#PureMichigan: a personal Oh! MG family vacation – Ahwatukee, AZ Family Photographer

I was born in , raised in, and still visit Grand Rapids, MI. It’s where my parents bought a tiny red brick house and made it their home. It’s where the kids left the nest from. It’s my mother’s resting place.  It’s where my daughter loves to visit Papa.

MI7__39

It’s where I met my husband, it’s where my husband’s family lives. it’s where I see my in-laws, its where my husband sees his parents and family. It’s where my daughter loves to see GiGi and Grandpa Joe.

MI14__3

Regardless, it’s a place full of memories. It will always remain a place of memories.

I mock the hashtag and saying #PureMI or #PureMichigan because of the semi-famous “Pure Michigan”  (click that for commercial) travel ad campaign that started in 2007 and still runs to this day. I have friends here in Phoenix, AZ that they always see the ads, I saw them when we lived in CA and people worldwide probably have the same testimonial.

She’s never seen a whirly-bird before. (helicopter, whatever you call them.) Her shirt? says it all. MI7__25

This trip revolved around my brother getting married to his amazing fiance. I may be a bit bias, but she’s awesome.  I didn’t photograph their wedding, thank gosh, because I had enough fun in the party to convince me to never shoot a wedding I’m invited to,  ever. The amazing Peach Moon Photography based out of Grand Haven, MI  shot their engagement photos and wedding photos and were great people to work with. I’m the tall blonde in the family image on the alter with the PRECIOUS flower girl that is my daughter,  and the tall bald ravishingly handsome man that I’m married to.  Thats my “cleans up well” dad next to me, and then of course her family on her side.

Peach Moon Photography, Tim + Erin Wedding

Copyright Peach Moon Photography, Tim + Erin Wedding

There are plenty of other #thelillis wedding insta-pictures on my IG Feed but you gotta go back a little ways. You can’t miss ‘em!

Besides being there for their wedding, we were there for personal vacation as well. We saw plenty of family, scenery, and I took so many nature/still life shots it will make your eyes numb.

We went to the Grand Rapids Arts Festival downtown Grand Rapids, MI.

MI7__40 MI7__41 MI7__50 MI7__56 MI7__36 MI7__38 MI7__62 MI7__60

We visited  Grand Haven State Beach  both as a family and as a couples date to just get away.

060814_0304 060814_0312 060814_0311 060814_0296 060814_0317 060814_0315 060814_0319 060814_0320

MI6_

MI5__21 MI5__19 MI5__26 MI5__12

We went to Traverse City (TC), MI which is known for their berries, and cherries.  We went because our daughter had never been there, and I haven’t either.  There’s this place called the Sleeping Bear Dunes  which is like, arguably one of the prettiest places to visit in the lower peninsula of Michigan. WE LITERALLY SAW A BEAR CUB CROSS THE ROAD. <– caps necessary.

060814_0384 060814_0386 060814_0391MI15__12 Known for their berries and cherries, so naturally I had to have a very berry filled pie at Grand Traverse Pie Co. MI15__25 Some lighthouse that wanted $4.00 to walk upstairs in it. No thanks!060814_0348 060814_0373We visited family for Father’s Day. The best part was that my dad came along with us to my husbands side of the family’s gathering. It’s so nice to have them integrated!

MI10__29 MI10__12 MI10__14 MI10__11 MI10__2 MI10__7 MI10__9 MI10__10 MI10__18

My husband and I respectfully saw friends I see once a year (when we visit.) Nothings more refreshing, more awesome, and more rewarding than maintaining friendships over years and years. We pick up where we left off the last time we saw each other — it’s how I’m able to have friends nation and world wide.   Friends are the flowers in the garden of life!

MI5__7 marshmallws Making S’mores with out friends Lisa and Conor whom will be getting married this year. MI5_

childhood best friends grow up, and have kids, who hang out with each other — i’d say that’s more like family.

The literally awesome part of the friends that I visit is they continue to grow up, prosper, and I get to see them from afar on facebook them actually meet their kids they’ve had or the ones they’re about to have! (a friend announced she was pregnant on fathers day!)

I saw old high school friends, old family friends. Family.

Oh, and I continued to shoot barns for no good reason at all.

 

 

 

Thank you, Em & Cait. <3

Today was a small little escape from reality for me and the little one. Daddy headed off on work and we sorta just did random nothings for a while.

We stopped at a consignment shop and I found a metal baby-doll bed that will be PERFECT for a newborn, and then, when I got home, I found something from Ebay.com in my mailbox.

I thought it was my phone case I ordered that looks like an old camera. It wasn’t.

I had QUICKLY received my Em and Cait. Halo’s headband. AAAAAHHHmazing.

Where do I start? It’s shiny. It instantly won me over when I saw it was super duper shiny. Admit it you stare at shiny things, too.

When I received the package it was a white box, wrapped with a bow and a marketing tag. That bow there, is hand tied. HAND TIED. Dedication much?

bling bling! I tried it on my daughters head even though I ordered the newborn size :) (whattttt, i was excited!)

This is what it looks like SOOC. (or straight out of the box.)

Em and Cait.

And this is its potential:

amazeballs. crazysauce. you tell me what.

 

Em & Cait. 

Caitlin Trantham (of Oh Penelope Photography) wanted to find a side job to keep her intertwined & integrated with the photography realm as she carries her third child and yet can still be mommy to the two she already has. She found this amazing talent hiding inside her to create and produce these for sale in their etsy.com shop. and BAM. SUCCESS.

Gorgeous product, made with love and TLC.

do me a fav? Check them out. Check out their shop, check out Cait’s facebook. do it.

& thank you Em & Cait. <3

Now everyone: go check them out. go.

It’s always Sunday

Morning PanoramaThat has the most amazing morning “reveal”. The sun is burning the earth with its amazing heat and creating steam thats acting like fog and is slowly dissipating. The silhouette of the mountain disappears into the dew as the sky is illuminated by the sun — something we haven’t seen for a few days here in Twentynine Palms. I LOVE the effect of this image. When I went out to take it; the ground was wet, I could see my breath. There’s amazing natural sun flares in this image hidden, waiting to be seen by gawkers. I. Love. Sunshine. When people see me gloomy on gloomy days… do you see why? Do you?