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

We are transferring to a NEW WEB SITE !

Hello, Welcome to our new web site.  We are making the transfer to this new site to move us into the latest century of mobile computing.  As much as I loved the old site, the slideshows on top were all flash and did not show up on most of the mobile devices.

Let us know what you think -  we'd love your input!


This is a promotional piece we have to distribute to the local doctors offices.

This is a promotional piece we have to distribute to the local doctors offices.

Hello everyone! Fall update on our family and Business!

Time has flown by - and now the summer is over and fall is in full swing.I have not been as active here and  hope to rectify that.

I am pretty well settled in my new apartment and love being so close to the studio (I can walk the 1/4 mile or so) and to Julie. I do love it here- still more to organize and put away - but have been busy working and spending a lot of time on the computer.  Trying hard to work on some new promotions.

The summer has been busy! Julie is now president of the Detroit Professional Photographers Association and doing a great job.  So great to see her go this route as I was the president in 2008.   Ed and I are still on the board for the Professional Photographers of Michigan. Julie and ed are officially engaged - which we are all thrilled about - they are planning a small beach wedding in Florida in January before the SYNC  Senior convention she always goes to.

Aaron graduated with his class as a senior from Cousino high school.  He has one more year full time at Macomb Community College from the early college program in high school and will graduate with an Associates degree - on the state monies!  Julie had an open house for him in the summer. We also had a garage sale before I left at the house in Hazel Park and Julie had one this summer at her house.

We are working on another web site up grade - one that is a little more friendly to the mobile generation and is hopefully easy to keep up.  I wish I knew more about web design - I know what I want to do but can get in trouble when it does not turn out right (hope you didn't see the awful dark scroll background I ended up with earlier today for a short time)  The blog will hopefully be able to get fully moved over and the Animoto Videos will hopefully be able to play again.

We are loving the studio space - Julie is doing great with the High School Seniors there,  as well as other portraits like babies and families. It is so nice to meet with clients there - I can actually have the living room to myself here - without portfolio bridal photos on the wall!

The studio got a makeover - we pained the main wall facing the parking lot a bright blue - can't miss us now - and the parking lot is getting the asphalt resurfaced etc.  Looking good!

a bright facelift for the studio

Wally is moving to an apartment close to our studio!

Most of you know that I am in the process of moving from my house in Hazel park to an apartment in Warren closer to the studio. I do not need the big house and its upkeep anymore now that we have the studio! I'm Getting pretty well settled into the new apartment and loving it - still lots more to do and organize but it is getting there. It has been nice and cool, and it is so nice to be so close to the studio and to Julie and family. If you are trying to reach me, please use my cell phone (248-496-5007); Porting the old main number (248-547-9380) and even getting messages from it is getting complicated and frustrating! You can not transfer a number from a 248 to 586 area code on the main carriers! I cannot and will not ever let that number go - it has been my home and business number for over 20 years! Trying to go with one of the internet services, but getting a lot of run around! E-mail always works well - (wally@wallyspicephotography.com) or call my daughter Julie. Thanks - Posted by Wally.

Wally's new apartment in Warren - close to the studio

Wally's new apartment in Warren - close to the studio

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.

PPM - Professional Photographers of Michigan Board of Directors

PPM board of Directors The Professional Photographers of Michigan held their annual Photo Expo at the phenomenal Motor City Casino.  Wally Spice and Ed Westerwood were among the ones installed as the new board of directors.

Julie was also active and entered the print competition - receiving a blue ribbon for one of her 4 prints. Her and Ed entered a dual maker album from their "Steam-punk"  High school senior album. They won a blue ribbon and will be entering it at Regional.

Julie's sons (my grandsons) Steven and Aaron were also there as various times as volunteers and student members. They sat in on many of the classes and had a great time.

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

WSP Seniors - our new division of Wally Spice Photography

WSP Seniors Since the spring of 2011 we decided that our popular division of High School Senior photography within Wally Spice Photography deserves it own spotlight. We designed a new logo for WSP seniors and started a Facebook fan page dedicated just to our high school seniors.

Please take a look at this great fan page -   WSP seniors fan page or Use menu link

Julie is the mastermind behind all of this - since she has attended numerous high profile conventions dedicated just to the seniors. At these conventions she studied for many days with some of the best high school photography photographers from around the US.

Aaron, Julie's son will be a senior at Cousino High school next year so he joined us as an administrator of the Fan page. It wasn't hard to find lots of fantastic models willing to have fun with us!

We had our first senior "Safari" experience with our models and everyone had a fantastic time. We photographed all day in many great locations. Aristocat Transporations helped us make the day extra special, as the models enjoyed riding in the Excursion SUV Limousine. Our driver, Ron was the best!

