Casey + Karl's Castle Hill Inn Wedding

The weather for my spring weddings has been AMAZING. Every single wedding thus far this spring has been sunny and above average temps for spring. Casey and Karl's wedding was especially warm....more like summer at 80 degrees (in May!!). As I fly back and forth between Michigan and Rhode Island to shoot weddings, the good weather seems to follow me in that anywhere I'm working, the weather is gorgeous.

Casey and Karl were married at Castle Hill Inn in Newport, RI. It's breathtaking, on a cliff overlooking the ocean and the Pell bridge. Casey's hair and makeup were by the fabulous Allison Barbera and team, who makes the makeup look so incredibly natural, and Casey's hair held the entire evening. The beautiful flowers on the arbor, centerpieces on the tables and bouquets were by Sayles Livingston. Exquisite Events was also on site for event design. Lastly, the band Silver Arrow provided the music for both the ceremony and the reception, and it was fantastic. The lead vocalist was incredible! Also, big thank you to my assistant Sara who captured some of the groomsmen and food/detail shots!

All in all, it was a perfect day. Casey and Karl, thank you for having me as your photographer, and have an amazing time in Bora Bora!! Congratulations!

Mallory + Mike's Dearborn Inn Wedding

Mallory + Mike were married on the most beautiful May day...70 and sunny and just perfect. Their wedding was at the historical Dearborn Inn in Dearborn, MI, and I loved everything about it: the grounds, the brick, the black and white tiled floor, the huge arched windows, the chandeliers....I mean really, it was a photographer's dream! Every time I turned a corner, there was yet another amazing spot to take photos. Thankfully, Mallory + Mike's schedule allowed us ample time to walk the grounds and take amazing photographs that I hope they cherish for the rest of their lives. Here are some of my favorites from the day....Congratulations, Mallory + Mike!!

A big thank you to Heather for capturing the groomsmen photos!

 

 

 

Kaylee's Michigan Senior Pictures

It's May, which means it's almost summer, which means the senior portrait inquiries have started to roll in! Most seniors choose between summer and fall to have their sessions. This summer senior portrait session of Kaylee's is one of my all time favorite summer sessions. The green trees, water, her cute dresses/summer outfits and her sun highlighted hair and tan skin really made this session perfect. I included sooooo many photos in this blog post, because I really couldn't pick any favorites! If you are considering a summer senior portrait session, take a look at Kaylee's photos for an idea of what to expect, as well as some location ideas. As you can see from Kaylee's pictures, you can't really go wrong with parks and lakes :) .

Interested in scheduling a session with me? Email me at caitlinmaloneyphotography@gmail.com for more information on how to book. Session dates are very limited in the summer and go quickly, so don't wait until the last minute to inquire!

Zoe's Lansing MI Senior Pictures

Having lived in East Lansing ten years ago for ten years while completing my undergrad at MSU, I thought I knew Lansing pretty well. In fact, I had no idea there was a park as beautiful as Frances Park, and had no idea how beautiful the Capitol building and surrounding areas could be for photos. I'm so glad Zoe was up for doing her photos downtown and at Frances Park. We shot on a Sunday evening and it was quiet, so we had the area to ourselves. As you can tell from the first photo, Zoe is a dancer, so we also took photos for her college application to the dance program at the University of Michigan (and she was accepted!!!). Congrats on graduating Zoe, and thank you for letting me take your senior portraits!!

Keara's East Lansing Michigan Senior Portraits

I can't believe this day finally came! In college, I was Keara's babysitter, and met her when she was two years old! Three years ago, she asked me to do her senior pictures, and it seemed so far away. I can't believe she is graduating this year!

We started the shoot on the beautiful campus of MSU in East Lansing at the horticulture gardens. It was SO pretty! From there, we traveled to Williamston so that Keara could have photos with her new horse, Joey. Joey was *almost* as beautiful as Keara :) . Keara opted to have hair and makeup done by a stylist at Kenneth Brandt Salon in Mason, MI. The stylist stayed throughout the shoot for a hair change and touchups...it was so nice to have her right there to assist!

Congratulations on graduating, Keara, and I can't wait to see what amazing things you accomplish in college!

Hannah + Jon's Spring Engagement Photos in East Lansing

Ahhh....spring is finally here! I LOVE spring, and funny enough, it seems to be a season that is overlooked by couples planning their engagement session. So many opt for summer or fall, but spring is so gorgeous with all of the tulips, flowering magnolias, and cherry blossoms! The only hard part is guessing when they are going to bloom and wondering how long they will stay in bloom! Warmer than usual winters and late snows can totally make it unpredictable. However, for Hannah and Jon's shoot, everything was timed PERFECTLY.  And honestly, I don't think spring gets any prettier than it does on the campus of MSU in East Lansing. There are gardens all over campus and the grounds are meticulously maintained....it's the perfect setting for a spring engagement session in Mid-Michigan! Here are a few favorites from my spring engagement session with Hannah + Jon!

