Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio

Katlin & Mateo's Winter Engagement Shoot | Okemos, Michigan


Congratulations Katlin & Mateo!!!
❄️💍❄️
We photographed their lovely winter engagement shoot at Harris Nature Center in Okemos, Michigan.

Winter Engagement Photoshoot | Okemos Michigan | Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio | www.abcandidstudio.com | Snow photoshoot | engaged

Mateo proposed to the love of his life in Disney World's Animal Kingdom in front of the Tree of Life.

KM Engagement | Winter Engagement Photoshoot | Snowy Photoshoot | Michigan Couples Snow Photoshoot | E-Session | Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio | Michigan Wedding Photographer | www.abcandidstudio.com
Red Blanket | Winter Engagement Photoshoot | Michigan Couples Snow Photoshoot | E-Session | Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio | Michigan Wedding Photographer | www.abcandidstudio.com
Engagement Ring In Snow | Winter Engagement Photoshoot | Michigan Couples Snow Photoshoot | E-Session | Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio | Michigan Wedding Photographer | www.abcandidstudio.com
Winter Engagement Photoshoot | Michigan Couples Snow Photoshoot | E-Session | Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio | Michigan Wedding Photographer | www.abcandidstudio.com
Sunshine | Harris Nature Center | Winter Engagement Photoshoot | Michigan Couples Snow Photoshoot | E-Session | Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio | Michigan Wedding Photographer | www.abcandidstudio.com
Winter Engagement Photoshoot | Michigan Couples Snow Photoshoot | E-Session | Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio | Michigan Wedding Photographer | www.abcandidstudio.com
Winter Forrest  Engagement Photoshoot | Michigan Couples Snow Photoshoot | E-Session | Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio | Michigan Wedding Photographer | www.abcandidstudio.com

Welcome to the family Katlin and Mateo! We are honored to be a part of your big day and cannot wait to photograph your wedding this summer!

Vintage Photo Shoots with Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio

Vintage Photo Shoots with Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio

Spring is almost here!!!
That means it's time for Vintage Coke Bar shoots!
Here's a small collection of my favorites from last year's sessions...

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Winter Greeting | A Fairytale Reindeer Photoshoot

Winter Greeting | A Fairytale Reindeer Photoshoot

This mini series is of an Early Winter Spirit, greeting a reindeer in the woods and welcoming winter… 

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Meeting A Mermaid | East Lansing Michigan | Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio

By the sea I'd never guess, the wildest of adventures yes!

Mermaid at the beach | Alyssia Booth's Candid and Studio | Michigan

Tiny toes tip to the waves, and greet a mermaid's fins.

Tiny Feet & A Mermaid Tail| Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio

And hello! The sea has brought a dream! 

Let's splash and play amongst the waves and laugh to dreams all day...

Mermaid Friend
Flippin' Our Fins | Meet a Mermaid | Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio

Credits...
Mermaid: Molly the Mermaid
Photographer: Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio
Tail: Amber Isle by The Mertailor
Wig: Rhapsody by Rock Star Wigs
Shell Top & Mermaid Belt: Merlife Creations (Etsy)

Coke Bar Photo Shoots! | Vintage | Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio | Okemos Mi

To bring in this rainy spring we're offering two different days of coke bar shoots! Individuals, couples, kids, families, or pets are welcome! I have a fantastic stylist coming in to do professional hair and makeup, and this location is INCREDIBLE. We have use of the bar, diner booths, vintage coke machine, pool table, ticket booth, and that awesome stairway all in one place. 

Vintage Stair Rail | Slide | Coke Bar Shoots | Pinup | Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio | East Lansing Photographer
Coke Bar Shoots | Pinup | Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio | East Lansing Photographer

And the bar...

The Coka Cola Bar | Coke Bar Shoots | Vintage | Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio | East Lansing MI

Shoot dates are Thursday the 27th of April, and Saturday May 13th. 

*Up to four people per shoot, plan for two hours (time for hair and then the hour shoot). It includes professional hair and makeup for one, and 5 images with a print release. Total is $285 for the shoot. 

*It's $85 to reserve your spot and then $200 the day of. If you prepay the whole session fee you get a bonus 7x10 matted print of your favorite image. 

