A Scottish Adventure

Jamie, my dear friend and comrade of my work with CAT Footwear, Chaco, and perhaps the most-impactful of all: Michigan House shot me a text in late October. Its question? “Can you come to Scotland in a couple weeks?” My answer? “Schedule-wise, yes. Cali will kill me if I go to Europe for the first time without her though.” The answer? “Let’s get her over here too.” Within an hour, we had babysitters lined up for our kids and dogs (thank you from the bottom of our hearts to our families and our community here in Detroit), and a couple of weeks later we were headed for the adventure of a lifetime.

Glasgow. Luss. Glencoe. Oban. Edinburgh. And everywhere in between. But we had less than four days to do it after you removed the travel days. It was madness, it was glorious, it was absolutely perfect in every way. I got to photograph some of my favorite people along the way, I got to see (and drive) another part of the world with my lovely wife by my side, and I created some of my favorite work in a VERY long time.

I’ll just shut up and let you take a peek for yourself. Here’s the amazing country of Scotland, through my eyes. Thank you Jamie, Ryan, Bethany, and Julien for the trip and opportunity of a lifetime. It’s something I’ll never forget.

The Stier Family

Summertime in Northern Michigan with such an amazing family. The clouds rolled in, and the moments just kept getting better and better.

Meg + Joe

A laid-back engagement session with friends in Detroit. Top it off with coney dogs, puppies, and Joe’s classic Bel Air, and you’ve got yourself some magic.

Hannah + John

I don’t even have words for this day. For these people. For this place. I guess that’s why we have photos, to tell the stories that words can’t convey. Hannah + John are absolutely golden human beings. They exude happiness and kindness and love to people they’ve never met (see also: me). They invited people into their home and into their world to show them the city they fell deeply and madly in love with, and I’m so glad they did. This was my third wedding in New Orleans, and I’m hoping not my last. There’s just way too much magic left to capture there, I can’t stop yet.

Meet Hannah + John. They’re my friends, they’re perfect for each other, and their story is gorgeous. I hope you enjoy.

Lisa + Frank

Lisa + Frank are such a special, dynamic couple that I’m so honored to know. So much has happened since these photos were taken in their apartment in July of 2017, all of which have been incredible and I’ve been lucky enough to have photographed every step of the way so far. From the wedding last August (on the Journal soon), to the opening of Shewolf (their new restaurant in Midtown Detroit with Chef Anthony Lombardo), to the baby they’re getting ready to welcome any week now; it just keeps getting better.

Laid-back at-home sessions, they’re simply the best.

The Waldvogel Family

No distance too far to document your family doing what they do best: living life. New York City is endless inspiration, endless new sights + sounds. Bring me back here again and again and I'll be forever grateful. 

The Strickland Family

The end of one chapter, and the beginning of another. The Strickland family wanted to remember this magical house they had called home, before they embarked on to the next house and the next set of memories. Truly my favorite kind of family shoot. This is the Strickland Family, and this is their real life.

Amanda + Ryan

I've known Ryan since he was born (read: cousins); and we were the best of buds growing up (even across state lines in Michigan and Illinois). Then we grew up, and I got to watch him meet and grow and love Amanda. I took both of their senior photos, we took turns visiting each other, we shared meals in Chicago and Detroit. Work and life took them to Seattle and we miss them dearly (but makes for a pretty incredible place to have an excuse to visit). 

There's so much history here, so much love, so many stories to tell. Instead, I'll just leave you with the images to tell the tale of their love, and the picture-perfect PNW magic when I traveled to Seattle this past Spring to document them. 

And a few bonus iPhone shots from the rest of Cali and I's PNW adventures surrounding their session (Seattle, Bainbridge Island, Vancouver, Squamish, Whistler, and everywhere along the way).

Brooke + Alex

The magic of destination weddings never wears on me. The gathering of friends from all over the world, often for a more extended period of time than a traditional wedding just makes it feel different. Everyone has met everyone, they've enjoyed each others company, they have nowhere else to be. It's all about the love, it's all about the celebration, and on this perfectly cloudy day in June in the Catskill Mountains; it was all about Brooke + Alex.

Jane + Brian

What do I even begin to say about this day. It was truly like something out of a dream from start to finish. You see, Jane was one of the few (500, give or take) year-round residents of Mackinac Island for her entire life. She saw the beauty, and the solace, and the magic of this place where cars don't exist and tourists run rampant for 6 months out of the year. Even after spending her life there, the mystique remained, and it was something she wanted to share not only with Brian every chance she got through their dating relationship; but with family and friends as well on this day. 

What resulted, was this small, intimate, and perfect day that you see below. At her father's property overlooking the Straits of Mackinac and the Mackinac Bridge, all was perfect, all was serene, all was just them. Brunch with her girls, beers with his guys, all the familiar sights and sounds that they knew so well. The party broke up around 6pm, and that was our chance for an insiders tour of the island for sunset portraits like I've never taken before. It was beautiful and gorgeous and heartwarming every second of that whole day, and I just pray that you can feel some of that through these images below. 

Grab your coffee and try and breathe some of this in. Then make it to the bottom of the post to see what my friends at Sculpted Films created that day too, because they're insane. Also, listen to Jane + Brian and their group FINKEL today, because they're also insane.

If you made it this far, don’t miss the incredible artistry that my friends at Sculpted Films created for Jane + Brian that day too. Unreal.

Jessica + Aleks

New Orleans is always SO incredibly good to me. In 2017 I had the chance to re-visit this amazing city for two back-to-back weekends; kicking things off with Jessica + Aleks and the dream team they hired to make this day more incredible than words can even begin to describe. Every last detail, from prep at The Melrose Mansion, to the vintage Rolls to get to the ceremony, to the clear-top tent and incredible details at The Elms Mansion in the historic Garden District of New Orleans . It was all brought together by the insanely talented Brooke Casey Weddings to be a night I truly won't ever forget. 

Now, for Jessica + Aleks. The ever-loving, goofy grin-bearing couple that brought me to The Big Easy for this day. Their story is insane, and involves Aleks spotting Jessica in LAX days before meeting her for the first time (not knowing that his future held her being an associate attorney in his law office), and being smitten with her from the start, before he even knew her name. From Toronto to NOLA (and guests from around the world), they wanted this destination wedding to be fun, relaxed, and carry over a bit of that New Orleans magic Jessica had known was there since she was a little girl. I'll let the photos below speak to that, but I think all that magic and more was there. 

After a long blogging hiatus and an insanely busy 2017, I'm just glad to be back here again sharing these stories that I get the honor to tell, week in and week out. So follow along, because there's more goodness to be shown, and I'm itching to share these stories with the world.