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My Favorite Images From My First Decade Of Photography


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.

Jeff and Nicole Patton Wedding in Mt Pleasant, Michigan

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.

Old Self Portraits

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!


Adam and Cassedy Littlefield Wedding in Gladwin, Michigan

My second shooter Nikki and I had a great time photographing the Littlefield’s wedding in Gladwin, Michigan in early August! The portraits of the bride and groom are some of my favorite to date!

New Personal Work with Model Kristina in Shepherd, Michigan

I had a great time working with model and distant cousin of mine Kristina for a shoot in Shepherd, Michigan. She took me to several great locations I had never photographed before! I’m super happy with the results and look forward to workin with her again!

Ayden Loper Senior Portrait at Dow Gardens in Midland, Michigan

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.

Jamie and Christy Taylor Wedding at the White Barn in Clare, Michigan

I had a great time photographing Jamie and Christy Taylor’s wedding at the White Barn Wedding venue in Clare, Michigan! Jamie and Christy’s friends and family came from several different states for the wedding. They were a joy to work with!

Jamie and Christy Taylor Engagement Session at The White Barn in Clare, Michigan

I had a great time getting to photograph Jamie and Christy Taylor’s engagement session a day before their wedding at the White Barn in Clare, Michigan! The couple and their kids few up from Texas for the shoot.

More Than A Photo. An Experience.


When you hire a photographer you are getting more than a photo. You are getting an experience.

The way your photographer helps you plan, interacts with you and your family, and helps make sure everything goes right on your wedding day are just as important as the final images themselves.

Ultimately your wedding day is about you. Your family. Your friends. Not the photographer. The photographer and other vendors are there to make sure everything goes as planned on your big day.

When I sit down with potential wedding clients the most important thing I ask them is what is most important for them on their wedding day. This gives me direction for how I will shoot the wedding. For some it is all about their families coming together. For others who come from broken families they wanted a big emphasis on photos of their friends. Others have wanted a big emphasis on DIY details or places that were sentimental to them. Instead of shooting what I want for my portfolio or think will win be accolates by other photographers I focus on what my clients want. This is what ultimately matters.

During the wedding I always try to help out anyway I can. I have helped the guys getting ready fold their pocket squares, tie ties, and helped the florists get the boutonnieres to the right location. During the ceremony I want to be as inconspicuous as possible. I never want to get in-between the viewers and the bride and groom. I try to memorize as many names before hand so the group shots go smoothly. Before I leave the reception I also check to make sure there aren’t any other photos the bride and groom wants. Usually I end up staying a little over my contractual eight hours to make sure the clients get everything they want.

Your photographer is there to make your day go as best it can and get beautiful photos you will cherish along the way. The wedding day isn’t about them. They aren’t the star of the show. You are.