To kick off my wedding season for 2017, I was privileged to begin with Lauren and Will’s beautiful northern Michigan wedding. I met Lauren and Will last fall when I took their engagement pictures at Michigan State University’s campus. They both were student athletes at MSU and wanted to incorporate that significant place in their pictures. And one thing I have learned, MSU is a large part of their families history and tradition.

But their wedding day was absolutely gorgeous. The weather was warm and sunny with a bit of a breeze. Their wedding ceremony was at one of the most stunning catholic cathedrals in the heart of downtown Petoskey, Michigan. They rode a boat across Walloon Lake, a cherished family landmark to their wedding reception. And they let the sun go down with cherished family members and friends while celebrating the first day of their lives as husband and wife. It was pretty awesome.

I loved watching your families and guests interact, tell stories, laugh and dance the night away. I was honored to be able to hear some of those stories and meet some pretty amazing people throughout the day too. And of course, I ended the night to dozens of Michigan State alumni and current students chanting the fight song and gathering on the dance floor for a group picture. It was a pretty incredible day with a pretty incredible couple. Thank you so much Lauren and Will for letting me share that with you! Congratulations you two!

I am so excited to share these next photos with you!! My best friend from high school is a mom… and a great one at that! I got to spend the afternoon with the Walton family and got lots of snuggles and quality time with the latest addition to their family, Theo.
Oh sweet boy, you are so so loved and there are so many people who are going to support, encourage and teach you great things in your lifetime – your father and mother being two of the most important people on that list. But don’t hesitate to ask Auntie Carrie for anything along the way 🙂
I have loved watching Erin in these last couple weeks in her new role as Mom. And let me just tell you, she is perfect for it in every way! And Kyle, sorry your son peed on you during our photo session. Ha! That’s about how it goes, right? Regardless, you two are amazing, wonderful parents and Theo is so lucky and blessed to be your son. Thanks so much for letting me come into your home and take these pictures for you. I love you all so much!

One of the greatest gifts in life is being able to watch your best friends become mothers. My best friend from high school became a mother about a week ago and I got to see her hold her one day old son while they were still in the hospital!

I’ve known Erin for 16 years now… wow, that is just crazy as that’s half my life. It’s amazing though, to be able to share childhood, college and married life memories with the same person. And now I get to share the incredible life of parenthood with her. She is going to be the BEST mother ever! She’s one of those people who you just know was meant to be a mother because she loves kids so much. Now she has one to call her very own.

Well, I heard the wonderful news that her son, Theo, was born last week and was thrilled to be able to go up to the hospital and visit them. He is perfect in ever single way. I fell completely in love when I got to hold him for the first time and took special note of his little fingers, little nose (I think it looks like his mamas!) and little sweet smile. It totally makes me want to have another one. Congratulations Erin and Kyle. I am so beyond excited for you to now have a family of three with your adorable son. What a blessing and beautiful family you are!

Hello! It’s sunny here in Michigan and I wanted to share some news with you. The world of photography and technology is evolving and growing and so am I. I will now be delivering your images digitally so you have instant access to them and can download them on your own. (CDs will still be available for an additional cost and wedding photography will still receive custom USB drives.) I’m hoping this change will make it easier for both you and me! Thanks so much for your cooperation during this transition and please let me know if you have any questions.

There’s not much sweeter than holding newborn baby. I’ll be honest, it makes me think about having another one 🙂 But to fill my fix, I got to hold the most adorable baby boy last week and I am missing him already. Baby Nathan came into this world with a whole lot of love waiting for him. I know his grand parents and aunties couldn’t wait to meet him and I’m sure have been spoiling him with kisses and snuggles.

One of the best things about being a photographer is you get to share life with people. And you get to know them, love them and cheer them on to achieve their hopes and dreams. Well, I am sure Nathan was one of those dreams and it gives me so much joy to watch his parents care for him. Ashley and Scott, you have always been one of my favorites (sh!!) and I love watching you two grow together – first engaged, married, expecting a baby boy and now beautiful, proud parents. So so wonderful! Thank you for allowing me into your lives to capture these incredible moments. I absolutely love it! Give that precious baby an extra kiss for me tonight!