A Snowy Session at Hidden Lake Gardens

Posted by Elizabeth on February 7, 2011 in Engagement Photos, Portraits
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Kevin and Christina are getting married in May and while they booked me quite awhile ago, they waited to do their engagement photos in hopes of catching a wintery landscape and snow covered trees. We originally planned on shooting in January but the weekend we picked was lacking in the snow department so we decided to wait for our back up date. It was just barely snowing as I was prepping my bags for the shoot but when it was time to leave the house, I stepped out into a winter wonderland. Kevin and Christina wanted snowy engagement photos and that’s exactly what they were going to get!

Since we were shooting at Hidden Lake Gardens, we decided to take advantage of the conservatory first. The “jungle” was our first stop, followed by the “desert”. After we were done inside, we moved out into the snow and with the help of  towels, plastic bags and an umbrella, were able to stay relatively warm and dry. The amount of snow coming down was a challenge at times but Christina and Kevin were such troopers and we got some amazing images as a result. I had so much fun with them and am looking forward to their big day. Enjoy the sneak peek below!

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Bold for the Cure

Posted by Elizabeth on December 30, 2010 in Uncategorized
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I’ve been really bad about blogging lately and I apologize! This time of year is always busy as I’m wrapping up wedding season and rushing to fulfill Christmas orders.

This summer I learned about a brand new charitable organization, Bold for the Cure, when board member Dr. Jeffrey Myers asked me to photograph its inaugural event. The intention of the event, which was held at Da Vinci’s Salon and Gallery in Ann Arbor on October 24th, was for volunteers to shave their heads in order to show support for breast cancer patients, raise awareness and raise money for breast cancer research and patient support. This is a cause that’s very near and dear to to my heart as I lost my wonderful friend, Missy Thompson, to Inflammatory Breast Cancer in August of 2008.

An amazing team of organizers and volunteers put together an inspirational day  with video coverage by Metrocom International, entertainment by The RFD Boys and food by  The Moveable Feast Catering. Other sponsors included Bella Rosie Boutique, Mighty Good Coffee and Melange Bistro and Wine Bar.   In the end 22+ volunteers shaved their heads and many more had pink highlights and extensions put in the support the cause and over $20,000 dollars was raised.

I had been growing my hair out with the intention of donating it since November of 2008 and took the plunge during the Bold for the Cure event and had my head shaved. It’s something I had been interested in doing for nearly 10 years and it seemed to be the perfect time to do it and for the perfect cause. I was able to send 14 inches of my hair to Locks of Love and I am loving my new, short, quick and easy to care for hair do, although it’s grown a ton since then! I think I may need a haircut soon… :).

To learn more about Bold for the Cure, its mission and how you can get involved, visit boldforthecure.com.

Here are some photos from the event. Enjoy!


Me with the 14" of hair I was able to send off to Locks of Love. I can't believe how much my hair has grown since this picture was taken just over two months ago!

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Julie and Brendan at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor

Posted by Elizabeth on September 28, 2010 in Outdoor Receptions, September Weddings, Uncategorized, Unique Ideas
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Saturday’s wedding, our last of the season, was at the gorgeous Matthaei Botanical Gardens in Ann Arbor. I’ve really been looking forward to this one because it was my first wedding at the Botanical Gardens and also because of all the fun details Julie and Brendan had planned. Julie walked down the aisle to music played by the Black Sheep Trio and the ceremony, performed by Reverend Gina Hamilton, was short and sweet. A short group photo list allowed us some extra time to spend photographing the newlyweds throughout the Gardens’ Conservatory, which is amazing! Before long, we were on our way to the wedding tent at the Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest. The red, black and white color scheme (including a candy table), playing card escort cards and table numbers and King and Queen cake topper were inspired by the couple’s love for games. They even set up a game table to keep guests entertained throughout the night. It was a huge hit! After a great dinner, Julie and Brendan visited each table to toast their guests before dancing the night away to music played by Ellen Mohan of Dance Pro DJ Service. Thanks, Julie and Brendan, for choosing me to photograph your wedding. Enjoy your sneak peek below!

Flowers – Norton’s Flowers and Gifts, Invitations – Magnet Street Weddings, Girls’ attire – David’s Bridal, Guys’ Attire – President Tuxedo, Rings – Abracadabra Jewelry, Cake – Baker’s Nook, Candy – This & That

Julie, her mom and her sisters get ready for the big event.

The detail on Julie's dress was gorgeous!

Brendan's mom pins on his boutonniere.

