pine trees

LIZ & BRIAN // SOJOURN LAKESIDE RESORT WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY // GAYLORD, MI

 

For years I have been thinking about what our roles are as wedding photographers and I've come to a lot of conclusions about what I feel is truly important.  Somehow, the amazing folks over at We Are The Parsons (a tremendously inspiring husband and wife photography team) are writing about many of the same things that I've been thinking.  There have been times when I feel like they're reading my mind - and then taking those thoughts even one step further.  Ideas about letting go of a rigid "shot list" and instead allowing yourself to truly watch what is happening in front of you.  Then capture that.  The moments that you let unfold before you will inevitably be the most realistic.  The way a dad looks at his daughter.  The ring bearer's pouty face before portraits and then a complete 180 degree mood change as he RUNS down the aisle during the processional with a huge smile on his face.  An offering of flowers at the beginning of the ceremony to honor those family members who are no longer physically present.  Feeding your new mother-in-law a bite of your wedding cake after you cut it.  Does this mean I'm never going to pose anyone ever again?  Absolutely not.  BUT, it helps to have this refreshing perspective about shooting.  That you are doing it for a specific group of people each weekend.  They are all unique.  Don't follow the same "rules" every time.  Liz and Brian are awesome.  Their family is awesome.  I hope we captured some images that could only have happened with this group.  Cheers!

 

REBECCA & JON // SOJOURN LAKESIDE RESORT WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY // GAYLORD, MI

 

At the beginning of the day Jon's mom gave Becky a mercury dime from 1944 to put in her shoe.  The dime had belonged to Jon's grandfather.  Later during the reception, Jon's parents told them that September 16th was actually the same day that his grandparents were married in 1944, which they hadn't realized before!  I just loved this sweet element of their day.  These little things that make everyone's wedding day truly unique.  AND, who would have guessed that we'd have a stretch of 80 degree weather in September?!  I certainly hadn't expected it, but it turned out beautifully.  Sojourn is one of those magical places with an up north - woodsy - summer camp - vibe that can still be as elegant or as rustic as you choose.  It's a stunning location and a perfect place to spend one of the last warm weekends of the year.  Cheers to Becky & Jon!

Venue: Sojourn Lakeside Resort, Coordinator: Joy Volant, Hair & Makeup: The Beauty Gals, Florist: Bride, DJ & Violin: Rodney Page, Caterer: BJ's Catering, Dessert: Kim's, Bride's Attire: Jim Hjelm by Hayley Paige, Groom's Attire: J. Barbaro, Photo & Video help by the awesome Sawyer Harris & Dustin Stockel - Stay tuned for Becky & Jon's video!

 

MATT & KRISTY // GRAYLING ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY

MATT & KRISTY // GRAYLING ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY

"If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely" -Roald Dahl

I think photos of Kristy and Matt together would be bright and happy no matter what the weather, but last week we really lucked out with a warm sunny day... and in case you didn't notice... it's November.  Not typically a notorious month for sunshine in Michigan.  I'm so filled with happiness for these two and can't wait to photograph their wedding next year!  Thanks for making my job so fun you guys :)

SHANA & CALEB // WEDDING PREVIEW // MICHIGAN PINE TREE FARM

I have been sitting here for a few minutes now trying to come up with a cute little blurb to describe Shana & Caleb's day, but I just keep coming back to the fact that it was a damn good time.  Two down to earth people choosing to get married in a field next to a huge outcropping of pine trees, surrounded by wonderful family and friends.  A glowing clear-topped tent. Oh, and THE PARTY.  A bride and groom rapping for their guests doesn't happen everyday.  Plus, we witnessed a surprise mother and son dance and a hilarious voting-based dance off.  SO. MUCH. FUN.  Shana & Caleb, thanks for having us and make sure to check out the teaser video clip too!

 
 

Hair & Makeup: Ashlee Ann on Location, Florist: Royal Gardens Flowers, Catering: Red Wood Lodge, Dress: Beckers Bridal, Groom's Attire: Joseph A Bank, Venue: Private Pine Tree Farm in Flushing, MI., DJ: DJ Chewy

Huge thank you to our additional team members!  Photo Assistant: Sarah Gough,  Video Assistant: Shannon Kohlitz

CLAIRE & GARRETT // TRAVERSE CITY ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY

Coldest engagement session completed so far goes to Claire and Garrett!  Despite an epic blizzard the day before, and brutal temperatures, we were still able to take photos around the wonderful Traverse City Commons and I'm so glad we did.  

 
 

NORTHERN MICHIGAN WINTER // FILM PHOTOGRAPHY

When we lived in California I actually missed snow, because let's face it - we never got to Tahoe enough.  I missed the stillness of winter and the quiet.  We are beginning our second winter back in Michigan and I am really embracing it.  The snow and the way it blankets the woods is meditative.  There is too much negativity about winter, and if you live here you should really challenge yourself to explore it.  Because it is beautiful and peaceful, and it allows you to see the same scenery in a completely new way.  Just wear the right clothes and get out there.

 
 

Shot on Kodak Portra 400 that was accidentally processed in black & white chemicals.  Camera: Pentax K1000.  The Hartwick Pines' AuSable River Trail and My Aunt's awesome golden retriever, Lily are featured.