I am yana,
a European living in Michigan, crazy in love with the California coastline and zinfandels, ambient music and a good hearty pho.
I specialize in Michigan wedding photography, and I absolutely love intimate weddings, adventure elopements and epic engagement sessions.
I capture authentic, raw and unposed moments for badass couples that dream up their unique wedding adventures and marry on their own terms.
THIS ISN'T YOUR CLASSIC, TRADITIONAL, STAGED WEDDING PHOTOSHOOT WITH OTHERS DICTATING YOUR DAY.
Being a Michigan wedding and elopement photographer has been a deeply rewarding, emotional and life-changing experience. I had a chance to work with the sweetest couples in breathtaking landscapes, in elegant art deco palaces, simple barns, industrial warehouses, in places quirky, unique and wild. Fusing my love for providing services of a boutique photography studio and my passion for the wild outdoors, I craft one-of-a-kind experiences that go beyond standard traditions and societal ideas of how a wedding should look. I want to empower you to follow your own unique path, be true to yourself and celebrate your love in a way that reflects you.
Your day won't be filled with unnatural poses and forced smiles - my documentary style focuses on capturing you having the time of your life, rather than filling your day with mandatory photos. You will be able to enjoy the present moment, deepen your connection and simply celebrate your wedding without unwanted distractions or judgements.
I am sure you are inclined to share your day with a wedding photographer you can connect with on a deeper level. Someone who gets you. For me as a documentary wedding and elopement photographer, the most important part of the shoot is to capture unposed candid moments of your interactions, the split second, when you forget someone is watching, the uninhibited laugh you share with your partner. This is what makes a photograph!
The camera in the photo is crazy meaningful to me!
It is called Flexaret and it was made in Czechoslovakia until the 70's! This one was given to me by my dad, along with another analog cameras - all functional. It symbolizes the deep friendship I share with my parents and it keeps me grounded in times I can’t physically see them - which is most of the year, living thousands of miles away from my family.
The visual aesthetic of images from old film cameras influenced my style from the very beginning. As a classically trained street photographer, I used to develop photos in a makeshift darkroom, because I loved the magical moments of excitement while waiting to see the image appear on the paper while immersed in miraculous emulsions.
I regularly visit exhibits of street photographers that created black and white impressions of the environment they lived in all over the world. I value them as charming snippets of pure life moments that will never repeat again.