I had a great time getting to photograph Brandon and Ciera’s engagement session at Dow Gardens last week! I can’t wait to photograph their wedding next year!
One of the funniest wedding stories comes from a wedding in 2014 in my hometown of Clare. The couple wanted to take two fish and poor them into one bowl showing unity during the wedding ceremony. While getting ready the fish died. One of the groomsmen had to run to a local pet store and buy two new fish. This is one of the reasons I recommend having someone to contact on the wedding day to take care of little issues like this.
I’m a strong believer in lifelong learning. Especially with photography you learn a lot by doing. Graduating from the Hallmark Institute of Photography in 2013 wasn’t the end of my photographic education, but just the beginning.
With wedding photography especially you learn a lot by the problems that arise on the wedding day. During the first wedding I did with my new second shooter, Nikki, we had beautiful weather during the rehearsal. The sun was out. The location looked gorgeous. During the wedding itself the weather changed to the complete opposite. The rain was horrible. From scouting the location the day before it was easy to move the group shots and first look inside and still get great shots. This shows how important the prep work is when going into a wedding. I have all my clients fill out a wedding worksheet with the details of the day. I also go to the rehearsal for all of the weddings I shoot. This gives me a good understanding of the location I’ll be shooting as well as the flow for the day. Do to this prep work, we still got great shots during the day despite the weather.
I had a great time photographing Jeff and Nicole’s beautiful wedding at First Presbyterian Church in Mt Pleasant, Michigan. The reception was held at the Rotunda Hall at CMU. During the reception we across the street to the gazebo for some more images of just the couple. Jeff and Nicole were some of the kindest clients I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with.
I’ve been procrastinating on shooting a new headshot for about a year now. It’s like they say the mechanic never fixes is own car. In the meanwhile here are some cringeworthy old self portraits I took way back when I was in high school and just started to learn about photography. Enjoy!
I first took an interest in photography back in 2008. The first photo I took I was really happy with was in 2009. I had a hard drive crash and much of my early work was lost. My first magazine publication in 2010. I thought it would be cool to look back over my work over the last decade. This helps me see what areas I grown and regressed as a photographer. Here are my favorite images since 2009 and little bit of there back stories.
Raccoon, Grand Rapids, Michigan 2009
This was the first image I was really happy with. After taking this photo I decided I wanted to become a professional photographer. For the full story click here.
Nuthatch, Clare, Michigan 2010
This nuthatch hanging from my parent’s bird feeder would go on to be published in Audubon, Nature’s Best Photography, and The World of Photography Bookazine. For the full story click here.
Mountain, Field, British Columbia, Canada 2011
This mountain peak photographed on the border of British Columbia and Alberta, Canada. It would later be published in Outdoor Photographer Magazine. For the full story click here.
Bryana, Turners Falls, Massachusetts 2013
This studio portrait of model Bryanna was photographed while I was a student at the Hallmark Institute of Photography in Turners Falls, Massachusetts. For the full story click here.
Eli and Edythe Broad Art Building, East Lansing, Michigan 2013
This architectural image was photographed while I was home on spring break during my studies at the Hallmark Institute of Photography. It was later used in catalogs promoting the school.
Feona, Bernardston, Massachusetts 2013
This pet portrait was shot during my studies at the Hallmark Institute of Photography. For the full story click here.
Doc, Holyoake, Massachusetts 2013
This portrait of a doctor in Holyoake, Massachusetts was shot during my studies at the Hallmark Institute of Photography. I used a color temperature orange gel on my flash and cool white balance to make the doctor stand out from the background.
Ciara, Clare, Michigan 2013
This portrait of Ciara was shot in downtown Clare, Michigan at night. I used off camera flash to mimic the street light.
Ian, Harrison, Michigan 2013
This image of welder and art teacher Ian was photographed in Harrison, Michigan for the 515 Gallery. For the full story click here.
Church of Daniel’s Band Pine Branch, Midland, Michigan 2014
This image was commissioned by the Church of Daniel’s Band during the winter in 2014. For the full story click here.
Jason and Rachael, Grand Haven, Michigan 2014
This engagement session was done on the ice on Lake Michigan in Grand Haven during sunset.
Chickadee, Clare, Michigan 2015
This image was photographed on an early winter morning in 2015. For the full story click here.
Amish. Clare, Michigan 2017
This image was photographed on a foggy winter morning in early 2017. For the full story click here.
Chelsea and Dayna, Ann Arbor, Michigan 2017
This image of models Chelsea and Dayna next to a beautiful church door was photographed in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Beaverton Fireworks, Beaverton, Michigan 2017
This image of the 2017 Beaverton fireworks was shot with a fisheye lens while training my second shooter Nikki Robinson.
Matt and Chelsea, Ann Arbor, Michigan 2017
This engagement portrait was shot of Matt and Chelsea in Ann Arbor, Michigan during golden hour.
Todd and Kayla, Midland, Michigan 2017
This image of Todd and Kayla was shot at one of my most frequented locations Dow Gardens in Midland, Michigan. This was taken just outside the gardens after we were kicked out.
Sam Smoke Bombs, Clare, Michigan 2018
This image was photographed of my of favorite models Sam while setting off purple smoke bombs. This image was later used as my entry into Art Walk Central in Mt Pleasant, Michigan.
Lisa, Charlevoix, Michigan 2018
This image of model Lisa was photographed in one of my favorite cities in northern Michigan, Charlevoix. The subtle gesture and soft natural light make this image one of my favorites.
Stark Family, Clare, Michigan 2018
The Starks have been repeat clients of mine since 2017. This image of them and there several dogs remains one of my favorite family portraits.
Shane and Chelsea, Midland, Michigan 2018
This engagement session of Shane and Chelsea was taken on one of the busiest days of my career at one of my most frequented locations Dow Gardens in Midland, Mi. The beautiful backlight and expression make this image one of my favorites.
I had a great time getting to photograph Ayden’s senior portraits at Dow Gardens in Midland, Michigan last week! I’ve known Ayden for years and had a great time getting grab shots of him around one of my most frequented location Dow Gardens. After the images at Dow Gardens we headed back to his home for some images of his pets.