Miracle Baby #2 | Newborn Storytelling Session | Metro Detroit Documentary Photographer

God gives you the desires of your heart so that He can fulfill them.

That's exactly what He did for Adam and Lauren...but He didn't do it just once. He did it twice.

When Eleanor was 11 months old, Adam and Lauren received what is arguably the most shocking news of their lives…

Read More

Becoming Four : Fresh 48 Session | Metro Detroit Documentary Photographer

When you see the look of awe in your husband's eyes as he gazes at your new son, when you tug the striped cap from the hospital off to admire the soft hair underneath, when your daughter sees her baby brother for the first time, when you are all four together as a family for the first time, you'll want to record every single detail in your memory. 

Because each of those moments, and all of the other little ones in between, are invaluable.

Read More

Influenza: 0, Us: 1 - Fresh 48 Session | Metro Detroit Documentary Photographer

That moment was to be the climax of the story. For weeks up to baby's arrival, big brother and sister grew increasingly more excited to find out if their baby sibling would be a boy or a girl. 

So when we found out that the hospital where mom would deliver wasn't allowing visitors under the age of thirteen, we were a little crushed.

Read More

God's Plan for my Daughter: A Congenital Heart Defect | Metro Detroit Family Documentary Photographer

Shortly after becoming a mother, my newborn daughter was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect. I reacted in a way that I'm sure many mothers would: I embraced her as if my hug would heal her, I felt guilt and wondered if somehow I had caused this to happen to her, and initially, I was afraid for how this could affect her. 

If you would've told me then that almost four years later I would be at complete peace in a waiting room, while she lay under anesthesia in a cath lab while her heart was repaired, I wouldn't have believed you. 

But that's how the story went.

Read More

Don't Forget | Metro Detroit Documentary Photographer

In taking all of these photographs, I realized that these ordinary moments are what make our family tick. They're who we are. They're a part of our story. 

The ordinary moments in your life are no different. Like these photos, those moments each tell their own story individually, but collectively they tell a masterpiece of a story...your story.

Whatever stage of life you're in, whatever your story consists of, it's worth remembering.  

Read More

Military Homecomings: Returning to the "Normal" We Take For Granted | Metro Detroit Documentary Family Photographer

If you haven't figured it out by now, I'll say it bluntly: "Normal" is the most beautiful thing. Ever. 

So don't discount your life. Don't think for one second that your story is one that's not worthy of being told, because it is. It's the details of you and your loved ones that make your story special, just like it's the details of this deployment and military homecoming that make it special for them.

Read More

Keeping Grandma Alive | Metro Detroit Documentary Family Photographer

As I stood to the side documenting this, I remembered all of the things my husband has shared with me that he loves and remembers from baking these with his mom. My heart swelled as I witnessed him do those same things with our girls...

Read More

Chocolate Bittersweets | Metro Detroit Documentary Photographer

But for my husband, baking the Chocolate Bittersweets was, and is, more than just something done annually at Christmastime; it's an emotional experience for him. While mixing ingredients, rolling the cookies into little balls, pressing his thumb, adding the filling, melting chocolate...he is remembering his mom. He remembers her encouraging words as his 8-year-old self clumsily mixed the powdered sugar and cream cheese, her smile when he licked the beaters, and how happy she was to share in such a tradition with him. 

And he feels. He feels joy, nostalgia, heartache. He longs to have her beside him as he bakes at the same time as he is grateful she created this wonderful memory for him.

Read More

Gaining Perspective: Newborn Session | Metro Detroit Documentary Family Photographer

That photograph, and others like it, are what change your perspective. There is no filter, no facade. There is authenticity, truth, and sincerity. There is proof that you aren't normal, or bland, or just-the-average-American-family-doing-boring-things-on-Saturdays. There is a story--your story--and there are a million reasons you should tell it. Gaining perspective on how amazing that story is is just one of them.

Read More