Problem with the Blog in Internet Explorer

Are you viewing this in Internet Explorer? I have to admit I use Mozilla Firefox almost exclusively, and never have any problems with it, but I do realize that the majority of users still use Explorer. It has been drawn to my attention that the fist slideshow for Suzanne and Flint is not showing up in Explorer (and that's the best thing here)

I apologize, we are trying to work on this but it is very frustrating.

If you have the option, please try to view this in Firefox ( free downloads) or Safari. I would really like some feedback if you are having problems - please let me know.  Comment here or give me an e-mail:

PS With Brian's help we were able to correct some issues on Explorer - the only problem we still have is that the Animoto slideshows are still not showing up - even with the upgrade to Explorer 8.

wally@wallyspicephotography.com

Thank you

Wally

Sunset at the Zoo Fundraiser and Charity Event 6-19-09

Julie and I came home from Florida just in time to photograph for the Sunset at the Zoo Charity Event - as we did last year. Our friend and awesome Senior photographer David Humphrey  Joined us this year.   We all offered our photographic services and enjoyed the evening. This year they were very organized and had us at specific areas with a suggested shot list. We even had our own "volunteer' working with us that got photo releases signed anytime we had a group of people smiling for the cameras. We also donated a session and some items for the blind auction on behalf of Wally Spice Photography and David also donated 2 session for his company "Masters Photography" in Flint.

The big main auction had to switched to the big tent with weather threatening and still did terrific. I believe they raised at least 100,000 just for that.

As the auction finished the rain really did start and we were all warned to leave because of a huge very severe  storm coming - and it did - rained so hard and so much lightning and thunder.  We were all very much the drowned rats when we finally got to the cars.

It was still a great evening, the rain held off until the end, lots of people still came, the Zoo still raised a lot of money and we had fun. It is great to help such a deserving charity as the Zoo. We love it!

Some photos soon to come!

Wally receives award for 2009 Wedding Album of the Year and Service Award Medallion at the Detroit Professional Photographer Association Banquet 6-2-09. Royal Park Hotel, Rochester, Michigan.

After 6 years on the board of directors,this last year as Past president was my last. It is such an honor to serve such a great organization and I will never forget this time. I was honored with my Service award medallion (now I have a "dangly" also), presented by John Glass, Past president just before me, and presented a surprise one to Steve Post. I presented Clint with his Past President's plaque and enjoyed being up at the podium quite a bit. The biggest surprise was that I received the 2009 Wedding Album of the Year award - a beautiful award to proudly display! It was for my FINAO album from the zoo ( On my web page album menu link - 2nd album down) http://www.wallyspicephotography.com/bridalalbums/bridalindex.html Julie and I also both received 2nd place awards for our Folios - Julie for the portrait category with Ella's Day in the Life, and mine in the Illustrative category with the Matanuska Glacier in Alaska

See my face book album: Wally's DPPA 2009 Wedding album of the year award at June banquet

Wally Spice at Detroit Professioanl Photographers Banquet

Wally Spice received the DPPA service award medallion

Wally Spice and Julie Proudfoot with awards at the DPPA banquet

Status of the Blog update...

I have been blogging since 2006, starting with the help of my cousin Dawn in California on her "Tafoni" server.  Now we have moved everything to my own and that has worked great. Anything going to the old url  is automatically forwarded to www.wallyspicephotography.com/blog.  It is off her server!.  However, I just realized that although all the actual old posts are all here - the photos and collages are not.  So anything older than the summer of 2008 does not have the photo collages associated with that blog post. I am working to resolve this -  just bear with me please....

Happy New Year

Happy 2009! We wish you all the best for the New Year.  I am optomistic that it will be a huge improvement over 2008 - how can it not be!  With a new popular president about to take office - with an optomistic energetic plan - maybe we can get back on track.

For us, we already have  many bookings for 2009 and are excited to work with all of them and look forward to even many more. We are embarking on some new oportunities that are also very exciting and promising.

