylist, assistants, retouch artist and of course the models themselves. And not to forget the modeling agencies that supply the talent that makes everything come together in the end.

When I finish setting it up I hope to have a comprehensive listing of what primary things a model needs to bring to shoots. What the standards are for modeling agencies. Identify the differences between catalog, commercial, editorial and lifestyle modeling. Proper dress and grooming for a go-see. The reason you need a composite card as well as a constant updating for your digital Polaroid.

Just a few things that speak to the needs to work toward the business. I will also blog interviews with models and agents to share their experiences as well as tips that will help you or possibly your son or daughter get a better idea of what the modeling business is all about.

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Model Caroline Reason – photo by J Singleton – jsingletonphoto©2016

Photographing Real Estate Agent Jamie Nummer

I love what I do! And when I get to chance to work with new clients it always brings new challenges. Yet working with past clients tends to make things go extremely smooth. Keller William’s real estate agent Jamie Nummer’s head shot session was fun and a bit more challenging than expected for both of us. Yet on the “bright side” we accomplished the goal of capturing great images for his profile image.

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If you are looking to sell or buy a home be sure to contact Jamie Nummer of Keller Williams.

Contact: Mobile App Jamie Nummer

Detroit photographer and friends sending care packages to soldiers

Thinking outside the box, then inside the box!

I want to share a quick story with you about an overheard conversation at an event I was just covering for Wins for Warriors. Yet please bare with me as this will be an on going process that kicked off in my head Sunday evening and is starting to snowball. So I was photographing one of the members of New Classica during a meeting and greet after their concert at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial last Sunday for the families and personnel of the military branches. The event was sponsored by Wins for Warriors. During the session a soldier made the polite ask of sending those who may be out in the field a care package of baby wipes. As that there are times where having a shower may be days, weeks or months out. This got my mind and motivation into gear.

Right now I am putting together two care packages to send this Thursday afternoon. I know they won’t make it for Christmas yet I have a feeling they will be appreciated regardless. So right now I am finishing up the editing process of the photo session and then working on my care package ops.

Care Pack slowly coming together.

Care Pack slowly coming together.

This page will update daily until the project has been completed. Until then, comeback on occasion for post updates. I will send a link to my personal and business Facebook pages as well.

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The start of the care package process. What to put in the box?

You can also play a part!

Soft Opening at The Conserva

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So I received a soft opening invite from my multi-talented photographer/artist friend Janna Coumoundouros to her and her husbands restaurant venture The Conserva! A new culinary experience in the midst of its start up in Ferndale, Michigan. It was such a wonderfully tasty adventure for me to try out their fares last Saturday October 29. From the non-alcoholic beverage to several of the gourmet meals put together by head chef Matthew Baldridge.

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Matt and Janna have been serving up their dinner club pop up experiences through out to Detroit area. To bring culinary delights to those who might not get a chance to have an opportunity to experience fine dining cuisine. Matt providing of course the delicious art and Janna providing the visual delicacies bring on a joyful experience to several senses.

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Starting out first with a Nick Silas special non-alcoholic cocktail which I felt was much better than a soft drink that I initially ordered. Nick put together a lemon and lime concoction that was effervescently refreshing. Very light without a sugary after taste which was indeed flavorful. Steve Baldridge, Matt’s brother, set up up with a great seat and view in front of large windows that allowed a view of the area surroundings and offered great light for photographing their dishes.

Onto my first menu choice of Roasted Avocado with soft egg yolk, shallots, gremolata, & croutons. This was so tasty that at the end I cleaned the plate as best I could. My next dish was the Smoked Pork Belly with rum, raisins, garlic, & toasted chic peas. It was so well done and the visual plating made it hard to photograph without starting to salivate. The last dish on this night was the Charred Octopus with garlic, cucumber, sesame oil, & lemon zest. It was so delicious I must admit I could have ordered a few more dishes of this meal all alone.

I do plan on revisiting The Conserva! in order to meet up with Janna to chat some about the art work she has on display. As well I have two other dishes to try out. The Tallegio with cranberries, shallots, balsamic, & focaccia and the Popcorn with duck fat & rosemary. These dishes and cocktails are very reasonably priced for the soft opening. As this event was not open to the general public as to work out the business and cooking side of the restaurant keep your eyes and ears open to hear updates. So if you know Matt or Janna you might want to ask about what they have cooking up in Ferndale soon!