Brendan watches as Julie walks down the aisle.

The Perennial Garden was the perfect location for the ceremony.

Julie slips Brendan's ring onto his finger.

Julie takes a moment to chat with her grandmother in the Conservatory after the ceremony.

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The entire wedding party. I love the red, black and white color scheme and the bright bouquets!

The couple surrounded by beautiful plants in the Conservatory.

Lush palms make a gorgeous backdrop!

Detail of the groomsmens' flowers.

Julie's stunning rose and hypernicum berry bouquet by Norton's Flowers.

Heading off to the reception at the Marriott.

The reception was held in the wedding tent at the Ann Arbor Marriott at Ypsilanti Eagle Crest.

Love these playing card escort cards! They're beautiful and work perfectly with the theme.

Playing cards serve as table numbers.


Red roses accented with baby's breath and white candles continue the color scheme.

The couple asked their guests to write advice and well wishes on black and white pieces of paper to be assembled in a scrap book.

The cake from the Baker's Nook. I love the topper!

Detail of one of the many games on the game table.

The best man is animated during his speech, which also incorporated the game theme.

Julie and Brendan arrive at a table to toast their guests.

A crowd gathers to watch the bride and groom cut their cake.

The candy table with red, black and white candies and some other favorites thrown in the mix.

The couple's first dance.

Brendan shares a dance with his mother.

The game table was busy all night.

An impromptu, yet choreographed, performance by Brendan and his guys.

What's a wedding reception without the YMCA? :)

An outside view of the tent near the end of the night.

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New Product – Customized Flash Drives!

Posted by Elizabeth on August 26, 2010 in New Products
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High resolution files are always included in packages of the event photography I do.   So, whether it’s a wedding, a baby shower, a family reunion or any other type of event, it’s your event, they’re your memories and I believe you should have the rights to your photos. I’m excited to be offering customized USB flash drives for image file storage. These environmentally friendly drives are made of wood and require less packaging to ship than the DVDs and packaging I previously offered. They are burned-wood laser engraved with the Elizabeth Walker Photography logo on one side and your personal information on the other and come in a muslin pouch. Permission to reprint the images is also included at a small size so you’ll have it handy when you head off to your local photo lab. No more digging for contracts! :) These are automatically included in all wedding packages from here on out. They’ll also be a product option for other events and an option when purchasing high resolution files of your portrait session. If Elizabeth Walker Photography documented an event for you in the past and you’re interested in obtaining another set of images on one of these flash drives, get in touch with me. 

Seems a bit strange to have my logo under a photo of a flash drive with my logo on it.. :).

 

The flash drives have a swivel design with room for personal text.

 

The complete package. Flash drive, permissions and pouch!

 

All in the bag and ready to go to the photo lab in your purse or pocket.

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Art and Jessica in Ann Arbor, MI

Posted by Elizabeth on August 23, 2010 in August Weddings, Outdoor Receptions, Unique Ideas
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We travelled to Ann Arbor early Saturday morning to photograph Art and Jessica’s wedding at the Kensington Court Hotel. An outdoor ceremony was planned but the weather didn’t cooperate and a decision was made to move the ceremony inside. The weather may have been dreary but this easy going couple rolled with the punches and the wedding’s bright orange, blue and green color palette kept things sunny indoors. The bride’s beautiful dress was made by her mother and Jessica enlisted the help of her bridesmaids to create the bouquets, boutonnieres and centerpieces. The couple did an amazing job of tying all of the elements together for a cohesive theme. After a heartfelt ceremony, the couple and their guests enjoyed a brunch reception, complete with an omelet station. The reception at the Kensington Court ended in the early afternoon and afterward, we had an opportunity to spend some more time photographing Art and Jessica which made for some fun and cute portraits. Later, we headed to an after party at Island Park where friends and family gathered to continue celebrating with the newlyweds. Thanks, Art and Jessica for choosing Elizabeth Walker Photography to document the beautiful day you planned. It was an honor! Enjoy your sneak peek below!

Ceremony and Reception – Kensington Court Hotel

After Party – Island Park

Cake – Jefferson Market and Cakery

Jessica, dressed and ready to walk down the aisle.

 

A last hug from Dad before getting married.

 

Lighting the Unity Candle.

 

Married!

 

Art and Jessica share a moment after the ceremony.

 

It was raining but the awning in front of the hotel allowed us to do some photos "outside". This one's of Jessica and Art with his entire family.

 

LOVE the contrasting colors and the fact that each bridesmaid picked their own dress. That shade of blue looked amazing on everyone!

