Carissa & Chris | Hoffmaster State Park Engagement

Carissa & Chris | Hoffmaster State Park Engagement

I was so excited when Carissa contacted me this past spring for her Muskegon wedding. I went to college on the west side of Michigan, so despite being a native east-sider, I have a special love for all things Lake Michigan. I suggested we head to Hoffmaster State Park for a Lake Michigan sunset. I had camped there once with my family and I knew it had a good mix of trees and beach.

From the moment we first talked, I knew Carissa was a sweetheart. Turns out Chris and their kiddos are too! They really make the sweetest little family. Hanging out with them on a little bit of a colder late April day was a lot of fun. We did a hybrid engagement and family session, giving me time to get to know all of them before the big day.

Since I started photographing couples, I had been DYING to do something on the beach. In Detroit, most of my couples opt for more urban scenes, which is fine. But nothing can beat a Lake Michigan sunset. And we got one at Hoffmaster State Park.

Their late August backyard wedding is going to be a dream!

 

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Kaitlynn & Ben – Kent Country Club Couples Session

Kaitlynn & Ben – Kent Country Club Couples Session

Last November, I sponsored a giveaway in gratitude of a successful first full year in business. And Kaitlynn won! She decided to use her free session to capture some photos of her and her boyfriend Ben at the Kent Country Club in Grand Rapids, where she worked. We were hoping for snow but we got a foggy, dark January day. No matter. We were able to make use of the inside of club (it’s basically closed up in January so we had it to ourselves).

The Kent Country Club is a beautiful spot and I loved exploring it with these two. They were extremely fun to work with and I adored all of their giggles throughout the session. They were also willing to try out some new prompts I had up my sleeve, as I was trying to decide which I would start using in sessions this year. Thanks, guys, for being my guinea pigs.

I love the idea of using both outdoor and indoor locations for a couples or engagement session. It’s great in the winter when you really don’t want to spend two hours outside with me, but it also gives a sense of variety in the photos. I’m just waiting for another couple like Korrie and Zack, who took me to the bar of their first date!

Look out for possibly another giveaway this fall! Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday after all. 🙂

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Kaitlyn & Jacob – Stoney Creek Metropark Engagement

Kaitlyn & Jacob – Stoney Creek Metropark Engagement

When I met Kaitlyn for the first time, we talked for almost three hours. As in, our coffees were long gone and I looked at the time and realized that I had to go Christmas tree hunting with my family momentarily. We chatted about everything wedding, love story, Clawson, and more. I loved it–building relationships with my clients is important to me. I would rather be more than just a wedding day photographer to you.

Snow was on Kaitlyn’s wish list for an engagement session, so we watched the weather and even rescheduled so we could have fresh snowfall for our time together. It was SO worth it. On a Sunday morning, we met at Stoney Creek Metropark and spent almost the entire two hours outside.

Kaitlyn told me a lot about Jacob so I had some expectations in mind. But I had NO idea how amazing he would be to photograph. Often, one member of the couple isn’t as into photos as the other. That’s totally fine and I end up winning them over by the end. But Jacob was the complete opposite. He knew exactly what to do and where to put his hands. It came completely naturally to him, making my job a breeze.

I love shooting in the snow. It’s romantic and sensual. I think these photos speak to that. They’re a reflection of the intimacy I want to capture in images, along with some joyful moments mixed in.

Needless to say, I’m beyond excited for their December 2018 wedding!

 

Kaja & Jason | Anniversary Session

Kaja & Jason | Anniversary Session

 

Kaja was a bridesmaid in a wedding I shot this past September. She was a stellar bridesmaid and wrangled people during the family photos like a boss. She had told me about how her wedding photos didn’t come out that great, and she decided to enlist my help to recreate some wedding photos in honor of her and her husband Jason’s fifth wedding anniversary this past November. We had a beautiful late fall evening of snow flurries and some leftover fall colors.

I think it’s great to celebrate milestones with photography. I know we all have phones with cameras, but there’s something different about intentionally scheduling a time to have session to capture you and your loved ones as they are at this stage. Plus, it gives you a reason to refresh some decor.