This handsome little guy was born last month. His name is Leo and the day this session happened, he was one week old! You may recognize his parents – they’ve been on the blog before as a bride + groom! I was so thrilled when Kevin + Angela emailed me to tell me they were expecting their first child and wanted me to capture some pictures for them on one of his first days home. What a joy it is to be able to watch families grow! Seriously, this job is so awesome! :)
A few weeks ago, I had the joy of meeting Claire for her senior session. This beautiful young woman is about to enter her last year of high school – and she is so excited! We met up in Metro Detroit at her house to start the session and then headed to the farm where she keeps her horse, Little Girl. We spent time walking around the pastures, taking a few rides and just hanging out and talking about her horse, her interests and what she’s looking forward to in the coming year. I love this time of life that Claire is entering into. I have fond memories of my senior year and every time I have the chance to talk with a new senior, I’m immediately taken back to those high school days – full of anticipation, excitement, fear and dreams. There is so much ahead for Claire and I could tell, even in our short time together, that she has the courage, motivation and spirit to make the most of her senior year. Congratulations, Claire – and best wishes in the coming months!
On a beautiful, July Saturday on the shores of Lake Michigan, Matt + Jill became husband and wife. I’ll just say it… it was awesome :). Jonathan and I loved being a part of this celebration (and not just because they are hardcore Sparty fans ;)). Matt + Jill have been planning this day for months and with the help of Cassie from White Dress Events, they pulled off a great party!
The entire day was held at Camp Blodgett in West Olive, Michigan. The decor was simply elegant, the food was delicious, the scenery was truly “pure Michigan” (just wait until you see the sunset!). But what made this day most special was the relationship that Matt + Jill share with one another. These two respect each other, deeply care for each other and know how to have fun with each other. Their love is clearly evident and it was an honor to be a firsthand witness to their union. I hope you enjoy this little glimpse into their big day on the great lake…
Matt + Jill decided to have a first look just to calm their nerves and take a few moments to pause together and chat before the ceremony.
Lake Michigan, I love you.
Matt + Jill provided water and fans for their guests on the beach. Great idea!
A few weeks ago, when summer was around (that’s right, summer took a hiatus in Michigan with this chilly weather!), I met up with Sarah + Steve for their engagement session in Holland. It definitely was quite warm like July should be, but unfortunately, the rain was very unpredictable. We ended up stopping the session halfway through and finishing a few days later when the sky was clear and we could end on the beach with a proper Lake Michigan sunset. I’m so excited with how these images ended up – both the rainy, woodsy half of the shoot and the sunny beach half!
A few weeks ago, I met up with Shanna and her parents on the shore of Lake Michigan where they were vacationing for the week. Shanna is going to start her senior year of high school next month in Metro Detroit and to celebrate, we explored the tiny town of Glenn, MI and splashed in the waves on the beach together. It was a perfect afternoon filled with laughter and smiles and conversations about the future. Shanna has big dreams ahead of her and I loved hearing about her passions and what inspires her and learn more about who she is becoming. But more than that, I loved experiencing who she is NOW – a young, beautiful woman ready to take on her last year of high school. Shanna is sensitive and caring, full of grace and joy and is such a delight to be around. It was an honor to spend some time with her and capture some special moments as she launches into her senior year.