June Faith

We are so lucky we get to call this sweet little lady our niece! I love getting to photograph newborns, but when they are family it is just a little sweeter.  This little lady made a late arrival into the world, and we all anxiously anticipated her arrival. The wait was absolutely worth it once she finally joined the family.  She is the cuddliest little bundle of joy and we have loved getting to know her. She is the first grandbaby on Ted's side of the family, so it has been so fun to see their family adjust to having a little one around again. 

June wasn't ready to stay asleep for her whole shoot, but I love the images we were able to capture when she was awake, too.  How adorable are those big eyes?! She and I got some extra time to rock and hum songs together while she fought sleep, so I will be honest I wasn't too mad that she wanted to stay awake and hang out.  

Eve and Nathan are adjusting right into parenthood and are making it all look easy.  Watching them become parents has been so sweet and seeing how much they love this little lady is so encouraging.  June already has a schedule, sleeps through the night, and I will be honest I have never heard her cry- so they must be doing something right!  June, your Uncle Ted and I cannot wait to make so many memories with you as you grow up!

Lauren + JD's Romantic Wedding

Joy. All of the joy, that is really the only way to describe Lauren and JD's wedding day.  Their wedding was the most amazing celebration of joy that I have ever had the honor of being a part of.  Ted and I arrived to the cutest lake house where the ladies were getting ready and we were instantly met with the warmest welcome from everyone.  These ladies could not love Lauren more and it was so sweet to see her surrounded by such an amazing group of friends and family.  

Lauren and JD had their first look down by the lake, where they read notes to one another before seeing each other for the first time.  It was such an intimate moment and the perfect way to kick off their day together.  From there we made our way to downtown Pontiac for a few more bridal portraits.  The rain started just as we were finishing up, but of course we had to sneak in a few fun umbrella shots! 

Then it was time for these two to get married! Lauren and JD's ceremony and reception were held at the Crowfoot in downtown Pontiac.  The venue was absolutely breathtaking.  Lauren and her vendors had put together an intimate, candlelit space that created the perfect backdrop for Lauren and JD's celebration.  The two shared handwritten vows, which had everyone tearing up.  Following the ceremony, they continued the celebration with amazing food, a donut bar, personal and meaningful speeches, a packed dance floor, and a Taco Bell midnight snack- it doesn't get much better than that!

I could go on and on about the beauty and the details of Lauren and JD's wedding day, but I will let the photographs tell you that part of the story.  What I can't write this blog post without sharing is just how joyful and meaningful this wedding day was.  These two are clearly destined to be together and have found their true loves.  To see them come together and celebrate that, surrounded by friends and family that love and support them, was such an honor.  It truly was a wedding where everyone was celebrating, because seeing Lauren and JD promising forever to each other is such a testament to what an impact great family and friends have on your life.  These two are going to have an amazing future together, supported by people that love and care for them deeply. 

Lauren and JD, your wedding will always make us think of all the joy that love brings to our life. Thank you for letting us capture the day with you, and thank you for being our friends! We wish you a lifetime filled with all of the same joy and happiness that you felt on the day you said I do!

Venue: The Crowfoot | Day of Coordinator: Melissa Marie Events | Hair and Makeup: Posh Studio Flowers: New Creations | Catering & Linens: Two Unique | DJ: Wayne Kinney

David + Rebecca

David and Rebecca are two of our very closest friends. We all met in college and since graduation, getting married, buying houses and new jobs we have done a lot of life with them.  Thankfully we live just a few blocks away so there are lots of- what are you doing for dinner? Want to do that together- phone calls. These two always challenge and encourage us.  They have answered the phone in the middle of the night and met us at the hospital, ran to our house when we forgot our travel itinerary and were already at the airport, prayed for us, and fed us more meals than I can count (because Rebecca is an insanely talented chief). They have also been our travel companions, euchre competition (always boys verse girls), and fellow beach bums. 

These two have so much going on right now, so we hopped downtown to update their headshots and to get some anniversary pictures, as they are coming up on two years of marriage.  Rebecca just launched her new business- Northland Web Design and Development.  I am so proud of this girl.  She has worked so hard all summer to educate herself, grow, and launch this business. Her dedication blows me away.  Be sure to check out her website here, and if you need any web design I would highly recommend her!

Rebecca found this awesome spot downtown.  It was so much fun to checkout a new location, and I quickly added it to my list of favorite places to shoot.  Detroit has so many awesome streets to explore and this neighborhood had a little bit of everything.  We ended the shoot over at Eastern Market and then inside the Detroit Institute of Bagels.  We mostly went to Detroit Institute of Bagels because David and I love our bagels, but then of course when we got there and saw how cute it was inside we snapped a few more pictures!  So thankful for you two, David and Rebecca- thanks for letting us do life with you!

