Ford NGL: Corporate Events

While I am passionate about weddings and portraits I have found myself working a few more corporate and private events lately and it is invigorating!

I love the flexibility my job allows as well as meeting new people at every event.  This event was particularly fun because I actually went to college to be an educator! (little known fact I was actually aspiring to be a Bilingual teacher back in the day 😉 )  So what fun to mingle with renowned educators and administrators who were meeting to work together with Ford Next Generation Learning to help shape and positively change the scope of learning for students world wide.

The event took place at Greenfield Village which happens to be one of my favorite places (and my sons!)  View More: View More: View More: evening could not have been more beautiful or perfect! View More: View More: awards took place in the Eagle Tavern which is fun because I have driven by where this tavern used to be in Clinton, MI! View More: View More: View More: View More: evening was the culmination of a week of learning and meetings and everyone was having a blast!  View More: View More: View More: love, LOVE working with fun people! View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: Village did a spectacular job catering the event and had someone speaking to the guests as if they were attending an event back in the 1800s.  It was a riot! View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: More: you so much Ford NGL for having me along for the evening! I hope to work with you guys again!!

run often, smile more!

Amanda 🙂


Purely Wedding: Dave & Jenni

As I slowly get back into blogging (slowly is one of the bigger understatements of the year!) This wedding is of particular importance to me.  One Jenni and Dave are AWESOME.  I mean check out this engagement session.  In addition to their awesomeness I had the privilege of seeing one of my favorite couples at their wedding since they were referral! (referred couples are my favorite because I almost always get to reconnect with past couples!! seriously! Best part of my job!)  And it was my first wedding back in the saddle after sweet E graced us with her presence (early!).   Needless to say this wedding had a lot riding on it to be fantastic.

And then the rain happened.

So many couples worry about rain.  Thankfully being in Michigan we very rarely have rain all day.  Most weddings it rains part of the day but we can almost always sneak out for a few pictures.  But this season, this season it rained from May until July.


As professionals we were fighting fight club style for ‘hidden’ gems where we could take couples and bridal parties for portraits.  Jenni and Dave were rockstars though and you would not know that basically their entire plan was set into plan B mode.  We rocked it and this will be forever one of my favorites.

We started at the Downtown Marriott in the Ren Cen.  They had a beautiful room that over looked the city with windows to die for.  *Swoon*  2016-02-24_0001 2016-02-24_0002The day was dreary but it made for some super cool pictures through these windows!  Pro tip! When picking out a room to get ready in if they have a bridal suite or any suite really that has gorgeous windows it is worth the extra buck if you are having a photographer with you.  We did our first look and gift exchange pictures in this room because it was so beautiful! 2016-02-24_0003 2016-02-24_0004 2016-02-24_0005 2016-02-24_0006 2016-02-24_0007Check out this light!! And this couple!!! ❤ 2016-02-24_0008 2016-02-24_0009 2016-02-24_0010 2016-02-24_0011 2016-02-24_0012Thankful the girls trusted me for this.  At first they thought I was crazy (and I probably looked crazy as I was practically laying on the desk to get the shot) but it was worth the crazy! 2016-02-24_0013and this! check Jenni out! 2016-02-24_0014The wedding and reception were at Waterview Loft at the Detroit Port Authority  Because it is a federal building it was a bit tricky to get everything loaded and unloaded but the view was spectacular!!! Windsor was right across the river and you could see the Ambassador bridge too!  Had the weather cooperated we would have been on the river for appetizers and for portraits.  But the rain looked just as beautiful!   2016-02-24_0015 2016-02-24_0016Their staff was amazing.  Super organized and always helpful!  These details were stunning! 2016-02-24_0017 2016-02-24_0018The ceremony was beautiful and on the lower level with the reception and dinner above.

