Kayla + Tyler / Millcreek Wilde Wedding in Watervliet, MI

Kayla + Tyler / Millcreek Wilde Wedding in Watervliet, MI

Kayla and Tyler decided to have their wedding at Millcreek Wilde in Watervliet, Michigan on the day after Fourth of July. I'm also lucky enough to have Tyler as a cousin, so this wedding was extra fun. Both of them had planned that the 4th of July would be their rehearsal dinner so they could end with fireworks. I loved the idea that it was celebrating our freedom and semi-celebrating them getting married. Actually, Kayla and Tyler had booked this venue before they were even engaged! They were super excited to have their wedding at this magnificent location.

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2018 Fall Mini Sessions

2018 Fall Mini Sessions

In celebration of my favorite season ever, I’m offering Fall Mini Sessions this year! Fall Minis are a perfect way to grab those professional photos you’ve always wanted, but for a fraction of the price. Fall Mini sessions will be offered in Louisville, KY and Frankfort, IL. Whether it’s updated family photos, photos of you and your significant other, or maybe some photos of you and your pets, now’s the perfect time to snag a spot!

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Photo Releases and How They Benefit You

Photo Releases and How They Benefit You

One of the top questions I get from my clients and brides is about a photo release. This is mostly because I include it as an item you’ll receive for paying for one of my services and most people haven’t heard of what it is before. Basically, a photo release extends you (the paying client) the right to use/print the images from your session for your personal use. The key here is PERSONAL USE. Copyright and print releases are in the same family, but vastly different.

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Bridget + Adam // Wedding

Bridget + Adam // Wedding

Bridget and Adam chose to celebrate their wedding day at The Olmsted in Louisville, KY. This was the first time I have actually been there, and I will say it didn’t disappoint. While the day was warm and muggy (summer trying to stick around a little longer), the clouds gave some reprieve for everyone being outside to snag some photos. The ceremony and reception was all held indoors.

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10 Creative Ways to Use Engagement Photos

10 Creative Ways to Use Engagement Photos

I am always faced with two questions surrounding an engagement session: why are they important and what will I use them for? Obviously social media is a great way to use them, but is there really any other way to get the most out of your session? Well, besides the number of reasons why it’s so important to have an engagement session, there are so many creative ways to use your engagement photos!

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Kayla + Tyler // Engagement

Kayla + Tyler // Engagement

Tyler is not only my cousin, but is more of a brother - and to see him transform into the man he is with a soul that is so happy, makes me so proud. I had the great honor of getting to capture the moment he dropped to one knee and asked the woman he loved to marry him. Kayla is the sweetest girl I’ve ever met, and I think they are absolutely perfect for one another.

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Rowan + Colin // Wedding

Rowan + Colin // Wedding

Memorial Day weekend not only was the first glimpse of our warm summer to come, but was also a perfect weekend for a wedding. Rowan and Colin got married right outside Louisville at The Barn at Twin Lakes - a beautiful outdoor venue unique with fields surrounding a lake. The ceremony location had the aisle lead down towards the lake, and about 10 minutes before the ceremony began, the clouds decided to tuck the sun away. The reception was in the barn with it’s doors wide open to let the outside air flow through.

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Chelsea Ree // Lifestyle Session

Chelsea Ree // Lifestyle Session

Chelsea and I don’t really have a start to our friendship because neither of us really remember a distinct meeting. But what I do know is that we met at work and I was drawn to her because of her shining soul. And it was because of her amazing personality and personable grace that we would randomly chit chat together.

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Bridget + Adam // Engagement

Bridget + Adam // Engagement

This engagement session was so precious. Bridget and Adam came to me last fall about wedding photography, and I was anxiously awaiting this engagement session. The weather decided to hold off on the rain and gave us warm weather. These two were troopers for hiking through Cherokee Park with me (Bridget in wedges!), but I had a blast and the photos just show how happy they are.

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Sara // Senior Session

Sara // Senior Session

It’s crazy how time flies and I remember when Sara was born. Being a cousin in my family is way different, I have learned, than most families. We all went to high school together, attended all the birthday parties, and holidays spent with everyone. And through all this, I cannot believe that Sara is about to graduate high school already.

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Zoe + Paul // Lifestyle Session

Zoe + Paul // Lifestyle Session

I meet everyone I work with (you know, my graphic design job that I can’t seem to let go of) because I take everyone’s headshot for the company. I remember Zoe being so cute and then also learning that she has a severe allergy and sensitivity to peanuts - making our company peanut-free. While I’m sure that what most people know about her, I’ve gotten to know Zoe so much more.

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Golden Birthday Reflection: Turning 27

Golden Birthday Reflection: Turning 27

When I was younger, I took celebrations quite seriously. It was probably based off how how it made me feel - which was amazing. Anything I could celebrate, I would do so with such gusto, especially for other people. I would even wrap up things that my brothers already owned to give them to open as pre-Christmas gifts. I just seriously loved giving gifts and making people feel so special.

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Kayla + Tyler // Proposal

Kayla + Tyler // Proposal

I first got to really know Kayla when we went to Colorado together earlier this year. She is quiet, humble, beautiful and sweet, and once you get to know her a little, she’s hilarious, adventurous, and wonderful. There’s not one thing I could even fathom to be negative about her. And with Kayla dating my cousin Tyler (who’s more like another brother to me), I felt an instant connection with her.

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Carissa + Brent's Bridal Shower

Carissa + Brent's Bridal Shower

As you all probably know, my little brother is getting married this summer! I was even asked to take the proposal pictures and made it all a surprise! The hardest part about this upcoming wedding is the fact that it’s in a completely other state: Colorado. Don’t get me wrong, it’s going to be the most beautiful wedding ever - the location, her wedding style and colors, and her dress will all be radiant. But since both Brent and Carissa live in Colorado, it’s hard to plan things with them or be a part of the process.

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The Ultimate Checklist for a Maid of Honor

The Ultimate Checklist for a Maid of Honor

While many brides see this position as honoring the closest friend or sibling in their life, there is actually a lot more behind being a Maid of Honor. A Maid of Honor is the principle bridesmaid intended to take stress off the bride - they lend a hand in the planning, an opinion for the decorations, and are the go-to person for the day of the wedding to reduce the bride’s responsibilities. This “honor” really shouldn’t be taken lightly and we should realize the scope of their responsibilities leading up to the big day.

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