Notice: After 22 years and over 900 weddings I am retiring from the wedding industry. If there are any bride and groom's that are still considering purchasing their copyrights to their pictures I'm giving one year from April 2nd 2020 to April 30th 2021. Please message me or email info@photosbyblair.com and pass this on. It has been a "Spactabulas" amazing adventure and I met so many beautiful & wonderful people on my journey photographing one of many special days of your lives. I'm humbled to have had this opportunity to be a part of your special day. I will continue to sell my freelance work online & on Facebook. Another chapter with magical, music memories from beautiful Mackinac Island, MI. To all my family and friends, I miss you all so much. PL&H.

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Biography

The past  30 years I have been working to develop a unique appreciation for the real nature of life, which has incorporated my own style of Photojournalistic Photography.

As an entertainer in my younger years I have had the opportunity to meet with many personalities and I find most of us are positive and want to be happy.  I bring these experiences every time I go for my camera.   As a member of the ISP (International Society of Photography), I have been honored with two awards in 2003 and 2005 in Washington D.C., for best achievement in Outdoor Photography.  My passion for Wedding Photography is a passion of love and creativity that captures your images for a lifetime.  As a skilled photojournalist, I will capture your  story as it unfolds naturally,  capture every moment you expect, and even some you don’t.  If you are looking for the pure essence of artistically creative photography, this  my forte.

Your wedding day is one of the most significant days of your life. Once the guests have left and dress packed away, your photos will be a connection to your friends, family, and most importantly, your love for each other. Steven Blair has captured thousands of special moments in a relaxed and professional manner.

“My camera is an extension of my personality and the poetry of the moment.

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A Few Kind Words

A Few Kind Words from Season 2009

Review Photo

Karra & Ryan Goddard

12/3/09 – This client said “Yes – I would recommend this studio.”

Steven Blair did a wonderful job of capturing the perfect moments that were shared between us, as well as between family and friends on are Wedding day! He has an excellent way of making sure he is not in the way and capturing the candid moments of your wedding day! He was very easy to talk with, work with, and he got back to us on all occasions in a timely fashion. He has an extraordinary eye for beauty and capturing the special moments of your special day! We have received so many compliments from everyone who has seen our storybook wedding album and movie. We felt very comfortable putting the most important job of our wedding in the hands of a professional, knowing in 20 years we can look back at our wedding album and watch our movie to re-live our enchanting day. We could not be happier with the pictures that were taken on our wedding day. You can tell that Steven Blair has a passion and love for his work. We would absolutely recommend Steven Blair to anyone who wants professional, candid and breath-taking photos to last a life time; photos you can be proud of.     Mr. & Mrs. Goddard / 8-28-09

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Northern Michigan Sunset Times

If you are thinking of sunset pictures the times below could be helpful.

April 1st…………………………..8:12 pm

May 1st…………………………….8:47 pm

June 1st……………………………9:22 pm

July 1st…………………………….9:33 pm

Aug 1st…………………………….9:09 pm

Sept 1st…………………………….8:19 pm

Oct 1st………………………………7:21 pm

Nov 1st………………………………6:57 pm



Mackinac Island Wedding Venders List


Mackinac Island Wedding Vendor List

Voted one of the top 10 Destination

Wedding Islands in the World.

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Wedding Vows Checklist

Suggestions for writing  your own wedding vows.

Now a healthy dose of writer’s block (not to mention fear of embarrassing yourself) has hit you squarely on the head. Don’t know how to transform your heavy, life-altering, feelings into a string of coherent words? You’re not alone — but don’t worry, your goal is within reach: Just take it one word at a time. Here’s the homework you need to do (and the questions you should ask) to make your wedding vows perfect.

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Mackinac Bridge.

Mackinac Bridge 2005

I have driven across the Mackinac Bridge 100’s of times and walked it once.

Once a year the Bridge is open for the Labor Day Walk.

