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I hope you are ready for a pretty gorgeous wedding.

Mom

Kaitlin and her Mom working on the bouquet.


dress

This was Kaitlin’s dress and when she brought it downstairs, there was an audible “awwww.”


Olive

Meet Kaitlin and Steven’s ring bearer.

Ice Cream

Between the ceremony and the reception, all the guests went to the MSU dairy store for Ice Cream. It was an absolutely perfect day for it.


Married

This is it for now. Keep your eyes here for more photos.

Fern Room

April 24, 2017
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Having a camera can get you into pretty cool places but nothing compares to the kind of access a wedding dress gets you. Jamie and RC had a permit to get photographed on Belle Isle in Detroit, Michigan. Originally, we wanted to take some portraits in the conservatory but it was one of the busiest days on Belle Isle. That day was the first sunny day as Michigan emerged from a cold winter. The staff working at the Belle Isle Conservatory saw Jamie and decided to let us into the lower section of the Fern room. This part of the conservatory is typically off-limits to the general public.

Sound and Color

March 15, 2017
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The Bell Choir before this wedding ceremony set the tone for such a beautiful wedding to come. I am including a photo teaser here of Katey and Eric’s gorgeous wedding. Weddings are such personal and intimate affairs and a couple’s personality shines through every aspect of a wedding. It was so incredible to see these families come together.



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Meg and Andrea

February 14, 2017
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On this Valentine’s Day, I thought I would share Megan and Andrea’s story. This holiday is so commercialized and that leaves a bad taste in some people’s mouths but I have always thought of Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to celebrate love. How cool is it that we have a day to make people around us feel loved and feel special? Answer: very freakin’ cool.

I get to photograph people on such a special day but in Megan and Andrea’s case, I had gotten to know the two of them throughout their relationship. I met them when they had just started dating. Then, as if no timed had passed, I was photographing them on their wedding day.

This wedding was full of personality and character. Megan and Andrea incorporated their family members and their personal traditions into their wedding. All of these things made for such a beautiful and meaningful ceremony. To top it all off instead of dinner, their wedding had brunch! YUP, this was a bunch wedding. gah! So cool.




words


After the ceremony, Meg made this speech and it brought tears to everyone’s eyes. No picture could do justice to the sentiment behind these words. I am including it here for you.

“I want to take a moment to acknowledge how we all got here today. Many of you know that I was previously married to a man; it’s been my experience that nothing tests a man’s character quite like his wife telling him, “listen, I’m gay and we’re getting divorced”. What I saw after that conversation was that he was kind when he could have been cruel and supportive when he could have been destructive; he showed me what it looks like to value your partner’s happiness even when it comes at the expense of your own. Some of us have probably learned these things from observation, but I had to learn them from experience, and what I am bringing to my marriage to Andrea is what I learned about love, commitment and support not only from my first marriage, but from its dissolution.
We would have celebrated an anniversary just a few weeks ago. I still celebrate that day for the optimism and hope I brought to my first marriage. Of course, some of that hope was that I wasn’t really gay, and here we are. Being openly gay is a privilege that many around the world will never experience. Andrea and I are fortunate to be celebrating with so many LGBTQ-identified individuals. And we collectively are fortunate that despite unequal rights, overt oppression, very real physical danger, lack of representation in everything except voting rights for the TONY awards, family opposition, and a heightened awareness of the risks and benefits of simply existing, we’re all still here.
We’re here because other people came before us: our ancestors who contributed the genes that made us so stubborn and so good looking, our families and friends who support us but still challenge us to grow, and our civil rights ancestors: the labor organizers, feminists, desegregationists, revolutionaries, and violent and nonviolent protestors whose work has brought us here today. None of their accomplishments are perfect, and none of their work is done, but it’s a start. We also owe a debt of continued remembrance to LGBTQ individuals who have suffered and died, and to those who have suffered, but lived.
And everyone here who is not an identifying member of the LGBTQ community is an ally. This means that you support us. You support our right to get married; our right to not lose custody of our children because of our gender identity or sexual orientation; our right to a life free from physical and sexual violence; our right to be addressed by our chosen names and pronouns; our right to not hide our identities to keep our jobs, find housing, belong to a religious congregation, or simply walk down the street; our right to access healthcare appropriate to our unique needs, and to document and celebrate our own history. If you didn’t know what you were endorsing when you came here today and you’re just here because you like brunch, don’t worry. We like brunch too (we might have invented it), and someone will be dismissing tables very soon.”







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Film in Snow

January 7, 2017
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A friend of mine recently asked me about why I always mention whether a photograph was taken digitally or with film. Especially because film isn’t replacing the photographer’s skill. I thought about this a bunch and realized that film changes the process of taking a picture. Each shutter click costs so much money and film forces you to be more thoughtful about each composition; it teaches you to move on from ideas that aren’t working. I was just reading a really good blog post by a wood worker and he talks about how “few people have the ability to engage in the making of something.” When I am taking pictures with a film camera, I get more of a sense of creating something. So much has to be working in unison to get shots like these. Juggling all the technical variables in addition to working with another dynamic human being is what keeps photographers coming back to their cameras. This series is from a shoot with Sophia Brawner in one of the Detroit suburbs. We were both freezing but who could’ve passed up huge snowflakes like these.


