Welcome to Student Community, or as we like to call it, "StuCo" at 242 Community Church in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Some of my favorite things to photograph are movement + candids.
I am in love with the way these photos came out.
You can see the genuine joy these students have when they come around one another.
They always have fun together, and the most important thing is that it's centered around the Lord + that they all get to grow with one another.
I had the joy + privilege of being a part of StuCo for a year + a half, and it was full of love + friendship + community.
I grew and was stretched, and learned more about myself + about God.
Hope you enjoy these as much as I enjoyed capturing them.
The hearts of these students are beautiful + unique + special.
Love you all, StuCo Fam.
I met these two through one of my closest friends from college, Mikasa.
Yes, like the volleyball. Yes, she's awesome.
I am always honored when anyone chooses me to be a part of their big day, but it is an extra privilege to get to shoot weddings for people who have never met me, and trust me enough to capture their sweet memories.
These two were a breeze to work with.
They were all kinds of happy + sweet, and peaceful.
They weren't overly stressed out like many couples can get, and you could see the genuine joy on their faces the entire day.
One of my favorite pieces of the day was the first look.
I'm a super big fan of all things traditional, but having an intimate moment between just the bride + groom always brings so much emotion and intimacy.
I love doing them.
And for a photographer, you get incredible images with raw emotions. It's beautiful.
Another favorite part of their day was when we rolled up, party bus + all, to a Taco Bell + the bride + groom got out to get a mid-day meal.
It was an overcast day, and we ran into a little rain here + there, but that did not stop these two from soaking up their day + cherishing one another throughout.
Here's to you, Jennifer + Nathan!
Thank you for choosing me to capture your special day .
I met these two through one of my very best friends .
The Butzu's family is full of laughter + crazy-ness + fun at pretty much all times .
Getting to do life with them, sharing in memories + adventures, has been something I cherish since day one .
Danny + Katie are a couple who brings others in + hangs out with a group with no effort .
They are the life of the party + alway there for laughs, or some advice .
This session was set in Rochester, Michigan at the peak of fall + was the most perfect warm autumn day .
We ate donuts + drank cider + laughed together .
Such a privilege getting to shoot these two .
And so excited for them as they are getting married in just ONE week !
Here's to you, Danny + Katie .
I know your home + your family will be filled with love + laughter + all things good .
Moving from one member of the family- to the whole dang clan .
Words cannot express my gratitude for this sweet family .
They came into my life in a season of deep need for community + love, and provided exactly that in my life .
Tito + Mollie mentored me + gave me Godly counsel + wisdom + continually reminded me of the Father's love .
They became like my own family, sharing in struggles + pain + laughter + joys . I will stop while I can, but I could go on about this family forever .
Their daughters, Bella, Sophia + Eve are true joys as well . Each of them is so unique + beautiful + smart + funny . They each have such drastically different personalities and that is exactly what makes them wonderful .
These photos were taken last fall, in the "backyard" of their beautiful farm house that was the place of all this love + community . It was an honor + privilege to get to shoot them on this cool, sun-setting, fall evening .
Let me tell you about this girl right here .
She is a spit-fire full of lots of sass + Jesus .
She is the epitome of that Jennifer Garner movie we all loved, "13 going on 30" + is more mature than people twice her age .
She is beauty + grace + lots of spice .
She comes from a family of world changers + pastors + mentors + a family that has shown me some of the deepest love .
I am honored to know them + get to share life with them, and this girl is no different .
Thanks for always letting me take your photos, drink slushies with you, binge watch Friday Night Lights or Gilmore Girls, and run around like crazies anywhere we go .
This particular day we spent at Matthaei Botanical Gardens + frolicked through the flowers + trees . Time is always well spent with this one .
Love you, Sweet Eve .
PS - She's on a journey of her own + even writes blogs + creates videos .
So if you want to follow along, check her out !
This sweet friend of mine I've known since the very first days of high school .
We used to share conversations in hallways about boys + life + all things giddy .
And last summer, I had the privilege + joy of watching her walk down the aisle, and marry the love of her life + father of her child .
I can't explain to you all the feels, but it was so, so good + sweet + beautiful .
I was honored to share this day with them + get to capture some important moments in their lives .
Lydia was a friend to me in good times + bad , and I know as a wife + mother she will do the exact same for her family .