R&L | Fall Family Session | Northern Michigan Photographer

There is no better place to be during the second week of October than in Northern Michigan! When the trees seem to be a light source all their own, when the sights and smells are so brilliant they’re almost overwhelming. For some, autumn scenes signal the end of warmth and the beginning of dreary, never-ending winter. But for others, autumn IS the new beginning.

Light. Love. Laughter. These are the things that made this fall family photo session so special!

As this gorgeous mom finishes up her finals this week and wraps up the first year of a grueling nursing program, I’ve never been more proud to call her my friend!

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S. Family | Fall Session | Northern Michigan Photographer

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Seriously, isn’t this just the most gorgeous family ever?!  Kari did an amazing job styling her family for this fall session in the beautiful woods behind their house. The incredible pathway through the woods is a photographer’s dream for fall family photos, and I was thrilled to be able to capture their family in such a special place. Their family is so full of love and laughter, and it shines through in these images!

Kari is not only a dear friend, she’s also an incredibly talented photographer! We had the privilege of having our personal family photos taken by Kari this year, and it was such a fantastic experience! If you are looking for a great photographer in the Petoskey and Tip of the Mitt area, check out her August Afternoon Facebook page!

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Back To School | Northern Michigan Photographer

September brought warm, golden days and the beginning of our fifth year homeschooling. Life is busy! Some days feel like they drag on and on and like the struggles will never end. And then there are days where you notice just how quickly your babies are growing up, and in between tears you try to capture the moment before it’s gone.

These are some of my very favorite images of my children.

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What about the youngest, you say? Where are the pictures of her? Well, this is exactly how cooperative she was that day. Photographer Kid Syndrome. It’s real.

Children’s Styled Portraiture | CIRCUS

Last September I had the incredible opportunity to participate in a styled shoot out hosted by Stephanie Lemmon of LemmonMade Photography.  My daughter was able to join us as well and acted as the Ringmaster! We both enjoyed the experience thoroughly –  meeting new friends, spending a wonderfully warm fall evening together, and learning some new skills. The talent represented was phenomenal, from the make up artists, hair stylists, and the other participating photographers. It’s all in the details, and Stephanie thought of everything when she coordinated and styled this shoot out, even making most of the props herself!
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For my local friends, I have exciting news!! LemmonMade Photography is going to be hosting a shootout in Traverse City this September with Mila Wells Photography! Check out all the details here on Stephanie’s blog – doesn’t it sound absolutely AMAZING?! I’m so excited and looking forward to another great shootout experience, come join us! If you are interested in participating please email Stephanie at lemmonmadephotography@gmail.com or sign up through the website link.

A shootout is a GREAT way to join in the fun of a styled session without any pressure. Observe, ask questions, find your groove and try new things! And when the session is done, you have amazing images that you can play with and grow your skills in post production, pushing the limits without worrying about experimenting on a paying client’s session! Even if you aren’t shooting for clients, it’s a fun way to join in a fantastic shoot with amazing details without having to make it all happen yourself. You’ll make friends and network, and inevitably learn from the other talented participants and stylists.

Please go check out this AWESOME video that Emilee Rose Films made of the shoot out! It’s incredible. And it makes me cry every time I watch.

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My favorite part was the series of Emmy as the “Lion Tamer” and Rogue, the most adorable Lion EVER.

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Styled Childrens Portraiture Circus Red Hair

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Styled by Stephanie at LemmonMade Photography / facebook: LemmonMade Photography

Clothing is from Tutu Du Monde, with some pieces rented from Rainey’s Closet.

All pictures posted here are taken by Lisa Jenkins/Riverains Photography.

Family Portraits | Mike & April | Riverains On The Road

Words just can’t express how thankful I am for this great group of people right here! My brother Mike and his family live all the way across the US in the Evergreen state, but our families try to stay connected with the help of technology and visits whenever possible (think of the longest road trip ever with 4 kidlets in the car!). I am immensely thankful for the friendship of my sister-in-law, her encouraging words and perspective are like a balm to me. My brother’s leadership and principled life inspire me and I appreciate how he ever strives to reach his goals and to live a spirit-filled life. And their kids! Oh, how I love those kids. Each unique personality brings such life to their home! My only regret is that our families are a couple thousand miles away from each other.  Someday, in heaven, we’ll live much, much closer. I’m looking forward to that day!

