Pumpkin Spice, Fall Weddings and Everything Nice

Honestly, I came up short for a blog title…but did I pull you in by mentioning Pumpkin Spice?

Made pumpkin muffins yesterday, bought a pumpkin muffin candle today, and as of lately,
loving tones of gold and burnt orange in my wardrobe. Kinda want to watch Hocus Pocus - too soon?

Basically, I’m over here welcoming Fall with open arms and enjoying everything that comes along with it -
I hope you are too!

With this week’s blog post, I felt like displaying less text and more photos -
here you’ll find images from a beautiful, Northern Michigan wedding.


Pinterest - Less Imitation, More Inspiration

At the start of my career, I’d request a '“shot list” from my clients. I’d even provide an example for them to tailor to their liking.
With experience came effectiveness.
I found that most of those must have shots such as the first kiss as a married couple and cutting the cake, I’d naturally find myself documenting.
Over the years, my work process changed.
I went from an entire page shot list to only requesting 5 “must have” shots along with a list of groups for formals. Let me tell you, that has worked wonderfully for both clients and the photographers.
It allows people relax more, and allows us to capture real, authentic moments and emotions as they happen.

In conclusion, you heard that right, I only ask for 5 must have shots.
In the beginning, brides would send me their Pinterest boards - then, I received less and less of that because my clients hired me to see my work, not others.

What tends to work best is sending a few example photos you love along with what you like best about that image: ie. the lighting, the pose, the angle

I will tell you what I have told all clients since the beginning:
“Pinterest is great as inspiration, not imitation. Let’s make this image your own.”

Trust in the professional you hired. Be yourself. It’s that simple when it comes to getting wedding photos you love.

Below you’ll see how one must have, Pinterest inspired shot evolved into a series of photos.


Kim + Mike

This couple knocked their Grand Rapids, MI engagement session out of the ballpark. They displayed so much class, elegance, and style. Additionally they were naturals in front of the camera. I had a blast taking those photos.  I had complete confidence that their Castle Farms wedding would be a dream to capture. It did not disappoint.  


A behind the screens shot of Amy of Amy Brownridge Photography taking advantage of window light for a solid groom portait. 


Absolutely loved how these gold sequin dresses complimented the bride and bridesmaids.

Those cupcakes..that cupcake display... a 10 out of 10


Often when I take the bride and groom for their portraits/photos, typically it's just the three of us. For this wedding, the Matron of Honor came along and helped with whatever was needed. She held the veil for the photo below - Kim asked if I'd take one photo including the Matron of Honor performing this duty :).  I absoulutely adored the appreciation and love the couple showed for their family and friends. 

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Mike & Kim, their wedding party, guests, and family were full of such positive energy! Above, two members of their wedding party got them to laugh in between shots - which lead to this candid photo. The venue, the wedding, the people - it was a wedding fit for a King & Queen.

A special thanks to the second shooter for this event,
Amy of www.amybrownridge.com

Ada + Dave

Where do I even begin, to explain how wonderful Ada and Dave were to work with? 

I met Ada and Dave via through a referral - I photographed Ada's sister's wedding. While they were in town visiting, we met up in downtown Grand Rapids to go over details and scout possible photography stops for their wedding. They were so easy going and open to ideas as I bounced some suggestions based on what they told me they liked. We decided their sites would be a mix of architecture, art and nature/urban.  

[ This was their First Look - I loved capturing/witnessing their exchange from afar ] 

[ This custom topper takes the cake - no pun, ok, yes, pun intended. I thought the dinosaurs were a lot of fun and the perfect piece of flair  ] 

First Dance - photo captured by Aaron McGrane, for the assist

Ada loves sticker art and looking for stickers while out and about in places such as New York City! The couple had these custom drawings/stickers made and encouraged their guests to take one and place it somewhere

My other blog post featured a cat. Well, here is another cat! Ada gave Dave this one of a kind artwork of their cat as a wedding gift.

Ada and Dave's ceremony/reception took place at the John Ball Park Zoo's Bissell Treehouse. In the simplest term and with all due respect, they were cool. By cool, I mean awesome. I throughly enjoyed how comfortable they were with being themselves, showcasing their compassion for each other, their loved ones and the things that bring them joy in life - such as art, animals, music, nature, and time spent with family/friends. 

A special thanks to the second shooter for this event,
Aaron of www.mcgranephoto.com www.alliedproductionsgr.com