Royal Oak Photographer

Baby Douglas

Baby Doug was so great for his session.  I had to keep reminding his mom and dad, 'just so you know it doesn't typically go like this.'  I typically spend a lot of time during newborn sessions just cuddling and swaying newborns, waiting for them to fall into a deep sleep.  Doug was sleepy and ready for his session right when I arrived! A photographer's dream!

I loved getting to know Doug and his family.  His mom and dad made me feel like we had known each other for ages.  I love when I come into a family's home and I immediately feel at home, and that is exactly what happened at this shoot.  Their space was light and bright and made everything simple and enjoyable.  And when a little guy is born with a head of hair that awesome, it needs to be documented!  Katie and I started talking about if the wives tale about heartburn and hair is true.  I have been experiencing a good amount of heartburn lately, so we will see if that means our babe will come out with a full head of hair!

And of course we had to end the session with a few family photographs.  Which means Doug's two pups got a chance in front of the camera! They were so sweet around Doug, and even though they were so excited to finally be included in on the action, they were cautious and calm around their new baby. It was such a peaceful session with so much love, and I am beyond grateful to have captured this exciting time.  Enjoy all of your new baby snuggles, Kilbourn Family! 

Carter- Class of 2018

I love that Carter had his senior pictures taken during the colder months.  It makes the pictures so unique.  We also got crazy lucky with a relatively warm February day that made exploring the city bearable.  Carter was one of those seniors that you just feel spoiled to work with.  He had a ton of personality, made great conversation, and felt totally comfortable in front of the camera.  

I remember about a year ago thinking, I keep seeing this parking garage on Instagram- I just really want to shoot there.  I went to scope it out with a friend, and planned my first session there last spring.  Now it is absolutely one of my favorite places to photograph.  It makes for a simple place to meet with clients, has the coolest view, and there are so many awesome urban backdrops in a short walking distance.  I love that the view can be totally different depending on the time of day and the weather.  We got a moodier look over the city for Carter's session and I absolutely love it. 

Carter has plans to attend college in the fall and is hoping to study communications.  He seems like a total athlete, and hopes to pursue that passion after college with a career in sports broadcasting.  For now he is busy finishing up his basketball season at Royal Oak High School, and enjoying all of the fun that senior year brings.  Enjoy the last few months of your senior year and best of luck with everything in the future, Carter! 

Bonnette Family

This little lady was so ready to celebrate Christmas! We started the shoot out with Charlie in her pajamas, which if you think about it is really how every shoot should start.  She showed me all the ornaments on her Christmas tree and a few of the presents that had been wrapped early.  Watching little ones during the holidays makes everything so much more magical, don't you think?

Charlie did eventually change out of her pajamas, which was much easier for her than it is for me on a typical Saturday! This lady was all giggles and made our time together so much fun.  I have gotten to watch Charlie grow up since her newborn session and it has been so much fun to see her personality grow.  She is talkative, silly and kind.  She taught me a few new songs and was constantly on the look out for the big bad wolf while I had my face buried into my camera.  

This was such a fun way to kick off the Christmas fun.  I hope you have a wonderful Christmas together, Bonnette Family.  Thank you for letting me be a small part of your celebrations!

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!

Steve + Caiti

I promised myself last fall I would do more shoots during golden hour, the hour before the sun sets and the light is soft and the shadows are long.  There is something so magical about this time of day.  So first golden hour shoot of 2017- Steve and Caiti!  Michigan weather has been completely unpredictable this year, and we certainly lucked out with the weather for Steve and Caiti's engagement session.  We picked a weekend in February and decided to just see what mother nature dealt us.  Well she was so kind, because we had 60 degrees and sunshine the whole weekend!  

Caiti and Steve were looking for more of an urban backdrop and we decided to use Royal Oak, which is turning into one of my favorite places to photograph.  As I drove to the shoot I started to notice something a little unexpected along the streets.  People were dressed in onesies.  You know- the footed pajamas?!  As I got closer to downtown and searched for a parking spot, I realized that more of the people than not were wondering around in onesies.  We had not been informed that the entire city had been taken over by a onesie bar crawl.  I was a little nervous thinking about the boisterousness of the group, but luckily we were able to completely ignore the insanity.  And let's be honest, it kept us laughing as we moved between locations and noticed the insanity of different onesies people were wearing.

We wondered through quiet back allies and rooftop parking garages.  Each new street brought different textures and colors that made for the perfect backdrop to capture their playful personalities.  Caiti and Steve have a lighthearted, carefree love that keeps them both smiling.  It is the kind of love that is honestly infectious, and made me want to go home and hug my own husband a little tighter.  They have such an amazing impact on one another.  Steve can make Caiti break out into giggles with one word. Caiti gives Steve a sense of peace and calm that made him feel comfortable, even when I was there capturing their every kiss and cuddle.

I am already looking forward to being a part of Caiti and Steve's downtown Detroit wedding.  It is going to be an amazing celebration for two people that were made for each other.  Can't wait to see you two say I do! 

Baby Elias

This newborn shoot was so good for my heart.  I walked into Heather and Joe's home and it was a photographers dream- beautifully decorated to reflect their family's unique style. clutter free, natural light pouring in, and a bedroom with a big bed with white linens.  All of the good things.  Not to mention, it smelled heavenly- so basically I was about to move in.  We chatted for awhile and then quickly got started on the shoot since little Elias was sleepy and clearly very ready for his time in the spotlight. This guy was an angel, and didn't make a peep until the very last set of shots, where he politely let us know he was done modeling for the morning. 

Heather and Joe doted on their little guy.  They passed him between mom and dad, giving him gentle kisses with each hand off.  They seemed to have settled into their role as mom and dad seamlessly in the week since they brought Elias home.  When I asked them to just look at their little guy, they would really look at him- just get lost in his little features and whisper to each other how in love they were with the newest addition to their family.  

During my time with Heather and Joe we started chatting about all of the things that a baby brings into your home- the toys, clothing and blankets.  I asked Heather how she kept things minimal, and she shared with me the sweetest reminder I have heard in awhile.  She said, "all he needs is to know the love of Jesus displayed through us."  Wow, powerful, huh?  In a world where we think about the registries and showers, headbands and blankets- it was such an amazing reminder.  I am not a momma yet, but one day I do hope to be one, and I hope I continue to repeat Heather's words to myself.  Because what more can we give little ones than to truely display to them the love of Jesus.