Crandell Newborn

Two little bundles of joy! Oh goodness how ridiculously sweet are Pierce and Everly.  I loved getting to meet these two and catch up with their mom and dad. 

I have to be honest, when I go to someone's home for newborn pictures it can be a bit of a whirlwind.  They have recently arrived home from the hospital and they are trying to get settled in.  People have sent flowers, gifts and balloons.  Visitors and new baby supplies tend to have not found their proper home yet.  Which is always totally understandable, and comes with the territory of being new parents! I couldn't believe it when I walked into Kelly and Loren's home and it was so peaceful.  Like I kind of wanted to move in peaceful. They were both ready to go, neither of their little ones ever cried, and they had coffee brewing and even a few candles lit.  They made this twin newborn parent thing look like a breeze!  

Everly and Pierce absolutely loved being cuddled together.  Everly had the tiniest smile on her face for most of her pictures with her brother.  And Pierce just natural curled into Everly when they were laying next to each other. Do you see how he sweetly he held onto Everly's arm in this second picture?! My heart! I can't wait to watch these two grow up together. How lucky they are to always have a built in best friend.  Congratulations on your two sweet additions, Crandell Family!  

Brooke McDonald

Brooke absolutely rocked her senior session.  We met at Maybury State Park just as the sun was setting and the sky melted into the perfect fall golden hour.  As we explored the park I noticed that Brooke carried herself with a confidence that most teenagers don't have yet.  She was totally comfortable in her own skin and I couldn't get over what a natural she was in front of the camera.  And while I name off a few more compliments- can we talk about her style?! I kind of wanted to steal each of her outfits for my own closet! 

My favorite part about my time with Brook was chatting with her about high school.  She was just as beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside, and her sweet personality showed through in each of her stories. Brooke was such a great story teller and I loved hearing all about her sports, high school activities and school trips.  Brooke recently went to Spain on a school trip- how cool is that?!  She chatted quickly and personally with me about funny stories and anecdotes from high school, and it was so much fun to just enter into her life during our time together. Brooke, with your beauty, confidence and outgoing personality you are going to do some amazing things after high school! Best of luck in the future!

JD + Lauren

I just love these two! Lauren and I were in the same sorority back in college and getting to reconnect with her during her wedding planning has been so much fun.  This time last year she and JD came over to have dinner with Ted and me and we had the best time.  Lauren has this infectious spirit that makes everyone around her feel so loved.  After meeting JD it was clear that Lauren had met her perfect counterpart.  Not only do they share the same hobbies and pastimes, but they share a love for people and both have a way of making you feel known and cared for. 

JD teaches at Cranbrook and these two actually get to live on the absolutely beautiful grounds. So basically they live in a storybook! When your clients have a backyard this pretty of course we have to take advantage of it!  We wandered around the perfectly manicured grounds and stepped inside the most picturesque library for a few shots.  These two both love reading, so it was extra fun to capture them right in their element- surrounded by books. And the library looked a whole lot like a scene out of Beauty and the Beast so basically it quickly became one of the coolest places I have photographed!

While chatting about engagement pictures Lauren and I also discussed going with a vintage travel theme.  So Lauren put together a few things to create the perfect vintage travel setup. I love the way the images of her in the fur with the suitcase and big hat turned out. I love that these two were able to show some much of their personality during their engagement shoot.  

Lauren and JD I could not be more excited to be a part of your wedding day! I think you both are pretty darn amazing, and cannot wait to see the beautiful day that celebrates the start of your forever!

Timmington Family

Oh goodness I love this family.  Last year the pastor at our church came to us and asked us if we would be interested in leading a small group with this couple. Our answer was immediately, yes! We have been so thankful for them over the past year.  Kim is one of the kindest friends, and I am constantly reminded how thankful I am for her friendship.  She lifts us up in prayers, plans service opportunities for our group, serves at church and always shows up as such an amazing friend exactly when I need it.  Jeff and Kim's story is such an inspiration and I could go on for days about how having them in our life is such a blessing. 

But, back to the pictures! These two anxiously anticipated buying their first home, and when they finally got to move in we celebrated with a photo shoot! I love that they will always have these pictures to remember this exciting stage of life.  And you have heard me talk about it before, but I just love lifestyle sessions and how they really capture who you are as a family and the space that is home for you. 

Sam and Mae did such a great job at their shoot. They got the chance to play together, cuddle with mom and dad, and thankfully Ted was there to keep the laughter coming ;) Just knowing this couple and how much this home means to their family has quickly made this one of my favorite sessions.  We can't wait to make lots of memories with you in your new home, Timmington Family!

