Since we awoke this morning to a fresh layer of snow this morning in Northern Michigan, I felt it still appropriate to post photos taken in the winter.  Debbie and Colter braved the elements in Chicago for their December engagement session.  Having only recently moved back to the Midwest from Southern California, I was amazed at their resilience.  I also love their sense of adventure as that's exactly what we had, an adventure, as we made our way though downtown Chicago.   Looking forward to joining them again in July for their Petoskey wedding.  I'm predicting it will be much warmer - that is if it ever stops snowing.  ~ Beth


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Kayla and Andrew chose East Lansing as the setting for their engagement session as that is where they met four years ago.  They were attending Michigan State University and were active volunteer directors with Make-A-Wish.  

This couple is pretty special to me as they are family - Andrew is my nephew.  Our family is loud, boisterous, and tightly knit.  I imagine it is intimidating showing up for the first time to one of our gatherings.  Lucky for us we didn't scare Kayla away, and she said yes to Andrew's marriage proposal last spring.  

Kayla and Andrew, I admire the strength and determination you both possess.  I also love how you compliment one another.  I am excited to be sharing your wedding day with you and honored you chose me as your photographer.  Plus, our family is in need of a happy occasion.  Thanks for giving us reason to celebrate!   With Much Love ~ Beth


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Jenessa and Drew's wedding was on a perfect September day in Traverse City. September is one of my favorite months to photograph in Northern Michigan.  I think it's because the light tends to fall more gently as the sun is on a lower path in the sky. 

It definitely was a bit warmer than when they met (which was on a ski hill).  The ceremony and reception took place at the Hagerty Conference Center.  A perfect fit for this couple as in the warmer months they switch from skiing to sailing and the waters of Michigan become one of their pastimes.   Here's to Jenessa and Drew and their ski slope and sailboat days ahead together!  ~ Beth



Photographer: Elizabeth (Beth) Price
Ceremony + Reception Location: The Hagerty Conference Center
Officiant: Pastor Bill Chu  Florist: Family Friend

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Cheryl and Dave's wedding was last summer in Petoskey at The Perry Hotel.  Super fun couple full of so much admiration and love for one another.  I cried when they slow danced.  It's a perfect wedding to share.  Happy Wednesday!  ~ Beth


Photographer: Elizabeth (Beth) Price
Ceremony Location: The Perry Hotel - Rose Garden Veranda
Reception Venue: The Perry Hotel - Rose Garden Veranda
Officiant: Glad Remaly   Florist: Bloom 

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I have Costa Rica brain this morning.  Probably because the Northern Michigan spring weather has gone from sunny and warm to cool and rainy.  As I watch the raindrops stream down my windows they actually transport me and make me daydream about a trip I took in March to Central America.

I went to Costa Rica to take a break from winter in the midwest and I had a good reason to go as a friend was teaching at a surf camp there.  I had been working on a Lake Michigan surf story for Traverse Magazine over the past year, and ending up loving the community as well as being in the water more, so I bought a board to learn on.  I figured I would go to Costa Rica and give surfing a shot privately as I feel a bit intimidated in my own turf.  I also offered to take some surfing photos while there.

Although I think surfing is definitely a new activity for me (if I could figure out how not to nosedive every time I try and catch a wave), and as much as I enjoy the challenge of photographing surfers, I'm thinking I'm probably not going to become a famous surf photographer.  What am I good at that I enjoy?  I was contemplating this on my sunrise beach walk when I looked up and saw children jumping through the waves.  Their energy and spirits prompted me to walk up to their parents and strike up conversation.  During our conversation it dawned on me that I wanted to photograph their children for my portfolio.  So I asked.  And, as you will see below, they said yes.  I hope you also notice I answered my own question.   ~ Beth



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Brian says:

Really, really nice photos.

(05.12.13 @ 08:26 PM)
pphoto says:

Thank you, Brian! Always a huge compliment when you say you like my photography.

(05.13.13 @ 06:07 PM)
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