Newborn Henlee {Lansing MI Newborn Photographer}

Newborn Henlee was as tiny as could be...even if those cheeks make you think otherwise! She was so sweet and slept nearly the entire time. Her mama and daddy love her so much, and embraced my lifestyle shooting instead of the popular baby in the basket style. I am so happy with how the images turned out, and think these will make beautiful framed heirloom prints that will be loved and displayed for a lifetime. Welcome to the world, Henlee!

Chanel + Michael's University of Michigan and Nickels Arcade Engagement Photos

Who would have thought that all three of my January and February shoots would have been in the 50s in winter in MICHIGAN?? These two flew in from Seattle to have their engagement photos taken at Michael's alma mater (the University of MIchigan), and were pretty surprised to find Ann Arbor warmer than Seattle! Anyhow, we weren't complaining! We started in the Law Quad, and then worked our way over to the Nickels Arcade and then wrapped up at another pretty spot on campus. Even in winter, the U of M campus is gorgeous! I'm super excited to work with Chanel and Michael again later this summer when I photograph their wedding at the Westin!

Victoria's Senior Portraits {East Lansing Senior Pictures}

Class of 2018, it's that time of year again! We are now booking senior portraits! Do you go to East Lansing, Okemos, Haslett, Owosso, Holt, St John's, Grand Ledge, Mason, Jackson, Howell, Charlotte, Williamston, or Dewitt? Get in touch to schedule your senior portraits!

Mallory + Mike's Downtown Plymouth, MI Engagement Photos

Mallory and Mike chose to have their engagement photos taken in downtown Plymouth, MI. I had never been before, and it was ADORABLE! Like as in I started looking at housing in the car after the shoot :) . I'm SO happy Mallory and Mike introduced me to Plymouth, and am thrilled with how the photos came out. They were so natural and fun to be around, and I can't wait for their wedding at the Dearborn Inn later this year!

Oksana + Corey's Cafe Cortina Wedding in Farmington Hills, MI

Oksana and Corey held their wedding at the beautiful Cafe Cortina in Farmington HIlls, Michigan. Everything was perfect: the weather, the food, the gorgeous patio for photos, the beautiful bouquets by Twigs and Branches Floral, and all of the DIY details that Oksana and Corey put so much work into, even though they planned the entire wedding in UNDER THREE MONTHS. Can you believe it? I'm not sure how they did it and how they remained so calm and laid back, but they pulled it off, and it was amazing.

Oksana and Corey's wedding was so unique because of the blend of Canadian, Ukrainian and Kazakh traditions that were included. There was vodka, jokes a plenty, traditional dress and song...it was pretty incredible, not to mention fun.

While there are so many great photos from the day, here are a few of my favorites to tell the story:

 

Keri + Morgan's Engagement Photos

Dogs at photo shoots might be the cutest thing ever....look at that tongue!!

Keri + Morgan were such troupers...it started raining about 15 minutes into their shoot, and they kept going, just happy to be together and enjoying the shoot.

We started off at a boardwalk, and then ended up at the harbor...even, though it was raining, it was beautiful!

Caitlin Maloney is a wedding and engagement photographer serving Lansing, Detroit, Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, Charlevoix, Traverse CIty, Northern Michigan, Leelanau, Saugatuck, Holland in Michigan, as well as Bristol, Newport, Jamestown, Providence, and Narragansett in Rhode Island.

Carly + Jacob's Wedding at Dragonline Studios in Jamestown, RI

From the start, Carly and Jacob were my perfect clients. As some of you may have noticed, I serve two regions: Michigan and Rhode Island. Well, it just so happened that Carly + Jacob lived in Ann Arbor, Michigan and were getting married in Jamestown, Rhode Island...how perfect is that?? I ended up being able to do their engagement shoot in Michigan and shoot their RI wedding- without any travel fees! 

These two were so laid back....even though there was an impending hurricane. It was scheduled to hit the day of the wedding. I was nervous, being that the wedding location was Dragonline Studios....under a tent...on a cliff....overlooking the ocean. Stunning, right??? Thankfully, the weather Gods were looking down on Carly and Jacob and they had the most GORGEOUS day for their wedding. It got a little breezy in the afternoon, but thankfully Hurricane Hermine delayed her arrival until the next day.

Here are a few of my favorites from their wedding!

While this wedding took place in Rhode Island, the location has an uncanny resemblance to Northern Michigan weddings. Like the photographs you see here and getting married in Traverse City, Charlevoix, South Haven, Muskegon, North Haven, Saugatuck, Charlevoix, Mackinac, or another spot on Lake Michigan? Get in touch via the contact form or email caitlinmaloneyphotography@gmail.com for information.

Ashley + Keith's Jamestown RI Engagement Photos

Ashley wanted dramatic for their engagement photos, and the weather Gods obliged, rolling in thick fog the afternoon of their shoot in beautiful Jamestown, Rhode Island. We almost cancelled, fearing the fog would actually be too thick and conceal the water, but Ashley gave the green light, and we went for it and I am SO glad that we did! The results are moody and dramatic- just as Ashley wanted, and being that she and Keith had come in from NYC and weren't able to reschedule, I am thrilled that she pushed me to shoot in weather I would normally cancel for. They got photos that they love, and I was challenged- which is what I love about working in photography- rarely do you have a "normal" day at the "office" when shooting. Can't wait for their wedding in Newport this summer!