 

The Grande Ballroom looked beautiful.

 

The amazing cake and cupcakes continued the color scheme and the ribbon details on the tables.

 

Overlapping ribbons and bright bouquets of Gerber Daisies added color to the tables.

 

The Maid of Honor begins her toast.

 

Raising glasses after a speech from the Best Man.

 

Art and Jessica's first dance as a married couple.

 

Brightly colored treats at the Candy Bar.

 

Eating cake!

 

A post-cake kiss. Love the frosting between their noses!

 

Signing the marriage license.

 

The bridesmaids had comfy flip flops for the reception.

 

Taking some time out for portraits.

 

 

The Best Man heads off to the after party at Island Park.

 

 

Relaxing at the after party at Island Park.

 

Getting the kegs in order.

 

Members of the bridal party snack on veggies and pretzles at Island Park.

 

Art and Jessica take a walk through the rain at Island Park.

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Portraits on the Grounds of Ella Sharp

Posted by Elizabeth on August 5, 2010 in Portraits
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Last week, my nieces were all back for their first visit to Michigan since moving to Minnesota in March. We went to visit them in their new home town in June but we’ve been missing them terribly and were so happy to have them back in Jackson with us. It was a busy week of play dates and sleepovers and we spent more than 42 hours in the car to go pick them up and take them back again but I would gladly jump in my car again right this minute for more time together. Thursday morning, before meeting up with my parents and grandmother for lunch at The Granary, we spent some time on the grounds of the Ella Sharp Museum of Art and History for a little portrait session. Here are some highlights.

Love this one with my dad when he came out to meet us for lunch :).

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Portraits on Old Mission Peninsula

Posted by Elizabeth on July 27, 2010 in Portraits
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Sunday morning was gorgeous, just the perfect day to head out on Old Mission Peninsula to photograph this darling 5 year old and her family. She’s a natural in front of the camera and we had a wonderful morning together.  It was VERY hard to narrow down the photos for a sneak peek but here it is!

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A Family Reunion in Traverse City

Posted by Elizabeth on July 26, 2010 in Uncategorized
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This past weekend, forty-nine family members from what seemed like almost forty-nine different states, reunited in Traverse City, Michigan and I was fortunate enough to be there to document it. Some of the people in these photos may look familiar from James and Whittney’s wedding, which I shot last August. Traverse City is a great place for a destination event because there’s so much to do and it’s gorgeous there! Many of the attendees enjoyed the beach at the Parkshore Resort, where they stayed, and the kids were excited about going to Pirate’s Cove after the main event, a family dinner at Auntie Pasta’s Restaurant. I was hoping to make an entire weekend out of my trip there but unfortunately, my schedule didn’t allow it. I arrived early Saturday afternoon and the staff at the Travelodge, where I stayed, was kind enough to let me check in early.  After settling into my room,  I went to scope out the restaurant and the park next door with the event planners before everyone arrived for family photos. There was a lot of laughter over dinner as people shared stories and caught up on each other’s lives. Here’s a little peek inside. Enjoy!

The entire group!

The entire group!

A frisbee kept the kids (and some of the adults) entertained while waiting their turn for family photos.

A frisbee kept the kids (and some of the adults) entertained while waiting their turn for family photos.

The youngest family member holding her mom's hand.

The youngest family member holding her mom's hand.

This couple just got engaged on New Year's so we took a few moments for a mini engagement session :).

This couple just got engaged on New Year's so we took a few moments for a mini engagement session :).

The kids enjoyed finding their names on a list of family members.

The kids enjoyed finding their names on a list of family members.

Family members learned about each other by reading biographies complete with historical photos.

Family members learned about each other by reading biographies complete with historical photos.

Enjoying dinner.

Enjoying dinner.

Frequent laughter filled the air as stories were shared.

Frequent laughter filled the air as stories were shared.

The family's first cousins.

The family's first cousins.

The family is looking forward to regular reunions in the future.

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Katie and Jack – A Sunday Wedding at Cascades Manor House

Posted by Elizabeth on June 28, 2010 in June Weddings
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Jack and Katie flew in from the state of Washington to get married here in Michigan. I did all of my initial correspondence with Jack’s mom, who lives in Wisconsin, until the last month or so when Katie took over to give me the wedding day time line and shot list details.  I’ve shot more weddings at Cascades Manor House than anywhere else and had my own wedding reception there just over 6 years ago so it always feels like home.

