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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Lilac House Bed & Breakfast Mackinac Island, Michigan

The Lilac House Bed & Breakfast will be opening for the 2011 season May 6th.

Step back in time, spend a leisurely vacation in historic accommodations at “The Lilac House Bed and Breakfast”.

A block  from the boat docks, on the corner of Market and Astor Streets on beautiful Mackinac Island.

So much history to see on Mackinac Island.

A little background on “MACKINAC”.  The name is pronounced  “Mackinaw” and is Chippewa Indian for “Turtle”.  An apt  description, since the Island, when viewed from a distance,  resembles a partially-submerged turtle with a semi-flat shell.

and of course Lilacs everywhere…

For additional information visit the link below:

http://www.lilachousebedandbreakfast.com

or call 305-304-0320 to make a reservation.

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Mission Point Resort Bridal Show Mother’s Day May 8th 2011

Mission Point Resort Bridal Show Sunday Mother’s Day May 8th, 2011

10:00 to 1:00 pm

All you need to plan a Memorable Mackinac Island Wedding under one roof!

Admission is free!

• Meet with Local Vendors: Photography By Blair
• Meet our Professional Event and Catering Staff
• View our Lovely Function Spaces
• Enjoy Beautiful Mission Point Resort

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Looking forward to meeting all the Brides that are planing on having there Wedding on Mackinac Island.

A few Wedding pictures at Mission Point Resort.

Beautiful Lawn area.

On the putting course with the ponds.

The Gazebo is so Beautiful for your special day.

There are so many venues on the grounds of Mission Point Resort for beautiful pictures memories of your Wedding Day at Mission Point Resort. Feel free to call me with any questions on the up coming Bridal Show.

231-631-2002.

info@photosbyblair.com / www.photosbyblair.com

Reservations Call: 1-800-833-7711


Northern Michigan Sunset Times 2011

Sunsets are very important to many Brides & Grooms as part of there Wedding day. Below are the sunset times for the 2011 Wedding season for Northern Michigan.

April 30th, 2011 – 8:42

May 15th, 2011 – 8:59

May 30th, 2011 – 9:13

June 15th, 2011 – 9:23

June 30th, 2011 – 9:25

July 15th, 2011 – 9:20

July 30th, 2011 – 9:06

Aug 15th, 2011 – 8:45

Aug 30th, 2011 – 8:21

Sept 15th, 2011 – 7:53

Sept 30th, 2011 – 7:26

Oct 15th, 2011 – 7:00

Oct 30th, 2011 – 6:38


If you would like the exact time on your Wedding day in northern Michigan give me a call at 231-631-2002

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Pure Michigan Governor’s Conference on Tourism 2011

Michigan Lodging & Tourism Association.  The Pure Michigan Governor’s Conference, Kalamazoo, MI  March 20-21-22, 2011.

It was a pleasure and honor to photograph this great event again this year. The three day conference was motivating, inspiring and showed a tremendous positive attitude toward the future of Michigan. All three days were packed with events and speakers that seem to see things moving forward in Michigan. Very positive outlook on all the new Pure Michigan’s promotional campaign adds that are delivering a beautiful vacation destination and we are ready with open arms to show them our warm and summertime fun hospitality.

Governor Rick Snyder speaking at the award banquet. So many hard working people in our state deserve the awards they all received.

From the opening welcome at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts,

to the many dignitary’s that came and spoke at the conference.

George Zimmermann, Debbie Stabenow,  SteveYencich,

and of course our Governor Rick Snyder.

Some of the awards recipients included:

Tricia Lee Decker, Gail Anthony,  Stephen Carmen

Dan Musser & Ken Hayward from the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.  (picture below)

I look forward to 2012 conference in Grand Rapids, tell then, a “Spactabulas” summer to all who live and visit in our beautiful state of Michigan.

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2010 Michigan Weddings

Traveling through out Michigan from Grand Rapids to Mackinac Island, the 2010 Wedding season was fabulous. It was a pleasure meeting so many beautiful people. Everyone comes from different walks of life but Wedding Celebrations are special, the different personalities are so enlightening, the smiles are addicting as depicted in the following pictures.  If you are still searching for a photographer for 2011 season we still have a few weekend dates open on the calendar. Feel free to contact us at 231-631-2002 or info@photosbyblair.com

Nick & Chalice / July 17th, 2010 / Grand Rapids, MI

A beautiful day, downtown Grand Rapids for these Newlyweds. Great group of friends for the Wedding party and ready to have fun with the camera.  It’s so important to let the kids relax and the camera will do the rest with an artistic touch of experience.

“GORGIOUS!!!! Steven Blair, we just love our pictures. They are so captivating and reflecting the feeling that was shared that day. Thank you so very much.”

Nick & Chalice / July 17th, 2010 / Grand Rapids

A Beautiful Sunset for Nick & Chalice at there reception that evening.

