Video - Julie and Ed's Wedding -

This is the first part of the video that our friend Andrea McKenzie made from the wedding in Florida. More is coming since there are still photos outstanding - but this is awesome!!! We played this at the small local reception we had Sunday at the Berkley Masonic Temple - so everyone can see it here now! Love it Andrea - THANK YOU SO MUCH! Thank you to all our many awesome photographer friends and thank to our great friend and wedding planner Andrea Solomon who joined us and was such a great help!

March Wedding Special

March Wedding Special -
$200 off any wedding package - OR a free Engagement session on any 2013 available dates...

Fill out the Contact Us form - including the date of your wedding - we'll check our availability and get back with an e-mail with some information.  We'd love to talk about what your plans are. Let's set up an appointment at the studio!!
We'd love to capture the memories of your special day for generations to come!

Julie's 2 Great Trash the Dress sessions - On the beach and Underwater In the pool!!!

We had 2 great versions of the Trash the dress with Julie in Florida - and the dress is still where she will be able to wear it again to model for another photography class!

The first is the trash the dress on the beach at St Pete's - behind the Trade Wind's Hotel in St Pete's where the SYNC convention for high school seniors was taking place.  They walked along the beach in the sand and ended up lying at the edge of the sand as the water lapped over them>
The second was right in a pool completely underwater.  I really give her a lot of credit for doing this one.
We really thank our photography friends and instructors - Visualizations Photography Inc and Sacha Blue for photographing Julie and Ed!  Wally and Ed took some of these also.

Happy Valentines Day - Special!

Valentines Special - Feb 9 - 28, 2013  Free Engagement Session!

To celebrate the occasion, and to celebrate our newlyweds - Julie and Ed,  who just got married in Florida at the  end of January - we'll add an engagement portrait session to any new contracts written within this time frame -The session itself can take at any time before your wedding - in the studio or local destination areas.

Julie and Ed's engagement  session in Florida, photographed by our friend Steve White - 

Our beautiful stunning bride - that's our girl! Julie Proudfoot!

Travis Broxton is a fantastic photographer from Colorado .  He spoke at one of our DPPA meetings and Julie worked a wedding with him in Denver, He is one of the main photographers of the day of the wedding and this is one of them - more to come

Julie Proudfoot - Florida bride
Braxton Art - Travis Broaxton of Denver Colorado

First Sneak Peek Photos for Julie and Ed's Florida Wedding

Just got home from a fantastic time in Florida, in the St Pete area,  - for Julie and Ed's wedding!  We had such a great time - we appreciated the gracious hospitality of our friend Kathy who let us stay at her beautiful home and all the family and friends who could make it.  We had about 25-30 for the ceremony itself -  a breathtaking little alcove in the palm trees in Fort De Sota Park  - she wanted it right by the water but it was so cold and windy there that we moved in some -  THANK YOU to all the photographers there to help capture the moments.  There were about a dozen plus photographers - sometimes at different times who helped photograph the photographer's wedding!
Thank you also to our videographer Andrea McKenzier,  Wedding Planner Andrea Solomon and to Melonie Walker who was our officiant .

.There will be many more organized groups coming as we edit and work on them - they met at the house, we photographed at the Botanical Gardens close by,, the ceremony and park site at Fort De Soto park, the Hurricane Dinner location, and  the beach across the street - That was just the day of the wedding - on the days following we went into Ybor city, around Tampa, and a trash the dress shoot on the beach behind the Trade Winds Hotel - where the SYNC convention was taking place...another great dinner , and an under water shoot-in the pool by the convention..in her dress!

Here are a few more of the first ones that we have published and seen on Facebook

FEEL FREE TO CLICK ON AN IMAGE TO ENLARGE IT AND THEN USE THE ARROWS TO GO THROUGH THE REST....

Julie and Ed are getting married in Florida Thursday Jan-31

We are all very excited to be traveling to Florida for Julie and Ed's wedding - They are already there and are making sure all is finalized.  I am leaving with her  boys Steven and Aaron in the morning -  (Way too early - plane leaves at 6:30am!) 

We are staying in the St Pete area and the ceremony will be at a beach in the Ft De Soto park!  Just small and intimate -- here are a few images from the early photos - the Infra red and some of the others are taken by our friend Steve White - a great photographers from the west side of Michigan that is a master of the infra red. Others by Julie and Ed..  This will be very well documented with so many of our photography friends there.  Can't wait - Looking forward to the warm Florida sun!
Stay tuned!  WE have images on our FB profiles too and the main Wally Spice Photogrpahy fan page!
FEEL FREE TO CLICK ON AN IMAGE TO ENLARGE IT AND THEN USE THE ARROWS TO GO THROUGH THE REST....

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.!


Florida - Julie and Ed's Wedding - Coming up SOON!

We are all very excited about Julie and Ed's upcoming wedding at the end of this month on a beach in Florida - it will be very small and intimate but it will be so great to get away.  Her boys, Aaron and Steven will be walking her down the aisle! They have picked a setting in DeSoto Park  and we are staying with friends in St Pete.  A few days after the  wedding they are attending the SYNC convention for High School Seniors as they have in the past years. (Nothing like a honeymoon at an educational photography convention - but hey - that is what we do and like! - how great that they both great professional photographers)

Obviously there will be a gazillion photos and lots of photographers - there will even be a fun trash the dress shoot the day after! They will definitely be well documented and I'll be sure to feature them here!
If you need anything done at the studio - best to try to get in while they are still in town - they are the ones most familiar with everything there!
We are working hard to finish up as much as we can before of course - and I will not be gone as long as they are.

I found a few photos from a trip I took to Florida in 2005  - when I photographed a friend's daughter's wedding there !  Hope we can enjoy the same calmness.  Julie absolutely loves Palm trees - and I am sure she will have her share to ENJOY!

