Posts tagged northern michigan wedding photographer
baker lofts holland michigan wedding
 

gabrielle + hunter | holland, michigan 

moments.

this baker loft wedding in holland michigan was full of those.

as a photographer I get to share many moments with couples that no one else gets to see or experience.  moments that the bride and groom may not have even noticed themselves.

...like hunter mouthing "you look beautiful" to his bride as she waits to be given away by her father. or him sitting on the edge of the back seat trying to be as close to gabrielle in the front seat as he can as I drive them around for portraits.

I will never take these flashes in time for granted.  its not the wedding days I remember but the moments shared with my couples on the best day of their lives.

Florals - Picket Fence Flowers

Cupcakes (the best ive ever had btw) - The Cakabakery

Venue - Baker Lofts

Dress - Justin Alexander

Hair - The Hairport Salon

 
lincoln park conservatory elopement
 

Samantha + Cameron | chicago, illinois

elopement.  just the three of us.  the whole lincoln park conservatory to ourselves at sunset.  

excitement.

anticipation.

joy.

this was my very first true elopement i have had the opportunity to document and i cant imagine a better venue or couple to do it with.  it just felt different.  there was a calm that took over the conservatory as the said their vows to each other.  a surprise old text message that the other didnt know they saved.  talking about their future.  it was intimate. it was special. it was raw. it was real.

just the two of them because each other was all they needed.

an elopement doesnt have to be to some magical land far far away (however if you are going to iceland, or greece or something i definitely wont oppose)...it can be right in your backyard.  the smaller the better in my book. no frills, just the people most special to you in a place that hits close to home. its your wedding day.  make it special to you.

 
provin trails grand rapids forest engagement
 

hunter + gabrielle | grand rapids, michigan

there is nothing like a frolicking in the forrest with two people who truly love each other.  is that corny...ok ya thats corny but just go with it.  shooting in the midwest version of forests might be on my top favorite places to shoot.  you would never know hidden in these forests was a mini sand dune we got all to ourselves.  little pockets of light shone through the trees...there is nothing better.

it doesnt get much sweeter than these two.  one of my favorite things since photographing gabrielle and hunter is following gabrielle on social media and seeing all the beautiful things she has to say about hunter.  she is so wise and I admire her walk with the lord.  I often find myself saying "YES GURL" to her posts.  so in the words of gabrielle I will leave you with this:

"Choice is powerful. Let’s not forget the influence that we have on those who we love and on those who love us. Are you being that same reminder to someone today?"

 
Best midwest engagement and wedding images of 2016
 

i heard someone say once, "to move forward we must look back at where we have been".  ok i probably never actually heard anyone say it but im sure pinterest definitely threw it out there once.  i have never done a "year in review" post because i have never really been content with my work.  i always felt like i could do better or i have fallen short in comparison to other photographers i admire.  this past year was huge for me.  lots of "aha" moments, amazing clients, and awesome opportunities.  i always feel like i could do more and be better, but this time around im taking time to be proud of myself.  proud of how far ive come, the work i have created, and the relationships i have cultivated.

comparison is the theif of joy.

dont let it steal your joy.

take time to look back and see how far you have come

2017 Wedding Photography Bucket List

iceland eleopement

ireland greenlands

big sur

bohemian forrest wedding

intimate mountain elopement

joshua tree national park wedding

industrial warehouse wedding