Nick & Chalice / July 17th, 2010 / Grand Rapids

There’s nothing like a “Beach Wedding”. Traverse City and the west side of Michigan as we call it “The Third Coast” has the most beautiful beaches anywhere. The venues are the ticket to a safe beach wedding so keep that in mind

Park Shore Resort is one of those special venues.

Michelle & Jeff / Sept 12th, 2010 / Traverse City on the Beach

Megan & Jeff / Sept 12th, 2010 / Traverse City

Michelle & Jeff / Sept 12th, 2010 / Traverse City on the Beach.

Michelle & Jeff / Sept 12th, 2010 / Traverse City on the Beach

Downtown Traverse City, a difference place, a different time, in the city. The old Opera house was the venue for this unique wedding. Walked to the Bay, the Boardman river, to photograph my different acting styles.  This group are actors from the Old Town Playhouse, Traverse City, MI

Jane & Keith / 10-10-10 / Downtown Traverse City.

Reflections: There are so many possibilities.  Pick your lines.

Jane & Keith / 10-10-10 / Traverse City, MI

Shady Lane Cellars is located on a historic 150-acre farm between Traverse City and Suttons Bay on the Leelanau Peninsula.  Strategically situated to benefit from the meso climate created by Lake Michigan and Grand Traverse Bay, it is a prime vineyard site and a spectacular wedding venue.

Allen &Tiffanie / Sept 18th, 2010 / Leelanau County Winery

Timberlee Hills nestled in the hills of Leelanau County just north west of Traverse City is a quite venue with breath taking views of Lake Leelanau and the hills that surround this property are like non other.

Liz & Patrick / Oct 16th, 2010 / TimberLee Hills / Leeanau County

The Homestead Resort, Glen Arbor, Leelanau county.

Katelin & Jeff / Oct 8th, 2010 / The Homestead Glen Arbor

Katelin & Jeff / Oct 8th, 2010 / The Homestead

Old Mission Peninsula Wine country. A great place to photograph your Wedding party at any one of your favorite Winery’s on the Old Mission Peninsula.

Holly & Dan / Nov 13th, 2010 / Traverse City, Mi & Honor, MI

Holly & Dan / Nov 13th, 2010 / Traverse City & Honor, MI

Holly & Dan / Nov 13th, 2010 / Traverse City & Honor,MI

Holly & Dan / Nov 13th, 2010 / Traverse City & Honor,MI

Holly & Dan / Nov 13th, 2010 / Traverse City & Honor MI

Nov 13th ends the season with a fall Wedding on the shores of Grand Traverse Bay on the Old Mission Peninsula. (33) Weddings, (5) Engagements, (4) Family Reunions. Looking forward to the new adventures in the 2011 Wedding season.

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2010 Weddings on Mackinac Island

A Fabulous Season for Brides & Grooms in 2010.

Photographing Weddings from Mackinac Island to Grand Rapids and all of Northern Michigan makes this a beautiful career.  Smiling faces and happy hearts  motivates my artistic talents. The weather was very kind to us and the summer lasted tell October.  The pictures in this set are “Destination Weddings on Mackinac Island” at  the Grand Hotel, Mission Point Resort, Island House, Inn at Stonecliffe, Little Stone Church and St. Anne’s Church.

Danielle & Andrew 8-15-10 Mackinac Island, MI


Christine & Brandan  7-31-10 Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island, MI


Danielle &  Andrew 8-15-10  Mission Point Resort, Mackinac Island, MI


Kristin & Steve 8-14-10 Mission Point Resort, Mackinac Island, MI


Stacy & Craig  7-25-10  Mission Point Resort, Mackinac Island, MI


Melissa & Joe 6-23-10 St. Anne’s  Church, Mackinac Island, Mi


Megan & Young 8-27-10 Island House,  Mackinac Island, MI


Tami & Eric  7-11-10  Grand Hotel. Mackinac Island, MI

Additionally, my Gallery on Mackinac Island was surprisingly busy and many potential brides stopped in and I had the opportunity to view my work up-front and personal. I really enjoyed the opportunity. It was a banner year for me totaling (33) Weddings, (5) Wedding Engagements, three of which were surprises, I really enjoy the surprise engagements, (4) Family Reunions, (2)  Graduation parties, and (2) Conferences, including the “Pure Michigan Governors Conference” held at the Grand Hotel last May. I have been commissioned again to photograph the 2011 conference in Kalamazoo in March. I will highlight that later in the blog.


Mackinac Island Lilac Festival

61st Annual Mackinac Island Lilac Festival  June 11 to 20th, 2010

As spring slips in to summer the Mackinac Lilac Festival lures visitors with the fragrant scent of several varieties of lilacs including some that date back to more than 150 years. Horse drawn carriages clip-clop down the streets while a different  life style you have to see to believe still exists.

