People’s Choice Contest – Best of 2016 | Holly, Michigan Photographer

The title is a bit deceiving! How on Earth can I pick just a few favorites from the whole year?! ALL of my photos are my favorites, so this is always a hard task! If it was up to me, I would choose them all but then there would be thousands of photos on here, and I’m pretty sure I’d crash everyone’s computer!

But  here we are again staring a beautiful new year in the face. 2017! It’s been 10 years – yes, 10 – since I started down the path of owning and operating my own photography company. And it sounds so simple when you say it like that. But really, we all know, it’s become so much more than that.

From weddings to babies, high school seniors and families, I’ve met so many wonderful people and have become friends with those I am lucky enough to call my clients. I feel so very fortunate to be able to spend so much time with people who value my work and trust me to capture the most important events in their lives. Because when someone says “Yes I want you to photograph my wedding!” (Or newborn or family for that matter.) Those moments will never happen again. And I am the girl that gets to record it forever. WOW. What an amazing charge.

And honestly I still get a little thrill that someone wants me – ME! – to take their photos! That’s very serious business. When those people step in front of my camera, whether it be for a half hour or a whole day, they become my everything. I want to give the very best photos possible!

So these are a few of my favorites from last year. It’s always so much fun to go back through every client’s files, revisiting them and hold a little contest. It’s one of the things I look forward to each  year.

Voting will begin today and end close at 1:30 p.m. on January 21st – exactly 7 days. Prizes will be awarded to first, second and third places :)

Whoever receives the most votes, will receive a 16×20 canvas of the winning image as well as a free full in-studio or on-location session of their choice! The winning image will also be used on my Web site – – as well as be used for my business cards!

The second place winner will receive an 11×14 mounted print of the winning image and half-off an in-studio or on-location session. Third place will also receive half-off an full in-studio or on-location session as well!

So get out there and tell all of your family and friends to come over and VOTE, VOTE, VOTE! It’s my way of giving each and every one of you a great big hug for all you’ve done. I can’t wait to see who wins and what the next year will bring!

(Now keep in mind, voters can only vote ONCE from each computer, so it’s fair. And I’d love to hear your thoughts! Leave me a message or subscribe to receive my blog updates (over on the right-hand side under “email subscription”.) I’d love to keep in touch with each and every one of you!

So I’m calling this a highlight of 2016…images that I chose that reflect what type of photographer I am as well as images that simply make me smile. I simply can not wait to see what 2017  will bring.   Thank you to my sweet clients of 2016 … your unbelievable support have been absolutely priceless.

Here are last year’s winners Sara and David:



Without further ado, here are the nominees for Best of 2016!  Good luck!


1. Madison and Owen


2. Adam and Owen


3. Jackie and Dan


4. Aimee and Chris


5. Teagan and Tessa


6. Reid


7. Rachel K.


8. Logan






11.The Fitzpatrick Family


12. Rachel S.


13. Clara


14.Stephanie and Chris


15.Hale Family


16. Charley




18. Jessica and Clay




20. Emily


21. Kiehl wedding party


22. Jenna


23. Tom and Tommy


24. Angela and Jordan


25. Megan and Eric


26. Jorden and Paul


27. Rebecca and Ryan


28. Allie and Erica


29. Colleen and Brendon


30. Jackie and Andy


31. Tommy


32. Brady


33. Erika and Silas


34. Lauren and Eric


35. Niemic Family


36. Stellan


37. Jovanni


38. Hadleigh


39 .Cooper Family


40. Victoria


Mommy and Me Lifestyle Session | Howell, Michigan Family Photographer

I had so much fun with Karen and Isabella last week when they invited me to their home to capture some very special images of the two of them together. (There’s even some with dad, but I’m saving those as a surprise when they receive their gallery.) Everyone knows there’s nothing closer to my heart that candid photos! What’s better than decorating a Christmas tree, reading a book, making cookies, unwrapping and wrapping presents as well as having a dance party and jumping on a trampoline?! Nothing when it comes to photos!

Thank you so much for having me document this very special time in your lives Karen and Isabella – I feel like it’s something that often goes missed when it comes to photos – the every day fun of just being together!

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The H Family | Metamora, Michigan Family Photographer

I just can’t say enough about this awesome family! They were fun, easy-going and open to all my crazy photographic ideas!

I have to admit, when someone wants you to photograph a family of 11, it can be a little scary. It’s hard to guess what kind of family they’ll be, if they’ll be open to your style and how everyone will mesh. Well, I had absolutely no problem with the H family! Of course, we did do a few posed photographs, but they were completely game for candid, which I LOVE. Nothing says “real life” like hugs, tickles, and acting like monsters! 😉

Thank you H family for making me feel so comfortable and at home! Enjoy your preview!

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Welcome baby William! |Royal Oak Newborn/Family Photographer

I know I say it over and over again, but I really am one of the luckiest people in the world! I love my job and it’s extra special when I get to share in the joy of those I photograph.

It was completely awesome to meet baby William at his home along with his mom, dad and furry sibling 🙂 At 16 days old, he blessed us with some time awake, as well as some time sleeping for photographs. His nursery is just the cutest! (Who am I kidding, their whole house is cute!) And with mom being a kindergarten teacher, you can be sure this little one has tons of books – so we definitely had to incorporate that somehow.

Thank you for inviting me over to share in your joy! It was a pleasure to help you document this special time in everyone’s lives!

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