Category Archives: Engagement

Happy Anniversary Maywan and Nikkita



A year ago today Maywan and Nikkita said ‘I do’.  A good friend of mine Jermaine Jackson contacted me just a couple of days before the wedding asking if I was available to photograph his brothers wedding.  Of course I said ‘Yes’!  This family had recently lost someone very important to them.  Maywan’s mother passed away.  The wedding was an elopement.  Nikkita and Maywan had been together for a while and decided they wanted to make it official.

This wedding was particularly special because Maywan’s brother Jermaine was the officiant. He was up front with his brother on his special day. That’s not an everyday occurrence.

There wasn’t a dry eye in the seats or at the alter.  In fact I even cried.  It was a very beautiful and delicate ceremony held at Kindleberger Park in Parchment Michigan.

After the ceremony we walked around and were able to get some very beautiful photos!

Nikkita was absolutely stunning.  Breathtaking in fact.  What a beautiful person inside and out.  She didn’t even know that it was going to be photographed and when she found out was so thankful.

Maywan was a little late to the ceremony.  However, everyone knew he was coming.  The second he saw Nikkita you could see his heart smile.  She is definitely his other half.





When you love someone and it shows through the photos, I know I have done my job.  The love that these two have for each other is amazing.  Maywan looks at Nikkita like she’s the last soul on Earth.  Their love is what young people dream about!  It was a joy and an honor to be a part of their special day!  I wish them all the happiness this world has to offer!

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Happy Anniversary!!!

 

Hannah and Kaleb Trash the dress (19 of 43)



Hard to believe it’s already been a year since my first wedding, and my first trash the dress session.  Happy Anniversary to the couple that changed my life, and my career.  Happy anniversary to an amazing couple!!

One year ago Hannah and Kaleb said ‘I do’.  I remember it was supposed to rain and all of a sudden the forecast changed.  Kaleb sent Hannah flowers and a note while she was getting ready at the salon and in it, it said, ‘P.S. No Rain Today’.

I have to admit, this was a very emotional wedding for me.  I cried all day long along side everyone else.  Hannah and Kaleb were surrounded by amazing friends and family.  Their support system is absolutely beautiful!





The wedding took place at Southern Exposure in Battle Creek, Michigan.  The venue was absolutely gorgeous.  All of the flowers were in bloom and amazing property gave us so much to work with.

Hannah’s mom Ellen was such a huge part of her day.  In fact she is the one I met first.  As a mother myself I know how important it is to make sure your kids have everything they need or want.  And, Ellen was right there to save the day several times. The bond that Hannah and Ellen share is a bond I hope to have with my daughter as she gets older.



I wish Hannah and Kaleb all the joy and happiness this world has to offer. They were such a joy to work with, sweet, kind and absolutely wonderful!  It’s amazing how ‘just being the photographer’ in a wedding means so much.  I was there to watch their story unfold.  I was there to capture memories they will cherish and remember forever.

This is why I am a photographer.  This is why I love my career!

Contact me anytime to schedule an appointment!

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How expensive are weddings?

Congratulations on your engagement!  Now what?!  Now, you get to plan the most beautiful wedding you have ever dreamed of.  All of those ideas you had when you were little about your father (figure) walking you down the aisle and not a dry eye in the seat.  And all of that costs money…  How much?!  Well according to Google the average wedding costs $26,645.  So, here are some tips on how to save some dough.


