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  • Here is Where Your Journey Begins …

    This is a website that is as raucous as it is romantic. It's an eclectic collection of amazing personas that come together every year to make my job as a wedding photographer so amazing. Scrolling though these posts always leaves me humbled and smiling to myself, happy to recall my clients' laughter as they experienced their big day. I hope that visiting here gives you a little bit of the same. I'd love it even more if it inspired you to let me help tell your story. Maybe we'll even make a few inside jokes of our own? Enjoy.


James & Elizabeth’s Wedding // Canton and Wyandotte, MI Wedding Photography

I had a great time with James and Elizabeth. We had a terrific day for their wedding at St. Thomas in Canton and followed it up with a trip to downtown Wyandotte for some photos. The sun was shining

Aaron & Laurane :: Married // Detroit, Ferndale and Detroit Zoo Wedding Photography

They got married at the zoo and had their reception The Local in Ferndale. That’s about as ideal as it gets for the average southern Oakland County dweller. Trust me, I’m a Royal-Oaker

Aaron & Lauren :: Blame it on The Rain // Indian Springs Metropark Engagement Photographer

So, Lauren and Aaron are not all that mushy. “We’re more fun and less PDA,” she tells me. Well, flying sidekicks and escaping downpours seems like a perfectly good way to spend

Chis & Ashley’s Motor City Wedding // Detroit, MI Wedding Photography

If you want to know how to do a wedding in the D proper, look no further than Chris and Ashely’s September nuptial bash. First, You have the amazing couple. Ashley is stunning and

Maddie and Ben :: At it Again // Kensington MetroPark Family Photographer

It has been a little while since I last meet up with Ben and Maddie to photograph them. They’ve gotten so big, so quickly, that chasing them became the more apt term for what I did this year!

Scott & Lisa :: Married // Warren & Detroit Wedding Photography

Scott and Lisa were incredibly fun to work with. They came down the pipeline of family-friend recommendations and that usually make for a good fit. This was no exception. So needless to say, I had

Joe & Tara :: Ride Off Into the Sunset // Lake St. Clair Engagement Photgraphy

            Ok, so Tara emailed me a while back. She had a teenie little list of demands: A beach, a motorcycle and firefighter. All so she could walk off, be

Rishi & Jessica :: Tie the Knot // West Bloomfield Wedding Photography

I loved shooting this wedding. It was the first wedding in what I like to call a triple-header weekend. You know, a Friday, Saturday, Sunday wedding lineup? Three weddings in one weekend can be

Justin & Jackie’s Wedding Day :: Detroit Wedding Photographer

Justin and Jackie pulled off real classic here. I’m going to call it the “Riverside Classic”. With St.Peter & Paul Jesuit Church for the ceremony followed up with a rooftop

Ryan & Megan :: A Summer Wedding // Goodells County Park Wedding Photographer

This was one of the few hot days that we had this summer. Nothing blistering, but it’s been a cool year overall. It seemed fitting that the sun so adequately warmed my back while I

Saying “I Do” in Detroit :: Why I’d Love to Photograph Your Motown Wedding

It sure seems like a lot of folks are choosing to make it official in the heart of the city these days. Metro Detroiters know the charm, the grit and the glamour that comes with having a wedding in

Joel & Hope :: Engaged // Detroit Engagement Photography

Hope and Joel were a lot of fun. We walked and walked and walked. And walked some more. Hope said she was always reading on my blog how I walk my poor clients until their feet burn. Well, apparently

Tremaine & Brittany :: Engaged // Birmingham Michigan Engagement Photography

Brittany and Tremaine have been a lot of fun to work with. They are just hilarious to be around, Tremaine has an impressive traveling neck tie collection. Of course his fashion sense did have him

Ross & Amanda’s Wedding in Clarkston, MI // Oakhurst Golf and Country Club Wedding Photography

Ross Sherman moved from England to Michigan for the improved weather, baseball and lovely ladies. Ok, so … I actually made all of that up. Yikes! However, I am willing to wager that Ross

Carter :: One-Year // Fenton, Michigan Family Photographer

Carter is an absolute ham. It’s hard not to smile when he starts babbling at you about his trucks or the swing. I was very happy to make these one-year photos for this impish little blondie at

Phil and Diane’s Beautiful Adrian Wedding // Adrian, MI Wedding Photography

Phil and Diane are just about the sweetest people that you could ever hope to meet. As I had mentioned back when I shot their e-session, Philip managed to pick up a girl at the gym and turn her into

The Colzani Family :: Shelby Township Michigan Family Photography

This session is the latest amongst a fairly long list of shoots I’ve done with this family. Really It’s becoming quite a collection! I started off by doing one of my favorite things

Sean & Jeanne :: Married // Howell, MI Wedding Photographer

Sean and Jeanne are just adorable. They really are absolutely perfect for each other, and it’s enough to make a grown man giggle. Trust me, I did. I still want to see some picture ID, though

Russ & Dawn :: Married // Matthaei Botanical Gardens Wedding Photography; Ann Arbor, MI

Russ and Dawn are a very impressive couple. They seem worldly, intelligent, giving, crafty, resourceful, organized, and all-together in love. To call them in synch would be a total understatement.

