2017

This was a year for me to find my voice. If you know me, that might sound funny because I’m quite a chatty person. Nonetheless, it’s taken work and time and patience to get to know myself and learn how to say what I really mean and not say what I don’t really mean. And how to take the photos I want to take and not the ones I don’t want to take (or can’t take!). Thank you so much to my community for supporting me and listening to me and giving me space to learn and grow. And thank you thank you THANK YOU to all my amazing clients. I literally would not be able to do this without you; you are what makes my job a dream come true.

This year I loved:

  • geometric landscapes
  • warm + soft colors
  • a photo for the sake of the memory + a story, not just the aesthetic
  • out of focus black + whites
  • dancing brides
  • crying grooms
  • a shot that looks like a still from an old french film
  • shadows
  • romance, romance, and more romance

This year I took photos in:

  • Dominican Republic
  • Whistler, BC
  • Seattle, WA
  • St. Paul, MN
  • Northport, MI
  • Leland, MI
  • Grand Haven, MI
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Fennville, MI
  • Coloma, MI
  • Sweet home Holland, MI

Cheers to send 2017 out and cheers to welcome 2018 in!

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Fernwood

Hugo + Genevieve || Styled Shoot

I must learn to be content with being happier than I deserve.

Jane Austin, Pride and Prejudice

What a dream! When Abby Fox (All Buttoned Up Events) came to me with the idea for a whimsical, poetic, winter wedding design I knew it was something I wanted to be a part of. We spent weeks dreaming and scheming… and wow does that girl know how to plan. I’m still amazed at how she conjured something real out of what started as pipe dreams and mood boards!

A big big T H A N K Y O U to everyone who donated products, time, and- most importantly- creativity to this project.

Styling: Abigail Fox, All Buttoned Up Events

Dress: Spring Sweet Bridal

Paper Design: Carleigh Courey Design

Floral: Events by Ludemas

Hair + Makeup: Rachel Herron, Panopoulos, Grand Rapids

Rental: The Rental Company

To be in love with another person is to learn to be content with being happier than one deserves. Well, call me too romantic for my own good, but I feel I must learn to be content being happier than I deserve with such a job!

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Sam + Meghan

I’m not going to gush too much here, but these two are just completely adorable! Sam is my younger cousin, and it’s so fun seeing him find the love of his life in Meghan. We had a perfectly balanced photo shoot- some in the woods and some in the city. I’m so excited to shoot their wedding next year!

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Caspian

The DeWaards became 5 this spring and let me tell you- it’s just what the world needed! Jason + Holli and their sweet three munchkins are a family who makes you feel like you belong. Their home is so welcoming, rarely without warm baked goods nearby. Eric and I have spent many evenings pouring out our hearts at their kitchen table over our favorite lentil curry and belly laughing about our favorite Office scenes together. Also, I’m going to have to spend every Monday morning with those sweet kiddos for the rest of my life because I know everything’s going to be ok so long as they’re in the world.

I’m so happy to have this family belong to my little corner of the world. And we love you lots, Cass kid!!

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Kristen + Sang

08/05/17

Grand Traverse Lighthouse, Leland Fishtown, Sleeping Bear Dunes

This photoshoot was the making of a friendship if I’ve ever had one! We met at Lemonjello’s in Holland early in the morning before jumping in Kristen + Sang’s subaru and heading north. While stopping for lemon San Pellegrino and a snack, we caught wind of a pancake breakfast at the old airport- who could pass that up?! So after seeing some awesome old planes we headed to our first destination in the Leelanau Peninsula- the Grand Traverse Lighthouse where the pair got engaged. The sun was sweet and the water was as clear as ever! What a spot. After romping around, we lunched in Leland Fishtown and moseyed down the docks in the sparkly sunshine. Our last stop took us driving around curvy tree-canopied lanes out to Sleeping Bear Dunes. If you’re in the mood for a breathtaking view, go to Sleeping Bear Dunes. My word- there’s nothing like it! The big blue expanse goes on forever and you just want it to swallow you up. Sang and Kristen are kind and hilarious and adventurous, and it was such a wonderful day to spend with them. I can’t wait for their wedding day this coming fall!

Are you interested in an adventure photo shoot with your loved one? Contact me to learn more!!

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David + Lauren

Ada, MI  || 5/20/17

It rained that day, but there is always in the sky a tiny scrap of blue at the service of happiness, which lovers see, even when the rest of creation is under an umbrella.

Victor Hugo, Les Miserables

I’ve always had a special place in my heart for rainy day weddings ever since mine and Eric’s in 2013. There’s something uniquely romantic about the dramatic wind and it all seems rebelliously lovely to go on and get married in spite of the deluge (not to mention the amazing lighting!). Dave + Lauren’s was a wonderfully rainy day; like the sky, it was just so full of love and joy and dancing that it overflowed. The two smiled and stole bashful kisses all day, and the backyard barn of Lauren’s childhood home was the perfect setting for it all. Congratulations to Dr. + Dr. Schrock!

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Cam + Abby

06/05/16

St. Paul, MN

When I first met Abby in college, one of the first things she said about herself had to do with her family. She talked about her parents, to whom she was and is very close, and said that they were still very very much in love. Not only did she say that she admires this, but I can see it in her eyes when she looks at Cam. I know what Abby said of her parents will be said of her and Cam many years from now. Cam + Abby are high school sweethearts, and are the kind of couple that makes you believe in all the romantic stories. They have this certain way of being together- always a bit flirty, always a bit dreamy, and completely real and unafraid to be themselves. I am honored to call them friends and will never forget their amazing day filled with light and love and all their people.

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Jake + Abby

05/29/17

Jake + Abby just celebrated their one year anniversary! Though I’m just ridiculously behind on my blogging these days, there’s something I love about looking back at weddings after some time has gone by. Since Jake is my brother, I get the unique experience of witnessing his and Abby’s marriage quite often since shooting their wedding. And while their day was easily one of my favorites I’ve ever worked, I can say that their marriage is even more beautiful to see. They are kind, driven, silly, adventurous, brave, and loyal; I so admire them for these things among many many more!

Lancaster, PA

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