3 09 2016

It’s been a long time since I’ve updated here. Sorry. I got a new day job and that whole dream job, freelancing on the side thing kind of got pushed aside for a bit.

Just because I haven’t updated this, doesn’t mean I haven’t been shooting though.  For a really quick recap of summer, check out my Flickr Here.

Otherwise, stay tuned for a series of makeup posts. I had several adventures including Michigan, Wisconsin, a new Theater’s debut, and a few festivals.


My favorite, the black eyed susan.


My least favorite, poison Ivy… this photo is in Michigan though I got poison Ivy (for the first time in 30+ years of camping and hiking) this year in Wisconsin.


Honey Bee. So very important.


Proud Lake State Park, Michigan

4 10 2013

While in Michigan, Andy and I went for a walk at Proud Lake State Park with my parents. It was lovely, as always.







Inn At Bay Harbor

22 09 2013

This past week Andy and I took a trip to Michigan for our friends’ wedding. The ceremony took place out side on Little Traverse Bay. Green lawn, white chairs and 10 steps back and the bride and groom would have been in the lake! The weather was stunning, 65*F and sunny with giant puffy white clouds making for magical photos.


The wedding was at The Inn At Bay Harbor. The Inn is a “renaissance golf club” which I gather essentially means expensive and fancy. Four of us shared a hotel room, it was over $200/night (total) even with the wedding party group rates. The room had two queens, a fridge, a huge bathroom, two closets and a balcony. It was quite lovely. The Inn has some of the BEST bloody marys ever. They have thick smoked bacon in them!


The whole Petoskey/Bay Harbor area is beautiful. We spent the night before the wedding in the area. We started with The Petoskey Brewery. We had wonderful beer, I loved the Badunka Dunkle and Andy really liked the Dark Knight Black IPA. We also had delicious panini sandwiches. Last year when we were in Petoskey (also for a wedding) we managed to be at the Petoskey Brewery for their grand opening. It was lovely to see them still doing well, though thankfully not AS packed as opening night, and officially having added food to their menu! After the brewery we headed to Knot Just Another Bar to meet up with the wedding party. They told us 9pm. We got there around 9:30pm to find no one there. We started the 69 beer challenge with out them. Knot Just Another Bar will permanently paint your name or team name on the ceiling if you successfully finish all 69 beers on their list. The list includes some wonderful local breweries such at Motor City Brewing, Atwater Brewing, Founders etc. as well as things as disgusting at a 40oz Mickey’s in a paper bag. Being as we beat everyone to the bar, we had first dibs on the best beers and were on to round two by the time they finally all showed up! When the groom finally showed up, we bought him the Mickey’s. The ceiling of Knot Just Another Bar officially has “The Milford Crew: Team Chef Simba” on it. We killed the list in one night, which really wasn’t so hard since we probably had 30+ people there!

BYW_4092As I said before the ceremony was out on the lawn. The reception however, was held partially indoors, partially in a tent and partially outdoors. Dinner was indoors, as was the cake cutting. Most everything else was in the tent just outside the doors of the dinner hall. They had a bar out in the tent, heaters, and a DJ. Outdoors there was a bonfire and a few hammocks. It was such a beautiful wedding. We had so much fun.


30 10 2012

Michigan did not disappoint. Not that it ever does, but this time, the fall colors were above and beyond my expectations.
On Monday, Andy and I took the megabus in to Ann Arbor, where my dad picked us up. We spent a few hours around my parents’ house, then headed out to Dearborn Heights for dinner with Andy’s dad and Lynn. After dinner we drove back to Milford, where we met up with some friends at MVP. Tuesday we relaxed around my parents’ house until late afternoon, when we headed out to Royal Oak for dinner and drinks with Andy’s mom, sister and brother-in-law.

Honey bee at my parents’ house

On Wednesday we packed up my brother’s car with camping gear and headed north on 75. We drove until it started to get dark, called the state park’s office and made a reservation at the nearest, north of our location campground. South Higgens Lake State Park, is a HUGE campground. There are over 400 campsites. Luckily for us, there were very few other people there, probably due to the weather. It was cold, very cold, and windy. We set up our tent, built a fire and cooked some hotdogs.

The next morning we packed up our gear after a short walk and headed north on 75 again. Andy had never been north of the Mackinac Bridge, so that was our primary objective. We made it to the bridge with perfect timing to stop and have lunch on the lake front. It was still cold (50*F or so), but the sun was out and for late September in Michigan, really quite perfect.

