On a beautiful sunny morning we met up with Brendan for his senior pictures in Marquette, MI. Even though Brendan goes to school in Escanaba, he wanted his pictures done at Presque Isle. For him it’s a place that he enjoys the most; between jumping off of Black Rocks, exploring the wooded trails, or just driving around the island he loves it all.

We started Brendan’s session in the woods to get a little coverage from the rising sun. Brendan talked about his Presque Isle adventures and about his senior school year while we photographed him. After an outfit change and a short drive we gathered at Black Rocks. Locals and tourists were already enjoying jumping into the cools waters of Lake Superior nearby as we started photographing Brendan.

The mix of the blue waters with the stark contrast of the black rocks was the perfect place to end Brendan’s senior portraits. Thanks again to Brendan for being so wonderful to photograph. Enjoy!

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Brendan was showing his little brother how to skip stones.

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Ahhhh it’s so exciting to be in Traverse City for our first Halloween as a family. On Saturday we dressed Cordelia up and walked to the Downtown Traverse City Halloween Walk. It was great walking around, but our favorite was just people watching. Between the children and their parents there were so many fantastic costumes to see. It has us even more excited for next year when our daughter will be old enough to walk around herself.

Today we decided to dress up and stay home to pass out candy in the neighborhood. Cordelia is magical looking in her unicorn outfit. As you can see from the pictures below she absolutely loves it. We hope whatever you are doing this Halloween that it’s wonderful. Happy Halloween y’all!

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Fall brings many things along with it; beautiful fall color, crisp cool winds, and rain…a lot of rain. As outdoor photographers, it is one of the hardest challenges when we schedule fall family pictures. We say a little pray, cross our fingers, and hope for the best. One the morning that we met with Jessica we were greeted with the sun rising near Founders Landing. Even though it called for rain that morning there was no rain clouds in sight.

Jessica has followed our work for years and knew exactly where she wanted to start her family pictures at. The large tree near the shores of Lake Superior has such a unique look. But with all the rain the water was a higher than normal, so getting to the right spot proved to be difficult. Thankfully Jessica & her family embraced the challenge! It was a beautiful location for such a lovely family.

Next, it was onto the woods near downtown. The colors were just starting to change, so the mix of oranges with the greens were really beautiful. We love this family’s playful energy and willingness to do just about anything. We loved the way they ended the session, with the kids playing in the nearby sand pit. The two oldest were sliding down and racing back up, while the little one just was thrilled with throwing dirt around. It really showed how fun this family is! Big thanks to Jessica for allowing us to capture her family pictures and thank the stars above that the rain held off! Enjoy!

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It’s like a spider web of branches and we LOVE IT!

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He didn’t fall in, thankfully, but if he did we were going to be right there to photograph it! Haha.

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Her looking back as her siblings guide her along is just the cutest!

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She was having a blast playing in the dirt.

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Even though the guest count was under 15 people, this small wedding had a big personality. We arrived at the home in Bellaire, MI that Amy & Ryan rented for their wedding celebration. The home had beautiful views! The fall colors were popping from the green over the forest. The water was peaceful and fun to watch as boats passed by. Amy and her twin daughters were in the master suite getting ready. Ryan was in the main living room visiting with family.

It wasn’t too long before the music was starting and Amy’s daughters were walking her down the pathway to the boardwalk. Family gathered closely together to watch the vows these two spoke to each other. The sound of the wind through the trees and the water rippling could be heard subtly in the background. As they kissed and were pronounced husband and wife their family cheered and daughters ran up to congratulate the newlyweds.

Family gathered inside to warm up as Amy & Ryan stayed outdoors with us for pictures. It was easy to see why the couple chose this location for their wedding.  Water, birch trees, willow trees, and so much more–it was all amazing. Afterwards we followed them to Torch Lake Cellars. We arrived and saw panoramic views in every direction. Inside their guests snacked on hor devours and delicious wine, while the couple stayed outside for a few photos in the vineyard.

As Amy & Ryan joined their family inside we stayed outside for a moment to photograph their rings. While searching the vineyard we stumbled up a vine that coiled up to make the shape of a heart. It was random and oh so perfect. We ended our day with them in the front of the property overlooking Torch Lake. The tee box provided a wonderful landing for the couple to stand upon. And just as we snapped the last photos of them the rain begin to fall softly. It was perfect timing.

Congrats to Amy & Ryan on their beautiful wedding in Bellaire. It was honor to capture all the fun that day. Enjoy!

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The window view is so beautiful with the fall color that it makes it look like a painting above the bed.

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Today is National Cat Day…well every day in our home is National Cat Day. Max, our big tuxedo cat, and our daughter Cordelia (whose initials spell out CAT) play together daily. First, let me back it up bit to explain Max’s story. I remember walking into the animal shelter about six years ago, just wanting to check out the cats (we all know how that ends up going, haha). The friendly crew at UPAWS in Marquette, allowed me to be a crazy cat lady for the day by indulging me with all the cats I could love on. Kittens are cute, but as soon as I saw Max I knew he had to come home with us. The animal shelter guessed he was around 3 or 5 years old, but his affectionate personality was what immediately attracted him to me.

We didn’t know how Max would handle Cordelia once she was born, but it was like an instant connection between the two of them. Know that she is bigger she  crawls up to him, straddles him, pulls his tail, and tugs at this ears–but he remains by her side and comes back for me. He is far more patient that I could have ever imagined. Maybe Max knows that Cordelia is a cat lady too and someday she will spoil him with treat galore.

That is why every day in our home is National Cat Day! We are so thankful we adopted Max. If you are considering adopting a cat we suggest checking out an older cat at the animal shelter. It was the best decision we made. Here’s a small glimpse into the joy that Max brings to Cordelia. Enjoy!

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Her faces lights up with joy anytime Max is around. As soon as Max walks up to her he starts purring with affection.

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