so glad you're here...
I'm Elyse, a natural light, on-location lifestyle + documentary photographer in Kalamazoo, Michigan. I'm a passionate wife, mother, artist + storyteller living the simple life on our little hobby farm.
I strive to create images that are organic, emotional, & authentic. I believe real joy is found in the ordinary, everyday moments & the best photos happen when you allow yourself (and especially your kiddos) to be wild & free. Creating beautiful images requires only the choice to be vulnerable with the ones you love, and I promise to give you the space & time to comfortably do that. My sessions are carefree, filled with movement, and always focus on natural interaction + connection rather than poses. I want your photos to be your tangible legacy.
Beyond photography, I'm mama to three rowdy little boys + wife to an incredibly hardworking man who fully supports my dream -- right down to planting a wildflower + sunflower field on our property (my little slice of heaven on earth) . As a family, we love traveling, especially to northern Michigan where the air is a bit fresher and the water a bit clearer. These little adventures always give me a renewed vision and allow me to go deeper in my work.
Friend, what I want you to know is that your life is a one-of-a-kind story I'd love to tell through imagery. I want nothing more than to photograph all your crazy, beautiful, chaotic moments so you have evidence of this lovely life of yours. Let's have an adventure soon.