Monday, April 27, 2015

Michi Magic


I spent a wonderful day with Michi recently. She offered to take my picture at her studio in Brooklyn. Michi does professional photography and she suggested we get together for a fashion photoshoot.

We had a marvelous time. We discussed human behavior and psychology. We commented on social trends. We chatted ceaselessly for five hours. Michi is very bright and insightful; listening to her is an education.

Michi taught me a lot during our time together. She instructed me on how to pose like a model, how to position my body like a woman, and how to use props. Her skill with a camera is top-notch -- she went to art school and studied photography for years. Michi knows how to light a scene and capture images. Back in the days of film, she worked in a darkroom developing and printing her pictures. Now she polishes her digital work with computer programs.

Proof of Michi's talent is demonstrated below. In my opinion, these pictures make me look better than ever. Michi did my makeup and what she did with it exceeds anything I'm capable of. I'm deeply appreciative of this generous gift by a dear friend.

Here's an idea for you -- hire Michi to take your picture! She's very creative and takes high-quality photographs. You'll never look better. Michi can be reached at her studio here.

What do you think of my pictures?


 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

72 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, Ally! You are absolutely stunning. You look beautiful and you can tell you feel it. You're glowing! I really love the outfits, too. That black and white mini dress is perfection on you! Gorgeous photos, gorgeous you!

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    1. I bought both dresses new specifically for this photoshoot. One is Springy with bright colors; the other dramatic b/w stripes for b/w photos. Doing this was FUN!

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  2. These look great! Your friend did a fabulous job, and so did you by showing up and looking pretty! What a treat. I hope some more pro photo shoots are in your future! - A

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    1. It's so satisfying to live your dreams. I truly never thought I could achieve a look like this with what I have to work with. But that's the magic of photography!

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  3. Gorgeous pics Ally! You look beautiful.

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    1. Thanks, Emma! So nice to hear from you.

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  4. Wow, these photos did turn out really amazing. Makeup and everything looks great! :) The last black and white image is my favourite.

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  5. These photos are just the most adorable. They came out amazing. So tasteful and very spring.
    Daphne.

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  6. Oh my Ally! You look utterly ravishing!!! As Megan(? Nora?) mentioned above, you really do look glowing. I LOVE her photos.x

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  7. ALLY! These are FANTASTIC. She did such an amazing job, you look stunning and gorgeous. Lovely, I can't stop gushing!!

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  8. So happy to see these gorgeous photos!!! Your inner beauty is radiating all the way out to your outward beauty just like it always does, but these truly capture your essence, your happy spirit, your real self. I just can't stop looking at them. I love how comfortable you are in front of the camera now. What a gift to have this experience!!! <3 you!

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    1. Yes, Jen, it is. A lifelong dream come true. I never thought I'd have the chance to express myself this way. I'm really happy about these.

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  9. WOW! This did make me feel a bit better : ) These are AMAZING! You need to frame one (or more!) for your home.

    I adore the outfits chosen. Especially the pink white and black.

    You look beautiful!

    What a wonderful experience.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. Thanks, Suzanne. Michi gave me web-suitable images (above) and higher resolution images for printing. I'm getting a poster printed for my wall.

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  10. You look gorgeous!! I absolutely love the the black and white striped dress with the pink top---great choice!

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    1. Thanks, pal. I bought it especially for this. I like its Spring colors.

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  11. All of the shots are great, in their own different ways. How wonderful to have this opportunity! Love the bunny ears :-) xo Jazzy Jack

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  12. I'm getting a little choked up looking at these. You are simply stunning in these pics. The second is by far the best but the one with the bunny ears is my fave. You look GORGEOUS!

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  13. Those Pics are amazing and you look really happy. I am glad they turned out beautifully.

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    1. Thank you, Dale. That's nice of you to say.

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  14. Beautiful! Your friend does really nice portrait work. (Lucky you!)

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  15. Those are GREAT photos of you! You SHINE as a blonde, darling, and I hope we see more of that. The pink lipstick is all about you, too.

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  16. You look so beautiful!! These photos are amazing! I love the hair!

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  17. You look beautiful! These photos are completely stunning! They completely capture your essence, and these are something to cherish. Michi is very talented, and these photos prove it. Lovely!

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  18. Ally, YOU LOOK AMAZING! What wonderful pictures of you, how well Michi captured your joyfullness. You look so at ease in these portraits. Well done to both of you! Blooming madly!

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    1. The comfort of meeting Michi is why I look so at ease.

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  19. You look amazing! I think you look more like your inner Ally than I've ever seen you. Absolutely stunning pictures!

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    1. Thanks, Sheila. I believe you're right.

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  20. Ally, these are absolutely beautiful! The joy and happiness expressed through your eyes truly makes my heart happy. It wasn't only Michi's talent; it was also your beautiful soul coming through in these shots.
    Debbie

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    1. Thank you, Debbie. How sweet of you to say.

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  21. WOW!!! You look fabulous! Absolutely stunning photos, and you look so happy and relaxed.

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  22. Wonderful photos—you have such a lovely presence, dear Ally! Your joy shines through.

