Tyler + Sydney | Winter Engagement Session in Upper MI

“We met in kindergarten and ‘dated’ until Tyler moved away for about ten years.” Sydney says. “Years later, I saw a guy with the same name on Facebook and wondered if it was the same Tyler I used to know in kindergarten. It turned out it was and ironically enough, he was now living in the same little town of Tapiola that I was and was only a few miles away from me. We decided to meet up on our bikes and have been inseparable from that day ever since.”

Ohmygoodness, if that’s not the cutest love story, I don’t know what is! I mean, come on - they even liked each other at 5 years old! Destiny, baby. Keep on scrollin’ to see Sydney and Tyler’s winter engagement session (where they froze their butts off like champs) and leave some love for them in the comments below!

I have a pretty solid belief that if our furry friends are our family, they should make it in at least a couple photos too. Lucky for me - my clients tend to agree. Tyler and Sydney brought their sweet pup along (who hundred percent got lots of pets from me).

I feel like you’re missing out if Lake Superior doesn’t make the cut for a photo session in the Upper Penninsula of MI. We grew up on it, in it and around it so naturally we headed to the beach for a few more photos to wrap up their photo session. Thank goodness for body heat that kept the two of them semi-warm.

Mountain View Elopement | Enumclaw, WA

Elopements are amazing. There are few distractions from other people, no giant party to plan and you usually can choose a stellar location to swap nuptials with the one person who matters the most. If this sounds right up your alley, keep scrolling for some inspiration from this mountain goddess themed elopement.

Located at the Mountain View Manor in Enumclaw, WA with a gorgeous view of Mount Rainier, the couple had a simple sweetheart table, a stunning floral garland bouquet and touches of greenery everywhere. Ana and Joseph kept each other warm by snuggling close, toasting with hot cocoa and surrounded by the neighboring cows.

Venue: Mountain View Manor 
Photography: Janelle Elaine Photography
Photography Assistant: Hannah 
Hair/MU: Wild Hearted Beauty
Florals: Couture Blossoms 
Design/decor: Magical Moments Design Rentals 
Rentals: Farmhouse and Frillz 
Invitation suite: Love Fern Design
Real Model Couple: Ana and Joseph 
Planning/coordination: Wild Hearted Beauty and Janelle Elaine
Coordination Platform: Honeybook

Lessons I've learned from my parents...

I come from a family of entrepreneurs. I’ve traced my family history pretty far back and have noticed a common theme in small business ownership, mostly among the men (until recently).

My parents each have owned their own businesses since I was really young and I got a lot of my work ethic from watching them.

I saw my dad and my mom both wake up early and stay up late working.

I saw them prioritize family and rarely miss a family event.

I watched them being honest, fair and truthful with their clients every single time and only sold to them what they truly believed in.

I saw them stay true to their beliefs and always take Sundays off to go to church and be with family.

I noticed how financially responsible they were, never living beyond their means or putting on credit what they couldn’t pay off.

I’ve seen the hours they put in learning and getting continued education to be the best at their craft that they could be.

I observed how they supported each other and encouraged each other.


I’ve watched and I’ve learned. And what has stood out to me the most, was the dedication and passion they’ve put into their work not just for their clients or for personal goals, but for their family. They saved up large jars of coins to take us kids on an annual road trip every single year from MI to FL (imagine that mini van with 7 of us in it for 26 hours+). They made sure we ate healthy, nourishing food and always had lunch money. They kept up on medical, dental and chiropractic visits for us, despite the basically non-existent health care plans small business owners struggle with. They encouraged us to have instruments and play in the band, take piano lessons and join whatever sports we wanted to. And when we were old enough, we were taught to put in the work with weekend/night/summer jobs.

Because of all of the sacrifices made and hard work put in, the lessons I’ve learned from my parents over the years have helped shaped who I am and how I now run my business. I may still be learning how the balance part works, but I know when to put family first. I know when to say no and how to be financially responsible. I apply honesty and kindness to everyone I work with and constantly educate myself to give my very best to my clients. I know that I can’t undervalue or undercharge for my services because my family will take the hit.

Mom and Dad, for the lessons you’ve taught me (without probably realizing it), I’m very thankful for them and for you. xoxo

What about you? What lessons have you learned from your parents or family members? I’d love to hear in the comments below!

Winter Travel Dates

I’m singing the song “I’ll be home for Christmas” over and over in my head as I write this because I’m so excited it’s actually accurate for me this year! It’s been a couple years since I’ve got to spend the holidays with my family (and even longer since all of my siblings have been together for Christmas) so we’ll be traveling to Upper Michigan December 15th-26th.