I will update this blog with more information and images of the event soon!

Thanks for the invitation Janna and Matt!!

Photographing A Day Of Detroit Flower Week 2016

Detroit Flower Week held at the Jam Handy building in Detroit, Michigan

Detroit Flower Week held at the Jam Handy building in Detroit, Michigan

I love to photograph flowers, even though I might not have a total grasp of chromatography. Yet I am learning. And there was a budding educational experience being held at the Jam Handy Building and the Detroit Public Library. Presenters and participants from across the country and as far as London, England. The Detroit Flower Week that was held from October 11th and ending with a dinner  from 8- 11 p.m. October 15th.  The Detroit Flower Week was put together by Ann Arbor floral designer Lisa Waud of Pot and Box.

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Detroit Flower Week Organizer putting together wire and crate display for flowers. Photography by J Singleton©2016

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The days were divided into workshops for those wanting to learn more about flower arranging and lectures from various florist telling story of how they got their start. How sometimes miracles of business grow from out of the blue. One of those stories from Chicago florists Heidi Joynt and Molly Kobect of Field and Florist revealed in their search to expand their business they found a partner who just happened to have over 100 acres of land that they wanted to facilitate as a nursery. Now they have a lot of 30 acres they use in Southwest Michigan to help in their endeavors. Sometimes the luck does shine down to create a great pairing.

The festival ended on Saturday night with a dinner held in the historical treasured Adam Strom Hall on the third floor of the Detroit Public library featuring an installation designed by world renowned London designer Joseph Massie.  Joseph having even designed floral arrangements for the Queen was assisted by local volunteers across Southeast Michigan to help build his vision to suspend over those dining upon the five course meal and beverage pairing by Detroit’s finest chefs. If you missed The Detroit Flower Week this year, keep your eyes open for the next event on Lisa Waud’s web page.

Detroit Flower Week Info

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Retouching helps with your creative process

Model Rachel Simone, Makeup: Tayla Ashford

Before and After retouching

After I spend time on a shoot be it a personal project, stock images or client I work on toward a finished product with retouching the image. I find it much like being the chef at a restaurant. You don’t want to send out a meal with no seasoning or that is half cooked. It would ruin the meal and experience completely. That’s why I put in the necessary time to make sure the images have that look of perfection.

Model: Rachel Simone

Makeup: Tayla Ashford

 

Detroit based photographer samples food photography

Yesterday I was thinking yes its time for General Tso’s Chicken again so I walked down to the local take out place to pick some up. I knew I did want to not only eat this amazingly prepared food; I wanted to photograph it. Now I know that the owner would not put together a “photo ready” meal so I would just have to deal with what I got. So I placed my order and waited. I was less than seven minutes then I was on my way back.

Now I have done food photography in the past with Bob Conway in Battle Creek, Michigan back in the day as assistant photographer. I have always loved the look, yet have not really made an effort to pursue food photography as a supplement to my current photography. It seems if you don’t specialize then people don’t take you seriously as to your craft. However working with Bob who was literally a jack-of-all trades when it came to photography instilled the idea that if you have passion for the base of what you do then you can accomplish anything.

This is my start to pursuing a pinch of food photography. I plan on adding some video as well for behind the scenes too. Be on the look out for it.

General Tso's Chicken food shot

General Tso’s Chicken food shot

Website updating – the fun times!

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I know I set up every Thursday to update my website for new content to make sure the SEO would improve my site being searched on Google. Yet there has been quite a few “Thursday’s” that did not my fingers type in the URL to my site or add any content or image. Sad to say I have been slacking! Yet I am working on that leave turn over thing.

Currently I have been adding a piece here and a piece there to my site. I have finally did a little research to figure out how to add pages to my menu and drop down list. Which means now it wont appear as a photo Gumbo site. Yes, the website updating is also going through a organizing phase as well. So please bare with me on the updates and changes as I am still learning a few things. If anyone knows of a tool that can help with full page slide shows please go to the “Contact” page (which I just recently figure out how to set up) and hit me up with some info on possible applications I can add to my WordPress site.

