The first wedding I ever photographed was at Port Austin, a beautiful lighthouse off one of Michigan Great Lakes, Lake Huron. I was so nervous to be chosen as my friend’s destination wedding photographer! I told her that I didn’t think I was ready, but she assured me…that if I didn’t do it, no one would be photographing the wedding. The entire day was a complete adrenaline rush for me. My husband said my camera was always up in my face, and my shoulders hunched over in a tense “I’m ready to shoot” position…all day. He makes fun of me to this day for it. However, we had some beautiful wedding photography over the great lake, and the Port Austin lighthouse was awesome. Sure—I missed a lot, but I also got a lot! It was an eye-opening day to realize how a photographer captures those special journalistic moments between a bride and her father, a groom and his brother, and yes—also trying to avoid the relatives shooting in the background! My friend’s grandma followed from a distance, and in some of the environmental shots, she was in the frame. We called her afterwards, “The ghost.” She was in this frame—oh, but not in that frame!” My second wedding photographed was my brothers, over at the Detroit Zoo. Okay—went from being a destination wedding photographer, to a Detroit Zoo wedding photographer—polar bears and all! It was challenging, since we were in the butterfly house, there wasn’t a lot of room to move around in. Also, being a sibling was challenging! Next, another friend was married—and we did her wedding photographs at the Detroit Institute of Arts! Doing wedding photography at the Detroit Institute of Arts was challenging—they didn’t allow a tripod, and no flash. My equipment wasn’t as good as it is now, so I learned as much as I could to use my equipment to the best of ability, and shot away. I had a blast. My first real paid wedding was next—the location? St Johns church in Detroit. Doing wedding photography at St. Johns was challenging as well, except I had better equipment and could use a tripod. Super low-light challenge there, but we ended up with beautiful pictures! We also scooted over to Comerica park to get a few wedding photographs, and that was super fun. After those four events, wedding photography started making sense to me. I loved the emotion, and the impact artistic wedding photos could make. I also realized that I had a gift of capturing intimate moments, in a non-obtrusive journalistic wedding photography way. I started shooting a lot more weddings, all over SouthEast Michigan and a little beyond; Detroit, Waterford, Clarkston, Brandon Township, Shelby Township, Rochester, Birmingham, Holly, Goodrich. Although I’m a wedding photographer based out of Clarkston Michigan, I have no problem driving within a 50mi radius, without extra cost to you as a bride! All wedding packages have full day coverage, with journalistic photos from preparation to reception, and usually an hour or two in-between for some truly special artistic wedding photography. I do love to travel too! So if you’re looking for a destination wedding photographer, consider Flashes of Life! Based out of Clarkston, available world-wide.