Robert Charles Photography - Grand Ledge Opera House


This is the 2nd in a two part series of memorable weddings from 2011.


When Kori, her Mother Patti, and younger sister Katie, stopped by the Studio for a consultation late last year, they mentioned that having the best Wedding Photography was of paramount importance. 


This isn't always the case.  When photographing weddings for another studio years ago, I recall one Groom intimating to me, "I don't know what they told you at the studio, but we just want to get the reception and open a keg!!"  Needless to say, creating great wedding memories was not foremost in their minds.


As we discussed her Wedding plans, Kori told me that her older sister had gotten married the year before, and they weren't at all pleased with the results.  I was told how her sister's photographer had approached the family just after the Toasts were given, saying, "My battery died.  I guess I'm going home."  And the photographer left!  No cake cutting pictures.  No First Dance pictures.  No Bouquet and Garter Pictures - or other festivity-pictures spanning the next 4 hours of Reception.


I shook my head in disbelief.


I felt bad for their experience, knowing that in today's digital world, there are a great many undertrained photo "enthusiasts" offering their services who all too frequently offer disappointing results.  I reassured her that, having photographed Weddings since 1978 - including "top tier" weddings in the Detroit area for over 12 years - I looked forward to the opportunity of being on her team and creating some absolutely beautiful wedding images for her!


On her June 25th Wedding Day, Kori looked resplendent!  Out of the hundreds captured, some of her photos include:


                             Kori - at the Opera House Gazebo - with the first images of the day!



                     With her Bridesmaids ...                                               and new husband Nathan



                                      After a long day, Kori and Nathan had one last dance


What I remembered most from Kori's wedding was her sister Katie's gratitude at the end of the day.  After being asked to use her "point and shoot" pocket camera to finish covering her sister's Reception the year before, sister Katie was so relieved that Kori had been in good hands during the 14 hours of her Wedding Day.


Kori's Mother was gracious in later writing, 

                   "My Daughter was Married this June and Robert Charles was amazing to work with!  He is truly a Professional - the creativity in his photography is wonderful!  Robert also makes everyone @ ease on a very busy and special day.  I highly encourage everyone to use Robert for any event - especially a Wedding."  


What could be more rewarding?

Until next time.


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Planning Your Wedding - More Tips and Suggestions


Planning a Wedding is a big undertaking!  With numerous decisions, both big and small, staying on top of things can sometimes seem a bit overwhelming.  We understand!

So to help you with your planning, we've compiled a list of Tips and Suggestions (a.k.a. "10 Common Pitfalls to Avoid") into a Handout which each Bride receives at our Studio.  These are now available on line:


To these 10, we'd like to add numbers 11-13.  We hope they are helpful as you plan your Big Day!

11.  Hi-Res DVD   If you are planning on obtaining a Hi-Res DVD of your Wedding Images, know what you will be receiving - or you may be in for a surprise!  This information is so critical, that we've written a comprehensive blog post for you:

12.  Hot Summer Days and Fresh Flowers   If you're planning your wedding for the warm Summer months of June, July or August and plan on using fresh flowers, then take steps to keep them looking fresh and crisp throughout the day!  Bring along a large cooler and empty a bag of ice into the bottom.  Then place a couple newspaper sections on top of the ice.  Bingo!  You've got a portable "refrigerator" which will pay huge dividends in having your Bouquet look great all day long.


13.   Wedding Dress - Delivery Date   Even though you've ordered your dress well in advance of your Wedding Day, it is common for dress retailers to set a delivery date just prior to the date of your Ceremony.  To avoid unnecessary worries over its timely arrival, sizing concerns, and possible alterations which may still need to be made as you come down the "home stretch", set a delivery date at least one month prior to your Ceremony date.   You are going to have a lot of last minute concerns; a great looking/great fitting dress doesn't need to be one of them!



 We're here to help you put it all together!  If you have any questions, we can help.  Call us - we're here for you  517-394-2192.

Until next time,



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Wedding Photography - "All Photojournalism - Nothing Posed!"


Some time ago, a Bride met me at the Studio door and - before entering - emphatically quiried, "You do Photojournalism, right?  Because I don't want anything posed!"

I assured her that, having photographed weddings for other studios where "PJ" was their exclusive style, I would be more than happy to "collect" images for her throughout her wedding day, if that was what she really wanted. 

Relieved, she entered the RCP Studio - whereupon she saw a gorgeous portrait of "Kasey" statuesquely featured in front of a huge bank of stained glass windows.  "Oooooh, that's beautiful!", she exclaimed.

Hmmmm.  Should I tell her that Kasey didn't just "happen by" those windows and that the image she so liked was more than just happenstance, or say nothing?  I gently told her that the large print in front of her was the result of the Bride working together with me to create something fantastic which otherwise wouldn't have been created had she only wanted "collected" images - instead of "created" images as well. 


Just a few weeks ago, RCP had the oppotunity to photograph Erin & Zach's wedding.  We worked together to create some beautiful images which we both loved.  Why not take the time to create beautiful, mind-blowing images which you'll treasure for a lifetime?  Here are a few of Erin & Zach's images:



         Erin outside ...                                                       in the church


                       and in a close-up



          Zach in the aisle                                                    Fun post-Ceremony pictures!



Erin & Zach with our "Painter's Touch* " FX


For more thoughts on "Photographer-Assisted Photography", just click on the link below


Until next time!





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Something Brand New: High Tech Video!!

Robert Charles Photography is now offering something brand new:  Animated Images!  This is something you have to see to believe!  Your Wedding Images presented in a way you'll never forget!

Just click on the link below to see the new Animated Images from Robert Charles Photography.  It's HOT!

 (Kevin & Tina's  August 15 Wedding - a  wedding to remember!)


You have to see it, to believe it!

Until next time,



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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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