Grand Rapids, MI – Taylor wanted something different for her senior portraits so we headed to the city for great street art and warm air vents.
“We want you to do what you do best.” Those were my instructions as I photographed this Chicago-area family that came to Muskegon for vacation late this summer.
Thirty of Tim and Abby’s closest friends and family were invited to the wedding but they had at least thirty more uninvited guests who shared in their day. There were fisherman, photographers, boaters and teenagers but everyone seemed united in Tim and Abby’s love for a few short moments as they were married on the Grand Haven Pier at sunset.
I can’t even begin to describe how sacred Michael and Aubrey’s orthodox wedding ceremony was from the singing, the sound of the harp, the golden iconography, the smell of the incense and even the surprise bagpiper (a nod to Michael’s Scottish heritage.) Such beautiful and rich tradition ended with a night full of cultural dances and laughter.
Adam and Anne’s South Haven church wedding ended with a laid-back reception at the historic Bangor Elevator with a spread of BBQ mixed with traditional Polish foods.
Matt and Alyssa were married in the backyard of Alyssa’s childhood East Grand Rapids home. A tented reception at sunset overlooking Reeds Lake, with a great live band, finished off the evening.
Erik and Molly brought along their sweet Golden Retriever as we traipsed around the Nunica farm where Erik grew up.
Alex and I spent a lot of time planning how I would photograph Alex’s surprise proposal to Grace. I trekked in from a neighboring property (I photographed an impromptu family shoot for them for a thank you) and hid out until I got the text from Alex that it was about to happen.
Laura is a senior at Pittsford High School but she spends her summers in Montague. Her mother told me that she’s a tough basketball player on the court but loves to be girlie, too. She also is fearless, climbing really high so I could photograph her in the family’s favorite tree.
There was something really wonderful about this wedding. I’m a small town girl myself so perhaps it was the quaint church where everyone settled in closely in the creaky wooden pews or maybe it was the kindness I felt from everyone — a genuineness that comes naturally to rural folks.
They were married in Charlevoix at Dunmaglas Golf Club — owned by Katie’s family at one time — and the walls of the barn reception were decorated with quilts made by the bride’s grandmother and her sisters. When I first talked to Katie on the phone she told me she wanted her wedding to feel like “a fun party with lots of laughter.”
Kira Muskegon, Michigan There are days when I feel a bit melancholy that my newspaper days are behind me. I always thought that community photojournalism could make a big difference (I still do) but somehow I feel what I do now doesn't have the potential to make a...