Ashton + Kaylie / Downtown Kalamazoo Engagement Photographer

Kalamazoo Engagement Photographer

Ashton and Kaylie were my final engagement session before going on maternity leave. We met at a coffee shop before heading out into the cold to take pictures and talked about their vision. When Kaylie said that they wanted to take engagement photos at a parking garage, I was all in. I've done some pictures in structures like that during storms to get out of the rain or really briefly during a longer session, but I've always had to convince the couple that it was going to be cool. This rad couple could have spent the whole time on that rooftop. Of course, we went other places for variety, but I think the parking garage pictures are some of my favorites from this entire year.

Thanks for being inspiring and braving the Michigan cold Ashton and Kaylie!

The Face of Adventure Photo Stories

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A logo is the face of a business. So when I began the process of creating this new brand, I wanted to make sure that it showed who I am and who I want to be. The first step was talking to a professional to brainstorm and verbally process my vision. William Hayes from Nice Vibe Designs in Kalamazoo, Michigan helped me hone in on a few important graphic elements.

Nature:

This was my number one priority. I come alive outside and am in love with Michigan forests and rivers. I know that mountains are super trendy right now, but I wanted to stay true to my home. We don’t have mountains. We aren’t trendy like the PNW, but there is incredible beauty here, and I’m proud of where I come from.

Tattoo/Stippled Style:

Since I was losing the camper van from my pervious logo, it was important for me to communicate the youth, creativity, and non-traditional feel to my work. I have yet to get a tattoo because I’ve been pregnant, broke, or super picky for the past 3 years, but this was my chance to “get a tattoo” without getting a tattoo. Don’t judge me ;) After this babe is born, I know what I want now!

Geometry:

The triangle is the strongest shape. It balances the casual stippled style and represents my professionalism and attention to detail. More than that, it is pointing upward. My ultimate goal in everything that I do is to uplift and encourage others.

Moon:

I like a little mystery. I like a little dark with my light. While the sun is gorgeous, there is something intriguing about the moon. I don’t have a fully “dark and moody” style, and I’m certainly not “light and airy,” but I adore contrast. The moon is a glowing orb in the night sky that draws all of the focus. I want my couples to feel like that.

After William sketched about a thousand concepts, I pulled the elements that I loved and made the finishing touches. It was important to me to have my own hands complete the design, and I loved how collaborative the process was. Photography is also a collaborative process between the subject and artist. It was so cool to have that represented in my logo.

This has been my logo for almost a year now, but I only recently shared it on social media. My bad ya’ll. The feedback I’ve received has been incredible. Thank you all so much, and thank you to William for his hard work and creative mentorship.

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Christine + Marta / eastern Market Detroit Engagement Session

Christine + Marta / eastern Market Detroit Engagement Session

What are the two most important things for a great fit between a wedding photographer and an engaged couple? The first is the relationship, and the second is communication. If your personalities don't "click" (camera pun intended), it's hard for the couple to relax and have fun during the engagement session and wedding portraits. It also makes it hard for the photographer to get in a creative headspace. On the other hand, if you DO, photos can feel effortless and the results are incredible.