Category Archives: Portraits

Weekly Photo Challenge: Family


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Martha & Ben are my children and Jake & Maddie belong to my brother, Bill.  This picture was taken towards the end of the summer 2012, in Union City, Michigan for my Mom’s birthday.  She had spent a ton of time over the summer babysitting Jake & Maddie while Martha & Ben were constantly stopping over to visit or to eat!  What an appropriate way to end the summer and give my Mom a birthday present that she definitely did not have!!!!!!

Family Portrait Sessions start at $100.00 with an additional charge of $10.00 for each Family Member beyond 6.  I am a natural light on location photographer who will travel to you within 40/45 miles of Tekonsha, Michigan 49092.  For more information you can visit my Website.  

Weekly Photo Challenge: Family

Here is the picture from the very top of this post.  Ben is slightly tall and almost didn’t fit within the frame of this photo!

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A NEW Project ~ Bike Night on Tuesday Nights


This summer I was asked to take on a new project.  The project was to Photograph bikers and their motorcycles at Bike Night on Tuesday night, July 16th at JD’s Country Connection.  As many of you know I specialize in Sports & Portrait Photography but I have always been open to challenging my skills.  Over the past few months I have had a Newborn Session, a Wedding, and a Horse Session all of which has brought their own challenges!  With that said, despite the heat and the harsh sunlight, I was able to capture some amazing portraits during this Bike Night Session which has led to me rediscovering black and white photography.

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Years ago I took some 35 mm photography classes at Kellogg Community College including a black and white film class.  Not only did I learn how to photograph in black and white but I also learned how to develop my own 35 mm film, process that film and create my own prints in a darkroom.  Now days with digital photography we have a darkroom right at our finger tips and so much easier to use!

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While working on these portraits I discovered the wonderful attributes they held for black and white photography.  The process of converting color digital photographs to black and white brings on a new appreciation for the lighting and contrast a color photograph holds. You can literally see the emphasis on ones character and story change during the process of black and white photography.

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Photographing bikers and their motorcycles is an exciting experience.  Not only am I expanding my photographic skills but I am meeting some really neat people. You will find me at JD’s Country Connection around 7 pm on Tuesday nights for the remainder of the summer.  JD’s Country Connection is located on the corner of M-60 and Old 27 in Tekonsha, Michigan.

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You can find Photography by Char on Facebook along with more photographs from Bike Nights at JD’s.  https://www.facebook.com/PhotographyByChar

Welcome to the World


Everett Michael Bain – Born March 28, 2013

A couple months ago the UCHS Varsity Baseball Coach asked me if I was willing to photograph his son when born.  I was hesitant in agreeing to do this since I had never done a Newborn Photo Shoot before!

Everett Micheal arrived in our world about 2 week early and a little bit smaller than anticipated.  Weighing in at 6 lbs and 12 oz Everett Micheal was a little small for some of his newborn outfits!  So instead of having a Newborn Photo Shoot…                     we did a 1 Month Old Photo Shoot!

My favorite photos from this photo shoot were the shots that I took of Everett and his Mom, Holly.  The love between a Mom and Child really shows in these next 3 photos…

Congratulations to the Bain Family on your newest addition to your family!

And a huge Thank You for having me in your home to photograph your family!