Willson, Hannah watermarked-2


  1.  Think about the future first.  On your 10th, 20th or even 50th wedding anniversary.  What will you miss the most, that special cake you didn’t get, the garter you didn’t keep, the family member you are fighting with that you didn’t invite, not having that special dinner you really wanted??  More than likely it will be not getting a wedding photographer.  You think ‘Hey we can have Uncle Bob photograph the wedding and use those photos for the rest of our lives. Only to discover, Uncle Bob doesn’t know how to pose you so you look flattering, or how to edit those photos, and keeps catching you with your eyes closed.  Some mistakes are better left unlearned.
  2. Find out who is willing to help with the cost first.  Sometimes you have family members that will help out with the cost and that ‘will be your wedding present’.
  3. Make sure you know how much total you will have to spend.
  4. MAKE A LIST of the most important items that are MUST HAVES.  And the things that less important.  If having expensive silverware is must have, then you will have to cut costs somewhere else.
  5. Don’t plan your wedding to please other people and Don’t let other people try to please themselves with YOUR wedding.  It happens all too often.  There are usually hard feelings somewhere at some point of the planning process.  Remember this is YOUR day, and YOU and your FIANCEE’s day.

    Sarah Degraw Bridal ShowerWM


Finally, remember even as crazy as it may get on your special day.  This day was meant to be remembered in a good way.  Push the little insignificant details out of the way and enjoy finding your soul-mate and hold onto your Happily Ever After!

Hiring your wedding and engagement photographer tips!!

 

Ahhh!  It’s that time of year again when the weather warms up, people are outside more, the birds start chirping and the grass gets greener….!  Hopefully soon anyway.  This is my favorite time of year.  When all of the newly engaged couples start contacting me for engagement photos and they start looking for wedding photographers.   Ahh, love is in the air.  Super excited for this year, I have several weddings booked already and I am hopeful to get several more.





So here’s a couple of things I want you be aware of when looking for your photographer.  Make sure you find someone that meets several of YOUR criteria when looking around.

  1.  Make sure that your personalities fit together.  Just because you contacted a photographer and even met with them.  Doesn’t mean that they are the right fit for you.  These are your most precious memories that they are dealing with.  If you are not comfortable with them then it will show in the photos.
  2. Find out how long their turn-around-time is.  This could be very important, depending on if there is a holiday or an important event coming up and you want to give some of the photos as gifts.  You want someone that will meet your time frame.
  3. Can they handle stressful situations.  Sometimes during a wedding a situation will arise, how are they going to handle this disruption to the timeline…
  4. What if they get sick…  Do they have someone that could cover them if something should happen and they are unable to make your special day…
  5. Ok, so you have a photographer in mind and you see their packages and you know what you want.  Customer service is not on the package, Does this photographer have customer service skills, are they willing to deliver beyond the package…
  6. And lastly, what type of editing will they do to the photos?  This is HUGE, because if you have a photo of the entire wedding party and someone’s eyes are closed, will they Photoshop different eyes on them?  You need to know the extent of the editing that they will do before you hire them.
  7. Most importantly COST.  You want something FAST, CHEAP, and GREAT QUALITY.  As the old adage goes, you can pick two of those. What is FAST and CHEAP is not always GREAT QUALITY.  Please remember this.




This is YOUR wedding day, and there are so many important decisions that you have to make.  Make sure you consider all options and remember in 50 years when you look back on your day, what do you want to remember most from it?  The cost, the quality of the photos, the lack of photos, or that you took your time and picked the best photographer for you and your fiancée and received the best quality photographs of a memory that could never be duplicated.

 

Words for Wednesday (Pocket Square folding)

So, my words for Wednesday are how to fold a pocket square, or any type of fold for that matter.  It’s been a constant pain at almost every single wedding I have attended, or photographed.  I have attached the link that I like to use for this specific reason.  I also, have learned how to fold them, because they are so complicated.

This past weekend I attended a wedding where I folded all the men’s handkerchiefs.  Honestly, it’s one of my favorite moments.  Watching the men try to figure it out.  Because they all have so much fun, and laugh about how goofy some of the folds are.  It’s quite the bonding experience between the men.  Some get the folds right away.  And, some let others fold their square for them.  One of these days I will have to record it.

It’s really interesting the little intricate details that get missed before the wedding and then when the day comes how simple yet complicated the situation can be.  I have dedicated myself to learn the little things that tend to be an issue on the day of the wedding.  I want to make sure that if you have any issues I can resolve them as fast as possible and the little intricate details don’t get forgotten about.

