laura + scott

Laura + Scott are two of the most genuine + kind individuals I know. Over five years ago, they met, quickly became friends and not soon after, began to fell in love. I was friends with these two in college and was around as their love began to blossom. It’s been a joy to reconnect with them over the past few months and catch-up on their story + wedding plans, but also reminisce about those first few weeks + months of their relationship to see how far they’ve come. After a couple college degrees, moves, long-distances + jobs, these two are ready to finally become husband + wife! In just about 6-weeks they will tie the knot and I cannot wait to be there to celebrate alongside of them. Until then, here are a few of my favorites from our sunny morning engagement session last month!
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Their pup, Macy, joined us for a few photos :)
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the edwards family // northville, michigan

There’s so much I could say about this sweet family. This is the fifth time (whew! :)) I’ve photographed them and every time, I fall in love with them a little bit more. These kiddos are vibrant and joyful, filled to the brim with personality and individuality. Their parents adore each other and adore their children and it’s so evident in all their interactions. For this session, we found a wide open field and just ran around – capturing the kids in their element – being kids. :) I couldn’t stop smiling as I edited through these images and had a tough time narrowing down favorites for this blog post!

Blog readers, I would love you to meet Matt, Crystal, Ty, Reese, Lacey + Crosby. Careful, you might fall in love with them, too. :)
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ben + molly // boyne city, mi wedding photography

Ben + Molly met when they were just children – in elementary school in the northern Michigan town of Boyne City. As Molly described it, she was the drama geek, he was the jock. Despite growing up two blocks from each other and attending the same school + church for years, because of their interests, they never really struck up a friendship. Ben + Molly’s post-high school journeys took them here and there, and somehow, away from their hometown, they eventually re-connected and became good friends. With the mask of their high-school identities gone, they realized that there was something more to their friendship. It wasn’t long before they realized… it was love…and they’ve been together ever since. On their fourth dating anniversary, Ben proposed, Molly said “yes!” and together, they began to plan for a September wedding.

On a sunny September afternoon, Ben + Molly became husband + wife. Though they are currently living in Indiana, they chose to celebrate where it all began – in Boyne City. They said their vows in the church where both sets of parents were married. We took pictures on the beach where they played as children. The reception was held in the backyard of Ben’s parents’ home. This day was absolutely delightful, so heart-warming, and oh so perfect.

Please enjoy a glimpse into Ben + Molly’s first day of marriage, because personally, I’m glad I was able to be a part of it…
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Molly’s smile was so contagious all day long – she was such a happy bride!!
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kelsey // lifestyle senior session

Our first session date was rained out and we waited and crossed our fingers and hoped that our second session date would turn out ok. Thankfully, not only was the weather wonderful the second time around, the whole session was better than I could have even imagined.

It’s as if there was a little magic in the air that evening. Everything came together perfectly and it was an absolute delight to spend a couple hours with Kelsey. This young woman is so beautiful – inside + out. She has a heart of gold, a sincere faith and a kind spirit. Her smile is contagious and her energy for life is inspiring. I couldn’t wait to share some of my favorites with you!

I hope you enjoy the beauty of this sunny evening, but more importantly, I hope Kelsey’s smile brightens your Friday a little bit. How can it not? Cheers to your senior year, Kels!
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Red hair. Red dress. Red apples. I couldn’t help myself!! Kelsey – you are gorgeous!
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peter + courtney + ethan + evan

When you hang out with toddlers, there isn’t much sitting. There’s laughter and running and jumping and shouting and tickling and playing with toys. There may be smiles, there may be tears, but it’s always an adventure.

Evan + Ethan recently turned three and we adventured all around downtown Royal Oak playing Simon Says, pointing out the trucks + buses, chasing each other – oh yea, I took some pictures, too. These twin boys wore me out that morning, but you better believe I loved every minute of it!Snede-2001

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