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RAY & MIKE // SLEEPING BEAR DUNES WINTER ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY

 

Last week Ray and Mike headed to Northern Michigan for a little getaway and I was thrilled that the timing worked out so that I could join them for a photo session! The weather, as always, was unpredictable and we ended up with a cold day that felt absolutely frigid the moment the wind touched you. When I stepped out of my car at the beach in Glen Haven, the wind was whipping up huge icy blue waves and I was a bit worried. Despite conditions that make you want to curl up on the couch under a blanket, Ray and Mike were absolutely up for the adventure. Those blues of Lake Michigan came through, we walked through green forests with fat snowflakes coming down, and explored the vast expanse of sand at the dune climb - Northern Michigan’s color palette really came through for us. But the most important part was, of course, Ray and Mike. Their sense of humor and laughter was contagious. We were chatting and laughing as we walked down trails and hopped back in cars to warm up. Their smiles stole the show and I had an absolute blast. Thank you Ray and Mike for an awesome afternoon!

 

TRAVERSE CITY WINTER LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHY // CLAIRE & BOWSER AT THE CABIN

 

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.

 

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. 

 

BREANNA & LUCAS // SUMMER ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY AT BROWN BRIDGE QUIET AREA // TRAVERSE CITY

 

Everything was green.  The air was hot and humid.  One cloud rolled in with a bit of rain in an otherwise blue sky day, leaving the foliage dewey with raindrops.  This session just screamed "SUMMER!!!" and when you live in a place with four dramatic seasons, you just have to embrace the heat.  Soon enough it will be cold and snow will cover this landscape, so for now enjoy this moment.  Breanna and Lucas wanted a wooded setting with great Northern Michigan vibes for their engagement session.  I'm so happy that I get to explore my favorite places with outdoor-loving couples for a living.  What a dream.

 

STYLED SHOOT COLLABORATION // WOODLAND INSPIRED WITH BERRY TONES

I haven't done any styled bridal shoots before, so this was kind of out of the box for me!  It was a fun change of pace and I had a fabulous time collaborating with On-Site Bridal, To Have and To Hold, model Hannah Burdek, and Stems & Sprigs.  Brenda from On-Site Bridal developed the look and styling for the shoot - deep berry tones, gold, and candles in a forested setting.  The images are darker than a lot of my typical work, which again was a fun direction for me.  There are more to come, but in the meantime check out the images below!