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Katie and Scott are the most beautifully glamorous, fun and kind people in the world.  A wedding is a unique thing, brought together by planners and florists, cakes and bands but always always the day is a reflection on the bride and the groom and Katie and Scotts day was just as beautiful, glamours fun and kind as they are. The night was made even more special by a friend of the family performing as a surprise for the couple.  Motowns Carl Carlton sang two songs and I have to say I was blown away by his awesome Everlasting Love!!  It was an amazing event and still a moving expression of their love!!! Thank you to both of you for letting me be a part of it!!

Cake – Elite Sweets 

Catering – T&M Catering

Flowers – Jen House Design

Band -The Blue Water Kings 

Invites/save the dates – Minted 

Planning – Jen House Design

Venue – Filmore Detroit

Photography ME

The day was a celebration of not only two people in love but of their two families, each with two children, coming together to make something special.  It was cold, middle of January and so we found a little consignment shop and popped in for family photos then the ceremony and the reception was celebrated at Evans Street Station where the groom is also the chef!  Love everyone in every image and am so so so happy for them all!! Congratulations Melissa and Kelly!!


  • trisha - Gosh, these photographs are so warm and lovely and glorious and freaking life-affirming. I love every one of them. The photos and the people.March 20, 2017 – 3:53 pm

  • June Jacobs - Gorgeous photos. All the love came tumbling through.March 20, 2017 – 5:38 pm

  • melissa - Thank you Trisha!! that means so much to me coming from you!!!March 20, 2017 – 5:43 pm

  • melissa - thank you June!!March 20, 2017 – 5:44 pm

I had a dream two nights ago and in it I was hanging out with Nicole and Jeff and everything was pretty wonderful!  Then I woke up and realized I’d never shared their amazing Ann Arbor, Botanical Gardens, Zingermans Greyline, Violin Monster beautiful beautiful friends and family day!!! SO I’m fixing that right now!! (I must go back and see what else I missed posting from last year).  Thank you Nicole and Jeff and everyone involved for letting me be part of your day!  

wedding : Matthai Botanical Gardens

officiant : Paul Saginaw

cake : Zingermans Bakery

reception : the Greyline

So I have finally gone and pulled images for my 2015 highlights.  I’ve been prepping for this look back for a while and I’m behind the curve so many other 2016 retro’s are out there to see.   One thing I’ve noticed about the myriad of photography sites is the descriptor “storyteller” showing up all over the place.   I use the word story a lot but I’ve never used “storyteller” in any of my bits and blubs.   I guess I took it for granted, isn’t that what a photographer is, do we have to say we tell stories.  I don’t know what a photo is if not a story, or a hint of a story.  My favorite part of weddings is the story of the day.  Each image is its own thing but combined, to me, they are magic.  Distilling a day into a rich roux of moments.  Family sessions are the same, we are seeing a verse, a paragraph, a chapter, in the life of a child, a baby, a parent, a couple. Combine these sessions over the years and we start to get chapters,  telling a longer tale.   I am going into my tenth year of telling your story, and telling your story has helped me shape my own.  I am grateful.   Here are just a few of the stories, the chapters, the paragraphs, a bit of verse, that I was honored to tell in 2016.