Clicking Through Life » Real life wedding photography

Peggy & George were married last month at the Community House and it was seriously the one of sweetest weddings ever.  It was a beautiful day filled with family, lifelong friends, a lot of laughter and a lot of love.  Their wedding was an intimate affair with their closest friends and family and the wedding party consisted of Peggy’s daughter, their grandchildren and George’s best friend of 50 years.  The ceremony was officiated by one of George’s best friends and it was truly a celebration of the ties of friendship, the bonds of family and uniting in love…

 

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Flowers : Blumz

DJ: Uncle Buck – Mike Staff Productions

Cake: Pappa Joes

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Today I’m excited to share this beautiful newborn baby girl with you.  We haven’t had many girls around here lately, there’s been lots of little boys though.  But now we have a girl in our CTL family!  Meet Miss Evelyn!  Andrea and Mike welcomed her to their family in July.  She’s perfect in every way and just look at all that hair!  Here’s a few favorites from Evelyn’s newborn session.

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Working with couples from pre-wedding and again afterwards, I develop a bond with them and love that I can keep in touch with them after their wedding is over.   My heart smiles when they share exciting news and when they start and grow their family.  It also aches for them when I read of their struggles and their losses.  My CTL family has experienced some pretty big losses this year and I’ve cried on more than one occasion with them.

For her 30th birthday, Danielle asked Mike for a portrait session with me and I knew going into this session that at some point there was going to be tears.  They were celebrating and grieving at the same time.  Aiden had recently turned 3 and the birth of their second son James was just 2 weeks before our session.  The day after his namesake, Danielle’s father unexpectedly passed away.   It was seriously an emotional time for this family and I love that for a few moments during our time together they were able to just be a happy family and seriously enjoy their time together…

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I seriously don’t remember the last time I had 10 days off since I started my business.  Not even in the slowest of winter months have I taken a full 10 days in a row off.  And maybe I didn’t quite this time either, admittedly I did answer e-mails a couple of times.  I’m honestly not sure how any business owner can walk completely away for 10 days, especially when you’re pretty much a one person show.  But since my sister and her family live in Florida, I only get to see these guys a couple of times a year and I’m not sure the next time I’ll see them again.  I know it won’t be that long, but having them 1000 miles away makes any amount of time too long.  Having that thought in the back of your head makes your cherish each and every moment and spoil them with lots fun times and lots of special treats.

We packed so much fun stuff into each day, I really can’t believe how much we did.  Yet it never seemed rushed.  It was an almost perfect pace.  And I only say almost, because the trip had to come to an end and as usual I cried when the visit with my sister and family ended….

See how we spent our time together through my camera and our iPhones.  :-)

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We wasted no time and then fun began almost the moment they arrived.  It didn’t take but a hot second to start enjoying the beautiful day.
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We got to visit Uncle Scott at the Fire Department…
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Then we headed to our small town festival for ice cream, cotton candy, rides, relaxation and fireworks…  
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Olivia caught the biggest fish and found the most gorgeous monarch butterfly…
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Then we headed up north to Travese City for a few days of Pure Michigan, camping style…
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We took in sunsets on the beach…
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We stopped by a local hop farm…
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And spent more time on the beach.  We were supposed to go the Sand Dunes, but the storm that blew in the day before we got there had them closed.   2015 Vacation-178_WEB 2015 Vacation-200_WEB
We found a dog friendly beach and restaurant where Balto was in heaven.  He had kids, found a playmate and got to sing along to Happy Birthday to another patron.  He was in his glory…

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There was wine tasting…
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A Children’s Museum…
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Miniature golf, go carts, bumper boats, games and water slides…
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We spent some time with family and harvesting the garden…
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My neighbors brought over their 4-wheeler for more fun!
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And we spent the last day wearing the kids out for the long drive home.  After swimming, milkshakes and more 4-wheeling and of course I squeezed in some portraits with them, and they were asleep in minutes!  My heart is so full after this amazing vacation and I’m missing them all so much already…

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I read once that in order to for a weather person to be considered “good” at their job, they only had to be right 30% of the time.  I don’t remember where I heard that, so I cannot say if it’s true, but it sure does seem like it sometimes doesn’t it?  As a photographer who shoots 90% of my sessions outside, one of the hats I have to wear is that of a weather man and sometimes I think I’m just as good!:-) The day of Laura and Josh’s  the weather predicted rain, (if you want to read a little about what goes through photographer’s minds check out Missy’s post.  It’s pretty much dead on and hilarious).  Since travel was involved for Laura and Josh’s session, after watching the percentages of rain go down all week, we decided to move the session time up to try to beat the rain.  And wouldn’t you know it, it worked.  No rain.  Zero.  In fact there were barely any clouds!  Turned out to be a beautiful, hot, sunny summer day!

Laura and Josh are getting married this fall and I had a great time getting to know them during their engagement session.  Harbor Springs is Josh’s hometown and during our time together he showed me some of the amazing sights that Harbor Springs has to offer….

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