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First Fridays Ypsi: An Evening with Emily Fineberg

The activity last night was bustling, in and out of the studio. Emily Fineberg and her husband Zach brought in a beautiful set up of packaged books and materials for demonstration. We had some new faces and luckily, lots of families because we brought our son Tai for his first First Fridays Ypsi opening. He had a blast, especially when artist Tim Householder showed up with an arsenal of chalks for outdoor art at each FFY venue. 

Afterward, we visited our friends at Ypsilanti Running Co. and the shiny, new salon Betty Green Salon. Another great night! See you in September for Jessica Tenbusch's Lacuna: Life Through Death opening on a non First Friday (we're going out of town the week before), Thursday, September 10th. 

Ballers in the house (or Tyler Weston).

Ballers in the house (or Tyler Weston).

Stitching signatures.

Stitching signatures.

Just a few of Emily's perfectly handbound books. 

Just a few of Emily's perfectly handbound books. 

Emily and Zach chat with our dear friend Hedger. 

Emily and Zach chat with our dear friend Hedger. 

Ypsilanti Community School's superintendent Dr. Benjamin Edmondson brings a special delivery. 

Ypsilanti Community School's superintendent Dr. Benjamin Edmondson brings a special delivery. 

Jeweler Lorraine Kolasa and Bekah Wallace from  Cultivate Coffee & TapHouse admire Emily's work. 

Jeweler Lorraine Kolasa and Bekah Wallace from  Cultivate Coffee & TapHouse admire Emily's work. 

Tim Householder beautifying the sidewalk. 

Tim Householder beautifying the sidewalk. 

#FirstFridaysYpsi

#FirstFridaysYpsi

Mark Maynard and his daughter learn about the book binding process. 

Mark Maynard and his daughter learn about the book binding process. 

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Client Highlight: Dreamscapes Art Studio

Last weekend we had the privilege of photographing for a new client, Dreamscapes Art Studio and owner, Dolores Graham. The studio is above bustling Main Street in Ann Arbor and receives western exposure, with fabulous light coming through the windows. Dolores offers classes for children and adults, including a holiday workshop this Friday during Midnight Madness. Check out the studio and find out more about their events on their Facebook page.

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November 2014

In the interest of saving time and filling everyone in on the things we have coming up, I'm loading our last e-blast content here. Enjoy! 


Hello! This is the first e-mail we've sent to this lovely list of people since opening our studio. As many of you know, we had the fortune of stumbling upon a perfect little storefront in downtown Ypsilanti about seven weeks ago. Yes, just seven weeks ago! 

It has an open storefront space (for photographing), an office (for art and design consulting) and dressing room/dining nook. We snatched it up and never looked back. 

And since then, some incredible things have happened. 

  1. We attended our first First Fridays Ypsilanti just earlier this month, a circuit of venues with music, art, food, happenings on the first Friday of each tolerable un-wintery month. (There's a short break after the upcoming December 5th event). You grab a map and check out all the cool places that are hosting exhibits and offering specials. It's unique, surprising and wonderful fun for the family.
  2. Our studio opened on 11/11! Even though we're not a retail space selling wares, it was a bit of a hectic day - little sleep and lots of anxiety - about all good things! It seems the years of accumulating furniture were for this space. We just didn't know it. 9 S. Washington is a pretty sweet little spot on a corridor of downtown Ypsi that seems to literally be activating (as someone called it) day by day right before our very eyes. 
  3. On 11/20, three days after we photographed this set up, it was featured in the digital version of the New York Times. In the print version there are both styled photos we took for Skandicrush, this wonderful subscription service that sends monthly boxes filled with beautiful home wares. We're so lucky to be partnered with talented entrepreneurs with such vision. 
  4. That same night we celebrated our opening with friends and locals. It was a riot. Some of the photos can be found on our Facebook page.
  5. Nick has been really involved with Ypsilanti families and students over the last year. He worked on a photography assignment that allowed him to capture almost every family in a housing community and it moved everyone involved. That's how we came up with the idea to offer $10 Holiday Family Portraits on 11/29 Small Business Saturday. There's no reason a family shouldn't have a professional photo. We want to make these important things accessible and fun for everyone. Spread the word and the cheer! Come in with friends, family, students, colleagues...or just by yourself. All the details are here. (Pompom backdrop included)
  6. Once again, we are so excited to support Art Around Town, the business enterprise benefitting participating Ypsilanti Public School art programming. We'll be selling art through preview sales on:
  • First Fridays, Dec. 5th from 5-9 pm **We'll also be offering $20 holiday portraits that evening!**
  • Auction preview and art sale on Friday, Dec. 12th from 5-9 pm
  • Winter Auction on Saturday, Dec. 13th from 6-9 pm. Prints, paintings and sculpture will be sale and we play auctioneer! Bring the family and battle over works of art!

We didn't know what we were missing until we had the studio. Now that we do, we're thrilled to share our ideas, aesthetics and fun times with all of you. You're always welcome here. 

Be well and have a very Happy Thanksgiving! 
Best,
Yen and Nick Azzaro

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Day 05 | 06

I didn't have the energy to take or post many photos for the day we traveled to Chicago because it took us over 7 hours (including lunch in Kalamazoo) when it should've taken us closer to 5. Construction traffic was harrowing so we actually left 94 and took Michigan Avenue (12) for a while, going through Steel country in Indiana along the Lake.  

Yesterday was the first day on the shoot and it was much better. The dual building project Nick is shooting is beautiful and historic. 

 

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Green roof next to the grilling area, facing south

Green roof next to the grilling area, facing south

 

Bridge on the 16th floor, connecting the two buildings 

Bridge on the 16th floor, connecting the two buildings 

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Sawandi, the 2nd (shoot)

You remember Sawandi. We worked together back in December of last year. A truly talented and versatile young man, and I hope to work with him for years to come. 

