Northern Michigan Family Photographer

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 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 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

 

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 COLLA FAMILY // HARBOR SPRINGS FAMILY PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHER

 

I've said it before - but I'll say it again.  I love extended family sessions.  I love the fact that families are gathering along the shores of Lake Michigan to vacation together.  To eat meals together, explore a new area, take in the lake views, enjoy the late sunsets and just be together.  Cheers to this beautiful family and their time together.

 

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.

 

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 MARTENS FAMILY // NORTHERN MICHIGAN FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER

 

You might recognize these faces.  I've photographed the Martens family every summer for the past four years!  I love watching these kiddos grow, and as they get older their interaction is just the cutest.  Of course we had to end the session with an ice cream stop - ahhh summer :)

 

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!

 
 

THE LAMOREAUX FAMILY // FAMILY PORTRAITS

Meet Ken, Amy, Zach and Ian.  This sweet, sweet family invited me to their home last weekend to take family portraits.  We spent time playing, reading books (complete with farm animal noises), watching 2 week old Ian sleep, and we even had a chance to bring their pup in for a few shots.  It was truly a pleasure.  

 
 

THE MARTENS // FAMILY PORTRAITS // BOYNE CITY

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

 
 

ROSIE // TRAVERSE CITY NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY

Life has been pretty hectic recently (we closed on our house and are in the process of moving!), but I am so happy Michelle invited me to come photograph her gorgeous baby girl, Rosie.  I know Gabe and Michelle are just overjoyed, and Rosie is such a sweet, sweet baby.  So if you need a little stress relief (like I do!) just take a deep breath and look at some newborn photos!

 
 

NORTHERN MICHIGAN SPRING FAMILY PORTRAITS

The Jarosz family is so precious!!  We ended up picking an awesome Spring day for this session!  Old Mission Peninsula never disappoints.  We headed to Hooper's Farm Gardens where there was plenty to keep the kiddos entertained at all times!