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…

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…

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…

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.ūüôā 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 not…

Spark 2017. For Seniors Only. 

Big News!! Something fun for 2017 seniors who book by May 15: An exclusive Spark session and feature. This is an additional photo session- creative & unique- to really express who you are and to share your spark. It’s for those photos that might seem too risky, too time-consuming, or just too “out there” in…

What to wear- Denim and Sparkle. Casually classy senior photo outfit ideas.

It’s spring, and senior season is just around the corner- which means outfit planning! Casual, easygoing, with some sparkle caught my eye today. Jean shorts are such a true classic, and <heck, yes!!> you should wear them for your senior pics! Just add a slightly dressier and colorful cardigan or jacket, and some nicer jewelry….

What to Wear in Photos- Senior Girls’ edition

Love is Key. As in life, it is in fashion. And senior photography. For the best outcome, ¬†you’ve gotta love the outfits in the photos. Having said that, please don’t bring your most beloved old hoodie. Here’s what you should bring instead. Clothes that Fit ¬†Perfectly¬†At your session, you’ll be bending, turning, standing, sitting, kneeling,…

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…