View More: More: More: More: More: 2016-02-24_0020 2016-02-24_0021 2016-02-24_0022 2016-02-24_0023 2016-02-24_0024Because we weren’t able to do many (any) pictures outside  I talked Dave and Jenni into being adventurous with me in the rain.  All of the ‘formal’ things were done on the timeline so if her dress got a teeny wet it wouldn’t be the hugest of deals.  Thankfully she played along and Dave was an awesome gentleman making sure she got most of the umbrella 🙂 2016-02-24_0025But it was SO worth it.  Check out these shots! 2016-02-24_0026 2016-02-24_0027 2016-02-24_0028Even with a little (ok a LOT) of rain we can still have fun! 2016-02-24_0029 2016-02-24_0030One of the pictures they both wanted were sunset pictures with the Ambassador Bridge.  That was not in the cards but we still had fun and got some cool pictures! 2016-02-24_0031 2016-02-24_0032 2016-02-24_0033 2016-02-24_0034 2016-02-24_0035Dancing and drinks were where the ceremony was and the team at Waterview Lofts did an extraordinary job transforming the rooms.  2016-02-24_0036 2016-02-24_0037If there is one thing I learned from shooting two weddings with the New Family, if you are ever in need of a portable party or people to get a party started, call them up!  I am pretty sure my face was sore from smiling and my abs got a work out from laughing so much! 2016-02-24_0038 2016-02-24_0039 2016-02-24_0040Thank you guys for such an unforgettable day! I know we were all bummed it was so soggy but you rocked it!!!!  I hope you love your pictures as much as I do! 🙂 ❤

run often, smile more!

Amanda 🙂

Purely Life: Andersons

Growing up I was always super close to my cousins.  Both of my parents came from tight knit families and numerous kids which resulted in a lot of cousins 🙂  When I was elementary school aged one of my cousin’s family moved to Texas.  It was quite weird going from seeing them frequently to once a year but we always made up for lost time when we saw each other!  Our families would travel together (Grand Canyon/Rockies/Utah baby!) and they would drive the long trek north most every Christmas.  I had the grand pleasure of photographing two cousins’ weddings (in the same weekend!) when Lalo was about 10 months old in Texas and when baby Rowe was born Autumn came north for Christmas and stayed with a us a few days so I could love on the nugget!!  So when Rowe’s first birthday party was looming I was dying to go south to celebrate! Thankfully fates and generous people collided and Lalo, Eowyn and I were able to fly south with Grandma (or Gi-Gi as Lalo calls her!) to enjoy time with everyone.  It was absolutely amazing and I can only hope that someday it can be repeated!

All that to say I got to spend time with some of my fave people but I also got to do something I love.  Capturing people loving on each other *in their element*.  There was some posing but mostly it was just life.  Raw, unfiltered life.  Just typing that gives me goosebumps.  It was amazing and I cannot wait to do it again!  I am booking more lifestyle sessions now!  So get at me and book one because I just can’t get enough!

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Thank you so much for welcoming me (and my crew!) into your home and your lives!  I am so thankful that I got to be there for Rowe’s first birthday and to love on your nugget!  I cannot wait to take his picture and hug him again!! (and you too 😉 )

And just an FYI if you do book me for a lifestyle session you don’t have to house me and feed me 😉 that is just a family perk 🙂


run often, smile more!
Amanda 🙂

Purely Love: Kevin & Sam

I love shooting engagement sessions because it makes me SO excited for the wedding!  It is a time when I can get to know the couple and they can see that being in front of the camera isn’t actually that terrible 😉

2016-02-09_0002 2016-02-09_0003I first met Kevin & Sam in high school through a mutual friend and reconnected when I photographed that same friend’s wedding a few years back!  2016-02-09_0004 2016-02-09_0005We decided to shoot in Depot Town and I am so glad we did! It has been awhile since I had shot there and it was amazing!   2016-02-09_0006 2016-02-09_0007Not only did we have amazing light but we managed a 50 degree day in January…. yes! 2016-02-09_0008 2016-02-09_0009 2016-02-09_0010 2016-02-09_0011 2016-02-09_0012 2016-02-09_0013And even though it wasn’t that cold we decided to ‘warm up’ at a Cultivate Tap House a newer coffee shop and tap house! It was delightful!  2016-02-09_0014 2016-02-09_0015 2016-02-09_0016 2016-02-09_0017 2016-02-09_0018 2016-02-09_0019Thanks so much for hanging out with me and for being awesome! I cannot wait to see you in a few months!

-run often, smile more

Amanda 🙂

#chrandrea: Purely Wedding

One year ago on Superbowl Weekend I tried to meet with this awesome couple for our initial consult but we got blizzard-ed out!  So we had to reschedule and eventually ended up just setting up a skype consult due to uncooperative weather.  The skype consult ended in a booking (YAY!) which ended in a super awesome esess which resulted in this amazing wedding.  Seriously.  This wedding could not have been more amazing.  Awesome people, amazing light and just some serious fun.  (I mean we took painted tongue pictures in a bowling alley!)  Not to mention, they have a celebrity name #chrandrea!   So now that I am mostly done gushing about this fun couple, check out a snippet of their amazing wedding!  With engagement season raging around us please remember me as new relationship statuses (i think it would be more cool if it were statui )  are popping up around you! 🙂

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