The Mighty Mac

After lunch and a good stretch we were on the road again. We were hoping to get as far as Lake Superior State Park but decided we’d rather have more time to hike and explore, so we stopped an hour or so short, at Tahquamenon Falls State Park.

That night we set up our tent, went for a short hike, built a fire and made bush pasties. I love bush pasties, it’s a camping tradition for me. To make a bush pastie, you dice up a potato, half an onion, and a carrot or two (I usually just use a handful of baby carrots), place all of this on a large sheet of aluminum foil. Then make a thin patty of ground beef, place this on top of your vegetables. Season with salt and pepper. Wrap everything up in the aluminum foil, careful to roll the side and ends without ripping, so no juices escape. Wrap a second layer of foil around the first and throw the whole thing into some hot coals in your camp fire. About a half hour to 45 minutes later, unwrap a corner and check your beef for doneness! Enjoy with ketchup, mustard, or chow chow! Yum!

Friday morning we woke up to freezing cold temperatures. The cold temperatures were good motivation to wake up, go to the heated bathrooms to wash up, then come back and build a fire! After making some instant coffee on the fire and eating some trail mix, we packed up our very dewy and damp tent. We hiked to lower Tahquamenon Falls from the campground. Then hopped in the car, drove the 7 miles to the Upper Falls trail head and hiked to the Upper Falls. The fall colors were amazing. Birch trees so golden and maples so fiery red I couldn’t remember the last time I’d seen colors so vivid!

Golden Birch

After the two hikes we jumped back in the car and headed east toward 75 South. Having never been north of the Mac, Andy had also never seen Lake Superior. Since we had several hours before we had to be in Harbor Springs to check into our hotel for the wedding, we decided to take the Lake Superior Scenic Byway, aka the long pretty way. Miles of open road, beautiful views of the lake, nothing around except some little pull offs near the water… it was wonderful. We stopped at one such little pull off and wandered up and down the beach a bit. It was perfect.

Lake Superior

…I’ll write another post for the wedding…

Michigan in July

19 08 2011

Andy and I made a trip to Michigan in July. My best friend got married. She had a beautiful wedding. Formal and traditional in the morning. Well, traditional minus the church! The ceremony was held in the downstairs of the Holly Hotel, the reception was held upstairs. Dinner, if it can be called dinner at 1pm in the afternoon, was a beyond fabulous 7 course meal! My favorite dishes were the Roasted King Salmon with grilled artichokes and lobster crema and the Chicken Strudel Holly Hotel with cranberry couscous, herb cream and raspberry coulis. Now mind, these were the two main course dishes, the other 5 courses were more simple like Gazpacho, Salad, and an intermezzo of rock melon and cherry ice. Either way, more filling and decadent then I have experienced in a long time, if ever! After the reception, which was primarily dinner, there were a few hours of down time. After that down time, it was time for a Pig Roast! Everyone was invited for a pig roast, bon-fire and an over night of camping. Talk about a wonderful way to spending your wedding. She is my best friend for a reason!

Aside from the wedding, I enjoyed a girls day in. This involved a Pure Romance Party and a Mary Kay party, in honor of my other best friend Katie’s 26th birthday. I enjoyed time at the beach, around a bon-fire, at the bar, and on the river canoeing with many wonderful people that I miss dearly. We also spent some quiet time around my parents house/yard. I was able to photograph some beautiful bugs in my moms garden! On our last morning in Michigan, Andy and I spent the morning walking at Proud Lake State Recreational Area. We walked along the river and up stream a ways in the river. This gave me the chance to take some photos with out the fear of the camera going overboard.

Vacation Ends

26 07 2011

I am back from vacation. The Huron River is still my favorite place in the world. Nothing can beat canoeing. I’m so happy for my best friend, she officially has a husband! Her wedding was fabulous. Sooooo much good food. The ceremony and reception were at the Holly Hotel (yes, the “haunted” one in Holly, MI). The ceremony was quick and adorable, the reception was a 7 course meal of amazing-ness. Poor Chris, the groom had the flu and slept through the second half of the reception, and I don’t blame him a bit. After the reception was the BBQ, Bon-fire party. They had a whole pig roast! Yum! Being the first time I met Chris, and him being sick, I still got an excellent vibe from him. He seems right for my Steph! (:

More on my vacay later… including photos! For now, playing catch-up.


16 03 2011

This makes me very worried for my home state.

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