My Best Girl

Kalamazoo Photographer

I don't do family pictures. Well, I do, but only for super special people. The thing is, I've never been great with kids. I don't "get" them. I can't make them do what I want in pictures and it drives me nuts. Pretty much the only kid that I REALLY click with is my daughter Margo. Even then, she's wild and strong-willed (wonder who she gets that from) and pictures are not her cup of tea.

Recently, I've been getting to know Elyse Rowland. And INCREDIBLE family photographer focusing on authentic moments and a documentary style. See her super amazing work here. I had never seen anything like the unposed and free children in her images. I still don't want to be a family photographer, but seeing pictures of her sons playing on their farm and living daily life inspired me to do a series of unposed, real life portraits of my daughter.

My house is a MESS. The girl is a MESS. She's got blueberry all over her face. By the end, she's not even wearing pants.

Truth be told, I couldn't love these more. In years to come, I'll miss the mess.

Adam + Amber / Kalamazoo Michigan Wedding

Kalamazoo Michigan Wedding Photographer

This was my first downtown Kalamazoo elopement style session. I've done tons of engagements around the Bronson Park area, but golly, there's something about a wedding dress and all that classic architecture that made me forget my super bold photographer thing and lean into something a little more soft and fresh.

I was also inspired by Adam and Amber themselves. Adam kept pointing out new locations and backgrounds. Amber's style was impeccable... timeless and lovely. For the final shot at the brick building, we channeled a little Wes Anderson vibe at Adam's request, and it's now one of my favorite images.

Thank you Amber and Adam! You have a kick a$$ marriage and awesome set of pictures that will stand the test of time.

Liv + Brian / Miami Wedding

Miami Destination Wedding Photographer

When Liv and Brian reached out to have me be their wedding photographer, I about died. Partially, because MIAMI but mostly because they are artists. Everything was stunning and they inspired me to be creative. For their ceremony and reception, they fused a rustic style with a tropical setting at Miami Central Park. The day was full of real emotion and I found myself singing songs along side them during their ceremony.

My favorite part of the day (beside the part where they got married), was when Liv ready Brian's letter. She laugh/cried the whole time and it was so beautiful. I hope you enjoy looking back on this day as much as I do!

Dress: Bijou Bridal, Catering: Delicious Catering, Cake: Ali's Sweet Treats, Venue: Central Park Miami / The Garden District

Side note: Miami is amazing and I'll post a travel log soon ;)

The New Adventure Photo Stories

 

To everyone who has been supporting me on this 7 year photography journey, thank you for following along and cheering me on.

To everyone who is brand new to my story, welcome. I'm glad you're here.

The heart of our new site has evolved over the past year as we embraced risk and weirdness. We realized that we aren't "normal" and that's not only alright, it's an asset.

The culmination of this realization was our trip to Joshua Tree, California. I felt so ALIVE. I was inspired by being in a new place with new people and started my creative journey towards becoming my own artist.

Colin took some clips on his iPhone while we were in the park and made a highlight video of the sunrise session. I never imagined it to turn out since it was shot on a phone, but I actually love it.

If you've read all of this, you are a majestic flying unicorn and I appreciate it more than you know. It's hard to be vulnerable.