A portrait session with our first wedding couple from 20 years ago

Happy Anniversary - to Lisa and Ron - our first wedding couple 20 years ago this February- They came in for a portrait session with their son Norm and we had such a great time. Congratulations Lisa and Ron and congratulations to Wally Spice Photography. So great to still be friends and still doing what we love...

Albums.. to Display and ENJOY... Priceless! .

I was photographing a 1 year old birthday party for Gretchen - one of our great clients for life  - their wedding was in 2008!  I was so thrilled to see their beautiful FINAO ONE album displayed in their dining room - still with the creative and protective art paper cover it came in - WOW!
A breathtaking album, that tells the story of your wedding day with your favorite photos, in a creative totally customized design - is priceless! This is something you can proudly display on your coffee table, book shelf, anywhere in your home and look back and ENJOY over the years!
A DVD just wouldn't look as nice on this beautiful coffee table , and wouldn't be as easy to look at and ENJOY.  We DO give you the DVD also, of all your edited wedding images, with a copyright release, You can have the best of both worlds!

Be sure to look at the new Album tab I have been working on under weddings  - we love to design stunning albums - from your chosen favorites - of the wedding or any portrait session.  Seniors love them also -

2013 is our year of the album for us - with new products in all price ranges  coming,  sales on new albums and on additional sides and cover upgrades... even if your album was already designed by us over the years
Did you just get the files from your wedding?? - release them from the DVD's and ENJOY a beautiful album that tells your personal love story!
Did you get a DVD from another photographer who does not specialize in albums, and you have the copyright release, give me a call, maybe we can work something out.!


Review - "If you want the best...." Choose Wally Spice Photography.....

This is one of the great reviews that was posted on the Perfect Wedding guide site by Michelle -. about our wedding photography and working with us.

by M.Odoerfer

If you want the best, Wally Spice is the ONLY photography company worth choosing. Wally & Julie are extremely easy to work with - they have such an eye for placement, an abundance of creativity, and they made me and my groom and our entire wedding party feel at ease. With Wally and Julie by our sides the whole day was effortless. What about pictures? STUNNING! I've already seen a small portion of our wedding pictures and I am in awe at how incredible they are. Again, if you want the best - there is no other choice...Wally Spice Photography is a must.

Happy 20th Anniversary to Wally Spice Photography in 2013!

Happy NEW YEAR  to all our family, clients  and friends!!

2013 is going to be a fantastic year!  We celebrate our 20th year for Wally Spice Photography! We vow to show that we are just as vibrant and innovative as when we started and will work hard to keep growing and be the best we can be!
I have been working hard on this brand new Web re-design - it still is a work in progress (and probably always will be) but it is live! We hope you enjoy it and please give us your input!

We'll be having some great anniversary specials too throughout the year!

We have come a long way and have so much to be thankful for.  We love our new Studio Space (2 plus years now) and Julie and Ed especially are working so hard  to make that vibrant and successful. I am so proud of their hard work, talent and dedication!
Besides - we have a wedding this year as Julie and Ed get married  in Florida with a small intimate ceremony on the beach!

Little James Holiday Session

Our favorite Little man, James, just loved our new Holiday set and  We had so much fun photographing him - take a look - and give us a call to schedule your session!

We photographed his mom and dad = Gretchen and Richard, when they were married and have been photographing him since he was born

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151132037185458.443544.109141840457&type=3

This is a link to the Facebook album of 13 photos

Happy Thanksgiving - Holiday Special

We hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and a good Black Friday.  The following Sat - is small business Saturday which is a great way to shop small and shop local at the local businesses around you.  A great practice anytime!

We have a Holiday special going at our studio and would love to have you stop by and have a mini session for $49 which includes 24 free holiday cards.
Times are by appointment so please give us a call - we'll be there for you - just call ahead!

Holiday Special

Selling Negs to our former Wedding Couples..

A Note from Wally -- Are You One of our Former Wedding Couples??

We have been enjoying photographing contemporary weddings for almost 20 years and still loving them! If you are one of our former wedding clients or know someone who is, PLEASE read this message and help spread the word.

Now that we have a great new Studio space in Warren, that we LOVE, we will be conducting the wedding business from there also now – which means that I will not be meeting with clients in my home in Hazel Park anymore. I therefore do not need as much space; as it is getting hard to keep up.

So I am moving to an apartment closer to the studio this June!

