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!

 

HOLLY & COLLIN WINTER ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY // GRAYLING, MICHIGAN

 

Holly’s family owns the cottage next to my grandma’s in Grayling. It was a Danish American community who initially settled and built these summer cottages on Lake Margrethe and the prized feature of Danish Landing is the red and white gazebo. I’ve always loved the gazebo for sentimental, nostalgic reasons, but I’ve never photographed a couple in front of it. So of course when Holly suggested taking photos over at the landing, I was super excited. On top of that, Holly and Collin brought their pets Up North so that they could also be included in the session! So another photography-first occurred for me when I was able to include a cat in engagement photos! We didn’t keep sweet Lacey outside for too long, but I think we got a few real gems. A++ to Holly and Collin for being so fun, and goofy, and braving the cold with me. I’m just feeling super grateful for the coolest people I get to work with!

 

MATT & DAWN // MACKINAC ISLAND PROPOSAL AND ENGAGEMENT SESSION

 

On Saturday Michael and I headed to Mackinac Island to document a surprise proposal - and then engagement session. It was so special and sweet, and we also got super into pretending to be covert spies as we hid microphones and tried not to be obvious while pretending to nonchalantly photograph and film the grounds of Mission Point Resort. Matt and Dawn were wonderful and after the proposal we spent some time with them exploring Mackinac Island on a moody early Fall day. I have to say, if you’re considering a trip to the Island, this time of year is a great time to go. It was so beautiful and way more laid back than it is in the height of Summer. Congratulations Matt & Dawn!

Special thanks to Mission Point Resort for advice and assistance in coordinating Matt’s proposal!

 

MARYSSA & COLIN // ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY // SUTTONS BAY, MI

 

Maryssa & Colin’s engagement session was a perfect little tour of the Suttons Bay area. We strolled through the vines and drank wine. We sampled cider and checked out all of the large crates of apples early Fall is delivering. We headed to the beach, enjoyed the breeze and the evening light. They personalized the locations so that it would truly feel like a session about them and for them. I had a great time you two and can’t wait for the big day!

 

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.

 

STEFANIE & JESSICA // TRAVERSE CITY ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY // OLD MISSION PENINSULA

 

These beautiful women will be celebrating their love in Northern Michigan next October when they get married and I seriously can't wait!  To celebrate their engagement, we took some photos around Old Mission Peninsula last weekend. 

It feels like Spring has come early here in Northern Michigan, so finding patches of snow to make the landscape look 'Wintery' was actually a challenge.  We ended up exploring some cool ice formations along the bay and discovered how beautiful grape vines and orchards can be even without any foliage.  Just when I think that the seasons might be too in-between to look beautiful, that the scenery will be to drab to photograph well, I'm always reminded otherwise.  I'm so happy that Stef and Jess were excited and up for the adventure!

 

ERIN & SHELBY // NOVEMBER ENGAGEMENT SESSION AT SPRING LAKE // TRAVERSE CITY, MI

 

When your clients request an engagement session at a hidden little lake with special meaning to them, you know it is going to be a good day.  Despite some truly bone-chilling temperatures and a fresh dusting of snow from the night before, Erin & Shelby took the rowboat out with their pup.  The late fall colors were subtle but beautiful and by the end of the session we were hiking with big fat snowflakes falling around us.  It was such a pleasure to work with these two and I'm beyond excited to share a peek of the session here.  Also, I have to mention that Shelby is a very talented woodworker - I had the chance to check out her products at Shop & Sip (a holiday craft market), but if you missed it I would highly recommend browsing her website... just in time for the holidays ;) wink wink ;)  Cheers to Erin & Shelby!

 

ZACK & LAURA // PORT ONEIDA ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY

 

We hit a perfect Fall day for Zack, Laura & their two pups.  The golden light was just right and the session kinda flew by because we kept finding new places to explore.  It was one of those times where I'd just pull over on the side of the road and say "I just had to stop - that field looks like a perfect spot right now".  To top it all off we witnessed a cotton candy sunset at Pyramid Point... doesn't get much better!

 

CHELSEA & JORIS // LEELANAU COUNTY ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY

 

Here is visual proof that Leelanau County is a magical wonderland filled with birch trees, apple orchards, blue water and perfect little pockets of sunbeams.  I had such a great time with Chelsea and Joris during this session!  We grabbed cider at Tandem and then headed to Fishtown and the beach in Leland.  I'm so excited that I get to see these two again in just two short weeks for their wedding!!

 

MEGAN & EVAN // CHICAGO ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY

 

These two are getting married in Northern Michigan next year, but live in Chicago, so we took advantage of our travel schedule to explore some of their favorite local spots!  We began the session at The Oyster Bah, one of their favorite places to grab drinks and - of course - oysters.  I absolutely loved this, because it's a meaningful location for them and gave us such a unique setting for photos!  Cheers to Megan & Evan - can't wait for next year!!

 

JACQUELYN & DOUG // CALIFORNIA ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY // MILL VALLEY

 

When we lived in Northern California a few years ago, Tennessee Valley was my happy place.  I'd come here to hike, run, and take photos.  Fast forward to a few months ago when I happened to meet clients who are currently living in California, but are getting married in Traverse City next year!  And on top of that, everything aligned just right so that I could take their engagement photos last week during a trip that Mike and I had planned to visit his brother and family!  While we may not have hit glowy CA sun, the fog rolled in beautifully, the hills were green, the ocean was moody, and Jacquelyn & Doug have a contagious energy together.  I can't tell you how excited I am to share a peek of this session and I'm even more excited about their upcoming wedding (btw, they seriously have a dream team of fellow vendors)!!!