08.14.12

Summer Almost Over

Posted in Creative, Hobbies, Senior Pictures, Uncategorized at 11:47 am by Andrew

Hard to believe Summer is almost over. Things have been crazy busy this Summer, that and the extreme heat have lead to many indoor photos. We have stayed busy this Summer with The Steel Toad, our automotive & cycle photography end of the business as well, working on calenders and other promotional pieces for local builders and painters. Growing up with a dad who sold cars my entire life, I have always had a love for beautiful works of art in the form of transportation. Below are just a few of the recent shoots.
We are keeping busy with Senior Photos as well. I have had parents come up to me and tell me they wish they would’ve spent the time and money on getting professional photos of their Seniors when they graduated. Now the kids are off to college and are never around. The Senior Year is a big year in the life of your young adult. Eighteen years of your life invested into this one that is getting ready to head out on their own. We may not be able to freeze time and keep them from leaving, but we can capture a moment of it to cherish for the rest of ours. Don’t give that moment to just anyone with a camera. I could own the top surgical instruments on the market, yet I believe you would not want me to perform your surgery. There is more to taking quality photos than setting your camera on AUTO, so make sure you put your trust in those of us who do this for a living. Call us today to schedule your Senior’s session soon. Yearbook photos are included in the session.

God Bless,

Andrew Isbell
(269) 303.1806 Call or Text

05.03.10

Race Season has Started

Posted in Fun Shots, Hobbies, Uncategorized at 4:50 pm by Andrew

This past Saturday night, I had the privilege of attending the races at Kalamazoo Speedway. I was really taken back by how family-friendly of an environment it was. Don’t take me wrong, I didn’t go there thinking it was going to be a drunken brawl, but I really didn’t go there thinking it would start with a prayer over the loud speaker. I was pleasantly surprised.
Now, I guess I should state that I spent almost the entire time in the pit area, but from what I witnessed, there was a lot of children and families hanging out having a really nice time. With a minor rain delay from the start, the track was quickly dried and the races were under way. There was even a beautiful sunset for all to enjoy, something you miss while sitting in the movie theater.
After talking with different drivers, I have found that the family atmosphere is also evident in the pit area. It is like one giant family, all the drivers that is. Yes, there are those that may get a little too competitive with each other at times, but then again it is a race and no one wants to lose. But then again, unless you have a family like none that I have seen, families have there little tiffs as well.
I would definitely recommend to all my readers to pick a race some Saturday night and give it a try. Go to KalamazooSpeedway.com to find out the schedule and to see if there is a cancellation due to rain the day of the race. You might try a race early in the season, that way there are more races to go to when you find out how much fun it is. Maybe I’ll see you there. I will be hanging around the #8 car since my name, TheSteelToad.com is on the side of it:-)
Here is a look at the autograph cards Chris Shannon will be handing out this Saturday, May 8th.

God Bless,

Andrew Isbell
269-303.1806

Autograph Night May 8th, 2010

Autograph Night May 8th, 2010

Kalamazoo Speedway Opening Night

Kalamazoo Speedway Opening Night

04.16.10

Spring Fever is Here!

Posted in Children, Creative, Engagement, Fun Shots, Hobbies, Senior Pictures, Weddings at 12:28 pm by Andrew

Wow, I know this is beginning to sound familiar, but time sure flies! Things have been a little crazy around here for so far this year. Between weddings, senior photos, helping models build their portfolios, maternity & newborn shoots, engagements, motorcycle and car shoots and swap meets, and having my business TheSteelToad.com placed on a race car and steins up at Old Hat Brewery, I have been trying to get caught up on the computer end of things. I know I said this last time, but I am going to do my best in keeping up on this blog. I actually do better at keeping up on Facebook with the two separate business pages. If you have not yet become a fan of the pages, go to ForeverAlwaysPhotography.com and click on Facebook. You can join there. You can also go to TheSteelToad.com and click on the link to the Facebook page on the homepage and join that fan page as well. That way you can keep up on all the latest happenings.
Any seniors still needing photos for this year 2010, I will be glad to work with you in getting things done quickly. Those who will be Seniors this coming year, I am already taking in students for the Ambassador programs. I already have a girl for Lawton and Mattawan, with a few others talking with their parents. Sign up quickly if you are interested. Only one girl and guy allowed from each school. Major, and I mean MAJOR discounts are given along with some really cool perks. Don’t wait too long to sign up.

