Lifestyle Generation Portrait Session | Ann Arbor Michigan Photographer

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the messy, the beautiful, the generations: documented.

These sessions blew my mind with how raw they are looking back on them.

I mean, as a mother, these are the moments I long to be captured for my future grandchildren… and I’m so thrilled with being able to deliver that to these Mother’s from the Mom & Me Lifestyle Mini Sessions in Ann Arbor this past weekend.

Isn’t motherhood, so often times in the unexpected?

The days when you’re at your wits end, and the sweet little voice of the babe you grew comes to your rescue?

Or, maybe screams on the floor for the 100th tantrum of the day.

There is so much life brought into these photos.

Letting go of perfection – the expected – in pursuit of something that looking back, will truly make your heart tick.

I love the ages + stages that were brought to these sessions.

Mamas who are expecting, mama’s who’s hair has turned silver, holding the hand of their most treasured relationship they’ve found in their daughter.

The toddler years, the potty training years, the years of “no” and the years of life wishing to go back to those moments when they first held their baby in their arms.

Ages and stages – all walks of life.

But, that’s what it is…. that’s what these photos capture.


The fragility.

The Beauty.

The Mess

The Journey.

Generations of Motherhood.

blessings, dayna mae



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At The Heart | Mom & Me Minis

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Mom and me minis hit super close to home after the possible chance of my mom, the strongest person I’ve known, being a memory.

two days after I found out that for the first time, I was going to be a mommy, my mom, and soon to be grandma to our first born – was diagnosed with a word that no one wants to hear.


After loosing my dad after a long battle, and at an age no child should be without a parent, the news of celebrating the joy of finding out we were expecting was tainted by a diagnosis, I now know, I gave to much power to.

I doubted the healing power of Gods hand,

and the strength of the woman He gave me to call mom.

These photos were taken the day before she started chemo, a mini session, by a dear friend, Mishelle Lamarand.

These photos carried so much power in our journey.

As she lost her hair, and through the good days and bad days, I came to look back on these precious images as my proof that

God was working two miracles in one.

He was manifesting His healing power at work in my moms temporary diagnosis, and growing a little miracle in me, for soon my new name would become, mommy.

Not only do these photos take me back to a place of God’s healing and faithfulness, but to a place of joy knowing that through every season,

I have her.

My mom.

My rock.

My strong tower.

My gentle voice, and the person who drives me the most crazy in the world.

The person who my children will now call grandma,

and will get the chance to swing on this very swing set I swag on as a little girl.

Photos invite the ever present chance to pause, if just for a moment, and document the beauty and fragility of life.

Every stage is precious,

and every stage is worth documenting.

Whether you’re a expecting mom, a new mom, or your grandmother or mother may be too close to becoming a memory,

these sessions are for you.

The heart of these sessions is to document life.

To document one of life’s most treasured relationships.

A journey, a stage… here & now, don’t let them look back on a screen, or just blurry iPhone photos.

Have something for them to treasure, for you to treasure, and look back on,

from this stage.

Be in the frame, instead of just behind it.


I can’t wait to get you in front of my camera – and capture your treasured relationship.

Limited spots left, please share with someone you know, and email me to reserve your session

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Kensington Hotel Wedding // Ann Arbor Michigan Photographer

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Meet Chris and Lindsey.

Lovers of reese cups, jesus, & coney dogs.

With a Michigan winter wedding, these two brought to life the beauty of their wedding day and the Kensington Hotel in downtown Ann Arbor.

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Ann Arbor Engagement Session // Michigan Wedding Photographer

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Meet Travis + Katie

and peek inside their Woodsy Engagement Session in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Soul Mates, tailgating partners,  lovers of Nachos, their 3 legged Cat, Frank, and Erine their fur baby.

Their session was something special, because it was them.

Katie and I had been stalking the weather for nearly 2 months waiting for snow in the Mitten this winter, and finally settled for a beautiful SUNNY winter day in Ann Arbor….

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