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Rachel Lyn Buford 10-14-2017 1:00 p.m.

As tears from heaven fall for those who suffer and for those who try to aid those who are suffering. Such a somber, gray, rain filled day. There was a moments break. Literally when Rachel pulled up the rain subsided for a brief period of time. And as she left the rain returned more voracious than before. This weather summarizes the emotional ebb and flow of the portrait session.

I chatted prior with Rachel about her job as a social worker to get a feel of what she deals with on a daily basis. To be informed that the Governor of Michigan actually pulled funding from the system that you thought was in place to help people is appalling. The images and story in Rachel’s own words will post upon the Portrait Project page soon.

Hugs and Love

J

Portrait Project 10-14-2017

 

Today’s #PORTRAITPROJECT will start around 1 p.m. with a person I have waited to photograph for a long time now. I recently had the chance to shoot with her for a lens test and the images are quite amazing. Today I want to photograph her portrait for my project. I also wanted to photograph her with her fiance for my engagement photography work, yet today is not shaping up to be the best day for that.

The hurricanes of recent have the residuals of tropical storm fronts that have slowly made their way to Michigan so it has brought quite a bit of rain this way. I hope to have a break to get outside today, but it does not look promising.

testing with Jasmine Kesemeyer

“Absolutely amazing and phenomenal model!”

tease photo of Jasmine Kesemeyer face and shoulders

Testing with Jasmine Kesemeyer
Photo by J Singleton

Jasmine Kesemeyer is was an such an amazing person to work with if you want to call it work. I had the pleasure of an outstanding first test shoot with her Sunday July 16th at 7:45 in the morning. I scheduled early because its all about getting the right light and at times some might not appreciate the time factor. However I was very pleased to see her in the driveway at 7:35 ready to roll. Super attitude and ready to create some magical images.

It was our first shoot and I have to say her movements, natural charm, and expressions still have me wishing I met her a few years ago. It was like a dream come true. I would seriously have to say it was like working with a model from New York. Just so outstanding. I can’t compliment her enough for the short period of time we shot it was magic. I really would like to shoot with her like on a daily basis if I could. The next shoot can not come early enough for me.

The tease photos is just to get you ready for the post page I am setting up for test sessions. In the coming months there will be a specific page for the sessions as I will blog about the experience from start to finish to give my insight on the models I photograph. The evolution will be fun to watch unfold so keep your eyes open for the link that will post on my Facebook business page JSP J Singleton Photo 

Let me know what you think of the images and the models.

J

testing with Brittany Burke

Model Brittany Burke posing for photographer J Singleton for a digital test shoot.

test shoot with model Brittany Burke in Detroit, Michigan at the Detroit City Apartment complex

This is first in the series of many test shoot blogs I will be introducing on my site from past and more recent shoots. Today I am starting with one of my favorite models I have worked with in the past. Her name is Brittany Burke. I will update this post with images from out test shoot at Detroit City Apartment complex in downtown Detroit. Please be patient and keep coming back for the updates.

J

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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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”.

Sumeet Uvaidya Family

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

 

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

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!

 

STRAIT UP!

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!