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Brother Graduates!

“Two down, one to go!” – This is the mantra of my parents as #2 finished college last week. I was in East Lansing, proud as pie that my little bro got his degree. Here’s a couple of my favorite pictures from the day.

My favorite!

Wait, what’s happening today?!!

With his roomie

The world’s BEST cheerleaders made the trip to EL


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Birmingham Groves High School – Senior Night

A few weeks ago I was recruited to go home and photograph Grace’s basketball game on their senior night. Given that I had never seen my sister play a game in high school I jumped at the chance. Here are some of my favorites from the night.

These fine folks are my grandparents. Hands down the worlds best fans right here. They have been to every milestone in all our lives.

Warming up…

Honoring the seniors

Getting ready for the game…

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Playing with Light

It’s officially a family affair this photography hobby of mine. My sister got her first digital Canon Rebel while I was home last weekend and of course we spent the entire time playing with the settings. Because we’re awesome we spent Saturday night (yes, Saturday night) in the dark playing with multiple and long exposures. Here’s some of the fun…

We even got brother in on the action…

The Halloran standard, get all three of us in a single picture and at least one of us has our tongue out

My favorite – it’s a total lie but you get the idea

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Me and Gracie down at the Train Yard

On my trip home my siblings and I went on a photo safari in downtown Detroit. Not knowing how much longer this beautiful building will be in our lives, our first stop was the old Train Depot. We packed an old mink of my grandma’s as a prop.

We went down to find the Ambassador Bridge for some more photos

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Ice Skates and Chili

Part two of my Christmas holiday with mother’s family was a cousin skating party at the Rocky River arena. I haven’t been on skates in years but just like riding a bike, I got on the ice and was zipping around in no time. Before I knew it I had spent almost 3 hours on the ice! I definitely need to go again this year, maybe in Millenium Park. Who wants to go?

Here are the girlies in their skating outfits. There were so many people there that we didn’t even need jackets (or long sleeves)!

Doesn’t she look like the female Waldo? These are the awesome 3-D glasses her dad got when he saw Avatar. I’m pretty sure she didn’t take them off for 2 days. It definitely made her easy to spot on the ice.

After the skating was over we headed over to my cousin’s house for a chili dinner. Her basement is a kid’s dream play room complete with chalkboard wall, stage and costumes! I took full advantage of all the kids goofing around.

This little guy was really excited that everywhere you turned there were cookies and candy canes within his reach. Pretty sure he is polishing off a candy cane in this picture.

I think that the mammoth men call this “jowling”, I’m not sure why but it’s hilarious!

My sister, looking gorgeous as usual.

All he needs is the hat and we’ve got a little Waldo!


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A Wonderful Christmas Time

This year for Christmas my family traveled to Cleveland, Ohio to spend the holiday with my mom’s family. It’s a rare year that a large group is able to make it in for the holiday (mom is 1 of 9) so it was definitely a special occasion year. I had so much fun hanging out with all my cousins and meeting the newest member of our family! Here are some of the pictures from Christmas Eve.

Uncle (grandpa) John reading The Night Before Christmas while we wait for Santa…

Santa’s helpers imported from Austin, Texas

The newest member of our family takes a turn on Santa’s lap

The Boston contingency

The young girls of the family. They were inseparable during our visit.

All the cousins, spouses and the next generation

The group in our natural state…

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Gratuitous Grace

That’s right, this post is all about gratuitous photos of my sister (ok, Gus made the cut too). We decided to play with my new camera on high ISO when I was home for Thanksgiving. This is what happened. Enjoy!

This is Gus, the lab/terrier (read: most adorable terror on four paws). He decided he wanted in on the action.

The last two are my favorites…

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Sparty On!


Hola friends,

I’m working and packing furiously for my much needed vacation  in Mexico next week but I wanted to share some new photos from my trip to MSU a few weeks ago. It had been 3 years almost to the day since I had set foot on the banks of the Red Cedar river and I have now promised to not make that mistake again. I’ll be back soon my beloved school but until then I’ll have these great photos to tide me over!

One thing I don’t like about the city is the lack of trees and amazing fall colors. I definitely don’t miss the raking though…

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The beautiful Beaumont Tower in the middle of campus

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Spartan sibling photo with Sparty!

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I did some serious damage at the book store. I now have enough MSU gear to last another 3 years.

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Tailgate! (Taken by Roomie)

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And here she is, my beautiful roomie. Love. This. Girl. (We lived across the hall as freshmen and together for the next three years.)

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So glad I got a chance to see my big! (It’s a sorority thing)

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My fabulous tailgate friends.

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The absolutely AMAZING MSU Marching Band. They always put on a great show.

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The girls at the game


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On the Banks of the Red Cedar

This past weekend I finally went to my old stomping grounds, Michigan State. It was such a great weekend full of old friends and Big Ten sports I can’t believe I waited three years to do it. Rest assured I won’t make that mistake again. Here are some of my iPhone photos. I will be posting the others soon.

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My Boys: Gus and Opi

I was having a wave of home sickness the other day and was going through my family photos folder when I stumbled on these gems. These two fur balls are the family dogs; Gus and Opi. We’ve had Opi for 11 years and Gus for a little over 3. They’re both some sort of lab mix adopted from the Humane Society in Michigan. Opi was a constant in my life through high school and college. He is paws down the best dog you could ask for, obediant, affectionate and gentle, he has a wonderful spirit. Gus is the baby, he’s high energy, curious and your classic troublemaker. These two were my shadows (because I was the designated walker) during the months I spent at home before moving to Chicago. Even now when I come home, they are every hopeful shadows looking for the chance for a walk and always egar for a little lovin’. I look forward to the day when I can open my home to dogs or my own but for now, I’ll take these two.

Oh hai, I can haz kiss now?


When you talk to him in certain tones he cocks his head like this, it is the cutest thing I have every seen.


How can you not love this face?


Our regal old dog, Opi.


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