Lilly & George | Country Couple | Grayling Photographer

 

Watching these two find each other, fall in love, and build their faith as they served for a year of internship at Camp Au Sable has been beautiful. We love them dearly and look forward to seeing the journey that God takes them on in the years to come!

“Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times.” ~Ann Landers

 


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Winter Wedding | Alanna & Danny | Northern Michigan Photographer

I am often asked if I can photograph weddings. The answer is “Yes!”, but there are almost always conflicts of time, schedule, or religious convictions. A lot of people choose a Saturday to say their vows and celebrate their commitment to each other, but I am not available for any photography sessions or events on Saturdays. So when Alanna told me her wedding was going to take place on a Monday, I was ecstatic to be able to work with her to capture her wedding day!

It was a beautiful snowy day at Camp Au Sable to witness the love these two share!

Praise God for His faithfulness and loving kindness in bringing Alanna and Danny into a happy marriage and a life of service!

May He always bless your home with joy!

Or you can view their slideshow here on my Riverains Photography Facebook page!

J. Family | Maternity Session | Northern Michigan Photography

These two gorgeous parents-to-be were up from Florida visiting family last March when we met up in Grayling for some **cold** winter morning pictures! Thankfully we didn’t spend too much time outside before coming in for a few studio portraits to complete their maternity session.

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Thank you so much for coming to see me while you were in Michigan! And congratulations on the birth of your beautiful baby girl last summer!

S. Family | Blooming Orchard Mini Session | Northern Michigan Photographer

I just LOVE spring blooming orchard pictures! I can’t wait for this year’s warm weather to pop open those beautiful, heavenly white blossoms!

Kari, the incredibly talented artist at August Afternoon Photography is such an amazing person who inspires me so much! I love her to death and look forward to the times we get to work together! Especially when that means I get to capture her and her sweet family!

Our spring pictures last year had two very special assignments:

  1. Mommy and Me pictures – turns out, photographers tend to have a ton of pictures of their kids, but, like zero pictures of Mom with those precious kiddos!
  2.  Scroll down to see the other ADORABLE announcement they got to make!

*spoiler alert! Baby brother was born in December 2017! (I’m constantly behind on this blogging thing!)

 

Cousins | Fall Family Session | Northern Michigan Photographer

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.

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Senior | Tori A. | Autumn Senior Portraits in Northern Michigan

Tori wanted her senior pictures to be taken around Torch Lake where her family spends time every summer! We met up in Rapid City on a beautiful October day, when the autumn color was at its finest, yet still warm enough to brave the Torch Lake waters for a few fun sunset images. Tori has such an amazing smile, a spirit that just shines through to everyone around her! We had a fantastic time getting these images, I’m so glad she wanted her senior pictures up north and came all the way from downstate to let me be part of the process. Go Class of 2017~ Best of Luck on the next adventure!

Glamour | Mother & Daughter | Carrie & Kaylee

A mother/daughter glamour session – what a wonderful gift for any mom and daughter!

These days are so fleeting, so precious!

Working with Carrie and Kaylee was amazing. I loved watching their interaction with each other. It was sweet and saucy, a genuine friendship with honesty that is refreshing!

They came in to my in-home studio, had their hair and makeup done, for a full 3 hours of feeling pampered and beautiful! Here are a few of the favorites from their session.

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First Birthday | Baby D. | Northern Michigan Photographer

Sweet Baby D! Such a beautiful baby girl, growing so very fast! It seems like she was just coming in with her parents for her newborn pictures, and then just moments later for her first birthday.

Now we’re coming up on her second birthday and she is a proud big sis to a new baby brother!

Thank you for letting me capture these precious moments!

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Her crocodile tear just KILLS me.

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There is nothing sweeter than the simplicity of a baby in a white onesie!!

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WHAT is this nasty stuff?! The cake smash was definitely NOT her favorite thing! 😉

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Glamour | Kristen | Her Experience with Riverains Photography

beforeafter-2Looking back a few years to July 2013 to my session with Kristen! This was just a few short months after I’d discovered the incredible talent of Sue Bryce and had begun to learn the techniques behind her wildly successful Glamour Portrait business. What drew me to Sue Bryce was hardly her business sense, though. It was her amazing ability to connect with all women, of all backgrounds, body shapes, and insecurities, and in the space of a few hours reveal to them their own beauty….and capture it in an image that would remind them, over and over, what it means to embrace it. Embody it. Live it.

Kristen was gracious enough to be one of the first practice sessions as I began the learning process! She suffers from adult acne which makes it difficult at times for her to see past to the beauty within. During the time we spent together, I was amazed by the easy way she connected with the camera, and thrilled to see the intensity and confidence shining bright through her eyes and her body language. It was a great experience for me, and I was happy to have Kristen write this wonderful review of her side of the experience!

Kristen 7747 edit 2 jpg small “When I first heard “glamour shoot” I instantly thought of the horrible circa 1990s glamour pictures you would get done at the mall. I was hesitant. However with talking to Lisa and seeing her passion and excitement for her photography, I knew for certain this was not going to be pictures you get from the mall. From the moment I sat in the makeup chair, I felt at ease. As a mother of two, I do not get many opportunities to put on makeup and an outfit that I feel sexy in. Lisa and her makeup artist, Raini, not only exuded confidence in their abilities to make me feel beautiful but also exuded kindness in making me feel at home. Lisa’s goal of the day was to capture a shot that I could reflect on and see that I am beautiful! It is not very often that you come across a photographer that is equally as thrilled as you to see the outcome of the shoot. Lisa’s excitement throughout the whole session created fire within me. For those couple of hours I was a supermodel and I liked it! Lisa’s passion for photography is clearly evident in her work. I was shocked at how many photographs she came back with at the reveal. Each one was stunning and beyond my wildest expectations. The photos made me embrace what was already there; my beauty. The whole experience is something that I will cherish forever. I not only walked away from this shoot with breathtaking photographs but with more confidence about the person I am inside and out.” ~KristenKristen 7758 small

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Kristen 7751 edit smallsmall gorgeous glamour cover girl michiganKristen curates a great blog at here at Blissfully Insane, which you will LOVE! Go check it out and give her page a like at Blissfully Insane’s Facebook Page.

Thank you for the wonderful review, Kristen!

A Top Ten Feature!

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Last week I had the honor of being featured in  {Top Ten | Yellow}  over at  Jackie Jean’s blog! The blog post can be found here at shopjeanphotography.com

If you are not familiar with Jackie Jean Photography, she has a fantastic website full of resources for photographers, including actions, presets, overlays, and workshops. She also hosts a wonderfully supportive group on facebook where photographers can share their work and enter the weekly Top Ten challenges.

 

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This picture is one of my absolute favorites, and it’s an honor to see it recognized in the Top Ten! Thank you Jackie!