The idea: bring people to Mackinac Island to enjoy a great horse drawn parade amidst the lovely lilacs that fragrance the Island in June.

From June 11-20 the event offers nightly live entertainment, wine tasting, movies and even a street hockey tournament. Register to enter the Mackinac Island Lilac Festival Golf Tournament at the Grand Hotel Jewel golf course. Choose from many tour offerings from the Governor’s mansion, gardens and Island architecture.

Stay for a day or make reservations for a Mackinc Island Lilac Festival hotel or inn package. Take a carriage ride or just rent a bike and take your own tour of magnificent Mackinac Island in full bloom.

What began as a one day event called the Mackinac Island Lilac Day has blossomed into a Lilac heaven. A ten day festival. Celebrating Mackinac’s lilac collection began in 1949 after a conversation with Evangilene “Ling” Horn and Nurse Stella King who encouraged the then teen and today’s Mackinac Island Carriage Tours veterinarian Dr. Bill Chambers to have a parade on Lilac Sunday.

Let the festival begin.

For more festival pictures visit:

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=11770&id=106126789411655&ref=pb

Visit http://www.mackinacislandlilacfestival.org/index2.php

for additional up-dated information.


Prom Celebrations

Last weekend May 22, 2010 was Mackinac Island’s Prom and they joined with Beaver Island

and Grand Maris for there Prom celebration at Mission Point Resort on beautiful Mackinac Island.

You can’t ask for a better way to make your entrance but from a horse and buggy.

As you can see the weather was close to perfect and a great night was starting.

We spent about an hour taking photographs at the Gazebo and having some teenage fun.

What is a Prom?

A Prom means a Promenade Concert, or a concert where part of the audience stands in a “promenade” area of the hall.

Weather your prom is on Mackinac Island or anywhere,  your memories or priceless at this time of your life.  Having this time documented in picture form is memories, memories, memories.

I know all the kids had great time at there prom and wish them all the beat in there future endeavors.

King & Queens:

When I left at 9:30 they were dancing the night away.


The Bachelor Party Photography

You must be very careful as a photographer when considering photographing a bachelor party outing.  I have photographed many through the years and so far I have enjoyed them all.  I just returned from a weekend bachelor party in Grand Rapids. It was a super weekend.  Started Friday afternoon in the backyard of the grooms house playing Frisbee and Baseball, then to a baseball game at 5th 3rd Ballpark Friday night.   The weather was perfect for outside activities.

Bachelor Gifts in these cases: Watches

5th 3rd Ballpark

The Groomsmen

Saturday morning tee-off time at 9:30am was just the start of the day.

The Ball and Chain.

The boys had 3 trick golf balls, (1) a smoke ball, (2) a streamer and (3) a sand ball.  When you hit the sand ball it never moved in a straight line.  Great gags. Click on the link below to watch the smoke ball.

Nick & Chalice BH Party SBlair (302)

Groom, Groomsmen, and Users.

Then off to Paintball in the afternoon.

Paint Ball mania.

Click on link below to see video.

Nick’s Bachelor Paintball Party SBlair (425)

Groom in white as Paintball Man

The day ended with dinner and a party at the Grooms house.  I’ll save those pictures for the Bride & Groom’s porfolio.

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Engagement Photography Sessions

One of the most significant events in any woman’s life is her engagement, a time when she accepts a proposal of marriage from her beloved. As a sign of his love and commitment to her, she can expect to receive an engagement ring, a sparkler that she will cherish the rest of her life.

Engagement Ring

Your engagement photography session with your photographer should be giggles of fun.  It’s a time that you can reflect on your courtship and the personality’s you two have created together.  I so much enjoy photographing couples that are ready to just have fun and let the camera work with your relationship.   The time we spend together during this session helps me learn more about you two so I can better understand your inspirations for your Wedding day.  All the decisions you make  planning your special day, your photographer is the one who will capture all the beauty, your  emotions, the romance,  joy and the art of your Wedding day that will last for a life time.  Your engagement pictures can be the start of the your celebration for your family and friends.

Engagement Photoshoot

80% of the Weddings I photograph are destination Weddings so most of the engagement sessions are a place that most Bride and Grooms have never been before. It’s so important the the photographer know the venue so you feel as relaxed as possible.  The photographer should set the mood to help the couple feel like there at home. I travel all over Michigan but mostly the Bride & Groom will travel north to  Traverse City, Petoskey, Mackinac Island, Northern Michigan, to take advantage of the Great Lake beaches and sunsets.

Engagement Pictures

I so much enjoy photographing couples that are ready to just have fun and let the camera work with your relationship.

Engagement Pictures

Sunrises to Sunsets: I will work with you at any time of the day.

Engagement Pictures

Engagement Pictures

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