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Emily + Ian / A Love Story / Northern Michigan Photographer

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A family is a family when two people are committed to each other and hold each other in the closest proximity. Kids will often add to a family, but they aren’t what makes a family.
I say this because Emily+Ian are a family. They wanted a session to celebrate that. Celebrate their love, their marriage, their commitment to each other. They wanted a documentation of a life they are building together…part of that life is a rehabbed home in one of my favorite parts of the world…the Leelanau Penninsula.
I have long thought, before Emily and I officially met, that we might be soul-sisters. You know…based on what I could gather on social media without actually having met her. We are both photographers, both recently sold homes in the ‘Heritage Hill’ district of the city we both reside in. I longed to also have a home in Northern Michigan…she beat me to that punch (but we caught up! More on that later). She seemed like a rad girl. I fancied being a rad girl.
When she contacted me this past spring to inquire about having a session with her and her husband Ian, I was completely on board. She wanted something on their property, something chill, something that encompassed them. The laughter, the sand dunes, their Airstream…it was a dream of an evening and made even better with beers and laughs around the campfire with them and my own little family afterward. Emily+Ian…I dig ya both hard.006_EmilyIanGallery002_EmilyIanGallery
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Lynell + Dan + Ellie / Maternity and Family Session / Grand Rapids Family Photographer

084_MillerMaternityGallery  Just as this family is nearing their time as a family of three, I thought I would post this session from last month of my dear friends Lynell+Dan and their little Ellie. As tradition holds, I have photographed some pretty big moments for these sweet friends. Their engagement session, their wedding day. Their maternity session with Ellie, Ellie’s grand entrance into the world, and now as they await their baby girl Lilly…set to arrive…well, soon (and hopefully while I’m IN town and around to be there for Lilly’s birth too!), will round out some pretty big moments in the past 3.5 years.

Knowing many friends who have gone from one baby, to two, and then more…I know how hard it is…especially on those mamas, about giving their next baby the same and equal love the first one(s) have enjoyed. I know that Lynell has been holding tight to these precious last moments with Ellie before she becomes a big sister, and I tried hard to encapsulate their sweet bond they all have. I also have absolutely no doubts that Ellie will be an incredibly excited and doting big sister to her little Lilly!

It makes me incredibly joyful to have the privilege to document these moments. Not perfectly choreographed moments. But real ones. In a field of sheep. 078_MillerMaternityGallery   111_MillerMaternityGallery 109_MillerMaternityGallery 108_MillerMaternityGallery 105_MillerMaternityGallery 144_MillerMaternityGallery 143_MillerMaternityGallery 139_MillerMaternityGallery 157_MillerMaternityGallery 154_MillerMaternityGallery 167_MillerMaternityGallery 153_MillerMaternityGallery 150_MillerMaternityGallery 147_MillerMaternityGallery 168_MillerMaternityGallery

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A little cameo of the back of my own little Mayer Grey. My family was along for the shoot and these two babies are seriously the sweetest together.
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Ashley + Teddy / Maternity Session / Grand Rapids Maternity Photographer

014_AshleyTeddyMaternity Give me an evening with rolling fog, Lake Michigan and two of the sweetest people on the planet and I’ll give you one of my favorite maternity sessions to date.
Ashley+Teddy are welcoming a sweet baby girl soon and I couldn’t be happier for them. I love that I get to document so many of these big life moments..I first met these two as they were planning their wedding and now their family is growing. I’m such a sap but I just love this so much!   013_AshleyTeddyMaternity  018_AshleyTeddyMaternity 021_AshleyTeddyMaternity copy  022_AshleyTeddyMaternity   061_AshleyTeddyMaternity 063_AshleyTeddyMaternity 066_AshleyTeddyMaternity 068_AshleyTeddyMaternity 072_AshleyTeddyMaternity 078_AshleyTeddyMaternity  086_AshleyTeddyMaternity 087_AshleyTeddyMaternity 093_AshleyTeddyMaternity
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Abby + Phil / Wedding Preview / Brooklyn Michigan Wedding Photographer / Hilltop Manor Inn

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My boho little heart nearly burst shooting Abby+Phil’s summer wedding this past year. There were so many details of this day that just made everyone present feel all the feels.

First of all, these two are the kindest, gentlest souls you might encounter. Their wedding ceremony was nestled on their property in Brooklyn, Michigan. Phil handmade their ceremony arch and benches. The details at their nearby barn reception were collected from their property…feathers, deer antlers (they have a little herd that lives with them on their acerage), pretty stones and branches and other nature-centric items that made their day special and reflect how closely this couple loves and regards nature. I was in heaven. And these two have a super special place in our hearts. Enjoy a little snapshot of their day /


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