We love making lemonade out of lemons… what do you do if it’s raining at the beach when you’re trying to get your engagement photos done? Shoot anyway! If you’re up for it we’ll go out in any weather and make great pictures with you.
Occasionally my job takes me to some amazing places, this week I spent my time shooting events and activites in and around Laguna Beach, CA and tonight I was able to sneak away to capture some scenic shots at Crystal Cove which is an amazing little enclave of artists huts and tiny beach houses clustered […]
The Vineyard at 12 Corners is such a beautiful setting for a vineyard wedding, when you add the setting sun and an aerial perspective it makes things that much more magical! I just love the way the light makes the vines glow as the bride and groom walk off towards the setting sun!
Summer storms were building over Lake Michigan on this starry night so I went out with a friend to shoot the lightning. We were mostly focused on a much larger storm to the north when I happened to notice this isolated thunder head building to the west surrounded by a starry sky. This is the […]
Saint Joseph offers so many fun locations for wedding and engagement photos it’s sometimes hard to decide where to start and end a shoot. Of course when the sunset is this spectacular it almost doesn’t matter! All of these photos were taken within 5 minutes of one another and I think that highlights the diversity […]
Beautiful wedding photos that incorporate sparklers are always fun to capture but there are some tricks to keep in mind if you want to end your wedding day with one of these amazing photos. First and foremost check with your venue to make sure they allow sparklers. Second timing is everything you can’t shoot sparkler […]
Just a quick picture from a winter wedding at the beautiful Watermark Country Club. This wedding venue was completely re-done recently and if you havent seen it since it was updated it is definitely worth a look. Of course it doesn’t matter how beautiful it is inside, when it’s snowing outside thats where you want […]
Just a couple of quick pics from a family shoot at the beach. When it comes to family photos timing is everything, if you have little kids and want sunset photos plan on doing pictures later in the year when the temperatures are cooler and the sun sets earlier.
One of the things I love about my job is that it takes me all over the country and some times even out of the country! One of the many places I’ve been blessed to travel to this year is Costa Rica. After a long day of shooting we were headed into town for dinner […]
Millcreek Barn is one of several beautiful wedding barns in Southwest Michigan and as a photographer it’s nearly impossible to pick a favorite, each barn has it’s own unique charm. One of the things I love about shooting at Millcreek is the road, the tree’s soften the sunlight and provide the perfect backdrop for beautiful […]
Every now and then I’ll make it out to shoot something other than a portrait, wedding, or other event and it’s always fun to challenge myself to work on timing and composition with things I don’t have as much control over! Take these birds for instance, they don’t listen when you say “hey stand over […]
Ringo and Jillian’s wedding at Windmill Island in Holland Michigan could not have been more fun, mostly because the two of them are simply wonderful people who know how to have a good… no make that a GREAT time! What a celebration! Ringo and Jillian traveled all the way from the Phillipeans to tie the […]
Just a few of my favorites from an incredibly beautiful wedding we shot last fall in Chicago. Bridal party photos were done at North Avenue Beach and Union Station prior to the wedding ceremony at Saint Alphonsus Catholic Church. There’s so much I love from this wedding and I hope to post more some time […]
Work should’t be this much fun… but it is! I had a chance to hang out with the Luther family last fall and we took some pictures pictures in the studio and then out in grand mere were the fall colors were still beautiful. We kept the pictures short and sweet in each location partly […]
Just found these awesome silhouette engagement photos we did last year while digging through my computer for something else… I loved this engagement shoot! We were way out in the dunes in Grand Mere Michigan with all this camping gear and ended up shooting all sorts of stuff in the dark! We actually hiked out […]
One of the wedding trends we saw a lot more of this past year were Paper Lanterns being lit and set off after wedding receptions. While it’s obviously a breath taking thing to behold, especially if you’ve never witnessed dozens of paper lanterns drifting up the into the night there are a couple of very […]
This is one of my favorite shots from Brent & Amanda’s winter engagement shoot which we shot in an apple orchard of all places! Talk about a beautiful location for some winter photos, we certainly got lucky having some of the apples and leaves still on the trees! I can’t wait to post more from […]
Winter engagement sessions can be a lot of fun, but when you have a winter as cold and brutal as the one we’ve had in Chicago this year it makes it a bit of a challenge to find that “perfect time” to take your engagement photos. Some times you just have to GO FOR IT, […]
A couple quick tips for getting great shots of little kids at the studio. First, timing is everything, it’s best to schedule your pictures for a time when your kids aren’t normally hungry or tired. You know your kids best and we’re flexible so we will rely on you for what time you think will […]
This past fall we had the opportunity to photograph one of the newest venues in the area, Hidden Vineyards Wedding Barn. This rustic barn is set out in the countryside overlooking a small lake and the vineyards. The beautiful setting is just the beginning though, this newly renovated barn features a huge bridal suite, an […]
Another wonderful barn wedding at the Blue Dress Barn in Southwest Michigan. Trish and Adam had the perfect summer day for a wedding at the Blue Dress Barn, the weather co-operated, and every detail was picture perfect thanks to Element Event Design. We love shooting here because no two barn weddings are ever the same, […]
One question I’m asked quite often is “What is the right time to do our engagement photos?”. The truth is that it just depends on the day. Take this day for example, we couldn’t have asked for more beautiful light, and it wasn’t too cold or windy! Of course there’s no telling what a day […]
One question I’m asked all the time is “where should we take our pictures?” People know they want to do pictures outdoors but aren’t sure WHERE to do them. The beach is an obvious choice but what if you want to mix things up? My suggestion for picking a great location for family pictures is […]
What a great barn for a wedding reception, the Blueberry Dune Farm has a great barn and tent set up for wedding receptions and we were lucky enough to be there to celebrate with Mike & Leah! At the end of the night we snuck out for a few minutes and got some really beautiful […]
A wedding at willow harbor vineyard, I have so much to post from Brooke & Joels wedding out at Willow Harbor but I can’t get to it right now so I’m going to have to settle for this amazing picture set against a brilliant blue sky! Would you believe it was pouring rain that morning? […]
Senior portraits on the beach in Saint Joseph Michigan are always beautiful, no two sunsets are the same and you just never know what you’re going to come up with. Here are just a few of our favorites from last weeks senior photo session with Sydnee in Saint Joe! We had a blast working with […]
The Felt Mansion in Saugatuck, Michigan is a photographers dream! With Ted and Sarah, we found endless creative opportunities for great shots throughout the historic mansion and elegant gardens. Bridal prep was in the impressive master suite, dinner was upstairs and many of our best bridal party photos were done in the surrounding gardens or […]
We had our photo booth out at Millcreek Barns tonight to help celebrate Ashley and Jakes wedding! What a beautiful night for a wedding reception out at the barn! We were able to tie in the brides lace & burlap theme with our bunting and use the outside of the barn as a backdrop. I […]
Just a few of our favorites from the photo booth at Brooke & Joel’s beautiful wedding at Willow Harbor in Three Oaks Michigan!
The groom waits alone in the rain on Michiana Shores Beach while his bride makes her way towards him for the Reveal on their wedding day. This popular wedding day tradition is sometimes called a “Reveal” or “First Look” and it’s a great way to capture some truly special moments between a bride and groom. […]