lauren + alex // down by the river

It’s no secret that all of the couples I work with are amazingly unique, interesting, and total weirdos just like me, and so I’m not sure why these two caught me so off guard the way they did. As soon as they pulled up and started walking towards me, I felt blown away by their energy. I found my own personal guards instantly going down, and a wave of comfort washing over me.

They are the quiet hilarious type, and they love their dogs a lot. I don’t need to tell you that they like each other too, because you’re about to see it with your own eyes.

RIVER MAGIC, BABY. Let’s go….

Lauren + Trevor // A bold and intimate wedding at El Club Detroi

How am I supposed to sum up this wedding in a concise way that will really do it justice without having to write a novel filled with all the details that feel so huge to me? Impossible. So I just sorta want to say that this wedding was a game changer on so many levels. Lauren + Trevor threw every wedding rule out the window. There was no walk down an aisle. There was no cake cutting. Trevor zipped Lauren into her second dress. We broke laws. We trespassed. We popped into a local bar to cheer with Liverpool fans in Detroit. Ceremony photos are blue and gritty and beautiful. The power went out. Food trucks filled bellies with BBQ and tacos. IT RAINED AND RAINED AND RAINED, but always cleared up for enough time to sneak away for some quiet photos of them. They gave me space, time and trust to dig deep.

Once upon a time, almost thirty years ago, Lauren and I lived across the street from each other. The memory I’ve carried around of her was us dancing to Phil Collins at her house in our frilly Easter dresses (and it was NOT Easter.) She moved away, I moved away, and it wasn’t until just a few years ago that we reconnected, and it wound up being her wedding day that we would finally be reunited for the first time since we were tiny little kids. WHAT IS LIFE?

Every one of us who bore witness to this union are the luckiest.. These two have a story and a history that would force even the coldest of hearts to warm in its presence. It was an honor to tell this story, for many reasons, but mostly because love like theirs is what life is all about. During her vows she spoke to him about someday having kids with sticky fingers, and that was it for me. I was a puddle along with every single other person who heard it.


Grab some tissue and come along….

this day wouldn’t have been all that it was without these insanely talented, brilliant, and easy going people/businesses…

Venue : El Club Detroit
Planning/Design/Floral : Curtsy + Bow Events
Meats + Snacks : Mongers’ Provisions - Culinary Outfitters
Pies : Sister Pie Detroit
Cake : Mother of the Bride
Food Trucks : Tacos!!!! and/or BBQ!!!!!!
Bridal Hair Goddesstry : Autumn with Believe Salon
Brews : Brew Detroit

A Quiet First Birthday at Home

I can’t get over the feelings that rush through me when I leave these family sessions lately. The quiet intimacy of our time together, and the witnessing of these parents navigating all the same things I’m navigating, and the feeling of knowing that even just for a little while, I get to notice and shine some light onto these restful + still in-between moments that sometimes pass us by without the time to stop, pause and take in fully. Our parenthood is our legacy, and the honor of being a gentle witness to it is one of my greatest honors.

Eleni turned one yesterday, and today her beautiful mama celebrates her birthday. They invited me over for a little afternoon of cake, bubbles and a walk to the park, and it was the best.

Lauren + Cleveland // A sun soaked wedding at Country Club of Detroit

Wait until you see why the Country Club of Detroit is a dreamboat for a wedding in the Spring. I no sooner pulled up, and had a walk around the property before my jaw was in a permanent dropped position. The grounds were exploding with fresh blooms and everything was lush. Sneaking away to catch a sunset alone (while i third wheel so hard) here is an absolute must.

Big thanks to these two families for having me along on such a great day, and being the ones to kick off this wedding season for me! You guys inspired me to move forward with the rest of this season in ways you just couldn’t possibly imagine, thank you!

Cheers!


birthdays + barbeques

You’re about to set eyes on one of the best first birthday parties I’ve ever seen, and I’ve messily planned two of my own. It had all the elements of a midwest spring BBQ. You know what i’m talking about—weather that couldn’t make up it’s mind, a kiddie pool filled with ice cold brews, burgers + dogs on the grill, and a sweet little boy who never stopped smiling. You could smell summer in the air + the love buzzing all around. I was especially excited about being able to photograph Finn with all of his Grandparents, what a gift to be able pause this time for this family…

Big thanks to this family for making the awkwardness of being the stranger at a BBQ not awkward at all, and thanks for the cheeseburger! Happy Birthday, Finn!




welcome to this wild + wonderful world, walter!

One of my greatest honors as a photographer is the day my email dings through and it’s a couple whose wedding I’ve shot in the past, and they have since grown their family and would like me to come and document this new part of their lives. Ashley + Steve will forever hold a special place in my heart because from the very second we were connected, they believed in my eyes and what they’d see, and they believed in my heart and where it would take me and what photographs it would create, and because of that some of my best work includes their wonderful faces. Since their wedding on the rainiest day I have ever seen in my life, they have made this beautiful and sweet little boy named Walter, and he is what baby dreams are made of…

Cheers to the next adventure, friends!

a day at the beach with aimee + drew

It’s not everyday you get the opportunity to do an engagement session at an art installation, but today was that day, and even the sun showed up for us, too. My husband and I took our kiddos to this a couple weeks before this day, and Aimee + Drew immediately came to mind because I just had a feeling that they would show up for this, and I wasn’t wrong—you’ll see…