Snow Flakes

Sometimes you wake up and everything looks absolutely perfect. I love that we get such gorgeous representations of all the seasons here in Michigan. It took me so many years to learn how to dress properly and now snowflakes like these are such a welcome sight. I hope you are getting out to enjoy the snow this winter.


Halloween

October 31, 2016
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Studio

As the sun starts setting earlier in the day I start doing a lot more work in the studio. Halloween is usually that tipping point from natural light work to studio work. Emma and I had been talking about this project for a while and we hustled to get it out today.

Enjoy!







Dessert Oasis

September 21, 2016
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A photograph is such a thin slice in time but a good image can leave us with feelings that extend much further beyond that one instant. When we look at an image we extrapolate a story before and after that moment. Not only that, when one person looks at a picture they have their own unique perspective and story around it. One person may look at this series of images and think about a memory of having coffee with a special person, another might think about their first job as a barista, and a third person may think of their morning ritual. These stories we assign to photographs connect us to these images. Photographers do their best to create a venue for people to establish these connections; sometimes we succeed.


film

I am always thankful when people let me take their pictures but I especially appreciate it when I am shooting film. With a film camera, I can’t give them the instant gratification of reviewing an image. So, it takes a lot of trust in a stranger to take your picture if they aren’t even going to show it to you. Thanks people.

This is another series with my mamiya 645 on Kodak Ektar 100 film.


Got a Cigarette?

I didn’t have a cigarette for him so he finished the last few puffs of the one he was already smoking.

light

Typically when someone is going out for a photo walk, they try bring as little gear as possible. I wanted to see what happened if I had a strong strobe and my full (almost) camera bag. At the risk of sore shoulders and looking a little silly, I walked out of my place with softbox mounted tripod and my bag. Here are a few photos from that evening.

Uncle Dave

He is known as Uncle Dave around town. He teaches a music class every day at the public library. Some days his classes are packed and other days no one shows up.

Watch

I loved that he had a Apple Watch on both wrists. He said that they both connected to two different phones.

NYU

Asher is a Sophomore from NYU and was visiting for a Karate event. I found him sitting here amongst a few hundred other people who were playing Pokémon Go.

First

Beginning something is always hard. This guy was the first person to step in my studio. He was standing behind me as I was setting up and I asked him if he would let me photograph him; without saying a word, he slowly walked in front of my light.

Street Corner Studio

During July’s “Arts Night Out” in Old Town, I set up a mobile backdrop backdrop and one really powerful studio strobe on a street corner; these are the portraits that resulted from an hour of talking to strangers. I am always so interested in how many people we pass by every day and I hope this projects preserves cross-sections of those passing moments. I was just reading a paper about how most people only look into each other’s eyes for a few short moments.

“Most animals look at each other to signal threat or interest. In humans, this social interaction is usually punctuated with brief periods of mutual eye contact. Deviations from this pattern of gazing behaviour generally make us feel uncomfortable and are a defining characteristic of clinical conditions such as autism or schizophrenia, yet it is unclear what constitutes normal eye contact (Binetti, 2016).”

When we look through a portrait series like this, we allow ourselves to look into a person’s eyes and layers of personality slowly start revealing themselves. Isn’t that cool? Gah! I can’t get over this pilot project. I will be doing a lot more of these around the state. Keep an eye on this blog for more versions.

Binetti, N., Harrison, C., Coutrot, A., Johnston, A., & Mareschal, I. (2016). Pupil dilation as an index of preferred mutual gaze duration Royal Society Open Science, 3 (7) DOI: 10.1098/rsos.160086



Dance

This guy was walking/jogging around and dancing. He was full of life and I barely caught him in time to get his attention.

Andrew Farmer

I only stopped him because of his awesome beard and really cool jewelry. As I was photographing him, he told me that he was a musician.

Whitney

She has swag.

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Work

“You Owe it to all of us to get on with what you’re good at.” W. H. Auden

In June, Angela Southern and I launched a monthly collaboration project. We start the month by giving each other a prompt, then, I spend the first 15 days working on a photo and Angela takes the second half of the month to letter. Here is the second photo in our series and I am in love with it. We decided to work with a one world prompt: work. Instead of the obvious imagery that is associated with work, I wanted to explore how beauty and toughness can communicate the same thing. I think this W.H. Auden quote goes along with the image perfectly.

I can’t believe how well Angela worked with the busy background and was able to give both the subject and the quote equal attention. I am feeling pretty thankful for being surrounded by such creative minds.

Lastly, a huge thanks to Mallory Goldman for dusting off her ballet shoes.