xavier & savella – lifestyle session in east lansing, mi

I always love shooting at the Broad Art Museum and since Xavier and Savella’s mom, Shalynn, works there we had the pleasure of exploring the museum before it opened for the day. This is an incredible building and a fantastic location for this family session. Xavier and Savella are such funny and smart kids, not to mention super adorable. It was fun chasing them around the building and to document these siblings together (both the loving and not so loving moments) along with their great parents.

oliver – lifestyle session in haslett, mi

Meeting Oliver, who just turned one years old, was terrific and he reminded me so much of my two kiddos in so many ways. He is a sweet and energetic little boy and great at keeping his parents on their toes. I love that the secret to getting him to smile was playing with a box of granola bars. And it was nice meeting Oliver’s parents, Alissa and Bryce, and seeing the love they have for their very adorable little man. And while the cold weather kept us mostly indoors I am glad that everyone braved the cold temps so we could walk over to Lake Lansing and take a few photos there as well.

kelly & drew – maternity session in grand rapids, mi

Just looking at these photos makes me happy. Kelly is an amazing baker and I’ve had the pleasure of working with her in the wedding industry for many years and was privileged to photograph her wedding in 2012. Through the years we have become great friends and I am thrilled that she and Drew are going to welcome their first baby this December. Kelly is such a beautiful pregnant lady and you can tell in the images just how eager they are to meet this new little person. I am excited for this new chapter in Kelly’s life, which includes not just a new baby but also a new shop. Check out Kelly’s wonderful family at Le Bon Macaron where you can get amazing treats (and while you are at it, stop by A Piece ‘o Cake and say hello to Betsy the fabulous new owner). Can’t wait to post an update in a month with photos of their cute little on.

ari & norah – lifestyle session in east lansing, mi

It was a lot of fun photographing Ari and Norah a few weeks ago. I got to photograph Norah when she was just an infant so it was great to document this now family of four and to capture Norah as the big sister. We started out the session at Norah and Ari’s house where they spent some time playing and taking a required food break (with two kids I know that someone is always hungry). Then we headed over to the amazing Broad Art Museum on MSU’s campus. I absolutely love this building and it was the perfect setting since Norah calls it “her museum.” It was really cool to see these two kiddos run around the galleries and interact with this fantastic museum.

sam – lifestyle session in grand rapids, mi

November has taken an unexpected turn and it is blistery cold outside, so it seems like the perfect day to post my last fall colors family session. And I may be a little partial but I think this is one extremely handsome little man. My nephew Sam is one sweet one year old who also happened to be one very adorable little boy. It was fun getting to hang out with my sister and brother-in-law and document their life as a family of three. Sam is super active and way into trains so we started the session at their house and then headed to some beautiful fields to take advantage of the beautiful fall backdrop.

lilly – lifestyle session in st. john, mi

Tilly loved her time at EC3 in Lansing, MI so I was excited when Lilly and her parents (a current EC3 family) purchased a session with me at the daycare’s spring auction. Lilly wasn’t feeling the best for our fall session but we still got some great shots at her very beautiful home in St Johns, MI. The weather was just beginning to get really cold but we were able to photograph the last of the fall color under their really lovely willow tree. Lilly is a very sweet little girl and I am so glad I got to meet her and her parents.

everett, willa, & greta – lifestyle session in lansing, mi

It is always wonderful to re-visit a family and to see how the kids have grown and changed since our last session. It has been a year since I photographed Greta’s newborn photos and I was excited to photograph the beautiful Greta as she becomes a toddler along with her sister Willa and brother Everett. It was a blast photographing this threesome and loved watching what a dotting big sister Willa has become. Now that the seasons are officially changing we took advantage of some gorgeous fall light in the family’s home. It was great document the kids in their house—I love how natural and free kids are in their own element.

jack and his parents – lifestyle session in east lansing, mi

I love when a family books a baby’s first year package with me because it means I get to see them every few month and document not just how their little one is growing, but also how they are changing as a family. And since Jack and his parents, Maureen and Bill, are some of my absolute favorite clients I was pretty excited for our fall session on MSU’s campus. Jack is getting so big and at 9-months is already coasting around. And he is just the most charming little man, full of smiles and laughs and he is a pretty phenomenal little model. I absolutely adore seeing how Jack’s parents look at him with so much love and joy. What a great afternoon of beautiful fall weather with a fantastic family—can’t wait to see them again in a few months for Jack’s first birthday!

elle & scott at the msu botanical gardens and english inn

This is a bittersweet post for me because it is my last wedding for the 2014 season. Every year by the last wedding I am usually pretty tired and ready for a little rest but also sad to say goodbye to images of beautiful couples until the next wedding season starts. But Elle and Scott’s intimate wedding was the perfect way to cap off another fabulous year of lovely couples and special days. Elle and Scott got married in front of their closest friends and family underneath the Japanese Katsura tree at the Beal Botanical Garden on MSU’s campus. It was a gorgeous fall day and Elle was absolutely stunning in a wedding dress that was designed and sewn by her sister (and I was told that the finishing touches were hand stitched on only minutes before the ceremony started). After a few portraits in the garden we headed to the English Inn for dinner where their friends and family toasted Elle and Scott. I feel privileged that I was invited into such a special and intimate celebration and am so glad I had the opportunity to document it for Elle and Scott.

family session in charlotte, mi

I love it when one of my wedding couples books me for a family session. It was wonderful seeing Andrew and Melody again but also a lot of fun to have the opportunity to photograph Melody’s fabulous family again. Since it has been a beautiful fall in Michigan we headed to the Country Mill in Charlotte for some apple orchard inspired images. It was great taking family shots around the orchard and getting to photograph the very handsome baby Benson. Glad I could document this family as they grow and expand–through marriage and babies.