Here's to a great new year - PROST!

This is one of my favorite winter views of Tracy's view of the mountains in Alaska.  That's not too hard to take - even in the depth of winter - she is experiencing lows as low as -20 and more.

Tracy's view in Alaska

Happy Thanksgiving

We have been working on moving my blog to our own site.  After a security scare basically shut us down for a while on the old one - that is resolved thankfully,  we are all set to go again. I do intend on updating this blog with posts and collages on the many weddings we have done since the last post on the Tafoni blog (8-8-8) - we have photographed at least 10 since then - October has been a very busy month for us.

So this is a test to see if everything can be uploaded without a problem to my own server site.

I just uploaded a slideshow from the wedding we just photographed November 22nd for Kelly and Brad- we did an urban shoot that included not only our normal Comerica Park Tiger and The Fox - but also the Campus martius area - included being ON the ice rink, by the huge Christmas Tree and inside  the  Compuware building with the highest waterfall in our area.

Take a look at:  http://www.wallyspicephotography.com/KateBrad/Slideshow_HD.html

Breathtaking huge new “Canvas Wrap around Frames”

We just love the new Canvas wrap around frames we just ordered. The are huge - up to 24x30 and they can go even much larger. These are real art canvases, fully sprayed and protected and then wrapped around a wooden frame - there is no other frame needed - Take a look - everyone just loves them. New canvas wrap around frames

Great new albums and Covers from FINAO

We have been very excited and proud to add the great FINAO albums to our line of digital coffee table albums. They are based locally out of Saline and the albums are made in the USA. We have known Christine Perry Burke, one of the owners, for many years as a trusted friend and mentor as she headed other similar companies and is now doing phenomenally following her own passion. She knows the market and has a great pulse on what is in demand and popular.  They pride themselves with being cutting edge - great leather cover combinations, lots of very contemporary cover options.  They are also so easy to work with. The pages themselves are a little thicker, coming in the regular thickness (very substantial) and the magazine style pages - even these are sturdier than what I have been used to.  They are also very proud of the fact that they are all "Green" They even come with a "Green Card". Take a look at their site www.finaoonline.com.  We are using the "One' series - as One can make a difference.  We have also used their "Elements". Finao coffee table albums

Finao coffee table albums

Finao coffee table albums

What’s going on in ALaska

OK, it's been a long time since I posted anything about what is going on with my youngest daughter Tracy, her husband Rick and baby Gunther in Alaska.  She has been posting such precious images that I just couldn't resist any longer! Gunther is almost 20 months now and just as cute as ever - not that I'm prejudice - as his "Oma"  or Grandma. This is cutest or strangest story - He is in a Junior bed now since they had to cut the spindles on his crib to get his little legs out from being stuck. So, now it is so hard to go to sleep when you have the whole room to play in at bedtime.  One night - after everything was quiet in his room, Rick went to check on him and couldn't find him - then found him sound asleep in the upright hamper - How on earth did he get in here! They also have many visits from "Bullwinkle" - the neighborhood moose that comes around a lot. They sure were close.  I think I might have met him when I was there this last April. There are a LOT of moose in the area - especially in the mountain area behind their property. Tracy posts all her images on her Flickr account -  http://www.flickr.com/photos/spicegirl I have images from my spring trip on my Flickr account also  http://www.flickr.com/photos/wallyspice/  We like this site because we can download any size of any image any time - love it - for personal photos.I have more on the Tracy in Alaska category here in this blog also.

