Over the past few years I’ve had some amazing opportunities to help other women promote their businesses. Creating content that shows off what they do well. What they are passionate about. What they devote so much time and energy into. I love being able to help create images that they are proud of, that they can’t wait to share and use. Carrie and her husband Nate own Roost North a vacation rental business. They host guests at two awesome condos in the Commons and are hoping to be able to showcase all of the amazing things that you can do (within walking distance) of their rentals! They want to host, but they also truly want to help you craft an incredible and memorable trip to TC. Carrie’s instagram feed not only shows off her gorgeous spaces, but her stories are constantly showing off local businesses. Promoting them to her visitors and sharing deals, reposting their content and specials, sharing things to do in the area - I would even recommend that TC locals follow along to get an inside scoop ;) So this lifestyle shoot (on a perfect Fall day) was a great way to share how amazing the Commons are as a Traverse City vacation destination. We grabbed coffee at Higher Grounds, walked over to Roost North’s Spiral Sanctuary property where we enjoyed bubbly and cheese, then headed to Left Foot Charley’s for wine tasting (and conveniently grabbed chips and salsa from Spanglish next door to snack on). After that we walked over to Archie’s food truck where we placed an order that we could enjoy inside Earthen Ales. Whew! What a whirlwind tour. Here’s a peek of what we captured…
Oh my heart. These two kill me. I just adore them. And the next time I see them, there will be 3! Katie and Matt are expecting a sweet baby boy very soon and I am over-the-moon-happy for them. It was so great to connect with them last week for this session and it means so much to me that I was able to take some photos for them while they wait for the little one to arrive.
When Cammie from Epicure Catering reached out to me asking if I would be available to photograph this dinner it was truly an honor. The Birds of a Feather dinner began last year and the idea is to celebrate women in the food and beverage industry in Traverse City. So female chefs, servers, bartenders, designers, managers, and more come together to put on a multi-course menu for 60+ guests. The dinner was hosted at one of my very favorite TC spots, The Little Fleet. The menu featured a passed appetizer from Katy Viswat of 7 Monks, an appetizer course from Kristen Karam of K2 Edibles, a salad course from Becky Tranchell of Rose & Fern Cafe, the main course by the season 16 winner of Hell’s Kitchen, Kim Ryan, and the dessert course by Becca Snook of Alliance. Unique cocktails were created by a number of female bartenders, staff members, and owners of local restaurants. The design concept and decor came to life thanks to Darling Botanical and the entire event was supported by a number of other amazing hardworking women. A portion of the proceeds even went to the Women’s Resource Center. It was truly a pleasure to be a part of this event. Stay connected via a new FB group for Northern Michigan Women in Hospitality.
Claire recently moved back to Traverse City with her pup, Bowser, and she asked if I might be willing to take some photos of them near the cabin that she lovingly called her dad’s “project cabin”. Just say the words “project cabin” and I’m there. Seriously. It’s kind of my dream to build a rustic cabin retreat in the woods and this one is a little beauty. Claire and I hiked with Bowser to her favorite part of the woods near the property. A beautiful Aspen forest covered in fresh snow. Bowser was beyond excited to be outside exploring and we did the very best we could to get portraits of him in between watching him dive under branches and then untangling him. Once we made our way back to the cabin we enjoyed the fire, chatted with Claire’s wonderful parents, and changed Bowser into an adorable new sweater. I’m pretty sure this is Northern Living at it’s finest.
Happy Monday! Last week I went to Petoskey to meet up with a group of awesome women! Savannah is the face behind Nakina Artistry, soon to become Nakina & Ko. She creates magic with hair and makeup, but she also has big plans for a rebrand which will include more lifestyle content in the future. You’ll just have to follow along with Sav to stay in the loop! ;)
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!
I had the great pleasure of collaborating with Taste the Local Difference and Happy's Tacos for this year's Guide to Local Food in Northern Michigan! Happy's Tacos creates their own hot sauces using locally grown peppers when available and the rainbow of colors created such a fun set to style and shoot. Here's a look behind the scenes.
Last week Michael and I volunteered to photograph a few of the events hosted by Up North Pride: a vigil honoring the lives lost in the Pulse Nightclub shooting, the Pride Ride through downtown Traverse City, and a sign-making party at Rare Bird Brewpub (see the bottom of this post for a full list of contributors!). We were overwhelmed by the love we saw in this small town and felt an immense sense of joy to know that we don't need to live in a large urban area to support Pride. As people who document love for a living, our goal is to make everyone feel welcome and accepted. We want to work with loving people of all religious and non-religious backgrounds, all races, all sizes, all sexual orientations, and all gender identities. The vigil was a somber reminder that we have a long way to go to achieve peace and acceptance as a society, but the pride ride and sign-making party reminded us of how far we have come. It gave us hope for the future. One with more love and more parents teaching their little ones how to keep an open mind and open heart.
Cheers to Up North Pride!
Up North Pride & Michael Chetcuti Foundation // Vigil: Polestar LGBTQ + Community Center of Traverse City, Mom's Demand Action, Blackbird Arts, and New Waves United Church of Christ // Pride Ride: Norte! and One Up Web // Sign-Making Party: Rare Bird Brewpub, Blackbird Arts and Ampersand Lettering Lab
We've been a bit absent from the blog for a while! That tends to happen as we wrap up our wedding season and move into a different phase of our work... this Winter we have stayed pretty dang busy though! We're communicating with 2017 and 2018 clients, wrapping up our remaining videography projects of 2016, creating new pieces of artwork, painting and organizing our home/office/studio spaces, generally scheming about the future, and working on editorial projects! For this particular project in the February issue of Traverse Magazine, I had the great opportunity to photograph dishes by Chef Myles Anton of Trattoria Stella (which just happened to be named the most romantic restaurant in Michigan by USA Today). I wanted to share the magazine spreads as well as a few outtakes. There's nothing like cooking in cast iron in the cold months - yum.
Cedar Creek Interiors has moved from Traverse City to Elk Rapids and their new store front and design studio is absolutely gorgeous. Kim from Cedar Creek and Deb from LaLa Projects asked me to help capture the new space for their website and it was my pleasure. Here are a few shots from a great afternoon spent oogling beautiful home goods!
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!