ABOUT US

We are Courtney Michalik Kent and Michael Kent.  We live, work, and play from our home in the woods in Traverse City, Michigan.  Whether its documenting your wedding, creating content for an editorial piece, or helping you promote the business you are passionate about, we are here to help with our sincere love of story telling.  Our goal is to tell your story in the most natural, beautiful, and interesting way possible.  Oh, and we want to have fun while we're at it.

Our name is a direct result of the type of business we are building.  The Compass Points Here was created with the idea that our work would be led by our desire to stay true to our instincts - to follow our passions and rely on the guiding principles of integrity and creativity.  If something no longer feels genuine or fulfilling we will change course because we believe the best work is done with great joy.

wedding philosophy

While we love the flowers, the food, the details that make your wedding day truly yours, we firmly believe that the most important part of the wedding day is the relationship between the two of you and your families.  Our hope is that when you look back through your collection of photographs and watch your wedding videos you will see connection and emotion running throughout; the quiet moment when your grandmother saw you for the first time, the big emotional moment during the middle of your vows, the hilarious joke your best friend told you during cocktail hour.  Unique moments like this happen at each and every wedding we have the privilege of being a part of, and we can't wait to document yours.

Couples can book us for photography only, videography only, or a package including both.  Head over to the contact page to request more detailed information!

EVEN MORE ABOUT US

Courtney:

  • Director of photography for The Compass Points Here.
  • University of Michigan's School of Art & Design, BFA, 2010.
  • Minor in Environmental Science.  
  • OWUSS Bonnier Publishing Intern, 2011. 
  • Co-Curator of the "Wildhearted" exhibition at Crooked Tree Art Center, Traverse City, 2016.
  • Loves: scuba diving, cooking, skate skiing, making things, outdoor adventures & margaritas.

Michael:

  • Director of videography for The Compass Points Here. 
  • University of Michigan's School of Art & Design, BFA, 2010.
  • Experienced bicycle mechanic with SBCU training.
  • Loves: bicycles, breakfast, movies, dogs (even though we don't have one), game of thrones, outdoor adventures & sandwiches.

 

 

 
Photo by The Billings

Photo by The Billings

CLIENTS

PUBLICATIONS: Discover, Traverse, New Scientist, Sport Diver, Scuba Diving, American Archaeology, Bay Life North, Edible Marin & Wine Country.

SELECT CLIENTS: The Little Fleet, Cherry Capital Foods, Shady Lane Cellars, Bay Area Recycling for Charities, Paddle Hard Brewing Co., Cedar Creek Interiors, Lucky Hand Brewing Co., Hog Island Oyster Company, Fish., Nojo, Canneti Roadhouse Italiana.

WEDDING FEATURES: MyNorth Wedding, Simply Blue Weddings, Chicago Social Brides Magazine, Here Comes the Guide, Ruffled, Wedding Day Magazine Blog, My Hotel Wedding.

Photo by The Billings

Photo by The Billings

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