Previously Unpublished – Kalamazoo Lake Piers in the Moonlight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Not all the Previously Unpublished images I’ve set aside are on film.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.

Congrats Rachelle and Josh – 10th Anniversary Flashback!

On a sunny April Saturday 10 years ago today I joined Rachelle & Josh for their springtime wedding celebration at the Morris Estate Chapel in Niles, Michigan. Colorful tulips were in bloom outside the former Centre Meeting House, now a country chapel where the newlyweds were married. As they celebrate their anniversary today, here are some of my favorites from their wedding day story. Enjoy! Congrats, newlyweds!

Bride and groom inside the Morris Estate Chapel
Bride and groom inside the Chapel
Bride, Groom and Bouquet in the Morris Farms Chapel
Bride, Groom and Bouquet & pearls
Bride and Groom with the Father of the Bride officiating the wedding at Morris Farms Estate
Bride and Groom with the Father of the Bride officiating the wedding at Morris Farms Chapel
Newlyweds outside the Morris Farms Estate Chapel
Newlyweds Rachelle and Josh greet guests outside the Morris Estate Chapel, tulips in bloom on their April wedding day
Morris Estate chapel wedding guests
Guests congratulating the newlyweds outside the chapel at the Morris Estate
Bride and groom wedding portrait ideas with bench
A quiet moment between the newlyweds
Groom and Groomsmen Country Club Portrait ideas
Groom and Groomsmen on the Country Club Green
Newlyweds wedding portrait by fireplace ideas
Congrats to the newlyweds!
Bridal party portrait ideas Morris Farms Estate Chapel
Newlyweds and their bridal party on the steps of the Morris Estate Chapel
Morris Estate Chapel spring wedding newlywed portraits outdoors
Newlyweds Rachelle and Josh on the country road alongside the Morris Estate Chapel

 

Check out The Morris Estate and Chapel here or see more Wedding Day Stories here. eB

 

Fall, In Love – September Wedding on a Lake Michigan Beach

lake michigan silver beach wedding dune grass

The time machine is still churning, back to before this blog was up and running.

Eight years back I joined Emily and Drew as they celebrated their September wedding day at Silver Beach along Lake Michigan in Saint Joseph, Michigan. A stormy day may have dampened the dunes but it didn’t stop the Newlyweds and their guests from having an unforgettable time along the lake shore.

lake michigan silver beach wedding warning sign

lake michigan silver beach wedding tiki torch

Tiki torches lined the aisle to their ceremony in the sand.

lake michigan silver beach wedding altar

lake michigan silver beach wedding rings

lake michigan silver beach wedding recessional

Congratulations, Emily & Drew, and happy anniversary!

BONUS – the nontraditional wedding ceremony runner.

This guy was making tracks along the shore during the ceremony and made his way back during portraits. “Runner” shirt, running shorts, headband, headphones, sunglasses, knee wrap, high socks, gleaming smile… He was way too accessorized NOT to get a photo with the groom & groomsmen.

lake michigan silver beach wedding runner

1945 Pinup and Sailor Themed Engagement Portrait Session

1945 Pinup and Sailor Engagement Portraits train stop

I’m a fan of incorporating my clients’ ideas into their photo sessions. The more excited about your photos and involved in the creative process you are, the more my energy behind the camera is fueled back into your photos. One of my favorite conversations about a customized engagement session turned out to be a time warp to 1945 to spin a classy take on the famous “Kissing the War Goodbye” sailor and nurse photograph. Victory curls, polka dots, and a (modern day) US Navy dress blue uniform were all upstaged by smiles and laughs throughout these themed engagement portraits.

I put together the vintage Guest Book post and Facebook samples -both a hit- while the rest went into the album, Save the Date cards, and print samples without sneaking online since! Here are more of my favorites from this shoot in classy black and white.

1945 Pinup and Sailor Engagement Portraits bench

1945 Pinup Sailor Engagement Portraits stairway

 

1945 Pinup and Sailor Engagement Portraits passing train

1945 Pinup and Sailor Engagement Portraits Old Glory

 

1945 Pinup and Sailor Engagement Portraits dip kiss

1945 Pinup and Sailor Engagement Portraits lighthouse pier

1945 Pinup and Sailor Engagement Portraits lakeside pause

1945 Pinup and Sailor Engagement Portraits pier silhousette

1945 Pinup and Sailor Engagement Portraits beach walk

1945 Pinup and Sailor Engagement Portraits pinup with sailor cap

1945 Pinup and Sailor Engagement Portraits beach at dusk

Kiss ordinary photo shoots goodbye and drop me a line here to see your ideas turn into the images you’ve always wanted.

Lake Michigan Engagement Session – Jami and Nick

Silver Beach dunes engagement portraits

Lake Michigan lighthouse pier engagement portrait shoot

Lake Michigan Silver Beach Tiscornia lighthouse engagement portrait

Lake Michigan Silver Beach pier sunset engagement portrait

Lake Michigan Silver Beach pier lighthouse engagement portraits

Lake Michigan Silver Beach engagement portrait sunset couple

Lake Michigan Silver Beach sunset engagement portraits

BONUS: Mutual Weirdness (or outtakes)

While I’d love to gloss on and on in poetic ways about the love filling the air like seagulls fluttering with eager expectation above a parking lot full of shiny cars… bad example… Jami & Nick have a mutual weirdness I can appreciate, as well as photograph. This is a significant part of their story, and these are the images to prove it. Congrats, love birds!

Engagement Portrait outtake shock

Silver Beach engagement photos couple

engagement portrait session hair whip

engagement portrait session outtake duckface

Check out more of my favorite sessions along Lake Michigan here, and Contact Me to set up a shoot of your own! -eB

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