Alyssa’s Beautiful, Windswept Senior Session- Alpena, MI

The best part of Alyssa’s shoot? Getting to know her! This girl knows how to hustle! She’s the yearbook editor, plays varsity softball, competes with the ROV team, and teaches catechism classes. So she’s crazy busy- but this girl also is in NHS, makes the A Honor Roll every term, is a Freshman Connections Leader and…

Sam + Mike. An “Up North” Wedding in Alpena, MI

When Samantha first contacted me over a year ago, about shooting her wedding, I said, “no.” Actually, when she first contacted me, I saw that she was from Ohio, so I thought maybe it was a scam, since… well, who in Ohio would want to hire a photographer from so far away? Anyway, I finally…

Baby Benny at his Great Grandma’s House. Newborn Session.

We finally got to meet the newest Brownridge cousin when we all gathered for Thanksgiving at my mother-in-law’s home (his great-grandma!)  Of course we had to do a little lifestyle newborn session.  There was a lot going on at the house with all the family there, so we just headed up into the spare bedroom…

Katherine. Future doctor, current role model.

Poised and articulate, with a ready laugh, Katherine knew she wanted her senior portraits to stand out. For that reason, the studio style photos suited her perfectly: classy, bold and unique; and  just like this high-achieving math and science girl. How high-achieving?Alpena High school awarded her the school’s highest honor, the Top Cat, recognizing her outstanding…

An Up North Family Reunion in Alpena, MI

The Matash family reunion at the LaFarge Social Club, July 5, 2016. Perfect weather, with family coming back home to Alpena from as far as Calgary! As everybody was just starting to arrive, the guys started up a game. The youngest cousins found their way to the playset. And soon, all the adults followed the…

Newborn Twins at Home- A casual family session in Northern Michigan

When I arrived at the house, I don’t know what I was expecting, but definitely not the tranquility that I found.  Sarah was looking well-rested and relaxed, her not-quite-two son was quietly playing, and the twins were just contently quiet. Pat was in the basement taking care of some major spring flooding- but on the…

Hello Baby J! Sunday Morning at Home.

The best thing about newborn photos at home is how they become family photos. 🙂 Like here. Of course, we took a ton of photos of Baby J looking cute and tiny, and so, so new. And we also took a bunch of him being held close by mom, dad, and big sister, Grace.   It’s…