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!

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.

 

Showcase squares for 2011 Weddings Stephanie and Paul

We will be featuring some of our great weddings of 2011 in the next few weeks - in no particular order, with our new showcase squares - highlighting the activities of their beautiful day and their great venues and vendors.The first is Stephanie and Paul, who were married on 7-16-11. The girls got ready at the Athenium, they were married at St/ Ambrose in Grosse Pointe Park, they enjoyed a great romantic urban shoot at some of our favorites Detroit locations and finished the evening with a great reception at the historic Colony Club in Detroit. — at Colony Club Detroit.

Stephanie and Paul Showcase Square

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

Engagement session at the Detoit Zoo

We photographed a phenomenal engagement session a the Detroit Zoo Monday for Molly and Justin - he works there so this was extra special and we were lucky enough to be there when the polar bear was being fed. This made for some awesome images of the majestic bear, with the water all around us, while we were in the tunnel for quite some time - the arctic ring of life. What a fun, incredible experience for all of us - we sure did ENJOY! Molly and Justin, Engagement session at the Detroit Zoo

Molly and Justin, Engagement session at the Detroit Zoo

Molly and Justin, Engagement session at the Detroit Zoo

Molly and Justin, Engagement session at the Detroit Zoo

Molly and Justin, Engagement session at the Detroit Zoo

Molly and Justin, Engagement session at the Detroit Zoo

See more images on our Facebook Fanpage  http://www.facebook.com/wallyspicephotography

Ask Wally - Should we see each other before the ceremony?

As I meet with more couples to talk about their options for wedding photography, we go over the timing and plans for the day. They love the great romantics they see and the unique personal locations we have gone to (like our popular "Detroit Urban Shoots". But often there is just not enough time between the ceremony and reception and they would rather not keep their guests waiting while we have fun taking the photos. At least half of our couples have a great solution – they elect to see each other beforehand; usually this is based on timing of the day.  But no-one can talk you into it – the decision has to be yours alone – we can only point out advantages.

The idea of not seeing each other comes from medieval days – when marriages were arranged – if he saw you beforehand – he might change his mind.  A lot of contemporary couples are now saying – let’s make this work for us.

The whole secret – it that you HAVE to have a “special moment” when you first see each other – and we help to arrange this – it should be more private – maybe you are coming down a staircase, or out a door, and he is there waiting – be creative.  Then you can say things to each other without the whole world watching and we just capture the emotion from a distance.

Then you can have your wedding party join you and we can go where ever you want – within reason of the timing, and just have FUN!  This is your snuggle time and special time with each other and the people closest to you.  Believe me, after the ceremony it gets much more hectic. ENJOY this time!

The 2 of you are your own best friends, you tend to calm each other down, and this is usually such a relief and stress reducer.  This is the most important day of your lives – why spend it hiding from each other?! Besides, you get to wear your gorgeous dress longer! And, you get a lot more incredible images that are natural and fun and really show your style and the creative style you chose your photographer for!

NO-ONE has EVER said “I wish we didn’t do that” – everyone has loved it and raved about it.

When you walk done the aisle it is another special moment! Sometimes we still do a limited amount of immediate family “Alter groups” just after the ceremony – but then you can mingle with your guests and ENJOY your own party!

I went looking through the files and found so many great images of this over the years - here are a few of our favorites.

Beth and Brian meet at the Henry Ford Estate
Carmie and Steve meet at the Detroti Athletic Club
Suzanne and Flint meet at the Detroit Zoo
Charlie and Josh meet at the Henry Ford Estate in 2005
3 more couples meet beforehand

These images show what words cannot express!

It is a real option that many modern couples have embraced to make the timing of the day work for them and enjoy EACH OTHER more.  If you have any questions please feel free to call and we can talk about your options within the timing of your day!

Great wedding for Lindsey and Scott, with another great Detroit Urban photo shoot

We really enjoyed photographing the wedding of Lindsey and Scott Dec.4th. Her mom Adell is a close friend of Wally’s through OES, so this was like family. After the beautiful ceremony at the 1st English Lutheran Church in Grosse Point, we rushed downtown Detroit for a fun Urban romantic photo shoot. Despite the cold and vanishing light we got a lot of incredible images at the DIA, the Fox, Campus Martius and the Westin Book Cadillac. The evening was topped off with a great reception at the Royalty House in Warren. Lindsey and Scott, Detroti Urban Shoot in Detroit by the Fox Theater

Lindsey and Scott, Detroti Urban Shoot in Detroit by the Fox Theater

Lindsey and Scott, Detroti Urban Shoot in Detroit by the Westin Booke Cadilac

Lindsey and Scott, Detroti Urban Shoot in Detroit by the Westin Booke Cadilac

These images were cropped square to go into a special frame that holds 4  10x10's. Be sure to see the entire album on our Facebook Fanpage at:

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=262789&l=0dbc9cd15e&id=109141840457   This is the public link to the album on FB

The Wedding of Dana and Steve Nov 27th at the Novi Crown Plaza

We photographed a great wedding for Dana and Steve on November 27th at the beautiful Crown Plaza Hotel in Novi. They had gotten engaged on Thanksgiving last year so having the wedding on Thanksgiving weekend was extra special. Thank you Andy for the recommendation – we photographed her daughter’s wedding 6 years ago! This is the public link on Facebook to their album

I will be adding some here soon -

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=261982&l=7284297498&id=109141840457

Dana and Steve at the Novi Crown Plaza Hotel , Wally Spice Photography

Dana and Steve at the Novi Crown Plaza Hotel

Dana and Steve at the Novi Crown Plaza Hotel

Dana and Steve at the Novi Crown Plaza Hotel