TRAVIS AND NICOLE // A MUSKEGON WEDDING

 

Travis and Nicole were so much fun to celebrate with! Everything about them is relaxed and they were amazing braving the cold for portraits on their beautiful January wedding day. I am so thrilled to have gotten to know them and capture a part of their story together. Congratulations, you two! All scans by // The Find Lab 

Photography // Samantha James Photography

Second Shooter // Sandra Tietz

Cake & Pastries // Ryke's Bakery

Venue // Century Club Ballroom

Flowers // Muskegon Floral

 

VALENTINE INPSIRATION ON FILM

 

It's no secret that my dear friend and colleague Rhi and I love to do projects together! She has such enthusiasm for her work and I love seeing her dreams and vision for a shoot come to fruition. I also love to photograph her work and this exquisite Valentine inpsired table is no exception. 

Rhi created two different table ideas! In one, we showcased a stunning floral arrangement and in another she filled small bud vases with loose blooms for a little more simple but equally beautiful display.

If you love to celebrate every holiday in a special way this is great romantic setting for you and a significant other or even a GAL-entines! To read more about Rhi's vision behind this table along with other valentine related content over the next couple of days, be sure to visit her over on her blog! All scans by // The Find Lab

 

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAY

 

The holiday season is one of my absolute favorites! Now that I have a family it has become one of my priorities to create holiday traditions we can carry on through the years. We've enjoyed the process of getting a real tree the last few Christmases. We all love to bake and Emery is finally at the age where she has a lot of fun helping pour the ingredients and stir the batter. We listen to lots of Christmas music, burn holiday scented candles, wrap presents and watch our favorite classic Christmas movies together.

We'll cozy up on the couch on Christmas Eve, read the copy of The Night Before Christmas we bought in our first year of marriage and put out cookies for Santa. I'm really looking forward to watching Emery open her gifts on Christmas morning. She knows what presents are now and has attempted to take a peek a couple times already! I hope you enjoy a look inside our home and how we love to decorate for Christmas! All photos are medium format film (Portra 400) with scans by The Find Lab

 

NEW YORK CITY // A FAMILY TRIP

 

Last month, I had the opportunity to travel out to New York City to volunteer for a ministry that I'm really passionate about called Inheritance of Hope (IOH). If a parent has been diagnosed with a terminal illness, IOH brings them on a "Legacy Retreat" either to NYC or Disney where they have the opportunity to make memories as a family and learn what it truly means to leave a legacy for your family. If you want to read more about the ministry, you can check out their website here.  

Once the retreat ended Brad and Emery flew out to join me and our stay in New York City was an incredible experience! We saw so much but some of my favorite things were Central Park, the 9/11 Memorial, Brooklyn Bridge and the Dumbo area just to name a few. After a 10 day long trip I feel satisfied with all of the ground we covered and boy did we cover ground with a grand total of 165,465 steps during our stay. I will definitely want to visit New York again but for now I'm enjoying the coziness of being home for the holiday! All of these images were taken on 35mm and medium format film (Portra 400 & 800) and film processing was done by The Find Lab

 

FILM INSPIRATION WITH THE DAY'S DESIGN

 

This was a fun project I did recently with Shelby from The Day's Design. She beautifully combined some stunning flowers with some of Michigan's fall foliage! I'm so in love with the range of colors and textures from this shoot. Brides, how about holding a bouquet like this on your wedding day?!

Photography // Samantha James Photography 

Flowers & Design // The Day's Design 

Gown & Robe // Ali Nicole Bridal 

Hair & Makeup // Cheeky Strut 

 

PETE AND KELLY // A GRAND RAPIDS WEDDING

 

Pete and Kelly were married this past August in Italy and when they came home they made it all legal with a visit to the courthouse in Downtown, Grand Rapids. They invited me to take some photos to remember the afternoon by and it was so much fun. Kelly is also a photographer and she has captured some sweet memories for our family as well! It's been such a delight getting to know these two and I was so happy to take these for them.

Hair & Makeup // Rebecca Gohl 

Flowers // Rhiannon Bosse Celebrations

 

WILLIAM AND FRANCIE // A GRAND RAPIDS WEDDING

 

William and Francie are a class act. I had such a great time getting to know these two throughout their wedding planning process. I am always so grateful to work with other incredible industry vendors and the team at Modern Day Floral did not disappoint on this one! I hope you enjoy a handful of my favorite images from this sweet couple's wedding day! 

Photography // Samantha James Photography 

Planning & Design // Modern Day Events & Floral 

Venue // Cascade Country Club

Videography // Coastline Studios 

Shoes // Jimmy Choo

Band // Brena Band  

Hair // Design 1

 

 

WEDDING DAY MAGAZINE // COVER SHOOT

 

Earlier this summer I had the opportunity to photograph the cover for Wedding Day Magazine with an incredible team of talented people! It was a warm, beautiful July day at the Henderson Castle and we had the best time during this shoot. I love collaborating with other creatives and spending a little extra time on all of the details together. A huge thank you to everyone who helped make this lovely shoot come together!

Photography // Samantha James Photography 

Venue // The Henderson Castle

Planner & Coordinator // Compose Events

Flowers & Design // West View Florist 

Gown // Parish House of Bridal MC

Hair & Makeup // Something Blue Stylists

Desserts // Wild Flour Cakes and Pastries

Rentals // West Michigan Rental Company

Tables and Chairs // Rental x Events

Jewelry // Kara Daniel Jewelry 

Videography // Emily Swihart

Film Scans // The Find Lab