Summer

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!!

 

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!

 

BRITTANY & HUNTER // SUMMER ENGAGEMENT SESSION IN DOW GARDENS // MIDLAND, MICHIGAN

 

I had never been to Dow Gardens before this session - and wow what a gem! Brittany and Hunter asked me to come to the gardens because it was where Hunter proposed and in the town where they will begin their married life together. On top of the beautiful grounds and gorgeous light, these two are the sweetest. This entire session literally felt like a “walk in the park” ;) Carefree, enjoying the warmer weather, the greenery, taking a break from work and study groups and a recent move to enjoy just being together. Cheers to Brittany & Hunter, I can’t wait for the wedding!

 

KARIN & NATE // A BACKYARD WEDDING IN WATERFORD, MICHIGAN

 

It’s no secret that a backyard wedding is one of my favorite venues. There are a million reasons why it’s not always possible or practical, but there is just something so personal about opening up a family home to all of your wedding guests. Karin’s parents were able to do just that and it was really special. After the wedding ceremony at Karin & Nate’s church, everyone returned to the family home where they personally greeted every guest as they entered the door. This little gesture felt very symbolic of their new life as a married couple and the close knit group enjoyed an awesome celebration throughout the afternoon and evening with beautiful lake views. The weather came through for us with some awesome golden light. The party had bbq, garden inspired centerpieces, cupcakes, donuts, belly laughs, tears, and lots of joy. Cheers to Karin & Nate!

Venue: Woodside Bible Church & Private Residence

Day of Coordination: Purple Clover Events

Make-up artist: Hannah Price Beauty

Hair Stylist: Billy Dixon

Florist: Designs by Ella Rae

Rentals: Perry’s Tents & Events

Caterer: CAYA Smokehouse Grill

Dessert: Love and Buttercream

DJ: Love Plus One Entertainment

Dress: Becker’s Bridal

 

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!

 

MAURELLA & TEDDY // A SUMMERTIME BACKYARD WEDDING IN ANN ARBOR

 

There is nothing quite like getting married in a place so personal that all of your family heights have been recorded on the inside of the doorframe.  Childhood portraits line the walls.  Your sister was married in the backyard years earlier and today you see your niece and nephew running around on that same lawn.  Now you're marrying the love of your life there - telling jokes in your vows, cutting a cake that your mother-in-law made with painstaking care, eating tacos from your favorite restaurant, having a great friend DJ.  For Maurella that fairytale came true on Saturday.  Teddy and Maurella wrote the most personal vows and danced the night away under the stars.  It was truly a pleasure and we were privileged to be a part of it.  I hope you were taking those mental snapshots all day, but I sincerely hope these photos help you remember even more.

Wedding Coordination: Crystal Broome // Hair & Makeup: Christy Lindsey // Florist: Enchanted Florist // Rentals: A1 Rental // Catering: Maiz // DJ: DJ Joey P // Dessert: Teddy's Mom (Queen of Hearts Bakery) // Bride's attire: Mimi's Bridal // Groom's attire: President Tuxed

 

LEAH & SHAYNE // SUMMER WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY // THE INN AT BAY HARBOR

 

Nothing was going to bother Leah and Shayne on their wedding day.  A little rain?  Who cares?  Move the wedding under the tent and guess what?!  It's going to be gorgeous.  The cloudy skies created slightly moody lighting, the tented ceremony was intimate and beautiful, the toasts were hilarious and the party was rockin'.  Above all else, Leah and Shayne were happy.  They were loving each moment and we were so honored to be there capturing it.  Cheers to Leah and Shayne!

Wedding Planning and Design: Sincerely, Ginger // Venue: The Inn at Bay Harbor // Hair and Make-up: Memorable Occasions // Floral Design: Bloom Floral Design // Officiant: Crystal Yarlott // Day-of Stationary: Kelsey Malie Calligraphy // Rentals: 307 Events, La Tavola, Monstrey Macdonald // Caterer: The Inn at Bay Harbor // Dessert: Tom's Mom's Cookies // Entertainment: Brena Band

 

JAMIE & JOE // DOWNTOWN TRAVERSE CITY // WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

 

Exploring the Grand Traverse Commons, riding a trolley down Front St. honking and waving at all the pedestrians, finding the most beautiful flowering plants in the park, stopping at Brady's bar for beers and a game of pool, watching the sunset over the bay from the docks at the open space... that seems like too much to fit into a regular day, but Jamie and Joe arranged their day perfectly to fit those iconic TC experiences and much more into their wedding day.  What a day it was!  

Church: St. Francis // Venue: Ecco Event Space // Hair: Lysette Nazworth // Florist: Kate Moyer-Olds // Transportation: Northern Michigan Trolley // Caterer: Dawn Fresh Catering // Cake: S. Art, Shannon Lopez // DJ: Rusch Entertainment // Bride's attire: Renee Austin // Groom's attire: Generation Tux

 

KARA & ROB // SLEEPING BEAR DUNES ELOPEMENT // PIERCE STOCKING DRIVE

 

With only family and close friends gathered around them - standing or sitting in beach chairs - Kara & Rob said their vows 450 feet above Lake Michigan.  The jaw-dropping scenery has drawn them to Michigan for repeat visits and clearly held a special place in their hearts.  Kara wore her mom's wedding dress and she added her original hat and flowers in order to "re-create" a portrait of her mom.  We walked along the dunes for some epic images and headed back into Traverse City to finish the afternoon with a meal at Sleder's (and to "Kiss the Moose" of course!).  Cheers to Kara & Rob!  It was such an honor to capture these moments for you.

