THE PURPLE BEET // LIFESTYLE & BRAND PHOTO SHOOT

 

My friend Julie is building a really amazing business - with the help of her whole family ;) The Purple Beet is a company built to make sure you have quick, easy and healthy food options ready to go at a moments notice. I am especially excited about her new smoothie subscription service that allows you to select your favorite smoothie flavors and have them delivered to your door. Keep them in the freezer until you are ready to go. I can’t wait to make this a part of my routine and you should definitely check it out. We’ll be working with Julie and her family again in the coming months and I can’t wait to share more!

 

THE MCPHEE FAMILY // PETOSKEY FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER

 

This sweet family has to move away from Northern Michigan for what will - hopefully - only be a short amount of time. Before they left, they wanted to fit in a few family portraits and I was so happy I could work with them for this quick mini session in Petoskey. I hope you hurry back soon McPhee family! xo

 

NAKINA & KO // LIFESTYLE & BRAND PHOTO SHOOT // PETOSKEY, MI

 

Happy Monday! Last week I went to Petoskey to meet up with a group of awesome women! Savannah is the face behind Nakina Artistry, soon to become Nakina & Ko. She creates magic with hair and makeup, but she also has big plans for a rebrand which will include more lifestyle content in the future. You’ll just have to follow along with Sav to stay in the loop! ;)

 

THE DONAHUE & LOVE FAMILY // OLD MISSION PENINSULA FAMILY PORTRAITS

 

Leslie & Bob are former wedding clients of ours and so I was super excited to hear from Leslie about a family trip they had planned in Northern Michigan!  They were coming up north with her brother and sister-in-law whose baby was born within months of their new little one.  Bob also proposed to Leslie at the Old Mission Lighthouse, so that made these photos extra special.  What a sweet time for this family.  I was honored to capture some shots for them!

 

KYLE SKARSHAUG // MUSICIAN PORTRAITS // SENIOR PORTRAITS // TRAVERSE CITY, MI

 

When I grow up, I want to be as cool as this teenager.  I'm not kidding. 

Kyle is an incredibly talented young person who will be attending Interlochen Arts Academy for his senior year of high school.  I'm so impressed by Kyle - both his passion for music, and how kind and fun he was to work with.  Plus it's not every day that you get to set up a drum set in the middle of an orchard!  Big thanks to Townline Ciderworks for having us!

 

AN EXTENDED FAMILY PORTRAIT SESSION AT CAMP MICHIGANIA // WALLOON LAKE, MICHIGAN

 

This seems to be a year of former wedding clients reaching out about family portraits, and I'll tell ya what: I'm 100% ok with that.  I was basically jumping for joy to hear from Kendall about setting up a session with her extended family while they were vacationing at Camp Michigania on Walloon Lake.  I've followed along with Kendall, Tim & Ellie on social media since their wedding and I've also run into her mom at a number of local events here in TC.  This family has the best sense of humor and their laugher was contagious.  Given they don't all live in the same place anymore you could just tell how precious this time together was.  My job is just the best - I'm so grateful for families like these.

 

JOHN, JULIE & JACK // NORTHERN MICHIGAN FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER

 

Does it get cuter than this?!  No, my friends.  No it does not.

Julie and John's riverside wedding was one of the first weddings I photographed the year that we moved back to Michigan.  5 years has passed, which is just super hard to believe!  Now they have a sweet little one, Jack, and last week we spent a few hours exploring the family property along the AuSable River in Grayling.  This property was where Julie and John got married - his family has been coming here for generations.  They were so happy to just spend some time doing simple things: playing the banjo, hanging out with cousins, and enjoying Northern Michigan as a family (with their three dogs of course!). It couldn't have been more fun or more special to reconnect with them. 

 

THE MARTENS FAMILY // GRAYLING FAMILY PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHER // LAKE MARGRETHE

 

This is the fifth Summer that I have photographed the Martens family.  Five years!  Wow.

July is busy.  The height of the Summer... but it's a perfect time for sessions like this one.  We took a cruise on the pontoon and played in the sand.  It doesn't get much better.  I'm so happy that these beautiful people want me to do this every year.  Love you guys!

 

THE BISKELONIS FAMILY // PLYMOUTH MICHIGAN FAMILY PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHER

 

Three years ago, we were lucky enough to meet Kerry & Nick when we documented their wedding.  Fast forward a of couple years and Kerry and I found ourselves at the same retreat for women who own or are starting businesses.  We were able to connect on a level outside of the client to wedding vendor relationship - which don't get me wrong, I love and value my relationship with my clients, but it makes me so happy when we can actually become friends and stay in touch.  When Kerry reached out to me about taking portraits for their son's one year birthday it felt extra special.  Seeing our clients years after their wedding, so happy and in love with their awesome baby is just the best!

