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!

 

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.


 

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!

 

THE LOVE FAMILY // FAMILY PORTRAITS ON THE BEACH IN EMPIRE, MICHIGAN

 

I seriously look forward to seeing these guys every year and watching Margot grow! I had the pleasure of documenting Leslie & Bob’s wedding and we did a family session together last Summer when Margot was teeny tiny! Now she’s exploring, standing, rock collecting, and then of course trying to eat the sand - which is a VERY common occurrence during family portrait sessions with little ones ;) I’m so happy that I get the opportunity to stay connected with my clients. I’ve written this before, but it’s one of my very favorite parts of this work. Cheers to the Love family!

 

THE MORRICE FAMILY // NORTHPORT MICHIGAN FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER

 

Talk about a beautiful family! These four are super fun to photograph and just as fun to be around. I had such a great time up in Northport last week capturing a little slice of their vacation. Check out the images below for major #hairgoals. Thanks for inviting me you guys!!

 

AN EXTENDED FAMILY PORTRAIT SESSION ON SPIDER LAKE // TRAVERSE CITY, MI

 

It can be hard to get grown up siblings together often. I know that from personal experience with our own family. So when you do have that rare family vacation where everyone is together: the grandparents, parents + kids, it’s a prime time to get some photos taken. I love doing this for families and this group was absolutely wonderful. It was a super playful session with superhero poses, marshmallow mouths, and silly faces and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Thanks for having me you guys!

 

AN EXTENDED FAMILY PORTRAIT SESSION ON INTERMEDIATE LAKE // NORTHERN MICHIGAN

 

It’s Summer folks! Find some time to have breakfast & coffee on the deck or the lawn. Clink those coffee mugs. Grab a pool noodle. Throw down a blanket. Watch your kids dance to their favorite songs. Make silly faces. Cool off in the water. Enjoy the sun. Be together. I’m so happy that I had the opportunity to meet this awesome family and capture them doing just that! Thanks guys, I had so much fun!!

 

EXTENDED FAMILY PORTRAITS AT CAMP MICHIGANIA // WALLOON LAKE, MICHIGAN

 

I have way too much fun photographing this family. You may have seen them before… and they are all awesome. This year was no exception. You can’t go wrong on the grounds of Camp Michigania. The goofing, laughing, and playing was top notch and the soft serve game was strong. I feel lucky to have such amazing friend-clients. Cheers to another Summer session focused on what’s important: family. I love you guys!

 

THE CROWLEY FAMILY // NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHER IN ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN

 

Yes - I have not one, but TWO adorable newborn sessions to share with you today! Maddy and Michael are also former wedding photography clients. They are friends with Kirsten & Dan, their baby girls were born just weeks apart, and they live a half a mile from each other. I am beyond lucky to have client/friends like these and it is now my pleasure to introduce you to Clare. Welcome to the world little one, it was so great to meet you!

 

THE ZEMAITIS FAMILY // NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION // ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN

 

Kirsten & Dan’s wedding was one of the first weddings we documented when we moved back to Michigan. And it’s not an understatement to say that their wedding seriously helped jump start our business. Their group of friends are all AMAZING people and we have been lucky enough to work with many of them. It has been so great to stay in touch with Kirsten and Dan over the years, but nothing made me happier than being able to photograph them again. This time, as a family of three! They recently welcomed Zoey, and my oh my, what a sweetheart she is.

Zemaitis Fam, Thank you, thank you, thank you, for welcoming me into your home and being amazing clients and friends. We are so grateful for you!!!

 

THE RUBIN FAMILY // A SUMMER FAMILY PORTRAIT SESSION ON THE BEACH IN NORTHERN MICHIGAN

 

The longer I have been a wedding photographer, the more I have come to realize that I’m really here for the marriage. I’ve talked about this many times, but as much as I love the details and the party and the flowers, I love the couple more. I love that they’re making an enormous commitment to each other. I love their relationship with their family and friends. I love that they’re saying “yep, I realize that we both have flaws but we’re gonna stick together on this ride”. I just love that I get to play a small part in capturing that. And ya wanna know the best part of reframing my job as a “marriage photographer”? I get to work with people for years. Sometimes I get the privilege of being asked to photograph their life again. At a sibling's wedding. For an updated couples session. Or for a baby. Kathy & Simon, I am SO happy that I got to see you and meet sweet Brian. This session made my heart so happy - I am very grateful. Cheers to this random Tuesday!

 

RAY & MIKE // SLEEPING BEAR DUNES WINTER ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY

 

Last week Ray and Mike headed to Northern Michigan for a little getaway and I was thrilled that the timing worked out so that I could join them for a photo session! The weather, as always, was unpredictable and we ended up with a cold day that felt absolutely frigid the moment the wind touched you. When I stepped out of my car at the beach in Glen Haven, the wind was whipping up huge icy blue waves and I was a bit worried. Despite conditions that make you want to curl up on the couch under a blanket, Ray and Mike were absolutely up for the adventure. Those blues of Lake Michigan came through, we walked through green forests with fat snowflakes coming down, and explored the vast expanse of sand at the dune climb - Northern Michigan’s color palette really came through for us. But the most important part was, of course, Ray and Mike. Their sense of humor and laughter was contagious. We were chatting and laughing as we walked down trails and hopped back in cars to warm up. Their smiles stole the show and I had an absolute blast. Thank you Ray and Mike for an awesome afternoon!

 

TRAVERSE CITY WINTER LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHY // CLAIRE & BOWSER AT THE CABIN

 

Claire recently moved back to Traverse City with her pup, Bowser, and she asked if I might be willing to take some photos of them near the cabin that she lovingly called her dad’s “project cabin”. Just say the words “project cabin” and I’m there. Seriously. It’s kind of my dream to build a rustic cabin retreat in the woods and this one is a little beauty. Claire and I hiked with Bowser to her favorite part of the woods near the property. A beautiful Aspen forest covered in fresh snow. Bowser was beyond excited to be outside exploring and we did the very best we could to get portraits of him in between watching him dive under branches and then untangling him. Once we made our way back to the cabin we enjoyed the fire, chatted with Claire’s wonderful parents, and changed Bowser into an adorable new sweater. I’m pretty sure this is Northern Living at it’s finest.

 

THE MILLER FAMILY // TRAVERSE CITY FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER

 

Time passes so quickly, which is one of the main reasons I find so much meaning in being a photographer. I can’t encourage you enough to capture your life as it is right now. There will never be a “perfect” moment - your haircut might not look the way you want it to, you might question your outfit choices, your kid might not behave exactly how you hoped they would, or maybe you’re thinking that only people with kids take family portraits. Nope - c’mon this is real life. Nothing is ever going to be “perfect”, but I hope that you come away from your session with at least a handful of images (hopefully more) that make you feel like life is pretty freaking awesome.

Despite being chilly and windy, it doesn’t get much better than this. The Miller Family and I definitely took advantage of the Fall sunshine. I had a great time photographing this beautiful and super sweet family out on Old Mission peninsula last week.

 

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! ;)