I don’t think you could have asked for a more perfect September day in the windy city. This past Saturday began downtown at a private residence just a block from the lake. With sun bursting in, Ryan and Amanda began their day together with a first look and a quick getaway with the wedding party for some photos. It really was as much fun hanging out with this crew as it looks in the photos, haha.
I had never been to Northport prior to this weekend. Sure, I had seen much of Northern Michigan and had spent many a day in Northport’s close neighboring town of Leland. But this was a first for me in the quaint, charming lakeside village that set the backdrop for Stacy and Calvin’s wedding day!
I remember waking up at around 4am in my hotel…gathering my gear and heading down to the lobby. If we had any hope of catching the Eiffel Tower without swarms of people, it had to be at sunrise. And the Parisian sky did no disappoint. It was in this city that Alli and Freddy had met, and we had decided to return to the city of light in celebration of their engagement and upcoming wedding.
It is not hard to love Jackie and Matt. Everything about them as individuals and as a couple welcomes you in with open arms and honest smiles. Being in the spotlight was certainly not Matt’s favorite thing, and yet he endured the photos and attention with authentic happiness…and I credit that to the fact that he kept his eyes squarely fixed on the woman that he loved. The two were in it, 100%..and it was awesome to witness.
It remains to me one of the greatest compliments I can receive in work…being welcomed back into the family to photography the wedding of a past client’s sibling. I first met Becky at her sister’s wedding in Northern Michigan and I was so thrilled that she reached out once she began the planning process for her own wedding!
I have found that it is a key element to quality, honest, and captivating work as wedding photography - the element of trust. When a couple offers it to you as an artist, the canvas is blank you are given the chance to create in the midst of realtime moments of lasting emotional impact and gravity. All the more, that trust is a profound gift when the bride herself is an artist.
Over the years, I have realized that the role of wedding photographer often means being entrusted with the intimacy and emotion of each couple’s story.
It always feels like I never have enough time in Ann Arbor. I didn’t attend the University of Michigan but over the years I have photographed a handful of weddings and engagements in the city, and I have grown to love the town immensely.
Sometimes our love stories span states and oceans, cities and seas. A few weeks ago I have the privilege of meeting up with Bridget and Luke in the city by the bay and although they are getting married on the shores of Lake Michigan later this year, they currently make their home in San Francisco. I wanted to help capture this chapter of their lives, as they enjoy a season of living out West amid towering redwoods and the spray of the Pacific. Needless to say, we didn’t skimp on locations and made a full evening of it! I can’t wait for September my friends!
There was no way around it. If this failed, there would be no way to hide it. All the prep, all the promotion, all the expectation...all culminating with the possibility of me calling the whole thing off. That is the thing with visions and dreams and risk and failure. They all seem to often go hand in hand.