The Nesting Farm – Ann Arbor Family Session

A little farm outside of Ann Arbor on a warm, spring evening was the setting for this family session. I walked into a beautiful old farmhouse, gratefully accepted a glass of wine and began photographing a family that I had never met, yet felt instantly connected to. We wandered inside and out, casually snapping photographs as the three kids warmed up to both me and camera. It had been a rough weekend; my mom had been hospitalized, having undergone an emergency surgery and I was eager to set worries aside for a few hours and focus on something else. The…

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Sacksteder Family At Home – Ypsilanti, MI

The Sacksteder’s live nearby in a beautiful open and airy home, full of mementos, artwork and greenery; all the makings of a Design Sponge or Apartment Therapy home tour. I randomly met Amy & her family at the local coffee shop, first noticing Elliot’s adorable, wobbly walk as he tottered around tables, back to dad and around tables again. It’s always interesting to meet new people, so a few months later I followed up with Amy and we scheduled an in-home shoot. I spent the morning with their family, wandering around their home & photographing sweet Elliot and his parents….

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Wallace Family at Home – Ypsilanti, MI

I think the Wallace family is one of Ypsilanti’s favorite families. Husband/wife team Ryan and Bekah help run Cultivate Coffee & Taphouse, a non-profit cafe and event space in Ypsilanti, MI committed to ending hunger. If you’ve ever been there, you’ve probably been greeted by Bekah, who is quick to offer up a warm smile and a bit of conversation to anyone who walks through the door. I instantly loved her friendly, inviting personality and we quickly realized that we lived in the same neighborhood. Their daughter Hannah, is also a staple at Cultivate, her head of blonde, curly hair instantly…

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Carlisle Family at home – Ann Arbor, MI

One of my goals for 2017 is to offer up family sessions that *feel* more genuine, rather than *look* perfectly posed. But I have to admit, I’m tired of reading commonly used words like, “authentic” and “lifestyle” to describe this type of photography. Don’t get me wrong, I’m guilty of using both of these words ALL the freaking time and I get it, we’re all going for the same thing — honesty. So as I started the year out, I thought, “don’t worry too much about how to describe and define your work, just do it.” It’ll end up becoming obvious to…

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