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ONE OF A KIND

 Immersive Intimate Wedding & Elopement Photography Experience

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DO YOU ENVISION YOUR WEDDING AS AN INTIMATE EVENT FULL OF AUTHENTICITY, RAW EMOTIONS AND GOOD VIBES? 

 

 

LET ME CAPTURE YOUR BOUTIQUE WEDDING, MICRO WEDDING, INTIMATE ELOPEMENT OR AN ADVENTURE COUPLES SESSION IN MICHIGAN AND BEYOND. WITH 8 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE AND OVER 200 LOVE STORIES, I WOULD LOVE TO HELP YOU FIND YOUR MAGICAL SETTING TO CAPTURE THE TRUE ESSENCE OF YOUR INTIMATE WEDDING OR ELOPEMENT.

I document raw affection, authentic moments, delicate details, fleeting touch and loving interactions. My wedding photography style is warm, film-like, timeless and flattering. I break the rules - often, and I love to shoot against the sun to create magical glowing imagery you can sense with your entire being. Most importantly, I strive to make your heart skip a beat every time you view your wedding gallery! 

ENVISION YOUR EMOTIONS CAPTURED IN A WAY THAT CAN BE FELT FOR DECADES.

 

When you book me as your wedding photographer, you're also booking my knowledge of boutique venues and breathtaking locations. But that's not all. I spend hours scouting new places, researching activities and vetting vendors to be able to provide my expertise for your unique experience. I will also become your sounding board to consult ideas about your dream wedding adventure. Through all of this, we will most likely become friends and I will silently shed a tear hiding behind my camera when I witness you exchange vows with your one and only. You chose me to be a part of your day and I don't take that lightly. We will chat about exciting hiking trails in Hawaii, your favorite wines from Napa and the most vibrant restaurants in the world. I will put my entire soul into telling your story and make sure your wishes are taken care of through the entire planning process until the delivery of your wedding photographs. 

 

Being a 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. 

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DREAM UP YOUR EPIC WEDDING DAY 

LET'S TALK A BIT OF TERMINOLOGY.

 BOUTIQUE WEDDINGS

Even though the concept of boutique weddings is not well known in the wedding industry in the United States, these types of intentional celebrations are immensely popular in Europe. They are centered around the couple and their unique love story, rather than subscribing to the wedding industry's cookie cutter ideas of a commercial traditional wedding. These intimate events happen in gorgeous settings, in Tuscan villas, old wineries, luxury boutique hotels, the sky is the limit. They embrace the concept of hygge, the feeling of coziness in the company of your loved ones, enjoying a well thought out nourishing meal under twinkling string lights in a courtyard. These wedding events are small, meaningful, one-of-a-kind. The focus is on the overall experience of deep connection and sharing moments together in a beautiful setting.

MICRO WEDDINGS

A micro wedding is an intimate affair, typically with no more than 50 guests. They can feature a few staple traditions you'd see at a more standard wedding, but on a much smaller scale. This type of wedding favors simple but personalized approach, hand-picked designs and sustainable food options over a large scale generic wedding event with hundreds of guests. If you had to reimagine your wedding this year, make sure to take advantage of the fact, that you can literally get married anywhere. With your family and most cherished friends, without the pressures of a large wedding with a tight timeline. Imagine the bonding time with your loved ones witnessing your ceremony and sharing a meal under the stars. You can set off to a boutique hotel in Michigan or California and make a destination wedding out of it. Another option is to use an alternative venue for your micro wedding and support your local business: cafés, farm-to-table restaurants, local bars or galleries.

INTIMATE ELOPEMENTS

Elopements are small wedding celebrations on your own terms. The idea of eloping on a whim is fairly outdated and there is quite a bit of detailed planning that goes into making an elopement a completely unforgettable experience. Elopements can happen anywhere - in urban or nature settings, in a backyard, on a deck of a skyscraper, at a courthouse, on top of a mountain. Since most eloping couples don't hire a wedding planner for their day, I will guide you through the planning, from building your timeline, to suggesting locations if you need inspiration. And even though I do love to shoot in wild and adventurous settings all over the world, I honor the fact that my clients' location preference is what matters the most. Your day is about you and no one else.

ADVENTURE COUPLES SESSIONS

Adventure couples sessions are photo sessions most typically used for engagements, anniversaries, or post-wedding portrait sessions. We will brainstorm concepts together and choose a setting that will feel authentic to your love story. If you enjoy sailing together, I'll suggest we incorporate it into your session. If you envision me capturing a bohemian sultry session in your home with Persian carpets and tons of plants, I'll use all of my creativity to document your love in an intimate setting. And if you simply want to hike up to an amazing nature spot to watch the sunset, I'll bring the bubbly!

Choose your own adventure!

 

 

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AESTHETIC

I FOCUS ON OBSERVING, RATHER THAN DICTATING SCENES AT YOUR intimate WEDDING 

On your wedding day, I will recap the run of show with you, answer any questions and then get to work!

I will compose still life images of your accessories and stationery, I will photograph your wedding dress in a fine art manner, I will capture you getting into the dress and seeing your groom for the first time. I will be there to document each significant moment of your day. 

During your wedding portrait session, I'll give you easy instructions, asking you to move and interact together in ways that allow me to capture unposed candid moments in a flattering way. We might play fun games with directions that include movements and feelings. You'll connect with your partner on a different level and manage to conquer another challenge hand in hand!

My editing style is inspired by film, focusing on true colors, accurate skin tones, and warm, glowing, earthy hues. I pride myself in producing images that are timeless. I am not a fan of heavy filters or major color changes, because I strive to create airy images for you to view throughout the decades.

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YOUR WEDDING DAY TRULY MATTERS TO ME

I am not a generic photo studio providing services for hundreds of clients a year. One of my main goals is to get to know you on a personal level and to create a meaningful connection with you that will last for the years the come. I intentionally limit my bookings every year so I can provide a boutique studio experience tailored uniquely to your vision. 

 

If you are game to choose less of a traditional approach to your wedding, I am not just a wedding photographer, who shows up with a set of standard poses:

1. I will help you craft a day that truly reflects your personalities and your relationship;

2. I will get dirty with you if you choose to take me on an adventure;

3. I will guide you on this fully immersive and unforgettable experience;

4. I will be there to share jokes and stories and most importantly document your epic wedding day;

5. I will look at this day as a unique wedding experience, because you allowed me to witness your authentic connection through raw moments.

EXPLORE EPIC LOVE STORIES

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LET'S DO THIS!

My STYLE is just what you imagined and you’re stoked to start planning an unforgettable wedding adventure focused on your connection and the things you share? FANTASTIC!

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PHOTOGRAPHING

BOUTIQUE  WEDDINGS + ADVENTURE ELOPEMENTS

since 2012

ALEX + ARCHIE
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JESSICA + BRIAN
KRISTINA + SASHA

Serving Ann Arbor, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Traverse City, Northern Michigan, Upper Peninsula

The Great Lakes region, Lake Superior, Lake Michigan

& Midwest, California, Oregon, Utah, Arizona, Hawaii
Traveling worldwide for intimate weddings & adventure elopements.

MICHIGAN WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER SPECIALIZING IN ELOPEMENTS, SMALL WEDDINGS & MICRO WEDDINGS

WANDERING SINCE 2012

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