Author Archives: Alanna St. Laurent

Metamora Hot Air Balloon Festival

I am not kidding when I say it’s been YEARS I’ve been wanting to photograph the hot air balloons. Its not like there is a shortage of hot air balloon festivals in Michigan. But there were two criteria that had to happen for it to work: One, it had to be on a weekend with […]

See Inside the DIA Film Theatre

Some people may not even be aware there is an active film theatre inside the Detroit Institute of Arts. But there is! It’s called the DIA Film Theatre (go see a film here if you haven’t!). And it is beautiful. I cannot believe I have never photographed this space before. I love I still have new […]

Detroit’s Metropolitan Building – See the Before / Afters

With all the renovations happening in Detroit lately, it was only a matter of time before I created before/after images of one of Detroit’s renovated buildings. The images shared here belong to the Metropolitan Building located on John R. The building opened in early 2019 as a boutique hotel named Element Detroit by Marriott. And more […]

Cincinnati, In Spite of the Storm

Downtown Cincinnati Light Trails Long Exposure

This past Thursday I visited Cincinnati, on my way to a retreat weekend in Kentucky (non-photography related). I knew before I arrived there were storms predicted. I was hoping some of my good weather karma would kick in and they would blow over (no such luck, as you will read in a moment). The purpose […]