Washington, D.C. pt. 2 // 1-18-18

This segment of our trip was actually the first thing we did once we arrived in Virginia. I was super excited to visit Mount Vernon, only because it was in National Treasure 2 and I’ve loved that movie since middle school. We also visited Arlington National Cemetery which was beautiful and sooo much bigger than I ever thought it would be.

*Tip: if you are visiting Arlington and want to see the Changing of the Guard, just go to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, because its in the same location. Something we didn’t realize and so we walked around for about 20 minutes trying to find it.

 

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The Magic of Film // 1.15.18

Last month, my boyfriend gave me an early Christmas present I wasn’t expecting – an old Canon FTB ql film camera. I was overjoyed and have been having the funnest time experimenting and researching all about film photography.

I think there is something so special about film. Maybe its the sentimental-sappy side of me, but I become full of nostalgia and joy whenever I flip through our many family photo albums and boxes full of photos.

Shooting on my film camera has really slowed me down in a good way. It has made me take my time, and really think about each shot. I have been using it to capture family moments and I can’t wait to fill photo albums with these photos, and to smile as I flip through each one and reminisce about the memories captured.

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Surprise Proposal // 12.18.17

Last night I had the privilege of photographing a surprise proposal for one of my friends from high school. I did a shoot with Emily and Stephen last year and had a blast, so I was super excited when Stephen asked me to take their photos again. We drove up to Campus Martius Ice Rink in Detroit and I was blown away by how beautiful it was there. I’m so excited to see how God uses Emily and Stephen for His glory in the future and I can not wait for the wedding! 😉

 

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College Graduation 12.8.17

On Friday night I graduated from college with an Associates degree of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education. It has been a long three year journey to get to this point and I am so thankful the Lord was with me every step of the way. My family have been my biggest supporters and cheerleaders and I don’t know what I would have done without them. I am also so thankful for all of my wonderful friends who have cheered me on over the years. I am so excited to start this next chapter in my life and to see where God takes me!

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Adventure It Out There // 10.7.17

This morning Andrew, Daryn, and I woke up early and headed out to one of our favorite parks to hunt for chicory. Instead of finding any chicory, we explored off the beaten path (the best way to explore!), finding mushrooms and moss and rotten walnuts and pretty berries and a “waterfall”. I realized how much I missed being in nature, stomping in creeks and tromping around in the woods getting dirty and being silly. So thankful for the fun morning we had!

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Allison & Joel // Oak Openings

This past winter I had the chance to photograph Allison and Joel at one of my favorite parks. We had such a fun time talking and getting to know each other better. They are now engaged which is so exciting! I’ve known Allison for many years now and I couldn’t be more excited for her and Joel. They are such a sweet couple!

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Mackinac Island Retreat // 5.17.17

A week ago last Wednesday through Friday I went to Mackinac Island with one of my best friends from high school and a group of wonderful ladies as a part of the Winsome Women’s Retreat held at the Grand Hotel on the island. It was an amazing time with lots of laughter, a lot of picture taking, growing closer to Jesus, and being pampered like royalty by the wonderful Grand Hotel staff! I can’t wait until the next time I get to go. The retreat is held every spring and fall, so there are many chances to go again.

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Michigan Game // 2.19.17

Back in February, my family and my sisters’ basketball team went to a Michigan girls basketball game. It was my first time at one of their games and I had a blast. Afterwards, we got ice cream from Zingermann’s which was delicious. I can’t wait for my next little roadtrip, coming in a few days, to Mackinaw Island! I will take a lot of photos and share them when I get home. AA Game 1 (1 of 1)AA Game 2 (1 of 1)AA Game 3 (1 of 1)AA Game 4 (1 of 1)AA Game 5 (1 of 1)AA Game 6 (1 of 1)AA Game 7 (1 of 1)AA Game 8 (1 of 1)AA Game 9 (1 of 1)AA Game 10 (1 of 1)AA Game 11 (1 of 1)AA Game 12 (1 of 1)

Sisters’ Senior Pictures // 4.8.17

I wanted to share a few of the senior photos I took for my sisters last fall. I cannot believe they are graduating high school in a few months! I still remember them in pigtails and heart-shaped sunglasses and matching overall jumpers, singing B-I-N-G-O on our couch in Minnesota. It has been a blessing to grow up with them, being their big sister and having so many inside jokes and loving so many of the same things. I’m so thankful God gave them to my family.

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