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I have loved digital paintings for a longtime. There’s something classic and timeless about a painting on your wall, especially a family portrait. Starting today, I am offering digital paintings for sale in two different categories. First for the first time, I am offering my landscape and fine art photographs for sale. They will only be available as paintings. Second, I am offering family portraits for sale as paintings. These are paintings that are fine art and only available on fine art canvas for display.

The photo below is Crown Point High School’s football field taken at sunset, and is the first photograph available. I will be adding additional painting over the next several days and weeks. To see what is available you can check for the latest fine art landscape photos available. I will also be posting some family, children, and senior paintings to the family galleries. I will be taking requests for anyone who is interested that I have already created portraits for as well as new portrait sessions. You can call me at 219230-6440 or email at to request a painting.

(Click on the photo to see more detail.)
What do you think? Let me know in the comments, or on Facebook or Twitter.

I have just finished updating my high school senior website. It was my goal to create a stand-alone website that is for high school seniors. I also wanted to make it a little more mobile friendly. Please, check it out and give me some feed back.

Something for Families that Love MJ Photography

Those of you out there that I have photographed your wedding, child or family in any way and loved the experience. I mean loved it so much that the next time you need a photographer you wouldn’t think of looking anywhere else. I have something for you, it’s the new MJ Photography Family Premier Membership. As a member you will no longer pay creation fees for as long as you are a member. You will also get early notification to special events and promotions along with many other benefits as I come up with them.

There’s Only a Limited Number Available

The Premier Family Membership is a limited offer. I can only offer it to 20 families. Once you are a Premier Family Member though you can share the membership with your children as they start their own families. For example, you are a member and your oldest child is getting married, as soon as you know contact me and your child’s family will be Premier Members as soon as they are married. You will still be a member. Once the original 20 memberships are gone, the only way to become a member is to get it from your parents.

All For Just $500.00

You get creation fees for life for your family and your children’s families all for $500.00. Today my creation fees are $140.00 for a basic portrait session and this doesn’t include any extra bonuses that I may add at later dates. So, if you love MJ Photography and wouldn’t consider anyone else photographing your family call me now at 219-230-6440 before they are all gone.

Me Behind the Scenes.

February 3, 2012

Back in early December we were delighted to welcome Alexis into our family. I was especially honored to photograph the wedding, helping them preserve their special day forever. I had an assistant with me and I had him get some photos of me working with Alexis and Martin. I thought I’d share a couple of them with you, so here you go. For the record I was also in the wedding so I am a little more dressed up than I would normally be photographing a wedding.

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Let MJ Photography take ALL of the worry and stress out of your Christmas this year!

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Hi Michael Johnson here – does the idea of Christmas shopping and gift giving scare you at all?  Me too!  Let me help you, and I promise the only worry you’ll have is how to TOP this year’s gift NEXT Christmas!  Give a sparkling framed stunning custom made Family Portrait from MJ Photography -oh, and have a ball doing it!

For a VERY limited few (nine families), I am opening the studio doors for you to solve your shopping dilemma and BLOW EVERYONE AWAY doing it – and I’m talking tears and cheers – I hear from my clients every day!

Just imagine the phone ringing on Christmas morning as tearful loved ones call right then to tell you how much they LOVE their portrait of your family.  Mom’s, Dad’s, Grandparents – they cannot go out and buy this ONE ITEM for themselves – but you can!  And that’s priceless!  (I hope it’s not to late…)

Luckily for you – we include a free chat to help plan this once-in-a-lifetime portrait, including clothing suggestions, hair and makeup tips – nothing left to chance – at no additional charge!  Please – don’t wait – as you read this, our phones are ringing off the hook!  You have NOTHING TO LOSE!  Our “Tears of joy” guarantee ensures you’ll be thrilled with your portraits – or you don’t pay us!
THERE’S NO risk to you!

Back to School Portraits

October 10, 2011

School is Back in Session

Another school year has started which means school pictures are right around the corner. Are you going to be getting the same boring photographs for the umpteenth time now? Is your child really smiling or just showing his teeth like a mad dog? School photographers have hundreds of school age children to photograph all in a matter of hours. I’ve been there, it’s not easy. I know what you’re thinking though. “Yeah, but the price is right.” For a limited time only (The month of October) I am offering to match your school photographers price and give you a short portrait session. Now by short I mean by my standards, you will get a whole 15 to 30 minutes per family. That’s about how long the school photographer spends on one whole class.

I Will Match the School Photographer’s Print Prices.

All you need to do is bring in your students current picture envelope and I will match the print pricing. I guarantee that you will be thrilled with the results or you do not pay one dime. That’s right, if you are not more satisfied with what I can do you than the school photographer then you don’t pay. You are then free to send your child to the school photographer. I can only guarantee that I will be able to match the print prices as some companies have special products such as coffee mugs and such. I will do the best I can to find these items should you request them.

Limited Time, Only in the Month on October.

I can only make this offer during the month of October, due to an increased workload with holiday sessions and November start family portrait month at MJ Photography. Don’t let this opportunity slip by call 219-230-6440 for availability now.

Yesterday, I posted a wedding that was held at the Chapel of the Resurrection at Valparaiso University and I wrote about how beautiful the Chapel is. Well, today I thought I’d post a photograph of the Chapel so you could see for yourself.
The Chapel at the University of Valparaiso in Indiana.

I recently photographed the wedding of Noah and Caitlin Schroeder. They were married by Noah’s father which was a special moment for the both of them. The wedding was held at the Chapel of the Resurrection at Valparaiso University. This is an amazing and for Noah and Caitlin meaningful location for a wedding. Noah and Caitlin met each other as freshman at Valparaiso University and spent a lot of time on and around the University campus. Caitlin has graduated from law school and has just completed the Bar exam and Noah is studying physics. That’s a lot of brain power if you ask me! Anyway, here are some of my favorite photographs from their wedding.

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Noah and his Dad share a moment right before the guys walk out to the altar.
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Today’s photo of the day is probably one that you have seen already as I have displayed it quite often. However, I have decided to post it here as well, just because it is one of my favorites. No matter how many times I’ve seen it, I still try to put it up upside down. There is just so much going on it takes a few minutes to take it in.

Click on photo for more photos of the day.

Click on photo for more photos of the day.

I would like to dedicate this post to the memory of Paul Hubbard.

Sorry, It’s been a while without a photo of the day as I’ve been trying to catch up on some things here. I thought I’d try to make up for it a little by making today’s photo a slideshow instead. So enjoy my little entrepeneur and his lemonade stand.