I only have 3/5 available dates still open for photo shoots while I’m in the Houghton, MI area so if you’re ready for new portraits, head over to the contact page right now to get the conversation started! Whether you want to update your business/branding photos, lifestyle family photos, need engagement/anniversary photos, or just want personal portraits - I’d love to plan a fun winter photoshoot with you! Heaven knows we’ve got enough snow in the U.P. to build some snowmen outside and then come in for hot cocoa and snuggles. If this sounds like fun, let’s talk!

These dates won’t last long and I’d love to get you in before Christmas Eve so we can both spend the holidays celebrating with our families! Click HERE to send me a message!

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Andrea | Beachy Maternity Portraits on Film

I love my dear friend Andrea and she loves film... which meant, I loved being able to photograph some maternity photos for her on 35mm film. I visited her this summer in Wisconsin and we went along Lake Michigan for a little photo fun along the beach. While the film colors turned out insanely beautiful (I barely re-touched anything on them), my favorite part of these photos is the emotion. You can’t help but feel the amount of deep-rooted love and joy in Andrea as she laughs, dances and is so genuinely happy to be carrying her sweet baby! I can’t wait for this child to someday cherish these portraits of their mama (because that right there is exactly why I do what I do).

Loving the film? Click here to see the rest of the photos from Andrea’s family portraits later that night that day!

Veteran's Day

Happy Veteran’s Day to each and every one of you who has served our country. With immense gratitude, we thank you for your sacrifice and commitment to our country!


As a small way of saying thank you, we offer a military discount to all members of the service. Just let me know when you book your session!

Abbey + Jacob | Durham Museum Wedding, Omaha

Abbey and Jacob attended the same high-school for a couple years, but surprisingly didn’t actually meet during their time there. A couple years later in 2013, Abbey was invited to go rollerskating with some friends and this is when she met Jacob. Jacob fell for Abbey immediately and confidently told her that very evening that he was going to marry her someday! She laughed it off at the time, not knowing how beautifully right he was.

“We truly feel like God matched us and figured out a way for us to meet and gave us previous experiences that allowed us to truly and fully know and cherish the love that we had between us.”

They chose the Durham Museum in Omaha, NE as their wedding venue, an old train station that's been converted into a gorgeous museum (complete with a soda shop for guests to get an ice cream sundae)! Lots of happy tears surrounded the two as they laughed, danced, cried and promised to grow old together.

“I am most excited to be able to grow alongside of someone who is truly the most wonderful person I've ever had to pleasure of knowing. That being married should never be looked at as this "trap" but more so the amazing choice to spend your life with your person. I'm so beyond grateful that I was able to find my person so young.” - Abbey 

Lovebirds, I hope you’re having the happiest honeymoon. Cheers to a long and joy filled marriage to you!

Venue: Durham Museum
Florals: Blooms Floral
DJ: Rob Taylor DJ
Hair and Makeup Artist: S&S Hair and Makeup
Bridesmaid Dresses: Revelry Dresses
Rentals: AAA Rental
Photography: Janelle Elaine Photography
2nd Photographer: Heidi Hoffman

Karen + Ethan | PNW Backyard Wedding

Karen and Ethan are married! If you know them, you know how exciting this is! Karen was one of my first friends in WA so I’ve gotten to know her and Ethan pretty well over the past couple years. And what I know, is that these two are oh so wonderful together. I’ve witnessed first hand how much they respect and adore each other, build each other up and genuinely have fun together.

Karen is also a photographer so being asked to shoot their wedding was a pretty big deal for me and I was so honored to capture some beautiful moments of their love story for them. What I loved the most about their day was how true it was to them. The food, music and decor on point! They DIY’d a lot with the help of friends and family. From bartender serving some of their favorite drinks (lavender lemonade or margarita anyone?) to their raw hand-written vows (of course I was in the top 80% of you who teared up during their ceremony), they had touches that were totally in line with their complementary personalities sprinkled all over the backyard.

“We wanted every single decision to be intentional. This big day was a long time coming and so we didn’t want to do anything just because it was tradition to do so. We wanted to support our friends in the biz as well as show off the many talents of our friends and family. The whole day blew us away with how wonderful everything came together. It was a true celebration of all our villages coming together!!!” (Karen and Ethan)

I hope you two are having the best time honeymooning with all of the pasta, gelato and vino in Italy; Congratulazioni!

Dress: A&Be
Bridesmaid Dresses: Bhldn
Tables & Benches: Seattle Farm Tables
Bartending: Pat Mori
Band: Lindstrom & Co.
Planning: Everly Wedding
Photography: Janelle Elaine Photography
Second-Shooter: Briana Tresko
+++ Shoutout to all of Karen and Ethan’s family and friends who came together with your special talents and love to help make their day perfect; like decorating, lending space, building a bar, designing the florals, officiating and witnessing, baking pies, playing music, providing flowers, making bouts and bouquets, hand-lettering signs, setting up/taking down and so much more.

