Go check them out!
The Park Shelton, 15 E Kirby St
Detroit, MI, 48202
Thank you to all who bought the book and for your support. All the positive comments have been so overwhelming, I am so glad I’ve had the opportunity to create conversation about the city and inspire.
I can’t believe its done, where did the time go!?! I worked on it for 10 months now we get to enjoy it. haha Really I have to thank Jeremy for putting up with my craziness. Some of the photos that I shot where not in the greatest areas to be in, kinda drove him nervous when I told him what I was doing.
I love this house and I remember it so well. I have a ton of memories here for being so young. One of the most visual memories I have is watching the Detroit fire works out the back door, being able to see them through trees and the Ambassador bridge. Another great memory is playing a lot in the backyard, yes back then it was a little safer to play in the back yard.
I think the biggest accomplish with this book is getting the chance to make people a little more aware of the current state of the city. I wanted to see as much as I could and photograph ALL I could. There are good parts and bad parts just like any city. There is so much focus on Detroit right now and the truth; most of the city has been corrupt for a very long time. It didn’t happen over night.
Really I was amazed every time we went down there with the BIZARRE stuff seen or heard. The things that go on throughout the city. I would say its defiantly unique.
I love the history of the city and it took me a long time to grow into it. I guess thats part of growing up. ha! Im very thankful that I got to do this project, I also have to thank Erin for being able to get out there with me and photograph.
Please check out the book preview and the new website ENJOY DETROIT. Its a great photo book to have on your desk or coffee table. Its more than 50 pages in color, some of the places include the Michigan Central Train Station, Packard Plant, Downtown, and Heidelberg Project. Now available for ordering.
This September is the first blogiversary. I created the blog last September, trying to figure out what I was going to post. At the time I had built my first website for an online clothing store. At the time it was a great idea to use the blog to host shopping specials from the clothing site.
This past winter the blog started to take shape with posts and photos. After I designed my main website, I linked both sites together. From there I made the decision to form the blog about design and photography.
As the blog continues to grow, I hope you continue to follow the posts. I also really hope that you enjoy the topics. Please feel free to comment; I LOVE to read your comments. Now sit back and watch the blog grow.
Jeremy completely surprised me! I literally had no idea. I LOVE surprises, he did such a good job keeping it a secret. Plus I loved how he planned it out and the story behind it. I was very happy and impressed.
Here’s the story….
He told me he wanted to go to downtown Detroit and take some photos, I was very excited about spending time together and just taking photos. It was early afternoon on the river front by the Renaissance Center. A lot of people out enjoying the very HOT day in the sun, at Hart Plaza there was live music playing and kids running around. We watched boats out on the water, just enjoying the moment. I was snapping away with my camera but Jeremy didn’t take his camera out of his bag for any photos, at the time it did seem a little strange to me. He’s also a big photo fanatic.
At Hart Plaza there is an area with cement blocks that are at different heights, perfect for photo taking with the GM renaissance center in the background. Jeremy takes my camera and asks me sit on one of the high blocks and starts snapping away.
The BIG moment…
He grabs his camera bag, comes over down in front of me. Pulls out a black box from his camera bag. Now I know why he never opened his bag till now. He says: I have a surprise for you, I’m asking a lot for you to move with me and I brought you downtown for more than photos, I brought you here for the irony behind the story of leaving our hometown. I want to spend the rest of my life with you and Im asking you start a life with me out of state. Will you marry me?
Of course I said YES! I had my sunglasses it was so bright, I had tears in my eyes but really I couldn’t stop smiling. haha! He explained the ring and how he found it. Its a placement ring that one of my very close family members helped him out with. She assured him that I would LOVE it! She asked me over and over if we had the same size ring finger. One time last year we were trying on rings so she mentioned that time, just to make sure we did have the same size. The best part is that she had rings sitting out on her counter and I started trying them out without even knowing that it was a setup.
I LOVE it! Its such a conversation piece and really reflects us. When Jeremy pulled it out, it was so bright outside it twinkled in the sunlight. Its glass blown with flakes of silver. It came from a company called TRE Really the plan is to design a ring together. We both are designers so we want to do something with our taste and style.
After that big surprise he pulled out another surprise from his camera bag. It was a brand new lens for my camera. I cant explain the excitement. A new addition to my camera, we both started taking photos with it, some of the ring and each other. He said he wanted to make an investment in my freelance company and take my photography to a higher level. I couldn’t believe it, I was SO impressed and excited.
Some kids had come around and asked me take a photo with their camera. So I had to ask them to return the favor with my camera. We told them we just got engaged!
We had a AWESOME day. Just the two of us spent the rest of the afternoon on lake St. Claire, watching the boats at a really cool restaurant. Our good friends has us over to their house for a nice celebration. I’ll never forget that. Jeremy made it such a great day.
The opportunity for me to move out of state has come my way again. I seem to keep the track record of moving every six months, this time Im headed southwest to the Davenport, Iowa area. I don’t like to get to personal on blog posts for professional reasons but I thought I would add this as a part of my life. Detroit is my home and always will be but for some reason I keep finding my self as a free spirit. You can count of me coming back, there are plenty of reasons to head back to the D. I do plan on still taking photoshoot appointments that are Michigan based. Just ask and we can set something up. As far as design, I can design anywhere with the power of the internet.
I will miss everyone so much! I LOVED being here while it lasted, my friends and family are AWESOME! That wont be forgotten. Thanks to everyone!
GRAND RAPIDS – IDSA