I am a wedding and portrait photographer located on the sunrise side of northern Michigan. Born and raised here, Alpena is the place I call home. I remarried in 2014 and our house is filled with fur babies surrounded by 20 acres of wooded paradise. Some of my favorite days are spent camping in our motorhome, lazy beach days on Lake Huron, or at home, relaxing with a glass of wine.
I love nothing more than meeting new couples, developing a relationship with them and creating photos they will love and cherish. I believe any time spent in front of my camera should be an absolute blast! My goal with every picture taken is for you to feel comfortable, like yourselves, beautiful and confident.
Even though my home base is northeast Michigan, I've been known to have an adventurous side, loving every opportunity to take my camera and travel to new places around Michigan and beyond. While my passion has always been about photographing high school seniors or documenting a couple's wedding day, I recently began mentoring other photographers through one-on-one sessions. I'm passionate about serving my clients and the people I mentor and pour my heart and soul into each experience with them.
Thankfully my life is blessed with an amazing husband by my side who keeps me grounded. He taught me to fly fish a few summers ago. I'm addicted. We have dreams to buy a motorhome one day and travel out west to cast our lines on mountain streams, hike with our dogs and breathe in fresh mountain air. Of course I will take my Nikon camera along on our travels.
My love for photography began in 2008 simply by photographing my children, our pets and beautiful landscapes. Turning this passion into a business became real in 2010 when Amy Elisabeth Photography evolved. Photographing my first wedding in 2011 along with a dozen high school seniors and a handful of families, nine years later here I am as a full time business owner. I feel grateful and blessed in my life right now realizing every day I am right where I need to be! I graciously welcome each season with new brides and grooms, documenting the biggest day of their life. And each year I get to photograph future high school graduates as they begin one of their biggest milestones in life; high school senior year.
As I was growing up my parents hauled me, my two siblings and our dog on a vacation just about every summer. Places like Maine. Tennessee. Idaho. Colorado. Wyoming. Montana. Canadian Rockies. We camped in a pop-up camper pulled by a Chevy van. It's no surprise I love to travel. Traveling for me brings new adventures, memories and experiences and I can't wait to explore!
“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”
Cat person. Dog person. I can't decide. I love them all! Three canines control my life along with two felines. An Australian Shepherd, Border Collie and Wirehaired Dachsund clearly are my focus of attention but there's nothing like a cat in my lap on a winter's day. I love fur babies and if you are an animal lover like me we'll certainly have lot's to talk about!
Pets. basically children covered in fur.
I was 10 when my first horse came along and I haven't been without one since! I currently own one horse. He's tall, dark and handsome and gives hugs along with velvety kisses. For sure horses will always be my love and a part of my life.
"I've often said there's nothing better for the inside of a man than the outside of a horse." Ronald Reagan
One thing I have learned through life is how valuable a photograph can be. For me, a picture is time captured, an ability to remember forever. There is no greater way to immortalize emotions and preserve moments than with a camera, freezing time.
You are visiting my website to decide whether or not I will be a photographer you can feel at ease with, to trust my knowledge and how you will benefit from having me photograph you.
I truly believe in putting you first and foremost 100%, taking in consideration pictures I create of you and your loved ones are of utmost importance on sentimental, personal and emotional levels. You deserve portraits showcasing your story, holding onto a memory, and not forgetting what it felt like the moment the shutter clicked.
I like to regard my photography as custom art and an experience my clients will likely treasure for years to come. And while I offer digital files, I realize those who schedule a session with me are those who will desire high quality portraits, canvas wrapped prints or albums to showcase throughout their home. I offer these too!
Your best moments shouldn't be left on a hard drive or forgotten about in a drawer! I believe you should surround yourself with what makes you happy so what better way to do this than by filling your home with portraits of your loved ones! Wall collages of your favorite memories. Your beautiful wedding album displayed on your coffee table. A large statement piece such as a beautifully framed gallery wrap of your high school senior. Embrace your perfect photo memories and share your story.