It’s hard for us to believe that we were photographing Ashlyn for her senior portraits. Being nearly 6 feet tall and absolutely gorgeous as can be–we could have been photographing her for her modeling portfolio. Ashlyn traveled from Milwaukee, WI to Northern Michigan to have her senior portraits taken. The dense green forests and soft blue waters were the perfect setting for pictures.

We met up with Ashlyn in the morning and helped her pick out her outfits. She has great style and everything looked amazing on her–so it made picking extra easy. We started in the woods with the golden light dripping through the tree tops. The pale pink dress went along perfectly with her complexion and soft blonde curls.

Once we finished up there it was onto the beach. Surprisingly the beach was nearly empty and we were able to use whatever area we liked without worrying if someone was in the background. It was also fun to capture Ashlyn kicking around in the water for a few pictures. Plus the water was the most beautiful shade of blue that day.

Down the road a couple miles was a spot with amazing light and beautiful trees. It was a great spot to wrap up Ashlyn’s senior pictures at. She rocked every outfit and every location. We had such a great time capturing her senior portraits (aka her modeling pictures). Thanks again Ashlyn! Enjoy!

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During the session, a large freighter sailed past in Lake Michigan. Of course we had to stop and watch for a few moments.

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Northern Michigan has been all over the place with weather; hot, cold, rainy, sunny. So we didn’t know what kind of weather to expect for Tyler’s senior portrait session in Escanaba, MI. We woke the day of his session to see beautiful blue skies and sun shining down. Tyler wanted a mix of location for his senior portraits. We started with an industrial look and finished up along Lake Michigan.

Tyler’s first outfit for his senior pictures was perfect. The blue stripes really made him stand out with the old, rusted look of the background. He also warmed right up to having his picture taken, while most senior guys hate it. He was a natural in front of the camera. A short distance away was an incredible set of trains. The converging points really draw your eye through the images and make him stand out.

Afterwards, it was off to the beach along the shores of Lake Michigan. The cool breeze was refreshing with the sun beating down during the portraits. We loved utilizing the beach grass, sandy shores, and water for his portraits. Thankfully Tyler was up for anything and his go with the flow attitude made our jobs really easy. Tyler was also like a chameleon in the fact that he could wear any style of clothing and it looked great on him.

We truly adored photographing Tyler and loved getting the opportunity to hang out with him and his family. We are so happy with the way the final images look. Thanks again Tyler for all the fun. Enjoy!

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The final shot is random and one of our favs. He is so loved by his family and it’s easy to see that in the photo.

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We love when things aline so perfectly, like our travel schedule with Kyle & Jordan’s engagement pictures. At first they were thinking about skipping the engagement session entirely, but it’s truly one of our favorite things to capture. We noticed they lived close to Green Bay, WI and we heading there for a wedding–so we set up a date and the weather cooperated too. Most of our communication with Kyle and Jordan was done via email, so it was lovely to get to know them during their Green Bay engagement session. Within minutes it was easy to see why they are perfect together. They are laid back, fun, and completely smitten with one another.

We started their session near an ivy wall that made their black and red outfits pop. Even though it was a busy Friday night the alleyway provided a quiet place to photograph. Plus the alleyway had all the wonderful things we love to utilize and have as a backdrop during a city engagement session; fire escape, ivy wall, brick walls, tall buildings. It was amazing. The random puddle was just an added bonus!

After a quick outfit change we met up with them just down the street. Kyle’s ‘free bear hugs’ shirt was awesome! They really seemed more relaxed and themselves after that outfit change. Kyle & Jordan fed off of each other’s laughter and love–it made the session a breeze to photograph. We can not thank them enough for taking the time to met up for pictures this summer. It was a wonderful engagement session and now we are more excited than ever to photograph their upcoming fall wedding in Marquette, MI. It’s hard to believe it’s right around the corner. Until then, enjoy!

 

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How beautiful is this puddle and them together?

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Yes!! Love, love, love Kyle’s shirt! haha.

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Red is a color typically used in fall weddings—but we love how Hannah & Trevin incorporated the woodsy/rustic theme into the middle of summer. The color red popped against the lush greens of summer.

The couple, along with their bridal party, did the final preparations at the church in Escanaba while the time was approaching for the ceremony. Trevin dressed in a dark gray suit while his groomsmen were in light gray suits, they all looked so dang handsome. They paired it all together with the plaid ties and red touches. Hannah stunned in her beautiful wedding dress and the ladies looked beautiful in their floor length red dresses.

The ceremony was lovely and the happy couple were wed before their closest friends and family. Afterwards the bridal party made their way down to the beach in Escanaba along Lake Michigan for portraits. The mix of trees, beach grass, and water gave us ample places to photograph.

After a quick drink stop at Ernie’s pub in Escanaba the bridal party made their way to the reception in Bark River at the Island Resort and Casino. The pine runners, red uplighting, and woodsy decor really made the place pop. After dinner and speeches the party started to heat up with some of the most epic dancing we’ve seen! The dance floor hoping.

After dancing for a while the newlyweds joined us outside to cool down and get a few last pictures as the sun was setting. We loved finishing up the day with such a beautiful ending. Thank you again Mr. & Mrs. Hillesheim for all the fun and for allowing us to capture your incredible day. Enjoy!

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We love father/daughter first looks! There are such a special moment.

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Ceremony: Central United Methodist Church

Reception: Island Resort and Casino

Transportation: Checker Transportation

DJ: Double Trouble DJ

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“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.” ― Josh Billings

Anyone that has a dog knows that saying is so true! Today we are celebrating National Dog Day with our 13 year old ‘pup’ JJ. He is a miniature schnauzer that was adopted into our family around 5 years ago and we can’t imagine our lives without him. Alex wanted to spoil JJ with a custom bandana with his name in celebration of National Dog Day. We hope you are spoiling your dog today too!

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