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Shelly + Matt Shelly and Matt attended the same high school in a small town on the outskirts of Cleveland. They didn’t know each other yet though; likes ship passing in the night, they each had their own friends and social circles, not knowing how close their person actually was. After high school, Shelly and […]

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For the last four years, I’ve been learning, growing, and refining my skills as a wedding photographer. I remember what it felt like to want to serve my couples well, but secretly feeling inadequate. I read blog after blog on topics like lighting, posing, and shooting in manual mode. Today, although I am still constantly […]

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Even though I grew up on the east coast in Virginia and I love our Ohio home, shooting in the desert is magical to me. Maybe it’s just because the landscape is so different from what I’m used to, but I can’t get enough! Photographing a wedding in Arizona is basically my dream! The light […]

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Antanina & Steve | 3.8.19 If you had met either Steve or Antanina years ago, before their paths crossed, and asked them to describe their perfect partner and wedding day, I don’t think in their wildest dreams they would have been able to tell the love story that has now taken place. For them, love […]

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Life with Technology in 2019 Maybe you’re overworked. Maybe you feel like you try SO HARD but are never good enough. Maybe, you solve a problem or accomplish a task (YAY!) and then you see five more issues that weren’t visible before. You feel like you went backwards. Maybe you don’t want to get out […]

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The Importance of the Bridal Bouquet + Inspiration Hello beautiful bride-to-to!!! You may be thinking, an entire blog post dedicated to my bouquet? Really? Really! The bridal bouquet is the most important floral arrangement you’ll invest in for your wedding day, and here’s why! When the wedding day has come and gone, you’ll come home with with […]

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When Kelsie and I sat down to create the mood board for the styled shoot at the second Refined Second Shooter Workshop, we knew we wanted to step it up! We absolutely LOVED our fun Kate Spade inspired styled shoot at the first workshop, but this time we were looking for elegance and a neutral […]

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Aubrey & Tony Aubrey and Tony just joined the family of Michelle Joy brides and grooms a few weeks ago, but as soon as they booked, one of the first things Aubrey asked about was their engagement session! It was the middle of January and she knew they wanted photos in the snow. The following […]

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If you’re like me, you may sometimes have a love-hate relationship with Monday. Personally, I often start Monday morning with excitement about the tasks coming up… for example, I was really excited to wake up and write this blog post! However, not every week is like this and especially if you’re in a tough job […]

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Kayla & Nicholas | 01.19.19 When Kayla and Nicholas decided to get married in January, they knew there was a decent chance for snowy weather. However, I don’t think anticipated that THE winter storm of the season would hit on their wedding day! What we thought was going to be several inches of snow actually […]