The Walk-in Portrait Studio (Detroit, 2009 - 2014) was initially set up in a formerly foreclosed house in North Detroit, by Corine Vermeulen (photography) and Femke Lutgerink (story collecting). Stemming from a desire to introduce ourselves and get to know the residents of a particular neighborhood, we solicited people to come in to the studio via flyers and posters, and a fair amount of courting on the streets. Over the course of five days, around 85 people had their portraits taken in exchange for a story of the neighborhood. People could pick up their portraits, free of charge, a week after they were photographed.

Since its initial set up in April 2009, the Portrait Studio has been introduced to various locations around town, e.g. in several different schools. For more information on the school portraits, see: 'Teen Moms in Detroit: Fighting to Save the School that Saved Them', and 'Detroit School Kids' Dreams of the Future'.

In 2013 I was commissioned by the Detroit Institute of Arts to continue this project in an effort to share Detroiters' stories about the city. I photographed people from community organizations and independent neighborhood and social groups throughout the city, while writer Minehaha Forman conducted interviews. Featured are portraits of individuals from D-Town Farms, the East Side Riders and teens from Detroit Focus: HOPE, among others.

Ann Arbor Elementary School

Makala, Ann Arbor Elementary School,  2009 Kamarri, Ann Arbor Elementary School, 2009 Mya, Ann Arbor Elementary School, 2009 Renee, Ann Arbor Elementary School, 2009 Nicholas, Ann Arbor Elementary School, 2009 Quynh Vo, Ann Arbor Elementary School, 2009 Da Maiyah, Ann Arbor Elementary School, 2009 Quynh Kieu, Ann Arbor Elementary School, 2009 Darrian, Ann Arbor Elementary School, 2009

Catherine Ferguson Academy

Breanna and her son Perrion, Catherine Ferguson Academy, 2011 Dalana and her daughter Danyla, Catherine Ferguson Academy, 2011 Latamra and her son Devin, Catherine Ferguson Academy, 2011 Catherine and her son Da’Mire, Catherine Ferguson Academy, 2011 Tiffini and her daughter Nicole, Catherine Ferguson Academy, 2011 Ashley and her daughter Bre’Anna, Catherine Ferguson Academy, 2011 Tatyana and her daughter Tamiya, Catherine Ferguson Academy, 2011

Cody High School

Senira, Cody High School, 2009 Euneke, Cody High School, 2009 Marquis, Cody High School, 2009 Taylor, Cody High School, 2009 Frederick, Cody High School, 2009 Indonesia, Cody High School, 2009 Sean, Cody High School, 2009 Nicole, Cody High School, 2009

University of Detroit Jesuit High School

Tim, University of Detroit Jesuit High School, 2009 Daniel, University of Detroit Jesuit High School, 2009 Jonathon, University of Detroit Jesuit High School, 2009 Alter Jackson Jr., University of Detroit Jesuit High School, 2009 Michael, University of Detroit Jesuit High School, 2009 Christian, University of Detroit Jesuit High School, 2009 John J., University of Detroit Jesuit High School, 2009 Paul, University of Detroit Jesuit High School, 2009 Aiden, University of Detroit Jesuit High School, 2009

Trayvon Martin Rally

Reverend W.J. Rideout III, Trayvon Martin Rally, 2013 Siegel and Sincere, Trayvon Martin Rally, 2013 Sturge, Trayvon Martin Rally, 2013 Megdi and Iyana, Trayvon Martin Rally, 2013 Kimberly, Trayvon Martin Rally, 2013 Reverend Charles Williams, Trayvon Martin Rally, 2013 Demeeko, Trayvon Martin Rally, 2013 Reverend Steve Bland, Trayvon Martin Rally, 2013 Evette and Trinity, Trayvon Martin Rally, 2013

Fortress Studios

Steve, Fortress Studios, 2013 Katie, Fortress Studios, 2013 Brian, Fortress Studios, 2013 Andrew, Fortress Studios, 2013 Walter, Fortress Studios, 2013 Jamaii, Fortress Studios, 2013 William, Fortress Studios, 2013 Marko, Fortress Studios, 2013

Recycle Here!

Rachel, Recycle Here!, 2013 Jess, Recycle Here!, 2013 Eric, Recycle Here!, 2013 Nul, Recycle Here!, 2013 Frances, Recycle Here!, 2013 Nathaniel, Recycle Here!, 2013 Neal, Recycle Here!, 2013 Khalilah and her daughters Sameerah, Alayah, and Salaan, Recycle Here!, 2013

Jit Happens at the DIA

Stringz, Jit Happens at the DIA, 2014 The Jitterbugs, Jit Happens at the DIA, 2014 LeJit, Jit Happens at the DIA, 2014 The Unstoppables, Jit Happens at the DIA, 2014 Joslynn, Jit Happens at the DIA, 2014 The Hinterlands, Jit Happens at the DIA, 2014 Strickly Ghetto, Jit Happens at the DIA, 2014 DJ Ray Oshay, Jit Happens at the DIA, 2014

The James and Grace Lee Boggs School

Oscar, The James and Grace Lee Boggs School, 2014 Nova, The James and Grace Lee Boggs School, 2014 Lucia, The James and Grace Lee Boggs School, 2014 Dorian, The James and Grace Lee Boggs School, 2014 Camryn, The James and Grace Lee Boggs School, 2014 Maya, The James and Grace Lee Boggs School, 2014 Daniel, The James and Grace Lee Boggs School, 2014 Aaron, The James and Grace Lee Boggs School, 2014 Staci, The James and Grace Lee Boggs School, 2014 Ajani, The James and Grace Lee Boggs School, 2014 Nakyah, The James and Grace Lee Boggs School, 2014 Lenzia, The James and Grace Lee Boggs School, 2014