Baby Gunther in Alaska

Baby Gunther in Alaska

Sunset at the Zoo June 20, 2008

June 20 of this year, on the summer solstice, the Detroit Zoo had their gala "Sunset at the Zoo" fund raiser for their benefactors and supporters. The Zoo stayed open into the late hours and it was certainly a great event and lots of fun.   Lots of major and regular sponsors, lots of food and beverage tents, live music from the great Jerry Ross Band, an intro by the anchors at channel 2, A live auction with phenomenal items to bid on, a silent auction, a sunset keys event, and frogs everywhere since this was the year of the frog.  Everything was donated by all the generous sponsors of the zoo.  We donated out photographic services so that they could have images for their marketing and we donated a "Portrait Session at the Zoo" to the silent auction. We even have a banner there all the time with one of our images from the event dining area.We really believe the zoo is such a great cause and deserves our full support.  We sincerely appreciate their great referrals and give them any images they need for their sales and marketing.  We make up one of the hand outs they give to their potential wedding clients at the zoo - part of the "Say I do - at the Zoo" add campaign. This helps us both in promotion.

We were truly honored to be a part of this and really enjoyed the evening.

Sunset at the Zoo

Sunset at the Zoo

Zoo flyer

Links to our Flash Video Slideshows

There are some new links to our flash video slideshows.  Previously, when anyone srcolled down the blog posts, it was possible to have more than one going at the same time and I had to find a way to calm them down. The weddings videos are at: http://www.wallyspicephotography.com/slideshows/WeddingVideoWidget.htm This is to a widget on a page on my own web site. It will be automatically updated everytime I add a video to my Wedding Video pod.

I also have personalized sites set up on Vodpod, where these are collected. This wedding Video pod is at: www.wallyspicephotographyweddingvideos.vodpod.com

All of the videos I have made, whether they are from the wedding photography, travel photography, Fraternal events, or videos from other sources are at this site - You can get to both pods from here. http://wallyspice.vodpod.com/

New Marketing Post cards, Bookmark business cards

This is a time when we are working on our marketing. I Just designed and received my new 8x5.5 post cards.  I had also designed some bookmarks - for both the weddings and the children. Don't forget we also do children and families on location.  Our on location sistting fee is only $150. Give us a call.

Wally Spice Photography post card

Wally SPice Photography bookmark - weddings

Wally SPice Photography bookmark - kids

Quick Porch Pics for Save the date cards and magnets

As we are working with and booking our couples for the 2008 wedding season, we are finding that many are interested in "Save the Date" cards and magnets etc. I have been working with some new design software to come up with some modern designs. I am also trying to work out ways to be able to photograph some simple relaxed fun images right here in my wide front porch.  Courney and Matt were interested in this and we gave it a try - this time with a soft background I have.   I will soon be adding some white rollup shades.

Porch pics

All Day Program at DPPA with Jerry Ghionis

I am the president of the Detroit Professional Photographers Association and March 11 we hosted Jerry Ghionis - a word renown wedding photographer and speaker  - from Australia. We were fortunate to get him to stop here on the way from Australia to Las Vegas where he will be speaking at WPPI - the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International Convention. We filled the house with over 200 photographers - and we all marveled at his phenomenal photographic talent, his passionate and entertaining delivery and savy business and marketing advice.  As the president, it was my priveledge to introduce him and run the program. He spoke all day and again in the evening for our regular meeting.  Julie is also on the board and did a great job as our raffel girl - we had so many great gifts donated by our vendors that everyone wanted to buy them.

Times like this makes me really proud and enjoy my role as president of this great  organization that does so much to keep photographers current on the latest advances and trends around the world.

DPPA All day seminar

DPPA All day seminar

We display our Photography at the German American Cultural Center Networking Fair

On Sunday March 8th Julie and I had the opportunity to display our Photography at the German American Cultural Center "Networking Fair" in Sterling Heights.  With my German background, it was interesting to see so many other businesses with German roots.  I could speak German and most people there could even pronounce my real name - Waltraud. German American Cultural Center

NEW Exciting Flash Slideshow Video - Annie and Mark

We are so excited about this new way to showcase our work. These are high impact, fast paced flash video slideshows. This features the best of our favorite images from the wedding of Annie and Mark on 11-3-07.

This video can be seen at:

http://www.wallyspicephotography.com/slideshows/WeddingVideoWidget.htm