THE TURNWALD FAMILY // TRAVERSE CITY FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER // FALL PHOTO SESSION

 

I had the pleasure of photographing Molly & Phil’s wedding years ago - well two kids ago actually! Just look at the beautiful kiddos they’ve added to their sweet family since I’ve seen them last! It was SO great to see them. Despite the chill, it was a gorgeous Fall day and I’m honored that the Turnwald family made the trip up north to see me! Once again, I’m blown away my my amazing clients. Cheers to you guys!

 

ROOST NORTH RENTALS // LIFESTYLE SHOOT AT THE GRAND TRAVERSE COMMONS

 

Over the past few years I’ve had some amazing opportunities to help other women promote their businesses. Creating content that shows off what they do well. What they are passionate about. What they devote so much time and energy into. I love being able to help create images that they are proud of, that they can’t wait to share and use. Carrie and her husband Nate own Roost North a vacation rental business. They host guests at two awesome condos in the Commons and are hoping to be able to showcase all of the amazing things that you can do (within walking distance) of their rentals! They want to host, but they also truly want to help you craft an incredible and memorable trip to TC. Carrie’s instagram feed not only shows off her gorgeous spaces, but her stories are constantly showing off local businesses. Promoting them to her visitors and sharing deals, reposting their content and specials, sharing things to do in the area - I would even recommend that TC locals follow along to get an inside scoop ;) So this lifestyle shoot (on a perfect Fall day) was a great way to share how amazing the Commons are as a Traverse City vacation destination. We grabbed coffee at Higher Grounds, walked over to Roost North’s Spiral Sanctuary property where we enjoyed bubbly and cheese, then headed to Left Foot Charley’s for wine tasting (and conveniently grabbed chips and salsa from Spanglish next door to snack on). After that we walked over to Archie’s food truck where we placed an order that we could enjoy inside Earthen Ales. Whew! What a whirlwind tour. Here’s a peek of what we captured…

 

THE WARD FAMILY // FAMILY PHOTOS DURING A FALL VACATION IN NORTHERN MICHIGAN

 

This sweet family planned a Fall vacation to Northern Michigan and asked me to photograph them while they were here! I was honored! What a sweet family and what a perfect Fall morning we had for the shoot last week. Starry Night Barn graciously allowed us to wander around their beautiful property and the apple tree in the yard was a particularly big hit ;)

 

THE MITTELSTAEDT FAMILY // TRAVERSE CITY FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY

 

This sweet family invited me over to their home last Sunday because they were all in one state, in one place, together. And with two very new (and very adorable) babies in tow it was such a special time to capture! Thank you so much for having me!

 

MEGAN + JUSTIN // FALL WEDDING IN TRAVERSE CITY // VISIONS AT CENTERPOINTE

 

Megan did her makeup and her mom’s makeup in the hair salon. She wore sparkly pink Keds. She wanted to use the cake topper that had been used in her family for generations. She couldn’t wait to see Justin. And Justin’s first reaction to seeing Megan? Holy adorable. This day was just so sweet. So sincere. So special. I’ll let the images tell you the rest. Thank you so much for trusting us to capture the magic. Congratulations!

Venue: Visions at Centerpointe

Hair Stylist: Epiphany Salon & Spa

Florist: Flower Station

Caterer: Visions at Centerpointe

Cake & Caramel Apple Bar: Sweet Tartlette

DJ/Band: DJ Ray with Visions at Centerpointe

Megan’s attire: Wedding dress and veil from Barb’s Bridal

Justin’s attire: Tuxedo suit, shirt, socks, shoes, bowtie - Men’s Wearhouse


 

MARYSSA + COLIN // LATE SEPTEMBER WEDDING AT STARRY NIGHT BARN // SUTTONS BAY, MICHIGAN

 

What a day. As the weather has shifted decidedly towards Fall, those crisp sunny days are some of my absolute favorites and that’s exactly what Colin and Maryssa got on their wedding day. The subtle change in tree color, the quality of light changing earlier in the evening, the warmth standing in the sun, but the chill in the shadows. All of these elements coming together set the stage for this wedding. Maryssa and Colin put so much thought into each detail from handmade vow booklets, to handmade pie, and it showed. Not only in those details, but in the words that were spoken last Saturday. We witnessed lots of watery eyes during the ceremony. Lots of laughter playing lawn games, and listening to toasts. And of course the pure joy and love between M&C. What a great celebration - it was such a privilege to be a part of! #weirbettertogether

