Clicking Through Life » Real life wedding photography

This session is extra special to me, one because Tracy is one of my longest friends.  We’ve been close for over 25 years and have literally grown up together.  Two because her mom is a photographer.  And while it can be a little nerve wracking to photograph a fellow photographer, this time it surprising wasn’t for me.  I’ve learned so much from her and Debbie has been one of my biggest supporters since I’ve started my business and I was excited to get her and her family in front of my camera.

Being a photographer, you never have enough pictures of your family.  Well pictures that include you in them anyways.  :-) Here’s just a few of my favorites with the Carnahan and Wilson family!

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Welcome to another edition of “Clicking Through the Lives of Others”!  After Thursdays TBT post, you might have guessed this was coming.  I’m loving how many of my wedding clients I’ve been seeing again lately.  There’s truly something special about being with them as they start their lives together.

Heather and Trevor were married last year and without missing a beat are adding to their family this fall.  What you might not have expected from the last post is there’s not just one, but two little humans will be entering the world with some of the sweetest and most caring parents possible.  Here’s just a few of my favorites from their maternity session at the studio last month.

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As I was getting ready to publish my next post I realized that Heather and Trevor’s wedding was one that wasn’t published during my blog break last year.  And I can’t very well publish that post until the beginning of their story was published first.  I’ll give you one guess as to what’s coming up next?!  :-)

But first comes love and for today’s Throw Back Thursday, here’s some of my favorite images from Heather & Trevor’s wedding last summer.

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I love their country style and all of the ways they incorporated it into their wedding.

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Heather’s bouquet was absolutely gorgeous and quite heavy, made completely of brooches.

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The ceremony took place St. Marys Catholic Church in Port Huron

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I loved the pop of color in the bridesmaid’s bouquets of sunflowers.

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The reception took place Alexander’s at my favorite venue in the area.
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The banquet room is breathtaking with all of the piping and draping.

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They had so many details tying their love for the country together…

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And when Trevor sang to Heather during their first dance, my heart melted a little…

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Today I’m excited to kick off my first series on the blog!  I know I’ve mentioned several times before how much I love where we live.  I love that I have a shooting space, both for boudoir and portraits and my new hometown has this quaint small town appeal with so many fun places for sessions and portraits.  It’s filled with awesome boutiques, antique stores and some pretty awesome places to shop, visit and eat.

For my first Local Love post I’m excited to feature one of my favorite boutiques, Good Natured Gardens.  From the moment I first entered this store I was completely smitten.  There’s so many unique gifts and pieces that I can spend forever strolling around looking at everything and I swear it doesn’t matter how many times I circle the store, I always discover something new I didn’t see my first time around!

When Good Natured Gardens first opened, Jackie featured the works of 19 Michigan artist and has since grown to more than 60 Michigan artists that create all things from furniture, to pottery and jewelry.  There’s handmade soaps, lotions and even yarn.  In fact I’ve furnished much of my studio from amazing pieces I’ve picked up here!  All from artists located right here in Michigan.   Customers come from all parts of the United States to shop here and while I was there this last time, there were people visiting her store all the way from California!

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The store front welcomes you with just a little peak of what you might find inside.

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Michigan’s own Stormy Kromer hats and vests can be found here.

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There works from 5 different potters all from the Blue Water area!

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Right now you can find some of the most unique Halloween and fall art I’ve seen!

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She carries a huge line of Detroit Scroll pieces including everything from t-shirts and scarfs to all different types of drink wear.  Perfect gifts for your Detroit loving family and friends.

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Mixed in with some beautiful jewelry you can find beautiful pieces of blown glass and tile art.

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Jackie recently expanded this year into the building next door and it was quickly filled with pieces highlighting our water loving area.

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I recently discovered essential oils and this is one of my favorite areas of her store to spend a lot of my time when stopping in.  I always spend so much time absorbing Jackie’s knowledge and learning new ways to use them.

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And finally, I’d like to introduce you to Jackie.  She’s the beautiful soul that started all of this.  If you’re looking for a unique gift or something for yourself make sure you visit her at 229 Broadway St Marine City, Michigan 48039 and let her know that I sent you!

PS – Good Natured Gardens is also partnered with Tranquility Spa for their upcoming Women’s Wellness Day in Marine City!  There’s specials and freebies offered all around town and Jackie will be doing a free class at The Snug Theatre.  And I’m so excited to say that I’m going to be a part of it!  I’ll be set up at Good Natured Gardens talking more about my After Hours Photography and the beauty of boudoir.  Come on and visit for day of empowerment, pampering, shopping and food!

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It was one of those days where I wasn’t just checking the hourly forecast I was watching the radar all day.  Waiting for it to refresh to finally show our scheduled time.  The forecast changed hourly from will rain, to a possible chance, to under a 10% chance and as I headed out the door, the radar was clear.  But I know better than to trust the weather forecast…

Amanda & Kyle wanted to capture their shared love for the Red Wings, so we decided to start at Joe Louis and not 5 minutes into their session it started to rain.  Not knowing how much longer we would have, we took the opportunity for an outfit change and just as we were starting to shoot again, the sun was out.  Then it rained again.  I love it when the sun is shining and it’s still raining.  The way the rain drops shine as they fall is beautiful.  I always say it’s my favorite kind of rain.  But it continued like that for our entire time together.  Not enough to drench you all at once, but enough to chase us into our vehicles to try to stay dry.

They didn’t let the weather get them down, and we were still able to get some great pictures literally shooting between the raindrops.

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