photo credit: sara combs photography

so glad you're here...

I'm Elyse, a lifestyle + documentary photographer in Kalamazoo, Michigan. I'm a passionate wife, mother, + visual storyteller living the simple life on a creek in a boondocks. I'm inspired by the wildflowers my husband sows each spring and my children place in vases in the early summer... I think it's those ordinary moments in my own life that drive me toward capturing the beautifully ordinary in others' lives. 

Life isn't perfect. In fact, it's extraordinarily imperfect, and my hope is to tell that imperfect story of yours. To preserve your presence. I believe the very best photos happen when you allow yourself (and especially your kiddos) to let go and just be

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. Your photos are truly your tangible legacy.

Let's have an adventure soon.




my insta // a fun mix of client work + personal work


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photo credit: sarah rypma photography 2018