I am an observer; the calm and laid back presence in any given situation. That in itself lends greatly to wedding photography. After 16 years and 350+ weddings, I've learned that natural and candid moments are the best! I've also learned that weddings are not just about photos of the bride and groom, they're about how the bride and groom naturally interact with one another and with their family and guests as well. Those moments are SUPER important. When shooting I blend a little traditional with photojournalism. Essentially I'll place you in an interesting environment, make you feel comfortable with one another, relax, interact, all the while capturing the spontaneous candid moments that happen in between. When it comes to photos of your family and guests I do take the traditional family portraits, however, the remainder of the day I prefer to take candid 'photojournalistic' shots of guests talking, laughing, smiling, etc. I want you to have fun, be yourself, interact with your loved ones, and let me do the work of documenting these moments you will cherish forever!
It was because of this that I shifted my mindset to not only documenting my couples, but their families as well. When I get a message from a bride or groom saying that a family member passed and thanking me for all the great photos I took of them, the feeling can't be described. It makes my job worthwhile.
It was when my grandma passed away that I realized the true impact of my work. After 65 years of marriage my grandpa sat there holding her hand night and day up until the very end. I took out my camera one night and took a very quick snapshot to document it. Now that both of my grandparents are gone, I look back at that photo, and other photos of them, often.
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I am thankful that I get to work with fabulous clients like you!
I had my beautiful daughter (literally one week before Covid quarantine began!)
We eloped! Brian and I had our wedding in the Mojave Desert, one of our favorite places.
CAREER SHIFT. During the crash of 2008 I lost my job doing commercial photography. I had kept up with my side business of photographing weddings and was slowly falling more and more in love with it. So... I decided to put all my efforts into that dream!
I graduated from The College for Creative Studies with a bachelors degree in photography. Woo Hoo!
I reluctantly photographed my first wedding. I charged nearly nothing and honestly hated it at first (mostly due to nerves).
I decided to give up my former career dreams (being a doctor) to go to art school, The College for Creative Studies. Mom and dad were not pleased.
I took a class on traditional black and white film processing in high school. I was HOOKED!
I met Brian, my now husband. Funnily enough I met him while photographing his sister's wedding. Long story short, his family kept trying to set us up. I kept refusing because I was working and thought it was inappropriate. I finally gave in...
We bought our first home.
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Meadow Brook Hall and Gardens is one of Metro Detroit's premier wedding venues! You really can't get any more gorgeous than that! If you're looking for sophisticated style and beautiful scenery for your wedding photography look no further!
Meadow brook hall wedding
Riley and Stephen both worked in Detroit, so it holds a special place in their hearts. Naturally, they wanted to take their engagement photos there! We photographed at the Detroit Library, the Detroit Institute of Arts, Campus Martius, and all around the Downtown Detroit Streets!
Riley & Stephen Engagement photos
Krista and Joe had a fabulous micro wedding at the Shinola Hotel in Detroit, MI. They got ready at Shinola, had their ceremony at St.Anne's in Detroit, and then took wedding photos all around Downtown Detroit, Shinola, the DIA, and ended with their ceremony at the Whitney. It was a whirlwind of a day!