Hi guys! Thank you for stopping by to check out what's going on in the world of SKP! Without sounding to cliche, I love what I do and I'm insanely passionate about doing it. I'm a mother of four ridiculously cool kids. I take super hot showers, I'm addicted to chips, crackers, coffee and most importantly, happiness.
I don’t even know where to begin with this wedding. Ally & Matt are absolutely amazing souls. When I met them they were constantly looking at each other, smiling, giggling and even holding hands. She said too...
I don’t even know where to begin with this wedding. Ally & Matt are absolutely amazing souls. When I met them they were constantly looking at each other, smiling, giggling and even holding hands. She said too me with a big happy smile “we call ourself Mally because Matt & Ally.” It was SOOOO cute! From that moment while chatting at the local Caribou Coffee I knew this was a perfect wedding to shoot! And oh my goodness what a loving couple! She had so many ideas that I was on the edge of my seat with excitement over everything!
Ally & Matt decided to have their engagement shoot just before Fall hit us and it was GORGEOUS! In fact they were published in I Love Farm Weddings! To view their publication CLICK HERE
Ally & Matt were married at Greystone Country Club which is minutes from where I live so I knew the local surrounding them would be PERFECT … and it was more than perfect, it was stunning.
After arriving and gushing over the details and I mean GUSHING. They even had cards made up with their very own hash tag of #mallywedding for people to post during their day. It was THE coolest idea I’ve ever seen – I LOVED it!
And a HUGEEE Thank you to Caron with photographybycaron for coming along to shoot with me for the day <3
This is a wedding to check out – absolutely perfect.
Lindsey & Tony have a special place in my heart. These two are such an amazing couple! Most of the time when I do engagements, couples are nervous. That’s OK! I explain everything before we start to do my best...
Lindsey & Tony have a special place in my heart. These two are such an amazing couple!
Most of the time when I do engagements, couples are nervous. That’s OK! I explain everything before we start to do my best at making couples feel comfortable and so far – it seems to work! I know that is feels awkward to not be 100% natural but when I show you the outcome that’s when couples see “oh yeah!”
With Lindsey & Tony we started in the Maccabees Building at Wayne State University because Lindsey attended school there. Not only to I love Detroit, I love how Lindsey incorporated her school in with her Detroit shoot! After the Maccabees Building we headed to the Detroit Institute of Arts which happens to be one of my favorite places to shoot!
Rosie and Lawrence tied the knot on June 8th, 2013! Their beautiful day started with her and her bridesmaids getting ready at Andrew Marke Salon in Macomb, MI. Their ceremony took place at St. Irenaeus Church in...
Rosie and Lawrence tied the knot on June 8th, 2013! Their beautiful day started with her and her bridesmaids getting ready at Andrew Marke Salon in Macomb, MI. Their ceremony took place at St. Irenaeus Church in Rochester Hills, MI. Following the ceremony, we did some awesome shots in Downtown Rochester. Their reception followed at The San Marino Club in Troy, MI where everyone had a great time dancing the night away! Check out the slideshow to see some of the beautiful images from their big day!!
I was so excited to shoot this wedding because it was for one of my good friends, Angela! Her and Nic got married on May 18, 2013. She started her big day by getting ready at her sister’s house, which of course...
I was so excited to shoot this wedding because it was for one of my good friends, Angela! Her and Nic got married on May 18, 2013. She started her big day by getting ready at her sister’s house, which of course was so much fun because Angela is an absolute BLAST to be around! Her and Nik then had their “first look” which is always adorable. I LOVE capturing that pure emotion of a groom seeing his bride for the first time. Their ceremony was held at a historical chapel in Sterling Heights, MI. We then headed to downtown Rochester for pictures before heading to the ceremony which was also in Sterling Heights. Check out the slideshow for some of the beautiful images from the day!!
This was such a fabulous love shoot! I absolutely LOVE Ann Arbor so I was so excited when Megan, Jimmy, and their daughter Eliza wanted to head out to the Nichols Arboretum in Ann Arbor, Michigan for their photos! And...
This was such a fabulous love shoot! I absolutely LOVE Ann Arbor so I was so excited when Megan, Jimmy, and their daughter Eliza wanted to head out to the Nichols Arboretum in Ann Arbor, Michigan for their photos! And let me just say that I love that they included Eliza in their photos! (That’s what me and my husband did for our engagement photos too!) After grabbing some beautiful images at the garden with all 3 of them, we went to downtown Ann Arbor for some city shots of just Megan and Jimmy. Check out the slide show to see some of my favorite images from this shoot!!
May 11th, 2013 was a fabulous day for me shooting a wedding at The Fillmore Theater in Detroit. Rewind back to the winter and you can see their chevron inspired engagement shoot that I did published by The Bridal...
