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Destiny Senior Portraits in Clare, Midland, and Trout Lake

I had a great time photographing Destiny’s senior portraits last week. For Destiny’s session we went to a variety of locations including Pettit Park and the Dam in Clare, Dow Gardens in Midland, and Trout Lake. Destiny was great to work with! Also a huge thanks to her and Aunt Karra (who regularly models for […]

Mike and Sheri Engagement Session in Mt Pleasant, Michigan

I had a great time photographing Mike and Sheri’s engagement session last week in Mt Pleasant, Michigan. Mike and Sheri had me photograph there engagement session while they were on a small vacation before heading back to their hometown of Detroit. All the photos were taken in Nelson and Island Park in Mt Pleasant, Mi.  […]

How I Got the Shot(s): Invasions via iPhone

I was a late adapter to the smartphone thing. I got my first iPhone in late 2013 after my burner pay as you go phone quit receiving calls and messages for an unknown reason. One thing I loved about the old burner phones is their longevity and durability. If you dropped one of those old […]

The Photo Retouching and Workflow Workshop Thursday, July 19th 15 6pm-9pm at Energize Workspace

The Photo Retouching and Workflow Workshop focuses on the basics of organizing and editing photos using Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop.  Ryan Watkins from Ryan Watkins Photography and graduate of the Hallmark Instute of Photography will teach participants how to easily organize and edit photos using Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop. Specific topics covered will […]

FAQ: Do You Retouch The Images?

    Yes. All images I give to clients will have retouching applied. If additional retouching is desired on specific photos after the session, this can be done for no additional fee.

2018 Fireworks in Mt Pleasant, Michigan

Every year I try to photograph fireworks near the Fourth of July and this year was no exception. Here are some photos of the fireworks display at the Soaring Eagle Casino in Mt Pleasant photographed on July 4th 2018.   

New Personal Work with Sam in Clare, Michigan

I had a great time photographing Sam last week on my parent’s property outside of Clare, Michigan. For this shoot with Sam I played around with light painting. I used a long ten second exposure and moved various continuous work lights from Menard’s around behind Sam. I used real sync flash so my flash would […]

Green Family Portrait in Clare, Michigan

I had a great time photographing the Green’s family portrait at Petit Park in Clare, Michigan. The Green’s posed with their bows and we did some candids of the kids playing on the playground as well. My favorite images from the session can be viewed below.     

515 Gallery Open Studio July 25th 6-8pm

Join me and several other talented local artists for the 515 Gallery’s next show Open Studio. This show is a behind the scenes look into what goes into making the pieces featured in this year’s Art Walk Central. More info can be found at https://515gallery.org/

How I Got the Shot(s): Fireworks Over the Years

Over the years I’ve always tried to make a point of photographing fireworks each year around the fourth of July. I started doing this back in high school. Once you get the hang of it fireworks actually aren’t that difficult to shoot. I usually use a tripod and a long exposure when photographing fireworks. I […]

Tony and Abi Brunetto Wedding in Onaway, Michigan

Last week my second shooter Nikki Robinson and I had the privilege of documenting Tony and Abi Brunetto’s beautiful wedding day at the Old Lodge at the UAV in Onaway, Michigan. We had a great time getting to document this super laid back couples wedding in Northern, Michigan. To see more from Tony and Abi’s […]

FAQ: Will You Travel To The Location Of My Choosing?

  Yes. I primarily shoot portrait sessions in Clare, Mt Pleasant, and Midland but am more than willing to travel for sessions and weddings. I have done several sessions in Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, Detroit, and other locations around Michigan. In most cases the travel will not increase the cost of the session unless the […]

Chris and Emily Willaims Wedding in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Last week I had the privilege of documenting Chris and Emily Williams’ beautiful wedding day at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. After the ceremony Chris and Emily had be follow then via golf cart around Quail Ridge for couples portraits followed by the reception. Here are just a few of the highlights […]

How I Got the Shot(s): The Rainy Weddings and Engagements

When I was a student at the Hallmark Institute of Photography during Phase 1 (similar to the first semester) almost every time we had a shooting assignment outside it would rain. It rained so much my class had a hard time getting used to shooting when it was sunny out. Due to this I am […]

2018 Mt Pleasant Craft Beer Festival

I had the privilege of being the the official still photographer for the Mt Pleasant Craft Beer Festival for the second year in a row. I always have a great time photographing the festival and this year was no exception. Below are my favorite images from this year.   

Valentine’s Day Couple Portrait Session Winners Ryan and Megan

Back in February 2018 I held a contest giving away a couples portrait session on Valentine’s day. The winners were Ryan and Megan who tied with another couples. We decided to wait for better weather and do the session itself in early June. Ryan and Megan were great to work with. All of the images […]

FAQ: What If I Can’t Meet in Person for My Pre-Session Consultation?

  When it is possible I prefer to meet in person for the pre-session consultation. If you can’t meet in person we can conduct the consultation over Skype, Facetime, or phone call. Due to the slight delay I get when conducting Skype or Facetime calls I usually prefer phone calls so the conversations sound more […]

Dispelling the Rumor Mill

Sadly one of the realities of living in a small town is that misinformation spreads like wildfire. I’ve caught wind of enough inaccurate information being spread about my business (or myself personally) that I think it is necessary to address the issues. I assume that most of these have been spread due to honest misunderstandings […]

New Personal Work with Model Lisa in Charlevoix, Michigan

I have wanted to do a portrait shoot in Charlevoix since going to the Venetian Festival in 2016. In late May I got to do a shoot with the lovely model Lisa in beautiful little town of Charlevoix. This shoot allowed me to test out some new lenses (an 85mm f/1.8 and a 60mm f/2.8 […]

FAQ: Can I Post The Photos from My Session on Social Media?

  Yes. The private gallery given to clients within one week of their session makes it easy to share your images with friends and family via social media.

Todd and Kayla Hinton Wedding in Saginaw, Michigan

I couldn’t have asked for a better start to the wedding season this year! Last week my second shooter Nikki Robinson and I had the privilege of documenting Todd and Kayla Hinton’s beautiful wedding day. Here are just a few of the highlights from Todd and Kayla’s wedding day. To see more from Todd and […]

How I Got the Shot: The Cockeyed Nuthatch and His Stardom

When I first got started in photography I photographed primarily nature (part of this was due to my location and the fact that I didn’t have a driver’s license at the time). I still love photographing nature but don’t get the opportunity to as much as I’d like. When I was a student at the […]

Girls on The Run 5K in Alma, Michigan

I had a great time photographing the Girls On The Run 5K in Alma, Michigan for Mt Pleasant area Jaycees in mid May. Below are my favorite images from the event. 

Josh and Hannah Engagement Session in Mt Pleasant, Michigan

I had a great time photographing Josh and Hannah’s engagement session on a chilly morning in early May. We had a nice conversation about their home brewing and pets and strolled thru the nearly vacant Nelson and Island Parks. I can’t wait to photograph these twos wedding in October!