Senior Photography - Rianne


September signals the end of Summer, the return to school, and, for High School Seniors, a seminal point in their High School careers:  Senior Pictures!

We have had the opportunity to photograph Rianne on numerous occasions, so when she asked RCP to do her Senior Pictures, we were happy to do so.  We asked that she roll out of the sack early (a difficult task for a High School person in late summer), and we were shooting a little after 8:00am. 

Here are some of the many images we created for her:





                                         Two more favorites



              And a few more ...




                  And a Collage we put together for Basketball


Rianne was very pleased with the final results, and we were happy to have had the opportunity to photograph her!

Until next time!


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Wedding Photography RCP style


Every now and then Robert Charles Photography has the privilege to work with a family over the course of a number of years.  This is the case with Jessica. 

A number of years ago, we had the opportunity to photograph Jessica for her Senior Pictures.  Later we created a family portrait for her family.  Still later, we photographed her brother Cory's Senior Pictures.  And just a few weeks ago we had the chance to photograph her wedding. 

Jessica was a delight to work with!  She and her (now) husband, Kyle, gave us the opportunity to create images which will be treasured for the rest of their lives.  Here are some of those images:



              Here's Jessica on her Wedding Day!


         Classic Jessica                                                                                      Jessica & Kyle exchange glances


         Outside, before her Ceremony!      


 Here is a quick 30 snippet from her day! 

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Classic, Elegant Wedding Photography in Lansing, MI? You bet!


Weddings are one of the most memorable events in a person's life, and the memories we have and share are kept fresh in our minds with incredible Wedding Day photography. 

Despite the influx of photo enthusiasts eager to try their hand at preserving lifetime memories, experienced Professional Wedding Photographers offer something which new "point and shooters" cannot:  Beautifully crafted images. 

Just think ... a Bride will spend hour upon hour pouring over a myriad of details for her Day.  And how will it be remembered?  In the photographs she treasures for years to come.     

Robert Charles Photography specializes in Classic, Elegant Wedding Photography by creating images which uphold a tradition of quality.  Your Wedding Day deserves nothing less.

Just 2 weeks ago we photographed Robin and Jeff's June Wedding.  We were happy to have played a small part in their exceptional day!  Some of their images appear below. 






       Another look - with "Painter's Touch"                                     Jeff - ready to go



       We photographed Robin & Jeff with our              And stopped at park on the way to the

              unique "Aisle Series".                                                      reception


                           Classic, Elegant Wedding Photography




                                 There's nothing better!


Until next time,


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Hi-Res DVDs


If you've read earlier RCP posts, you may have read some of our Tips and Suggestions if you are planning an upcoming wedding.

Today I wanted to mention a subject which has been largely ignored, but which may be of great importance to you as you survey the myriad of options available today in Wedding Photography.

Frequently we hear future Brides ask if a High Resolution (Hi-Res) DVD comes with a Package.  A Hi-Res DVD grants the Bride and Groom the right to print as many images as they desire.  On its face, this sounds like a great idea; however, if you look a little deeper, you can avoid "Pitfall #11".

With the advent of Digital Capture, Brides are often deluged with a proliferation of images taken on their Wedding Day.  Almost invariably, little - if anything - is done to adjust, enhance and retouch them.  To do so would require 15-18 hours of studio time per wedding - and that is NOT going to happen with a large Studio which may photograph as many as 4-8 weddings in a given week.  Most Studios will choose perhaps a dozen images - out of the hundreds and hundreds captured - and use those as representative samples from your wedding.

Bridal "guides" have not yet picked up on the fact that if you obtain a Hi-Res DVD of your images you will undoubtedly be receiving a "rough draft" version of your images which are not (yet) fit to be printed!

One Studio has solved this problem by placing an asterisk next to the offer for a Hi-Res DVD.  When traced to the bottom of the pamphlet, the reader finds:  "Studio does not warrant or guarantee the quality of images printed from this DVD".

 The bottom line?  Know what you are going to be receiving if you intend to print your own prints from a Hi-Res DVD!

At RCP, we take the time to adjust, enhance and retouch every image before you see them to make them "Lab-Ready".  Hi-Res DVD's from RCP are manicured to bring them to the state of beauty which you expect to find in finer Wedding Photography.  Here are a couple of examples from a wedding just a two weeks ago:


                    Here is the image our Bride received




                       This is the original - before enhancing and retouching.