May 11th, 2013 was a fabulous day for me shooting a wedding at The Fillmore Theater in Detroit. Rewind back to the winter and you can see their chevron inspired engagement shoot that I did published by The Bridal Bar. Margo and Jon held both their ceremony and their reception at this beautiful and historical venue (coordinated by Krysten Cole & Ashleigh Laabs). All of their details were fabulous and I must say that my favorite detail was that Margo made her dress herself!! Their adorable wedding cake was made by Zingerman’s Bakehouse. The flowers were done by Heidi Grybas. Vocalist, Emily Rose performed. VJ-ing was done by Thomas Bertin. And, Mike Staff Productions captured the couple’s wedding video. I love shooting weddings at unique locations and I ended up with so many fun images (BIG thanks to my second shooter Meg Darket!) Check out the slide-show to see some of my favorites!
Oh my! Where do I begin? My sweet baby Lorelei (we call her Lola or Boo) is turning TWO! EEK!! This little one is something else. We call her our little firecracker, boo, pistol, Lo, or anything else cute or referring...
Oh my! Where do I begin? My sweet baby Lorelei (we call her Lola or Boo) is turning TWO! EEK!!
This little one is something else. We call her our little firecracker, boo, pistol, Lo, or anything else cute or referring to her as a little high maintenance, ha!
From the moment I found out I was pregnant I just had this internal feeling she was going to be different (not different bad by any means, just different) from my other children. I had a feeling she would have some sort of a strong personality whereas my other children are wonderful kids they are calm, cool and collected. I guess the difference is hard to explain but I just had a feeling she wouldn’t be the same. I have been told here and there I have some sort of “presence” or even a strong personality. But believe it or not I am very much an introvert, I really am. I just remember my personality as a child and I’m pretty certain this little one has taken after it. And if she did – Ryan & I are in deep trouble. LOL! And you know, my Dad is the exact same way. There’s something about his presence that fills the room when he walks in. I have only met a few people in my life like that and they seem to be few and far between but they are there. In fact, my brother and sister have this same presence. It must be from my Dad – ha! Well I honestly feel this girl has that or something like that. There’s just something special about her and I think her personality might even be stronger believe it or not. Lola is one who just needs to have her way otherwise you will receive the raft of it. I’m not always sure what people mean when they say I have a presence. I see it in my Dad and I can certainly see it with Lola. I just don’t know how else to explain it.
I never thought after having Aidan I would ever have a girl so when I found out Ella was a girl I was in complete shock! When I was pregnant with Lola I thought FOR SURE she was a boy. My instinct told me boy up until the ultrasound. When we went in for the ultrasound (at this point I knew what I was looking at -ha!) and I immediately shouted (after 30 minutes of her legs being closed) “It’s a GIRL!” Let me tell you I was THROUGH THE ROOF with excitement! I mean honestly I didn’t mind whether or not it was a boy or girl because I had already had 1 girl and I really wanted a healthy baby. I mean everyone wants a healthy baby but there is a little part of you hoping or even wondering what the sex is. For me to be having two girls?! I was THRILLED!
Then we start discussing names. Naming Lola, Lorelei was – lets just say a challenge. A BIG challenge.
Here’s the thing, I’m different. I know that. When it came to naming my kids I’m not a “Michael, John, Christopher, Jennifer etc…” person. Basically the traditional names. I want my kids to have individual names. That doesn’t mean all the Michael’s, Jennifer’s, Jessica’s, Christopher’s etc… are not individuals by any means. I just wanted my kids to have a name that stood out and give them their own individuality.
Let me explain the meaning of the names I have chosen. I get asked a lot so I’ll explain it a little bit.
Tyler Skyy – Oh man, well since middle school I ALWAYS said I wanted a Tyler. Now, Tyler is not out of the norm but I was not a fan of Tyler Jacob, Tyler John, Tyler James. But I KNEW I wanted a Tyler. It was just a name I loved as a child. Don’t ask me HOW I came up with Skyy, I just did. And when I wrote Tyler Skyy down I knew that was IT! So Tyler is referred to as Tyler, T, or Ty.
Aidan Rocco – Ok seriously this one is so nuts it almost makes me chuckle. This is where I knew “DON’T TELL ANYONE THE NAME YOU CHOOSE”. Aidan’s name was initially Rocco Ashton. I absolutely 110% LOVE Rocco Ashton but had negative feedback. So I got very hesitant. As time went on I decided to change it to Aidan Riley. It was “safe”. He was actually born Aidan Riley. Yes AIDAN RILEY. While I absolutely LOVE Aidan more then anything I knew his name was not right. It’s just the feeling I had that would not go away. So just before his first birthday we decided to give him the middle name of Rocco. His name at this point WAS Aidan and we stuck to it because it is him. I couldn’t change his first name, then it would’ve been kind of weird. So I decided to give him the name Rocco but as a middle name. So he is Aidan Rocco. He is referred to by me as Aidan but his dad calls him Rocco or Rock.
