Monday, February 25, 2013

Ayanna- February 2013

Whew! Where on earth did February go? Don't get me wrong, I am eagerly awaiting the longer days, the springtime shoots, and the motorcycle rides (Ohhhhh the motorcycle rides!), but it seems to me as though the days pass quickly, and the weather passes slowly. Moving to North Carolina is looking more and more appealing....

But I digress! The winter here certainly calls for some crazy gorgeous photo shoots.

This week's model is Ayanna gray. Yes, model. Professionally, although I'm sure you could already tell from the photos. She is so beautiful inside and out, and an incredible joy to shoot with! She is a firm believer in giving the photographer full creative authority during the process (what a dream!) and as humble as they come. We have already begun making arrangements for a springtime shoot with a superhero theme so be sure to watch for those later....

 Thanks for stopping by! Happy Monday, and remember to keep smiling.

Esther Stoneburner
Viva Bene Photography

Monday, February 18, 2013


Hello! Busy this week, and I only just have time for a quick post, so I thought I would leave you all with a preview from my stunning shoot with the model Ayanna Gray.  The rest are coming soon!

Keep Smiling!

Esther Stoneburner
Viva Bene Photography

Monday, February 11, 2013


As you may know by now, I live in Michigan. This past summer had us all adjusting to typical temps in the 90's +. This winter on the other hand, gleefully dishes out weather consisting of ice, snow, and wind chills below zero.
What do we do with this weather then? Do we huddle indoors, whimpering as we desperately clutch at our cups of hot coffee whispering "One more day...."

Well, sometimes.

But not today! The ice has bestowed upon us the sugary sparkle of snow on every branch of the trees, and I'll be darned if I'll let that photographic opportunity pass me by. So I  created my very own winter wonderland.

This is Deborah, my model for the day. She's totally gorgeous, and didn't say one word about how cold it was outside. What a dream!

By the way, I LOVE furry hoods!

That's all for now lovely people, now go find yourself a nice warm cup of that coffee.
Until next time,
Keep smiling!

Esther Stoneburner
Viva Bene Photography

Monday, February 4, 2013

Back to "Normal"

Well, I've gone and done it.
"One post per week!" I told myself.
"It will be easy!" I told myself.
"Cute Christmas posts!" I told myself.
Then I got to the point where life had me so busy, there were so many photos that weren't going to edit themselves, and I just got so far behind on the blog posts, I didn't even want to start.
*Sigh* ahhhh well. I'm here now, aren't I? Good. I knew you'd understand.

Today I'd like to share with you photos from a recent shoot I did with  very fun, very special couple. The smiles, the love between them, their extremely photogenic nature. In fact, it would probably just be faster to list what I don't love about them!.............
That's right. Nothing.

Seriously, I told you! How freaking cute.

I loved every minute of this shoot. And really, having 50 degree weather in January? Priceless!

Have a great week everyone, I will talk at you again next week.....
Keep Smiling!
Esther Stoneburner
Viva Bene Photography