If you think newborn babies grow fast...have a puppy. In a matter of a few months, a little tiny bundle of mischievous fur becomes a....well LARGE balls of mischievous fur! This session was taken in August of 2016 as the Madden's, Alex and Rebecca celebrated their one year anniversary. You may remember Alex and Rebecca's beautiful engagement session in Ludington, Michigan in 2015, followed by their beautiful August wedding. As they celebrated their one year anniversary they welcomed Whiskey into their lives. These are moments of the first few weeks with their new pup!
Finn and Sawyer are turning ONE!
Their mama, Brittney, reached out to me to help her with a Circus themed photo session. Her text mentioned "trying to find an elephant"! Well, yeah! I was in! Brittney is super talented and made the kids outfits. We texted back and forth about props and colors and viola! The Potter Brother's Circus was officially open.
Big sister Ember was a sheer bundle of love and joy...as usual. I love this girl. She is not...threeeeeeeeee, she is twooooooooooo...just so you know. When her mama showed her a sneak peek her response was...."THERE WAS AN ELEPHANT THERE?!!"
We love this little family and have loved watching them grow!
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Yes, Ember, elephants and zebras!
We are super excited to photograph another Marsh wedding! My family has known their family.. for...well...a very long time!
Mackenzie and Travis have planned their wedding reception in beautiful downtown Holly, Michigan at the Holly Vault owned & Operated by HGTV's Cari Cucksey! (Cash & Cari) which was the location for their engagement photo session. It's a beautiful, vintage place and we cant wait to get some more amazing photos of this special couple.
Rain, downpours, thunder, lightning, wind gusts, high humidity and bright sunshine. Yes, we experienced it all in just one day during our coverage of the Fredericks/Eckel wedding. But the weather was no obstacle to this amazing firefigher & firefighter/cop duo.
We started the day at Salon 101 in downtown Lapeer where the stylists did an amazing job! Did I mention WIND GUSTS? They happened to gust their gustiest during our bridal session with the bride and her attendants and with the exception of a few wispy curls needing to be tucked behind the ear, our bridal party stayed salon fresh the entire day! Great job Salon 101!
Next up....the guys!
After learning of their baby's gender from the gals at Sneak a Peek in Davison Mi, Brigette and Wes could have called, emailed, messaged or announced what they had learned on social media in a simple post. But this creative couple wanted to do something special and involve their family in the announcement.
So, on a beautiful Fall, Sunday afternoon, they asked their friends and family to meet them as Wes's parents farm. There four generations gathered together around an old barn door-table that was decorated in baby's breath whites, muted greens and gold accents offering little hint to baby's gender.
The answer to the question of the day, He or She, what would baby be...was hidden inside the large white pumpkin centerpiece that everyone wanted to lift the lid on. The family sat waiting anxiously to learn the gender of their lil' punkin' to be. Burlap and gold dipped wooden tags with the family's guesses written on them, were tied to a wreath that hung on an old vintage door. As near by an old Victrola and sheet music offered subtle clues with titles such as "Will You Be My Daddy", and "Beautiful Girl of Mine" & " You're My Baby".
Then the moment arrived. Wes and Brigette opened the pumpkin top and pulled out a...
Now, you didn't think I was going to give it away did you...
Join in on the fun, take a guess yourself...then scroll through their beautiful reveal to see if you guessed correctly.
Dan and Brooklyn lived just miles away and knew each other casually. However, it was not until they both volunteered as Regular Pioneers that they would get to know each other. If you have ever had the privilege to Regular Pioneer, you know the love, dedication and long hours it involves. Hours in the company of others day. Hours at your best, and hours at your worst. This is how Dan and Brooklyn really got to know each other, and from there fell in love.
Dan's story on their wedding blog is very romantic and touching...just don't tell him I said so, he's kind of a private guy with a terrific sense of humor, who is very comfortable in front of the camera...as long as he's making funny faces at it! :DBrooklyn is a natural in front of the lens, who's beautiful vibrant red hair match her personality. From the moment you meet see them together you know that together is where they belong.
Dan knew that Brooklyn was the one, and wanted to do things right. First, he designed the ring...yep! I'll say that slower. HE. DESIGNED. THE. RING. It is beautiful! Multiple hearts interlocking and topped off with his grandmothers diamond.
Only thing left to do...ask her!
Dan and Brooklyn plan to continue volunteering and one day hope to be caretakers of the Belleville Assembly Hall where they both worked on construction projects. This would be the place Dan would ask Brooklyn to be his wife.
The day finally arrived and both Dan and Brooklyn were scheduled to work at Belleville. The day had finally arrived for Dan to ask her to be his wife. He had the perfect gal, the perfect ring the perfect moment....would she say yes?
Look below to find out!
We managed to fit in Brooklyn's maternity session just before her birth. Her parents have always been very open to any ideas Ive had for themes so I knew this was the couple to bring out all my props for. We set up in an open field under a large willow. This location seems to be so calming, and peaceful while shooting. So, under the shade of the big willow, we set up an antique iron bed, a side table, hung a crystal chandelier, and brought some outfits fit for a whimsical summer evening session. While we were there, we thought we HAD to do something to incorporate the moment of change soon to happen to this family of three. Adelyn, then two was soon to become a big sister. Just for her...well maybe her and her dad...we set up a tea party with Batman complete with yellow cupcakes! The session ended with dad and Addie walking hand in hand with her favorite dinosaur and or so we thought.... little Addie had her own ideas on the last shot....look and see how amazing she is!
Gals like Alyssa are one of the reasons I LOVE to shoot seniors. She wanted what every senior wants, something fun, and unique, something that defines them. During our texts I learned that she loves Taylor Swift. So I did what any self respecting rock and roll fan would do...research.
Next, we found a blue dress, some front porch steps, and a slammin' screen door. The results were amazing !!!!
As families grow up and move away it can become a rarity for everyone to be together all in one place. This past December I was asked to photograph the Coulter family on their beautiful property that has been in the family for over 46 years. We were treated to a tour of the property, as away to scout out the location prior to the session. See, this was not your typical family session of 4 or 5. We would be photographing 22 in all, and as time is precious with so much to do, we had just one hour to do it in. Thankfully the weather cooperated for us and the family since many of them were visiting from Florida, and the session was to be a Winter picnic shot in the great outdoors. It all turned out beautifully, and, as I look back, I am still impressed with the politeness of the children, and kind hospitality of the Coulter family. Now, as the family are all settled back at their homes, we hope to have provided a beautiful reminder of one of the most important things in life...family.