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
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.
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Reservations Call: 1-800-833-7711
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
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 email@example.com
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.”
A Beautiful Sunset for Nick & Chalice at there reception that evening.
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.
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
Reflections: There are so many possibilities. Pick your lines.
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.
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.
The Homestead Resort, Glen Arbor, Leelanau county.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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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:
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.
Saturday morning tee-off time at 9:30am was just the start of the day.
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.
Then off to Paintball in the afternoon.
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The day ended with dinner and a party at the Grooms house. I’ll save those pictures for the Bride & Groom’s porfolio.
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.
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.
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.
I so much enjoy photographing couples that are ready to just have fun and let the camera work with your relationship.
Sunrises to Sunsets: I will work with you at any time of the day.
It may seem obvious but it is so very important for a model to choose the right photographer. Most photographers have a certain style to which they always stay true to so, for the model to do this research is essential. Simply reviewing the photographer’s portfolio and trusting that gut feeling about what is there can be a great guide. Personality for me is one of the the most important bonds between the photographer and model. Without that bond it will be very hard to feel comfortable in front of the lens and it will show in the photographs.
Communication and Planning Between Model and Photographer
Even a quick casual meeting before the shoot builds chemistry and trust or provides the warning signs to cancel for either of the participants. With communication the model has a better idea about the photo shoot, more ideas to contribute and a chance to rehearse.
Planning is equally important to the photographer to ensure fresh new images and less dependency to find inspiration for every picture during the shoot. Some plans are never carried out, some plans become great photo shoot ideas or even evolve into something unexpected through improvisation.
Model Release – Ownership and the Use of the Photographs
This is not a cut and dry issue but one thing is certain: the photographer automatically owns all photos taken.
The future use of the photos can be determined by the type of release signed. Most importantly who can sell the photos and the possible changes in ownership of the photos.
There can be as many types of releases as photo shoots. It is up to the model and the photographer to agree on the terms. If a model refuses to sign a release the photographer has every right and a very good reason not to photograph that model.
Most photographers do not do photo shoots without a model release. The model release is not written to take advantage of the model, it is there to protect the interests of both parties.