WSPseniors Safari in Detroit

WSP Seniors on Safari in Detroit

WSP Seniors on Safari in Detroit

Be sure to enjoy the full photo albums and the fun videos of our Safari, complete with a few video clips in the fanpage. Here's the direct link to the video:

https://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/video/video.php?v=2062120913543&oid=102276456527682&comments 

After this we had a great "Reveal" party at Blumz by JR, a floral and gift shop on Woodward Ave in Ferndale to show all of our amazing images. They had a back room that worked out just super.  Thank you SO much for your hospitality. (I'll add a few images later)

Geogianna - our top WSP senior model

Shawna , one of our top senior models

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are very excited to have many incredible fans on our new WSP Seniors Facebook Fanpage. It now has almost as many fans as our regular Wally Spice Photography fan page! (over 380)

But don't make our original fan page feel bad - we've been posting on that one too - LIKE THEM BOTH! Main Wally Spice Photography fan page or use menu link

Wally Spice Photography was the official Photographer for the PWG Bridal Show

We were the official photographers for the Perfect Wedding Guide Bridal show at Petruzzellos  recently and had a great time.  Julie took the normal candids and detail photos of the beautiful ballroom and  how much fun everyone was having. Julie and Diane Flores  had a fantastic idea this time for a special photo contest - I set up a background and photographed every bride (that wanted to0) next to the photo of the new square SE Michigan Perfect Wedding Guide magazine poster.  These are all on the fan page for Perfect Wedding Guide and the brides  and their family and freinds are going to the site,  liking it - and then finding the bride of their choice and Liking  their photo or making a comment under the photo. The bride with the most "likes" will have her wedding featured in the next issue of the Perfect wedding Guide.

I had so much fun taking the photos and often encouraged them to be a little different - as in "show me some attitude!"

110 brides ended up having their photo posted- and the competition is getting very heated. Kyleigh Roberts has 345, Nikki Earl has 344 and Gerilynn Karoub has 255! as of  March 27th - and we only go to April 1st.  Good luck ladies and have fun!

I enjoyed working with all of you, and IF you do not already have a photographer we would love to be your wedding photographer!  I am extending a special $200 off discount to anyone that books with us at Wally Spice Photography!

Give us a call and lets talk about your specific plans!

One of our weddings was featured in the the first square magazine - take a look at Lindsey and Scott and the stunning photos of  their dip in front of the Fox theater at night - part of our fun and famous  "Urban Shoot" and the other great images on pages 22 - 23. This spread was used in all the marketing for the contest as an example of what you can win!

This is the link to the Perfect Wedding Guide Fan Page - then go to Photos for the photo album

www.facebook.com/MichiganPerfectWeddingGuide

Album link with the photos

Wally Spice Photography taking the photos of the brides for the PWG bridal show.

Wally Spice Photography taking the photos of the brides for the PWG bridal show.

IWally Spice and Julie Proudfoot with Wally Spice Photography taking the photos of the brides for the PWG bridal show.

IWally Spice and Julie Proudfoot with Wally Spice Photography taking the photos of the brides for the PWG bridal show.

Wally Spice with Wally Spice Photography

Wally Spice with Wally Spice Photography

Wally Spice Photography featured wedding in Perfect Wedding Guide magazine

Wally Spice Photography featured wedding in Perfect Wedding Guide magazine

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!

Merry Christmas from our family and from Wally Spice Photography here in the Metro Detroit area!

Hope you are enjoying the Holidays and getting ready to have a very Merry Christmas. We usually celebrate Christmas Eve in the German Tradition, but this year Julie's boys wanted to go up north to be with their dad a little earlier, so we had our special dinner and get together on Tuesday.  Aaron came by early to help me clean up and cook the Rolladen.  My brother Gunther came by after work and we had a nice dinner and family time.

This is our Christmas card this year - with images from this eve and some of the other best images of 2010 both here in Michigan and Alaska where my youngest daughter Tracy lives with her family - especially my little grandson Gunther who is 4 now.

Wally's Christmas Card for 2010

ENJOY the holidays and have a very Merry Christmas from our family to yours and from Wally Spice Photography.

Food Collected for the Gleaners Food Banks in Warren Michigan

For our New Studio Open Houses, we offered a free photo with Santa and asked everyone, strictly voluntarily, to bring in some non perishable food to donate to the Gleaners Food Banks in our area. Well today we took everything in to the Warren Distribution center. We ended up with 190 pounds - which they say can feed at least 200 people! Thank you for your generosity! This is especially helpful a this time - when the temps are cold and holidays near!http://www.gcfb.org/site/PageServer?pagename=homepage

Food collected from the Wally Spice Photography Open houses for the Gleaners Food Banks

Food collected from the Wally Spice Photography Open houses for the Gleaners Food Banks

Food collected from the Wally Spice Photography Open houses for the Gleaners Food Banks

Food collected from the Wally Spice Photography Open houses for the Gleaners Food Banks

One more chance to have a free photo with Santa and see our new studio space

Our last 2 open houses for our Grand Opening of our New Studio space went very well - Thank you for your donations to the Gleaners food bank and thank you for coming in to see us.  Everyone loved Santa and their free photo and often we had a chance to take a few more candids around the studio. We had many say how much they enjoyed bringing their kids to visit Santa and many asked us if we were going to be doing it again. So...we are now answering with YES, for one last time, on Sunday, December 19th from noon until 3pm, we will be offering this again. We are asking you to bring a donation of food that we will be donating to the Gleaners Food Bank. And of course have a free photo with Santa.

Please see the details in the new flyer that I am attaching.  Hope to see you there!!

Flyer for a Santa Session at Wally Spice Photography Studio

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