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  • Laurel Photography specializes in custom
    portrait photography in Southeast Michigan.

    Commissioned for her artistic approach,
    Laurel Hogge has provided professional
    maternity, newborn, child, family, and high
    school senior photography for over 7 years.

    Editorial work is featured in Mozi Magazine,
    Dreamer Journal, and La Petite Peach.

Artistic Perspective | ART by LAUREL PHOTOGRAPHY

Every now and then I start acting really weird… stressed, frustrated, anxious, overwhelmed. It happens when the Type A in me does battle with the hippie in me… For example, I need my surroundings gallery clean VERSUS I have four kids and I want them to explore their creativity and enjoy life. For the most part those two sides of me are friendly (well, maybe “cordial” is a better word?). We probably all have these internal conflicts… just let me think we all do so I won’t feel so alone. I also get like this when I’m excited about the future, strangely enough. There are changes coming to my business that will be more clear in the coming months… I’m not keeping it to myself to be secretive, I just honestly am still trying to make sense of it all.

After 11 years of marriage my husband has a sense for when this conflict is building (long stares out the window and bubble baths at 1am usually give it away), and he offers a solution. He sends me out the door with my camera. This time I headed straight to Ann Arbor for antique stores (Antelope Antiques & Coins, and Treasure Mart) and delicious food (Jerusalem Garden). I can’t even explain how much I love Ann Arbor. That city gets me.

The whole day was topped off by opening the files while listening to a steady stream of Sigur Ros, Bon Iver, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, James Vincent McMorrow… emotional, deep, soothing. And after this day of introspection I am at peace again.




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Sooooo… let’s talk about how hard it is to see your babies grow up. My son turned 9 today, and this is the first birthday that he would rather spend with his friends than with his family (i.e. ME… okay so I’m taking it very personally). If I went into the room where he’s playing with is friends and picked him up and held him and told him how much I love him would that be embarrassing for him? Yes? Okay, I’ll keep resisting that urge.



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Happy 2012!!! Let’s kick it off with some images from today’s shoot. We were frozen solid after 15 minutes outside, and we didn’t get the snow we hoped for… but it was so WORTH IT!


January-April is booked. I’ll open extra sessions for NEWBORNS and MATERNITY only.

If you are interested in a Spring 2012 session, please contact me as soon as possible so we can start planning. To request rates and information, click on the “contact” link above.

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