Until next click, have a great day!

Family Photo on demand Thanksgiving Day

Uber and jsingletonphoto deliver a Family Photo on Thanksgiving day

David Woessner Family

David Woessner group – jsingletonphoto©2015

Family Photo on Thanksgiving day? Sure, why not?! I participated with the Uber promotion “Uber Family Photo” on Thanksgiving day. It was a great time to photograph families at home for the holiday. It can be a hard task to gather several family members to have a photo taken. What better time to do so when you have a captive food gathered audience. So Uber contacted local Detroit area photographers to a ride along with drivers to deliver a photographer to take a family photo on Thanksgiving day. On the phone app “PHOTO” was an added slider option to choose. Once selected a driver and photographer would arrive within minutes to capture a great portrait.

Logan Wert Family

Logan Wert – jsingletonphoto©2015

My gracious Uber driver, Scott Zimmerman, arrived on time with a great welcoming smile. Scott made the time pass by with great Uber travel stories. Scott also helped carry my gear to and from each of the houses. He kept me on my 15 minute a house schedule by starting a timer on his phone. After the timer would sound he would return to the house asking how everything went while picking up the gear I had packed up. This coordinated operation made the time go flawlessly.

Jack Folbe Family

Jack Folbe bunch – jsingletonphoto©2015

Everyone was extremely kind and welcoming to the service. It was actually a surprise to most of the families that someone ordered a photographer from Uber for a photo on Thanksgiving day. Yet everyone was happy to participate in capturing the holiday spirit. So much so that I was offered to stay and wait for a meal. And there was a beverage offer as well. Yet I did have a scheduled to keep. And with that I snapped a picture with a family members cell photo to post on Instagram with the hash tag “UberFamilyPhoto”.

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Sumeet Uvaidya gang – jsingletonphoto©2015

I would like to send a special thanks to all the families that participated with not only me but as well four other local Detroit photographers and Uber drivers. We were lucky to capture some wonderful memories that will be treasured for a lifetime. And thanks Uber for asking me to participate! I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving time with family and friends.

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Scott Zimmerman  (248) 804-9040 claudiasdad7739@gmail.com

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Detroit photographer with head shot tip

Today’s tip: Smile!

 

Nothing gives more general appeal than a smile for a broad range of professions. It’s a simple way to attract more potentially positive responses to you! Someone they could be open with and willing to share their valuable time. Now mind you there are areas where a smile might not be as effective in certain types of businesses, yet the overall place to start would be a confident and most of all a “real” smile.  And even if you don’t use the Cheshire cat grin, try smiling with your eyes or “smize” to convey a person who is very approachable!

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Deloitte Detroit and Autoweek                          Photography by jsingletonphoto

 

NOIR et BLANC

Bold, Dramatic, Intense

if you could see through the darkness you would be called light

We all have a darkness inside that may be hidden or exposed for all to see. This darkness may be subtle or dramatic based upon each individuals personality. Be aware of  this to be not evil or necessarily goodness. It is in essence natures necessity of balance.

We all have lightness inside that may be hidden or exposed for all to see. This lightness may be dynamic or low  key based upon each individuals heart. Be aware the basis isn’t due to righteousness or degradation. The shear power of black and white, noir et blanc is used to entice an emotional response from deep within and to unleash its intense presence. To be directly inline with volcanic obliteration, to some ancient cultures, would be an offering to the gods. And within each sacrifice the appeasement was good, yet evil none the less.

Find all the emotions within the dark and light. Find all truths between the black and white. Shed a tear for all that is wrong and that is right.

That is noir et blanc…..

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Detroit Photographer starts dance portrait project

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Of all the arts I believe one of the most beautiful is dance. It allows the feeling of freedom, power and escape. Photographing dance is a very demanding task as it is about the moment and with each movement timing is everything. With that I start on a journey to photograph ballet dancers. I hope to do a bit of traveling outside of my comfort zone to find what all dancers seem to embrace within the art. Freedom!

Join me on my journey to see where it takes me on my quest to photograph that elusive moment. If you are interested in participation or know anyone who is please contact me at jsp@jsingletonphoto.com

Also keep checking back for the dance blog when it starts!

