Lindsey and Alex – 10 Year Throwback Thursday

Disclaimer: This is what happens when I let my couples design their own engagement portrait session. Authenticity ahead.

Dropkick Murphys guitarist engagement portrait

Back in 2004, two of my most talented musician friends helped me expand my ideas of what Engagement Portraits were supposed to look like when they put aside their acoustic guitar and baby grand piano and stepped outside wearing black Dropkick Murphy’s shirts. This photo of Lindsey & Alex has sparked a conversation with each prospective client with whom I shared it and stirred many a portfolio reviewing professor. It’s still a favorite shot and a fond memory creating it for the newlyweds.

Then in May, 10 years ago today, they got married, and had a kid still learning what his camera’s buttons all did tell their wedding story. I was lucky enough to be that kid.

bride candid portrait while waiting

bride and flower girl photo idea

wedding ceremony Newton Center Lakeville Indiana

Unity candle and marriage license

Just married recessional

groom with the bloom

black and white wedding cake

newlyweds first dance

bride and groom first dance black and white

Congrats newlyweds! Happy 10th Anniversary!

Previously Unpublished – Kalamazoo Lake Piers in the Moonlight

Saugatuck Kalamazoo lake piers in moonlight

On a quiet Monday evening several springs back I meandered Saugatuck, Michigan with a camera and tripod. Monday was my weekend, this quiet town was somewhere new. The moon was astounding that night and the piers were a quiet spot for a pause along the Kalamazoo River.

Not all the Previously Unpublished images I’ve set aside are on film.

Not all who wander are lost.

Stay wandering. Take a camera along. eB

Prints and gift items from this image available here.

Spring Flashback – While the Newlyweds Wait – May 2005

Wedding Portrait bride and groom alone candid Saint Joseph Michigan

More snow in the air as February winds down warrants another warm weather favorite photo gets dredged from the archives! Today’s post comes from Spring 2005 as the newlyweds shared a moment alone on the country club green in Bridgman, Michigan.

Free photo tip – waiting around for family and bridal party members to arrive for group portraits is not time wasted waiting on great photo opportunities… if you keep your eyes out for these kinds of moments. This photo came together between the bride and groom’s portraits alone and waiting on the rest of the gang to meet up for outdoor portraits. No posing ideas, directing, or forcing a smile needed!

Keep toasty & keep your eyes open for great photo moments! -eB

Thank You

Thank you to the men and women, and their families, who serve and have served for our country’s freedom.

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Katrina & Charley – a few more photos

I had to add a couple of instant favorites from Katrina & Charley’s wedding last weekend. There’s nothing better than celebrating with friends, old ones and all the new ones we just made!

Katrina in the mirror

Charley – what a guy. Just waiting to see his bride minutes before the ceremony…

Katrina’s smile said it all. Nothing like making your photographer tear up to make it tricky to keep shooting! I couldn’t be happier for you guys!

Just married!

Love you guys!

Be sure to check out the slideshow to see more of this fantastic celebration!

Congrats Molly & Aaron!

What a day to celebrate with Molly & Aaron! Probably the best weather of the year to kick of the Memorial Day weekend for this wonderful wedding day with the Abernethy and Roussell families. The newlyweds were an absolute blast to spend the day alongside enjoying the happiness between them, the laughs shared from siblings’ toasts, the live music and festivities of the reception – the day flew by in an easygoing breeze!

Congrats you guys! Many more photos to come!

Miriam’s Senior Session

Congrats, Miriam!

It’s amazing to see the youngest students of my 2002-2003 drama class now getting ready for graduation day. I was proud of them back then for all the hard work they put into our (elective) class, and I am even more proud as they get ready to celebrate all their hard work throughout high school. The most recent of our students to join us for a Senior Session was Miriam.

What started as a rainy few days turned out to be a vivid, sunny afternoon at the Japanese Gardens. Here are a few of my favorites from the shoot – enjoy!

Japanese Gardens spring Senior Portraits

Spring outdoor flower garden senior portraits

Japanese Gardens Bridge Senior Portraits

Shiojiri Niwa Japanese Gardens Senior Portraits