*Additional hair and makeup (friends/daughters/family members etc) can be added on.

Coke Bar Shoots | Pinup | Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio | East Lansing MI

Shoot Times are at...

10am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, and 7pm for both days

Shoot times are limited, so RSVP now to book yours!

email: abcandidstudio@gmail.com
phone: 517-672-9323
or CLICK HERE

 

Makeup & Fog | Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio

Test shoot with with Amy Lewis and Desiree Lacole! These two women are incredibly talented and fun to work with. We did several looks for this shoot varying from light and natural to dramatic with a dark red lipstick.

Natural look makeup | Pink lip | Makeup Test | Lashes | Amy Lewis Makeup | Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio | Test Shoot
Makeup Test | Orchid Makeup | Maroon Red Lip | Dramatic Flowers Makeup | Lashes | Amy Lewis Makeup | Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio | Test Shoot
Makeup Test | Model Shoot | Pool | Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio | East Lansing MI | Amy Lewis Makeup

And the addition of... dry ice! This was so much fun to do. I've worked with dry ice several times outdoors, but never for anything quite like this. (Inspo- the magical Sue Bryce, photographers you can check her out on creativeLive.com! She's a portrait master). This last look, expertly blended with gold and bronze shadows, was my favorite.

Dry Ice Photoshoot | Makeup test | Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio | Michigan Photographer

A few tips.. 
*dry ice will burn your skin, so use oven mitts or some very thick gloves to avoid touching it. You may need a hammer or mallet to break it.
*we used rubbermaid tupperware to put the water/dry ice in, which is both low to the ground, and somewhat sturdy. Glass would probably break from the rapid and dramatic temperature changes. I've also used empty ice cream buckets.
*hot water produces more fog than cold
*plan your poses and shoot fast! Fog only lasts a few minutes so knowing what you're doing ahead of time can make a huge difference. For bigger stuff or outdoors shoots, I always end up compositing layers of the fog from different photos into the image. 

Dry Ice Photoshoot | Gold Makeup Test | Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio | Michigan Photographer

You can check out more of Amy's makeup artistry at www.makeupbyamylewis.com. She and her team do everything from bridal makeup to special effects, film, photo shoots, runway, and personal lessons. 
For more of Desiree's modeling work, check her out at www.facebook.com/DesireeLacole

To start planning your photoshoot CLICK HERE or email me at abcandidstudio@gmail.com . 

Valentine Boudoir | Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio | Okemos Mi

In honor of Valentines Day we have a hot new Boudoir Photo Shoot package available! 

Boudoir Photography | Corset | Boudoir | Red | Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio

Your shoot includes...
*Pre-Shoot Planning Session
*Professional Hair & Makeup
*Up-to 2 Hour Shoot With Pose Coaching In Our Studio
*Private Reveal & Ordering session
*Custom Printed 8x8 Leatherette Album
*Digital Set Of Your 10 Favorite Photographs

Boudoir | Valentines Boudoir | Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio

Wall Art and other products are available at your reveal. 
Shoots are $545. A 50% retainer is due at booking. Limited spaces available for January and February.
First 3 ladies to book will receive a gift!

Boudoir | Top Hat | Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio
She moved like a poem and smiled like a sphinx.
— Laini Taylor, Daughter of Smoke & Bone
Booty | Boudoir | Valentines Boudoir | Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio
Boudoir | Alyssia Booth's Candid & studio | Williamston MI

What is a Romance Session? | Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio | Okemos, Michigan

What is a Romance Session?  | Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio | Okemos, Michigan

The romance session is a short photo shoot of just the bride and groom. It’s a priceless addition to every wedding day, capturing both of you together in all your excitement and joy, without the…

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Cheers To A New Year! Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio

Hooray! It's January! A bit mucky but it's a new year, filled with promise for wild adventures and new stories to tell. This holiday season Jake and I went to Canada, found a small castle, and saw Niagara Falls alight in the evening darkness. It was a grand adventure, and not actually that far from home! This summer I'll wonder out there again in search of that shipwreck we drove by... wardrobe and wild concepts in tow...

Who's going to join me?!

Niagara Falls At Night | Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio

The website is under a little maintenance this month with some updates, so if galleries or pages mysteriously disappear for a little bit, that's what's happening. 
I hope everyone had a grand holiday, and the new year is brilliant for you! 