Happy New Year! Detroit Photographer gears up for the new year.

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2013 Detroit Design Festival

Its a time to reflect and to look forward. There were quite a few joys and sorrows that took place yet I am looking forward to 2014 as an opportunity to rise from the ashes. With so many possibilities to better myself and my work it would be very important for me to recognize each that comes along. To move forward with hard work and effort at each that presents itself. Today is my challenge! Be it to learn at a workshop or to update a clients complex campaign or to document an amazingly beautiful destination wedding I take on 2014 as my daily photography challenge. I plan on challenging every aspect of what my photography has been and take it to a new level from lighting to retouching. As well I will offer opportunities for other photographers to hone their skills as well with creative workshops that will challenge them with the task of accomplishing set goals. Yes, its a new year. Lets all take advantage and start to build upon this day. Snappy New Year!!

 

J Singleton

owner/operator of jsingletonphoto

Detroit Based Photographer J Singleton Photographs 2013 Detroit Design Festival

Products, Design and Fashion are just part of the five day long Detroit Design Festival being held by DC3, The Detroit Creative Corridor Center. It is great to return as one of the official photographers for this years event.

The Festival starts Tuesday September 17th for the official DDF kick-off party at A.Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education, College for Creative Studies, 485 W. Milwaukee Street, featuring studio displays by local design associations, professionals and business ventures in the Detroit Creative Corridor Center’s network. From the amazing artist, designers and retailers to galleries, art projects and installations this years event proves to be one of the best festivals yet.

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This event is free and open to the public. RSVP is encouraged at: http://ddf2013kickoff.eventbrite.com/

Be sure to check out the schedule and I hope to photograph you there!

 

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And look for my images at Metrotimes too!!!

Nin hao Hong Kong! Detroit based Model Tess Finley on her Way!

The beautiful and amazingly talented Tess Finley

The beautiful and amazingly talented Tess Finley

The amazing model Tess Finley got on a plane to the orient this morning at 6:30 am to start her debut as an international model at Quest Artist & Models Hong Kong. Tess is also represented by her mother agency Factor Women Model Management Chicago. I would like to thank Tess for the incredible pictures we were able to make with the team of hair and make up artist.

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As well her valuable help during my first DRAMASHOP for helping photographers communicate better with models. I also want to send a special shout out to Todd and Penny Karr for being the ultimate in the supportive parent department. Driving Tess from Michigan to Chicago and everywhere between! Its great to see that kind of support pay off so big!

(名) 祝您好运  (感叹) 祝您好运  Tess!!

(Good luck)

Tess here are some things you might want to know when in Hong Kong!

Arrivals = Jinguan

Departures = Chuguan

Bathroom = Yushi

Hospital = Yiyuan

Photographer = Sheyingshi

Editor = Bianji

 

Detroit based Photographer shoots an American Eagle

Kelsey looking spectacular during her Ambassador senior photo session for Detroit based photographer J Singleton. jsingletonphoto©2013 all rights reserved

American Eagle model Kelsey Knickerbocker looking spectacular during her Ambassador senior photo session for Detroit based photographer J Singleton.
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Way up high where the eagles soar, on this photographers adventure there were a few spotted. One such as American Eagle model Kelsey Knickerbocker. I got a chance to photograph Kelsey and her Northville, Michigan family the Knickerbockers in Aspen, Colorado during a destination senior Ambassador shoot. The altitudes we were at can be a challenge for some, but Kelsey took it all in stride.

Kelsey Knickerbocker poses next to the native trees of Aspen. jsingletonphoto©2013 all rights reserved

Kelsey Knickerbocker poses next to a group of birch trees native to Aspen, Colorado.
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Senior Ambassador Kelsey Knickerbocker jsingletonphoto©2013 all rights reserved

Senior Ambassador Kelsey Knickerbocker
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Puppies are just to cute to resist for Kelsey. jsingletonphoto©2013

Puppies are just to cute for Kelsey to resist.
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The shoot flew through from early to mid-afternoon with only a few quick changes and a couple of stops due to puppies who just happened upon the location we were shooting. All in all the senior shoot where Kelsey will be representing J Singleton Photo at Northville High school went fabulously. Also special thanks to Tom and Chris Knickerbocker for the amazing accommodations at the Hyatt  Grand Aspen. The staff at the Hyatt were phenomenal and I would highly recommend a stay there.