Venue & Draping: Starry Night Barn & Studios

Day of Coordinator: Dragonfly Events, Nikki Kleinrichert 

Florist: Dragonfly Events (Nikki)

Hair & Make-up: M.O. On Location

Rentals: 307 Events & Tents

Caterer: Catering By Kelly's

Cake/Dessert: Wedding Pie homemade by the bride & dessert buffet from Catering by Kelly’s 

DJ/Band: Lake Michigan DJs

Photo Assistance: Kayla Sullivan

Videography: Us! Assistance by Alex Buksdorf

Bride’s attire: The Wedding Shoppe

Groom’s attire: Men's Wearhouse & Joseph A. Bank

 

JUSTINE + TOM // PYRAMID POINT ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY

 

Justine and Tom got engaged at Pyramid Point, so it was an easy location to choose for their engagement photos too! We lucked out with pretty perfect late September weather and got to hike around the area with their beautiful pup, Gordon, too. Some of my very favorite shots might actually be the ones at the end of the session when Gordon was finally able to jump in the lake and fetch a tennis ball. It was the perfect way to wrap up! Thanks for making the trip Up North you guys! Can’t wait for the wedding!

 

PUBLISHED! // 2019 TASTE THE LOCAL DIFFERENCE // LOCAL FOOD GUIDE, NORTHERN MICHIGAN

 

Last Fall I made my way across the state to photograph three young, entrepreneurial, farming families for Taste the Local Difference. The experience was completely inspiring. I love meeting people who are passionate about what they do, especially when it comes to food. On top of that, I really haven’t explored the “Sunrise Side” of Northern Michigan all that much, so this shoot exposed me to even more of this State that I want to spend more time in. The Beckta’s (Wandering Winds Farm), Moffatt’s (Vessel Farm), and Wilbur’s (New Sun Farm) were all so generous with their time and I’m so proud of the images from this shoot. One of my very favorite shots, which also happened to be one of the very last images I took that day, made the cover of the 2019 Local Food Guide. I hope you’ve had a chance to snag a copy this season, but if not the TLD website is such a great resource that you should absolutely take advantage of!

 

JILL + JOHN // A CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN RESORT WEDDING ON THE FIRST DAY OF FALL

 

Jill began her day by getting ready at her family’s custom log home near Crystal Mountain, so for the first time in my career I had the opportunity to hang a wedding dress from the beak of a hand carved wooden eagle. The day only got better from there. Having met in Marquette and now living in Colorado, John & Jill were a perfect couple to approach their wedding day with adventure. Despite dodging rain and fitting the ceremony and portraits in between passing storm clouds, I don’t think the smiles left their faces. We laughed as we hiked down the stairs for bridal portraits, we laughed as the unity candle needed serious shielding from the gusting wind, we laughed as we snapped some quick portraits at the top of the lift before the rain drops came down harder, we laughed as we made our way back to the reception - after Jill had kicked off her shoes. It was such a joy-filled day and Michael and I had an absolute blast capturing it. Thanks for trusting us. P.S. If anyone has a better cake-topper this year I can’t wait to see it ;)

Venue: Crystal Mountain Resort

Make-up artist/Hair Stylist: Family and close friend

Florist: Lisa Launter @ Blossom Shop TC

Caterer: Crystal Mountain

Cake/Dessert: Sheri Keech @ Cake Connection

DJ: Double Trouble DJs

 

KATIE + MATT // MATERNITY SESSION IN TRAVERSE CITY

 

Oh my heart. These two kill me. I just adore them. And the next time I see them, there will be 3! Katie and Matt are expecting a sweet baby boy very soon and I am over-the-moon-happy for them. It was so great to connect with them last week for this session and it means so much to me that I was able to take some photos for them while they wait for the little one to arrive.


