We are so glad you asked, we are a husband and wife photography team based out of beautiful Traverse City, Michigan. We love to travel all over the world for weddings and just for the fun of it. We absolutely love living in Northern Michigan because it holds so much beauty and there is nothing like a Michigan summer!  

So grab a cup of coffee or a glass of wine and meet us and our amazing photography team!

a little about us

I'M JANELLE ....THE MAIN PHOTOGRAPHER. I'VE ALWAYS LOVED PHOTOGRAPHY, GROWING UP I TOOK PHOTOS OF JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING. (I HAVE THE STACKS AND STACKS OF PHOTOS TO PROVE IT!) THEN ABOUT 15 YEARS AGO I GOT MY FIRST OFFICIAL SLR AND REALLY FELL IN LOVE WITH PHOTOGRAPHING OUR TRAVELS AND MY FAMILY.  

I'M PROBABLY THE BIGGEST ANIMAL LOVER YOU WILL EVER MEET, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO HORSES AND DOGS BUT I WOULD HAVE A ZOO IF ODEN WOULD LET ME. I'M ALSO SUPER ORGANIZED...JUST THINK MONICA GELLER FROM FRIENDS. :) 

PROBABLY MY FAVORITE THING OF BEING A WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER IS GETTING TO EXPERIENCE THE DAY WITH MY BRIDES. THE EMOTIONS, THE LOVE, THOSE CANDID MOMENTS THAT JUST MAKE YOUR HEART MELT. I FEEL SO INCREDIBLY BLESSED TO GET TO DO THIS FOR A LIVING AND TO HAVE MY WONDERFUL HUSBAND ALONG SIDE ME...IS WELL, THE BEST! :)   

MY  FAVORITE THINGS >

THE PRACTICAL ONE

GIVE IT TO ME IN ANY FORM....I'LL TAKE IT!  AS SAID BY ONE OF MY FAVORITE SHOWS "GILMORE GIRLS" - 
"I CAN'T STOP DRINKING THE COFFEE, IF I STOP DRINKING THE COFFEE I STOP DOING THE STANDING & WALKING & THE WORDS PUTTING INTO SENTENCE DOING" 

COFFEE

MY LOVE OF HORSES CAME BEFORE MY LOVE OF PHOTOGRAPHY AND ITS A LOVE THAT WILL NEVER GO AWAY..MY DREAM IS TO OWN MY OWN HORSE SOMEDAY, TIL THEN I WILL ENJOY THE ONES AROUND ME. :) 

HORSES

THIS IS MY HANDSOME LITTLE MAN .  WE ALSO HAVE A PRETTY LITTLE LADY NAMED DAPHNE THAT WE RESCUED.  I LOVE ALL  ANIMALS SO MUCH THAT I WOULD HAVE A FARM IF I COULD. 

fur babIES

I LOVE FASHION, I REALLY LOVE GREAT STAPLE PIECES  LIKE A GREAT SCARF OR HAT ARE MY GO TO PIECES, THROW IN SOME AMAZING SHOES AND I'M A HAPPY GIRL! 

ACCESSORIES

I  LOVE TO TRAVEL...ENJOYING THE LOCAL FOOD, CULTURE AND PEOPLE IS THE BEST. MY FAVORITE PLACE AND CITY SO FAR...FLORENCE, ITALY!  MORE TO COME I'M SURE - JUST TOO MANY PLACES TO SEE.   

travel

HI THERE! I'M ODEN - THE OTHER HALF, THE SECOND SHOOTER - THE ONE THAT IS GOING TO MAKE YOU LAUGH! ITS SUCH A GREAT THING TO BE ABLE TO WORK ALONGSIDE MY WIFE AND TO CAPTURE LOVE IN ACTION AND SINCE I LOVE PEOPLE AND HAVING FUN - SHOOTING WEDDINGS IS RIGHT UP MY ALLEY. HAVING AN EXTENSIVE BACKGROUND IN ART - I STRIVE TO GET ALL THOSE UNIQUE AND ARTISTIC SHOTS THAT ARE OUT OF THE ORDINARY- SO GET READY FOR ME TO TO ASK YOU TO DO SOME CRAZY THINGS SO I GET THE SHOT. 

