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.

sam & sarah at the hastings lake forest preserve in gurnee, il

Getting to travel for a wedding is always exciting—I love exploring new areas and I enjoy the challenge of navigating a new wedding venue. And shooting at the Hastings Lake Forest Preserve with Sam and Sarah couldn’t have been lovelier. Plus, this wedding was particularly special because Sam is my husband’s cousin so I got to spend the day doing what I love around some pretty amazing people (although I might be a bit bias). Every moment of the day was filled with love and emotion and I am honored that I got to capture this most special day for this really great couple. Even the weather was on their side–the forecast called for some pretty heavy rain showers but somehow the storm hit exactly during the wedding ceremony and the skies clear just in time for some beautiful portraits at the forest preserve and for the real celebrating to begin. Clearly Sam and Sarah are surrounded by a lot of love and supportive friends and family and who eager to celebrate and encourage this couple. It was a blessing to be there and a pleasure to photograph.

susan & matt at eagle eye golf club in east lansing, mi

To me, weddings are all about joy and I get a front row seat to see and record every laugh, smile, and tear. And going through Susan and Matt’s wedding photos I was struck by how happy and filled with love this wedding day was and what an honor it was to photograph this celebration.  Matt and Susan began the day at the University Marriott and made the long trek across the street to get married at St John Church and Student Center in East Lansing. The reception was at Eagle Eye Golf Center and made for a phenomenal background for some portraits of Susan and Matt who were game for sneaking away during the reception to take a few shots at sunset. This was one of the most breathtaking sunsets of the whole year and I am still so excited that we got to take advantage of such amazing light at such a gorgeous venue. And from there the party and real celebrations started. What a fantastic night and wonderful couple—so glad I got to document this special day.

Following two images of the guys getting ready by Diana.

Love this little look that Diana captured.

Great shot by Diana.

Diana captured the portrait on the right.

Following portrait by Diana.

Following image by Diana.

Following three images by Diana.

mike & blair – engagement session in east lansing, mi

Engagement sessions are such a great opportunity to get to know a couple before their wedding day, especially when they live out of state. Since I had only communicated with Blair via email and telephone I was so excited to finally met her and Mike in person and I am glad they made the trek for the MSU v. Nebraska game so we could take some gorgeous fall engagement pics. I love the fall and MSU’s campus is absolutely stunning when the leaves begin to change color. For Blair and Mike’s session we hit a few old favorites (like the Beal Botanical Garden and Beaumont Tower) and found a couple new areas on campus with some beautiful fall color.

lisa & matt at the lansing convention center in lansing, mi

I got together with Matt and Lisa a few weeks before their wedding to go over their timeline and left with so much excitement about their wedding day. As we went through the schedule for the day it was filled with so many fun little things and special moments for Lisa and Matt to share with their family and friends. Not to mention that Lisa and Matt are two people who are filled with incredible joy and I knew that their wedding day was going to be very personal, thoughtful, and a daylong celebration.  And when the day finally came it certainly exceeded all my expectations. The ceremony was at the stunning St. Mary Cathedral, which is just a short block away from the state capital, in downtown Lansing. After the ceremony we headed over to the capital where we actually had the unbelievable fortune of being able to take photos inside. From there Lisa and Matt snuck in a few moments along at their favorite local bar, Stober’s, before heading over to the reception.  The real party started when we hit the Lansing Convention Center with an incredible live band and some great dancing. Lisa and Matt also took a few minutes to cheer on the Lansing Derby Vixens who had a match next door, set off a few Chinese lanterns (with varying levels of success), and Lisa even fronted the band for a song. It was an unbelievable pleasure to document this day and help celebrate a fantastic couple.

Heather did a great job documenting the guys getting ready and I love her shot of Lisa with her parents just before they walked down the aisle.

Image of the Best Man’s toast by Heather.

Great angle on the Maid of Honors toast by Heather.

Amazing portrait by Heather.