The Mackinac Bridge is currently the third longest suspension bridge in the world. In 1998, the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge in Japan became the longest with a total suspension of 12,826 feet. The Great Belt Bridge in Halsskov-Sprogoe, Denmark, which also opened in 1998, is the second longest suspension bridge in the world with a total suspension of 8,921 feet. The Mackinac Bridge is the longest suspension bridge in the western hemisphere.

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Wedding Planning List #1

Wedding Planning List

This checklist will help you in planning the most important day of your life. Feel free to print it out and give copies to those helping to plan your wedding.

6-12 Months

  • Choose the kind of wedding you will have, date and time.
  • Discuss the budget, and who will pay for what.
  • Consider hiring a wedding coordinator.
  • Make arrangements with the officiator.
  • Reserve the wedding and reception locations.
  • Select your wedding dress, veil and accessories.
  • Choose the bridesmaids, groomsmen, ushers, and honored roles.
  • Have a formal black/white photo sitting for announcements.
  • Send announcements of your engagement to your fiancé’s and your local and hometown newspapers.
  • Meet with the florist, photographer, caterer, videographer, and D.J. or entertainment to discuss budgets and options.
  • Discuss the guest list with fiancé and families.
  • Plan reception music.
  • Contact a rental coordinator for equipment reservations.
  • Discuss honeymoon and reservations. (Traditionally the groom makes all the honeymoon arrangements.)
  • Arrange for time off work, if necessary.
  • Buy a wedding planner and envelopes to store brochures and notes.
  • Develop record-keeping system for invitations, gifts, and thank-you notes.

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Mackinac Island Weddings

If you are considering a Destination Wedding, Mackinac Island is one of the top 10 locations in the U.S., and the top three in Michigan.  I have had the pleasure of photographing over 400+ Weddings on Mackinac Island since 1997.  The venues are spectacular and the views are breathtaking.  As I look back at the last 13 years there is not one wedding that was uneventful.  The atmosphere and the anticipation from the brides make for a beautiful celebration.  It truly is a

“Somewhere in Time” destination.

Steven Blair, We just wanted to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for creating the most perfect wedding memories. Being out of state, we searched high and low for the best photographer for our wedding on Mackinac Island. We went to the wedding expo on the island, clicked through so many websites, and thumbed through a plethora of brochures. When we saw your site, we knew you were “our photographer.” We chose you because we could see the thought and the love shine through every picture that you took. Your passion for photography comes through each and every photo that you take. During the entire process (planning, and executing the photos), your demeanor, professionalism, and overall personality made you a pleasure to work with. Everyone who sees our wedding album comments how beautiful the pictures are and how they look like they could be stills from a movie. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!


Mackinac Island History

I have four generations from Mackianc Island.  The LaPine Family. My mother Dr. Mercedes A. LaPine  N.D.was the last to be born on my side of the family on the Island.  I have spent every summer on the Island since I was two years old.  My summers now are spent photographing Weddings on the Island.  Below are some facts about:

Mackinac or Mackinaw?

The name Michilimackinac, the place of the “Great Turtle”, was first given to Mackinac Island for its shape and was eventually given to the entire Straits of Mackinac region. In time, certainly by the 1820s, it was shortened to Mackinac. The founders of Mackinaw City opted for the phonetic “aw” spelling, probably as a way to distinguish their town from Mackinac Island for confused postal carriers.

Today Mackinaw City retains the “aw” spelling while the bridge, straits and island steadfastly cling to the “ac” spelling. No matter how it is spelled, however, it is always pronounced Mackinaw!

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Welcome to my Blog.

I moved to Northern Michigan in 1968, then to Traverse City  in 1977 which has been my home for over 30 years and spend most of my summers on Mackinac Island. The beauty of this area and the surroundings landscapes allow me to bring out my artistic talents in Freelance and Wedding Photography.

Twelve years ago a good friend, a seasoned photographer in his own right, offered me this suggestion. While viewing my photography he was amazed on the detailed, clean, artistic, but modern language that he experienced while viewing my compositions. “Your passion shows in every picture you shoot”. To entertain is a big part of a your event and celebration. I look for the challenge of the moment. The passion of people. The smiles that transpires from a celebration.

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