During the summer months, it’s pretty rare I get the chance to take some senior pictures. But a couple months ago, I was contacted by a friend who I haven’t seen in years and was so happy when she asked me if I would take her oldest son’s senior pictures. First off, can’t believe her kids are old enough to be graduating from high school.

So we all know how enthusiastic teenage boys are to have their picture taken, right? I just chuckled out loud a little. Michael was actually really awesome and he had four of us telling him to fix his hair, stand up straight, smile nice and smooth out his shirt. Oh, and it was about 90 degrees. Regardless, he was a trooper and totally did everything his mother and I asked him and he did it with a (great) smile. Here are some of my favorites from my senior session with Michael. It’s so much fun to mix things up in the summer months. Thanks so much Michelle for contacting me to take these. It was SO wonderful to see you and meet your beautiful family. Enjoy!

It’s a pretty awesome thing when you feel comfortable enough with a bride and a groom to eat dinner with them. I know that sounds like such a silly thing, but eating in front of people you don’t know very well is kind of nerve wracking. At least it is for me! You never know if you’re going to get something stuck in your teeth or spill on yourself. But I, for the first time, had dinner with Ashley and Leonard to talk about final details for their wedding a couple months ago and it was great! So right from there I knew their wedding was going to be so much fun. I actually went to high school with Ashley (you know, years ago!) and I was so pleasantly surprised when she contacted me about being her wedding photographer.

When I first met with them, I knew I was going to like spending time with them. Their engagement session last fall was so comfortable and easy going that I knew their wedding day was going to be the same.

Well, it was 96 degrees on their wedding day so there was that… but Ashley was amazing. She was stunning and never wavered because of the weather. Everyone was fantastic and truly made this day so special for Ashley and Leonard. Luckily, we were right next to a lake and some of their guests took advantage of that! Ashley and Leonard even surprised everyone with a choreographed dance for their first dance, which they had taken dance lessons for. It was spot on and just continued to add to the celebration that was their wedding day. Take a look at these previews from their wedding day… Thank you so much Ashley and Leonard for choosing me to capture your wedding! Love and hugs to you guys!

Venue – Bay Pointe Inn

Dress – Bridal Elegance

Rings – Nords Jewelers

Florist – Gail VanderLaan

Photography – Lyzenga Photography+Design

Videography – LOE Productions

Cake – Mirabella Patisserie

Popcorn Bar – Grand Rapids Popcorn Company

 

 

I have so many great memories from McKenzie and Nick’s wedding day – sisters laughing together, watching McKenzie’s mom tear up as she walked down the aisle, holding hands for the first time as husband and wife, walking around Calvin’s campus on a beautiful summer day, tears of joy and love during dinner toasts, and dancing the night away with the cutest ring bearer and flower girl. What an amazing first day as Mr. and Mrs.

McKenzie and Nick are the kind of couple that you don’t have to give much direction to. I remember this from their winter engagement session too. They just “are” together and it’s so evident. They talk easily, laugh easily and love easily… such a great and wonderful thing to observe. Their wedding day was nothing less and I had so much fun spending the day with them.

Sometimes I forget that this is real life for me – I get to celebrate one of the most private, amazing, memorable days with people and they let me photograph it… How incredible is that?! Ah, thank you so much McKenzie and Nick for letting me be your wedding photographer. You have such an awesome family and I loved watching them throughout your wedding day. May God continue to bless you and bring you many, many years of happiness and love!

For the past couple years, I have had the privilege of photographing weddings up north in our great state of Michigan. Those of you who know what I’m talking about totally get it, but for those of you who haven’t experienced a #puremichigan summer day, you’re missing out!

On Kari & Brian’s wedding day, the weather was absolutely perfect. Early July you never really know what you’re going to get and we just happen to have a sunny, about 78-80 degree day in Harbor Springs. Perfection. Add a stunning bride, fun loving groom and about 100 of their closest family and friends and you can’t get much better than that. Oh and did I mention they got married at the top of a ski hill and took the ski lift down… don’t worry, there’s pictures.

Kari and Brian, my face hurt from all the smiles and laughing after I left your wedding. So many great memories – Kari walking out of the bathroom in her dress for the first time and all her bridesmaids and mother waiting, Henry coming down the aisle (Henry is their dog), your adorable niece totally stealing the show by saying grace, tears of joy during the Father-Daughter dance (and by tears of joy, I mean my tears… yes, you totally made me cry. such a beautiful moment), and so many more. Thank you so much for allowing me to be part of your special day. It’s one of the weddings at the top of my list. Congratulations again!

 

When I think about summer, the beach is one of the first things that come to my mind. And living in Michigan, we are so ridiculously spoiled to be so close to Lake Michigan and all of the beautiful beaches is has to offer. So when I get the offer to mix two of my favorite things, photography and the beach, I say “Absolutely!”
 
I met Danielle a couple years back at one of the weddings I captured, but little did I know she would remember me and years later inquire about some family pictures. Well, I was so pleased when she got in touch with me! First off, great memory Danielle! Luckily, they were traveling into Michigan to visit their family and wanted to get some pictures taken.
 
I really had such a fun time hanging out with ya’ll. And your boys were awesome! It took a little warming up to me, but tackling their daddy in the sand, climbing on rocks on the shore and jumping in puddles on the pier did it! Thank you so much Danielle, Brandon, and your adorable boys, Tyler, Chris & Mary. It was such a pleasure meeting you all and spending a gorgeous summer night on the beach with you!! Let’s do it again sometime!!
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