Wedding Photographer

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. 

Liz + Nate

Last summer I spent quite a few weekends second shooting for some of my incredibly talented friends. It took me to Grand Rapids (twice), Grosse Pointe, Traverse City (twice), Nashville, South Carolina, and then a few local weddings here and there as well. All mixed in with weddings of my own. The freedom that comes in second shooting can be a super liberating thing to mix in between weddings of my own. It's a chance to not worry about the timeline or "needed" shots so much, but more to go back to the roots of why I started doing this in the first place. A chance to dive in to a story, and just tell it as it was. That's what I aim to do in each and every wedding I shoot, but when you're "running the show" so to speak, it can be a lot harder to do. I'm super thankful for opportunities like this to mix things up, meet couples like Liz and Nate, and document an incredibly beautiful wedding along the water in Grosse Pointe. Abbey Moore is a great friend and ridiculously talented Grand Rapids-based photographer, and I'm still so pumped she let me come along for this. See her version of the day here.

Grosse Pointe, MI :: 09.07.13

Primary Shooter :: Abbey Moore

Ceremony/Reception Venue :: Grosse Pointe War Memorial

2012 :: YEAR IN REVIEW

Twenty-Twelve. Holy Crap. How do I even begin to describe it? The sheer amount of life change I got to experience in front of my lens is just jaw-dropping. In 2012 I:

Got married. Fell even deeper in love with my incredible wife Cali, I'd be nothing without her as my support system. Moved out of my parents house. Photographed people all around Michigan, Chicago, Nashville, Kentucky and more. Traveled out of the country for the first time. (Canada doesn't count) Launched MammothBooth! Got to welcome an incredible new niece and nephew into the world. Documented the weddings, engagements, families, seniors, and businesses of people that I genuinely care for, love, and am better off for knowing. Got an even deeper sense of the indescribable impact that a single photo can have on aforementioned people. Trespassed. A lot.

There was early mornings and long nights. There was times of extreme joy and times of unbearable stress. But these 194 images below are the reason why I continue to come back for more year after year. These aren't the most technically "correct" or "perfect" images I've ever taken. They won't necessarily have people knocking down my door to take photos of them. But they are my year in a nutshell. Each tells a story to me. The people, the places, the moments. Thank you so much to everyone that continually trusts me, believes in me, and allows me the honor of capturing these incredible moments. These images are my Twenty-Twelve.

Huge amounts of high-fives to Bryan, Abbey, Jakob, and Nick for locking down the second-shooter spots for me at some of these weddings as well. So much love for those talented people.

To Twenty-Thirteen. Let's make some memories together.

Christianne + Zac

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When you know, you know. I've never heard that statement ring more true than it does for these two. Their love and relationship is inspiring, fun, and beautiful. And for that reason, I'm incredibly stoked to shoot their wedding next year.

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