A Photoshoot With Molly The Mermaid | Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio | East Lansing, Michigan Photographer

Life is a fairytale. Live it.

The Blonde Mermaid | Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio | East Lansing Photographer

My photoshoot with Molly the Mermaid was amazing. We did several locations, and at each one we had an audience. It was splendid, and children were definitely in awe. One little girl walked over with her mother. Super nervous and excited that there was a mermaid at HER beach, she just had to say hi. It was so adorable! Inspired by that, we're getting together soon to do mini sessions, so anyone who dreams of meeting a mermaid can do so and have amazing photos of it! Click HERE to check out the event page on our Facebook for full details. 

Mermaid Lagoon | Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio | East Lansing Photographer

Below is a Before and After of the Mermaid Lagoon with Molly Cunningham (I love Before and Afters!). We shot this in Okemos at a local park in the river. Be careful of rocks! Those were actually REALLY difficult to get around on and the rushing rapid in the middle of the river was intense. Molly is a very brave mermaid!

Before & After | Molly the Mermaid | Photoshoots | Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio www.abcandidstudio.com | Michigan

You never know who you'll meet at the beach! My absolute favorite photo from our shoot was of Molly meeting a hatchling dragon... He's the same breed as Dany's dragons from Game of thrones, lovingly hatched for me by the magical Ravendark Creations. 

Mermaid And The Hatchling | Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio | Michigan Photographer | Fantasy



Shout Outs!

Mermaids: Molly Cunningham 

Mermaid's Crown, Starfish Hairclip, & Shell Bra: www.etsy.com/shop/MerlifeCreations

Dragon Hatchling: Ravendark Creations www.facebook.com/RavendarkCreations

Wigs: RockStar Wigs 

Tail: Mertailor Mermaid Tails By Eric Ducharme 

Photographer: Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio www.abcandidstudio.com

Assistant & Videography: K Booth Media www.kboothmedia.com

Great Cake Shops For Your Baby's First Birthday & Cake Smash | Lansing Mi | Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio | Photography

I recently did a cake smash photo shoot for a darling little boy named Dashton. He absolutely destroyed the little cake his parents brought for him, especially that tiny giraffe! It was so much fun capturing the moment as he got all covered in frosting; his sugary smiles and confused little looks at the cake covering his hands and arms were priceless.

Szuma Cake Smash | First Birthday | Boy Cake | Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio | Michigan Photographer | Lansing Mi | Booth | Cake

Cake Smashes are really fun way to celebrate that first birthday and landmark it in photos. 

Cake Smash | First Birthday | Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio | Michigan Photographer

Below is the list I've put together of places near the Lansing Area to get a cake for your little one's first birthday bash.

The Sweet Cake Co -Williamston Mi
www.sweetcakecompany.com

A Piece O' Cake -East Lansing Mi
www.apieceocake.com

Cakes A Bloomin -Lansing Mi
www.cakes-a-bloomin.com

Cake Art Of Lansing -Lansing Mi
www.facebook.com/Cake-Art-of-Lansing

Bake N' Cakes -Lansing Mi
www.bakencakes.com

Whipped Bakery -Lansing Mi
www.whippedbakerylansing.com

Glazed & Confused Bakery -Lansing Mi
www.glazedandconfusedbakery.com

A few other options are Meijer, Kroger, and Sams Club, but as big grocery stores they won't have as many cute options.

Know any other awesome cake shops or bakeries I missed? Share them in the Comments! 

Boy | First Birthday Cake Smash | Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio | Michigan Photographer

A Beautiful Winter Engagement: Greg & Gabrielle | St Johns Mi | Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio

For Greg and Gabrielle's engagement photo shoot we went to St. Johns where he proposed. 

Engagement | Proposal | Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio | St Johns Mi

It was a crisp, beautiful winter day for it! 

The Ring | Save the date | Greg & Gabrielle | Engagement Photo Shoot in St Johns | Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio
Save the date | Greg & Gabrielle | Engagement Photo Shoot in St Johns | Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio
Winter Woods Engagement | Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio | Michigan Photographer
Dip | Couples | Engaged | Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio | St. Johns Mi

This was such a cute moment!

