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

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

Island House Wedding on Mackinac Island Have you ever had so much fun in a night that the more stories you and your friends tell, the more memories start to come back?  That feeling of, “OMG! Yes! That did happen…you are right!” was the feeling I got as I edited Mark and Pam’s wedding.  There […]

Island House Wedding on Mackinac Island

August 9, 2018

Katie + Kevin’s Wedding at the Detroit Athletic Club When I first met Katie and Kevin, I met the whole crew!  Katie, Kevin, their parents, and myself were crowded around a small coffee table at the DAC, looking at albums, talking about their wedding, and discussing how I would be able to help.  I felt […]

Wedding at the Detroit Athletic Club

August 2, 2018

Captain’s Club Grand Blanc Wedding Lisa and Karl…I don’t even know where to begin or what to say.  I can’t think of a nicer or better couple to work with.  I feel like I say that about all of my couples, but it is true.  Most of my couples find me through word of mouth […]

Captain’s Club Grand Blanc Wedding

August 1, 2018

Wedding at Petruzello’s Banquet and Conference Center When I meet with Valmire and Ryan, it was like getting together with old friends.  Valmire and I shared a love for teaching and classroom stories (we both teach high school.)  Ryan and I share a not-so-obvious love of all things quirky and nerdy.  Instant friendships aside, I […]

Wedding at Petruzello’s Banquet and Conference Center

July 31, 2018

Gem Theatre Wedding I feel like all of my blog posts start the same way and have a common theme: I have known the bride and groom for a while.  I suppose that is actually a really good thing: it reminds me how lucky I am to work with awesome people and receive referrals.  Regardless, […]

Gem Theatre Wedding in Detroit

July 16, 2018

Lindsay + Travis’s San Marino Club Wedding Have you ever met someone who was so kind and warm that their sheer presence was felt in a room?  That is Lindsay.  Lindsay is one of the kindest people I have ever met.  I joked with her that there is a special place in Heaven for people […]

San Marino Club wedding – Troy, Michigan

July 11, 2018

Cliff Bells Detroit Wedding Kathleen warned me, “It is going to be a fun wedding.”  Her warning was more like an understatement.  Not only from a fun aspect, but from a beauty and memorable aspect as well.  Kathleen and Aaron had a Cliff Bells Detroit wedding reception, which was preceded by their ceremony and an […]

McGregor Conference + Cliff Bells Detroit Wedding

July 2, 2018

Wedding Photography at Sycamore Hills Golf Club Kristen and Lance met in high school; he was the outgoing, gregarious, life of the party.  Kristen was the reserved, quiet girl.  Even though they both went to high school together, they didn’t really cross paths until they attended a church camp, where Kristen caught Lance’s eye.  The […]

Wedding Photography at Sycamore Hills Golf Club

June 20, 2018

Anyone who has been a long-time reader of this blog (which basically means my mom) knows that I have long said, the best part about being a photographer are the people you meet.  This business as come a long way.  I started off photographing (i.e. begging) people that I knew in order to build a […]

Z Lot Engagement Session

June 12, 2018