Old Mission

Karin & Nate // Winter Engagement Photography // Old Mission Peninsula // Traverse City

 

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!

 

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!

 

STEFANIE & JESSICA // TRAVERSE CITY ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY // OLD MISSION PENINSULA

 

These beautiful women will be celebrating their love in Northern Michigan next October when they get married and I seriously can't wait!  To celebrate their engagement, we took some photos around Old Mission Peninsula last weekend. 

It feels like Spring has come early here in Northern Michigan, so finding patches of snow to make the landscape look 'Wintery' was actually a challenge.  We ended up exploring some cool ice formations along the bay and discovered how beautiful grape vines and orchards can be even without any foliage.  Just when I think that the seasons might be too in-between to look beautiful, that the scenery will be to drab to photograph well, I'm always reminded otherwise.  I'm so happy that Stef and Jess were excited and up for the adventure!

 

LEE & AMY // WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY AT THE BOATHOUSE RESTAURANT // TRAVERSE CITY

 

Lee and Amy asked a small group of their closest friends and family to gather at the Boathouse Restaurant in Traverse City for their wedding.  It was such a privilege for us to document because it could have just been any old Tuesday night for us... and instead we watched two people make a commitment to each other in a beautiful place, with lovely people surrounding them.  They drank champagne and ate delicious food and chatted together and watched the sunset over the water.  Sometimes the simple things aren't really that simple after all - they can be filled with meaning and magic.  Cheers to Lee and Amy!

 

COURTNEY // TRAVERSE CITY MATERNITY PHOTOGRAPHY

I have been friends with Courtney since the fourth grade - the days of juggling soccer balls in the basement and putting on impromptu fashion shows down the hallways.  Being able to watch her begin this new phase of life called motherhood, fills me with happiness.  Seriously, pregnancy really suits her.  I feel honored to capture this incredibly special part of her life.  Photographing people makes me feel connected to them and if I already feel connected, it makes that feeling even richer.  I love you Courta.

 
 

BETHANY & JASON // WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY PREVIEW // TRAVERSE CITY, MI

Crisp fall air and doughnuts at the reception.  That's just a small taste of the magic that was Bethany and Jason's wedding.  We took engagement photos in the Spring with cherry blossoms and returned to Old Mission Peninsula last weekend for their wedding under the fall leaves.  So.  Great.

 
 

Venue: The Peninsula Room, Planning & Coordination: Sincerely, Ginger Weddings & Events, Flowers: Sincerely, Ginger, Hair & Makeup: Brenda, OnSite Bridal, Transportation: Mackinaw Trolley Company, Catering: The Peninsula Room, Doughnuts: Potter's Bakery, DJ: Al Uryga, Mike Staff Productions, Bride: J Crew Bridal, Groom: Hugo Boss

BETHANY & JASON // TRAVERSE CITY ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY

"Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength; loving someone deeply gives you courage" -Lao Tzu

Life is short and I am so happy that I have the opportunity to photograph genuine people in one of the most beautiful places on earth.  White and pink cherry blossoms, green grass, blue water - Traverse City is magical at this time of year.

 
 

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!

 
 

SYLVIE & MATT // TRAVERSE CITY ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY

Sylvie and Matt live in Chicago and we will be photographing their wedding next summer in Ann Arbor, but they decided to head up here to Traverse City to take their engagement photos because they are awesome.  It is hard to beat an evening out on Old Mission Peninsula, so that's where we headed.  Huge thanks to Terry of Hooper's Farm Gardens for letting us use their property - She is one of the nicest people around.