 

THE COLLA FAMILY // HARBOR SPRINGS FAMILY PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHER

 

I've said it before - but I'll say it again.  I love extended family sessions.  I love the fact that families are gathering along the shores of Lake Michigan to vacation together.  To eat meals together, explore a new area, take in the lake views, enjoy the late sunsets and just be together.  Cheers to this beautiful family and their time together.

 

UP NORTH PRIDE // TRAVERSE CITY // 2018

 

Last week Michael and I volunteered to photograph a few of the events hosted by Up North Pride: a vigil honoring the lives lost in the Pulse Nightclub shooting, the Pride Ride through downtown Traverse City, and a sign-making party at Rare Bird Brewpub (see the bottom of this post for a full list of contributors!).  We were overwhelmed by the love we saw in this small town and felt an immense sense of joy to know that we don't need to live in a large urban area to support Pride.  As people who document love for a living, our goal is to make everyone feel welcome and accepted.  We want to work with loving people of all religious and non-religious backgrounds, all races, all sizes, all sexual orientations, and all gender identities.  The vigil was a somber reminder that we have a long way to go to achieve peace and acceptance as a society, but the pride ride and sign-making party reminded us of how far we have come.  It gave us hope for the future.  One with more love and more parents teaching their little ones how to keep an open mind and open heart. 

Cheers to Up North Pride!

 

THE SCHLEHUBER FAMILY // HARBOR SPRINGS FAMILY PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY

 

My oh my what a wonderful world - especially when it's filled with family, love, kids, cupcakes and balloons.  We spent a special day with the Schlehuber family and I just love how much energy exists in these photos.  The candid nature of a family at home celebrating together makes me very, very, happy.

 

AUTUMN & FAMILY // ANN ARBOR FAMILY PORTRAITS

 

Briana and Bob have adopted two adorable children, Korben and Autumn, from China.  I first met Korben a few years ago now, and at the end of September they were able to make the trip to bring Autumn home.  As they are adjusting to life as a family of four, it seemed like a perfect time to document them together.  I think the happiness is pretty contagious.

 

THE GRAJQEVCI FAMILY // FALL FAMILY PORTRAITS AT BROWN BRIDGE QUIET AREA

 

I first met the amazing Grajqevci family two years ago when we did a summer session in Charlevoix.  Fast forward to a few days ago... we met up again for an adventurous hike at Brown Bridge Quiet Area - one of my very favorite places in the Grand Traverse region.  It also happens to be kind of a hidden gem.  Bailey and Visar (along with their two adorable kiddos) have started the Instagram account The Family Travels.  This year they are collaborating with a number of photographers around the state of Michigan and I feel so lucky that they asked me to be a part of their project.  Follow along to keep up with their adventures!  And hopefully this won't be the last time you see them here either ;)

 

THE MARTENS FAMILY // NORTHERN MICHIGAN FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER

 

You might recognize these faces.  I've photographed the Martens family every summer for the past four years!  I love watching these kiddos grow, and as they get older their interaction is just the cutest.  Of course we had to end the session with an ice cream stop - ahhh summer :)

 

COURTNEY // TRAVERSE CITY MATERNITY PHOTOGRAPHY

I have been friends with Courtney since the fourth grade - the days of juggling soccer balls in the basement and putting on impromptu fashion shows down the hallways.  Being able to watch her begin this new phase of life called motherhood, fills me with happiness.  Seriously, pregnancy really suits her.  I feel honored to capture this incredibly special part of her life.  Photographing people makes me feel connected to them and if I already feel connected, it makes that feeling even richer.  I love you Courta.

 
 

LIAM // MICHIGAN SENIOR PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHER

Liam is a senior in high school?!  Whaaaaa?  When did that happen?!  It is still crazy to me, and I can't get over it.  Liam is my cousin's son... I still remember carrying him around places, and now he's probably a foot taller than me.  Anyway, he's an awesome human, and I'm so happy that I got an excuse to hang in Allen Park & Detroit with one of my favorite families.  Love you guys and cheers to Liam, 2017!

 
 

THE GOLDSMITH FAMILY // TRAVERSE CITY FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER // LAKE LEELANAU

I'll say this over and over again - I highly encourage extended families to invite a photographer to document them on vacation for a few hours.  I'm so happy that the Goldsmith family invited me to do just that.  It took a lot of clapping and silly faces from Grandma to get little Shay to smile, but I think the pictures of her sweet toothy grin made it totally worth it :)  Thanks for having me you guys, it was truly a pleasure!

 
 

OLIVIA HONEY // NEWBORN PORTRAITS

Our friends Rich & Holly are parents!  What?!  We are so happy that we were able to meet baby Olivia on our last trip out to California.  Huge congrats to this sweet family - we love you guys.

 
 

THE LAMOREAUX FAMILY // FAMILY PORTRAITS

Meet Ken, Amy, Zach and Ian.  This sweet, sweet family invited me to their home last weekend to take family portraits.  We spent time playing, reading books (complete with farm animal noises), watching 2 week old Ian sleep, and we even had a chance to bring their pup in for a few shots.  It was truly a pleasure.