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Lane and Tiffany / Kalamazoo Engagement Photographer

I met Tiffany and Lane at One Well Brewing in Kalamazoo (Go. Don't ask, just Go.) and I wasn't even finished with my beer before my suspicions of their awesomeness was confirmed. They bonded over geocacheing- aka: super cool kind of treasure hunting outdoors. My kind of people. Adventurers.

Their wedding next year is going to be at a gorgeous herb garden, and I know that it's going to be the perfect balance of unique and laid back... uncontrived, just like them.

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All Hallow's Elopement

All Hallow's Elopement

Kalamazoo Michigan wedding photographer- In honor of pumpkin lovers and witchy weddings everywhere: a moody styled shoot themed for Halloween. Featuring craft beer, local donuts, and just a hint of eclectic autumn decor, we can definitely see being a perfect combination of stylish but easy to DIY inspiration.

Why I'm a Wedding Photographer

my-wedding-dayBy Rachel, circa 2015 I take a lot of pictures. My camera is an extension of myself, and I honestly sometimes I get queasy if I don’t have it with me when I see something beautiful. I understand it, and it doesn’t fail me. I value it’s ability to freeze time, places, and emotion. When I look at a photograph, I am grateful because without it, I might forget.

There was a time after my daughter Margo was born when I was struggling with postpartum depression. I felt like the world was grey until I looked through the lens of my camera. It made me focus (pardon the pun) on beauty. I noticed the color of the sky. I noticed the way my baby’s face crinkled when she yawned.More importantly, when the fog of sadness finally cleared, I had pictures of the things that I missed.

That’s why I’m a photographer. It’s a way to give love to people.

The most important parts of our lives are often the hardest to remember in detail. Our weddings, the birth of a child, senior year of high school- they are all joyously chaotic. If I can help someone remember the joy, my job is one of real meaning.

I believe in marriage. I believe that when done right, participating in the sacrament of marriage is one of the most selfless commitments a person can make. You are no longer one. You are two opinions. You are two lives. You are yours and you are someone else’s. There is a tension in that. Choices take twice as long. Disagreements must be resolved. Wills must bend. Someone else must come first. It’s impossibly hard, but it is oh so good. The sacrifice makes us better humans. I want my clients to look back on the pictures from their wedding day and remember that it’s worth it.

It’s the same for every other kind of session, but weddings are where I thrive. The energy from the day is contagious. It’s the start of a great adventure, and I get to be there.

I do it because the world can always use more love.

Van Life / Kalamazoo Photographer

What happens when you put 3 photographers (and a photographer's in-denial-but-also-a-talented-photographer husband) together with a Volkswagon Westfalia Van and unleash them in a vineyard? Well, first the farmer dude of the group spends a half hour under the Van trying to fix it because it's FALLING APART, and the two ladies spend the whole time taking glam shots in the perfect light and then this happens. So much this.

Shout out to that "I'm not a photographer" husband for some of these images of the "real photographers." Also shout out to Lawton, Michigan for the glorious golden light.

Van life is about just letting the sh*t happen. It's about having a positive attitude and trusting that it will all work out even if the result is unexpected. That's why Robert brought expired polaroid film to play with. He thought it might turn in to something good... for the record, it didn't because it was EXPIRED. The most important thing is that we had fun along the way.

How are we ever going to discover adventure if we don't give it a chance?

All images copyright Adventure Photo Stories 2016