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SEEDS Studio Shout-Out to Janna Coumoundourous of LilacPop Studio

January 15, 2018
Main Event 20 Photo Courtesy of SEEDS Studio

Have you ever meet someone who really hustles, who inspires you, who is truly by definition a trendsetter?  That would be my good friend Janna Coumoundourous of Lilacpop Studio. Janna shines in a class all her own and in my eyes is an Iconic Figure in Detroit Fashion. Not only is she an amazing photographer specializing in real estate for over the span of 15 years, her award-winning fashion and commercial photography have been featured in online magazines like Italian Vogue and Detroit's very own Styleline Magazine. She photographs food, fashion, events and more, but Janna's talent does not end there.

Janna creates stunning and unique jewelry that has been featured in Dateline Detroit, Fox 2 News, and NAIAS 2012. Her amazing work is sold all over Metro Detroit. Janna's design inspiration arises from a desire to discover the beauty in everyday objects, such as vintage machines and car parts, which she disassembles, repurposes, and combines with her own metal work to create her own amazing one-of-a-kind pieces.  

If it isn't enough that Janna Creates stunning jewelry, she also designs and brings to life dresses made from nonother than Inteva Inteather automotive material. who she has been commissioned by 3 years in a row to create unique automotive dresses for the North American International Auto Show's Charity Preview held every January in downtown Detroit. The material can be found in many brands and cars used on panels and sunroofs. She adds other elements of surprise such as shredded seat belts, vintage machine parts, and delicate beaded lace to create completely unique yet beautiful and wearable gowns.  

Last year's dresses were featured in publications and websites all around the globe including USA Today, The Associated Press, ABC News, U.S. & World Report, and more. Janna's automotive dress collection was on display last year at the Detroit Historical Museum alongside creations by Anna Sui, John Varvatos, Tracy Reese and other native Detroit fashion designers.   

 Detroit Singer/ Songwriter Josie Pace  Photography by Janna Coumoundouros at The Conserva 

Models wearing 4 of Janna's Dresses using material from Inteva at the North American International Auto Show's Charity Preview

This year Janna is designing a dress using Inteva Material specially made for  Kim DeGiulio From Detroit Channel 4 News. If you do attend the 2018 Charity Preview Show you will not only see Kim DeGiulio sporting this amazing one-of-a-kind dress but Janna her self along with other models will be walking around all wearing previous dresses and jewelry made out of Inteva material and custom automotive parts.   

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You would think I'd be concluding, now wrapping this up and commenting on all the amazing accomplishments and hard work Janna Coumoundourous has put in over the years. The numerous fashion shows she has participated in, the many interviews not only with local news but in magazines all across America, you would think after having not only her self and her fashion photography on billboards and busses around the Metro Detroit what else could I add, what else can this woman possibly accomplish? 

    Mushroom Photo by Janna Coumoundouros can be purchased here: LilacpopPhotography

Well......Last Year Janna alongside her Husband Chef Matt Baldridge opened their restaurant The Conserva located in Ferndale Mi. She helps create the advertisement,  photographs the food, helps with the website and much more. She is also in charge of coordinating monthly featured artist at the Conserva. Each month, a local artist has their work displayed on the walls, starting with an opening night celebration,  followed by 2 weeks of the featured artists work on display and for purchase. Detroit's Art, Fashion and Culinary are growing because of people like Matt and Janna. Their love for the city an dedication to the arts is inspirational.

Janna tweaking a dress in her Ferndale Studio Photo courtesy of SEEDS Studio 

Janna has accomplished so much just within the past 5 years I have known her, it's a whirlwind to write about. I can say that this little SEEDS Studio Shoutout (#seedsstudioshoutout) doesn't do justice to the determination and inspiration Janna has shown not only through her work but to women everywhere. If you meet her she's hilarious and never takes herself seriously.  She sees the beauty in everything and lights up a room when she walks in, Her talent always amazes me and her hustle has no end. If this story does anything, it should be inspiring. This wife and mother of two who started out as a DNR outdoor ranger has transformed her passion into reality with nothing but hard work and determination. If you do attend the North American International Auto Show's Charity Preview this year I encourage you to find Janna, chat with her and maybe if your lucky get her autograph. She is a Badass Girlboss, a true inspiration and I'm honored to call her friend.

Detroit Fox 2 News  The showcasing of Janna's new dress airs tomorrow morning 1/16/2018
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Thank You Lensbaby!!!!!

