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. 

Maddie

Late last fall, I had the honor of taking a quick 24-hour trip to Ocala, Florida to join Maddie for her Senior session on the most gorgeous of properties. It was an absolutely perfect day, with a ridiculous sunset cutting through the Spanish moss trees on Aaron + Mallory's farm. Maddie is a super talented equestrian athlete that takes time out of her busy school schedule to travel the country and compete, and getting to photograph her alongside the animals she knows best was such a pleasure. More days like this please, universe. 

Carlie + Kevin

On this spring-like day (that's probably a major tease), all I'm doing is thinking back on this perfect October evening with Carlie + Kevin exploring the shorelines of Lake Michigan and the magic of M22. Those days where the water is still warm from the summer sun, most of the tourists have gone home, and the views are plentiful. Those are the days.

Liz + Joe

Man, I'm so far overdue on showing you guys any of my 2016 weddings. Why not start it off with a bang and show you two of the kindest, most beautiful souls I had the pleasure of photographing last year? Liz and Joe became more than just clients, in such a short period of time and I'm so thankful to have gotten to see and document the incredible story of their love. Plus, Planterra never ceases to freaking kill it with every single wedding.

This place is gorgeous in every nook and cranny and so perfectly complemented the laid-back, fresh and fun wedding that Liz + Joe wanted to put together. So throw some coffee in that cup, put on your favorite Bon Iver tune, and slow-scroll the crap out of this stupidly adorable couple's wedding day. You'll be glad you did. 

The Economy Family

The coolest of families photographed on a perfect fall day in Indian Village, Detroit. The style and the laughs and the love flowing between all three of them is all you can ever hope and dream. Enjoy just a small snippet of a day in the life of the Economy Family. 

The Johnson Family

I don't have much to say about this one. The only words I can muster are just some semblance of how incredibly special it is to be invited into a family's everyday. The mundane, the chaotic, the breakfast, the running around in your underwear. The love flowing from their little house is tangible, and it is real, and you can see it on all of their faces. It was just a Wednesday morning in their world, but it's a day I won't soon forget. 

Libby + Brad

I've started to write this post about six times now, and each time I've just watched that blinking cursor taunt me, and remind me that there's no words good enough to describe the day that Libby and Brad formed for their family and friends a couple of months back. You see, I've known Libby since middle school, and always known her to be thoughtful, caring, and walking around with a ridiculous smile that makes everyone in the room happy. But it wasn't until I got to know Libby with Brad, that I got to see the insane potential these two have to make the world a better place. 

Just watching them throughout this day and the days leading up to it; they just love so deeply, they genuinely care for one another and want to know what the other wants and desires and longs for. They wanted to pick a venue and a location that they could slow down time just a little bit, to be able to linger just a bit longer and chat with family and friends, and to tie in their own amazing aesthetic and vision for what their wedding day could be. Let's just say, that goal was attained. 

Sundance Studios was the most perfect of perfect places they could've had their day. Nestled just a few minutes away from the shores of Lake Michigan, in the quiet little town of Millburg; it's the most amazing of vintage factory venues, with no detail left un-turned. All from the same fine folks that brought us the Blue Dress Barn. It was so inexplicably "them" (and so indescribably hot that day, but we won't talk about that), and I just couldn't wipe the stupid grin off my face for hours on end. It was that good.

So why don't you sit back, grab your Sunday coffee, pop open this song, and re-live Libby + Brad's day with me? I think you'll be glad you did.