We met Jen + Tom met in Ypsilanti a few weeks back for their engagement session. Jen’s daughter, Ava, joined in for the fun, too! Since their wedding will be downtown in the city, they chose a couple of their favorite parks for the session.
The forecast was generally in our favor, until about an hour before the shoot when it became clear that we may get a little rain. But, it seemed like it would be short-lived, and it was worth moving forward with the plan… being prepared with umbrellas, just in case! Then, minutes before they arrived at the park, the clouds opened up and there was a torrential downpour like only a Michigan Summer can bring. Fortunately, as predicted, it was a short storm – and we were able to continue with the plan with only a few minute delay. Plus, the passing storm provided us with some ridiculously awesome clouds for a bit!
Jen + Tom – we are so happy that you’ve found each other and that you’re taking this leap into marriage together. We think you two are such a good team, and so good for each other. We can’t wait to celebrate in Detroit with you two next month! <3
That sky doesn’t look very threatening, you say? Let’s take a look at the southern sky, then… :)
Ava, you are such a sweetheart – I loved getting to know you and seeing you interact with your Mom… and Tom! Thanks for adventuring with us for the evening :)
Today, I am thrilled to share a little preview of Lynée + Trevor’s engagement session. It happened last month in Grand Rapids when there was a random week of snow before Thanksgiving. We were hoping to hold on to a little bit of autumn for the shoot, but we instead got a little autumn and a little winter… which made for a pretty sweet setting!
Anyways, THESE TWO. Oh my. I am so humbled and honored to be able to share their story with you. Lynée is one of the sweetest, kindest individuals I have met. She is sassy, funny, strong and loving. I haven’t known Trevor as long, but in the last year or so, I’ve come to learn that he is patient, caring, intelligent and loves deeply. Individually, they have walked some difficult paths over the last several years. But thankfully, those paths crossed and something new + beautiful began. It has been a joy to watch their relationship form over the last year and a half and to witness redemption and restoration happen individually and as a couple. This summer, they’ll be blending their lives, their families, and their love, but what a marvelous adventure it’s been already!
Their kiddos braved the cold with us – and I’d even say they had a little fun :)
Well folks, Happy Valentine’s Day! :) Today, on this day that the world celebrates love, I want to share a personal post featuring my family – some of the most important people in my life! This past summer, my entire immediate family carved out a weekend to spend together. Now, this is no easy feat. At the time, we had 10 adults, 11 kiddos, several different jobs and travel + sports schedules to manage, yet we were able to pencil off a few days to share some space together. We packed up and headed to “the Thumb” to spend a few days at my grandparents cottage on Lake Huron. This place is a nostalgic + cozy – it’s been in the family for over 25 years. The cottage is nothing fancy, but it’s absolutely perfect and I loved watching my nieces + nephews explore the landscape as I did many, many years ago. It was one of my favorite weekends of the summer and I’m so thankful we were able to create some memories and celebrate our love as a family.
So today, here’s to love – the love of family, the love of friends, the love of a spouse, partner, children, co-workers… whatever love you can celebrate today, celebrate it. And, in case that’s not enough, here’s to summer and sunshine… and the promise that it will return… soon. :)
Hi, folks! My, it’s been a few weeks since I’ve graced you with a blog post. I’ll blame it on the holidays + traveling + the new year + birthdays + family + friends. All good excuses, right?
I’m thankful for this season. This time on the calendar when life slows down. The days are cold + snowy, allowing for many fires in the fireplace, many cups of cocoa or tea and the occasional bundled walk through the neighborhood. Winter has never been my favorite season, but you know what? It’s not that bad. I actually am kind of enjoying it this year – shhh! :)
Today, I would love to share with you a few of my favorite images from a session I had just before Christmas. This family is no stranger to my camera, and this time, they’ve added a handsome little boy to their clan. These images were taken when Levi was only one week old. He is a handsome, precious little guy and his big sisters and parents love him SO much. I loved spending time with the five of them in their home to celebrate this new life. Congratulations, Carter family!
I met Austin + his parents on a chilly October morning in Rochester, Michigan. The forecast was threatening our session time, but we forged ahead and beat the rain clouds. Austin turns ONE this month and it was so fun to wander around the park with him, feed the ducks and play in the leaves together. He’s such a sweet boy – I love this age! Thanks for hanging out with me, you three! And happy birthday, Austin!