Carnival Engagement Session

Carnival Engagement Session

Carnival Engagement Session

Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival

Jodi & Bruce

Every year our little town of Grand Haven, MI hosts the annual Coast Guard Festival. We’re know as Coast Guard City USA. A big part of the festival is the carnival which takes place right on the main street of Washington Ave, right in front of all the shops. Taking Jodi and Bruce through the crowds of people, we found that you can be surrounded by activity but still only have eyes and ears for your love. Their clothing colors were specifically chosen to coordinate with the vivid colors of the carnival without being a distraction.

Beach Sunset Engagement Session

Beach Sunset Engagement Session

Beach Sunset Engagement Session

Holland, MI – Brittney & Quinten

We all know that wedding day’s are a once in a lifetime event with no “do-overs” but engagement sessions on the other hand can be rescheduled.  This is exactly what happened with Brittney and Quinten’s engagement session.  On our first try, we were rained out a bit.  But as you can see we made the most of it.  Our second try was a beautiful sunset on the shore of Lake Michigan.  This was great because being at the beach is such an integral part of their love story.  Brittney and Quinten rocked their session.  They quickly became at ease in front of the camera and look like pros!

 

 

Grand Rapids Engagement – Antique Cadillac – M & K

Grand Rapids Engagement – Antique Cadillac – M & K

Grand Rapids Engagement Session

Including a 1927 Cadillac LaSalle!

How fun to include their love of vintage cars into their engagement session.  Katherine and Miguel traveled from Pennsylvania to Michigan for this session.  What a great honor to be able to photograph these two while they shared something they clearly loved together.  Katherine surely gained lots of brownie points with Miguel for arranging it all!

Katherine and I spoke about clothing for the session and she clearly knocked it out of the park with not only the style of clothing, but the color too.  It was such a fun time for all of us!  As we moved in and around the cars, there was such much to discover and unique perspectives to be had!  Thank you, Katherine and Miquel for the fun time! I will see you at your wedding in July at the Laketown Golf and Conference Center.

Crockery Creek Natural Area – G & D

Crockery Creek Natural Area Engagement Session – Garrett & Danielle

Nunica, Mi

Being finally blessed with comfortable temperatures, it was pure bliss to photograph Garrett & Danielle on this lovely spring night.  We met at the Crockery Creek Natural Area and enjoyed being comfortable in shirt sleeves for one of the first warm days of spring.

These two fell easily into sync with each other as I posed them in front of the camera.  You could tell that they enjoyed being together and in each other’s arms.  They enjoy easy banter but also a sweet tenderness that cannot fully be described with words.  The photos do all the talking.  Looking at Garrett as he looked into the face of his future bride, you knew he had found the one.  Danielle’s easy laughter and sweet smile conveyed the abundance of joy she has when she is with Garrett.  These two have just begun their journey of a life together and I am honored to be a small part of it!  I will see you in 2018 at District 5 Schoolhouse!

Grand Ravines Park – Ottawa County – J & K

Grand Ravines Park – Ottawa County – J & K

Grand Ravines Park – North

Jenison, MI – Jeff & Kim

Ottawa County Michigan has such a wealth of locations for getting outdoors and enjoying our varied Michigan weather.  Grand Ravines is just one of the many wonderful options.  For Jeff and Kim’s engagement session, we opted for the North portion of the park and enjoyed the views of the river and the greenery that was bursting into life.

When I met with Jeff and Kim to plan their engagement session, there were a few things that I noticed.  Kim has an easy smile and looks at Jeff in a way that only one truly in love could.  Jeff has eyes that convey his smile and are especially bright when he’s chatting with Kim.  Together they are easy going and comfortable.

During their engagement session they were ready for anything that I threw at them.  We enjoyed some great laughs…especially when we realized that my instructions weren’t always as clear as I thought them to be!  Despite the temps in the 40s we enjoyed the warm light that the sun gave us and captured moments that I hope they will not soon forget.  One of my favorites was when they were dancing together and Kim looked at Jeff and commented , “I’ll dance with you anywhere.”.  Yep, that is why I do this.  Sweet tender moments like that.  Thank you, Kim and Jeff, for allowing me to come along on your date.  I will see you in June of 2018 at The Little Red Barn!

Rosy Mound Engagement – A & A

Rosy Mound Engagement – A & A

Rosy Mound Natural Area Engagement

Grand Haven, MI

Aaron and Allison trekked from their Grand Rapids home out to Grand Haven’s Rosy Mound Natural Area for their engagement session.  The weather was…well…pretty much crud.  It was quite cold and drizzly and, to be honest, appeared gloomy.  However, as you can tell from the results, they didn’t let that hamper them.  These two are incredibly sweet together.  Sharing easy laughter and warm embraces we made our way through the trails together.  All the while we captured the joy they share just being together.  <3  Thank you, Aaron and Alli, for braving the elements.  I look forward to capturing your wedding in June of 2018 at the Boulder Creek Golf Club.  See you then!

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