Amy + Steven were married last weekend on April 27th, 2019. The day started with Amy and her bridesmaids getting ready at the City Flats Hotel in Grand Rapids. Steven and the groomsmen were getting ready just 5 minutes away at his apartment. Their wedding ceremony was held at St. Mary’s church in Grand Rapids. Following the ceremony, we took a party bus limo around downtown Grand Rapids, making stops at the Blue Bridge for a few photos (one with the drone), the Grand Rapids Art Museum, and the Love sculpture for an epic wedding party photo that looks like a magazine cover (someone publish it!). We jumped back on the party bus to head over to the Bissell Tree House for the reception. Check out a few highlights from their special day!
2:30am Wednesday morning, Kellen’s contractions started at 10 minutes apart… We were up all night just trying to stay comfortable. Our plan was to spend 90% of the labor in our home before heading to the hospital for a natural, unmedicated birth. Kellen and I assembled the best support system we could think of to help us through the process and we couldn’t have done it without them! A big thanks goes out to Anna Nieboer, Heidi Wolfe, Ingrid Williams, and Amanda Walker. We all worked in shifts to support Kellen through 32 hours of labor before heading to the hospital at 9:00am and successfully delivering Luellen’s little sister just 90 minutes later at 10:30am on Thursday morning with no medication and minimal intervention. Because of our support system, I was able to take small breaks to document the process. Here’s a glimpse into our endeavor…
Riley and Jessica met me at the Portage Creek Bicentennial Park last weekend for their engagement session. We had a beautiful spring day with lots of sunshine! It’s funny, I always get the same spiel from couples right before we begin the shoot. Usually something like, “We’re awkward and not very good at having our picture taken” (most people are not very comfortable in front of the camera). So my job is equally divided between getting couples to loosen up, have fun, making them laugh, and taking their photos at the same time. Well, I clearly didn’t have any trouble getting real laughs and smiles out of these two, scroll down to see a few highlights from the session!
Weddings and engagement sessions
I love Northern Michigan! So anytime I get a chance to photograph a wedding or engagement session up there, I jump at the opportunity. I met Kelly and Kristen up north at Boyne Mountain Resort for their engagement photos. I was anticipating an overcast day, which is great for portraits, but was met with full sun. We hiked into nearby woods in search of shade and scenery and we were not let down. We came across a forest full of snow covered pines, and a beautiful stream. With the help of some paracord tied to a snow covered branch, I was able to simulate a little snowfall for a few photos. After hiking out of the woods, we headed back to the ski lodge where we took more photos near the fireplace and in a quiet little library. Check out a few of the highlights…
Julie and Cole couldn’t decide on how they wanted their engagement photos to look, so we scheduled two sessions! Their first session was in the Fall on the Kalamazoo Mall, just a bit different than this second session out on the frozen pier of South Haven. Julie and Cole’s wedding is in September with the ceremony at Trinity Lutheran Church in Kalamazoo and the reception at Cityscape on the Kalamazoo Mall. Here’s some of the results from our cold day in February on Lake Michigan…
Katharine and Collin met me in Townsend Park in Cannonsburg for their late fall engagement session. A light snowfall halfway through the shoot was a huge bonus! These two were naturals and really didn’t need much direction from me. Check out a few highlights from the session..
Megan and Andrew were married earlier this month at Niko’s Landing in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Andrew may have a visual impairment but it’s clear to see the love between them! It was a cold winter day in Southwest Michigan but that didn’t stop us from doing their first look on the Portage Bicentennial Trail, and a few portraits of the entire wedding party! Check out a few highlights from their wedding day!