Outdoor Wedding Photography!

Tina and Kevin don't always do things the convention way - and that's what made their day so memorable for us at Robert Charles Photography.  Here's how their day went:

Kevin and Best Man Chad met me at the door for some early Wedding Day photography wearing ... well ...


After a brief stint on drums and guitar, we ducked outside to create some images which had a little more refinement



                    OK ... at least some of the pictures had some refinement ...

Next, it was off to Tina's.  Tina was ready to go when we arrived - and looked gorgeous!



After a brief ceremony at Michigan State University, it was time for some formal pictues.


We took advantage of a beautiful day to create some beautiful, lasting images



              This one goes in the Studio for display  :)


A quick run to "Sparty" - Michigan State's mascot - for a group shot ... (sorry, U of M fans)



After the reception, Tina and Kevin asked me to join them at "Rum Runners" - a local piano bar.

           Of course!


Sure, Rum Runners is a very dimmly lit club, but that didn't stop us from bringing home some

   GREAT images! 





Engagement Photography

 Originally Published September 11


Photographing a couple in an Engagement session prior to their wedding provides more than a beautiful Print for display in their home, it gives me the opportunity to gain some insight into the future Bride and Groom's individual personalities.  Some are quiet, reserved and place a high priority on protocol and propriety; others are more extroverted and gregarious.  Who they are and how they see themselves will be important in how we cover their Wedding Day.


Here are Bridget and Kyle





What can be more fun!

Until next time,





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Wedding images - will your images be Retouched?

One of the important features which separates our Wedding Photography from other Studios is our belief that all images should be fully Retouched and Enhanced before they are presented to our clients

Many Brides mistakenly believe that their images will look fabulous from the moment the camera "clicks".  We've found that almost all images, with a little help, can be made to look even better than the moment they were captured.  Sure it takes time and a good deal of expertise ... but your Wedding images will be treasured for a lifetime!


Check out the "before" and "after" results.  First the fully enhanced, retouched image:


Now the original image:



All of your Wedding Images from Robert Charles Photography are Fully Enhanced, Fully Retouched.  This requires an additional 15-18 hours of additional work, but as you can see, it's worth it!

Why settle for less?


You've worked hard to make sure your wedding is perfect.  And at Robert Charles Photography  www.robertcharlesphotography.com  we  create images you'll remember for a lifetime!



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Simone's Quinceanera

Recently we ahd the opportunity to photograph Simone's Quinceanera.  What's a quinceanera, you ask?

Many Hispanic cultures celebrate the "Coming of Age" of the their 15 year old daughters by celebrating with a huge party, very similar to a wedding - except, of course, the young lady doesn't get married.  These celebrations include many traditions which have symbolic meanings.

Simone's Quinceanera included a Ceremony at Cristo Rey Church, followed by a gran fiesta at the Cadillac Club near downtown Lansing.  In between, we found a few minutes to create some beautiful photographs which, I am sure, she will treasure for years to come.  Some of those images are posted below!




                            Simone - just before her reception





                                   Grupo Aldaco provided live music


It was a great day!  We were so happy to have been a part of it.

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Shawna's Senior Pictures

Originally published August 8


One of the most enjoyable aspects of Senior Photography is the pace.  At Robert Charles Photography, we take as much time as necessary to create memorable images which you'll be proud to share with your family and friends.


Just over a week ago, we photographed Shawna at one of the local parks.  We were really excited with the results.  We posted some of the images for you to see.




Shawna was very pleased with her pictures - and we were happy to play a small role in her Senior year.

To see more Senior Photography, visit us at   http://blog.robertcharlesphotography.com/index/view-post/id/17




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7 Important Questions to ask your Wedding Photographer

All too frequently, Brides feel overloaded as they try to sort through the myriad of options surrounding their Wedding Day.  And when it comes to Photography, the options don't seem to get any easier.  "Where do I start?" is the common question.

Here's the problem:  Recent technological advances have opened the door to a flood of photo enthusiasts anxious to try their hand at Wedding Photography.  It seems that the appearance of an image on the back of one's camera provides enough confidence to make one's services available for hire professionally.  After all, a good camera will take good pictures, right?

Unfortunately it's not that simple.  To analogize:  Using the same pots and pans used by Rachael Ray will not make you a great chef.  They are only the tools of the trade.  Obviously something more is required.

What follows is a check list of considerations you may want to consider as you interview prospective Photographers:

   1.  What experience does the Photographer have?  Experience may include the number of years Professionally photographing weddings, but it should also include the variety - and yes, the quality - of weddings found on one's resume.

  2. Who will actually photograph my weddiing?  Although it sounds simple, you should know that many Studios have more than one photographer available to photograph a wedding on a given day, and they usually reserve the right to assign photographers as they see fit.

  3. Will I be able to see samples from the photographer who will be photographing my wedding?  Many Studios will provide a collection of images owned by the Studio - but not necessarily taken by any single photographer.  Our suggestion is to ask to see all of the wedding images taken at a single wedding, rather than an "All Star" collection of images amassed over the past 5 or 10 years.  In so doing, you will have the most accurate representation of the quality of work, and, more importantly, what will be placed in your hands when you pick up your pictures.

  4.  Is the Photographer versed in both Photojournalism and Assisted Photography?  Unfortunately, much of "Wedding Photography" today is nothing more than someone taking snapshots of people in wedding clothes.  If the images being presented to you for consideration resemble those of a backyard BBQ or family reunion, you may want to raise your aspirations to include someone who possesses both the skills and Craftsmanship which are due on such an important day.

  5.  Will my Photographer be using multiple flash units to light indoor pictures, or will he/she be using a single, on-camera flash unit, similar to "Uncle Henry's"?  Lighting - and the use of light - is perhaps the single greatest factor which seperates great photography from snapshooting.  Single flash, on-camera lighting rarely provides the awe-inspiring emotional impact you will hope to find on your special day.

  6.  What, if any, post-Wedding adjustments and enhancements will be made to my wedding images before I view them?  We are always dismayed by Brides who gleefully exude that their pictures will be posted within 24-48 hours of their wedding.  To us, that translates to:  "Little or nothing will be done to improve your images other than to edit some of the very poor ones".  Some Studios will, at a minimum, provide automated processes to remove color casts or improve them in other very basic ways.  Very rarely will a Studio correct, adjust, enhance and retouch every image prior to delivery.  We do.

  7.  Will I be able to obtain the copyrights to my images?  Before you ask this question, you had better know exactly what you are contracting for.  If all of your images have not been improved to the point of being "Lab-Ready", obtaining the rights to your images only means you will be able to enlarge as many disappointingly "unprepped" images as you'd like.  Know what it is you are obtaining, if you choose to contract for the "rights" to your images!


Although you may have additional questions for your prospective Photographer, you may want to include some of these considerations to help yo find the Photographer who will memorialize your special day for years to come.  And if you have any questions, please feel free to call our Studio.  We're here to help you!  517-394-2192  or see us on the web  www.robertcharlesphotography.com

Until next time,




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Senior Photography - Anna!

Originally Published October 20


Last week we photographed Anna for her Senior year.  If you live in Michigan, you know that October is a beautiful time of year.  And when you combine a beautiful day with a beautiful young lady, you have everything you need to create some beautiful images!

Here are some of my favorites:







                                                                    And we wouldn't have a complete Senior Session without "Pancake"!


We take great pride in custom-fitting our Senior Photography to meet your highest expectations!

Until next time,




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