Kelsey and her dad Tom Knickerbocker share a moment together.  jsingletonphoto©2013 all rights reserved

Kelsey and her dad Tom Knickerbocker share a moment together.
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Motor City Connect – Detroit based photographer driving toward success!

 

Charlie Wollberg Speaks at Tequila Bar for Motor City Connect

Charlie Wollberg Speaks at Tequila Bar for Motor City Connect – jsingletonphoto©2013 all rights reserved

Networking is the name of the game when it comes to business and commerce. In order to get the ball rolling on ideas and projects there has to be elevator pitches to potential clients as well as to those who are not potential clients but yet have associations with those who could lead to others in need of those services. I have found a great networking group in the Detroit area that drives toward linking people to businesses and businesses to people. Motor City Connect!

Charlie Wollberg gives inspirational ideas to change the ways to look at business practices at a MCC meeting in Royal Oak at Tequila Bar.

Charlie Wollberg gives inspirational ideas to change the ways to look at business practices at a MCC meeting in Royal Oak at Tequila Bar. – jsingletonphoto©2013 all rights reserved

 

Terry Bean, one of the speakers at the Motor City Connect

Terry Bean, one of the speakers at the Motor City Connect gives his input on the “ask” when developing new clients – jsingletonphoto©2013 all rights reserved

 

Alicia Funk, Mortgage Banker at Somerset Lending Corp adds input to the conversation of connecting with other business associates. alicia@somersetlendingcorp.com

Alicia Funk, Mortgage Banker at Somerset Lending Corp adds input to the conversation of connecting with other business associates. alicia@somersetlendingcorp.com – jsingletonphoto©2013 all rights reserved

 

Motor City Connect is all about a new way of networking, thinking and doing business. In the time that I have been there I have made great connections to build my photography business but also learned some great tips to look at my business potential. Learning about the pitfalls and potholes that have held me back and navigating to better practices to keep me focused and on the path to be a premier Detroit Michigan based photographer. I would highly recommend Motor City Connect as a networking destination. Meetings are usually held every Tuesday at 11:30 am at various location around the Detroit area. For more info on how to get connected go to www.motorcityconnect.com to sign up and get connected.

Motor City Connect group shot at Kunstalle-Detroit

A few Motor City Connect members gather for a group shot at Kunstalle-Detroit – jsingletonphoto©2013 all rights reserved

DETROIT BASED PHOTOGRAPHER DRAMASHOP 2.0 – MODEL PORTFOLIO BOOST

Are you a model living in the Metro Detroit area and looking to boost your portfolio?

Do you often wonder how to be a better model and would like some additional training?

Do you want your personality to come out in your photos?

Are you looking for something edgy and different?

If the answer to any of these is yes then please read on…

 

For models who need a boost of black and white gritty edge you need the DRAMASHOP to PUSH your abilities and demand more impact for your portfolio!

I am starting mini workshops for those in need of industry standard images to get them noticed by the agencies.

So If you have the desire to stand out from the crowd then make sure to book your dramashop today!!

There is a limit of three models per dramashop so sign up fast.

Message me at jsp@jsingletonphoto.com to set up appointment.

Beginning to book for August, September and yes even November!

Pricing starts at $100 for these mini-shoots. Come make up ready.

Make up artist available upon request – (prices vary on mua- inquire on options)

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okay there is an option for color also 😉

 

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Strictly on location until the new studio location goes into affect.

 

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Detroit area models who need a Metro Detroit Photographer

So the SEO say’s UPDATE!!!

It does occur to me that in order to get the word out that I am a photographer available for work in the Metro Detroit area and that I really need to keep an update of the work I have created as well as the personal work and projects that keep my mind busy and creative. With that content is definitely king on the web. With that in mind I plan on grabbing a few pieces of the past and of recent to show a mix of work. I want you as the audience to have your eyes glued to the monitor (for some great SEO time) yet, also to keep in mind that in the near future you will need my ability to not only be your solution but also your recommendation to others.

