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After being within the walls of my home for the past 5 months, it is so good to be back with my incredible clients, while implementing new practices to keep everyone safe.

If you’ve ever had a session with me, you know that the start of your session, we just get to know each other, and I may start off with some prompts to gauge where you are as a couple. Are you quieter, or reserved? Do you like to engage with the camera? Are you more silly, romantic, quiet, outgoing?

I have one prompt in particular that if you’ve been behind my camera, or been alongside me at any wedding, you know which one I am talking about….. yup, that one ;) 

Every single time, we are all laughing, and it helps my clients open up, to feel comfortable to be themselves, and helps me gauge where to take the session from there. Jamie and Kyle are definitely destined for a lifetime of laughter, Nicholas Sparks twirls under the most perfectly lit tree, and shoulder kisses in the fields.

I am OBSESSING over this whimsical woodsy session filled with light + laughter! Can’t wait for your wedding next summer in Bay Harbor! *squeeeeeeee*

blessings, dayna mae

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To Our Couples Facing COVID: Let This Be Your Reminder…

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Twenty Tweny.

The year you were supposed to get married, maybe you’ve sent out your save the dates, planned your bachlorette party, or even had invites sent out, or your final dress fitting.

My heart hurts for you, becasue as a small business owner, you invest your heart and soul behind what you do. Every single day. 

You don’t “leave” a job, a wedding, or a shoot.

You leave with new relationships, friendships, and cultivate something beyond just “taking photos” of your clients.

You give, you serve, you are apart of some of the most intimate moments people will ever experience in their lives. To my brides who may be faced with the decision to still walk down the aisle in 2020 as you’d planned, or wait until next year when some of the dust settles, and we start to find our pace again as a new normal. Don’t forget why.⁠

Don’t forget why you said yes to marrying your best friend.⁠
It wasn’t just in the details, the venue, the WEDDING, it was about the rest of your lives.⁠

While I can’t begin to imagine the frustration surrounding all of this for you, I’ve re-scheduled close to 15 weddings already through the COVID pandemic, and I am here for you to help guide, lead, and direct you in any steps leading forward.⁠

So that when you DO make those steps down the aisle, you will be sure that family and loved ones, and yours truly, will be there to capture it, and give you the biggest giant bear hug from tiny little 5 ft me!⁠

Meet one of my sweet couples, Brittany and Austin who recenlty were faced with the decision to reschedule their late June wedding, to May 2021. I asked Brittany if I could share her post on this, and she said absolutely!

“Well, after almost eleven years together and over a year and a half engaged, it looks like Austin & I will be waiting one more year until we are husband and wife. Like so many other couples right now, we have had to make the difficult decision to postpone our 2020 wedding. Although we won’t be getting married in June of this year, we are still so excited to celebrate with our friends and family on our new date – May 1, 2021!

Thank you to our family, friends, and bridal party for supporting us during this process. While this time has been tough, we have felt so much love and support during the last few weeks, and that has made this all a little bit easier.

This awful virus is affecting so many people in different ways and this crisis is so much bigger than us and our wedding. We are comforted knowing we are making the right decision for everyone’s health & well-being at this time. No matter the date on the calendar – we know our wedding day will be filled with so much love. Right now, we are looking forward to another year of being engaged and we can’t wait to celebrate with everyone soon!”

So to the thousands of couples around the globe, faced with this deceision, please lean on your vendors, family, friends, to help you navigate this time. 

Remeber to celebrate the small things, the little moments, and take time to enjoy your engagement through all of this. Remember what brought you first together.  And remember lastly, this pandemic is temporary, your marriage is not!⁠

blessings, dayna mae



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Lifestyle Newborn Session | Dayna Mae Photography Studio | Ann Arbor, Michigan

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While many of us are experiencing social distancing, what better than to pause the CHAOS in your mind for a minute, and celebrate a little miracle that came into this world in the MIDST of this!

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Bride and Groom Outdoor Summer Wedding Oak POinte Country Club in Brighton Michigan


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Oak Pointe Country Club outdoor summer wedding in Brighton, Michigan  captured by Dayna Mae Photography, Michigan top rated wedding photographer. 

Ellie and Max celebrated with their family and friends from all over the globe at their gorgeous Oak Pointe Country Club Wedding in Brighton, Michigan. From planning their wedding in seperate states, the first time I had the pleasure to meet them was at their downtown Ann Arbor engagement session the week of their wedding (also, Ellie’s birthday!)

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