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23 July, 2009 – 11:15 am
The studio will be closed through July 30th. We will answer your calls and emails when we return on August 4th, 2009.
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1 April, 2009 – 12:04 am
Did you know that:
• One in eight Americans is at risk of hunger?
• Four million Americans receive assistance from Feeding America each week?
• Children who are hungry have slower emotional, social and educational development?
• Millions of elderly Americans go to bed hungry every night?
For many people, the economic crisis has become personal and critical. Here in Metro Detroit, many of our neighbors have become jobless, homeless, and hungry. Statewide, the food insecurity rate is 12.2 percent. Sadly, this is nearly matched by an unemployment rate of 11.6 percent, one of the highest in the nation.
Today, bloggers across the country are joining together in an effort to raise awareness of the problem of hunger in America. We are participating in this effort by asking those of you who can do so to consider making a donation to Feeding America, formerly known as Second Harvest. Feeding America is a national food bank with 200 member banks nationwide. (If you are in the Ann Arbor area and you need assistance, please contact Food Gatherers. )
The need is urgent and your help is much appreciated.
24 March, 2009 – 1:32 pm
My recent maternity/boudoir posts have prompted a few of you to ask a very legitimate question: what’s up with the headless women?
I have to tell you: I feel you on that. Totally. I am definitely not a proponent of the Disembodied Woman School of Photography.
OK, it’s not that I’ve never shot body parts or unidentifiable nudes, but, generally speaking, I find it ridiculous as far as portfolio material goes. (And what is a photographer’s blog if not a portfolio?) I regularly tell my clients that beauty knows no age, weight or dress size and is something to be celebrated. But we live in a ridiculous era when a size 12 woman is considered “plus size”, places like the GAP and J Crew refuse to serve larger customers in their brick and mortar stores, and otherwise intelligent people still get their knickers in a knot over anything more than a brief glimpse of skin. On top of all that, for most women there is more than enough body shame to go around. Believe me; I have no desire to contribute to the problem. I have shot hundreds of gorgeous photos that I’d love to share with all of you, but unfortunately I can’t. Am I disappointed? You bet I am.
The thing is, I have clients who want to protect their privacy and who, therefore, restrict the ways in which I can use their maternity and boudoir pictures. Respecting their wishes is a condition of being in business, and even if I am not always happy about it, I do have to comply. Trust is an integral part of the relationship whenever you photograph anyone.
So in answer to your questions, no, the photos that you have recently seen on this site do not signal a post-feminist return to the concept of woman as chattel, object, or anything of the kind. Nor have I become a prude. I’m just a girl with a camera, trying to keep her clients happy and avoid unemployment at the same time. Believe me; right now, this is not as easy as it may sound.
Now because I hate the idea of posting without a picture, here’s a little eye candy to get you through the day. Make sure to come back for tomorrow’s casting call and to read all about how you can get some fabulous free photos for yourself.
Until then . . .
11 March, 2009 – 2:01 am
Dan and Rachel aren’t getting married until next February, but Rachel loves winter and wanted to make sure that she had snow in her engagement pictures. Well — as the saying goes, be careful what you wish for! We braved what may have been the last big snowstorm of the winter to photograph these two at home in Troy, at several locations Downtown Birmingham, and at the beautiful Townsend Hotel. We have so many great pictures that this sneak peek is going to require two posts — a first in Studio Sinead history! So make sure to come back for Part 2 on Thursday. We had a terrific time with Dan and Rachel, Rachel’s lovely mother, Dr. Denise, and Coco, the wonder dog. We’re definitely looking forward to their wedding next year, but we don’t mind waiting for more snow. We’d like to take a moment to send a huge thank you to Elaine, the mom of former Studio Sinead bride Jen Smith Waxberg, for sending Rachel our way. We’re truly touched by your vote of confidence.
Enjoy the photos!
29 January, 2009 – 5:13 pm
I’m so sad to report that Conde Nast has announced the closing of Domino Magazine, effective next month.
With the demise of Blueprint, House and Garden, Cottage Living, and O at Home, Domino has remained an exquisitely bright spot in the world of shelter and design magazines. I asked for, and received, their new book about home decor as a Christmas gift and I have been thoroughly enjoying it as I looked forward forward to future issues of the publication. At a time when the economy has forced many of us to renew our focus on home, family life, and what the French so aptly call the art of living, it is doubly disturbing to learn of Domino’s untimely end. I will miss the well written articles, inspiring ideas, and, above all, Melanie Acevedo’s gorgeous photographs.
As a long-term subscriber, I can only hope that Conde Nast will reconsider this very sad decision.
20 January, 2009 – 2:10 pm
20 January, 2009 – 1:56 am
Morning in America. At last.
Today is a day I never thought I’d live to see. I plan to enjoy every last second of it and I sincerely hope that you will do the same. Whatever your politics or beliefs, we are all witness to history today.
The studio will re-open tomorrow.
19 January, 2009 – 10:00 am
We will be celebrating Dr. King’s birthday today with our traditional day of community service . If any of you are unfamiliar with Dr. King’s landmark speech, see the video below. (Gotta love You Tube!)
We will also be closed tomorrow as we savor the inauguration of Barack Obama. It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood!
23 December, 2008 – 7:54 pm
We want to wish you all a safe and wonderful holiday season. The studio will be closed from today through January 5th, 2009. However, if you are a newly engaged 2009 bride (or groom) to be, please feel free to email us if you would like to talk to us about photographing your wedding. We will be checking email and one of us will get back to you as soon as possible.
Thanks so much for your friendship and support. We appreciate each and every one of you and look forward to working with friends both old and new in the coming year.