We loved the years of film and still have an extensive archive of film negatives in my home.  I have just not been able to throw anything away – these are someone’s memories! But I can’t move them! We also have an archive of digital files from the years that they were not included in the contract price.

We are trying to reach everyone we can but this is just not always possible or successful.

We are offering our former bridal couples the opportunity to purchase those negatives and/or files for a nominal fee so that they can archive them, preserve their family history and have them for safe keeping. They will bring back happy memories for years to come.  This will also include a personal copyright release so that any printed copies can be made. They are $200; $225 if mailed.

I do have to add that this is contingent on my being able to find your wedding files, with the hundreds up there I cannot totally guarantee this sorry to say!

After mid June, I will have to purge all remaining negatives!

Did you know???

If  you are one of our former wedding couples, you are entitled to free portrait sessions – FOR LIFE at the studio – this does not include the files or any prints. If you wanted us to come to you on location, we still can, but would have to charge a small session fee of $100.  We’d love to work with you!

If you are thinking of us as your wedding photographer – keep this in mind also.

 

New Facebook banner for our personal and Fan Pages on Facebook

We have upgraded our Facebook pages to the new timeline. I love the large space for the new header banner and I love that images can be highlighted to span across both columns - this really showcases them beautifully - although can not work for all photos.

Personal Header banner for my personal FB profile page - Wally Spice

Wally's personal FB banner  https://www.facebook.com/wally.spice

Facebook Banner for the Wally Spice Photogrpahy Fan Page   https://www.facebook.com/wallyspicephotography

www.facebook.com/wallyspicephotography

Facebook Banner for WSP Seniors

FAcebook banner for WSP Seniors fan page

Please check the fan pages for the newest in what is going on with Wally Spice Photography and WSP Seniors. Since the new year we have been more active on them than on this Blog.

I am trying Networked Blogs, which should automatically update the blog posts on my profile page and on the main Fan Page for Wally Spice Photography.   It is not set to be updated on WSP Seniors at this point. I'd like to see how this goes here before I upgrade.

Happy New Year from Wally Spice Photography and WSP Seniors!

  A huge THANK YOU to all of our wonderful clients and friends for the fantastic year of 2011 in our business. Thank you all for your love, confidence, encouragement and support!

It was definitely a year of growth and change as we had our first full year in our new studio space in Warren! Julie and I had so much fun fixing it up, accumulating countless chairs, backgrounds, lights, props, office furnishings, etc. to make it our studio home and office area, and we LOVE it!  It has evolved so much since we first started and will always be a work in progress!  It was hectic, crazy, and busy at times but we loved every minute!

We still photographed about 20 weddings and enjoyed each and every one.  We had the best brides and grooms to work with and the most awesome locations.  We especially loved all the varying locations for Romantics, like our very favorite Urban Shoots in Detroit, which have become a specialty for us.

This is the year we really launched our High School Senior program in earnest.  Last year we photographed about 8 seniors, but this year that went to at least 65!!  Julie has been the creative mastermind behind this and I am so proud of her.  We all loved the fantastic Senior Safari  for our models in early May and this grew to so many fantastic sessions!  Everyone commented that we were so refreshingly different.  We designed a dedicated logo and name for our senior division and decided to give the seniors their own Facebook fan page.  It grew from just a handful to over 500 fans in a very short time!   We have separate albums for our major locations: Locations - Urban Shoot (Detroit),  Rochester,  Studio,  Sterling Heights, and Plymouth. Be sure to check out www.facebook.com/WSPseniors.wallyspicephotography We LOVE our fans!

We also enjoyed photographing quite a few babies, children and families, many from our former brides who will always enjoy free studio sessions (files and prints not included).  It is heartwarming to see our bridal couples become loyal clients and friends as their families grow. And we sincerely appreciate the referrals!

Our main Fan Page for Wally Spice Photography has also been very active and popular, especially for the weddings and portraits as well as some of the other unique events we photographed.  Be sure to check out www.facebook.com/wallyspicephotography We have links to our fan pages on the menu bar!

I am also so proud that both of Julie's sons (my grandsons) have been active this year working with us.  Aaron did a lot of assisting on the weddings, contributing some awesome images.  He also helped with some of the endless editing.  Steven has shown a great interest too, he loved photographing the high school football games and also assisted on some senior sessions.  This has truly been a family business and we all love it!

