Nicholas and Riley : NICU Twins!

Photographing preemie twins while still in the NICU was one challenging project! But one that was incredibly rewarding and so very sweet! We had to work within the structure and rules of the NICU, without any natural light or any sort of flash, and I was not allowed to hold them (bummer!), but we were not to be out done by our circumstances.

I was really glad to be able to help share the little details of these precious new babies with those who were not able to see them yet in person, like their tiny little toes and the sight of them laying together, mommy holding them, and big sister helping out with the littlest of her 6 siblings!

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S. Family | Fall Portraits

It’s an honor for me to be able to photograph another photographer whose work I respect so much. Sarah of Beginnings Lifestyle Photography is not only a beautiful person on the outside, she has a sweet, generous spirit that has been a joy to get to know.

Our families have grown to be great friends, and we will miss them dearly as they begin a new adventure in Oregon next month. May God go with you and hopefully bring you back to Michigan before too long!

We managed to grab these family and couple shots right at peak color here in northern Michigan! And overnight the weather began to change, the light in the trees was lost, and snow soon took over the landscape. I’m so glad we were able to take this time and make this happen!

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Kayla & Kyle: Engaged in Northern Michigan!

I know! I know! They’re already married now! Don’t worry, I haven’t lost my mind, or forgotten that beautiful day last June when they tied the knot. But here’s the deal: A long time ago I pinned one of their engagement pictures to my Pinterest board and it linked back only to my flickr account. It was a dead end.

Here is the Pin if you would like to go see it!

And then it grew in popularity until I couldn’t ignore the nagging little voice in the back of my head that said, “CHANGE the link destination already!!!”. As of today, it has been repinned over 180 times! So it must have its own little blog post. But I can’t really stop there, can I? I absolutely LOVE some of these, not just the one that is all over pinterest! So here is a few of their lovely August 2012 Engagement Portraits. Enjoy!

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Matthew: Awesome Portraits of a 2014 Senior!

This amazing senior session was a ton of fun! Matthew was up for some creative setups to capture the essence of him as a cage fighter! Not only had he won his first fight the week before, he had set a record for the fastest KO!

Thank you, Matthew and family, for coming to Riverains Photography for your Senior Portraits!

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Northern Michigan Kids Go Back To School

Of course, it is now January and northern Michigan is covered in a thick blanket of snow, but these adorable Back-to-School pictures from September couldn’t be forgotten!

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Glamour | Kristen

I’ve known Kristen for several years and I have to admit, I was not expecting her glamour session to be….so….HOT. She has this smoldering understated sexiness that felt like it was unveiled for the first time while we went through this series. It was amazing. The outer transformation was incredibly fun, but the intense connection she made with the camera can only come from the woman inside!

Gorgeous Kristen!

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Glamour | Joanna

There is something incredible about watching the transformation of a woman from what she feels she looks like into the woman she IS down at the depths of her soul, without fear, without judging herself, without the insecurities that hound us all. When she connects with that inner strength the result is this feeling of having been witness to a rebirth. It’s beautiful. It’s incredible. And I feel so blessed when I get to be a part of that!

YOU are beautiful, Joanna.


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*Hair and makeup by Raini Levi Engle