Posted on August 27, 2017
You know those days when you realize you have completely forgotten to squeeze in your own family for a session in the middle of busy season? When Grandma is wondering when she’ll see the traditional yearly capture of her grandkids, it’s November already, and the color in the foliage is so faded it’s actually non-existent? How about those days when you think it’ll work out just fine to get the kids ready for a photo shoot after school, drive half an hour, and still catch the light…..but then you realize Daylight Savings Time just ended and that means the sun goes down IN LIKE TEN MINUTES?!
Yes, it was exactly one of those days when we hurried off to find a tiny pocket of light, hoping to capture this moment in their lives before time raced on again. And you know what? I’m glad we did!
I’m always glad when I can look back and see these days, the hectic stress falls away and I remember these smiles and see how quickly they’re changing, growing, creeping closer to the day when they won’t make my laundry pile higher or leave socks out in the dirt, when there won’t be so many meals to fix or dinner plates to wash. Capture these moments while you can! You won’t regret it.
Category: Children, Fall in Northern Michigan, Families, Uncategorized Tagged: cousins, fall color, fall family portraits, fall foliage, Family, golden hour, grayling photographer, kalkaska photographer, kids, michigan fall portraits, michigan photographer, natural light photographer, northern michigan, northern michigan photographer, november, outdoor fall photo shoot, outdoor photography, photo shoot, photography, riverains photography, siblings, traverse city photographer, upnorth
Posted on May 9, 2016
It was such a pleasure getting to know the Allen’s on a beautiful fall day last October! Well, actually, make that two days in October! Our first session was marked with tears and babies who weren’t feeling the best. So we got together again with great results! Sometimes a little extra time spent with my clients makes all the difference, and I’m so glad we could all find time in our schedules to make these special family portraits happen!
I loved seeing their wall portraits and gift prints ready for delivery!
Interested in a Fall Family Session this year? Call now (231-620-2505) or email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) to book your appointment with Riverains Photography! Sessions are limited and October in Northern Michigan is the prime time for family portraits!
Category: Fall in Northern Michigan, Families, Uncategorized Tagged: alden photographer, antrim photographer, children photographer, fall color, fall family portraits, Family, golden hour, kalkaska photographer, michigan fall portraits, michigan photographer, natural light photographer, northern michigan, October, photography, pure michigan, rapid city photographer, TCMI, torch lake photographer, traverse city photographer
Posted on April 27, 2016
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!
Category: Fall in Northern Michigan, Families, Uncategorized Tagged: alden photographer, antrim photographer, fall family portraits, Family, golden hour, kalkaska photographer, michigan photographer, natural light photographer, October, photography, pure michigan, sunlight, TCMI, traverse city photographer, upnorth
Posted on April 13, 2016
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!
Category: Children, Fall in Northern Michigan, Families, Uncategorized Tagged: alden photographer, antrim photographer, fall color, fall family portraits, Family, golden hour, kalkaska photographer, michigan fall portraits, michigan photographer, northern michigan, northern michigan photographer, rapid city photographer, TCMI, torch lake photographer, traverse city photographer
Posted on June 11, 2015
I love fall.
Growing up in Washington State, I found the months of September, October and November to be rather….soggy.
Like much of the rest of the year.
It’s the mountains, the rivers, the lush greens and outdoor brilliance whenever the sun shines that makes Washington so spectacular. But I will never forget the first time I met October in Michigan. It was October 13, 2000, and I flew into Chicago and drove into SW Michigan for a week with my best friend. The drive through the agricultural countryside on that first evening gave me memories, images that still come quickly to mind. Every house was decorated as if the month of October was THE celebration of the year! My first impression of Michigan was undoubtedly good, but sadly, two days later my best friend’s grandmother passed away, and we were soon on our way north to Kalkaska.
In the midst of the sadness of that week, two beautiful things blossomed: a relationship with the man who became my husband almost exactly a year later, and the soul-filling joy of anticipating the yearly return of splendid October in northern Michigan. In the years that followed our wedding and relocating to a place so far from my family and native home, the Octobers were like a shot in the arm of hope and profound gratefulness for the blessings to be received no matter where in the world you make your home.
These are some of my favorite images taken so far, these are the ones that are framed and up on my walls, or hanging in the living room, stretched on a gorgeous canvas so I can see them every day. They capture my favorite people, my corner of the world, and some of the favorite pieces of the vivid intensity of peak color in Kalkaska county. There is no real way to capture what this looks and feels like in real life. No words, no camera, could really take in the entirety of how the earth feels like it has its own light source, a glowing, wonderful, luminance everywhere you look. Even now, more than a decade later, I sometimes have a difficult time driving during peak color week because my eyes are drawn to everything but the drab, gray road.
I am already looking forward to October 2015! I enjoy the spring greens after the long, hard winters, and we all know how fantastic summer afternoons on Torch Lake are on a sticky hot day, but October, you have my heart!
Category: Children, Families, Personal, Uncategorized Tagged: alden photographer, antrim photographer, children photographer, fall color, fall family portraits, Family, kalkaska photographer, michigan fall portraits, michigan photographer, northern michigan, northern michigan photographer, October, photography, pure michigan, rapid city photographer, TCMI, torch lake photographer, traverse city photographer
Posted on June 3, 2014
October is such a splendid time to live in Michigan! All year long I look forward to the beautiful colors and the crisp cool air after humid summer days. Brandon and Ashta came to me hoping to become clients of mine for wedding pictures, but I wasn’t able to work that into my plans for 2014. So we jumped in for some fun fall images to capture this wonderful time as they begin their life together!
Congratulations on your March wedding! (I’m posting this a bit late! No longer an engaged couple, they’re now husband and wife!)
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