Conklin Family

Oh the cuteness in this blog post, please just prepare yourself for it!  The Conklins were an absolute dream family to work with.  We got together on one of those days when I was balancing weather, traffic, and 7 different shoots in what felt like 7 different locations.  They were so gracious to my texts and slightly changing schedule throughout the day, when I am pretty sure I sounded like a mad woman.  

When we started their pictures a very dark rain cloud loomed in the backdrop, and you know what their little guy did?  He smiled.  He smiled the whole time.  I would give him a little peek-a-boo from behind the camera and he would just keep on smiling back.  I swear he never fussed or shook his head no.  He even leaned into me to hold him when I walked by him and would come up for a hug after different poses.  It was the best. 

The colors were really starting to peak this weekend and I am so happy with how these pictures turned out.  I love capturing parents with their first little one, and this momma and dad have so much love for their guy it is contagious.  Thank you so much for letting me share in capturing the memories of this sweet stage of life with you, Conklin family. 

Baby Henry

Henry made his arrival into the world a few weeks early, and it sounds like he certainly took his mom and dad by surprise!  I photographed Sarah’s baby bump a few weeks prior.  We left the shoot saying, see you in a month or more when your little guy arrives.  Little did she know we would be seeing each other much sooner!  Henry made his arrival into the world in a rush, and from the smiles on his mom and dad’s faces I don’t think they minded he decided to join the party early.

Henry was an angel during his shoot.  He slept for the first half and when he woke he didn’t make a sound.  His dad insisted it must have been the scented candles and soft music playing in my home studio space, and I would like to think that was part of it.  But in all honesty, I think he was enjoying the 90 degree weather and sunshine warming his skin.  Either way, his peaceful demeanor and baby cuddles made my job so much fun.  Thanks for letting me capture some memories of Henry with you, Krater family!  

Cregar Family

I have been photographing a whole bunch of little ones for their first birthdays lately.  It absolutely amazes me, how outgoing and sweet all of them are.  Bretton was no exception! He showed up with the biggest smile on his face and it didn’t fade the entire time we were together.

Bretton’s mom and dad were troopers too.  We had to have met on one of the hottest days of the summer.  Clearly it didn’t faze them since they look amazing in every picture!  I am so spoiled because I get to watch parents as they giggle and play with their little ones, and then capture the joy in their family.  The Cregars had a whole lot of love and joy between the three of them.  Thanks for letting me capture that for your family, Cregars!

Serbinski Family

The Serbinskis are one of those families that you look at and you just say to yourself right away, 'yup they are rocking this whole parenthood thing.'  Katie is due with her third little one this summer and still ran around with her guys and looked absolutely gorgeous while doing it.  

We met for their family shoot at Booth Park and spent the whole time playing and exploring.  The boys searched for squirrels on the paths, fed the ducks, blew bubbles, ran through the tunnel at the playground and even took a ride on the cardboard slide.  They had to have been as tired as I was after all that!  These two little guys were so outgoing and it didn't take them more than a minute to warm up to having me around for their family fun.  Thanks so much for letting me share these special moments with you, Serbinski family!  Looking forward to meeting your newest addition soon! 

Solon Family

These pictures are from a sweet Sunday afternoon shoot on Father's Day.  I met Lennon and her parents at Heritage Park in Farmington to capture a few pictures in honor of Lennon's first birthday.  Shooting on the holiday really reminded me why I became a photographer.  It is such an honor to capture pictures that will be cherished for a lifetime by a family.  While I never want to speed up time, it is fun to think that one day when Lennon says 'I do' a few of these pictures just might make their way into a slideshow or onto a memory table.  And thinking about that makes me feel so honored to capture these memories.

Little Lennon was all smiles during her shoot.  She wandered around the park and explored to her heart's content while we just tried to snap a few of her genuine smiles.  It was clear that her mom and dad absolutely love the new addition to their family, and they interacted in such a sweet and loving way.  And let's all be honest, it doesn't hurt when your family is this stylish on top of everything else.  It was a good, good shoot.  Happy first birthday, Lennon!

Baligian Family

 I always have such a nice time when I get to photograph the Baligian family.  They seriously make having 5 kids look so simple (and growing up in a family of 7, I know the chaos first hand!) The siblings are so sweet to each other and I can't get over how their oldest daughter just loves on her little siblings.  She is a little momma in the making!  

