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Senior High School Photography Grand Hotel Mackinac Island Photographer

Grand Hotel Senior High School Photography

Senior High School Photography is no longer only done in the studio.  Senior are incorporating all sorts of locations and themes to their Senior High School Photography.

This gentlemen was a prime example.  He worked for the Grand Hotel in their pool area and he thought that having some Senior High School Photography captured on the beautiful grounds of the Grand Hotel would be fun.

He was comfortable under his baseball cap and his big belt buckle so that is exactly how we photographed him at the Grand Hotel.  His mother talked him in to a few images in a dressy shirt and tie.:-)

Here is a small selection of the Senior High School images that we captured in just over an hour at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

Paul Retherford Photography, LLC is available for Senior High School Photography all over Northern Michigan.  Call today to set up your photography session 231-445-1793.

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Stafford’s Bay View Inn Bridal Show 2015

Northern Michigan Bridal Wedding Show

Stafford’s Bay View Inn hosts an annual Bridal Wedding Show in Petoskey, Northern Michigan.

It is great to see a bunch of Professional Wedding vendors of whom I work with on a weekly basis.

The Bay View Inn is a beautiful venue that has a circular layout that lends to a nice flow for the Brides.

I captured a few images during the Wedding Show.

Flowers from Sky’s the Limit had a wedding dress stand that the Brides could capture an image behind while holding one of Jackie’s beautiful bouquets.  It was a hit.

Enjoy the few images.
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Detroit Michigan Lower Huron Metropark Engagement Photography Jess + Jordan

Engagement Photographer Detroit Michigan

Detroit Metroparks are a touch of Northern Michigan found in Southern Michigan.  The natural area and trails lend to wonderful photography options within close proximity to large cities.

I met Jess and Jordan at the Lower Huron Metropark for their Engagement photography.  They wanted some nice natural outdoor images in the wild with Jordan’s guitar, incorporating their careers, and on their rollerblades.

Jess and Jordan are a cute couple that will be married this year at the Toledo Zoo in Toledo, Ohio!

Jess let me know that she has an identical twin.  I think I will know which one is her on the Wedding day.:-)

Enjoy this Gorgeous Engaged couple and their Detroit Metroparks Engagement Photography at the Lower Huron Metropark.

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Stafford’s Hospitality Employee Holiday Party & Celebration of Service Photography

Knights of Columbus Petoskey Holiday Party Event

Stafford’s Hospitality is one of the premier lodging and waterfront dining groups in Northern Michigan.  They manage Stafford’s Perry Hotel, Crooked River Lodge, Bay View Inn, Pier Restaurant, Weathervane Restaurant, and Drawbridge Bistro.

Stafford’s Hospitality Corporate Mission is “to be the best hospitality business in Northern Michigan; offering exemplary service, superior quality food, beverage, and lodging while inspiring responsible community presence.”

Stafford’s Hospitality held their employee holiday party and celebration of service at the Knights of Columbus hall in Petoskey, Michigan. The theme for the party was red, white, and blue.

Sweetwater Catering Company prepared the delicious meal for the 300+ employees that attended the event.

The dessert was provided by the Bay View Inn.

Tom Pluister of Pluister Entertainment provided the mic system and the dj entertainment during dinner and following the awards.

Stafford’s Hospitality awarded employees from 5 years employed all the way to 42 years employed!  It was an impressive celebration of service!

What I found touching was that they tried to match the interests of the employees in their awards too.  For example, one of the gentlemen who had been an employee for 30+ years was given a certificate from Stafford’s to a local travel agency.  This certificate would allow him to see his grand kids who he is always talking about.

Everyone who attended received a Stafford’s Hospitality insulated cup.

At the end of the service an envelope was handed out to every one with a gift inside.  Inside the envelopes they had everything from gift cards, to overnight stays on Mackinac Island, to a flat screen TV!  It was really cool seeing all these people with smiles on their faces.  I felt like I was photographing Oprah’s Christmas gifts.:-)

Following the dinner they cleared off the dance floor so that Pluister Entertainment could get the music revved up and the dance floor hopping.

I am proud of a company who not only rewards but celebrates their employees like Stafford’s Hospitality did at the Knights of Columbus in Petoskey.

This is a small selection of images that I captured from Stafford’s Hospitality employee holiday party and celebration of service in Petoskey, Michigan at Knights of Columbus hall.  If you would like to see the entire selection please visit

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