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

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

11.08.09

Gorgeous Day For November

Posted in Senior Pictures at 10:54 pm by Andrew

Talk about a beautiful day….temps reached 70 today! It did not reach 70 the entire month of October here. I could use a few more days like this, though most of the leaves are down.
We took some outdoor shots with a Senior today, lining up a few very unique barns and a nice wooded area with some pines and a few leaves. I thought I would include a few shots from today’s session.
Of course they are calling for a chance of snow Sunday! Go figure…from one extreme to the next. Welcome to Southwest Michigan:-)

God Bless,

Andrew

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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

11.16.08

One Bad Cold!

Posted in Senior Pictures at 10:19 pm by Andrew

Wow, where did the time go? I just realized it has been a few weeks since I last wrote. My wife told me that is when my cold started. I have been in a haze ever since.

I don’t know about you, but a cold messes up my entire schedule. My entire day has been out of whack since my last post, and just when I thought I was going to get better…WHAM!!! My wife called me at the church a week ago to let me know a pipe had busted in the basement and was covering the floor with SEWAGE:O Not really what one wants to come home to. Well, with moving all of our stored TREASURES outside in the nice cold weather, my cold decided to come back at twice the level it had been.

One week later, the basement is back in order (actually better order than it was) and my cold is finally letting up. This is good since I have a photo shoot on Tuesday. It always helps to have one’s head about them when taking pictures:)

Until Tuesday I thought I would leave you with some photos I took right after my last posting of a senior session. I had a great time with Nick and his mom. We spent some time at the track up at the high school where Nick used to compete. We then went out to the camp my friend manages where there are many great locations for photos, including the old theater barn and many beautiful trees that were in all of their fall glory. It was one of the last beautiful days of the season. Nick did a great job as you can see by the photos.

God Bless,

Andrew

Nick Senior 1

Nick Senior 2

10.09.08

What happen to the week?

Posted in Children, Senior Pictures at 1:03 pm by Andrew

Ever have one of those weeks that starts with Monday and goes straight to Thursday? What happen? I started to work on some photos, ran some errands that never stopped, and here it’s Thursday!

We did get a little rest in this past weekend with a trip up to Mackinaw City, though a five hour drive each way is not really what I call relaxing. I must say that I was a little apprehensive about the whole thing, staying in a cabin, with the possibility of no heat, in the cold North. I, wanting to stay warm, packed TWO portable heaters just in case. I guess I was worrying without cause, for the cabins had heaters, bathrooms and showers, and a little fridge and microwave. Not quite roughing it, though as rough as I care to go. If you ever go to Mackinaw City check out www.campmackinaw.com. They are great people and run a beautiful facility.

Before we left for Mackinaw I was trying to upload some new Senior photos to Pictage in order for the senior to view them over the weekend. Of course, nothing ever works when you are in a hurry, so needless to say I was unable to get them loaded. I came back and worked on them all Monday and Tuesday, battling it out with the MAC and the FTP software. Frustrated does not quite capture the mood I was in:) Ask my wife. Even the tech at Pictage was stumped. It is definitely best if you can blame the software or any other third party for your problems, but when I realized it was something I did, well that did not help. The tech could have at least sounded glad that I figured it out.

Oh well, they are calling for a beautiful weekend, which is going to be great with sessions lined up for some nice outdoor family photos. I will leave you with a few photos I have been working on for Nathan and Tony, along with a shot of my daughter in Mackinaw City.

God Bless and have a great weekend!

Andrew

Nathan Senior 2

Tony Senior 2

Adria in Mackinaw

09.27.08

Senior Pictures with Tony

Posted in Senior Pictures at 6:40 pm by Andrew

One could not have had a nicer day, nor an entire week for that matter. The weather has been just beautiful here in Southwest Michigan. With the smell of grapes in the air, it is just picture perfect. For those who do not know, our little town is surrounded by grape vineyards that are ripe for harvest. With Welch’s grape juice factory a couple blocks away, the trucks pass by throughout the day and night bringing in the sweet smelling harvest.

For those who live outside of Michigan, you can enjoy not only Welch’s grape products from here, but Spiech Farm grapes at any of the WalMarts in your state as well as other grocers that carry these hand-picked delights.

Back to the day’s shoot. We went out this afternoon and stopped by two farms and a camp in order to get the photos we desired. The first farm was one I have eyed for a few years now and finally decided to see if it was available. As you can see, the barn was ideal for senior pics and led to the possibility of another client, the owner’s son, who happens to be a senior this year as well:)

The second barn is one that belongs to a dear old friend of mine. The barn, however, is not very safe anymore, as the foundation is giving away. This is too bad, for it is a beautiful building with lots of character. They just don’t build them like this anymore.

Our last stop was a camp that is managed by a very good friend and provides 265 acres of ideal settings for any portrait session. With a lake, trails, campsites, beautiful trees, and plenty of nature, what more could one ask or hope for. All of these settings definitely helped create some great senior pictures for Tony. Of course, it helped to have a great senior model as well.

God Bless,

Andrew

Tony 1

Cross Country

09.07.08

Senior Pictures

Posted in Senior Pictures at 8:51 pm by Andrew

Well, Friday brought rain and a delay in taking our outdoor photos of the little girl I was looking forward to working with. We are rescheduling for this week, though it is going to be rather busy. The weather was ideal today for our Senior session with Nathan, and his choice of locations worked very nicely.

Van Buren Youth Camp has played an important part in Nathan’s life. So much so that he wanted to make it part of his senior photos. Many of the locations we used contained objects that are well known to any camper that has been there before. Legends of bears climbing trees were shared, helping me to understand what many campers feel when reliving the folklore that is passed down throughout the years. Having worked at a youth camp myself, I know what life-changing experiences camp can have on one’s life.

After we left the camp, we headed back to Lawton to hit the soccer field and have fun doing some shots there. Nathan, and his mom, did a great job in moving around the goal in order to use it in some of the photos. Between the green grass, the vineyards, and the beautiful clouds in the sky, the day was perfect.

God Bless,

Andrew

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