Josh & Melissa have such a beautiful family, and I'm not just talking about their adorable coordinating outfits (which she did a fabulous job picking out)! These guys are so enjoyable to be with. Their kids are fun & playful and sweet like their mama, and Josh is a hard working, family-oriented man. Together they create a delightful crew that practices strong faith & values. Here are a few of my favorite photos from their end-of-summer session!
Once in a while it's fun to dress up and get your glam on! I was delighted to spend a day with Britny, this beautiful woman who is an amazing mom of six, wife to a hard working farmer, and someone who is dedicated to her family, the Lord, and her work helping to bring health to others as a Plexus Ambassador. We had some great laughs together in the studio and I'm so excited to share these photos with you!
At Awakened Light Photography I'm launching a Women's Beauty Portrait Series, where you are invited to my home studio & showroom for a free consultation & wardrobe planning, and then book your own makeover & portrait session with a professional hair & makeup artist! When it's complete you can come back to the showroom to view your photos on matted prints & choose your favorites for purchase! I'm running a special introductory rate of $99 for this session that includes hair & makeup styling, a 90-minute portrait session, and a free matted print of your choice (*with your individual purchase order) and has a total value of $400! But you don't have to come alone! Bring your mom, daughter, sister, or best friend and make it a double makeover! Make it a girl's day out and create memories & gorgeous photos together in an overlapping session. That's an $800 value for just $99 each! Contact me to book your consultation by emailing here & mention the $99 Beauty Portrait Special. This offer will expire when spaces are filled- please contact me for current availability.
Now keep scrolling and check out Britny's beautiful photo session, including some behind-the-scenes shots! (And before you ask, no... she hasn't modeled before! But she did amazing & YOU could do this too!)
I've had the pleasure of photographing two senior portrait sessions with Aubrey, and she's a dream to work with. Our first session was at the beautiful DOW Gardens in Midland, Michigan as she posed for some outdoor portraits while I taught an intermediate photography workshop to a small group of students. She did a fabulous job and has such a calm & relaxed presence in front of the camera. I was excited to have her come down to Oxford, MI for a second session at my home studio, barn, and property. I'm not sure she believes me when I tell her she's model material, but check out these senior pictures from both sessions and you'll see what I'm talking about!
I can't get enough of these photos! This lovely couple is getting married next year and it was so fun to spend an evening with them on a beautiful summer day. I loved the dress Megan chose, and the sparkle of that diamond on her tiny size 3 finger! Check out the fun variety of photos from their engagement session below!
This beautiful couple is eager to meet their baby girl in a few weeks, and I'm so excited to see them become parents! Mickey & Kaylee have hearts of patience, wisdom, and teaching, and I know their hearts are going to explode with unconditional love the moment they hold baby Elora! Here are some of my favorite photos from their summer maternity session!
This beautiful lady is a real-life ballerina and also loves old Hollywood glam, so you can imagine my excitement when we got together to create these senior photos! If you're into fashion you're going to enjoy this post, because this senior has style! She started with this ballet-inspired tulle dress with a blush pink sequins top and perfectly matched metallic pink heels. Later we swapped the heels out for her ballet pointe shoes. After the wardrobe change she came back into the studio wearing a black off-the-shoulder boat neck top, some awesome black & white Van's sneakers, and full red lips! As you scroll below you'll see the fun we had!
The Belle Isle Boat House was the most AMAZING backdrop for this editorial shoot, and I couldn't be happier to see this historic venue coming back to life! Built in 1839 it was known as the Detroit Boat Club, but 100 years later had fallen into disrepair. Now it is being revived and word is getting out! With it's beautiful Spanish architecture, true vintage character, and views of the MacArthur Bridge on the Detroit River it's an ideal location for weddings & events looking for a venue that is full of unique charm and history! You are viewing Part 2- the dreamy bridal portrait shoot! (To view Part 1- the event details- please click here.)
The Belle Isle Boat House was the most AMAZING backdrop for this editorial shoot, and I couldn't be happier to see this historic venue coming back to life! Built in 1839 it was known as the Detroit Boat Club, but 100 years later had fallen into disrepair. Now it is being revived and word is getting out! With it's beautiful Spanish architecture, true vintage character, and views of the MacArthur Bridge on the Detroit River it's an ideal location for weddings & events looking for a venue that is full of unique charm and history! As you scroll through the photos below you'll see the grandest of ballrooms, beautiful overflowing floral arrangements, a gorgeous lounge area, a cake that looks like a painted masterpiece, and so many more perfectly placed details. Below you'll also find a list of the amazing vendors that came together to create this display of beauty!
To see another set of beautiful photos from this event, including a bridal portrait session, please CLICK HERE.
I was excited when Todd & Amy chose to shoot their Engagement Session at Stony Creek Metropark in Shelby Twp! It's a place that they've both enjoyed visiting for many years, and also happens to have a number of beautiful and unique locations. Check out this adorable couple and their featured photos below! I especially loved the romantic field of flowers at the end!
This couple has grown very dear to my heart as I've gotten to know them & their lovely sets of parents! Their story is adorable and consists of coffee shops, friendship, Disney movies, and what felt like a long wait before officially dating. Josh came to our church in Michigan as an intern and had made a commitment to spend the year focusing on the work God had laid before him. But God was about to bring something special into his life as well, and it was a beautiful thing to watch their relationship blossom. What a joyous celebration their engagement and wedding day has been! Keep scrolling to see their wedding day unfold, on what was supposed to be a very rainy day in the end of May! (Spoiler Alert: not a single drop of rain that I can remember!)
Nikki Schuler specializes in wedding photography and portraits and is the owner of Awakened Light Photography, LLC. She has traveled to over 40 countries using creative arts as a ministry and resides with her husband & 4 children in a cozy vintage farmhouse in Oxford, Michigan.