I do feel bad that this blog has not been as active this year as it has in the past years, it was an extremely busy year as we grew our horizons and our face book fan pages have taken up the slack, but this will be better next year. We are also looking to update and improve our actual website this year, but the blog will stay intact.

THANK YOU SO MUCH for your continuing support as we venture into another exciting year! We learned so much this great 2011, that 2012 will be even better and bigger!

HAPPY NEW YEAR -

Wally, Julie, Aaron, Steven

Hillary and Austin

Hilary and Austin at the Detorit Zoo, ploar bear in the Arctic Ring of Life

Hilary and Austin at the Detorit Zoo, ploar bear in the Arctic Ring of Life

Hillary and Austin, Detroit Zoo Wedding 8-5-11.

Hilary and Austin were married August 5th at the Detroit Zoo. We took the new tram throughout the grounds for some awesome romantics and had so much fun. The polar bear was especially lively and that seemed to be the highlight of the tour. They enjoyed a beautiful ceremony in the butterfly garden and a fun reception in the interpretive gallery.

To view the video - please go to our fan page - https://www.facebook.com/wallyspicephotographyOr if you do not have FB, go to:http://video214.com/play/KyA5KjWFfm6wmvFu504rFw/s/dark

Here's are some of our very favorite images

Hilary and Austin at the Detorit Zoo, ploar bear in the Arctic Ring of Life

Hilary and Austin at the Detorit Zoo, ploar bear in the Arctic Ring of Life

Hilary and Austin at the Detorit Zoo, ploar bear in the Arctic Ring of Life

026_IMG_0164LHilary and Austin at the Detorit Zoo, ploar bear in the Arctic Ring of Life

026_IMG_0164LHilary and Austin at the Detorit Zoo, ploar bear in the Arctic Ring of Life

Hilary and Austin at the  Detroti Zoo

Hilary and Austin at the Detroti Zoo

Hilary and Austin at the  Detroti Zoo

Hilary and Austin at the Detroti Zoo

Hilary and Austin at the  Detroti Zoo

Hilary and Austin at the Detroti Zoo

Hilary and Austin at the Detroit Zoo

Hilary and Austin at the Detroit Zoo

Grand Opening of our New Studio Space - Free photo with Santa and a canned goods collection for Gleaners Food Bank.

Grand Opening Open House - Come see our new studio space!!! We asked you to save the date - now here are the details - we've added a second date - Wed Dec1 and Sunday Dec 5th! Bring the kids for a free photo with Santa.We will be donating any canned goods etc to the Gleaners Food Bank if you wish to help out in the Holiday spirit. ...We can even design holiday cards in time to send out! Come join us!!! Come say Hi!!

Wednesday Dec 1st - 4-8 PM Sunday Dec 5th - noon - 6PM Our New Location: 31100 Hoover, Unit #3 2 miles north of 696, Just north of 13 Mile In the strip bldg behind the Barber shop & Jennies Pierogies 248-547-9380; Julie cell - 810-241-2280 Cookies and light refreshments will be served.

Open House Flier for Wally Spice Photography's new Studio Space

New Marketing Ideas

Our new SIGN in a  Taupe damask design We are so exciting to be working on some new designs for our marketing materials to co-ordinate a little with our  web site.  We have a new sign ordered for our Bridal Show this weekend and lots of little "Skinny Mini" cards that have our info on one side and all different images on the other.  I am nor working on some fliers with a great promotion for our bridal show.

Bridal Show Flier - Enjoy Image

Here's another version

Bridal show flier with special

If you have any ideas, we'd love your comments.

We have a Bridal Show this weekend!!!

We are so excited to have a booth in the Perfect Wedding Guide's bridal show next Sunday - at Petruzzellos in Troy - (OMG - that's in 1 week!). We haven't done a bridal show in over 10 years... Working hard on marketing and promotional pieces - I like to design these myself, love it, but tend to take forever on every little thing....Come say HI! Tickets are free if you sign up online.

Welcome to our new Website/Blog - for Wally Spice Photography

Welcome to our new website/blog - we are so excited and proud to finally have it live and active. This is a hybrid between a regular website, adding some flash in the galleries and headers and the Wordpress blog I have had since 2006. Nothing is ever as easy as it seems, and the "merge" was certainly a challenge. A big THANK YOU goes to Chris Hebert, for all her help in actually making it work! A thank you also to Brian and Dawn for all their help in molding the various versions of our websites and blogs over the many years!

