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.