Victoria | SeattleU Grad Portraits

This Hawaiian babe is crushing her goals and graduating from Seattle University with her BSN! Victoria asked me to photograph her senior portraits and gave me a bit of a shock when she said it was her first time having professional portraits taken by herself. Growing up, it was pretty customary to have professional shots taken at our high school graduation and senior, but that was not a thing for her! 

Of course, that didn't stop her from being her gorgeous and fun self and totally rocking her photo shoot around the campus she's spent hours learning at. I love watching the nerves shift at the beginning of a session to the comfort and ease that sets in once someone realizes a photo shoot is actually pretty fun. 

Congrats Victoria! Your hard work is not going unnoticed and you're going to do amazing in your nursing career!


Leave some love in the comments below and tell me, when was the last time you've had professional portraits taken?

Amanda + Alex | Rustic Elegant MI Wedding

Amanda and Alex tied the knot this August in Ludington, MI on a gorgeous little farm in the countryside. With bouquets of lavender and eucalyptus decorating the hand-made tables, the bride and groom designed most of their special day themselves. Their adorable and very proud pup Finley even joined them for a few photos (because the day just wouldn't be the same without completing their little fam, of course) at the beach. 

 "Our vision for the wedding day was to have it be rustic but elegant. No burlap or hay bails would be found just because it’s a “barn” wedding. We wanted something classic that we could look back on and not think “what were we thinking.” Hence why we had a ton of greenery! You can’t go wrong with greenery. Also, most of our day was built around things we personally made which made it that much more intimate. From the arbor we got married under, to the head tables we ate at, and many things in between (our table numbers, signs throughout the wedding, centerpieces, etc.). Even the bridesmaids and I made their bouquets based on my vision for them. It was a lot of fun!" - Amanda

Amanda says "my favorite part about the wedding day was getting ready for OUR day. All the anticipation in the morning was amazing. It was so great getting hair and makeup done with my bridesmaids while sipping coffee and just knowing that this whole day is dedicated to Alex and I and our love! I couldn’t wait for the first look, ceremony, and reception, but that time waiting for it and all the butterflies that were in my stomach was definitely my favorite part."

Alex’s favorite part was similar. He told Amanda the suspense waiting for the first look was what he loved and then getting to go on the bus with all of their closest friends right after was great. That time was stress free and solely meant for having fun.

Being especially close with her grandpa, Amanda also shared a first look with him and gifted him a custom embroidered hanky. It was the sweetest moment.

Amanda and Alex, congrats again you two! The love and adoration you share is the sweetest and am feeling pretty honored to be the one to have captured it for you. 

And finally, a shout out to the amazing vendors:
Photography: Janelle Elaine Photography
Second Shooter: Selycia
Venue: Trillium Creek Rustic Barn
Dress: Renee Austin Wedding
Tuxes: Cadillac Tuxedo
Bridesmaids Dresses: David's Bridal
Hair and Makeup: Salon 22 & Spa
Coordination: All Occasions Event & Floral
Bridal Bouquet: All Occasions Event & Floral
Cake: Cust'yummm Cakes
China: M&M Wedding China
Videographer: Life On Earth Productions
DJ: Bargain DJ Entertainment
Officiant: Mick Shriver

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Natasha | Buti Yoga Photo Shoot in Upper MI

While I was back in my home town in Upper Michigan's "Copper Country", I met up with Natasha for some branding photos. Natasha is a Buti Yoga instructor and will have you dropping your jaw at her strength and flexibility. In case you're wondering, "Buti Yoga is a dynamic asana practice fused with primal movement, tribal dance and deep core engagement." (www.butiyoga.com). As Natasha stretched, flowed and danced - I grew more and more inspired. The human body is so beautiful.. just look for yourself.


NM Family | Door County WI

Almost every summer I travel back to MI and WI for wedding and portrait sessions. While in the Door County area with my dear friend (and talented photographer) Andrea, I got to capture a few bits of a summer day with her family.

She brought me to a local beach where the Lake MI waters stole my heart immediately. We didn't plan much and let the day flow as it flowed, capturing mommy & me photos until dad got off of work. Hurley was a little unsure of the beach at first, but as soon as his mama started playing the ukulele, his little beach bum wanted in on everything!

Try and not fall in love with Andrea's beautiful smile and Hurley's most adorable chunky cheeks! Or don't resist it. 
I couldn't.

I also shot some of their portraits on a roll of 35mm film and the colors are insanely gorgeous. You'll see..

By the way, Andrea surprised me with a pregnancy announcement and her new bump is most adorable. SO MUCH EXCITEMENT!!

Brian got to join his favorite two humans after work for a few photos at sunset. Lil Hurley was a little tired, but was a total trooper after a busy beach day.

As the sun began to set, we raced down to the water for a few final photos in front of one of the most stunning sunsets I've ever seen in Sister Bay.

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