Elk Rapids

SUE & JURIS // AN INTIMATE WEDDING WITH FAMILY AT ROCKY TOP FARMS & LAKE SKEGEMOG

 

A small wedding with a beautiful, happy, family on a Tuesday at Rocky Top Farms? With orchard and lake views and amazing farm-to-table food from Epicure? Yes please, sign me up! Sue & Juris were absolutely wonderful to work with, as were their children and grand children. This group was all smiles and hugs and cheers and I feel very privileged to have been invited to document it. Congratulations Sue & Juris!

Ceremony Venue: Rocky Top Farms

Reception Venue: Private Residence, Lake Skegemog

Planning & Coordination: Fox & Fern Events, Kelsey

Officiant: Heidi of Rocky Top Farms

Florist: Sweetwater Floral

Rentals: 307 Events

Appetizers at Ceremony Site: Folgarelli’s

Catering: Epicure Catering

 

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!

 

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!

 

NORTHERN MICHIGAN ARTIST // DANI KNOPH // STUDIO TOUR

 

My good friend Dani is a talented artist who just launched her new website!  We spent some time in her studio taking behind the scenes photos of her space, artwork and process.  I absolutely love her work, and we have two of her prints that we're getting ready to hang in our own home.  If you're also a nature and wildlife lover, I highly recommend visiting her site and following along with her on instagram.  AND she has a promotion going on right now for Father's Day - check it out!!

 

CEDAR CREEK INTERIORS // ELK RAPIDS

Cedar Creek Interiors has moved from Traverse City to Elk Rapids and their new store front and design studio is absolutely gorgeous.  Kim from Cedar Creek and Deb from LaLa Projects asked me to help capture the new space for their website and it was my pleasure.  Here are a few shots from a great afternoon spent oogling beautiful home goods!

 
 

ALECIA & MICHAEL // NORTHERN MICHIGAN WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY // TORCH LAKE

From the moment Alecia and Michael read their personal vows to each other during their first look, to the end of the night with wild dance moves flying, it felt like the real deal folks.  Mike and I walked away at the end of the night feeling like we had known this group for years.  Most of that might have been a certain Uncle Rocco ;)  But it also didn't hurt that there were three other couples whose weddings we had either photographed already, or will be photographing later this year.  This close knit wedding was a true pleasure to be a part of.  To top it all off, the view of Torch Lake was pretty hard to beat.  Congrats you two!!

 
 

ALECIA & MICHAEL // TRAVERSE CITY ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY // PREVIEW

The light, the fields, the trees, the beach, the pier, the water, the cute pup and the even cuter couple.  Yup - All the elements came together magically for Alecia and Mike's engagement session.  So happy to be working with these two!  Congrats!