Hello! Photography has been my passion and primary hobby for the past 17 years. I am continually fascinated by great pictures, and looking for ways to find or create them. The main thing that drew me to photography when I was in college was working in the darkroom. Time seemed to stop while I worked in the dim red glow. While my darkroom has changed to editing software on my computer, time still seems to stop when I am creating pictures.
Before photographing weddings, I worked as a newspaper photojournalist. I covered a wide range of assignments like U2’s concert at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, fires, athletic events, court room assignments, portraits, and other news stories along the way. I was blessed to be able to see such a wide variety of human experience during my time as a news photographer. I learned that the most important thing a photograph can do is create an emotional reaction. I received my training from the University of Missouri-Columbia, where I earned my Master’s Degree in Photojournalism.
Besides my identity as a photographer, I am a Christian, husband, and father. I am fortunate to be the husband of my beautiful wife, Mandy (who also assists me at weddings), and the proud father of our two adorable little girls. We live in the beautiful city of Grand Haven, Michigan, a hidden gem along the shores of Lake Michigan. However, I grew up in Chicago, Illinois and have a deep appreciation for the much lighter traffic here and throughout West Michigan and the Grand Rapids area.
Recently, I’ve developed an interest in vegetable gardening. For some reason, all the work of growing my own vegetables makes them taste so much better than the same vegetable bought from the store. I am looking forward to this next summer of gardening between weddings and photography sessions.
Hi! I am privileged to call Darren my husband, best friend, and the father of my children. It is a blessing that I also get to work with him on the wedding days of his awesome couples and behind the scenes with bookkeeping and social media.
I also enjoy helping our couples with unexpected needs that arise on the wedding day. So far, I’ve downloaded the bride’s processional music onto my phone, fixed a tire on the getaway car, made lemonade, picked up sandwiches for the bridesmaids, and pinned a number of dresses. I love that I can serve both my husband and the couples with small acts of kindness.
When I’m not working for Darren’s photo business, I get to spend time with our little girls, write, read, and manage our family’s household. For fun, I like coloring, listening to and playing music, learning more about photography, cooking, and dreaming about home improvement projects.