Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Some of my faves :) Family Photographer, MI

I honestly cannot think of anything that brings me more joy in my photography business, than families who invite me to share in the big moments in life... like weddings... and then stick with me and allow me to share in their futures :) It is seriously, for me, the picture of success. If I have the honor of having clients continue in the future... my cup runneth over!

You might remember John and Ginger from about 3 years ago. Their wedding picture is even still at the top of this blog (ya I have slacked a tad in updating it) but they are just as wonderful together as ever!

We had a wonderful day at Hidden Lake Gardens AFTER the rain threatened to keep us away! The radar on the weather channel was UGLY and it rained RIGHT after we finished their session, but as you can imagine... I was jumping up and down with excitement that the rain held out for us!

Ginger's mom came along and was willing to let us get her in a few photos. I say it all the time, but PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE... bring grandparents to your sessions. Grandparents are SO special and in time, having pictures of your children with their grandparents, the meaning will only grow. PROMISE!

Thank you SO much to John, Ginger, and Morgan for sharing your lives with me! Your dedication, support and friendship mean A TON!

Also, Ginger... I don't take much time to blog anymore because there is just too much work to keep on top of it, however, you need to know that every time I DO take the time to blog. Your little words of, "Kari, you need to blog because it's one reason why I chose you for my wedding" rings in my ear... EVERY.SINGLE.TIME. and for that... I thank you for giving me the gentle nudge to keep at it!

xoxo, Kari :)

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Scott & Melissa - MARRIED!!! Destination Photographer, Spring Lake, MI

I have known Scott since he was about 10(ish). He's always been the kind of guy who is fun to be around, genuine, smart, and with just enough fun mixed in there to make a great guy! When I met Melissa at Steve & Kelly's wedding last year. I had a sense that these two would be the next one's to tie the knot! 

A few months after the Mizerik Wedding, I got a panicked call from Kelly who told me that her brother had proposed and how that was all wonderful and everything... BUT... he had recorded the proposal, and Melissa had accidentally deleted the video!!! Aaaah! Panic! She asked if there was any chance of saving it. Long story short... I got the SD Card from Melissa and with my magic recovery software... we SAVED it! YES!!

Once I was able to save that, I secretly hoped it would give me the "IN" to shoot their wedding... but I patiently waited until they asked :)  And they did :) Yay! I win! haha! We had a GREAT engagement session in the snow, where we froze... but it was worth every minute!

Our meetings before the wedding were all about the set up of the outdoor wedding over looking a beautiful lake, under a willow tree, in Spring Lake, MI. However, because we all know what a beast Michigan's Mother Nature can be... Scott & Melissa had to make the tough decision to have their wedding inside where it was warm and not windy... or outside where everyone would FREEZE, and take a chance at more rain showers. It was tough to watch Melissa as they made the decision, simply because of all the plans they made about their vision. However... as with most things in life... it was MEANT TO BE! 

Their ceremony took place inside the Spring Lake Country Club in front of a cozy fire side and candle lit mantle. The intimate setting snuggled all of their close family and friends in and the moments that all came together were nothing short of BEAUTIFUL. The ambiance that, that room became, was SO lovely. A perfect match to a laid back couple so full of genuine love for each other. 

It was such a shock to me as I was attempting to capture Scott's reaction to his bride as she came down the aisle, because I quickly turned around... and Melissa was there! It was like she RAN down the aisle!! ha! As she got close to the "altar", she said, "I'm ready"!!! So them :) and a great laugh from their guests!

It was such a joy to watch Scott & Melissa's family as they all got some great laughs through the slide show they shared with their guests. I sat there thinking to myself how proud their parents must both be. These two are so sweet and genuine together. Every time I am with them I can't help but notice how much they make the other smile :) 

Congratulations Scott & Melissa! Thank you SO much for allowing me to share in such a special time in your lives. I wish you two so much happiness in the future and look forward to watching your lives grow TOGETHER. 

xoxo, Kari

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Landunn! Onsted, MI Photographer

I had a terrible time narrowing this little guy's sneak peek down to a few. Our session started out a where he was pretty unsure of me, and didn't really want to get involved in my ideas... however... that only last about 2 minutes ;) As you can see... we had a GREAT time! You are so much fun Mr. Landunn!

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Jen & Kyle - MARRIED!! ~ Jackson, MI Wedding Photographer

Jen & Kyle had a WONDERFUL day! The love they share is so refreshing!

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