Janelle + Matt

Janelle and Matt met on the sidewalk in NY.. already sounds like a fairytale, doesn't it? Janelle noticed Matt wearing Michigan State and chanted Go Green to him and he responded with Go White! This was how it all began. They had their first date at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC ( it's one of the little buildings on the cake top!) and they got engaged at the Philadelphia Art Museum. It only made sense that Janelle's sister Racheal wanted to incorporate art into some decorations for them. Hand painted little canvases on art easels, they were the cutest. The War Memorial in Grosse Pointe was a classic choice for the day. From the first look in the fern room, Janelle’s two piece wedding dress and that veil naturally blowing from the wind, to their first dance. These two were magical  ❤

THE YEAR 2018

Growth and Balance

I could start out this post as a giant feel of gratitude, which will ALWAYS be how I feel, but this year was about growth and balance. I am utterly obsessed with my career and sometimes don’t know how to separate myself to enjoy my own personal adventures. I care a lot, always putting my clients and friends first. I am always eager to learn new skills and always wanting to be better within every aspect. 2018 was my year, to put myself in the top priority list. This sounds like an easy task, but it wasn’t. 

Looking through the adventures that 2018 has brought, I have never felt so humbled and so happy. I’ve shared so many life events with you all. The excitement and racing heart of a new engagement, tears of happiness and smiles of a blissful wedding day. The new feels of expanding your family with the stages of maternity, the new love that your heart has felt for the first time with your newborn. The playfulness and bond of family time. Standing proud of your achievements as a senior and what the next chapter has to offer.  The opening of your mind with creativeness, so we can pull out what makes you, you, with portraits.

You all chose me to share this with, and that is something that makes my heart overflow.

ALL OF YOU.

You leave me speechless and with a heart so full. And just when I think to myself “How can I even feel more than I do now.. ?”

My heart expands and keeps filling.


So..what do I mean by balance? I could just schedule a day off for myself and call it good, right?

My kind of balance is taking in the small moments life offers me daily. Like, taking an hour and walking along the shoreline of Lake Huron, feeling the sand beneath my feet and listening to the water rush to meet me. Laying in the cool grass with the sun upon my face, or taking a bike ride through the wooded trail by my home. Actually dancing in the rain of a warm summer day or sitting around a bonfire with your best friends while playing music.. having your morning coffee outside and listening to the birds sing..

These are the small things I would brush off because I had my own deadlines to meet or there was always work to be done..

I learned that I needed to make sure that I was keeping a balance, for my own personal growth along with growth within my business. I have been working hard, pretty much nonstop at building over the last 5 years, that I almost forgot how to separate myself and take in the moment. This is still a work in progress everyday but, it had lead to the most incredible year.

2019 is already starting to top it with the adventures lined up and I am ready to chase the light!

On an end note, I want to say a huge thank you to my partnerships with the most influential people in my industry who have my best interest always, MeghanMelia Photography, Justine Castle Photography and Jennifer A. Berggren Productions.

And also a huge shout out to Eighth Day Media and the Port Huron Prowlers for the continued growth in friendship and business.

CHEERS TO 2019!!


Angel + Kurt

If you’re ready to laugh and smile the whole way through a gallery, then this one is for you.

Angel, this beautiful and talented woman has been a dear friend since 19. She is ALWAYS laughing, always has a big beautiful smile and great energy. She and Kurt met at college in Michigan and moved to NY shortly after, I never was able to meet Kurt until the wedding day. One thing is for sure, this was a true match. Kurt smiles and laughs in equals measures with Angel. He also made their wedding cake, yeah.. talk about impressive!

They held their incredibly fun wedding in Angel’s parents backyard. I think I can speak for a lot of people who know the Assi’s, to say they are one incredible family. So many smiles, inappropriate and hilarious jokes combined with high energy..  I couldn’t help but laugh all day with them. 

This partly sunny day was the greatest mix on top of the surprise belly dancer, our trip to the beach for portraits and Angel and Kurt’s first dance/head bang as husband and wife. 

Bailey + Anton

They say rain on your wedding day is good luck. Are they talking little sprinkles of rain drops or torrential down pour? Well, Bailey and Anton’s wedding fell somewhere in-between. On the good luck side, in some cultures rain represents many different things. Fertility, cleansing, unity, renewal and tears are a few gathered via wedding superstition. 

I checked the forecast the whole morning as did Bailey. I told her we were going to need a bunch of umbrellas. Since the wedding was being held in Holly,Mi at the Grand Bell , there wasn’t much range for a store to carry what we needed. So, high five to my local Target for not judging me when I came to the cashier with 7 umbrellas.. I basically wiped them out. 

You'd never know by the smiles on their faces that it literally rained all day. Tents were put up over their ceremony site, the grass was starting to flood and guests were arriving right on time. Nothing was stopping this unity. October rain, vintage decor and perfect couples, I couldn’t have asked for a better pair to spend this wildly rainy day with.

