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Parker Anniversary Session in Mt Pleasant and Clare Michigan

I had a great time getting to photograph Randy and Ashley Parker for their ten year anniversary session in late September. We shot at Nelson Park in Mt Pleasant as well as their home and some other private property I have access to near Clare. My favorite images from the session can be viewed below. 

Stark Family Portrait in Clare, Michigan

I had a great time getting to work with the Stark Family from Clare again this year. We did a variety of photos near their home and with their dogs. My favorite images from the session can be viewed below. 

New Personal Work with Models Summer and Justin in Sanford, Michigan

I had a great time working with models Summer and Justin at Sanford Lake last week. The first images where shot with bare bulb flash in a part of the park with several trees to prevent the light from being knocked over by the high winds. The images on the beach and in the water […]

New Photos for the Energize Workspace

Since 2017 I’ve regularly attended workshops and networking events at the Energize Workspace in Midland Michigan. In 2018 I’ve had the privilege of teaching workshops there, renting out the space for shoots, and frequently working from there as well. In mid September I got to take some candid photos for their social media presence. Here […]

Thomas and Coi Engagement Session in Midland, Michigan

I had a great time photographing Thomas and Coi’s engagement session at one of my favorite local locations: Dow Gardens in Midland, Michigan. These two were super easy to work with and the nice overcast day helped make for tons of beautiful images. 

Chase Engel and The Night Shift in Merrill, Michigan

I had great time getting work with Chase Engel and The Night Shift again in mid August. During this shoot I got to photograph their newest member Noah as well as doing a variety of group shots of the entire band. I can’t wait to see where their music career takes them. 

New Photos of Model Summer in Mt Pleasant, Michigan

I had great time getting work with model Summer again in Mt Pleasant, Michigan in mid August. She wanted to do an basketball themed shoot in Island Park. I used harder more dramatic lighting than I usually use for portraits to match the sports theme. I look forward to working with Summer more in the […]

New Photos for the Strickler Center in Mt Pleasant Michigan

I had great time getting to work with the new Strickler Center in Mt Pleasant, Michigan. Here are some images which will be used in a editorial about the new center. 

David and Rebekah Wedding in Turner, Michigan

I had great time photographing David and Rebekah Cramer’s wedding in Turner and Gladwin, Michigan in early August. Rebekah was from Michigan and David was from Germany. They met while studying abroad in the Netherlands. David’s family from Germany was flown in for the special occasion. The ceremony took place at the River Mennonite Church […]

Sera Henry Headshots in Midland, Michigan

I had a great time getting to photograph Sera Henry’s new headshots in Midland, Michigan in early August. We were able to get studio shots with both black and white backgrounds in her home in Midland, Michigan. After we shot some more images in her back yard. 

White Barn Wedding Venue Addition in Clare, Michigan

The beautiful White Barn wedding venue just added a new addition and I had the privilege of photographing it last week. If you are getting married in Clare, Michigan I would highly recommend checking out the White Barn. More info can be found at https://whitebarnvenue.com/.

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 their 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.  […]

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.     

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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!