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“A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it.”                                                — E. Steichen

Best Christmas Gift This time of year is always a busy, busy time for everyone.  Holiday parties, Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving, Christmas, New Years, traditions, tree lightings, making Christmas cookies, and of course, shopping.    I feel inundated, almost nauseated, by the stress of the holidays and all of the focus on consumerism.  Last week, I walked […]

Best Christmas Gift

December 1, 2018

Lazy J Ranch Wedding A few years ago, I was fortunate enough to be introduced to a circle of friends, all of which whose weddings I photographed.  I subtly realized then, that good people hang out with good people.  Fast forward and now it was Jason’s turn to get married.  True to form, he too […]

Lazy J Ranch Wedding Ceremony and Reception Venue

November 30, 2018

Sycamore Hills Wedding A few years ago, I sat down at the wedding reception for Andrew and Katie. The guest next to me was super friendly and looking over my shoulder as I was editing their same day slideshow.  (Sometimes I feel like the seat next to me is the best seat in the house for […]

Sycamore Hills Wedding and Reception in Macomb

November 22, 2018

Favorite Wedding Photo A former bride of mine (shout out to Katie and staying in contact all of these years) recently asked me, “Why don’t you share any of your wedding photos?”   There is a long answer, and a short answer. The short answer is, both my wife and I are pretty private people. […]

Favorite Wedding Photo

November 16, 2018

Grosse Pointe War Memorial Wedding When Lauren called me up asking if I had her wedding date available, I calmly said, “one second…let me check.”  I put the phone on mute, clutched my hands together in prayer, and checked my calendar.  “YES!” as I pumped my arm back and forth like a piston.  I knew […]

Grosse Pointe War Memorial Wedding

November 15, 2018

Grosse Pointe War Memorial Wedding Some people want a fairy tale wedding.  Others are searching for Mr. Right.  What I love most about Marissa and Terry is that they just wanted each other.  As it turned out, they got all three. ~ I find it easy and enjoyable to write a blog about a wedding. […]

War Memorial Wedding in Grosse Pointe Farms

November 8, 2018

Grosse Pointe Academy + Dearborn Inn + Greenfield Village Wedding How do you describe a wedding when every element of the day seems to be perfect, even down to the bride’s shoes?  Perhaps you just let the photos tell the story. Kimberly got ready with the help of her mom and Maid of Honor at […]

Greenfield Village Wedding Photography

October 29, 2018

Shepard’s Hollow Engagement Session There isn’t too much to say about Lyndsey and Greg.  Have you ever met a couple that are so nice and so at peace that you just click with them?  That is Lyndsey and Greg.  We met, talked, laughed, and started planning their wedding at our first meeting.  It honestly was […]

Shepard’s Hollow Engagement Session

October 11, 2018

Alexa & Tom’s Andiamo Wedding A little backstory.  (Bear with me; the dots will connect.  I promise.) One of my core belief’s is that we are all lucky; lucky for our faults, lucky for our past, lucky for our gifts…the list goes on and on.  Because of that luck, I believe it is important to […]

Woodside Bible and Andiamo Wedding of Alexa and Tom

October 10, 2018

Engagement Session at the Detroit Institute of Art About a year ago, Sam called me up.  “Any chance you can make it out to Chicago this weekend?  I am going to propose to Laura.”  Sam knew I was doing more proposal photography through my sister company, She Said Yes! Detroit.  My schedule was full, but […]

Engagement Session at the Detroit Institute of Art

October 10, 2018

Intimate Backyard Wedding Being a wedding photographer has its perks.  I mean, I basically get a guaranteed amazing meal (and cake!) 25 weeks in a row.  If that weren’t enough, I also get invited to be present and celebrate the best day of a couple’s lives.  Meeting and working with those couples to bring their […]

Intimate Backyard Wedding in Rochester

October 9, 2018

5 Tips for the Perfect Proposal Last week made Emmy history – Glenn Weiss proposed to his girlfriend, Jan Svendsen, in front of millions of people.  It was a first in Emmy history.  It was cute, touching, surreal, and a tinge (just a tinge) uncomfortable.  (If you missed it, you can watch it here.) My […]

5 Tips for the Perfect Proposal

September 24, 2018

Loft 310 Wedding A quick note before you begin reading – I tried something a little different and focused more on individual images from Brooke and Michael’s blogpost.  I wanted each photo to capture the essence of the moment.  Quality over quantity.  I hope you enjoy.  ~ The phone rang.  A seemingly familiar but completely […]

Loft 310 Wedding in Kalamazoo, Michigan

September 22, 2018

Sts. Peter & Paul Ceremony, Gem Theatre Wedding Reception  When I met with Stacey and Mike, it was like meeting up with old friends.  Immediately, their warm demeanor and friendly smiles put me at ease.  Then, come to find out, Mike is also a photographer…I knew they were going to be an awesome couple to work […]

Gem Theatre Wedding Reception

September 10, 2018

Twin Lakes Wedding There is often times a common theme to my blog posts – you never know who you will meet and the role they will play in your life.  The Joyce family perfectly falls into that theme.  Our lives crossed and intermingled many times on many different levels, first with me unknowingly growing […]

Twin Lakes Wedding in Oakland Township

September 3, 2018

3 Reasons Why I Delayed My Honeymoon Ask anyone who has been there, planning your wedding is stressful…and this is coming from someone who helps plan, organize, and lead weddings almost every weekend!  I remember when Becky and I got married, the month leading up to the wedding I was fairly grumpier than normal.  There […]

3 Reasons Why I Delayed My Honeymoon

September 3, 2018

Traverse City Backyard Wedding The email landed in my inbox.  It was short and sweet.  “Hey Brian, I am sure you are already booked but any chance you can shoot my wedding on 8.18.18?  It will be at my parent’s house on the lake in Traverse City.”  There are two things about weddings that I […]

Traverse City Backyard Wedding on Long Lake

August 21, 2018

Masonic Temple Detroit Wedding A few years ago, I photographed Ryan and Katelyn’s wedding at Detroit’s Sweetest Heart of Mary.  That wedding was special and memorable to me because not only have they become dear friends to Becky and myself, but it was also so. much. fun!  Katelyn had a team of bridesmaids, one of […]

Dan + Kristen’s Masonic Temple Detroit Wedding

August 20, 2018

Lessons of a Business Owner Today, BTW Photography turns ten years old.  It sounds weird to celebrate the “birthday” of a business, but it just like a child, this business is a living, breathing entity that has consumed my thoughts, worries, time, energy, hopes, and dreams.  As I celebrate this milestone today, I have been […]

Lessons of a Business Owner

August 14, 2018

Northville Hills Golf Club Wedding About two years ago, I met John through one of the most rousing, hilarious, and memorable Best Man speeches I ever witnessed.  Somehow, he effortlessly strung together embarrassing stories, compliments, and political humor that became a speech of legendary status.  When he emailed me to let me know that he […]

Northville Hills Golf Club Wedding

August 12, 2018