Ceremony Location: Pierce Stocking Drive, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore // Bouquet: Lilies of the Alley // Reception: Sleder's Family Tavern // Huge thank you to Josh Hartman for second shooting with me!

 

THE GATHER SERIES // A FARM TO TABLE DINNER IN NORTHERN MICHIGAN

 

The Gather Series is one of my favorite little slices of Summer.  A lavender farm in Northern Michigan, a table full of smiling people, an amazing carefully crafted multi-course meal, and of course wine.  Sweetwater Lavender Farm is a magical spot and I feel so lucky every time I get to hang out there.  The fantastic vendors for this meal include: Petoskey Cheese, Bear Creek Organic Farm, D&M Design Co., S2S, The Bow Tie Baker.  Soak in some Summer vibes....

 

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!

 
 

CHANELLE & MIKE // CHARLEVOIX WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER // SHANAHAN'S BARN

Big family - check.  Big wedding party - check.  Big barn - check.  That list translates into one big, rockin' party to kick off Chanelle and Mike's married life together.  Heartfelt and handmade decorations could be found everywhere, a great band was playing, and to top it all off, their beautiful baby girl was able to take part in the celebration.  Cheers!

 
 

Venue: Shanahan's Barn, Hair: Carly Herold, Florist: A.R. Pontius, Catering: A Matter of Taste, Cake: Johan's Bakery, DJ: Frank Hudson, Acoustic Guitar: Jerry Sprague, Band: Phil Dirt & The Dozers, Bride's Attire: Mira Couture, Groom's Attire: Jos A Bank 

WHITNEY & IAN // TRAVERSE CITY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY // BRENGMAN BROTHERS WINERY

Whitney and Ian = total babes.  These high school sweethearts tied the knot last Saturday and what an amazing day it was.  Brengman Brothers was such a great setting and we may or may not have gotten carried away photographing the absolutely adorable flower girls & ringbearers ;)  This job takes us to some amazing places, to work with some amazing people -  I am definitely feeling grateful this morning.  Cheers!

 
 

Make Up & Hair: Dream Details, Caterer: Catering by Kelly's, Cake: Top Tier Cakery, On Whitney: Bliss, Monique Lhuillier, On Ian: Men's Wearhouse, Second Shooting by the fabulous Lizzie Kassab!  Thanks for helping out on this one Lizzie!

EMILY & MATT // METRO DETROIT WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

Emily & Matt are absolutely the sweetest, and what an amazing day they had last Saturday!  It was such a relaxed day.  Seriously, it was so laid back - they were both so excited to finally get married, but they were completely calm the entire time.  Their vows didn't leave a dry eye in the crowd, the summery light was gorgeous, and the dance floor was packed through the end of the night.  I'm so happy we were a part of it.  Cheers to E + M!!

 
 

Venue & Caterer: Myth Golf & Banquets, Hair & Makeup: Serenity Hair Salon, Florist: Bonnie Zientak, Cake: Home Bakery, Bride's Attire: Becker's Bridal, Groom's Attire: Men's Warehouse.

SUMMER ON 35MM FILM // NORTHERN MICHIGAN

As September rolls on and we start to feel hints of fall here and there, I am savoring every last minute of summer weather while also looking forward to what might be my favorite season.  There is nothing quite like fall in Michigan... But there is nothing quite like summer either.  Here are a few shots that Mike and I have taken throughout the summer on 35mm film.  A glimpse into our non-work life (even though we are still attached to cameras all the time).  A blend of different films, a blend of cameras, a blend of our families... Truly one awesome summer mash-up, ending with a glass of whiskey (duh).  Cheers to summer, family and loving life!

 
 

SUMMER AT THE LITTLE FLEET // NORTHERN MICHIGAN FOOD AND LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHY

Oh we are livin' it up in Northern Michigan these days.  We have to savor every last drop of warm weather while we savor our wine, whiskey, beer and margaritas.  Our friends at The Little Fleet asked us to do a relaxed summer shoot (you can check out our winter one, here).  We had a ton of fun photographing one of our absolute favorite hang out spots - at any time of year!  If you are in TC, The Little Fleet is a must visit.  Cheers!  And special thanks to our awesome friends who came out and allowed us to photograph them!

 
 

JULIA & MATTHEW // MACKINAC ISLAND ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY // PREVIEW

Oh Northern Michigan... Sometimes you are just so perfect.  Mackinac Island truly embodies this, with its beautiful summer golden light, long days, pastel colored water and sky, white stone beaches, cedars and pines.  The historic charm brings back all of the nostalgia of taking childhood trips there.  So obviously I was pretty excited to meet Julia and Matthew on the island for their engagement session.  Thankfully Michael was able to join me to help with our bikes and gear, so it was truly a team effort and a super fun day.  We lucked out with some ridiculously beautiful light and embraced all of the good summer vibes!

 
 

NATALIE & EUGENE // WEDDING PREVIEW // ANN ARBOR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

Natalie and Eugene were married on a gorgeous sunny day in the Arb last weekend.  A close group of friends and family were in attendance standing or sitting on blankets up front.  We feel very honored to have been a part of this day.  Natalie and Eugene have a great sense of humor and promised to grow old together disgracefully in their vows - we wish them all the best in their journey together.

 
 

 

Prep Location: Weber's Inn  Ceremony: The Arb (Nichols Arboretum)  Reception: Zingerman's Events on Fourth  Flowers: done by Natalie!