Class of 2018 – University of Michigan – Kelsey Kochan

Really quick “Super Proud Sister” blog post from me! (Sorry, not sorry!) I got to take some graduation photos of my sister earlier this week and now she graduates on Saturday! Quick backstory on us. I met her back when she was this little 12-year-old playing on the Nintendo Game Cube. She was cute, loud, and wanted to be the center of attention, like most little girls who grow up with all brothers! I know this because I have a brother who is 10 years older than me so it’s safe to say I wanted attention too! But to be honest, I was never the girl “that always wanted a sister”. But when I met my husband and his family I instantly fell in love with them and this super cute blonde girl basically wanted to be my best friend, I was smitten! We instantly clicked and ever since I’ve loved becoming closer and closer to her as years went on. After almost 13 years of knowing her, I’ve pretty much seen it all! But I knew I just had to be there for her as a Big Sister and give the best advice I could throughout her teenage years and young adulthood! Even though I know there might have been times, at that moment what I had said she didn’t necessarily want to hear it, I hope she can look back and think “dang it, you were right!”

I’m a true believer that everything you go through in life only makes you stronger, the good, the bad and the ugly! That all being said, I’m so incredibly proud of her and everything she has accomplished in her life so far! This girl is turned into one amazing & determined woman. Don’t tell her she can’t do something, because she will prove you wrong! She will be starting her graduate program in the fall at UofM for pharmacology! She has come a long way from that 12-year-old little girl I first met!

So this is my Thank You to you Kels! Thank you for being such an inspiring sister, aunt, and friend! Travis and I love you and can’t wait to see how you leave your mark in this crazy world and in science!

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Zingerman’s Cornman Farm’s Wedding – Ann Arbor, Michigan – Lisa & John

This was such a fun wedding day! I love shooting at Zingerman’s Cornman Farms! There was a great team of people helping this day as well! I got to work alongside Ana Skidmore from Two Foot Creative and there were some beautiful flowers from Maureen’s Design. Lisa and John were an adorable couple and their love for one another showed! Enjoy looking over their sweet June wedding at an amazing venue.

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BIG NEWS! – Melissa Elaine Photography is… Expanding!

I’ve tried to sit down and write this blog post a few times now. So here it goes!…..It’s with great excitement and nervousness that I get to (finally) announce that my family and I are moving to CHICAGO! BUT…..DON’T STOP READING! There is a lot of information that I’m going to share with you about the future of Melissa Elaine Photography as this blog post goes on. Below are some questions that I know people will ask me. So here we go….

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Will you still be taking Weddings and Family photos in Michigan? If so are you going to charge Travel Fees?

I will absolutely still be working as a Michigan wedding photographer and lifestyle photographer! I will just be expanding my business to the Chicago area wedding photographer and lifestyle photographer as well!! What does that mean for traveling? I will NOT be charging travel fees to come back to Michigan to do shoots! NO TRAVEL FEES?! Our entire families are in Michigan so coming back to Michigan will be no big deal. Just may require some planning ahead of time. Planning a shoot with a short notice just won’t work anymore. So please do not be discouraged to contact me to do shoots in Michigan. I will be readily available in both cities and beyond!

There will be dates for Michigan Mini sessions so make sure you keep an eye out for those!!

Why Chicago?

My husband has spent the past 5 years working towards his Ph.D. in Microbiology at the University of Michigan and got an awesome job opportunity working for Northwestern University. I’m very proud of him and always knew this day would come. We are both very excited about this new chapter in our lives and are looking at it as an adventure and I can’t wait to have another amazing backdrop to capture Chicago weddings! Also, just an FYI but St. Joseph Michigan is only an hour and a half away from Chicago, so if you know anyone having an amazing beach wedding (like my husband and mines) please feel free to pass my name along! I would love nothing more than to shoot beach weddings!

Is this a forever move? 

We aren’t really sure how long we will be here yet. Could be 2-5 years, could be 10? There is no telling at this point. We will just have to wait and see and time will tell! But for now, we are going to enjoy the time we have here in our new city life living.

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When are you moving?

My husband has a start date of August 1st. So our plan is to sell A LOT of our stuff, pack up our house by the end of June and move the last week of July. Being that I still have weddings July-October in Michigan, there will be a lot of traveling back and forth, but we can’t wait to take the month of July off and enjoy our families before we move and then let the excitement begin! For my brides in that part of my wedding season and 2019, DO NOT WORRY! I will back in Michigan 24 hours before your wedding to ensure I’m back in town and not having any travel issues before your wedding day.

What can I do to help you?

Well, I’m glad you asked! Any and all referrals to people who you may know in the surrounding Chicago area is much appreciated! It can be families, wedding couples, families having newborn babes, pretty much any and everything at this stage, I’m happy to talk to them!  That also being said, to build some of my Chicago based photos I will be having a “Giveaway” for some mini sessions in the Chicago area to build my Chicago portfolio some. So if you know anyone that might be interested in that, please pass my name along to them.

Some fun facts to us about this city!

Something has always brought us back to Chicago ever since my husband and I have been together. My husband’s first trip to a big city was Chicago, with me of course! One of my best friends lives here so that always has us coming back. We have always enjoyed coming to Chicago for White Sox & Cub games. Even though we are pretty sure we will be Cubs fans once we move. We had our Honeymoon in Chicago. We came here to celebrate my husbands 30th Birthday. Then what I think is the coolest thing I just recently found out about this city is it was founded on March 4th, 1837. My daughter was born on March 4th. If that isn’t a sign, I don’t know what is!

So there it is! The news is out! Again we are very excited and nervous all at the same time about this move and can’t wait to start our lives in a new city! But PLEASE understand, this is an expansion! NOT a packing up and shipping out business change for us!! Thanks for all the love and support from our family and friends and my current clients who have expressed their excitement for us! We appreciate all the good luck and appreciate the support! Cheers to a new chapter!

Ann Arbor Michigan Winter Wedding – Melissa & Mike

Melissa & Mike’s wedding was held at Weber’s Inn in Ann Arbor Michigan. They had an unusually “warmer” winter wedding in Michigan which we were pretty happy about! Now when I say that, I mean there wasn’t much snow on the ground that time of year, which was surprising! Can we also talk about her beautiful flowers from Lasting Touch and amazing dress from Beckers Bridal?! I had such a great time capturing their day!

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