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Naomi + Trevor | Grand Rapids Engagement

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Naomi and Trevor are the kind of people who make you feel at home instantly. They’re warm and funny, and they even took the time to give me a little tour of Grand Rapids. When Naomi wrote to me about photographing their wedding, she told me a bit about their story: they were engaged on the shore of Lake Michigan on a secret date that Trevor planned (they switch off taking each other on secret adventures, how awesome is that?) – it was the middle of winter, and Naomi thought Trevor had hidden snowshoes for them. Instead, she opened her eyes to see him down on one knee with a ring. After I heard this and got to know them a bit, I knew it would be worth traveling to the spot they were engaged to take photos. I’m so glad we did, because the whole day was amazing.

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Meghan @ Wishful Thinking - I love these pictures! They reminded me so much of how I felt when I first got engaged!

Casey - beautiful, beautiful work Anni!

Christine - Wow, Anni! These are so beautiful. You can feel the love jumping off the page! Could the bride to be possibly smile any bigger?! Such wonderful images. My favorite is the black and white one where they are looking at each other.

jacin - oh wow!!!!! so organic and natural. i love them.

Sara - Absolutely gorgeous photos, Anni! So personal, so intimate, so natural. I love the light, love the details and I love the bride’s smile! Stunning!

Jillian - Hey, I recognize that belt Naomi! :) Anni these look great, you turned them around so fast! what a champ.

Ross - I love these pictures! I think you did an awesome job with each picture and the collection as a whole. The entire session flows really well, like a great adventure. Perfect job

Jessica - Another wonderful session from you!!! These are amazing.

Jade Sheldon - In these photographs you can really tell how happy they make one another. Beautiful job!

Kira - I love how your shoots are so intimate, they’re just like you’re journaling a typical day for the couple! Someday I’d love to have you shoot my engagement : )

Marcy Rice - My daughter-in-law is just amazingly beautiful! My son is crazy in love! The pictures are awesome!

Aunt Bonnie - I just love the photos. Can’t wait until the wedding!! You both look so very happy!

Rhiannon - This is such sweet session :) Gotta love that it took place in GR!

Layla - Stunning. As usual!


kristi wright - What a cute couple!! I love the shots in the coffee shop. Great work!

nirav - This is lovely Anni. Hope you and Ross are well!

Elissa - These are so warm and cuddly… I love the black and white shot of them hugging. It’s so sweet :)

Karina - What a sweet story! You took such great photos of them. They really catch their personalities well.

Kari - I love the picture of Naomi and Trevor Engagement Picture a lot, And i am very happy for Naomi and Trevor too!!!!!!!!!!!!

Miles - Beautiful couple! They’re so sweet and they look happy and excited. :D

Candy - Hi! I am a new fan, your work is so lovely!!

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Rooftop Picnic Dinner | Chicago

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A few months ago, Dennise from the lovely blog Tenacious Dee sent me an email. “Do you photograph lifestyle and editorial shoots?” she asked “I’d love to start featuring more original content, like style shoots but something more than just what I wore.” I think my exact answer was “yes, yes, yes!” – after an initial meeting (where, coincidentally, we enjoyed a little smorgasbord of strawberries, bread, cheese, and jam) we found out that we both adore Kinfolk, DesignLoveFest, and Rue Mag. It didn’t take long for us to start planning features, including a rustic winter shoot. The one featured here today, though, is definitely my favorite to date – it’s a Parisian-style picnic that we set up on the rooftop of my loft, which is nestled in the heart of Fulton Market. The city made for a beautiful backdrop to such a quiet, casual picnic and solidified my longstanding love of meals set up and prepared with love for no reason other than enjoyment and good conversation.

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Jessica - So pretty!! I hope you do more shoots like this. :)

ieva - love it.

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Spring Picnic in the City

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I’ve been enjoying a shift in thinking lately, and I thought I’d share it with you all. Maybe it’s the spring (I’m sure it’s coming, that tease) but I’ve been loving the simple life. Dinners with friends, long walks with my fiancé and our dog, good conversations. It’s given me time to think about how I approach my photography and business. You may have noticed that there’s no longer a category for engagements, anniversary photos, or lifestyle shoots. They’re all combined into one, which I’ve called Kindred. I’m really excited to introduce these sessions, because they’re all about the simple joys in life. They’re distilled down to those you hold dear, whomever that may be. It can be the person you’re about to marry, your family, or a group of friends. They’re about who you love. Happy spring, friends!


Layla - Lovely. :) Happy Spring, friend!

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Sunny (@atinsley22) - I’ve been having the same thought lately. My husband and I had plenty we could have done last night, instead we spent the entire night hanging out together. We went and ate outside at a nearby restaurant and then came home and sat on our deck and just enjoyed our home and each others company. It was marvelous!

Jessica - So pretty!!

Krysten - Sometimes it’s so nice to just sit back and enjoy the simple things.

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