The Magic of Sawyer

There is something magical about being a part of a couple’s wedding day and then being able to follow their journey as a family into parenthood.  It absolutely delights me and fills me with joy to be a part of such important milestones. To say I’m honored is an understatement-I am truly humbled by the trust my amazing couples give me not only on their wedding day but after!

You might remember Ashley and Adam’s wedding at Greystone just a couple of years back and here they are celebrating their firstborn son Sawyer’s first birthday! Crazy how fast time flies!

Sawyer is absolutely adorable but what I love most is the love I see not only between Ashley + Adam, but the immense love they share for their son. It is remarkable and reminds me of all the good that there is in this world.  I’m so grateful to have witnessed their extraordinary love for him.

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My boring, blah closet

Is your wardrobe as tired and worn out as mine?  I swear, I’ve developed a uniform lately and my closet feels so uninspired!  So much so, I’ve definitely be avoiding going out as much as possible. And avoiding being in front of the camera more than usual.

Getting dressed definitely doesn’t bring me joy-it’s more of a “what is the least painful option” kind of event.  I don’t know about you, but I’m so ready to change that! I’d much rather walk out the door feeling great and ready to take on the world!

Instead, this is pretty much what I look like every.single.day. (Yup, still hiding!)

changing my style for the better

Seriously. Maxi skirt+weather appropriate top. Maybe a scarf now that the weather is turning. Earrings if I remember. This is me, today.

I’d rather look like this, even if I do have a home office:


All of this makes me REALLY excited that I was handpicked to preview Hilary Rushford’s “Style and Styleability”. Having a sneak peek at what’s ahead, I have already learned a few new things that are changing my style for the better.

I’d love for you to get in on these awesome style tips (how have I never heard these before?!), it’s totally free, and Hilary is absolutely adorable!

Even if you’re waaaaay more stylish than me, I think you’ll pick up a thing or two because Hilary is just THAT awesome. She has impeccable style and is one of those people that it’s a delight to learn from.

Come on, we’ll do this together and it will be AWESOME!!!!!!! Really really. :*

Let’s change our wardrobes without buying a new one and feel stylish every day. Hilary says “effortlessly chic” and I definitely want in on that!

Plus I know what we learn will absolutely help you dress your best for your upcoming session-so let’s do this!

Now Booking: Fall 2014 portraits

If you’ve been waiting to book your fall session, now is the time!

ONLY 10 SPOTS REMAINING for mini sessions and 5 for Signature sessions

Call or click to reserve your spot today!

signature portrait session | West Bloomfield, MI

Looking for an affordable way to update your photo collection and send out holiday cards that people will talk about for years? The mini session is PERFECT!

There are 2 ways to do a mini session- all inclusive $350 (includes print release and archive download) or essentials $99 (everything ala carte but you can use up to 4 images with our partnerships with Minted.com and TinyPrints.com

 

2014 Portrait Mini Sessions

Shelby + Troy’s intimate home wedding // sneak peek //

Words can’t describe how honored I am that Shelby + Troy invited me to be a part of their wedding day.  A truly intimate event with around 25 of their closest friends and family surrounding them. As they took their vows in their home, her father did a beautiful reading from an early 1900’s marriage sermon, written by his grandfather (I believe!).  Troy’s father sang Amazing Grace to a rapt audience as his voice filled the room.  Even sweeter, her brother performed the ceremony, making their vows not just legal but cherished.  Truly a lovely, intimate, wedding.

Here’s just a tiny peek into our time together, in their charming home:

bride and groom in their home on their wedding day

Being a part of such a heartfelt day reminded me deeply of why I love weddings. Truth be told, these smaller, thoughtful, weddings are my favorite.  Why? Because it’s all about being surrounded by love and becoming husband and wife. It’s not about the size of the party or all the details in the end, but that they’re married.

Did they have beautiful details? Absolutely! And you know how much I adore the details ;-) But I love that they were there to set the tone of the event, a supporting character if you will, rather than the main event. So truly lovely!

There’s a special place in my heart for these little weddings overflowing with love.  If I’m honest, I also really love that I get to be a more of a guest and fully immerse myself in the wedding.  It’s a really special experience as a photographer.

I have to say, I have the best clients.  By and large, regardless of the size of the wedding party or guest list, the weddings I have the honor of photographing are ALWAYS overflowing with love and joy.  What better accessory for a bride to wear? ;-)

All of this love makes my job the best in the world!

 

“It was shiny and hard so I laid down on it for my nap”

via Instagram: http://ift.tt/1nT0NxQ
This.guy. I swear. His cuteness is overwhelming!  I love how he sneaks into my office nearly every afternoon to curl up on my product studio setup. Thank goodness it’s easy to clean!
Such a typical cat-find a hard surface to sleep on when there’s a hundred cozy spots to nap in.
Gah. Love his cuteness.

Want to see what happens when awesome and amazing get together?

handwritten calligraphy

It started out with the PERFECT evening-I’m so glad we were able to reschedule because our first date was RAINY! Sure, we can have fun in the rain but I just knew these two needed a glowing evening.

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These two are the real deal-even after being married for 5 years, their love for each other is going strong!

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We met up at Circa1843 one of my favorite exclusive locations-that’s right, Jennifer Grant Photo is the ONLY photographer allowed to photograph there  (unless you’re having an event there, then you can bring your own photographer if you like ;-)  It’s pretty sweet and I’d love to shoot there more!

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Isn’t their fashion sense impeccable?  Seriously love their skill at choosing colors and patterns that go so beautifully together. Maybe someday we’ll collaborate and make a studio look book to give my clients some really fun and unusual ways to pair things!

 

I had so much fun photographing them-I’m so grateful that Mallory has been stalking me for YEARS and finally reached out to celebrate their five year anniversary. YAY for super cool photo stalkers! ;-)

 

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Like many couples, they were young and on a budget (who isn’t??) when they got married and aren’t head over heels in love with their wedding photos.  I love their solution: hire the photographer they wish they’d hired in the first place to capture their anniversary! Awesome idea guys :-)

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We had an incredible time with these two-every single second of this session was AMAZING and I’m head over heels in love with not only all the photos but their wonderful relationship.  They are a riot and I am truly honored that I had the chance to work with them and get to know them better.

 

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Mallory and Chris have the most adorable vintage truck they call Daisy-and Daisy love to haul antiques home!

 

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To say the weather was perfect would be an understatement-it was over the top amazing and the light was dewy gorgeousness!

 

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During the session, Mallory told me that Chris keeps the romance alive and I got to see first hand with the beautiful letter he wrote for her.  So sweet! He is so tender and loving while remaining strong and the word steadfast comes to mind. It seems very fitting!  They’re both so comfortable in their own skin and their love for each other. It’s a truly beautiful thing!

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These two have the CUTEST fur babies!!!

 

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Which means they have the cutest family!! All of them are well dressed, even Chewie :-)

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We took advantage of ALL the awesome spots around Circa1843 and this time of year, the ivy wall is out of this world with fall color.

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