Save the Date | Engaged | Love | Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio | Okemos Mi
Love | Winter Engagement | Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio | Michigan Wedding Photographer

Love Greg and Gabrielle's photos? Let us know below and share it with your friends! 
For information on booking your wedding and engagement photos, contact us here  or use the email address and phone number below! 
abcandidstudio@gmail.com
517.672.9323 (we are text friendly)

Happy Holidays!

It's been a great year at Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio! All of our Holiday shoots are done, mischief is managed, and the studio is a sparkly decoration filled mess! 

Davy  | Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio | Pet Photos | Papillon | PetX | Howell Michigan

Prints, disks, keychains and other gift items ordered at our Pet-X Holiday Photo Day have been dropped off with the lovely ladies at the main register in Pet-X. If you were at our events on the 12th or 13th of December and haven't picked up your order yet, it's there waiting for you.

The raffle winner for a Location Photo Shoot has been chosen and will be contacted in January after the holidays.

Click the video below to see more adorable pups who came out to meet Santa!

And for a peek at last year's photos... 

The studio is now closed for the holidays until January 12th of 2016. I will be out of the country on a photo safari (yay!), and will respond to any emails or messages when we get back. 

Lion | Photo Safari | African Portfolio | Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio | Adventure! | Lion | Cubs | Safari

Happy Holidays! 

Holiday Feline Photos

I have a cat. This is probably not news to any of you, but it's still rather comical because my life is dogs, dogs, dogs and more dogs. Followed by more dogs. This is her second Christmas, and she now has the fluffiest tail I have seen on a cat yet. Time to annoy her with photos! 

Wrapping Paper | Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio

You will need... 
*1 roll of wrapping paper (shortly destroyed)
*silver garland
*catnip
*feather cat wand - I hold this in one hand and smack it where ever I want the cat to look
*table & random item as paper weight to keep one end of paper on the table
*Camera with Flash angled to bounce off the wall behind me

I would normally use a backdrop stand, but I left that at the studio for use tomorrow. For something small like this it was really easy to just drape the paper off the table and weight the ends down with something minorly heavy. 

Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio| Cats | Christmas

Petals started out behaving like a little angel, but like any cat got bored a little easily.
Out came the catnip! 

Garland Cat | Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio | DIY Cat Photo Backdrop | Cats

On a side note, wrapping paper does not stand a chance when another cat appears out of nowhere like a tiny demonic Koolaid man. 

Peaches did manage to cooperate for about 30 seconds though... 

Peaches | Cat Photography | Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio

Wrapping paper makes a great impromptu backdrop for anything smaller than a mastiff (if you're at the right angle, you could still swing a mastiff). Baby photographers usually have a zillion rolls of just 4 foot wide paper in different colors, and it's utterly brilliant. This trick works great with pets and anything relatively small. It's fun and easy to DIY at home, no matter what level of photographer you are. 


 

Marisa & Garrett's Engagement Photo Shoot | Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio | Kalamazoo, Michigan

This Friday I have the honor of photographying this beautiful couple's wedding! I can't wait! 

Marisa + Garrett's Engagement Photo Shoot | Kalamazoo | Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio

A perfect pair, this is how Marisa and Garrett found each other (in her words)...  "He met me at my absolute worst, lol. It was a 8am Monday morning computer business class in January of 2013. I noticed his tattoos. He was one row ahead of me, several people down. I must not have had my glasses on because I was squinting trying to see what his ink was. He went home and told his then roommate there was a girl staring/glaring at him, hahaha. 
It turned out that he was really terrible at computers and that is what I'm getting my degree in. I offered to help him in class and shortly after he called and asked if I could help outside of class. I went over to his house that day, and I think we've seen each other every day since." 

Marisa & Garrett | Engagement | Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio

The above photos are on a little island in the middle of a wide river. Marisa and Garrett were brave enough to venture out to it for a few photos! We all got a bit damp... and had a lot of laughs! 

Marisa & Garrett | Cute Engagement Photos | Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio | Michigan Photographer
The Ring! Engagement Photo Shoot | Kalamazoo Mi | Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio
Marisa & Garrett | Cute Engagement Photos | Alyssia Booth's Candid & Studio | Michigan Photographer