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!
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!
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 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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
This family is gorgeous. Both inside and out. I'm really not exaggerating - Bailey and Visar are so gentle and loving and attentive with their two little kiddos. It was truly a special session. The forecast called for rain coming in and out all day, but we had an amazing window right around sunset that was truly unique and created some amazing stormy cloud formations over lake Michigan. Living up here and taking pictures makes me oh so happy!
Alex is our adorable niece. While she was here visiting us in July, I snapped a few frames with my Pentax K1000 and I am loving how they came out. Mike also captured some great shots on the boat which we will share soon with a collection of other summer film candids!
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!
Our beautiful niece, Alex Leigh Kent, was born on April 19th and we were lucky enough to be able to head to California and meet her on the very same day she came home from the hospital! The Kent family had a very relaxing week, and Alex got lots of cuddles from all of us. Of course we had to take portraits, but we did so in a very fun and informal fashion so I threw in a couple hiking shots and one terrible group selfie for good measure.