MATT & DAWN // MACKINAC ISLAND PROPOSAL AND ENGAGEMENT SESSION

 

On Saturday Michael and I headed to Mackinac Island to document a surprise proposal - and then engagement session. It was so special and sweet, and we also got super into pretending to be covert spies as we hid microphones and tried not to be obvious while pretending to nonchalantly photograph and film the grounds of Mission Point Resort. Matt and Dawn were wonderful and after the proposal we spent some time with them exploring Mackinac Island on a moody early Fall day. I have to say, if you’re considering a trip to the Island, this time of year is a great time to go. It was so beautiful and way more laid back than it is in the height of Summer. Congratulations Matt & Dawn!

Special thanks to Mission Point Resort for advice and assistance in coordinating Matt’s proposal!

 

MARYSSA & COLIN // ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY // SUTTONS BAY, MI

 

Maryssa & Colin’s engagement session was a perfect little tour of the Suttons Bay area. We strolled through the vines and drank wine. We sampled cider and checked out all of the large crates of apples early Fall is delivering. We headed to the beach, enjoyed the breeze and the evening light. They personalized the locations so that it would truly feel like a session about them and for them. I had a great time you two and can’t wait for the big day!

 

BREANNA & LUCAS // SUMMER ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY AT BROWN BRIDGE QUIET AREA // TRAVERSE CITY

 

Everything was green.  The air was hot and humid.  One cloud rolled in with a bit of rain in an otherwise blue sky day, leaving the foliage dewey with raindrops.  This session just screamed "SUMMER!!!" and when you live in a place with four dramatic seasons, you just have to embrace the heat.  Soon enough it will be cold and snow will cover this landscape, so for now enjoy this moment.  Breanna and Lucas wanted a wooded setting with great Northern Michigan vibes for their engagement session.  I'm so happy that I get to explore my favorite places with outdoor-loving couples for a living.  What a dream.

 

STEFANIE & JESSICA // TRAVERSE CITY ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY // OLD MISSION PENINSULA

 

These beautiful women will be celebrating their love in Northern Michigan next October when they get married and I seriously can't wait!  To celebrate their engagement, we took some photos around Old Mission Peninsula last weekend. 

It feels like Spring has come early here in Northern Michigan, so finding patches of snow to make the landscape look 'Wintery' was actually a challenge.  We ended up exploring some cool ice formations along the bay and discovered how beautiful grape vines and orchards can be even without any foliage.  Just when I think that the seasons might be too in-between to look beautiful, that the scenery will be to drab to photograph well, I'm always reminded otherwise.  I'm so happy that Stef and Jess were excited and up for the adventure!

 

ERIN & SHELBY // NOVEMBER ENGAGEMENT SESSION AT SPRING LAKE // TRAVERSE CITY, MI

 

When your clients request an engagement session at a hidden little lake with special meaning to them, you know it is going to be a good day.  Despite some truly bone-chilling temperatures and a fresh dusting of snow from the night before, Erin & Shelby took the rowboat out with their pup.  The late fall colors were subtle but beautiful and by the end of the session we were hiking with big fat snowflakes falling around us.  It was such a pleasure to work with these two and I'm beyond excited to share a peek of the session here.  Also, I have to mention that Shelby is a very talented woodworker - I had the chance to check out her products at Shop & Sip (a holiday craft market), but if you missed it I would highly recommend browsing her website... just in time for the holidays ;) wink wink ;)  Cheers to Erin & Shelby!

 

ZACK & LAURA // PORT ONEIDA ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY

 

We hit a perfect Fall day for Zack, Laura & their two pups.  The golden light was just right and the session kinda flew by because we kept finding new places to explore.  It was one of those times where I'd just pull over on the side of the road and say "I just had to stop - that field looks like a perfect spot right now".  To top it all off we witnessed a cotton candy sunset at Pyramid Point... doesn't get much better!

 

CHELSEA & JORIS // LEELANAU COUNTY ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY

 

Here is visual proof that Leelanau County is a magical wonderland filled with birch trees, apple orchards, blue water and perfect little pockets of sunbeams.  I had such a great time with Chelsea and Joris during this session!  We grabbed cider at Tandem and then headed to Fishtown and the beach in Leland.  I'm so excited that I get to see these two again in just two short weeks for their wedding!!

 

MEGAN & EVAN // CHICAGO ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY

 

These two are getting married in Northern Michigan next year, but live in Chicago, so we took advantage of our travel schedule to explore some of their favorite local spots!  We began the session at The Oyster Bah, one of their favorite places to grab drinks and - of course - oysters.  I absolutely loved this, because it's a meaningful location for them and gave us such a unique setting for photos!  Cheers to Megan & Evan - can't wait for next year!!

 

JACQUELYN & DOUG // CALIFORNIA ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY // MILL VALLEY

 

When we lived in Northern California a few years ago, Tennessee Valley was my happy place.  I'd come here to hike, run, and take photos.  Fast forward to a few months ago when I happened to meet clients who are currently living in California, but are getting married in Traverse City next year!  And on top of that, everything aligned just right so that I could take their engagement photos last week during a trip that Mike and I had planned to visit his brother and family!  While we may not have hit glowy CA sun, the fog rolled in beautifully, the hills were green, the ocean was moody, and Jacquelyn & Doug have a contagious energy together.  I can't tell you how excited I am to share a peek of this session and I'm even more excited about their upcoming wedding (btw, they seriously have a dream team of fellow vendors)!!!

 

MORGAN & NATHAN // SLEEPING BEAR DUNES // ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY

MORGAN & NATHAN // SLEEPING BEAR DUNES // ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY

Engagement sessions with me are kind of evolving into hikes or walks - exploring new spaces and lighting.  Adventuring with couples for a couple hours.  Taking time to wander and taking in this f-ing magical Northern Michigan landscape.  Reflecting on it now, it really is a great fit for our brand.  I'm looking for people who are open to this; Morgan and Nathan were perfect.  We laughed, we hiked up dunes, explored the woods looking for glowy strands of light.  Their wedding in August is going to be a beauty - I can't wait.

KATHY & SIMON // HARBOR SPRINGS WINTER ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY

KATHY & SIMON // HARBOR SPRINGS WINTER ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY

We have had some ridiculously unusual weather here in Northern Michigan.  50+ degrees in February is bonkers.  But a definite upside to all of this sunshine is the glowing light and bright snow during engagement sessions!  Kathy and Simon wanted an outdoorsy session that would include their pups - love it.  I had a blast and we can't wait for their Winter wedding next year!

MATT & KRISTY // GRAYLING ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY

MATT & KRISTY // GRAYLING ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY

"If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely" -Roald Dahl

I think photos of Kristy and Matt together would be bright and happy no matter what the weather, but last week we really lucked out with a warm sunny day... and in case you didn't notice... it's November.  Not typically a notorious month for sunshine in Michigan.  I'm so filled with happiness for these two and can't wait to photograph their wedding next year!  Thanks for making my job so fun you guys :)