Let me ask you:  Which one do you prefer? 


On a wedding day, our Brides go to great lengths to find the perfect dress, have their hair done, and pay close attention to countless nuances to make sure they look their best.  Shouldn't your Wedding Images show you in the best possible light also?

Here are a couple more side-by-side images:


                     "Lab-Ready" image                              Image without enhancing and retouching   


Here is the bottom line:  If you are interested in obtaining a Hi-Res DVD, be sure you know what you will be receiving! 

Here are some suggestions:

  • If you are intent on obtaining a Hi-Res DVD, avoid Photographers who "shoot and burn" or "shoot and post".  These images will be in "rough draft" form and not suitable for printing
  • Ask your Photographer if ALL images from your Wedding Day will be adjusted, enhanced, and retouched
  • Be sure that all your Wedding Day images are "Lab-Ready" 


 If you have further questions regarding Hi-Res DVD's, feel free to email Robert Charles Photography at .   We're here to help!






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Wedding Photography - Family


It's not often that you are called upon to photograph the wedding of a Family member.  However a few weeks ago, studio owner Rob Annis had the privilege of photographing one of his nephews, Kevin, and his fiancee, Amanda.


Having photographed hundreds of weddings, I set only one ground rule:  "During the course of the day, you are not allowed to call me "Uncle Rob".  (It would have been ... just too wierd)  


Here are a few of their images!


                            Amanda & Kevin                                       We applied a small amount of "Painter's Touch"

                                                                                                             to both of these images



                           We used the back yard of one of the Groomsmen.  

                     A small amount of Watercoloring was added for texturing


                                                                  This is one of my favorites.


All of these images are "Created Images".  All too often, Brides walk away from their weddings with nothing more than a collection of snapshots.  Robert Charles Photography is a strong believer in creating images which stand alone as a testiment to the beauty of the Bride and Groom's Wedding Day.


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Graduating at Michigan State

A couple of weeks ago, Feng and Kenneth celebrated their recent marriage - and Feng's graduation from MSU - with a reception at the Kellogg Center on campus.  They invited guests which included Professors, Classmates and Family - who came all the way from China for the occasion!  After the reception we had some time to create some beautiful images of the two of them together.  A few of those images appear below.



              Here they are with one of their favorite images                                           They wanted pictures in front of Beaumont Tower

                                                                                                                                                   so we did something a little lighthearted




                                           An image with "Painter's Touch" !


Feng and Kenneth loved their pictures, and we were honored to have played a small part in their special day.




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Wedding Photography in the Spring

Many couples wait until the warm Summer months to tie the knot.  Others decide to get a head start and exchange rings just after the snow melts.  As a Wedding Photographer, early Spring weddings can be challenging to provide rich outdoor imagery when the grass is matted and the trees are barren of leaves.  


And such was the case for Kelsey and KC's March 27th wedding in Michigan.  What did we do? 




  • First we placed Kelsey in a walkway, under an overhanging roof, where the light was soft and flattering
  • We used a large 6'x4' California Sunbounce reflector to bounce light back onto Kelsey's pretty face to even out and homogenize the tone
  • And we simplified the background, so it would not compete for attention with our subject
  • We completely enhancemented  the image and retouched Kelsey to produce that "Make-up Artist on-call" look which Brides adore
  • Lastly we created a Watercolor look to give this image its unique look.    The 20x30" print hanging in our Studio looks like an artist creation!

In preparation for her Wedding Day, Kelsey had put a lot of thought and energy into which dress she would wear, her hairstyle, bouquet, makeup and other considerations.  Rather than just "collecting" images of Kelsey on her wedding day, we had something better to offer her:  Photographer-Assisted Photography, featuring refined, well-crafted imagery which truly reflects the elevated view that Robert Charles Photography places on a Bride's special day.



After braving the low 50 degree temps outside, we brought Kelsey and KC into the church to create some additional images.  We brought them up the aisle (why photograph them on the steps?  It's been done before!) and used 3 light sources to create these uniquely beautiful images for them. 



After the ceremony we were able to complete our visual motiff by photographing both of them together in the aisle.  Stunning! 


Kelsey and KC asked if we could use their vintage car in some of their outside pictures.  Of course.  Here are a few of those pictures:


 Two images.  Different perspectives.  And who would have guessed there was snow on the ground just a couple weeks ago!


Until next time,





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