An Intimate Lakeside Wedding

Thomas and Jessica are married!  Their special day took place at a private lake house in the Canadian Lakes region of Michigan, and this particular stunning piece of architecture sat on its own private peninsula.  The adventurous couple made their love of outdoor activities a part of their ceremony as they kept their guests waiting and wondering while they sneaked around the back of the peninsula and made their entrance by canoe!  To top it all off, they were escorted by a beautiful white swan who then hung around all day to keep an eye on the festivities.

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The groom’s grandmother even made a gorgeous cake for the couple, crowned with an appropriate canoe cake topper.

Congratulations to the newlyweds!  Here’s to many, many more miles logged together in that canoe of yours!  And watch out for swans…


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Louie Louie

Sweet baby Louie is the newest addition to the Kelley family, and his mom and dad and older siblings love him so much!  He was also the first person to be photographed in my newly redone studio!  Louie was born near the 4th of July, so we started out with some patriotic flair, including one of mommy’s scarves.

This little man looks an awful lot like his daddy, and had the sweetest little baby mohawk ever.

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He was quite the sleepy snoozy little guy, too!

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I can’t wait to watch him grow!

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Safe and snuggly in mama’s arms.


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Family, Friends and a Huge Thunderstorm

I love photography.  I love my family and friends.  And call me crazy, but I LOVE a loud, violent thunderstorm.  The more wind, rain, lightning and thunder, the better!  A few weeks ago, all of these things came together in one awesome evening of adventure.   One of my college friends had contacted me last winter to arrange an extended family portrait session that she was going to give her family members for Christmas.  Now I’m a busy person, and my friends are too, so I hadn’t seen her or her family for a while.  We decided this was a great opportunity to catch up, so we planned a cookout for after the session!  Getting to see her, her husband and kids, her brothers and their families, and her mom and dad was so much fun!  The session took place at a beautiful park not far from their home (Bertha Brock Park), and though we had to fight off the bugs and be careful to look for poison ivy, everyone had a good time!

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