aubriella – newborn session in dewitt, mi

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of photographing Aubriella on the very day that she was born. Now that she has settled in a bit at home and Jared, Melissa, and Braysen are adjusting to life as a family of four I paid their house a visit to take some newborn photos. Aubriella is absolutely adorable, but I think Braysen stole the show a little bit as the doting big brother. Aubriella is a lucky girl to have such a great older brother and it was a lot of fun photographing this new duo that are definitely going to keep mom and dad on their toes.

engagement and family session in holland, mi

So it isn’t everyday I get to shoot an engagement/family session. In fact, I wouldn’t normally recommend combining these two, but this was a very special situation with a pretty fantastic family. Connie and Reid have been traveling up to Michigan from Missouri every year with their three kids since they were little to spend a week or two on Lake Michigan. Now that their kids aren’t so little and they all have significant others they now travel as a troop of eight from Kansas City to enjoy time as a now extended family every summer in Holland, MI. This year however, was extra special because Connie and Reid’s daughter, Francesca, was surprised by her now fiancé with a marriage proposal on the beach. So, after Francesca accepted Alex’s proposal I had the pleasure of photographing an engagement session for them in this very special location. And since it seemed like a pretty monumental summer at the lake we extended the session to include the whole family together. I had such a wonderful time getting to meet and photograph this lovely family. I am also totally crazy for the fog that descended over Lake Michigan just as I was arriving in Holland—I love the effect it had on the light and the dreamy backdrop it created for some romantic engagement pics.

elliot & norah – lifestyle session in grand rapids, mi

I had such a wonderful time meeting and photographing Elliot, Norah, and their lovely parents. We met up at their gorgeous Grand Rapids home where I had a blast hanging out with these two kiddos. After a brief introduction and sticker exchange (Elliot had some fantastic ones of the scratch and sniff variety) Elliot was eager to mug for the camera. He has the cutest smile, which is completely infectious. His sister was a more reluctant model and I love that the result are images that capture her genuine giggles and the moments when she completely forgot that she was being photographed. My favorite shot is of her peeking through the stairs—not sure she wants to be photographed but she doesn’t want to miss out of the action either. I adore getting to photograph fantastic families and cute kiddos like Elliot and Norah.

sam & sarah – engagement session in chicago, il

What is a great way to finish up a family vacation? By topping it off with a fabulous engagement session of course. Sam and Sarah may now be our neighbors here in Lansing, MI now but they are both Illinois natives and Chicago holds a special place for them so we met up in the Windy City. I had a blast running around one of my favorite places with this adorable couple.  I loved that after exploring some green space in Millennium Park they wanted to head into the heart of the city and take some photos on the street (actually, sometimes it was more like in the street). And we ended the evening at the Grand Street train station where this couple got engaged. I love this session and I could have blogged a ton more, but here are a few of my favorites.

aubriella – hospital session in lansing, mi

What could be better than photographing a freshly baked baby on their very first day? I photographed Jared and Melissa’s beautiful wedding day and their adorable son Braysen’s first year, so I am overjoyed for their newest addition and excited to document the very precious Aubriella. Photographing a baby on its very first day of life is so exciting and a hospital session is such a unique experience because you get to photograph and witness the joy and love that a family has while welcoming a new member.

paul & jessica at the bengal wildlife center in bath, mi

One of the things I have enjoyed the most about this year is that I have been able to shoot some really unique, intimate, and non-traditional weddings. Jessica and Paul’s morning wedding was at the beautiful Bengal Wildlife Center in Bath, MI and I loved the outdoor ceremony location, which was set against the nature conservancy and the rustic building which houses the Wildlife Center. The whole day was marked with really great moments from Paul and Jessica sharing a quick chat from other sides of the door of the bride’s dressing room, to the test tornado sirens which were the perfect exclamation point on the minister’s announcement of Paul and Jessica as husband and wife. Paul and Jessica’s lunch reception was also filled with beautiful stories about the couple and wonderful words of love and encouragement. The very fabulous Purple Carrot Truck catered the food, which was easily one of the most delicious looking spreads I have ever seen at a wedding. What a pleasure to document this lovely day.

melissa & bryan at the gull lake country club in kalamazoo, mi

Being able to capture a wedding for a family member is extra special and I am so glad that I got to photograph Melissa and Bryan’s wedding and to welcome another family member into the Keeley fold. You may even recognize my very adorable second shooter in one of my post-ceremony shots (although maybe I am a bit bias). We started that day at Melissa’s Aunt and Uncle’s beautiful home in Kalamazoo where we they were surrounded by a crew of great family and friends who had gathered to help celebrate Melissa and Bryan’s special day. We also had an opportunity to explore some of the family’s beautiful property and create some lovely portraits. After the ceremony the party continued at the stunning Gull Lake Country Club.  It was wonderful to be a part of this wedding and to see all the love and support this new couple has. And I am honored to share my name with this lovely woman—well done Bryan!

maureen, bill, & jack – lifestyle session in east lansing, mi

I totally fell in love with Jack and his amazing parents when I met them this January for Jack’s newborn session. This long awaited little boy is surrounded by so much love and happiness; it is nothing but pure joy watching this family together. So it might be an understatement to say I was excited when Maureen asked if I would come back and photograph Jack at six months. This little man is adorable with an infectious smile and so alert and curious.  Loved capturing some small moments with this family of five (can’t forget their fabulous fur babies who clearly are also big fans of baby Jack).

josh & maggie – wedding photography in haslett, mi

I shoot some unbelievable weddings—large, lavish, and a huge party. But I actually jump at the chance to shoot small intimate weddings. I love the big parties but shooting an small wedding where only the immediate family is present is special and provides an opportunity for me to do a different kind of storytelling. So I was honored that Josh and Maggie asked me to photograph their very intimate wedding at Josh’s family home.  It was great to see the love between this couple and the caring and support they received from their family as they officially started their lives together as a married couple. Add in a gaggle of adorable nieces and a dog that loves to be in the picture and you have a great wedding filled with little moments and a lot of love.

emmy & liam – lifestyle session in delton, mi

I always enjoy heading over to Delton, MI to photograph Andrea and Phil. The Oakwood house has been in Andrea’s family for generations and I am honored that I have been able to document several of their trip from California to this beloved spot. This is my third trip to this amazing cottage (I seriously adore this place) and I love that it all started with Andrea and Phil’s beautiful wedding four years ago. This year I had the pleasure of photographing this now family of four and their son Liam’s first trip to the family cottage. Liam and his big sister Emmy are absolutely adorable and it was a blast chasing around for the morning. I was so excited that I got to catch up with this family and to document another year at Oakwood.