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 - Year-end Roundup

This year has been one of the busiest years our Studio has seen - but we wouldn't want it any other way!  In fact, just this past weekend, we've reviewed a number of weddings we've photographed and culled some of our favorite images to share on our "Galleries Page" of our web site. 

We're very proud of the work we do here at Robert Charles Photography and are blessed to have clients who become friends through our association. 


                                 Andrea - September 19th


A cake-cutting Spread Page from Andrea's Album!


Your Wedding is a once in a lifetime event.  Remember it with the best in Wedding Photography!

Until next time,



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A Christmas time Wedding

Originally published December 28


Many couples wait until the Summer months to tie the know, but not Dawn and Jeff.  They opted for a Deceber 27th wedding to close out their year on a high note.  And what a day it was!  Some of their images are seen below.


                                                We had an unexpectedly war day - in the 60's.  Sure it rained,

                                                but that didn't dampen their spirits!



Has there ever been a more beautiful Christmas Bride?




                         They were a pretty spirited bunch!


                   And a final parting shot to cap off a great day!

Until next time!




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Wedding Photography Styles on your Wedding Day

For the past 10-12 years, a style of Wedding Photography called "Photojournalism" has gained a certain degree of popularity.  Photojournalism refers to a style of Photography where the Photographer assumes a passive role as he/she covers a wedding, amassing (usually) a prolific number of casual, collected images throughout the day.  Images will represent snippits in time, from the millings about of the Wedding Party prior to the ceremony, through the snapshots of guests lounging at the reception hall.  Suggestions and the "Coaching" of subjects are eschewed in favor of the possibility of finding participants or attendees in an unguarded moment.

Photojournalims - and digital photography - has opened the door to a large number of enthusiasts eager to take snaps of the wedding couple on, perhaps, the most important day of their lives together.  Sadly, the greater majority of persons calling themselves "Photojournalists" are providing little in the way of Refinement, Craftsmanship and Professionalism.  Images delivered to the Bride and Groom often resemble those taken at a backyard BBQ or family gettogether.

Our suggestion?  Be sure - and see examples - that your Photographer is well versed in providing exceptional, breathtaking images of the Bride, Groom, and other important participants which reflect the beauty, elegance and importance you place on your Wedding Day.

In an earlier post, we also suggested being open to "Photographer-Assisted Photography"  and incorporating some well-crafted images which will stand the test of time and be treasured for years to come.  Your Wedding Pictures are an important part of your day.  Opt for the best; you'll never be disappointed.


            Bridget & Kyle - Watercolor                    Danielle



Heather on canvas                                           Jenny & Jayson


Add some Created Images on your Wedding Day!

Give us a call - we're here to help!  517-394-2192



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Multiple Lighting at your Wedding!


If you've read my blog in the past, you know that I am a strong proponent of using Multiple Lighting (when supplemental lighting is necessary) to create depth and add a natural feel to indoor photography.

Unfortunately, in our immediate geographic area, the use of Multiple Lighting is sometimes thought of as "extravagant" or "unecessary" but if not used at one of the most important events of a Couple's life, then when?  Single "splat" lighting is flat and uninteresting, resulting in imagery not too different from those images collected by other guests during a Wedding day.

Take just a few moments to look through some of the images below from yesterday's wedding.  Is it worth the extra effort?  I think so!


Here is Rachel.  Look at the soft contours and beaded nuances in her dress.  I know there is a growing trend to do things the "easy way", but this is where Photography gets fun!



Here she is at the Altar.  If you look closely,                     At the Head Table.


you can see the variety of highlights amidst

the soft textures.  



                          More Head Table images.  Same lighting configuration.


                  Insist on Multiple Lighting for your Wedding Images!


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10 Wedding Tips and Suggestions - Part 2

In an earlier post, we gave the first 3 suggestions in a continuing series which may help make your Wedding Day flow more smoothly.  Today we continue with four more ideas you may want to consider.



If you have selected "real" flowers for your Bridal Bouquet, and the Bouquet is of a substantial size, you may want to consider its weight - because you will be holding it throughout much of the day.  A Bride who is slight of build will find it difficult to hold a heavy bouquet in a graceful manner, which may be evident in the photographs.  "Artificial" flowers photograph well, will not wilt in the summer heat, and are substantially lighter weight than "real" flowers.



Over the years, the number one reason for a Bride and Groom to arrive at their Reception later than planned can be traced all the way back to the start of the day - at the Hair Salon.  More often than not, Hair Stylists usually underestimate the time required to create an intricate hair design.  The result is a Bride who arrives late to the church for important pictures which are scheduled prior to the Ceremony.  These are pictures which will still need to be taken; however they will now have to be done after the Ceremony.  Plan for at least 50% extra time if your day includes a trip to the hair salon.



Your Photographer should provide you with a Schedule of Photography which will act as an excellent Day Planner as you organize your day.  You may want to make photocopies of it, highlight time slots, and mail them to the various participants to inform them of their respective times to be photographed.



To expedite group and individual photography both before and after the Ceremony, it has been shown to be very helpful to have one person appointed as "gofor" who can assist in "rounding-up" persons who are to be photographed.


Hopefully these four tips will be helpful as you plan your Wedding Day.  We'll be posting the last 3 tips in an upcoming blog entry soon!

If you have questions, we're here to help.  Give us a call!  517-394-2192  or visit us on the web at


Until next time,





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Updated Blog!


A couple of months ago our web site Host informed us they were no longer going to support the blogging format Robert Charles Photography has been using for the past 3 years, thus losing all of our posts.  "Rats!", I said.  (O.K., it wasn't really "rats", but ... you get the picture).  Since a majority of our posts deal with substantively valuable information, we have gleened some of the most requested ones and have reconstructed them for our readers' benefit.  

We hope you'll find many that are useful.  And thanks for visiting our site!


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