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A Nibble of Restaurant Week and Taste of Ann Arbor 2014

Arbor Brewing Co.

Arbor Brewing Co.

Gandy Dancer

Gandy Dancer

Pacific Rim

Pacific Rim

Nick's whirlwind week of shooting Restaurant Week and Taste of Ann Arbor participants is over. Whew! Here's a sample of the absolutely delectable plates he captured. We're so proud to be a part of the local food scene here. Thanks to everyone that let him come in during your busy days and especially for the goodies! 

Conor O'Neill's

Conor O'Neill's

Weber's

Weber's

Note: These were all mini sessions which Nick captured with his specially made handheld lighting system. Our full styling and food photo shoots usually take 4-10 hours. To see more samples of work, visit our Food page here

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Meet + Greet with Mayer Hawthorne

Ann Arbor native Mayer Hawthorne had the city abuzz with excitement this past Saturday as the headliner for Live on Washington, a free outdoor concert benefitting the teen center Neutral Zone. We're big fans of his latest album Where Does this Door Go, especially since I knew Mayer back during high school (which inspired much of the album) and during his days with Athletic Mic League.

It was an exceptionally beautiful day and perfect for an outdoor concert. Nick brought his set up and caught some exciting shots of the sound check, private meet and greet and group shots of the student curators. 


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Taste of Ann Arbor + Restaurant Week 2014

Over the last two and a half years, Nick has become the photographer that people trust for gooey, decadent, in-your-face food photos. So when we started thinking about who we wanted to partner with this upcoming season, it made sense to work with Main Street Area Association. Maura Thomson not only oversees the bustling Restaurant Weeks (twice a year in January and June) but she also manages the logistics for Taste of Ann Arbor, a street fair that brings in thousands of people for a daylong food fest.

We're so excited to be a sponsor and the official photographer during both of these events. You'll see Nick out and about capturing the hullabaloo of the dinners and festivities as well as all the scrumptious photos on their website of the participating restaurants. We'll be working closely with chefs and owners to represent their succulent offerings from their limited menus so you know what to look forward to.

Nick will get to use the portable light set-up he created himself (more on that in a later blog) and we can share some our food styling secrets with you along the way!

When you see us out and about, stop and say hello and pose for a photo. (We'll try not to take it while you're stuffing a slider in your face). It's going to be a whirlwind Spring so check back for lots of details on the shoots and food styling!

If you're a restaurant owner or you know of a restaurant in need of professional food styling and photos, contact us now through June 2014 for a special Food Month photo shoot. 

 

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Cold? Make art.

I've had the pleasure of working with Tim Péwé (and his son Gus) multiple times now. Tim is a sculptor, welder, wood-worker, illustrator, inventor... I could keep going... Most recently I worked with Tim on one of the coldest nights of the year, in his amazing barn-turned-workspace.  Although he had his wearable wood burning stove fired up, the temp inside peaked around 45˚ (note the jackets in the pics, which were taken by Gus).

Getting approval from Tim.

Getting approval from Tim.

I've photographed many works for Tim, ranging from a larger than life skeleton to a puppet named Neandro. The objective this time: a wearable candelabra.

The shots below showcase some of the details.

Because Tim is more prolific than most artists I know, there's always something else that can be photographed. A punching bag...

Or a demon dragging a man down to hell.

I'm excited to see what's next!

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Some Bitchin' Photos: Bronston's Bitchin' Bronzer Tanning Oil

Via a networking mixer and a late, late dinner, Nick and I started hanging out with Nic, the talented and multi-faceted owner of Nolas Underground Salon. (He used to be in charge of teams in the Air Force canine unit for special assignments all over the world. 'Nuff said)! 

He's been concocting his own recipe of oil goodness over the last ten years and recently launched the concept into a full fledged business with product, it's almost good enough to eat. (I've been using oil on my face and hair for a while now, and I feel like I met him at an opportune time).  With ten essential oils including lavender, patchouli and mint, this coconut base lasted for hours on my skin and made it feel softer than my baby's bottom. 

Bronston's Bitchin' Bronzer is 16 ounces of pure, all-natural, tanning oil. Nic is NOT recommending you go out and crisp yourself. On the contrary, he's all about using the product responsibly and sensibly with tons of education to share with his clients. The sun and oil have been used for thousands of years for their healing, therapeutic qualities. We can all agree that we've been missing some Vitamin D this record-breaking winter, so what better way to get some than through healthy, non-petroleum, non-toxic products? 

For now, you can purchase this handcrafted goodness at Nolas (and make appointments with Nic and his equally talented partner Dani) and later it'll be available at southeastern Michigan vendors. Be on the look out for more campaign images as we go on this bitchin' ride with them!

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Vintage Hollywood V - Pop-Up for a Great Cause

Nick's been editing like crazy and I've been working on lots of small projects. One of which is our next pop-up. This time we're partnering with Neutral Zone for their annual fundraiser next Friday, Vintage Hollywood. In its fifth year, VH is a night of glamour (this year's theme is The Great Gatsby), food, entertainment and a great social gathering all around. Everything benefits NZ, which is an incredible teen center with a stage, music recording studio, art studio, kitchen, hang out spaces... basically everything you ever wanted when you were hanging out with your friends growing up.

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We'll be there from 7 to 9 pm photographing everyone in their best attire for a super, discounted rate of $10 each for this special night. Each participant will receive a lightly retouched and processed, digital image via email delivery. And, we'll donate a portion of the evening's proceeds to Neutral Zone. 

If you're free the night of March 7th, come out and celebrate for a great cause. Tickets are still available but they'll most likely sell out! See you there.

 

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