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Family Portraits | Grandma Liz and Her 10 Grandkids | Riverains On The Road

Last summer we had the chance to make the long drive from Michigan to Washington, where I grew up. My parents and my brothers still live near my hometown, along with their families. What a blessing it was to spend time with family! My kids had the chance to meet a couple of new cousins and we all had the chance to reconnect. We had incredible adventures and made memories to last a lifetime!

On one of those glorious, sunny afternoons, we took a few moments to capture each child with “Grandma Snicklefritz”. Tell me, if you are a grandma, or if you have a grandma that you love dearly (or that you’ve lost and now you miss her) how great, how special would images like this be to you? Take some time to make images like this happen. Get in front of the camera! Put down the reasons to do it later and do it while you have the chance. I guarantee these are the pictures you will look back on with joy.

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Northern Michigan Photographer | Senior | Jillian | 2016

Senior 2016: Jillian

What happens when you combine a stunning girl and a field of sunflowers right at sunset in northern Michigan? You get these stunning images of Jillian! Jillian was amazing to work with and came up from downstate to make sure her senior pictures reflected her summer times spent in the Kalkaska area. We had so much fun in and around beautiful Elk Rapids on a hot summer night! Here are a few of our favorites from the session!

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Northern Michigan Photographer | Anna & Maddie | Summer Sisters

Kristen and I got together for a quick sunset session in June at our farm with these gorgeous girls. Just look at those sweet faces! They were really not thrilled about taking pictures that evening, but we managed to wrangle some adorable smiles from them and these images remain some of my absolute favorites. I love these little gals, their family are like family to us!

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Enjoy the video – but please don’t forget to change the quality to the highest setting for better viewing.

Northern Michigan Natural Light Studio: The H. Family

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Sweet baby D. joined her parents in February and we split her newborn session into two parts, a sweet little sleepy babe session in their home and later, a bit of time with all three of them as a family in a natural light studio setup. I love the simplicity of the clean, crisp white wardrobe with neutral backdrop. We had a wonderful time capturing this special time and we made two gorgeous canvases, two custom designed albums, and her birth announcements from these images. Keepsakes that will last a lifetime and beyond!

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Holiday Mini – Home for Christmas in Northern Michigan!

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Christmas. What a wonderful time of year! It’s already September and time to think about Christmas cards and how to fit everything fun into the schedule! Cookie making! Snowball fights! Hot chocolate! Holiday movie nights! I love it all. I can’t wait for Christmas time again, and being a mom to four wonderful kids makes this time of year just that much more enjoyable as I watch their delight.
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Most years I have opted for Christmas jammies for our fun holiday pictures. This year I decided to go dressier with their wardrobe, but much more casual in the way I approached our setting. So this is our real Christmas tree, in our real living room, with the decorations left exactly where the kids placed them on the tree when they helped decorate, and paper snowflakes taped to the wall where they landed on the day we spent creating a huge confetti disaster in the living room. For me, there is something special about these images because of those real-life details. Pieces of life at this moment with these kids.


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Of course, we were joined by cousin Levi for some Christmas pictures of him in that memorable moment in between a full set of teeth! I’m sure he got really sick of hearing people sing, “All I Want For Christmas…..” but how can anyone help it with a toothless grin like that?! It’s a timeless capture of these childhood moments.



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I now have a gorgeous canvas on my wall of these kids, and it makes me so happy every time I look at it! I don’t even care that it’s a Christmas picture with a tree in it, I keep it up all year and enjoy the magic of the season as I anticipate this year’s celebrations. Are you ready for the holiday season to come? Thinking about Christmas traditions and capturing the memories with your family? Call me!

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