It is my goal as a photographer to make sure that I can help as much as possible.  This is meant to be one of the best and most memorable days for the Bride AND the Groom.  The last thing I want is for anyone to stress about anything o their special day!

Here is the link check it out, practice and be prepared for your special day!!

9 Ways to fold a Pocket Square

Contact me anytime to schedule your wedding!!

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Words for Wednesday (How to love yourself in Photos)

Ok, so here are my words for Wednesday.  They are quite motivational and need to be read several times to get them through.  How to love yourself in photos!

We as humans tend to be the hardest on ourselves.  I’ve heard this time and time again from people.  I will love a photo, show it to them.  And, they HATE it!  Hate everything about the photo.  I go home edit the photo and post it to Facebook.  And then they LOVE IT!  LOVE it to the moon and back, absolutely L-O-V-E IT!  Why?!  It’s not because I edit the photos very much.  I do slight touches here and there. But, for the most part it’s the exact same photo.

There is one reason why I think people dislike the photos at first when they see them in the back of my camera.

  1.  Because they have a complex with themselves:

First and foremost people have a major complex when it comes to themselves.  I have had several photographers that I know take a beautiful photo of this GEORGOUS person.  And, the person hates it!  Because they pick at everything about themselves.  There is this one thing that no matter who takes the photo they will always see it in the photo.

So, I have started saying this to people when I take their photos.

“It doesn’t matter if it is a million dollar photographer that takes your photo.  If you have a complex with something about yourself, you will see it in the photos!”

“With me you don’t have a complex, this is about you!  This is meant to be fun, exciting, amazing, and I give you permission to LOVE yourself!  Love yourself like you always mean to love yourself!”

I don’t take photos for someone to look back at them and think ‘YUCK! I don’t like how I look in that photo!’

And here is the reason why I think they love the photo after it’s posted to Facebook:

  1.  Because they post it to their page and get a bajillion ‘LIKES’ from family and friends.  With everyone saying how great the photo is.  They get that outside gratification that they needed.

The best part about that is when it comes time to do another photo shoot.  They are more relaxed and have more fun the second, third and so on, times.

Well, here it is people, LOVE YOURSELF!  I give you permission to love the photos, to share them, brag about them.  And, most of all to enjoy the time you have with me.  It’s meant to be fun and exciting!

 

 

Words for Wednesday

Well, here is something about myself.  I am such a softy.  I have been to so many weddings in my entire life.  And, I still find myself crying at each and every one of them.  I am so emotionally invested in weddings.  They are such a happy and beautiful time.  In fact I keep tissue in my camera bag because of this!

It also amazes me how well the bride and groom hide their nerves on the wedding day.  Even after all of the weddings I have been to, it’s amazing how much love is there during that time.  There are some many people that cry during the ceremony and the reception.

If you find yourself thinking ‘I don’t want to cry during my wedding’.  Ignore that voice.  Go ahead and cry, let the tears flow.  Blubber like a baby, ugly cry if that’s your way.  Do what YOU need to do to express yourself on YOUR wedding day.  Don’t feel that you have to stifle any emotion.  EVER!  Whether it’s your wedding day or not.  It’s NOT human!

So, here’s a secret for you.  YOU are SUPPOSED to cry on your wedding day.  You are SUPPOSED to feel an overwhelming amount of emotion.  This IS an emotional day.  If people that go to weddings don’t even know the people that well.  And, THEY cry.  Let it go.  Cry!  Cry those extremely overwhelming happy tears!  This is supposed to be a once in a lifetime experience and the whole point is to enjoy it in its entirety.

Besides, when you have your make up done they use waterproof make up, and usually spray some solidifying spray to keep it from running in tears or sweat.  So, if you hold back your emotions, it’s not because you think your make up will run.  It’s honestly because you are afraid of what other people will think.  And your wedding is NOT the day to worry about that!