Karin and Nate’s engagement session last weekend turned into an awesome Traverse City adventure complete with wine and snowshoeing. Bonobo Winery really spoiled us with an unexpected little wine tour down to the barrel room. It was the perfect place to start off the session and then we headed down to the lighthouse at the point of Old Mission Peninsula. Karin and Nate brought along snow shoes (because they’re awesome) so we had a blast exploring the remaining ice and our timing couldn’t have been more perfect - the sunset was absolutely stunning. The sunshine here in Northern Michigan has been magical lately and I’m glad it showed off for Karin & Nate. Cheers!
If I have clients as fun loving and awesome as Sarah and Travis for the rest of my days I will be one happy camper. They brought a 6 pack of Stella, their crazy lovable pup (also named Stella), and multiple hat options to their engagement session. We hiked the Empire Bluff Trail and headed down to the beach where the ice formations were just unbelievable! It was brutally cold, but the sun came out giving us some gorgeous light to work with. I certainly can’t complain. Cheers to Sarah & Travis!
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!
Holly’s family owns the cottage next to my grandma’s in Grayling. It was a Danish American community who initially settled and built these summer cottages on Lake Margrethe and the prized feature of Danish Landing is the red and white gazebo. I’ve always loved the gazebo for sentimental, nostalgic reasons, but I’ve never photographed a couple in front of it. So of course when Holly suggested taking photos over at the landing, I was super excited. On top of that, Holly and Collin brought their pets Up North so that they could also be included in the session! So another photography-first occurred for me when I was able to include a cat in engagement photos! We didn’t keep sweet Lacey outside for too long, but I think we got a few real gems. A++ to Holly and Collin for being so fun, and goofy, and braving the cold with me. I’m just feeling super grateful for the coolest people I get to work with!
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!
August was a full month for us and now it's hard to believe that September is here already! On the very last day of the month - in between unpredictable late Summer weather - I fit in an engagement session with Amelia and Chris while they were in town visiting from the East Coast. I'm so glad we could make it happen! They were hoping to sun and water views. Check and check. Cheers to you two! Meeting our 2019 couples always makes me excited for what's ahead.
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.
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!
With snow just around the bend, Jamie & Joe hiked out to Brown Bridge Quiet Area with me for a morning session. The landscape was filled with mist, fog, and golden hued foliage. I think it ended up being pretty darn perfect. We walked quite a bit of trail, avoiding the muddy patches and finding glimpses of the river between the pines. Get out there people! It's beautiful even in these "in between" seasons. And congrats to Jamie and Joe!
It's not everyday that you get to go to a private island for an engagement session, but that's exactly what I got to do with Deb & Al! Al is the property manager for Namaste Island, a 7 acre privately owned island in Bass Lake. We took the pontoon boat over, started a fire and hiked the trail that runs the length of the island. It was a perfect spot for a fall engagement session. Congrats to Deb & Al!!
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!
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!!
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)!!!
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!
Fall has really been delivering some TRULY BEAUTIFUL STUFF lately. Seriously. I had such a blast roaming around the Historic Barns Park with Maren and Drew last week. These two are just super, super, sweet and I'm so excited for them! Eeekk! They are getting married next year in beautiful Northern Michigan - I can't wait!
What a day. Seriously - a bright, warm, fall day with golden light, two smiling people, and phenomenal views all around? Hello, Northern Michigan. I love you. Stephanie and Jake were so much fun and we explored Glen Haven and Sleeping Bear Point trail for their engagement session. I have a feeling these kinds of days are quickly becoming more rare, so enjoy every minute!
I am so freakin' excited for these two. They are so fun to be around, and laughed during their entire session. Next summer they are getting married at Hannah's family cottage with a beautiful view overlooking Crystal Lake, and the reception will be under the exact same clear tent that Mike and I had at our own wedding a couple weeks ago! CANNOT WAIT!
Spring is in the air, or at least it is in Ann Arbor! Lauren and Joe fell in love while at U of M's law school, so it is only fair that we spent some time in the law quad for their session. While we were there, we witnessed one of the craziest things that I have ever seen happen during an engagement session. A peregrine falcon swooped down out of a tree and dove into a bush after a squirrel. After several attempts, and a couple passes through the law quad, it flew off with empty talons. We stood there shocked for an excessive amount of time before taking photos again (in some super gorgeous golden light). Life is full of amazing surprises. I'm thankful I get to witness some of them with awesome clients. Happy Sunday folks!
Where to begin... Fritz and Shahar are the real deal folks. They became our friends long before they became our clients, so taking their engagement photos was almost TOO much fun. Seriously. I headed down to Fritz's parents' property in Big Rapids where their wedding will be next summer. We walked through the woods and the fields on an absolutely gloriously sunny fall day. Oh Michigan, we all make jokes about your weather, but sometimes you truly deliver.
We met Josh and Emily while Michael was still working with Josh at McLain's as a bike mechanic, so of course I was super happy to hear that they were engaged and wanted me to take engagement photos! They couldn't stop laughing (and sticking out tongues to make each other laugh) the entire time. So obviously it was the best kind of engagement session. Congratulations to these two happy & adorably-in-love people!