 

AMELIA + CHRIS // SEPTEMBER WEDDING AT THE RIDGE AT VERTERRA // NORTHPORT, MICHIGAN

 

Wow, just wow, kinda sums up how I feel about this one you guys. This wedding was so thoughtful and personal. I wish I could truly express to you through this post how incredible their ceremony was, how filled with meaning each choice was for Amelia & Chris. It was also very apparent how dedicated their friends and family are - from the highly personalized ceremony that I just mentioned, to the absolutely stunning blue & white ceramics that were collected and borrowed over months and months and then carefully packaged, driven, arranged, and set up by close friends. It created a visually stunning backdrop for a wedding that was just overflowing with love and joy. I’m so happy for these two, I’m so thankful for their trust, and I can’t wait to share their full gallery with them because the party was epic. The dancing, oh the dancing. I just love this group. Cheers!

Venue: The Ridge at Verterra

Hair & Makeup: Pavlova Salon and Day Spa

Florist (personal and ceremony floral): Field of Flowers North

Reception decor (pottery and floral): Family friends

Additional rentals: 307 Events

Transportation: Mitchell Motorcoach and Blue Lakes by the Bay

Caterer: Catering by Kellys

Cake/Dessert: Grand Traverse Pie Co. 

DJ/Band: 2Bays DJs

 

SARAH + TRAVIS // A GORGEOUS LATE SUMMER WEDDING AT BOYNE MOUNTAIN RESORT

 

From my first meeting with Sarah and Travis, after their amazing Winter engagement session, and during our planning meetings, I’ve been truly looking forward to this wedding. Not only because I knew that it would be stunning (which of course it was), but because Sarah and Trav are just so dang fun to be around. Their sense of humor carried throughout the day whether it was dancing to Lizzo before the walk down the aisle or just their general playful and lighthearted way of being together with their friends and family. As you go through this preview you’ll see personality throughout - whether it’s visits from bumblebees (or bee decor), since Travis is a professional beekeeper - a quick pitstop to visit their beloved pup Stella before the reception - or the words spoken throughout the day that kept everyone dabbing their eyes. I am so unbelievably grateful that they chose me to document this day. Thanks you two - cheers!

Venue: Boyne Mountain Resort

Planning & Coordination: Fox & Fern Events

Hair & Makeup: Family & Friends

Florist: Sweetwater Floral

Rentals: Monstrey MacDonald

Transportation: Shuttle provided by Boyne + Northern Michigan Trolley

Caterer: Boyne Mountain Resort

Cake/Dessert: Simply Sweet By Jessica

DJ/Band: Blue Water Kings Band

Videographer: Bryan Dykema (family friend) 

Photography Assistant: Cathy Fitz

Bride’s attire: Grace Elizabeth Bridal

Groom’s attire: Captain’s Quarters

 

NATALIE // HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR PORTRAITS AT CAMP NISSOKONE // OSCODA, MI

 

Long live Summer camp and friendship bracelets and hoop earrings and crocs. Long live jean jackets and barefeet and blue water. Cheers to soaking up every last minute of Summer and the last year of high school. I had the great pleasure of meeting Natalie last week and taking photographs at the YMCA camp that is so near and dear to her. Thank you so much for inviting me to document this awesome time in your life!

 

AN EXTENDED FAMILY PORTRAIT SESSION IN CHARLEVOIX // NORTHERN MICHIGAN VACATION PHOTOGRAPHER

 

I’m loving the number of family sessions that I’ve been doing this Summer! I’m here for it. It doesn’t have to take up a ton of time - it can be a quick, uncomplicated shoot at a vacation rental. Memories I made with my own family as a kid during our time “up north” are full of nostalgia and have honestly influenced my life enormously (including moving up here full time). So I’m beyond happy that I can capture and preserve these memories for other families. Like the seasons, time is fleeting - it’s so cliche but true. Document these times together because they go by so fast. Thanks for inviting me you guys!

 

LAUREN + TRAVIS // A SUMMER WEDDING AT THE BAY HARBOR YACHT CLUB // PETOSKEY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

 

If I’m being honest, wedding days are always a lot of work. They involve long hours of planning beforehand, long hours of photographing, and long hours of post production. But somehow this wedding just felt effortless. I’m serious. Everything just came together so well. The weather was gorgeous. Lauren & Travis were so happy together, and with their wedding party and families. The ceremony was personal. The ringbearer was happy and grumpy in the very best way. The yacht club provided a dreamy background, and the evening light was stunning. The toasts were meaningful and funny. The dessert bar was on point. The band rocked. All around - what a day! I’m so happy for these two and their families. Thanks for having us! It was truly a pleasure to document.