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Elana and Tim . Ann Arbor garden engagement.

Elana and Tim and their kids at the Botanical Gardens Arboretum Peony Garden is where we started. Their wedding is going to be in a few months at Matthaei Botanical Gardens and I know it will be just as pretty. Then a little tour just the bride and groom to be in the contemporary side of the University of Michigan Art Museum. I love getting to know the kids a bit better before the wedding and their parents get a bit of time on their own to practice dance moves and enjoy being engaged.

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Stella’s Birthday . Spring . Ann Arbor, MI

They love photographs as much as I do, Stella and her mom I mean and I have had the honor to photograph this young lady since she was almost a year old.

Now she is a bit older and loves fashion. She styled herself (one of my favorites was the blue blouse in the first few photos, and it was from the most beautiful shop Muse Atelier and I was geeked to hear that because my friend Tanya Luz owns and runs Muse and it is absolutely the best. ) and we went for a little bit of attitude for a few with the movie star sunglasses and the casual updo. The cat wanted in on the action and since she worked so well as an accessory we made sure she was included <3

Someday I fully expect to be seeing Stella take on the fashion world!

These are my favorites!

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Harmony’s family . Peony Garden . Ann Arbor, MI

The best images usually come from the captures that are unplanned. Harmony and David were okay with a plan of no real plans, Grandma and Grandpa came along and it was much more like a family outing I got to come along to then a photo session, at least we tried to keep it that way :) The kids hated it less then they would a traditional sit and grin and I get more opportunities to capture more natural shots. This is how to do it right and make it fun and I enjoyed every moment!! Hope you all enjoy the results!! <3

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Abby and John’s Spring Planterra Wedding

Abby and John’s Spring Planterra Conservatory wedding was absolutely perfect. Every detail was stunning and their joy bubbled over to everyone. It was infectious. From the sweet “just around the corner” first look to our groom serenading the bride with some old school rap. (pretty good too). Congratulations to you and your families, it was my pleasure to document your wedding day.

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Kitsie, Tai and Waka welcome little Kahu . Chicago, Illinois

Kitsie and Tai are amazing people. I love them, and their whole family and the new baby stole my heart (and feel asleep right above it). They let me come to their home and just be with them as they spent time with Grandpa and Aunt M and allowed me to photograph who they are. That is a gift I am grateful for. The joy and love they express so generously is a delight and a honor to capture.

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Justin and Pauls Winter Wonderful Engagement. Ann Arbor, MI

I was so ready for the energy and love and adventure that Justin and Paul brought to their engagement session. The temperature was a balmy 38 degrees and only two days after the polar vortex broke we ventured out to the beautiful Barton Damn and explored the frozen wonderland it had become. We finished up the afternoon with a little skate on an overflow pond near their home (Jusinzambonied that morning) which was pure magical fun.

After almost two weeks stuck in the house (my camera’s freeze at -30) it was brilliant to get out and take photos with these two. I am beyond excited to share and can not WAIT until their wedding this fall. Thank you both for being your own perfect selves (and for the ice skating!)

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