MY GOAL IS TO MAKE SURE OUR COUPLES TRULY ENJOY THE EXPERIENCE OF HAVING US AS THEIR PHOTOGRAPHERS - MAKE YOU COMFORTABLE AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, MAKE IT FUN!

THE OUTGOING ONE

MY FAVORITE THINGS >

TRAVELING IS SUCH AN EXCITING EXPERIENCE..SEEING NEW PLACES, MEETING NEW PEOPLE AND DOING IT ALL WITH MY LOVELY WIFE  IS PRETTY MUCH THE BEST PASTIME.

travelING

IT IS A GOAL OF MINE EACH DAY TO MAKE MY GIRL LAUGH AND JUST HAVE FUN!

LAUGHING & HAVING FUN

THERE IS NO GREATER JOY WE CAN RECEIEVE THAN TO GIVE TO OTHERS.  THIS IS OUR PRIORITY IN LIFE AND TO ALWAYS STRIVE TO FOLLOW JESUS' EXAMPLE OF PUTTING OTHERS ABOVE OURSELVES. 

VOLUNTEERING

"Looking through photos can bring a flood of memories and emotions. It can transport you back to a place, remind you of the warmth and even the smells, reinforce that memory of the love as you said your “I do’s” That’s what I love most about photography. Capturing beautiful images for people to enjoy and share with their friends and loved ones for years to come. Photos that will make you laugh, cry, and say “remember when…”

I’m very laid back and love nature. I moved to Traverse City from St. Louis, Missouri and absolutely LOVE it here. A few of my favorite things - hiking, biking, paddle boarding, dancing, long talks over morning coffee, a good book, writing and traveling with my husband.

I absolutely love what I do and can't wait to give you those images that are not only beautiful but make you feel warm & fuzzy feeling that makes you smile.  

I left my career in engineering to pursue my passion for photography, and a life focused on love, travel, and waking up every day to do what I’d do if I didn't make a dime doing it. Every moment behind camera is a beautiful exercise in extroversion and expression. I am drawn to natural expression and candid moments. Weddings are filled with moments to be observed.

I live healthy and am an active cook and runner, but love a good IPA and glass of wine. The same goes for coffee. If at any point in time, you wonder ‘Is Brian thinking about coffee?’, the answer is yes. Free thoughts that aren’t occupied by coffee are likely consumed by a tune. I can't live without music in my life. I play a bit of piano and guitar and am endlessly fascinated with the divergence of hip hop from disco and any music from the 60s. My closest companion is my partner in crime and dog, Oliver. He means everything to me, but is a horrible alibi. 

Northern Michigan has been a part of my life since the day I was born, and I can hardly put in to words the sense of peace this landscape brings to me. Lastly, as much as I would love for you to get to know me, I’d be even happier to get to know you. Working with amazing couples is genuinely the best part of the job. I can’t wait to meet you and hear all about your big day!

brian

"Hiring wedding vendors when planning your wedding remotely is incredibly stressful; I know, because I've been there! And once the big day has come in all its glory, one vendor in particular has a lasting effect: your photographer. I looked through so, so many websites in search of the perfect photographer before I found Oden and Janelle. In fact, I actually sent a panicked second email to Oden and Janelle within an hour of my first, because I knew that they were the only photographers that I could trust with capturing my wedding and I didn't want someone else booking them on my date! 

They did such an amazing job that our bridal party, nearly three years down the road, still talk about them on a first name basis and Oden has a budding fan club amongst our groomsmen. Crazy, I know, but I'm not exaggerating.

You can only imagine then how excited I was for the opportunity to work with Oden and Janelle to give other couples the same perfect experience! I grew up in New Mexico and bounced around from the east coast to the west coast, and my husband and I now reside in Northern Michigan with our daughter Sophia. Photography is my passion and my creative outlet, and I can't wait to capture the joy and beauty of your love story unfolding!"get to know you. Working with amazing couples is genuinely the best part of the job. I can’t wait to meet you and hear all about your big day!

cathy

katie

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