Life has a funny way of working everything out. That’s what I’ve learned over the years of photographing. For example, Kathy contacted me to photograph her son’s senior pictures at Marquette’s Redmen stadium. She wanted Richard to have pictures on the field and in the bleachers, but when we arrived that day everything was locked up. Honestly, it worked out better because we LOVED photographing Richard from the top of a hill overlooking the football field. We think it was meant to be that way.

Also, the day that we originally had scheduled was set for rain, so we bumped up his session a day earlier and were treated to the most beautiful weather! We especially loved how quiet it was down at Founder’s landing in Marquette in the morning. That’s where we starting Richard’s senior portrait session. With views of the lake, ore dock, and beautiful trees in the background. A quick outfit change later Richard also brought along his guitar for the pictures. We walked to some nearby rock walls to use as a backdrop as Richard strummed his guitar and talked to us about his senior year.

Next it was onto the Marquette High School for the stadium pictures. Although we weren’t able to get access to the field we loved photographing Richard from the top. He brought along his football jersey, helmet, football, and letter jacket for us to photograph him with. We are so grateful he did because they were wonderful additions to his senior portraits.

Huge thanks again to Kathy and her son Richard for being so flexible and wonderful to work with. It was a great day! Enjoy.

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We will never, ever, ever get sick of photographing at this location. SO EPIC!!

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It was fun to listen to Richard play his guitar that morning.

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For a while now, Danny & I have been trying to line something up for a portrait session of his family. Every time I come to the Chicago area he is out of town, but thankfully our schedules lined up this September. I’ve known Danny for quite some time, by that I mean basically my entire life. It was fun to watch him interact with his beautiful wife Ashley and two handsome sons. His sons are goofballs just like him.

I joined Danny, his wife, and two boys in Highland Park, IL at a park they use to frequently enjoy. The morning light was beautiful and the park was completely empty until they showed up. I loved how perfectly their family coordinated outfits! It was great outfits for the late summer morning. The colors really stood off of the green backdrop of the trees.

The park was gorgeous, up top it had adorable sidewalks, beautiful tall trees, and a cute little playground. Just down the ridge was a walkway to the blue waters of Lake Michigan. We started up on top of the ridge, as their boys played around on the trails. As the sun got higher in the sky it started to warm up quickly. We walked down to the shores and Danny & Ashley let the boys splash around in the water. It was a wonderful way to end their family session.

Thank you again, Danny & Ashley, for allowing me the opportunity to photograph your family portraits. I’m so happy the schedules finally lined up. Enjoy!

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I love how each boy took a turn being goofy! Haha.

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Their boys loved playing around and exploring the trails, as their giggles filled the air with delight.

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The boys were super excited to head down to the beach.

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So much happiness in their family!

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This wedding….it’s hard to describe just how amazing this wedding was. I was honored to second shoot for the lovely Cathy Fitz Photography but had no idea how much fun the day would end up being. When I arrived to meet up with Jeremy and his guys at the West Bay Beach Resort they were pretty much ready to go, ready to start the day. Jeremy and his groomsmen were a hoot to photograph.

Down the road at St. Joseph Church on Old Mission Peninsula Anna and her bridesmaids were finishing up getting ready. The guests, groom, and groomsmen all arrived around the same time and the church filled up quickly. The ceremony was brimming with beautiful speeches, thoughtful sermons, and glorious songs. After Anna and Jeremy were pronounced husband and wife they made their way to a nearby winery for pictures.

At the Hagerty Center, the room was ready for guests to arrive. The incredible set up by Juniper & Lace, Premier Floral Design, Sensational Events, Special Occasions North, and 307 events was jaw dropping. Right before the happy couple entered their room the lighting outside was ideal for pictures, so Cathy and the amazing videographers The Compass Points Here brought the couple out along the pier. Once inside to their party there were speeches, dancing, and plenty of tasty treats to indulge in.

You can see more from Anna & Jeremy’s day by checking out Cathy Fitz’s blog or The Compass Points Here video.

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Their reaction to seeing the room for the first time was priceless!

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It’s been years since I’ve seen Julie & Geoff. We worked together in Marquette and briefly hung out when they were living in Chicago. So when they reached out about needing a second shooter for a Traverse City wedding I happily jumped on board. I arrived at the beautiful Peninsula Room and was greeted with a warm, strong wind off of the lake. The bride Julie and the groom Evan were finishing up getting ready inside before they had their first look outdoors. Their nerves and excitement could easily be seen from the images, it was a beautiful moment to capture. Afterwards, the happy couple took some time to trade letters and soak in the day that was happening.

On the front lawn, the final touches were being set up. Although it was quite windy the couple embraced it and move forward with their outdoor ceremony. The way the bride and bridesmaid’s dresses moved with the wind was mesmerizing. Julia and Evan exchanged their vows and rings before they pronounced husband and wife.

Immediately afterwards the newlyweds walked out to the gorgeous beach in front of the property. It was a way for them to take in all that just happened and enjoy the sunshine that was shining down. Next, it was off to the reception inside the Peninsula Room. The clean decor of blue and green was the perfect look for the hall.

They ate, drank, danced, and enjoyed being married. Right before we took off we snuck Julie & Evan off for a few last pictures along the shores of Lake Michigan as the sun was setting. It was the perfect ending to an incredible day. Thanks again to Geoff & Julie for letting me photography with them. Make sure to go follow their Two 9 Two Facebook fan page to see more. Enjoy!

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It was early morning as I walked up to Mission Point Lighthouse. The birds were chirping and sounds of the waves softly splashing on shore could be heard. The beach was completely empty–except for Kynan and Mary. Kynan had told Mary they were going to go kayaking there that morning, but first, they should walk along the beach to check it out. Little did Mary know that a month prior Kynan reached out to me to photograph his surprise proposal! They strolled down the beach, venturing out into the water looking for Petoskey stones. Kynan found a great spot on the beach, got down on one knee, and popped the question. Mary said yes!!!

Walking back towards the lighthouse I greeted them, gave them a big hug, and congratulated the newly engaged couple. It was such an amazing moment to be a part of. Kynan also surprised Mary with an engagement session to follow, so the couple made their way back to their vehicle to change clothes. As they walked back to me they were smiling from ear to ear. Happiness was surrounding them. We started their engagement pictures in front of the lighthouse and along the shore where it all began. Slowly, as the morning progressed, the beach got a little busier so we made our way to the gorgeous wooded trails nearby. It was a true Northern Michigan engagement session for this couple visiting from Indiana.

I asked them if they wanted to picture immediately to announce the engagement, but they decided to wait a few days. To be able to tell their family in person after their vacation first, before announcing it to the rest of the world. It was such a beautiful way to relax and just enjoy the rest of their Traverse City trip. Now that they are back home and ready to share I can finally show you the fun from that day. Congrats Kynan & Mary! Enjoy!

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