Michelle moved into a new condo and hired an alarm company. Shortly after the install, Michelle had a question for her alarm guy which led to a phone call lasting several hours. The first date and the hard and fast fall began just a few days later. Click the link in my bio to see their fun announcement on my blog!!
Hello there! I’m Kari, a wedding photographer from Southeastern Michigan and I do what I do because I love challenging my creativity behind the lens and capturing the most unforgettable moments in people’s lives. If I were to describe myself as a song it would have to be a country music track. You know, baby out of wedlock, married at 17, a house full of kids, a thriving business, and 23 years of happy marriage. Oh, and a dog. And a pickup truck in the driveway. I always snack on Sargento Balanced Breaks. I could never quit eating cheese and the mixture of sweet and salty is the best combo. I am most likely to run late for every single non-work related thing in my life but I always look good doing it ;) Tell me about you! Photographer: @daynamaephotography #mondayshare ⠀
I was editing some family photos, recently, that I took in August for my own family. They really should have been delivered already but as I got to the portion of the day that included my mom and dad I realized that maybe I had subconsciously left them untouched. My dad was diagnosed with dementia earlier this year and it has been a piece of my life and my story that I wish didn't exist. I knew when I edited those photos that the spark in his eye would not match the photo of him on my desk with my hubby. ⠀
It is because I cherish my own friends and family and the photographs that encapsulate our memories that I work so hard to deliver MEMORIES to you and not simple snapshots. ⠀
I never dreamed I would build a company that would fill me with such purpose. Weddings are my focus and it's an honor to capture the true love between two people on the one day they'll treasure for the rest of their lives. And sometimes I'm lucky enough to have them step in front of my camera again as they celebrate life together. I love keeping in touch and watching your marriages flourish. I love documenting your anniversaries, your baby bumps, and your growing families. Photographs hold our memories and it's a task I don't take lightly. ⠀
In the yummiest glowy light, Craig held Sarah close before leaning in to deliver the kiss that promised. I shared a little peek into why I love engagement sessions so much and why I used to despise them on their blog post today. Plus so many more favorites from their session. Link in Bio
What will you be drinking this fall? Finally, the weather has begun to cool a bit, which means my summertime staple (cold brew) is now out of the question when the heat isn't on yet and I need something warm to hit my belly. But to every drink there is a season (that’s what they say, right?) so I’m happily swapping out my cold brew for a hot cup of coffee and I'm happy to report that I did find the unicorn skinny pumpkin spice coffee syrup I was hoping existed making all my morning dreams come true. What can I say? I like what I like!⠀
Want to know a secret to a knockout marriage? Selflessness. Let me be super clear and make sure everyone understands that I am NOT good at this. But! Thankfully Todd is. For example, one year I missed his birthday while traveling to a woman's conference. I spent a weekend with girlfriends instead free of all responsibility refueling and refreshing and taking in teachings from lovely women. He cared more about what I could gain from that conference than he did about making sure I was there to celebrate his birthday. His selflessness has shaped our marriage. It is our glue. I'm still trying. Still practicing. And I always make time to pet puppies! #mondayshare ⠀
This little one was so excited about her aunt's wedding day! And having so much fun with Oliver Twist. This pup was so sweet and so cute. Moments after this photo was taken, Oliver was in the hallway without behind the closed door where is mama was gearing up to put her wedding dress on. I kid you not, he put his tiny little ear to the floor under the crack of the door. I looooove seeing your puppies on your wedding day and engagement session. Love being an auntie, too!⠀
I thought I’d be emotional sending my babies off to their first Homecoming. But by the time they were finished getting ready I was ready to rip out all of my own hair and theirs. Occasions like this legit take a freaking village! They threw so much sass and attitude at each other that just made me so crazy. And like they always do, they each find a second to cooperate and drop a charming ‘I’m sorry’ then pose for photos. Have the BEST time ladies!! 😘😘
What things can't YOU live without? There are a few things I'm pretty sure I just couldn't live without: fresh flowers, candles, blazers, a hot shower, date nights, good books, and family dinner just to name a few. In my work, though, these three things are indispensable: post-it notes for all my colored-coded note making, my planner is literally life, and bullet fast wifi. Anyone else ever want to just chuck a Mac through a window because of slow wifi? So just me? Okay then. What are your must-haves? Drop em' below.⠀
SO SO excited to share Michelle + Matt’s big news! Err, little news. We paused during their engagement session to incorporate this baby pumpkin so they could share with the world that they have a baby on the way. I am thrilled to be on this journey with them from engagement to wedding to their growing family. Drop a big ole congratulations in the comments below to Michelle + Matt!
I have been looking forward to Ashlee and Steve’s big day since we first met a year ago. And it did not disappoint! They’re friends and family were so kind and their intimate wedding was an honor to be part of. Lots of my favorites on featured on the blog today. Photographer: @karidawsonphoto l Second Photographer: @elleticulaphoto l Church: @saint.marymagdalen l Venue: @OakPointeCC l Hair + Makeup: Tribue Salon & Spa in Brighton l Music: Mobile Rhythm DJ l Florals: @artinbloomstudio l Cake: Art in Design Wedding Cake l Bride's Dress: @TheWhiteDressMI l Bridesmaid Dresses: @TDSBridal l Mensware:@menswearhouse
Moments before their first look, Julie made sure the wedding party had all re-boarded the party. Julie fiercely protected this special moment. The first moment they’d share on their wedding day. I pray that you BOTH continue to protect, without caution, your time together and your marriage as a whole. Keep each other first. And keep dating! Welcome to the married couple’s club! #julieandmitchgethitched
After a snowshoe race, in Traverse City, that Megan and Erik participate in annually, they rode off on fat tire bikes in the snow. On a water break, Erik distracted Megan long enough to get down on one knee and completely surprise her with a prosal and a stunning engagement ring that is a 100-year-old family heirloom. ⠀