Alen's winter portraits. Class of 2018.
These two hold a special place in my heart.
Jarrod and I met when we were both 14 and since then, shared countless rides to school, road trips up north and late nights in college. Our freshman year, we met Kamille -- this sweet, life-loving, fun girl -- while visiting friends in Ann Arbor, and the rest has been history.
It was such a joy to be able to capture their love!
Congratulations, you two.
Detroit, Michigan / Ceremony: St. Florian Church / Reception Venue: Lovett Hall
Maru Hospitality Group opened a new concept restaurant, Ando Asian Kitchen, this summer in Grand Rapids!
Think Asian Fusion comfort food: big bowls of ramen noodles, wasabi hummus, small plates of pickled vegetables, Korean bibimbaps and sushi rolls. Family style is encouraged (which is my favorite) so you get to try a little bit of everything. It's amazing.
I've had the pleasure of creating all of the photographs, the website, building their social media presence and some of their design materials.
One of my favorite families to capture!
Last December, I was able to get together with a few amazing women to bring a little Korean-inspired shoot to life.
Kate and I went to college together and then crossed paths in Korea in 2015, and since then we've been dying to collaborate on a project. Kate now lives in San Fransisco doing various (amazing) prop and fashion styling projects, but was back in Michigan for the holidays. So we thought it'd be a perfect time to get something fun in the works. And we thought: why not something we both experienced and love so well?
We swapped photos and ideas for the few weeks leading up to the shoot. I reached out to the sweetest human, Sophia, to see if she'd be down to model. Both Kate and Christiana brought a bunch of goodies home with them from California (including outfits / props / accessories Kate brought home from in Asia) and we shot in her older brother's home. His place is DREAMY. The most gorgeous art, trinkets and quirky objects from around the globe were sprinkled throughout the space. He also helped us make kimchi toast with bread that he had baked fresh that day. Ahhh.
I can't share the images with y'all quite yet as we're trying to send them off to a few publications, BUT you'll be the first to see em when I can.
S/O to the awesome humans that made this day so so fun.
The sixth Maru officially opened their doors to Kalamazoo on March 4th!
It's been such a treat to not only watch this concept grow, but to be a part of the planning and creating. Weeks leading up to the opening, there was this exciting buzz within the company. The long-anticipated location was nearly ready!
We took a field trip on Monday (why are field trips still so great??) to visit our new family and spent the afternoon meeting new faces and taking photographs and sampling new cocktails like the Soju Lemonade (pictured above). Muddled blackberries, basil, soju and lemonade.... simple and dangerously delicious. Megan is the boss of cocktail creation. .
Maru Kalamazoo is located in an old train depot downtown, right next to HopCat and a few blocks away from Black Owl Cafe (Kalamazoo Coffee Company). The interior is complete with exposed brick, big wooden beams and gorgeous hardwood floors. Although it is very "Maru" in aesthetic, it has a more rustic feel that makes it even more unique than the other locations. Each new Maru seems to get better and better.
Now that the anticipation of Maru Kalamazoo has subsided, we are able to focus on our next new adventure. A little something extra-special is coming to Grand Rapids this spring....... Stay tuned <3
1/21/2017 taken outside of Michigan's Capitol.
A day of peace and protest for equality. I was told that 9,000 people attended from all over the state. And millions all over the world.
This is Why I March.