Candice + Dave

It has been a decade, yes that's right.. 10 YEARS ago on December 31st that Candice and Dave got married, in a Toledo courthouse. That summer they renewed their vows with a celebration, a wedding dress and the jewelry Candice has on in the images. At that time Candice wore a plain silver band as they couldn't afford the ring they admired for her. WELL! To start off their 10 year anniversary, Dave surprised Candice with a custom made ring that was made to match the one she had wanted. I couldn't help but be mushy with these two as we adventured around Campus Martius in Detroit. Yes it was cold cold cold.. we took little breaks and grabbed coffee to warm up. 
But seriously, these two!!
And as two local Detroit photographers, a husband and wife team, I couldn't help but feel so honored that they wanted ME to do their anniversary shoot.

Kate + Brennan

Take me back to the warmth of June and the sounds of animals playing. Actually, the union of Kate + Brennan was THE hottest wedding of the entire year, topping out at 90 degrees that day.

Hot was kind of an understatement as we spent most of the morning getting ready indoors. We ventured out for about 20 minutes at a time, chugging all the water and trying to keep make up intact without smudging. Thank God for golf carts that day, walking wasn’t happening for long. Regardless the humidity, laugher spread like fire and the sun gave in for our afternoon ceremony.

Kate and Brennan have been dear friends of mine for a few years now. Kate is a girl after my own heart, knows what she wants and can become your best friend within minutes. Brennan has a precise type of personality and knows how to play... which makes them so perfect together. Since our last session together, this gorgeous couple has moved to Texas to further Brennan's career. Traveling home for their wedding was wildly anticipated and we had the absolute best day.

Playing in the gardens, the aquarium for cocktail hour, visiting the animals and dancing under the string lights. The Toldeo Zoo didn’t disappoint, not only were the group of people I shared the day with impeccable, this was one of the most memorable and fun weddings. 

Ashley + Braxton

A pure summer breeze swept through the trees on this most perfect day in Holly, Michigan. This was one of the most relaxed weddings of the season and completely filled with smiles. 

I met Ashley about a month and a half before her wedding in August. It was a last minute find when she was sent to me through our mutual friend and I could not have been more pleased. Ashley’s energy, this beautiful hippy carefree essence captivates you, and then you meet Braxton and it was like a piece of Ashley you didn’t know was missing and then found. Together they have Jude. This blonde haired, feral beautiful little boy. This family is so completely engulfed in each other and you cannot help but feel their love. My heart was so full just being around them.

Our day started out with the normal getting ready. Ashley’s dress was bought like a blank slate and she added her touch, her vision and it was like a dream. The gold with tear drop plugs and her barefoot jewelry was immensely perfect to her dress. 

Red Riding Hood Stables in Holly, Michigan hosted this gorgeous unity. Ashley and Braxton had their pups in the wedding party and Ashley’s mother embraced her arm as they walked down the aisle. The vintage couches for the ceremony,  the horses outside while they exchanged their vows in the late day sun, and dinosaurs with the sand ceremony. I felt like I was watching a film. Our agenda for the day was to enjoy it and gosh, we were. The big white tent and the handmade table favors, the pig roast and bbq was filling the air. 

I took Ashley and Braxton away into the next field for their portraits. This is the time I want my couples to let their moment fill their hearts and I let them enjoy each other. This couple plays and laughs and honestly are the truest of soulmates. 

We danced and had ice cream and cookies after dinner and played some more. The vibe of this wedding was unreal. 

Alyssa + Jack

It's October in Michigan, and an early morning wedding was about to be held on the front lawn of the Port Sanilac Museum. Freshly made donuts, decorated by a friend and cider await the guests for this brunch style ceremony. Vintage 1950's style and peacock colors were the theme for Alyssa and Jack, but what is incredibly awesome about these two? They dress this way on a daily basis. The victory rolls and bow ties, a real 1950's wedding dress paired with a paper flower with music notes bouquet, assembled by Alyssa herself. These two melt me. First off, not only are they such beautiful people but they are quite the power couple. That's right, they play jazz together in their band Fifth Avenue. I became friends with Alyssa and Jack about 5 years ago, solidly. I saw them perform at a local summer festival here in our little town of Port Huron, Michigan. I was blown away at the angelic and powerful jazzy sound Alyssa belt out while Jack played his stand up bass. I came to find out that Alyssa was a pinup model and we ended up shooting together for the first time that winter. 

Since then I had anticipated this day. Not only are they a great couple together, but they are so supportive of each other creatively. They played with their band Fifth Avenue at the reception at Old Town Hall Winery, Lexington Michigan, cut a homemade cake made my Alyssa's sister and after the first dance we headed over to the Captains Quarters, a little air bnb for a quick portrait session. 

These two are classically in love.