Now we will still be tweaking and adding to this site to continue to improve on it and make it grow.  We will also be populating some of the galleries that are not yet complete and hope to soon add another larger section for our growing endeavor in High School Senior photography!

So stay tuned as we continue to grow, but this is a huge step in rebuilding and growing Wally Spice Photography!

Be sure to take a look at our face book fan page, by clicking on the F symbol for some of our interim activity. We will be updating this also.

ENJOY!! and please feel free to give us your input!!

Thank You Wally and Julie

Wally Spice Photography - The Knot Best of Weddings 2010

Wally Spice Photography was voted as one of the Knot Best Detroit wedding photography vendors by recent brides who use and love the Knot. Thank You brides!!

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I love this since it comes from the ratings and votes of local brides and has nothing to do with who has the biggest advertising budget! I really appreciate the vote of confidence - I have the best brides EVER!

A time of Conventions, Education and Planning ahead

I just got back from PPA - Professional Photographers of America convention in Nashville and really enjoyed it, Julie is excited to go to SYNC - for high school senior photography in Florida real soon and will also be at WPPI - (Wedding Portrait Photographers International) in Vegas in March. We are both active in DPPA (Detroit) - I'm a Past President and Julie is in line to be. We'll be at PPM (Michigan) in Troy in Feb ....

It is so important to stay current & keep up with all the latest cutting edge changes in our industry - It does make a difference and sets us apart. In this day, experience and willingness to push ourselves to be current should count more. This is all we do for a living. It is a labor of passion and we love it!

This is a time for looking ahead to what this new year can have in store for us. We are looking forward to continuing our contemporary weddings - this has always been our main passion and nitche for almost 20 years. We would also love to venture more actively into the contemporary high school senior portrait market -... if you know of any juniors or seniors who would love to be among our "Models" - give us a call.

Be sure to keep up with us on our Facebook Fan Page

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?filter=lf#/album.php?profile=1&id=109141840457 or just search for Wally Spice Photography

Wally and Julie at Professional Photographers of Michigan

Wally is now the newest member of the board of directors
Wally at Professional Photographers of Michigan

Happy Hollidays!! Gift ideas!

Hope you are enjoying the preparations for the Holidays coming up. It is not too late to order reprints or even Holiday cards from the images you already have from your wedding or portrait session.  I just a added a new tab to this blog on Specials, Products and pricing take a look at the post on specials for reprints and Holiday cards.

Our web site home page also has a slightly different look, all the new hot links are now active - although we need to work on the spacing for the new 2009 Holiday specials and pricing page.

Vote for Wally Spice Photography in the "4 the best - Detroit" contest, Photography section! - See the great testimonials our satisfied clients wrote!

We have been nominated for the "4 the best - Detroit" in the photography category!Thank you to those of you that have already voted for us! Please vote for us if you have not already done so. http://wdiv.cityvoter.com/wally-spice-photography/biz/52278 Wally Spice Photography in Detroit- 4 The Best - Detroit :: Click On Detroit Vote for Wally Spice Photography - "4 the best Detroit"

I love some of the great comments and testimonials some of my great clients have left: I will copy and paste them here - but you can see them on the site also.

Wally photographed my wedding at the Detroit Zoo. She caught some amazing images of myself, my husband, and our bridal party with some zoo animals, and she managed to also a lot of small intimate moments as well. I can't believe how beautiful our photos turned out, and I will have them to remember our day with our family and friends forever. Wally was a joy to work with throughout our planning and the day of our wedding -- creative, kind, flexible, and really committed to capturing our day. I'd recommend her to anyone who wants stellar photographs taken by a really talented photographer. Posted by: S Decker, 8/4/2009

She was my wedding photographer and she was amazing she went well over and beyond what I thought. I love her style of pictures and I have pictures of everything she didn't miss not one special moment of my special day and I will always be grateful for that. Posted by: Heidi S., Yesterday

Wally is truly a gem! She did an amazing job with our wedding 3 years ago. She is very personable and easy to work with. I recommend her to all of my friends! Posted by: Wendy R., 8/4/2009

I have seen a lot of her work, she does awesome urban shots, brings out the personality of the couple, and reflects there special day with the individual style of the couple. it is all about them! and that is how it should be Posted by: mangosteengirl, 8/3/2009

Excellant service , beautiful pictures Posted by: lebeckl, 7/21/2009

Great people to work with! Posted by: pandunn2, 7/21/2009

Absolutely customer friendly and professional with outstanding results. Posted by: buzzboy, 7/2/2009

