Hi, I'm Janet (most people call me Jan) and I am a full time professional photographer/studio owner based in the NW Ohio/SE Michigan area. I began my photography career just out of high school and have been enjoying every minute of this crazy wonderful career ever since. In the span of a "few" years, I've photographed over 3,300 weddings, tens of thousands of seniors, families, babies, pets, sports teams, corporate work, head shots, and just about anything that needed photographed.
Together with "on the job training" and many hours studying with the Masters at the prestigious Winona School of Professional Photography and at dozens of seminars and classes through the Professional Photographers of America, I've become the photographer that I am today. I am continually learning and adjusting and staying on top of the latest trends in photography, while using the knowledge that comes from experience to create the kind of work that you have dreamed of. I learned on film and I still love my Hasselblad's, but I also love the creativity of digital photography and love what I can do in Lightroom and Photoshop. I'm a great mixture of timeless, non-cheesy, fun, beautiful photographic styles, mixing every facet of each wedding or portrait to create the most wonderful end result. I want you to fall in love with your images and be proud to share them with your loved ones and friends. I want to be the one you call when you need photos, whether it be wedding, baby, family, or senior portraits. I have been blessed with the most incredible clients and I never take that blessing for granted. We have photographed everyone from Steve Forbes to Bill Monroe, the Stranahans to Lord and Lady Ravensdale of London, weddings from Toledo to Oahu, Maui, Kauai, to California, Italy, Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania ….and so many places in between! We've photographed million dollar weddings to intimate weddings held at home and everything in between, all so beautiful in every way! Traveling is fun, but I love Toledo, NW Ohio, and SE Michigan weddings, they are my mainstay. We are located 3 miles north of the state line in Lambertville, MI. (not Detroit or Ann Arbor as many think when I say that we're in Michigan!!)
I love weddings. I just love photographing weddings. I love people. I love making people look gorgeous. I love to have fun and help people relax on the most stressful day of their lives. I have spent nearly every weekend of my adult life photographing and capturing the fun and beauty and love that is a wedding. I'm not a prima donna, I won't push you around, but I will gently guide you through the times that need guidance and stay out of your way when you should be having fun. This is YOUR day and all of the attention should be yours. I love working with you, finding out what you love, making a plan, putting our heads together and seeing the end results. I feel the same whether it's a wedding , senior portrait, family session, or professional head shots. I believe that a professional photographer holds many responsibilities, whether is it capturing the love and emotions of your wedding day or finding each person's personality and beauty in their portrait session.
Weddings, Family portraiture, Seniors, Children, Newborns, you name it, I can't choose my favorite, because I love them all. Again, I work with you to make your portraits beautiful, uniquely you, and something that you will treasure.
I am past president of the Professional Photographers of NW Ohio, served on the board of the Professional Photographers of Ohio, am a member of the Professional Photographer's of Michigan. I taught photography for 33 years, and have won many, many awards for my portrait/wedding images in Ohio, Michigan, and West Virginia.
Who am I outside of photography? I am a person who will try anything I put my mind to doing. I'm fun. I'm real. I love my dog Jude, gardening, creating beautiful acoustic instruments and I've authored a book that sells on B&N and Amazon. I'm not a coffee drinker, but love water. I swim, walk, and workout nearly every day. I can't stop time, but I sure can do my best to keep ahead of it. I believe that you become old when you stop doing and I don't plan on stopping I love to laugh and joke around. I love music and play in a band whose music is played in over 56 countries and 250 radio stations. (that's in my spare time) I'm up to trying new things always. Mostly, I love people, I love helping and being a part of their joys and at times, sorrows. Life is good. Life is crazy. Life is beautiful. Life is a rollercoaster. It's life and what a blessing it is to be a part of it and so many people's stories.
God has certainly blessed my life and I am so very thankful.