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  23. You look absolutely gorgeous, Ally! Your hair and make up are perfect and both of those ensembles are ladylike and chic. Michi is so talented-- I'm dying to save up to have her do my photos!

    It looks like you had a great time, too! xx

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    1. Talk to her! You'd enjoy working with her.

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  24. By the light in your eyes I can tell you truly enjoyed this session. You look so very happy.
    I think she did a marvellous job and that you look your best. The light, the make up, she did work her magic on you and it can be seen.

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  25. You look beautiful, Ally. You look like you could take on a television show or star in a fabulous movie.

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  26. Did blogger eat my comment? ;aidfhweuiae

    You are so cute! I think Michi captured your girlish sweet and gentle spirit, with that hint of mischief, so perfectly. You look so happy here. I love it.

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  27. I am blown away at how gorgeous you look in these photos ... It shows that the right person makes photos amazing.

    I love the hair colour and your outfits are gorgeous!!!! Michi sure did a great job.

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  28. WOW!! so awesome. love these. what a great experience!!!

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  29. Oh wow Ally you look awesome in these photos. I especially like the black and white one at the bottom, so glamorous :) :)

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  30. Ally, they are so fabulously lovely! Not only are the pictures themselves great, but you look radiant. So happy and excited about what was happening. I'm thrilled for you that you got to experience this kind of shot and hope that more are able to occur for you in the future, my photogenic friend.

    ♥ Jessica

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  31. You are beautiful, inside and out. How lucky you are to have a friend like Michi who can translate both of those in an image!

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    1. Thanks, Emma. This shows what you already know -- the power of photography!

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  32. Wow, these pictures are so awesome! I love every single of them!
    Thank you a lot for your sweet words on my last posts! Its still so weird to be a mommy now, and yet soooooo wonderful :)
    xx
    http://cenestquedelachance.blogspot.de/

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  33. Ally, you look gorgeous! I absolutely love the eye makeup -- you look like Helen Hunt (whom I adore).

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  34. These are the best pictures of you I have ever seen, you look totally gorgeous, confident and happy :-) your friend is very talented and the happiness you felt during the shooting reflected in the pics, beautiful and glowing :-) and I love the dresses you decided to wear ! So classy ! Pretty makeup, too. Thumbs up, my friend !

    Fashion and Cookies

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  35. My jaw is seriously on the floor. Wow! You look absolutely stunning. The outfits, make up, hair, and poses, are so pretty and perfect. You and Michi did an amazing job putting this together. I bet that poster will look awesome in your home. I know you must be so thrilled at how beautiful these turned out. xo

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  36. Truly GORGEOUS Eleanore

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  37. You look so beautiful and happy! The pink/black/white outfit really pops, and suits you so well. With the black and white photos, now I want to see you done up like a dame in a noir film, dangerous and alluring and maybe with a birdcage veil.

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  38. Goodness me Ally you look beautiful! Your happiness is radiating out of each shot. What a wonderful experience this must have been for you x

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  39. Simply stunning. Light is so important. What a fabulous day out for you. And, I must say, you look gorgeous. Pics and memories to treasure forever.

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  40. You look like a pinup! Sooo awesome. I really love that hair color and cut on you, too. PS I'm back at work and hoping to check out all my favorite buddies sites more regularly!

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  41. Wow, she does really know what she is doing! The lighting is beautiful and I really like that wig! You should totally get it, that fringe looks lovely!

    Have a great day,
    -Kati

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    1. The wig is mine and I've even worn it here before, but Michi combed it to look much better.

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  42. Amazing...I didn't even recognize you at first.

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  43. completely amazing, to die for femininity, I am simply delighted, wow, wow, wow,

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  44. You look gorgeous! I love you in pink and that second picture with the lace bunny ears would make a great card to send to a friend in Pennsylvania (hint, hint). I also really, really like the black and white photos; they really do have a wonderful "noir" feel to them.

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  45. Oh my gosh! Ally you 're a model!! You look amazing and Michi is obviously a sweet and very talented person. Congrats to both of you! I'm so proud and happy when I think about your progress in finding and expressing the real you over the last years. I may not commend a lot, but you're in my heart since 2011 that we met! Kisses & hugs dear.

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    1. Same here, dimi! Hope all's well in your part of the world.

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  46. I love these shots you look so HAPPY!!!!!!

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  47. These are gorgeous! You look elated and so pretty! You got good advice and went with it! I am so pleased!
    xx, Elle
    http://mydailycostume.com

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  48. your happiness in the photos is everything. such a natural in front of the camera. these are gorgeous!

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  49. you exude confidence in these photos. flawless head to toe, and the photos came out wonderfully. kudos to michi and to you! it's true what they say...when we look good, we feel good. you certainly look good and i can tell you feel comfortable and "at home" in these pictures. wow.

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  50. My oh my, Ally - you look amazing. I'm so thrilled for you to have these photos a you go along this amazing journey.

    Your beauty shines through my precious friend.

    Love
    Wends

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  51. Oh, Ally! These are beautiful pictures & I love how HAPPY you look. I adore both dresses. So happy you had such a wonderful experience!

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  52. OMG I Love them ALL... you're absolutely Radiant in them and they are indeed Superb Photography and capture your Essence Beautifully! Dawn... The Bohemian

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