Yesterday’s weather was iffy. At one point there was even talk of moving the ceremony inside, but the rain held off just long enough for us to get through both the ceremony and the group shots outdoors. The rain started pouring down the instant we went inside. Perfect timing! The reception was in the beautiful Fireside Room and the Manor House’s Sunday brunch was on the menu. After cutting the delicious cake and some time for visiting, the couple was sent off by their loved ones amidst a swirl of bubbles. Thanks, Katie and Jack, for choosing Elizabeth Walker Photography to document your wedding day. We wish you all the best as you begin your married life together! Enjoy your sneak peek below!

Cake – Megan Phillips, (734) 276-9822 , Flowers – Designs by Judy

The Cascades Manor House, beautiful inside and out.

The Cascades Manor House, beautiful inside and out.

The boys of the wedding party take some time pre-ceremony to walk to the pond and look for turtles.

The boys of the wedding party take some time pre-ceremony to walk to the pond and look for turtles.

Katie smooths the flower girl's hair.

Katie smooths the flower girl's hair.

A kiss on the cheek for the mother of the bride.

A kiss on the cheek for the mother of the bride.

Katie takes one more look in the mirror while her maid of honor looks on.

Katie takes one more look in the mirror while her maid of honor looks on.

Katie's dad walks her down the aisle.

Katie's dad walks her down the aisle.

Katie and her dad hug just before the vows.

Katie and her dad hug just before the vows.

Katie and Jack with their arms around eachother during the ceremony. Love the back of Katie's gown!

Katie and Jack with their arms around eachother during the ceremony. Love the back of Katie's gown!

Jack's mother read scripture during the ceremony.

Jack's mother read scripture during the ceremony.

Jack and Katie receive communion.

Jack and Katie receive communion.

Married and heading out front for the group photos.

Married and heading out front for the group photos.

Katie and her dad laugh while having their portrait taken.

Katie and her dad laugh while having their portrait taken.

Jack fixes his dad's collar.

Jack fixes his dad's collar.

The entire wedding party.

The entire wedding party.

The gorgeous cake tasted even better than it looked!

The gorgeous cake tasted even better than it looked!

Smashing the cake.

Smashing the cake.

Katie and her beautiful bouquet from Designs by Judy.

Katie and her beautiful bouquet from Designs by Judy.

The newlyweds take a time out from eating cake for a kiss.

The newlyweds take a time out from eating cake for a kiss.

Husband and wife!

Husband and wife!

Katie gives the adorable ring bearer some love.

Katie gives the adorable ring bearer some love.

Exiting through bubbles.

Exiting through bubbles.

Heading off to begin their life together.

Heading off to begin their life together.

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Jen and Rob – A Reception in Michigan Center

Posted by Elizabeth on June 28, 2010 in June Weddings, Outdoor Receptions
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Jen and Rob had a private courthouse ceremony about a week and a half ago. On Saturday, their friends and extended family gathered at the Polish Falcons Pavilion on Round Lake in Michigan Center to celebrate with them. It was hot and sunny but there was a bit of a breeze and the pavilion offered plenty of protection from the sun along with the tall, old trees that populate the property. The kids enjoyed the playground equipment and a few even took a dip in the lake. The party was largely a family affair with relatives of the bride and groom decorating, making the food and providing the music. The bride’s mom made her bouquet and her step-sister made her cake! Best wishes, Jen and Rob for a long and happy life together. Thanks for choosing us to photograph your day. Enjoy your sneak peek below!

The Polish Falcons Pavilion on Round Lake in Michigan Center, where the reception was held.

The Polish Falcons Pavilion on Round Lake in Michigan Center, where the reception was held.

The bride's step-sister made the cake with a cute night sky theme.

The bride's step-sister made the cake with a cute night sky theme.

The beautiful bridal bouquet, made by Jen's mother.

The beautiful bridal bouquet, made by Jen's mother.

All of Jen's boys.

All of Jen's boys.

Jen's son taking full advantage of the wedding bubbles.

Jen's son taking full advantage of the wedding bubbles.

The kids enjoying the playground equipment.

The kids enjoying the playground equipment.

The happy couple.

The happy couple.

The property's tall, old trees make such a nice backdrop!

The property's tall, old trees make such a nice backdrop!

Jen and Rob's frist dance.

Jen and Rob's first dance.

Guests on the dance floor.

Guests on the dance floor.

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Linking arms during the chicken dance.

Cutting the cake!

Cutting the cake!

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A tiny bit of smashing involved but overall they kept it pretty clean.

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