James and Lisha's sweet, intimate wedding was an absolute joy to photograph. It was incredibly important to the two of them that their families have the opportunity to get to know one another more and they chose to host their wedding weekend at a charming bed and breakfast. Their closest friends and family came together to celebrate James and Lisha and this new chapter in their life together. I hope you enjoy a look inside their beautiful wedding day! 

Event Planning, Design & Floral // Every Little Detail

Photography // Samantha James Photography

Cake // The Cakabakery

Bed & Breakfast // Hop & Vine




Well hello there friends! I have finally returned from my maternity leave since I delivered our sweet baby girl and I'm more excited than ever to be starting my wedding season again. 

A few weeks ago I met Daniel and Brittany for their engagement photos. They are planning a lovely wedding later this summer that I can't wait to be a part of. I truly love this time I have getting to know my clients and learning more about their story. It was such an honor to photograph this special season of their life together and I'm looking forward to spending their wedding day with them and their closest family and friends. I hope you are all have a wonderful week so far, enjoy a handful of my favorites from their session. 

Film scans by // The Find Lab




My amazing husband, Brad is turning 30 today! Over the past several years we have been through so much together. Growing in our marriage, fostering, parenthood, career shifts and more. I love him for his sense of humor, sarcasm, gentle spirit and servant's heart. I'm grateful he challenges me every single day to be the best version of myself. I hope you feel celebrated today Brad, because you deserve to be! Brad got a Chemex pour over coffee system recently and I wanted to photograph this process that he loves so much. All scans from // The Find Lab 




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




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




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




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




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