I joined the Baligians at their home for photographs to welcome the newest addition to their family, Ezra.  He was a little cutie and didn't make a peep the entire time- even when his toddler sister wanted to be all close and personal while he was trying to fall asleep. Thank you so much for letting me spend the morning with your family, Baligians!

Jack + Kathleen

When Jack and Kathleen first contacted me to photograph their wedding I was so excited.  We all went to college together and there is something so sweet about capturing the wedding day of fellow Albion College Britons :) I think part of it is that it instantly takes me back to the day I married my college sweetheart and was surrounded by so many college friends.  Or maybe it is the chaos of trying to take a picture of the Albion alumni with the purple flag.  Or maybe it is all of the songs that get played that remind you of those ridiculous fraternity parties . . . but whatever it is, I couldn't have been more excited to share their day. 

The morning started at their apartment where Kathleen was surrounded by her friends and family while she prepared for her wedding day.  I loved that she included more than just her bridal party for this special part of her day.  All of her closest friends were there getting ready, chatting and enjoying the morning together.  It was a cozy, intimate setting and you could feel the anticipation building for the rest of the day.

Their ceremony was at the gorgeous St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Ann Arbor.  From there we visited the Law Quad at the University of Michigan and another local park for their portraits and bridal party pictures.  Jack and Kathleen also included their family and friends on the party bus and during this time for photographs, and I loved that.  Your wedding day is so special and the more people you love that can share it with you the more authentic and memorable it will be.  The day finished at Polo Fields in Ann Arbor for dinner and dancing.  

We were lucky enough to sneak outside for a few more shots while the sun was setting.  I love sneaking off with the bride and groom during their reception.  It gives the couple some quiet time to take in all of the craziness and to just look into each other's eyes and say, 'we are married!'  Jack and Kathleen walked and spoke with each other about their love and their wedding and I just got the chance to quietly capture it.   What a blessing this job is.  Thank you so much, Jack and Kathleen.  I had so much fun sharing your special day and feel so blessed to have been a part of it. 

Kelly's Baby Bump

Oh mommas-to-be, you are just so freakin' beautiful!  There were a few weeks at the beginning of the summer where it seemed like every shoot was a maternity shoot.  And these ladies were all glowing!  They are growing a human, juggling life, and looking like super models while doing it- you rock, ladies! 

Kelly was certainly no exception.  I photographed she and her husband, Steve, at their gorgeous home, where we were able to capture some of their nursery and their family's beautiful backyard. Steve simply doted on Kelly the whole time and it was the sweetest.  It was extremely evident that they cannot wait for this next stage of life together as parents.  I am looking forward to meeting the newest addition to their family when he or she arrives later this summer! 

Nik + Elizabeth

You guys I am so excited to share this one with you.  It quickly has become one of my favorite shoots to date!  I met Nik and Elizabeth in Holland for their engagement session.  We started our time together at the same spot where they met, Hope College.  From there we snapped a few pictures while exploring downtown Holland and then we finished with champagne at the beach.  Yup, you read that right, champagne at the beach!  Elizabeth had meticulously planned the details of the shoot so they would showcase she and Nik's unique style, and her vision could not have been more beautiful. 

One thing I noticed during the shoot was how well these two love each other.  They literally knew what the other person was going to say far before they said it.  They complimented each other in such a way that made the whole shoot a breeze.  I would say, 'Nik let's try looking down at Elizabeth.'  And just like that they were lost into each other and the moment. It was the sweetest, and my heart would melt a little every single time.  

Nik and Elizabeth, thank you so much for letting me share this exciting time with you.  I cannot wait to watch your plans all come together and your dream wedding unfold!

Miller Family

When I first started my little business pretty much all I did was photograph my family.  I come from a big family so there were plenty of subjects for me to practice my photography skills with.  I photographed my family over and over until I felt comfortable managing shoots and working my camera.  Then I slowly started expanding my clientele outside of my family, outside of friends of friends and into complete strangers.  

Now I feel so lucky when I get the chance to photograph my family.  It is such a special time to capture their true personalities and to just have an excuse to get together!  These two little guys seriously melt my heart every time I see them.  They are lovers and are constantly saying, 'do you know how much I love you? Sooo much!' So, yeah, you can see why I get so excited to see them. We shot at Heritage Park in Farmington on a perfect spring day and I am so happy with how these photographs turned out.  I hope you cherish them forever, Miller family!