January 10, 2018

I am so geeked to Have  the Texture Légère Rêveuse Collection featured on the Lensbaby Blog......thank you so much for the honor. Check out the article, blog, and website here: https://lensbaby.com/scottie-magro-texture-legere-reveuse-collection/
A huge part of my dreamy look is because of My use of my Lensbaby Composer Pro With Double Glass Optic. It is my go-to lens for almost everything artistic. Any photographer who loves the dreamy artistic look, You definitely need to check out Lensbaby.com 

~Take a mini class~ Let's create beautiful images together with Scottie Magro Of SEEDS Studio

January 09, 2018

I'm a big believer that capturing a moment is way better than a posed image. If you feel the same then I would love to teach you how to capture better memories of your kids, your family, your hubby, your dog. Lots of people tell me that my camera must be amazing to have the kind of results I do. It's not the camera, it's the person behind the camera. No matter what kind of camera you have I can help you see your world in a new light. If you are excited to take the next step in your photography, then join me for my mini class  # SEEDS Studio Beautiful Images

What you get:
A PDF of info and homework ( that's right homework) You need to learn the basics of your camera and understand "Camera Terminology " This is important ( and doesn't hurt that much!)
A 90-minute hands-on class located at the 100-year-old Howell Opera House in Howell Michigan. Here you will learn how angles are your friend, light makes the world of difference and a whole lot more

Fill out the small questionnaire here: http://www.scottiemagro.com/classes If you have any additional questions you can leave all questions and comments here on the blog or after the questionnaire.

Holiday Glitter Love 2017

December 20, 2017
Hi there, Scottie Magro of SEEDS Studio Photography here today to share a quick little last minute project using a little bit of glitter and prints from Parabo Press. The holidays snuck up on me once again. In the midst of helping my clients get their holiday cards ready, I did nothing card wise this year. I have prints from parabopress . Lots and lots of prints. ( I have become quite the printaholic) but have nothing holiday oriented. I needed a quick fix with what I had handy and happen to stumble across some glitter glue I had tucked away in a drawer. I decided to try something wonky! At first, I did not like where this was going but as I used different prints I think things ended up looking kind of cute.

Gotta have glitter!!! ( Michaels, Joanns, Hobbie Lobby)

I use "frogs" often for holding little prints ( Michaels floral department) This one I spray painted gold.

This looks cooler in person. The glitter is subtle, especially from a distance away.

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At first, I thought this may be cheesy, but I actually like it. Like I mentioned...this is close up and angled so you can actually see that there is glitter. Setting them for display looks great, And it was fun. I think I'd like to find more grown-up glitter with a better nozzle for future attempts, but this was fun, quick and it's cute....enjoy!


November 21, 2017
I am in love with blur, with colors and light that dance and sing, where there are no defined lines to interpret what they are dancing to. Light and color blend together creating an enchanting, ethereal effect, my images need that to come alive....so being approached by The Conserva (201 E Mile Ferndale, Mi. @theconserva ) to have an actual Art Opening with my images was my golden opportunity to have some of that magic in print for all to see. I didn't hesitate to say yes! I decided I wanted new images for the opening, the whole summer I worked on texture légère rêveuse (dreamy, light, texture)

My tools are extremely important to me! The combination of what I use creates the dreamy world my mind lives in, it is a happy collaboration of one lens and presets. I already knew that I wanted to create collections with common elements connecting the pieces together. I also wanted to create a series of each collection. I love visual storytelling and wanted each series to have its own elements but also come together as one. What better way to merge that connection using my Lensbaby Composer Pro  (with double glass optic) I call it my "Mad-Eye Moody Lens" It's really the "Wild Child " of my lenses and does not play by the rules...thus making it my go-to lens for almost everything I do. The thing I love most about my Composer Pro, it's double glass optic is inside of it already. I just find the sweet spot ( usually the face) and click. It creates this stretched distorted bokeh that I just adore, I need light and color to dance with no boundaries, this lens creates that perfectly! Once the images go to edit my love for all things vintage and my mad obsession with texture play a huge part in the editing processes, that's where Exposure X2 from Alienskin comes in to play. @alienskinsoftware. I love Analog film, the presets from Exposure X2 look amazing. I can truly create that old film look I adore so much! The combination of using Lensbaby and Alien Skin Exposure X2 is so vital to my style...the collaboration of the two I feel creates my "signature look" 

My first series started in New York where I photographed model Allie Cezek  @alliecizek  
This series is called "In a New York Minute"   We only had an hour to shoot and that hour flew by! Using my Composer Pro @seeinanewway @lensbaby  in New York I actually tried to keep it straight as possible, I felt it was important for people to see it was New York and not just some unknown city.  We started on a roof-top of a building and then traveled down to the Financial District. The roof-top ended up being my favorite images...and you can't quite tell it's New York much, but I'm ok with that now, I still love the images and the main focus was Allie. We had a blast on the rooftop, it was so windy, things were flying everywhere and Allie could not keep her hair out of her face, we were laughing so hard. I pick up my camera and she would instantly stop laughing and start posing...one of the many reasons I love working with her. ( lenses used: composer pro with double glass optic and Nikon 50 mm )


November 20, 2017
The Second collection was with model: Valerie Schlaupitz @Valerie_Schlaupitz.  I rented a VW Bus, brought student videographer Noah Granitz, and created " Wish you were here~Postcards from a Vagabond" Not only did I capture images I just adore using my Composer Pro with (double Glass optic) but created a video from Animoto.com to go along with it. I made sure that some of these images had the dreamy blur I adore along with an old postcard feel, I wanted it to seem like she traveled where ever her heart took her. I used the Alien Skin Exposure X2 presets to add texture and change the color of the VW bus from green to baby blue  ( my favorite color)  Lens used: ( Composer pro with double glass optic and Nikon 50mm)