Nick & Carrie

Wedding  |  Mount Pleasant, MI  |  June 2016

Though almost all weddings are wonderful and a blessing to be a part of, this particular day was especially sweet for me. The weather was beautiful (if a little hot), the details and decor were lovely, the guests and bridal party were lively and fun, but the real joy I found in this day was watching one of my oldest college friends marry the love of his life.  I’ve had the pleasure of knowing and watching this couple grow in their relationship from the beginning, and I am so very happy that they’re ready to take on this new life adventure together.  These two laugh often both at and with one another; a sure sign that they have a long and very happy future ahead. I, for one, am excited to see what that future may hold!

Congratulations and thank you for trusting me to be a part of such a beautiful celebration! ❤IMG_0907_blog-1_blog

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|  Venue: Buck’s Run Golf Club | Ceremony Music: Anthony Patterson  |  DJ:Entertainment Solutions of Michigan  |  Photobooth: In a Snap Photobooths  |  Chair Coverings: Elegant Chair Coverings  |  Flowers: Beck’s Flower Shop  |  Cake: Julie Munson  |  Salon: Color Works Hair Company

Nick & Carrie

Engagement Session  |  Mount Pleasant, MI |  June 2015

Since I’ve had the advantage of knowing Nick & Carrie for a few years, I was certain their engagement session would be a breeze. And it was! We were lucky to avoid most of the rain showers and even got some great photos on campus at Alma College where these two first met.  A few of my favorite things about this adorable duo: the way Carrie’s nose wrinkles when Nick makes her laugh, the absolutely absurd things Nick does to prompt that laugh, and how willing they were to give every goofy idea of mine a try.  I was thrilled when they called me about setting up an engagement session, and I absolutely can’t wait for their wedding next year! I’m so happy for you two — here’s to many more years of fun and laughter.

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Academy of Performing Arts Recital

Dance |  Alma, MI  |  June 2012

I had the chance to take some photos during dress rehearsals for The Academy of Performing Arts end of the year recital, and what a wonderful opportunity!  Of course as a dancer, I’m always thrilled to take time to capture other dancers in action, but I had a special interest in this performance since it featured some of my students. It was bittersweet to watch my dancers (and all the other students) on stage — I am so very proud of all their hard work, but I also know that I will miss them next year when I move to sunny Florida!

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Alissa & Matt

Engagement Session  |  Alma, MI  |  June 2012

Every photographer has a few favorite places to shoot sessions, and one of mine is my alma mater, Alma College. There are a couple of reasons I love working on campus at Alma:

  1. Because it’s beautiful just about any time of year, whether it’s covered in snow or springtime flowers.
  2. Because it brings back so many wonderful memories of my four years as a student (four years that just ended a few months ago in fact).
  3. Because it usually means I’m working with some other fantastic alums!

Alissa and Matt were friends of mine through the religious life and service programs at Alma, and I’ve known both of them since they started dating. So when they got engaged I was just one of their many acquaintances who rushed to post my congratulations on Facebook. I was even happier when Alissa called me up to talk about setting up an engagement session. For Alissa and Matt, Alma was the perfect spot for a session since it was such a big part of their relationship. We had a beautiful summer late-afternoon, and I even managed to get some great, genuine smiles out of Matt who hates having his picture taken. Congrats Alissa & Matt, and thanks for giving me such a wonderful reason to spend some time back on campus!

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Kelly & Lee

Engagement Session  |  Alma, MI  |  April 2011

We had already booked their engagement session when I got a message from a friend of Kelly & Lee’s wanting to pay for the session as a gift. I was touched by the idea, and on the day of their shoot when I told Kelly & Lee that an anonymous friend had already taken care of their session fee, they were floored (and a little exasperated that I wouldn’t tell them who had been so generous). I quickly discovered that this is a couple with not just one but many, many wonderful friends and family members who would bend over backwards for them, and it only took a few shots into their session to see why. We shot their engagement session at Alma College, and they came prepared with a list of different places on campus that meant something to their story as a couple. From the study room of their first dorm building to the steps of Kelly’s sorority house, every stop during the shoot was another chapter of how they met, became friends, and fell in love. I can’t wait for their wedding in a few months! Congratulations Kelly & Lee, and thanks for letting me capture a little piece of your wonderful journey!

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