Family of the Civil War | Holly, Michigan Family Photographer

When someone you know does Civil War reenactments and wants to have photos taken, this photographer girl jumps for joy! Quite literally. Just ask Christa! 

Her and her children travel Michigan throughout the year, attending these reenactments, including those at Port Sanilac, Greenfield Village and historic Fort Wayne. I can’t imagine how much fun that must be!

I admit, I’ve never been much of a history buff, but there’s something about the Civil War that’s so intriguing.  

I can’t even begin to imagine how different things must have been and all of the hardships people went through.  Four years of intense combat left 620,000 to 750,000 soldiers dead, a higher number than the number of American military deaths in both World Wars, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan combined! Not to mention, much of the South’s infrastructure was destroyed.

Naturally, when we set a date to do these photos, I was super pumped. I love doing something different and something I can be creative with. I was online researching the Civil War and looking up old photographs for inspiration. I think my husband through I had gone batty!

Thank you Christa for sharing this amazing experience with me. I hope you all had as much fun with it as I did! 

   

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The S Family | Rochester Hills, Michigan Family Photographer

Have I mentioned how much I love candids?  I think I may have mentioned that a time or two before πŸ˜‰ 

And I LOVE LOVE LOVE when families are relaxed, interact and let me do my thing! 

The S Family was amazing! It was like a little get-together and I just happened to be there to document it. 

We let the kids play and just snuck in some photos here and there. What a wonderful afternoon! 

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Happy First Day of School! | Holly, Michigan Children Photographer

Happy first day of school everyone!

Have fun sharpening those pencils, coloring, playing on the playground and seeing old (and making new!) friends!

My big girl heads back today as a third grader!

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The Wedding of Tamara and Nat | July 29, 2017

Sweet! That’s all I have to say about this amazing July 29th affair! What a sweet couple, bridal party and family!

With the wedding held at Guardian Angels Church in Clawson and the reception at Paint Creek Country Club in Rochester Hills, everything was picture perfect on Tamara and Nat’s special day!

We even were able to capture a few images at Leon and Lulu, a fun store in downtown Clawson, featuring one-of-a-kind home furnishings, playful gifts and clothing! I always love when a bride and groom have unique places or ideas for their photos and this definitely fit the bill!

Thank you so much Tamara and Nat for having us capture your special day!

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Ava and Abby | Holly, Michigan Children Photographer

Just check out these two little cuties! Oh my, their daddy is going to be in trouble in a few short years! 

We had a fun beach session and they had the most adorable outfits. But lets be honest – I think they could have worn paper sacks and been cute!

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Addy and Logan | Holly, Michigan Children Photographer

Could these two be any more photogenic? I think not. And I’m not sure what happened or when, but Addy looks about 16 in these photos! (Sorry Tara!)

I love seeing Addy and Logan every year for their annual photos. They could be models and it shows. What a photographer’s dream!

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The Wedding of Jackie and Andy – July 8, 2017 | Plymouth, Michigan Wedding Photographer

There definitely is always a lot of anticipation when it comes to a wedding day. It’s amazing when all the time and energy that is spent on something finally happens and it turns out to be everything you ever dreamed it would.

I’m pretty sure Andy and Jackie’s wedding was just that – everything they had dreamed.

The ceremony and reception were held at the beautiful Inn at St. Johns in Plymouth. Everything about their day was gorgeous and classic – her dress, the chapel, the flowers, and the entire bridal party and family! So many memories were made I’m sure that will never be forgotten.

Thank you so much Andy and Jackie! It was a joy to photograph your beautiful wedding! God bless!

    

 

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The Engagement of Tabitha and Mike | Meres, Michigan Wedding Photographer

I’m going to have to apologize right now for the serious over-sharing that will be happening of this engagement session! But seriously – who gets to take photos at a lighthouse off of Lake Michigan every day?! Not me!

This place was extra special to them – not only does Tabitha’s family vacation there every year, but it’s the very place Mike proposed!

We also hit up a local vineyard and lavender farm for some fun, romantic photos!

If this is any indication of how their wedding is going to go next September – it’s going to be amazing!

 

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Ayden and Natalya | Fenton, Michigan Children Photographer

Oh this family! Not only are ALL of the kids photogenic, but super sweet too! I think they should all go into modeling and make a million dollars πŸ˜‰

And last week I had the pleasure of taking Ayden and Natalya’s birthday photos! They are growing up right before my very eyes – so crazy to see the changes in each of their faces every year!

Both of them have a MAD sense of style, and I was delighted to see the outfits they picked out for their photo shoot. Natalya had all of the “cool” accessories, of course, and Ayden was rocking his new hair cut. I just love them.

 

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The Wedding of Angela and Lance – June 10, 2017 | Clarkston, Michigan Wedding Photographer

This gorgeous wedding was held at Shepherd’s Hollow in Clarkston! Lance and Angela said they liked the “up north” feel it gave them! And when I arrived, I could certainly see why!

Shepherd’s Hollow is surrounded by beautiful, tall pine trees and the ceremony patio is just outside the reception location. There were so many wonderful, unique little touches, which included Angela’s love of purple! I loved the fact that Lance bought all of his guys unique Converse and his sister even got herself a sparkly pair!

It was clear that they loved Star Wars – my kind of bridal party – with the usher’s tie and a special cake for a groom men’s birthday! Angela even had a  “wifey” Moscow mule cup for her special evening! And the bag piper – so cool!

Watching the bride and groom sit together – surrounded by friends, family, and great love – was an amazing thing to witness. They are both so perfect for each other, and I wish them the absolute best! Congratulations!

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