Plans don’t always stick in place, but we really feel like everything happens for a reason. On the summer day we met up with Sam & Rick, we originally planned to photograph them down near the shores of Lake Michigan. Once we arrived, however, it was clear to see that wasn’t going to happen with the high winds. Instead, we found a densely wooded area that sheltered them from the wind. Their black and white dress outfits contrasted beautifully against the lush greens of the trail.

Sam & Rick warned us about how awkward they are in photos–but we saw nothing of the sorts. These two embraced, laughed, and truly worked the camera! They are completely smitten with each other and it was fun to capture that! It helps when a couple, like them, just trusts us enough to relax in front of the camera. That can make all the difference in the world.

Towards the end of the session they changed into their favorite team’s jerseys–the Green Bay Packers. See in Upper Michigan they are much closer to Green Bay than Detroit, so majority of Yoopers cheer for the Packers instead of the Detroit Lions. Either way, the outfit change brought out even more fun in the portrait session. At one point Rick picked Sam up over his shoulder and had us in stitches.

We are so happy that the beach didn’t work out because we absolutely loved capturing Sam & Rick’s woodsy engagement photos. Thanks again to the happy couple for allowing us to photograph a day filled with love and laughter. Enjoy!


It’s next to impossible not to smile while looking at the images below! These two were a hoot to photograph.


This is pure love and happiness summed up in one photo.


That is one way to sweep her off of her feet Rick! Haha.



A couple years ago we had the pleasure of photographing Doug & Cara’s engagement session at her family’s home on Lake Michigan. Now, nearly a year after their wedding, we were invited back out to Stonington to capture Cara’s family pictures. It was rare to have all the family together in one spot so they wanted to seize the moment.

A short drive from Rapid River we arrived at their home. The summer sun was slowly going down and the sounds of waves crashing on the beach filled the air. The only child in the group was Cara’s nephew and boy oh boy is he loved. It was fun to watch his mannerisms and they way he was doted upon by each family member.

The session started near the water and gradually meandered around the property. With a mix of woods, water, and an amazing barn we had plenty of places to choose from for backdrops. Their color palette of creams, blues, and white for their outfits worked perfectly for their summer family portraits.

It is hard to put into words how much fun we had that evening, there was never a dull moment. Even the dogs joined in on the action. We wrapped up the evening chatting away with this incredible evening. Big thanks again to all of them for inviting us into their home and allowing us the chance to capture such an incredible evening. Enjoy!

His smile says it all! The day was filled with fun!


He was such a little ham! His playful ways had us constantly capturing him and we loved it!


Their pup didn’t want to stop being pet, so he nudge his way into more, haha.

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A short drive out of Traverse City is Crystal Lake and Beulah area. We met up with Susan and Christ at the Crystal Lake Golf Club for their wedding. They flew in from New York state to have a beautiful Northern Michigan wedding and that’s exactly what they got. Our start that day wasn’t about capturing the getting ready, but rather the reveal–their first look at each other.

From the very start of the day we saw how fun-loving and amazing this couple and their bridal party was. There was heckling between the bridal party, jokes being played during the ceremony, and the reception was filled with laughter. Honestly we had an entertaining time just following them around.

After the bridal party portraits it was time to prep for the ceremony. The views were incredible in every direction standing at the alter, as the guests made their way to their seats. The groom and groomsmen filed their way in, looking dapper in their suits. The bridesmaids followed behind looking stunning in their mismatched black dresses. The bride was accompanied by her mother down the aisle and wore jewelry that has been passed down in the family.

Susan and Christ said their vows as the warm breeze passed from the lake, along the golf course, straight up to the ceremony site. Immediately following their union as husband and wife they danced their way back down the aisle and hugged friends and family. Dinner was served shortly afterward and then desserts galore. Afterwards, the dancing begin and the party started to heat up. Before we left though we borrowed the couple away for a few moments as the last bit of sunlight touched the earth. It was an incredible sunset!

Thanks again to Susan and Christ for allowing us to capture all the beauty and fun that day. Enjoy!


The birch trees on the property are beautiful. Add dreamy light and an amazing couple and it’s pure magic.


Every time we look at this picture it makes us laugh. Never grow up guys, life is too short.


The series of images below start with the groom noticing something isn’t right with his ring. Goes to find out the best man and ring bearers switched the ring out on him. The ring bearers reaction was truly priceless.


Dancing their way back down the aisle, nothing but pure happiness.


Be right back, we are drooling over the sweets at this wedding.


Ceremony and Reception: Crystal Lake Golf Club

DJ: Northern Michigan DJ’s

Florist: Premier Floral Design

Caterer: The Crystal Lake Catering Company

Cake Artist: Sugarkissed

Hair & Makeup Artist: K.Noelle Artistry


A short drive out of Grand Rapids and you can find the adorable town of Rockford, MI. We met up with some of our favorite past clients at a place they like to frequent; The Rockford Dam. The last time we were had Shawnna in front of the camera she was pregnant with their first child and before that we captured their wedding (and this moment with her and her father).

At the Rockford Dam locals were fishing, tourists were snapping photos, and the loud hum of water passing through the dam filled the air. It was a beautiful, and humid, summer day. Shawnna, Kevin, and their two adorable kiddos happily showed us around the park. It was our first time there and we can see why it’s so popular. The downtown sidewalks were lined with people exploring the town and the smell of nearby cafe drifted through the area.

Their family was dressed in cobalt blue outfits with pink accents. It really popped against all the greenery around the area. Between their son showing us his spider-man moves and their daughter’s adorable giggle we had such a blast capturing them. Midway through their family session we could hear the faint sound of thunder, but thankfully the storm held off for their entire session.

Thank you again Shawnna and Kevin for always being so wonderful. We are honored to capture your family for years now and look forward to the years ahead. We are lucky to have friends like you in our life. Enjoy!


During the session there were so many people walking around playing Pokemon Go. It was funny to see so many people engaged in that game.


Isn’t she just precious?! Her smile is contagious.


Taking flight, with dad’s help of course.


Such a special moment between the four of them.



On a sunny summer morning in downtown Indianapolis we met up with Mollie & Ben for their engagement pictures. They had us join up with them along the canal walk, an area that we quickly fell in love with. There was beautiful art pieces, a quiet river to stroll by, and the gorgeous backdrop of the cityscape. Mollie & Ben’s outfits worked perfectly with the style of their session! As we walked along the canal there were so many places to stop along the way. We even stumbled up the NDY piece where the two of them made up the ‘I’ to spell out INDY.

The heat and humidity was quickly rising as the day went on, so we stopped in a nearby coffee shop to rest, refuel, and escape the heat. Afterwards Ben & Mollie were recharged and ready to go. We made our way close to the Capital building and downtown Indy. It was obvious that the Indianapolis Colts were playing later that day, everyone around had Colts gear on.

Towards the end of the session we found an ally near Circle Centre Mall that provided a little shade from the sun. It was ugly, in the best possible way and smells of bbq food was filling the air. We wrapped up their engagement session and parted ways. Ben & Mollie were going home to relax before watching the Colts game and we headed to Alex’s family home nearby. We could not have asked for a better engagement session in downtown Indianapolis. This session got us even more excited for their Indy wedding next spring. Huge thanks again for Mollie & Ben for allowing us to capture your engagement pictures and upcoming wedding. Enjoy!


Go online and check out the hashtag #LoveIndy to see others take on the ‘NDY’ sign. This sign changes places around the city.


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