Love is Everything

I was recently called upon to photograph a very intimate wedding in a private residence at the end of our winter season. I quickly learned that the event may have been small in size, but the amount of love shared within the walls of that home on that day was tremendous.

Before we get to the wedding and because the beautiful people are waiting to see their images, I will share here a look at some of the details of the day.

As I arrived, I was greeted with nothing but generosity and pure joy. The most beautiful lace covered gown was waiting patiently for its bride.

There were vibrant flowers waiting to fill her hands with the softness of petals and the boldness of color.

Vows were written to be shared soon. They were special words of commitment and understanding. The words were on paper waiting to float through the air on the voices of two special people.

And most importantly, a beautiful young lady charged with the task of safely delivering the rings to the officiant during the upcoming ceremony.

The home was already filling with beloved guests, including these two special ladies who have been best friends for all of the days they remember. They were very proud of their role in bringing all of the wonderful people together for this day.

The details for the day were simply elegant and made the home into the perfect place for the celebration of their love.

Lyal and Erin were surrounded by love which is indeed everything needed. I cannot wait to share the rest of their special day soon.

3 girls. 2 parents. 1 Family.

Three beautiful young ladies are part of this one loving family who decided to spend a fall afternoon preserving their moments through photographs.

The day was chilly, but spectacular.

I recall worrying about the weather, but when the time arrived, there was a spectacular amount of golden sun the shine through autumn leaves.

These girls are so polite, smart and completely wonderful.

There were a few breaks from the hard work of camera time for some laughter and fun.

I have to wonder if the sun follows them. They seemed to bring it out of the sky with their smiles and the light in their eyes.

Thank you for the time spent wandering the park and smiling for my lenses. It is an honor to watch your young people growing up over the years. Please find the rest of your online gallery here.

End of a Chapter, Beginning of a Story

Graduating from college means you have made the long, sometimes strenuous, climb from the very bottom of a mountain of knowledge and experience to the peak with a horizon of possibilities stretching out before you.

There were probably some falling boulders along the way. Some rough patches that seemed almost impassable.

There might have been days or even weeks during the climb through the education path that seemed impossible and caused you to search for another way up.

Maybe some days you felt like you were climbing sideways or even headed back down the mountain, rather than up.

Some days the sun didn’t shine as much, but so many other days your sky was illuminated with golden rays of hope.

The journey to the top of the educational mountain was sometimes fierce and often steep. However, the gains you earned along the way are tremendous.

You have skills.

You have knowledge.

You have a team of newfound friends who will grow with you throughout your professional life – wherever it takes you.

Now that you are at the top of that mountain of knowledge-seeking, what do you see?

I hope you see possibility.

I hope you see a dream coming true.

I am sure you see a world in front of you and many paths to follow.

Congratulations to you, Hayley, on your graduation from Western Michigan University!

May you find a path now that is smooth and filled with everything you have worked so hard for. Now that you have finished this chapter, I hope your career story starts with every promise you have strived for.

Please find the rest of your photos here and congratulations to you! The world will be in much better hands with your knowledge and experience in the medical field.

Family at Home

Everything about this recent photo session says “family”.

The matching eyes and smiles.

The comforts of home.

The people who were present and thoughts of those far away.

Being home for photographs is a relaxing way to capture memories.

During the photos, there was one recurring event…

This little one loves to run!

She ran and ran some more.

So, we captured her as she was in this moment in time – a wonderful memory.

To this wonderful family, please find the rest of your online album here.

Perfect Rays of Sun

This photo session was special! It was almost postponed for another evening due to weather, but the rain made the earthly colors pop.

Then, the most amazing light came through the clouds, making the evening perfect, just like this soon-to-be-a-graduate.

We wandered through the trees.

And into the woods.

Finding the most beautiful places to accent her sun-filled smile.

Thank you for taking a wonderful walk in the golden autumn sunlight. I hope your senior year is as amazing as you are. Please find the rest of your album here.

Senior Smiles

There is no doubt this senior is going to make the most of her final year in high school.

She’s already shown she can stand tall throughout these days.

She’s got a winning smile and eyes that sparkle with promise.

Taking her photos on this beautiful sun-drenched day, she wore her carefree personality.

She was both fun and fantastic!

Thank you for such a wonderful afternoon! May your journeys take you far and congratulations to you on your upcoming graduation. Please find the rest of your album here.

Tradition, With a Lot of Fun

Rebecca and Scott had a lot of plans for their wedding day. A global pandemic hit, so they stuck to the traditions they held dear and basically had fun with everything else. They made the mix of tradition and fun, something unexpectedly perfectly them.

The day was filled with the traditions of family, friends, and all of the weddings that made up their history.


A bride.

A groom.

A team of bridesmaids to help carry the day to perfection.

A group of men supporting and encouraging.

They decided to hold to the tradition of not seeing each other before the ceremony, but they did opt to play around with that tradition.

The ceremony was perfectly beautiful and filled with smiles and a few tears of joy.

After the ceremony, the guests arrived and the celebrating began.

The entire wedding party was up to having fun and looking fantastic!

Rebecca and Scott were truly filled with joy.

They also came prepared with their pandemic protection.

And there was a father/father-in-law to look over the day in a very fun way.

The Lawton Heritage Community Center was the perfect place for such a wonderful day.

At the end of the night, it was the wedding party and a very fun museum. What better place could there be for some end-of-day fun?

Rebecca and Scott, your wedding was perfection! Please find the rest on your online album here. Thank you so much for sharing such an amazing day and for all of the laughter along the way.

Perfectly Detailed

So many weddings that had been planned for the summer of 2020 were different. The wedding of Rebecca and Scott was no exception. It was not what they had planned, but in many ways, it turned out better. They have love. And they have the deep love of family and friends. Really, what else does there ever need to be?

I will start their story with the start of their day. Details. Perfect details.

The dress was dreamy with white lace on top of champagne.

The shoes were solid just like both Rebecca and Scott are. Also with a glittery and clear fun side.

In certain light, they look like they have fire inside.

Shoes. So many fun shoes.

Beautiful flowers wrapped in the handkerchief once held by a grandmother. Something special. Something blue.

Rebecca and Scott started the day getting ready in the quiet of the morning.

Loved ones looked on and helped out.

Anyone watching throughout the morning would have known how important this one moment was to this very proud father as he looked at his little girl all grown up and ready to fly into the arms of her future.

Huge amounts of love to the family and to the Lawton Heritage Community Center for bending the day in incredible ways to somehow fit perfectly within the safety parameters of a global pandemic and still manage to create the most amazingly perfect wedding.

More images of this fantastic day are on the way soon.

Of All The Places

Of all the places to take pictures, this family had the most beautiful location of all. Home.

The location they chose for their family photos was the place where babies are growing up.

The foundation for all that they are is here.

They chose the place they have spent most of their days together because the beauty is not just found in the trees as it filters amazing sunlight.

The beauty is also found in their laughter that sings within the leaves.

The laughter becomes their memories every bit as much as the photographs we made this day.

Your family and home are amazing! Please find the rest of your online album here.

Stopping Time

What a wonderful, magical thing the camera is that allows us to stop a moment in time.

This moment was captured precisely as a wonderful family was enjoying the last of the summer days together.

We can look at their happy faces.

We see the love there, showing us how to be happy and written upon their smiles.

For years upcoming, this one moment will be shared with children, grandchildren and friends as a snapshot of life the way it was this warm, sunny day.

Thank you for allowing me to preserve your family during this day. You are so kind and wonderful. Please find the rest of your album here.