Andy & Sara :: Hitched // Oakland Township, MI Wedding Photographer

Sara & Andy have a really fun connection to be around. They’re  in love in a way that makes you really smile ear-to-ear. I can just picture Andy’s wedding day card to his wife,

Trevor & Brooke :: Married // Stony Creek Metro Park Wedding Photographer

Ok, so this was on of those days (and we’ve had a lot of em’ this summer) where it was supposed to rain and rain and rain. While Brooke was getting ready in the tent, and while I

Ryan & Susie Tie the Knot // Bloomfield Hill and Detroit, MI Wedding Photographer

Ryan’s ancestors built and are buried beneath the gorgeous chapel of St. Hugo’s. In fact, if at the height of the harvest moon if you were to scream out “MACMANUS!!!!” on the

Matthew & Melanie :: Married // Ann Arbor, MI Wedding Photographer

This was the most intense group of dance-aholics that I’ve had in a very long time. Don’t get me wrong: As a whole, I’ve had some pretty impressive booty-shakers this year. These

Mike & Danielle :: Tie the Knot // Detroit, MI Wedding Photographer

One of the reasons that I choose to take pictures for a living rather than other “jobs” is that I really like to have fun. Being bored doesn’t cut it for me. This wedding wedding

Jamie, Holly and Little Maggie :: Family of Three // Royal Oak, MI Family Photographer

Nothing makes me gleam more than seeing people get sucked into the cult of parenthood. It’s an all-consuming endeavor that should come with matching tattoos and brightly colored caffeine

Lester & Geraldine :: Timeless // Plymouth, MI Portrait Photographer

I’d like you all to meet Lester and Geraldine. Lester is a retired postal carrier who owns more hockey pucks than your local ice rink. Geraldine is a Disney-ista whose Mickey Mouse obsession

Philip & Diane :: Engaged // Ann Arbor, MI Engagement Photography

Ever feel like strutting around Ann Arbor in your finest gear? Turning heads and slowing traffic … yeah? Well, it’s sort of hard with photographer wearing sneakers in-tow! Diane and Phil

Anthony & Jenna :: Married // Detroit, MI Wedding Photography

This summer has been a busy one. I’m not going to pontificate at length over what you can clearly see was an A-M-A-Z-I-N-G Detroit wedding. I’m ready to get back to my edits, and you all

Nick & Kirstian Tie The Knot // GreenfieldVillage Wedding Photography

Legally, I can’t say much about this wedding. Since Nick is a secret agent (sort of true) and most likely is monitoring my internet and phone, I have to do this quickly. OK-ok — so, no

Ben & Lisa :: Truckin’ Along // Howell, MI Engagement Photographer

Lisa approached me with this idea of borrowing an old truck for a few shots during her and Ben’s engagement session. I loved the idea, but where would we get the truck? As it turns out, some

Bob & Marianne :: Timeless // Royal Oak Michigan Photographer

I’ve been hanging with some really awesome people lately. You see, I made a callout that I wanted spend a little more time photographing the elder-statesmen (and women) of families. The first

Andrew & Meghan :: Engaged // Royal Oak and Ferndale, MI Photographer

I met up with Andrew and Meghan for a Drink at The Oakland in Ferndale the other day, and what do you know? A photo shoot broke out! Ok, so there was no way that wasn’t coming off as a lame

Dale & Nicole :: Married // Milford, MI Wedding Photographer

What can I really say about a wedding where the groom has a legitimate excuse to treat Kenny Loggins’ “Danger Zone” like his personal theme song? I could tell you that his bride is

Peter & Jennifer :: Married // Ann Arbor and Plymouth, MI Wedding Photographer

Peter and Jen are just the sweetest people you could ever hope to work with. I had a wonderful time getting to them and their families when they were married at Grace Bible Church in Ann Arbor this

Lee & Michelle :: Married // Birmingham and Plymouth, MI Wedding Photographer

Lee and Michelle were an awesome couple to work with, and I’m so glad I got to be part of this wedding. The Inn at St. John is a beautiful venue, as always, but what stood out most was the

Rishi & Jessica :: Unconditional Love // Detroit, MI Engagement Photographer

“(What y’all want?) Unconditional Love (no doubt) Talking bout the stuff that don’t wear off It don’t fade It’ll last for all these crazy days These crazy nights Whether