I get you, guys, you are hoping to have a fun, relaxed, authentic & completely epic wedding experience true to your values. You don’t fancy awkward poses and forced smiles, but candid photos that capture your real connection in the moment.
I want to tell you a bit about myself first. I am Yana, a Michigan adventure wedding photographer! I value connections and activities that channel my creativity and love for people. When I am not frolicking outside in the wild, I respond to spaces with warm ambience, moody lighting, polished brass, dark rich colors and natural woods with thick grain. Funny enough, I throw elaborate dinner parties and cook up a 5 course feast, because making vibrant foods and setting the table is an artistic expression itself. And as the Italians say, “we don’t age at a dinner table”.
I know very well that being in front of the camera can leave you feeling totally out of your element. So, instead of putting pressure onto you, I create a relaxed experience while photographing the authentic you. I will guide you to focus on your interaction while giving you the space to have fun and enjoy the moment. I want you to feel like you are frolicking in the meadows while I am capturing timeless moments.
10 reasons why I am a Michigan adventure wedding photographer:
1. I value authenticity.
2. I focus on observing situations.
3. Genuine is magical.
4. Capturing candid scenes is meaningful.
5. I love people.
6. Routine bores me.
7. Quirky is my jam.
8. Immersing myself in unforgettable landscapes makes my life vibrant.
9. Being challenged is a good thing.
10. Telling epic stories gives me purpose.
What I stand for
I am a wanderlust, adventure wedding and elopement photographer based near Ann Arbor, Michigan, obsessed with mountains, hiking and road-trips! My love for hiking started 3 years ago with my first trip to Alaska and Hawaii shortly after. I truly believe in adventure and exploring the beauty of the world gives me purpose.
Photographing weddings for the past 8 years has been a rewarding and wonderful experience! I had a chance to work with the sweetest couples, I photographed in elegant art deco palaces, simple barns, industrial warehouses, you name it. Fusing my love for providing services of a boutique photography studio and my passion for the outdoors, I craft unique experiences for my couples that go beyond standard traditions and societal ideas of how a wedding should look. I want to empower you to follow your own path, be true to yourself and celebrate your love in a way that reflects you.
If you are game to choose less of a traditional approach to your wedding day, I am not just a wedding photographer, who shows up with a set of standard poses:
1. I will adventure with you;
2. I will help you craft a day that feels authentic to your relationship;
3. I will guide you on this immersive experience;
4. I will share jokes and stories and most importantly document your epic wedding day;
5. I will remember your wedding celebration as a unique experience, because you allowed me to witness your authentic connection through raw moments. Your day really matters to me!
Not sure which dreamy wedding location to choose?
Maybe you have a vague idea of the vibe of the landscape, but aren’t sure, I can help you find your dreamy wedding location. Whether it’s a strenuous backpacking trip in the Rockies or a breathtaking overlook in Big Sur – whatever your comfort level, we’ll find your unique spot. On your wedding day, we’ll go over the final plan, then hit the trail, or head up to the overlook, if hiking in a wedding dress just isn’t your thing.
In the meantime, if you are looking for more inspiration, check out the top adventure elopement locations in Michigan and beyond. Let’s explore Sleeping Bear Dunes, Turnip Rock, Pictured Rocks together while capturing your connection immersed in nature, sip some wine, and hang out. Let’s put on our hiking boots/skis/wet suit and create something exciting together.