When my friend Julie became a mom she was looking for quick, healthy, meal options that didn’t contain any artificial sweeteners or additives. She began making smoothies and pretty soon the idea for her amazing company, The Purple Beet, was born. Now, alongside her husband Ryan and two sweet kiddos, Julie offers smoothie packages that contain only real ingredients. All you have to do is blend them with one cup of a liquid of your choice and that’s it. And there is no ice required because the packages come to you frozen! You can sign up for a smoothie subscription on the website! So when Julie asked me about collaborating with her I was super excited. I get to play with fruits and vegetables and sample 8 different smoothie flavors?! Yes please. We brainstormed the look we were going for, Julie & Ryan created a custom backdrop for this shoot, and then we spent hours carefully styling the ingredients that go into each smoothie recipe. It was so bright and colorful and I always love playing with food ;)
I had the great pleasure of collaborating with Taste the Local Difference and Happy's Tacos for this year's Guide to Local Food in Northern Michigan! Happy's Tacos creates their own hot sauces using locally grown peppers when available and the rainbow of colors created such a fun set to style and shoot. Here's a look behind the scenes.
The Martens are close family friends and I love being able to capture moments like this as Grace grows! The spontaneous, in-between moments of sessions like this are the best. It's not always easy to get a two year old to follow instructions perfectly and look directly into the camera with a sweet smile, but honestly most parents I have worked with wouldn't call that typical toddler behavior. Who wants to do that when there are snacks, playgrounds, the beach, and dandelions? I hope these shots genuinely reflect the beautifully curious, goofy, and cautiously independent two-year-old Grace. Cheers to childhood! xoxo
Courtney and Patrick's wedding in Boyne City at Sommerset Pointe Yacht Club was a fantastic way to start our 2014 wedding season. Such a sweet couple, navy blue and yellow everywhere, with only the closest family and friends in attendance. Congrats you two!