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An intimate Halloween Wedding . Ann Arbor, Mi,

I got a call a week before Halloween and Chantel explained to me she wanted to have a sweet, simple little halloween wedding and she wasn’t sure I’d “do it” because it “wasn’t a big deal wedding.”

I have always wanted to photograph a wedding on halloween, and I promptly told her that there was no such thing as a “no big deal” wedding. There are smaller weddings, simple weddings, grand event weddings, theme weddings, intimate weddings, courthouse weddings, but every single one of these weddings all share the moment when two partners look at each other and say “i do” and make that promise to spend a lifetime together.

That is after all what weddings are about, and Chantel and Tom’s wedding, small though it may have been was filled to the brim with the tears, the love and that moment of “i do” that makes a wedding what it is.

I was so honored to be chosen to be there, just because something isn’t big doesn’t mean it isn’t a big deal, love is love and these two blew me away with their love and the love of their beautiful family!

See for yourself!!

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Charlotte and Damien have a new Bean and she’s sweetness . Ann Arbor, Michigan. Newborn Session

Their new little sweetness is here and we got to celebrate with Mom, Dad, Big Brother and Grandma!! One of the things that makes a sibling session special is I try to play as much with the “old” kids as with the “new” ones. Getting a new brother or sister can be difficult for the first born (I had it happen 3 times so I know) and making sure they are JUST as much part of the session as the baby means that they feel GREAT and you get BETTER photos of everyone!!! thank you Charlotte and Damien for having me out to celebrate your second little!!!! Congratulations

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Maddy and Stephen’s Botanical Dancer Wedding . Ann Arbor, Michigan

Maddy and Stephen’s day was a juxtaposition of them and their family, beautifully combined with their friends and somehow, with so many friends and family, it seemed like Maddy and Stephen were able to participate AND enjoy their day.   Their laid-back but organized organization made telling their story a dream.   So much stands out from their day from Maddy coming down the aisle to the Tango Dancers who honored the couple with a dance.  But what stands out to me the most was the couple stepping out for a moment at the end of the night.   I followed and we did some images on the bridge and then as I left they were going to stay a bit longer and just “be” in the moment or love and happiness they were feeling.   I love their photos, moments lived and experienced and their mindfulness to hold them all inside their hearts.

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LAST MINUTE HOLIDAY CARD SESSIONS – EASY IN EASY OUT

MINI SESSION SPECIAL –  Easy, quick, beautifully real and pain-free Holiday Mini Session.  –  In your home or some other favorite place (grandma’s, the library, target) The session will be done in an hour or less,  and you’ll see the images within a week,  the hardest part will be choosing the  ten digital full resolution downloads included with the session for the equally pain free price of 350.00.

It’s November 8, all you have been thinking about for weeks are the mid-terms and getting a Thanksgiving menu planned.  Now you realize you didn’t do family photos this year and you wanted to send out a holiday card but didn’t get a chance for pictures and you still want to do it but you don’t really have the time (or desire) to plan a big themed session, coordinate clothing and find a tree-farm that is perfectly picturesque.

That is OKAY.  Not all holiday sessions have to have a snow-covered backdrop and kids in costumes making fake snowballs.   

A mini session at home is maybe something just right for the whole family.  Aimee asked me to come and take her holiday card photo at her house.   The deal being the kids are teens and not into the family photo thing and Dad doesn’t like having to dress up and go somewhere to feel stuffy, but if he must he didn’t want it to take all day (and all day tree farm family holiday sessions are AMAZING and I LOVE them but they aren’t for everyone).  Here are just a few of the images I loved from their session,  lots of options, no pain, no fuss, all real genuine smiles.  I LOVE THEM.  

I don’t know which one she picked but this one is one of my favorites.
look at these young men.  They were so nice
brothers
rock star picture
color and black and white so you have options!
the guys
I require mom to get some hugs at least for one picture.  These are my favorites. 
and a picture with all the fur babies too!
it’s Zach’s senior year
we even got portraits of the pugs!!!
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To remember how to have fun go to Iowa . Iowa City, Iowa

I have a million reasons.  I’ve been too busy, I have a teenager, I own my own business, I became an election inspector this year, I am working on some personal projects, I’m taking a class or three.  None of these “reasons” is a good enough excuse for me to have forgotten to have fun.  Every once in a while I have to remember how to have fun and not work to turn everything into a teachable, enriching, opportunity to accomplish something… other than enjoying myself.  

My BFF Nicki and I went to visit her daughter at the University of Iowa our number one goal was Julia, but second place was visiting the worlds largest truck stop and third was dumplings and red-bull. (rebels)  We slept in, stayed up late and over-caffeinated.  Julia took us to her favorite bookstores, the library, a pumpkin patch and then much to her surprise the campus natural history museum, where I went on a safari of stuffed dead things.  I loved every nook and cranny and the poor dear animals, so close you can feel the power they must have in the wild and so dusty and frayed into textured metaphors for life.  Julia even indulged me by photographing me being eaten by a huge sturgeon and then she even let me take one of her. 

So here is what I photograph when I’m a tourist in Iowa remembering to have fun <3  See my IG for the iPhone snaps that made it through

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Peyton . Senior Photos . Cleveland, OH

We’ve been waiting almost 10 years for these pictures.  We’ve talked about them during family sessions and over the phone.  I stayed with Peyton’s family when I travelled to Washington DC for the women’s March and I’ve sent letters (two) to her mom overseas serving our country. 

So when last month I finally got in the car to drive to Cleveland and meet Peyton and her Dad for photos downtown I was pretty excited. 

What an amazing young woman you have grown up to be Peyton.  Your smile and your astute awareness of things around you showed me you are ready to take on the world and enjoy doing it!  I am so so looking forward to watching you take off and of course, I’ll be there to photograph your wedding!! 

Loving every wind blown hair and every laughing smile! We even had to duck into a shelter to avoid a quick sprinkle and we got some with Dad as well!  

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