Michigan Family Photography

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!

 

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 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!

 

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 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 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!