In the picture above I have captured the American Flag in the foreground of the 2013 Detroit Ford Fireworks Display 2013 http://michiganfireworks.com/events/detroit-fireworks/ sponsored by the Detroit Parade Company http://www.theparade.org/fireworks.php

I have taken this photo from the Detroit City Apartments from the 29th floor http://www.villagegreen.com/detroit/detroit-city-apartments/

 

 

STRAIT UP!

Eastern Market on a Saturday Morning is a great place to shop for produce, groceries and specialty items. And at Shed 1 there is a great little gem run by The Pottery Guy. You should check it out. It is truly a great place to shop!

 

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Out of no where comes helping hands~

I was sent to shoot an article for Modeshift.org of the ground breaking construction of the new Meijers Grocery store on 8 mile and Woodward Avenue to show what new community improvements and renovations the 8MBA (Eight Mile Boulevard Association) had in store for the area. As I was waiting to cross onto the Woodward overpass bridge I noted a man that appeared to be homeless. I made it across the traffic and just as I did two people showed up out of no where, one with a box of goodies and the other with a few bottles of water. They asked the gentleman if he would please accept these donations in which he happily accepted, yet he did ask if they would say a prayer of thanks with him for such a kind gesture.

I see there are angels in the city of the strait.

I have been shown that people do care for other people.

That’s strait up kindess!

Brittany Burke

Well the shoot I had been waiting to have for over seven months finally happened!! I remember getting the chance to see Brittany’s images that Dan Lippitt and Lesa Foto-graphy took and I have to say I was extremely impressed! And behold in less time it took to try to set up a shoot with her, she was gone to the big city to get signed with some heavy hitters in the modeling agency business. At that moment I thought to myself, it will never happen. Yeah, the ole sayin, “never say never” came in to my hope mantra. It did take a bit of hope with luck and quite a few text messages. But the effort paid off! I finally got a chance to shoot with Brittany!

jsingletonphoto©2012 - model: Brittany Burke; make up & hair: Melissa Whitt; stylist: Lauren Rassel

jsingletonphoto©2012 - model: Brittany Burke; make up & hair: Melissa Whitt; stylist: Lauren Rassel

jsingletonphoto©2012 - model: Brittany Burke; make up & hair: Melissa Whitt; stylist: Lauren Rassel

I will admit I was a bit to say the least, intimidated to work with her from learning of in the short time her accomplishments in the modeling field, but she still has a long career ahead of her as well. I could tell you that she walked for a major designer in Milan and Paris, but I am sure you are not interested in that. But from the start time of greeting Brittany and her mother Renee walking up with bags of clothing in hand until the last frame was shot, which went a little bit over, is where the true magic happened. Stylist Lauren Rassel and make up artist Melissa Whitt helped tremendously with making that amazing day complete as well. Many thanks to them and as well as others who played a part in making this shoot take place.

The biggest surprise that came from the shoot was the text message not thirty minutes after I sent the edited images to Renee Burke to hear that Brittany’s agent in Chicago loved the images and had them uploaded to their site that day. I played that scene from the movie Pulp Fiction in my head, “Yeah! We happy!” And happier still to get a chance again to shoot with Brittany again yesterday. The first shoot was a bit more formal feeling each other out I think. But yesterday the gloves were off and we got a chance to work out her expressions. I have to say that it was a blast to work with Brittany. Needless to say I know she will go very far in her career. It would be a great achievement to know that I was around to help her get her career on the road.

2012 – Bring it!!

Beauty shot

model: Ashley Moyers; make up & hair: Sigal Levine

So with the new year comes new opportunities. I find that I am lucky to meet new and amazing talent that only help to build my portfolio to new levels. I believe within that the new focus is to work on getting published in a Michigan based magazine. And the plan is to have it happen this year. The year when planets align and the Mayans want us to update the calendars on our own.

Also within the plan is to work with several great modeling agencies around the country. I have to say that my ambitious plan is taking form with the help of a person I worked with a long time ago when I was just getting my feet wet photographing agency models. I have to thank Lynn Clark-Geiner for giving me an opportunity to work with her talent. Along with her and Meghan York, the support they have given has been quite phenomenal. I hope to work with them more in 2012 as well with some new agencies in Detroit, Chicago, and hopefully Arizona and New York. So with that I say to all the new opportunities….BRING IT 2012!!!!