Matt + Danielle's Northern Michigan Barn Wedding

I am not sure where to start with this blog post, because I have so many favorite things from Matt and Danielle's wedding!  Northern Michigan, portraits at a lighthouse, a beautiful barn setting, loving friends and family, a flower girl and rings bearers that stole the show, and a bride and groom totally and completely in love. Yes, it is safe to say this has to be one of my very favorite wedding days yet! Danielle and I have known each other since college, so I had so much fun reconnecting with her during her wedding planning.  What I really loved though was seeing how happy Matt makes her. After their engagement session I kept thinking about how perfectly these two compliment and care for one another. 

Their wedding day was such a perfect celebration of the love they have for one another, and the love their family and friends have for them. Danielle spent the morning getting ready in a house packed full of her bridal party, close family and lots of little ones. Matt and Danielle met in downtown Charlevoix for their first look, where they read handwritten vows to one another. *Insert, Caryn crying the entire time here.* From there we headed to the Charlevoix lighthouse for bridal party portraits, and then to the most beautiful barn for their ceremony and reception.  

During the entire day I was struck by how much everyone at the wedding loved each other.  I couldn't tell which family was Matt's and who belonged to Danielle's family, or if they had separate groups of friends- everyone just melded together for one, big celebration! The dance floor was one big party, the games of cornhole were cheered on by everyone and everyone treated Ted and I like we were part of the party.  It makes sense to me why these two are as passionate, caring and as hilarious as they are- it is because they are surrounded by people with all of those traits. 

After hearing about how Matt and Danielle connected on a trip to Alaska, and were engaged on a return trip. How they purchased a home together and plan to remodel it, how they adventure together and encourage each other in their careers- I am so excited for these two.  And Danielle's Dad mentioned something about 12 kids in his speech- so I cannot wait to see what the future holds for them!  Matt and Danielle, you could not have asked for a more beautiful day to promise a lifetime to one another. I am so thankful that you invited Ted and me to be a part of the celebration. Cheers to forever, you two! 

Venue: Shanahan's Barn in Charlevoix, Michigan | Dress: Patty's Bridal | Bouquets: The Harvester | Welcome Sign & Programs: Say I Do Decor |  DJ: A+ Event Entertainment | Catering & Cake: Grey Gables

 

Amanda- Class of 2018

Amanda was the best. I mean she was a serious trooper for her senior pictures. All day her mom and I texted back and forth about the weather. Should we try to make it work? The forecast looked like it was going to clear up. It was warm out, and there were moments where the sun even started to peek out of the clouds.  As the time got closer for Amanda to start her hair and makeup appointments we decided we were going to do the shoot that evening.  As I drove to the session the skies grew darker and darker. By the time I pulled into the parking lot sheets of rain were coming down.  Oh no, we made the wrong call.  That happens sometimes, we just have no way to correctly predict the weather. 

When Amanda and her mom arrived at the session the rain had slowed down, and I asked them if they would mind skipping the getting to know each other chat and jump right into pictures. They were game! We ran out to the boardwalk and snapped away. We jumped back into the car with Amanda's mom right as another cloud opened up. And on it went for the rest of the evening. Waiting for pockets of time when the rain would hold off and we could jump out of the car and get another set of images. By the last outfit the clouds had moved out and the sun started to peek out again. And I love how these images turned out. I love the clouds and the rich colors. And can we talk about how absolutely stunning Amanda looks in her pointe shoes in the rain?!

Not only does Amanda look absolutely gorgeous, but she was so confident the whole session.  When I asked her if it was bothering her that it was raining she reassured me that she loved that the pictures would be unique.  She went with the flow and we chatted in the car while we waited for the rain to pass and then she was a rockstar in front of the camera while we captured her senior pictures. I am always so thankful for clients that go with the flow, and love images that are unique. Thank you for making my job so fun, Amanda! 

Combs Family

I am loving fun, cuddly in home lifestyle sessions. There is something so beautiful about capturing a family in their home.  In the place where they do life together and make the majority of their memories.  It feels really intimate and real, and I think that is why I think they are such a unique way to capture the essence of who you are as a family. I highly recommend them- especially as we move into the colder months here in Michigan.

But anyways back to the story of the Combs family.  At the beginning of a session I will typically chat with mom and dad about expectations for the session.  I will let them know how I plan to organize the shoot and then ask them if there are any specific must have shots. I have photographed the Combs family a bunch of times in the past and I should have known that Lauren's response would be easy and carefree. When I asked if there were any specific shots she hoped to get out of the shoot she said, 'Just the kids playing! I don't even mind if they look at the camera or not, let's just photograph us hanging out at home.' A photographer's dream response! 

Well funny thing, her kids are so use to seeing me around them with a camera that they were slightly confused when we got out the toy cars and just started playing.  Their oldest kind of looked at me like, so are you going to ask me to smile now? Should I look at you? It was the sweetest thing, because he knows the routine! After awhile they warmed up to the idea of just hanging out, reading books, and swinging in the backyard.  And I am loving how these images capture how their family does life every day.  Thank you for letting me capture your everyday story, Combs Family!