Minniear’s on the Beach!

This adorable couple just happen to be my Grandpa and Grandma. Sadly, they are spending the next four months in Florida for cancer treatment. About three months ago my grandpa was diagnosed with prostate cancer. As close-knit as our family is, it has been hard on all of us having them 1,000 miles away. But together we are strong and as my Grandma would say, “we have God on our side”, which I wholeheartedly believe to be true.

We were blessed to spend our whole spring break with them in Florida, and of course we had to take photos to capture these special memories together.

Prayers for my Grandpa and Grandma and our whole family are greatly appreciated. In the mean time, look at the smile on their faces!



Byrd’s Eye Photo


Garcia’s on the Beach!

For spring break this year, we had the pleasure of going to Sarasota, Siesta Key, Florida. While we were there we took a beach session of the soon-to-be Garcia’s. It was a blast practicing on the beach!



Byrd’s Eye Photo

Glitter Session!

We LOVE glitter; okay, you got me – I LOVE glitter (Ryan, not so much). With that being said, when my mentor asked me if I wanted to do a glitter photo shoot, of course I said YES!

Here’s a look at how our glitter fun turned out! Special thank you, to our beautiful model, Maddie!

{3} Senior Gals!


Wow! I only graduated three years ago, but I sure have forgotten what it is like to be in High School, again.

Kelsey, Maddie and Kayla sure brought back memories of High School, like talking about their dance later that night and their boyfriends! (hehe). Needless to say, they kept us laughing the whole entire session and put a huge emphasis on the word FUN!


She is super photogenic, gorgeous and not afraid to be adventurous with us. We adore both her smile and her serious face. We loved having her and her friends be a part of our first session EVER! Can’t wait for her to be a BOILERMAKER, next year!




She is hilarious! Maddie has many traits that we found comical, but our favorite was “Okay guys, what should I do?!” We also found out some stuff we would have never known without having this session with her (I’m still laughing!). Side note, Maddie is still practicing her ‘serious face’, so until then, she is all smiles!




Beauty! Talk about a lady who knows how to work it! Kayla, is such a great model! Maybe she has a modeling career in her future? Needless to say, we loved the laughs and smiles she brought to all of our faces during this session.



Our first senior session was stellar! We hope to have many more like this one in the future! Have a group of friends? Want to all get pictures together? We can make it happen!


Byrd’s Eye Photo

The Faces Behind the Name


My name is Michaela Blanding, and my fiancé Ryan Byrd and I are very excited to start this new venture. I am a full-time student at Purdue University and a full-time Mommy to our sweet Ellen Tressa, but I am adding this as a part-time career as a way to support our family and make a difference in the world. God has a plan for us, and we believe this is what we are being called to do. #ByrdsEyePhoto

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