Ann Arbor Art Center

This winter I was lucky enough to be able to meet some lovely ladies at the Ann Arbor Art Center at a local networking meeting and was able to see their beautiful spaces they have for parties.  After seeing their digs I just knew I had to do a stylized shoot before little miss was born.

However Eowyn had very different plans (and came super-de-duper early!) but my pal Miranda over at Inner Circle Photography swooped in and helped me out BIG time!   I will be posting the stylized shoot soon but in the mean time I  wanted to post some shots I took of the Art Center’s building and it’s newly renovated spaces!  If you are looking for a space for a wedding or party check these guys out, honestly it is amazing and so conveniently located!  2015-05-24_0012The Art Center is nestled right downtown Ann Arbor on Liberty Street between Ashley and Main and over looks the beautiful restaurant district. 2015-05-24_0013It is the perfect space for small to mid sized weddings, corporate events, parties and Mitzvahs!  Your guests would be surrounded by art in the second floor galleries as well as have the options of the beautiful 3rd floor studios with exposed brick and newly renovated wood flooring.  2015-05-24_0014 2015-05-24_0015The 117 Gallery is a rotating gallery but Stacey  has a good idea of what type of art will be displayed in advance! 2015-05-24_0016Each floor has beautiful lighting as well as windows that overlook the town.  2015-05-24_00172015-05-24_0018Downstairs on street level is the Art Center’s store as well as a pottery studio. 2015-05-24_0019The galleries are above are by way of a beautiful original wooden stair case.  2015-05-24_0020After doing the room shoot for the website update I also had the privilege of shooting their Vine and Dine fundraiser later the following week.  2015-05-24_0021Seeing the spaces decorated and full of guests was beautiful.  The evening was just perfect.  2015-05-24_0022 2015-05-24_0023Guests were able to admire art as well enjoy the evening.  2015-05-24_0024If you are in need of a space to host your event and are looking for a venue give Stacey Bodner a call or fill out the contact form!

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Purely Senior 2016! and June/July SPECIAL! :)

So it’s that time again!  Graduations have all happened and it is open house season which means hot dogs, cakes and…. NEW seniors! 🙂

Since this year I took a reduced wedding schedule as a form of maternity leave I am looking to book a few more seniors so I want to offer a special for those who book early!   2015-05-24_0001If you book your session in June or July receive $125 off your session!  View More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/shelbyIf you book within Washtenaw County you get an hour long session and 25 images with printing rights for $250.  Any session booked after July will be the regular price of $375.  2015-05-24_0003These are a few of my favorite images from the last few years I can’t wait to see the images I get from this years’ round of seniors! 🙂

Which are your favorite images?  Don’t forget to PIN your favorites! 🙂 2015-05-24_0004 View More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/garrick 2015-05-24_0006 View More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/shelby View More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/austin View More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/kate View More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/zach View More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/shelbyFor more information or to book go to my dedicated Senior Portraits website!

Stepping Stone Learning Preschool

This week as I get back into blogging (finally!) I want to feature somewhere near and dear to our family hearts… Lalo’s preschool!!

This fall we had to begin looking for where he would enter his first year of preschool and we were fortunate that our church building hosted a new preschool just starting up.  We were a bit apprehensive because Lalo doesn’t always make adjustments well (or so we thought) so we wanted to make sure this was the right fit for him.  We visited last August and he was shy but that first September day we dropped him off he flew into the classroom and has never looked back!

We have been overwhelmingly pleased with the care that the teachers and directors give to all of the students as well as the smaller class sizes.  Lalo has made some great friends and I have met some really wonderful parents and I am sure we will both have some lasting friendships 🙂

The center is run by Kristi San Miguel and Donatella Arona.  Both are certified Early Childhood Educators and there are two classroom teachers as well.  The school has a playbased learning philosophy were students are encourage to explore and engage in their education as well as have some time to learn center based education prepping them for kindergarten.  Lalo has greatly benefited from this program and not only loves it but has succeeded wildly!

Stepping Stone Learning is enrolling NOW!  If you want to schedule a time to swing in let me know or fill out their contact form.  If you do enroll we both get 50% off a month’s tuition so make sure to let me know so we can both get that benefit! 🙂   2015-05-19_0003 2015-05-19_0004 2015-05-19_0005 2015-05-19_00082015-05-19_0002 2015-05-19_00012015-05-19_0006