God Bless,

Andrew
269-303.1806

Here’s a few pics of what’s been going on:

The Happy Couple

The Extended Family

The Girl Loves Peacocks

Doing a little Audrey Hepburn

The Wait is Almost Over

Sweet Baby Lane

The Start of Something Big

Too Cute

2010 Ducati Streetfighter S

Shannon Racing (before my logo was added)

First Sponsorship

09.01.09

Where did the time go?

Posted in Children, Creative, Family, Fun Shots, Hobbies, Senior Pictures at 10:05 pm by Andrew

Summer is almost over, and the kids are headed back to school next week. Where did the time go? This seems like a constant theme in my life. Summer was definitely fun, being my first summer home with the kids all day long! Some days seeming longer than others:) Last year I was putting in 60 hours or more each week at Stryker and coming home to work on photos. It was hard going to sleep at 9 or 10 in order to get up between 2-4am. I think I am closer to getting to bed at those times now.

This summer has had many photo sessions, from water ski events, to senior photos, to family portraits, to starting up another division of Forever Always Photography, LLC, The Steel Toad, that focuses on the automotive & cycle photography business. It has been a busy but fun ride. I thank God for providing so far.

I do have some slots open within the Senior Ambassador program for some of the schools in the area. If you are interested in finding out more information, please give me a call at 269-303.1806 or drop me a line at info@ForeverAlwaysPhotography.com.

God Bless,

Andrew Isbell

Breanna ‘10

2OrangeHarleys.com

Asher

Buell custom

McGee Family

Cindy

Jackie

Michigan Hall of Famer

Morgan

Trick Ski Event

Trash the Prom Dress with Dannah

09.26.08

“Best of Show” Paint

Posted in Hobbies at 12:10 pm by Andrew

I love cars! Older ones especially. I told you already that my son and I had fun at the Harvest Festival looking at the cars, well, the truck we lined up to take photos of ended up winning “Best of Show” for its paint at the 29th annual Street Rod Nationals North in Kalamazoo a few weekends ago.

We met yesterday morning in Schoolcraft, MI, at the park where they hold their annual vintage car show every 4th of July. It is a beautiful park right in town and makes for a great backdrop with such a amazing truck. I am not sure how to describe the paint other than it is a brown pearl that changes colors depending on the angle and the sun. One minute it is a deep brownish gold fleck, the next it is a beautiful green. One look and it is not hard to understand why it received the award it did.

Needless to say, I really enjoyed this project. I am looking forward to my next vehicle, the 1934 Mercedes we are hoping to do within the coming weeks.

God Bless,

Andrew

47 Chevy

Best of Show 2

09.15.08

What to do in the rain

Posted in Hobbies at 9:38 pm by Andrew

Like many of you, I am getting tired of the rain we have been getting over this past weekend. I had a few outdoor shots lined up that were postponed leaving me indoors working on recent photos. I have plenty to work on, so the rain was actually a good thing, though I was tied up all day Saturday with a church auction my wife and I were helping organize. The rain actually helped, I believe, for there was little else to do for those who ventured outdoors.

The evening was quite fun, even though my time was spent mostly in the kitchen cooking 24lbs of spaghetti, heating up 300+ homemade breadsticks, along with plenty of sauce. There were great deals to be had, including a pure-bred black lab puppy that went for $75. He was cute, but not cute enough for me to buy for my daughter and wife. We already have a 170lb English Mastiff, we do not need another dog!

I had a great time Sunday evening going over final details with a bride and groom for their up-coming wedding this Saturday. The weather man is calling for clear skies and temps around the mid-70′s. Sounds perfect to me.

Two weekends ago we made it to the Wine & Harvest Festival in Paw Paw, MI, and saw many beautiful cars. My son and I share the same passion for older cars and enjoyed the day together. I included two here and a close-up of a 1934 Mercedes under the Specialty tab on my website. We are arranging to take more pictures of the Mercedes in the next week or two when they bring in the rye fields.

God Bless and have a great week,

Andrew

Mach 1

Auto 2