Caitlin Maloney is a wedding and portrait photographer serving both Rhode Island and Michigan, including Newport, Jamestown, Narragansett, Providence, Watch Hill, Bristol, and Detroit, Chicago, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Northern Michigan, and Grand Rapids.

Oksana + Corey's MSU Engagement Photos

The MSU campus in the fall is so gorgeous. Well, to be honest, it's really gorgeous at all times of year, but especially in the fall! Since Oksana is a Spartan alum, she agreed that campus would be the perfect spot for their engagement photos. We met in East Lansing on a cloudy day with sprinkles of rain in the forecast just a few days before their wedding with no option for a reschedule. Thankfully, the rain held off, and didn't start sprinkling until I was in my car after the shoot. The clouds gave us perfect filtered light (clouds are always better than sun for photos, which most people don't know!)  and resulted in some gorgeous engagement photos. Here are a few of my favorites:

Meghan + Andy's Downtown Detroit Engagement Photos

I've been waiting to shoot my first Detroit engagement session for quite some time now, so I was super excited when Meghan and Andy chose downtown Detroit as their location! I'd heard so much about it, and seen so many awesome photos, I was excited to experience it for myself. Detroit far exceeded my expectations, and I immediately fell in love with the urban vibe of the photos we were able to capture. A big thanks to Meghan and Andy for showing me around the city!

Caitlin Maloney is a wedding and portrait photographer serving both Rhode Island and Michigan, including Detroit, Ann Arbor, East Lansing, Newport, Providence, Jamestown, Narragansett, and the surrounding areas of Chicago, Northern Michigan, Cape Cod, Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard, and Boston. 

Like what you see? Get in touch at caitlinmaloneyphotography@gmail.com. Now booking 2017 weddings and portraits.

Alyssa + Phil's Downtown Ann Arbor and Nichols Arboretum Engagement Photos

I've been spending a lot of time in Ann Arbor recently photographing engagement shoots for my 2017 Michigan brides. You really can't go wrong shooting in Ann Arbor, especially in fall. 

Alyssa and Phil were one of the first Michigan couples to book me after I announced my move back. Alyssa and I instantly connected because she had just recently moved back from the Boston area, too, and we had actually even attended the same graduate school- Northeastern! I loved working with these two, and can't wait to shoot their Detroit area wedding next year!

Like what you see and getting married in 2017? Get in touch- I still have a few select dates for weddings in 2017!

Caitlin Maloney Photography is a Michigan wedding photographer, serving Ann Arbor, Metro Detroit, Grand Rapids, Northern Michigan, Chicago, Greater Lansing and beyond.

Eberly + Taylor's University of Michigan Engagement Photos

When I moved, I'd heard how gorgeous the Law Quad at University of Michigan was, and how popular it was for photos. I am so glad that Eberly and Taylor agreed to let me take their engagement photos there- it did not disappoint! It was beautiful! I'm super excited to work with Taylor and Eberly (who totally has a movie star name, am I right??) next year for their Detroit area wedding!

Like what you see and getting married in 2017? Get in touch- I still have a few select dates for weddings in 2017!

Caitlin Maloney Photography is a Michigan wedding photographer, serving Ann Arbor, Metro Detroit, Grand Rapids, Northern Michigan, Chicago, Greater Lansing and beyond.

East Lansing Family Portrait Photographer

Let's face it: holiday photos are stressful! Finding the perfect outfits, making sure everyone has a hair cut, packing snacks, coming up with bribes, and dealing with behavior from less than enthusiastic participants are all some of the things we go through leading up to our holiday photo shoots. Well, let me tell you, photographers are not immune to these occurrences, either.

You'd think as a photographer, I would have my child's holiday photos planned out perfectly. Reality is that you are so busy photographing other families, engagements and weddings, that sometimes your own family photos fall to the wayside. Case in point: I didn't have our holiday or Julian's birthday photos set up (his birthday is in November so I have been combining them), but when there was a cancellation at one of the mini sessions, I called Grandma (who was babysitting), told her to throw him in the car after nap, put on the clothes he had on the previous day, and drive him to our shooting location. We got in about 10 minutes of happy shooting before he threw up from running so hard in the cold weather (he was sick but there is no way to keep an active toddler sitting still). He also totally has a bowl haircut from an aggressive stylist from his first salon visit (I think I let out a large gasp when I saw the results of the first way-too-short snip). BUT, even though I have less than 10 good photos from our mini-mini-mini session, I am happy with them. They are Julian: active, happy, smiling, curious. I can't wait to frame this series and hang it on our wall. 

So, even though they are stressful, they are totally worth it :) . Here are a few faves!

Lansing, Michigan Family Portrait Photographer

This fall has been a whirlwind as I've begun to run my business not only in Rhode Island, but also in Michigan. I was worried I would have a hard time finding places as beautiful to shoot in the Lansing area as I did in Rhode Island (purely because it's on the ocean), but I have been pleasantly surprised by stumbling upon beautiful spots like Frances Park in Lansing. I LOVE the results I'm getting from shooting at this location-- see some favorites below :) .