Out with the Old and in with the New... Year

Our first family portrait. What was I thinking? No seriously, what the hell was I thinking? I thought it would be a piece of cake to take our own. I’d just set up the tripod and use a remote, we’d be in and out in 30 minutes. Well, we were definitely out in 30 minutes with Tuck and I both in tears. He was teething and having a meltdown and I was devastated that we didn’t get ONE decent photo of our family. I couldn’t believe how upset it was making me either. But time out. Of course our 11 month old wasn’t going to smile and sit pretty for some contraption on a stick! Again, what the hell was I thinking? Why was this bothering me so much? I was so busy planning other people’s shoots and just didn’t think this one through. Borrowed a dress from a client I photographed the day before, hit up Target that morning for Tuck’s outfit, and made Mr. Bettie’s out of things we found in his closet. Jennifer came over early to doll me up, which was such an incredible feeling since most days I spend obsessing about losing baby weight instead of focusing on how amazing my body is after creating a human being. That’s it. That must be why I was so emotional about the whole damn thing. Most of our photos since Tuck was born are of him and his daddy. I wasn’t ready to be in front of the camera. But this day I finally felt well enough, and Tuck did not get the memo. I’m a photographer, we are supposed to have the best family photo around. I can’t fail at this! It took a few days for me to finally go through the images and when I did we had more laughs than I expected and got more than just ONE that I loved. I realized I had completely missed the point of the whole experience. Our photo didn’t have to be perfect it just had to be us. Something we could look back on when we are old and grey. That’s ALL it’s about. A memory. Next year I’ll plan better, perhaps even hire someone! But for now, even if they aren't perfect, this is what we looked like in 2015…


A HUGE heartfelt thank you to everyone that has supported me and ModB this past year. Wishing you and your family a Happy New Year and hoping it's your best year yet! And to all you moms out there, remember to Exist in photos. It's so incredibly important to share with your little's. LOVE YOURSELF. Even if just a little at first, the rest will come.

Anna and Ava's Mom and Me Shoot


When wedding photographer Jesselyn came to me last month she wanted headshots, but a more glamorous version where she could show off her personality and style! She has more energy than anyone I know, and that's saying something because I can be quite energetic behind the camera :)

She's a total BOSS.

Check out her work here --------> www.jesselynzbytowski.com
Follow her on FB HERE


Marissa and Isabelle's Mom & Me Shoot

I am thankful for you.

When women support each other, incredible things happen. We are so thankful to call this beautiful family neighbors. Thankful that they take care of us when we are sick, love our dog when we travel and share open hearts through life's toughest moments. 


Thanks Jennifer Bartlett for the most amazing hair and makeup!! Book her for your next salon visit HERE----> https://www.styleseat.com/jenniferbartlett

Meet her HERE -----> https://modbettie.com/jenniferbartlett/

Santa is Coming.

Auf Wiedersehen!

Meet Carra. She came to our studio last week while in town staying with family and we hit it off right away. In fact, there were more times than one where I found myself saying, "Did we just become best friends?!" :) A recent graduate from MSU's Journalism program this beauty is making a BIG move to Germany this week and we wish her the best of luck in her adventures! We hope you had an amazing night out with friends after our session because one thing is for sure, you looked FAB!


10 Reasons to Book Your Mod Bettie Portrait Session

(and how to prepare for one).

Ten Reasons to Book your Mod Bettie Portrait Session

  1. You’ve really wanted to do something for yourself lately. Something as different, dynamic, and adventurous as you are.

  2. You can’t stop thinking about snapping a picture of you that shows off your inner beauty and femininity. You’re so sick of seeing all those pictures of you on Facebookstiff smile, awkward angle, bad lighting.

  3. You work so hard taking care of everyone on the entire planet except yourself. You’re ready to to destress by getting dolled up. You’ve earned a day of pampering.

  4. You honestly can’t remember the last time you felt AND looked beautifuland that scares the hell out of you.

  5. You don’t think you’re photogenic. (We can’t wait to prove you wrong.)

  6. You need a helping hand (and lens) to find your confidence & carefree femininity again.

  7. You’ll finally have a reason to wear THAT dress. (You know which one we’re talkin’ about.)

  8. You’ve been hunting for that one-of-a-kind gift for someone special.

  9. You’re stuck in a style rut, and want to know what you’d look like with an expertly-applied smokey eye.

  10. You’ve always wondered what it feels like to be a true model for a day.

  11. You know you need to let loose. Laugh. Be yourself. Dance around in your skivvies. And get it in pictures so you always have a reminder that you’re beautiful, as you are, right now in this moment.



  1. Research, research, research. It’s time to put your sleuthing skills to the test and learn everything you can about your photographer. Take the time to go over their images, noticing the different styles of retouching, lighting, and posing so you can compare with other photographers and find the style that suits you best.

  2. Schedule a pre-shoot consult. This is huuuuge, and a big step in establishing trust & connection with your photographer. Ask to see the studio, look at more images, talk about your kids, and your favorite subject in the 3rd grade. (That last one is optional.) Plan on spending 30 minutes to an hour on your consult.

  3. Glam it up. If you go with a studio that doesn’t offer hair and makeup before the shoot, make sure to book your own. If you look your best, you’ll feel your bestwhich’ll make the entire photoshoot go silky smooth.

  4. More clothes. (As far as we’re concerned, “more clothes” are the magic words.) For your shoot, always bring more outfits than you’re told to. Each photographer (and stylist, depending on the studio), will help you decide what works best with the design of each studio set.


Ready for Step No. 2?

Questions about how we do things here at Mod Bettie?

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