Knot Best of Weddings Pick!

I am sooo proud to share that EJ has been voted (by brides!) The Knot Best of Weddings 2014 Pick.

I want to thank each and every one of my clients for a/being amazing (because you ARE!) and b/ for taking the time to shout it from the rooftop (ok, no rooftops are involved in this award, but I like the dramatic effect) how much you loved working with me and how much you love your images. That alone is what rates EJ in the top 1% of Michigan photographers. 1%!!!!!!!

Knot-best-of-weddings-logo-2014If I could give each of you an award I would! I am the luckiest girl on the planet to get such wonderful clients to work with every year. So all the thanks goes to YOU!

Jaclyn and Jeff – Seriously a Winter Wonderland!!! Michigan Wedding Photography

This is just the sneakiest of peeks — MUCH more to come later so I will not give away their super duper cute story of how they knew each other in school yet drifted apart as they got older only to find each other all over again when they grew up. Their earliest memories of each other are Jeff playing soccer on the field and Jaclyn swinging on the swingset with her friends. Both of them secretly watching each other.. oh WAIT! I totally JUST told you!!!!!  That’s it, my lips are sealed until their full post.

But for now… snow and romance….



Amber and Dan • Goodell Park • Michigan Fall Wedding Photography

ok, ok, I got a liiiittttle carried away with these ‘sneak peeks’.  I just get too excited sometimes and can’t stop myself from pulling too many images… I don’t think anyone is complaining though.

I truly enjoyed myself at Amber and Dan’s wedding. I’m going to put in a request to the wedding booking gods to shoot one barn/october wedding every year. At least one. And there better be carmel apples! Oh, speaking of carmel apples let me tell you just how amazing Amber and Dan are. (you’re totally like, WHERE is she going with this.. hang in there) Something that I have never seen happen happened at their wedding. I’m going on my 9th season (yes, 9th!) and never have I ever heard tell of a baker getting the days wrong for the cake. Are you following? No cake delivery. NO. WEDDING. CAKE. None, zilch. Pick your jaw up, I know. It’s devastating to imagine but their baker actually tried to say she was given the wrong day of the wedding.

So, I know what I would do. I would start chucking carmel apples at random people, set my veil on fire and cry REDO!!!!! (Ok, probably not, but most would.. It’s the cake, people, it’s huge) Amber did get sad. She was very disappointed but then she just wouldn’t let it get her down and a plan was put into place to cut (rather than chuck) a carmel apple… on an empty cake stand… with a big announcement and a laugh about it all. Impressed would be an understatement. But that’s just Amber and Dan for you. I mean, when you’re in love and getting married you’re not going to let something like a gluten free cake stand in your way. OH, did I forget to mention that it was a SPECIAL GLUTEN FREE CAKE?! Yeah, you’re riled up again aren’t you?

Don’t be, it’s all fine. Amber and Dan are getting free cake for life. (I made that up, but I hope so) they sortof deserve it don’t you think?

Ok, enough about the cake lets just talk about how fun these two are! Holy cow! I was laughing so hard all day at their expressions on the other side of the lens. Even during their ceremony. They were just so comfortable around each other and really got one another…  and they could be themselves. They were so happy to be surrounded by their friends and family and ready to be married and spend the rest of their lives together.  It makes me happy to get to be a part of such ‘meant to be’ weddings! Yay for Amber and Dan and their gorgeous fall wedding!!! I knew from the first time we all sat down together that this was going to be one of my favorite weddings from 2013. The chandelier on the dance floor, all the handmade touches (her dad actually carved that heart out of the book below because Amber loves reading… I know! Right?! I love it!!! He even carved the cake stand himself (we’re not talking about the cake again though).

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Niccola Clive - Emily,
You did it again, these pictures are fantastic and soooo!!! personal which is awesome. You shot Elizabeth’s wedding in March 2011 and these pictures took me straight back to that wonderful day. Amber and Dan both looked gorgeous and I could almost feel their relaxed, loving mood…
Nicci Clive

Brooklyn and Brenden

Probably the BEST part of my job is my returning clients. The ones that come back to me over and over and I REALLY know. They are more friends than clients and pretty much nothing helps little kiddos do their best in pics more than a level of comfort and familiarity with ‘the camera lady’.

I have been shooting Courtney and Bill’s kids since that big girl you see in these pictures was a newborn! I love that little girl. We have the best time together and when I come to take pictures of her new baby brother I LOVE hearing about all the amazing things in her life! I can’t help myself and usually take a handful of pics of her too! One thing is for absopositivelutely sure Bill and Courtney make some pretty adorable kids. And should have many many many more so I’m pretty much guaranteed to come and see them every 3 months forever. (Except the days Courtney forgets we have appointments and I’m standing on her porch texting her… Sorry Court, had to do it!!! LOL – I still love you!!! )


Jillian + Michael • The Inn at St. John’s • Plymouth, Michigan Wedding Photographer

I’m on it this year, I have already completed my entire Christmas list and have all the items in my cart on amazon and ready to go. Christmas is not going to surprise me this year. I’m not going to end up in the mall with 1000 crazy eyed women and a few REALLY crazy eyed men scavenging for the last  ’whatever the thing is that the kids have to have or they’ll die’! Nope, not this lady. And as I add things like wrapping paper to my cart I’m getting pretty excited for the snow to fall.

Everyone in Michigan waits with excitement for the winter to come.

Oh wait, actually noone in Michigan does.

But I’m not really sure why, I think the snow is gorgeous and I enjoy holding my camera with white knuckles wondering if this is the year I’ll lose my shooting finger to hypothermia. It’s all part of the wonder and beauty of Pure Michigan.

When I met with Michael about his and Jillian’s January wedding we had a similar dialogue about how beautiful Michigan winters ‘can’ be. All hope and big eyed excitement about the possibilities of a beautiful snowy wedding. The problem with Michigan though is that when you WANT snow, you rarely get snow. You get slush and yuck. Usually. But Jillian and Michael must have done something right. We didn’t get snowfall during the day but it was cold enough to keep the snow on the ground and as Crystal and I started to pull out of the parking lot at the end of the night THE. MOST. AMAZING. huge white fluffy snow flakes started to fall. So, we had a team huddle about what we could do, what we should do and if we should go interrupt them on the dancefloor after we had already said our goodbyes. Long story short,  Crystal did the running and I did the setting up and what we got when they came outside was magical. Jillian was so happy, like a little kid on Christmas. It was a pretty magical moment and as our last wedding until March we drove away with a renewed sense of WHY this is the most incredible job on the planet. Moments like that.

And Jillian and Michael deserved a little extra special magic for their wedding.  I feel like I say all my clients are incredible but they really are. I mean REALLY incredible. I’m lucky!!! I know this, I count my blessings often. I really loved being a part of their engagement pictures and wedding pictures and maybe even some day being a part of welcoming little Jillian and Michaels… I just hope to always know them. They’re the kind of people you want around you, positive and loving and fun. My kind of peeps!