Ella Lynn – Well really there’s not much of a story behind Ella’s name. Ella is a standard name and Lynn is mine and my moms middle name. Now I was not all about passing my middle name down because well come on ladies how many of us are “Lynn’s?!” Ha!! I was dead set on Ell London. I absolutely adore that name and my husband being the more conservative man he is was adamant on me passing down my middle name.
Lorelei Ryan – Ok this was THE most difficult. My husband is German and I wanted to find a German name for her because remember, I did not expect a girl in fact I thought she was a boy and she could’ve been a Keegan. So I had to do what most people do and search. I started viewing German girl names and to be honest they were not clicking with me. Then I hit Lorelei. Let me just tell you, a few years back I worked at a daycare center while finishing school and there was a Lorelei there! She was wonderful and it just made the name THAT much more appealing. So I thought OK Lorelei is up on the list. Then we get to the middle name. I’m not much on passing names down, at all. But then I start thinking about my husband Ryan and really thought about how we would most likely not be having another child so I wanted him to be able to pass his name down somehow. When the girls get older and if they get married Kossuch will be no longer. But with Ryan as a middle name she would have that for life. So Lorelei Ryan was the name we selected and LOVED. We decided to share her name which was a mistake. It was not liked AT ALL. So I battled, battled and battled for this name. Literally it was from 17 weeks until birth I fought for this name. Just before she arrived we settled on Lola Ryan. It bothered Ryan that in Germany Lorelei is not looked at as a “good” name because of the meaning. Personally I didn’t care about the meaning, I never care about what names mean.
As soon as she was born the nurses asked what her name was, Ryan kept quiet and I said Lola Ryan. The next day when her birth certificate had to be filled out I went to fill her name out and Ryan said “No, she’s a Lorelei” I stop in my tracks, eyes wide open and say “what!?” He said “She looks like a Lorelei, she’s a Lorelei”. With excitement we named her Lorelei Ryan but for short we call her Lola. And that’s how she was named.
I bet you are asking what Lorelei means, right? Here’s a blurb…
The meaning of the name Lorelei is Alluring Enchantress
So with that, my strong willed baby is turning 2 on June 30 (Sunday) and I just cannot believe how fast time flies. Children really do grow up quickly so enjoy, cherish and love every moment you have with them. <3 I love every single moment with every one of my kids and I love how they do have different personalities whether they are calm, cool, collected and/or they are strong willed. It makes them, them!
Since Lola’s birth I have been a paparazzi and I even have my dear friend Mishelle Lamarand shoot us as a family every year. These images are from 2011 (Lola was 3 months old) and 2012 (Lola was 15 months old) and our 2013 shoot hopefully will be this Fall again. <3
Talk about a fabulous wedding! Jessica & Sam got married on April 27th, 2013. Their ceremony was at The Academy of the Sacred Heart (coordinated by Danielle Bell) and their reception was at the Royal Oak Farmers...
Talk about a fabulous wedding! Jessica & Sam got married on April 27th, 2013. Their ceremony was at The Academy of the Sacred Heart (coordinated by Danielle Bell) and their reception was at the Royal Oak Farmers Market. (Royal Oak Famers Market… How awesome is that!? ) Jessica & Sam are an out of town couple, from Seattle, Washington, that I also had the pleasure of shooting engagement photos for back in December at Eastern Market in Detroit. You can check out their entire published engagement session on Emmaline right here. And here they are also featured in Emmaline’s ’20 Best Engagement Photo Ideas‘! The bridal party spent their morning getting ready the Troy Marriott before heading out for the wedding festivities. All of the details of their day were absolutely perfect! One of my favorite details was that Jessica’s dress was made from her mother’s wedding dress! What a uniquely special touch! The bouquets, boutonnieres, and gorgeous reception arrangements were done by Patrick and Chris Engel Flowers and Greenhouse. Music and DJing was done by DJ John Davis. And a HUGE thank you to my second shooter Caron with Photography by Caron - she is absolutely amazing to work with! Thank you for being there to shoot with me.
May 25th and 26th this year were dedicated to having fun with stylized sessions. And if you can’t already tell, I absolutely LOVE stylized shoots! These mini sessions were all about 1950′s glamour and my...
May 25th and 26th this year were dedicated to having fun with stylized sessions. And if you can’t already tell, I absolutely LOVE stylized shoots! These mini sessions were all about 1950′s glamour and my models were amazing! I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day or group of people to work with! We used a fabulous location in Romeo, MI and all of my models showed up to the shoot looking fabulously 50′s!! Some of the awesome props were from LindO Designs Props in Beverly Hills, MI and my models even brought some props of their own (like the awesome music instruments!). Everyone had so much fun! Oh and did I forget to mention that for this mini session I was honored to shoot two of my fabulous friends, Meg Darket and Dayna Mae?! They are both also photographers (so make sure to take a look at their awesome work!!). You can check out the slideshow to see some of my favorite images! And if you want to sign up for a stylized shoot make sure to follow my Facebook page to know when the next ones will be scheduled!! I have some great ideas in mind of for the next one!!