Discovering Dayton

Dayton, Ohio is a pretty magical place if you ask me. I drove in the car for 5 hours there and back all for 2 hours of interview with a fantastic photographer. I was a bit worried, but it was all more than worth it. Dayton is sort of like Ann Arbor Michigan had a baby with Detroit and dropped it off at Aunt Ohio’s place. You get the charm of a small town in the Oregon Historic District, which is where we went, with the beautiful abandoned buildings of a larger city. Dayton has such charm and personality.

We ended up interviewing Julie Renee Jones¬†at Press Coffee Bar, a quaint little hole in the wall with amazing coffee. The environment was bright and welcoming which was perfect for our chat with Julie. It is always so inspiring to hear a successful photographer’s story. If you are interested in surreal and playful work you should most certainly check out her stuff.

Overall I though this was a fantastic trip. We listened to good music, explored the city, drank coffee, and were inspired. It was a much needed break just before the business of finals week. I hope you all are able to explore a little bit this weekend and enjoy time with someone you love.

Let’s Eat

It is time for finals, and if you know anything about college you know that this is one of the most stressful times of the year. I decided to incorporate food into a photo project, just as an excuse to make and eat some good food. I always find myself in a better mood when I take the time to eat something good. Take a little time to cook something for yourself!


I am enrolled in a bookmaking class at Kendall College of Art and Design and we have been learning all sorts of techniques for binding and sequencing images. I have really learned a lot, so much that I am now offering handmade books with any of my photo sessions or weddings! It is a great to view your photos in a unique and one of a kind way.

In that class we are preparing for the final books to turn in, I chose black and white florals. I like the idea that flowers and landscapes can be beautiful even without vibrant colors. I wanted to show you some of those images! I’m excited to work in this medium and be able to physically have a piece of art to hold my images.

I encourage you all to think about adding a handmade book onto your session, and as always feel free to contact me with any questions or comments you may have!


Hello all! I hope you are enjoying spring! I definitely am ready for the light and warmth that comes along with this season.

I do want to make a dedicated post about a exciting new option I am adding to my photography packages.

I am going to be offering a handmade portfolio book made up of the images taken during the session, there will be a choice of a pamphlet soft cover booklet or a more sturdy and artistic hardcover stab binding book. Although they won’t be included in the package price, they will begin to be offered as an add on.

Pamphlet soft cover booklets will be $75 for each set of 2

Hard cover portfolio books will be $150 for 1

I hope to make this a bit more personal when sending back the images to clients. I hope that you all will be able to take advantage of this new skill that I have been working on.


Never Grow Up

A few days ago I had a blog post about the 2015 Bodies of Art Fashion show and I promised some of the photos from that event. Well, let me just tell you, low light situations paired with fast moving subjects and a not super high tech camera does not pair well. I learned some lessons and am learning to accept the fact that I didn’t do as well as I would have liked to.

The show itself went off without a hitch. Jennie Reid the president did such a great job organizing and running around getting everything done. I was so impressed with the amount of hard work from everyone involved. It was such a professional event and all the attendees loved it.

Although I didn’t get as many images as I would have liked, the ones that did turn out, came out great!

Nature Walk with Evey

Let me just get this out of the way, but HOW CUTE IS EVEY? This adorable 3 year old loved the camera and especially giving her “cheese face”. Teresa contacted me about the Spring Mini Sessions and I was instantly excited to get them in front of the camera. We headed out to Calvin College Nature Preserve and went out on a little hike. These trails were gorgeous! Close to the city but you felt like you were in the country, I loved it.

Evey was all about the disc golf too, which made Jim super happy, as he is a self identified disc golf fanatic. It was neat to learn a little bit more about the equipment and strategies they use. This session was full of energy and excitement, just the reason I love working with kids. Some of the best shots we got were of her just exploring and playing around.

If you are interested in a session like this, please contact Liv Lyszyk either her or on her facebook page