Wally and Julie are amazing! They take beautiful images and are so much fun to work with. Their creatvitiy and energy really helps create really awesome shots that capture the memories of the moment. Posted by: lekili17, 7/29/2008

Wally did our wedding 5 years ago and the bridal party still talks about how great our photographer was to work with! I loved how everything turned out....Wally Spice was WONDERFUL to work with! Posted by: Amanda Lynn, 7/18/2008

This Mother and Daughter team are awesome! The images are exceptional and the ladies are the best to work with! Posted by: , 8/30/2007

THANK YOU so much everyone - we REALLY appreciate. We got 5 stars from all of you. We love what we do - it is a privilege and and honor to capture these moments for you to last a lifetime!

Vote for Wally Spice Photography in the "4 the best - Detroit" contest, Photography section! - See the great testimonials our satisfied clients wrote!

We have been nominated for the "4 the best - Detroit" in the photography category!Thank you to those of you that have already voted for us! Please vote for us if you have not already done so. http://wdiv.cityvoter.com/wally-spice-photography/biz/52278 Wally Spice Photography in Detroit- 4 The Best - Detroit :: Click On Detroit

Vote for Wally Spice Photography - "4 the best Detroit"

I love some of the great comments and testimonials some of my great clients have left: I will copy and paste them here - but you can see them on the site also.

Wally photographed my wedding at the Detroit Zoo. She caught some amazing images of myself, my husband, and our bridal party with some zoo animals, and she managed to also a lot of small intimate moments as well. I can't believe how beautiful our photos turned out, and I will have them to remember our day with our family and friends forever. Wally was a joy to work with throughout our planning and the day of our wedding -- creative, kind, flexible, and really committed to capturing our day. I'd recommend her to anyone who wants stellar photographs taken by a really talented photographer. Posted by: S Decker, 8/4/2009

She was my wedding photographer and she was amazing she went well over and beyond what I thought. I love her style of pictures and I have pictures of everything she didn't miss not one special moment of my special day and I will always be grateful for that. Posted by: Heidi S., Yesterday

Wally is truly a gem! She did an amazing job with our wedding 3 years ago. She is very personable and easy to work with. I recommend her to all of my friends! Posted by: Wendy R., 8/4/2009

I have seen a lot of her work, she does awesome urban shots, brings out the personality of the couple, and reflects there special day with the individual style of the couple. it is all about them! and that is how it should be Posted by: mangosteengirl, 8/3/2009

Excellant service , beautiful pictures Posted by: lebeckl, 7/21/2009

Great people to work with! Posted by: pandunn2, 7/21/2009

Absolutely customer friendly and professional with outstanding results. Posted by: buzzboy, 7/2/2009

Wally and Julie are amazing! They take beautiful images and are so much fun to work with. Their creatvitiy and energy really helps create really awesome shots that capture the memories of the moment. Posted by: lekili17, 7/29/2008

Wally did our wedding 5 years ago and the bridal party still talks about how great our photographer was to work with! I loved how everything turned out....Wally Spice was WONDERFUL to work with! Posted by: Amanda Lynn, 7/18/2008

This Mother and Daughter team are awesome! The images are exceptional and the ladies are the best to work with! Posted by: , 8/30/2007

THANK YOU so much everyone - we REALLY appreciate. We got 5 stars from all of you. We love what we do - it is a privilege and and honor to capture these moments for you to last a lifetime!

The Animoto Slideshows now show up in Internnet Explorer as well as Firefox and Safari!

As of Aug 4th - I'm happy to announce that we figured out what the problem was, and the Animoto slideshows are now showing up for all of us - even if you use Internet Explorer. I still prefer Firefox, but I do realize a lot of internet users are still using Internet Explorer.THANK YOU to to Brian, for figuring this out. It needed a little extra code, and once it was explained to me - I can even add it! Can't believe how techie we've all become!

I may even let Animoto know - they never got back with me on the solution!

I apologize for not keeping this up to date during this time - I didn't want to add videos that a lot of people couldn't even see!

July was a great and busy month for us this year with 5 weddings: I just updated the blog with the great slideshows we love so much on all of these, as well as links to the Facebook "Albums" of images that anyone can see.

If you are a FB user - take a look at our Fan Page: www.facebook.com/pages/Wally-Spice-Photography/109141840457 Take a look - become a FAN!