Hello there! Welcome, my name is Liv Lyszyk and I am a portrait and wedding photographer based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Most days you can find me binging on Netflix, wearing floral leggings, and fighting for equality for all marginalized groups. I am always looking for my next travel adventure, whether that be to a new town on lake Michigan, or half way around the world, I want to see it all.
My photography style is moody, romantic, and genuine. I’m not going to make you look like you are at 80’s prom, because if you are like me, you really want to see those authentic moments. The ones where grandpa Jim is tearing up watching you dance, or where your child sneaks a kiss on your head. I am not a traditional photographer in that I know one size doesn’t fit all couples. I get so excited when couples decide to go against the grain and unapologetically do what they want. Whatever it may be, I want it to be uniquely yours.
Liv Lyszyk Photography is a proud queer female owned business!
succulents and florals
sushi (I eat it every Thursday)
diversity and equality
rifle paper co
having long finger nails
when it gets dark early
wearing socks while I sleep
I BELIEVE IN FLEETING MOMENTS. THE ONES THAT SEEM GONE IN AN INSTANT BUT CREATE A MEMORY THAT LASTS. I BELIEVE IN FAMILY, ALL OF THEM. I BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF STORIES AND HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO SHARE YOURS. I BELIEVE IN SUNSETS, FLORALS, AND ALL OF THOSE DETAILS THAT MAKE YOUR DAY YOURS. I BELIEVE IN EQUALITY, BECAUSE NO ONE SHOULD APOLOGIZE FOR LOVING FIERCELY.
I BELIEVE IN THROWING TRADITION OUT THE WINDOW, CREATING A DAY AND A LIFE THAT EMBODIES WHO YOU ARE AND NOT AN EXPECTATION. I BELIEVE IN KEEPING CHAMPAGNE IN THE HOUSE FOR ALL THE LITTLE VICTORIES, AND SUSHI DATES WITH THE PEOPLE WHO GET YOU.
I BELIEVE IN THE TEARS, THE LAUGHS, THE DANCES. I BELIEVE IN LEGACY. AND THAT A STRONG MARRIAGE IS FAR MORE IMPORTANT THAN A PERFECT DAY. I BELIEVE IN THE DAYS WHERE YOU WANT TO GIVE UP, AND THE DAYS WHERE YOU LIE AWAKE AT NIGHT IN DISBELIEF OF THE LIFE YOU ARE LIVING. I BELIEVE IN THE RESULT OF ALL OF THOSE LATE NIGHTS ON THE PHONE, EARLY MORNING KISSES, AND MID AFTERNOON DAYDREAMS. I BELIEVE IN YOUR 10 SECONDS OF INSANE COURAGE, THAT LED YOU TO THE LOVE STORY YOU ARE WRITING NOW.
ABOVE ALL ELSE I BELIEVE IN YOU.
In a world full of amazing photographers it can be daunting to find the one that is a perfect fit. It's important to find someone that makes you feel like you are with an old friend. The right photographer will not treat you like a number, but rather as an important part of their life.
As an equality minded photographer diversity is important to me. If you aren't down with LGBTQ+ couples, Black Lives Matter, Feminism, and Body Positivity we probably aren't a good fit. Thats's ok. There are other amazing photographer's who will be able to serve you better.
The style of a photographer is also an important consideration. Do you want bright and airy? Or would you prefer dark and moody? Are posed shots more your vision? Or would the unposed candid moments make you smile? You want to find someone who fits with your vision and is going to make those images you really want come to life. The photographer/client relationship goes both ways, so please make sure to talk openly about your relationship and wedding to find out if the photographer thinks you'll be a good fit.
Expertise is huge, especially during a time where many people are self taught. Although many of my favorite photographers are self taught you might want to look for someone who has taken classes or even has a degree. I personally have a BFA in Photography from Kendall College of Art and Design. This education has truly given me a foundation in which to build upon. I feel confident that my education has helped me become the professional I am today.
A 50% non refundable retainer fee is required to book your date
Travel fee may be applied if shoot is outside of Grand Rapids
// Half hour mini sessions are $150
// Full hour sessions are $250
// All portrait sessions come with a private online gallery with digital downloads and option buy prints
// Average investment is $2,500
// Pricing is $250 per hour of shooting
// add ons such as engagement or boudoir sessions and second shooters may be added at a discount
// Discounts are given for elopements and out of state weddings
I'd love to hear from you! You can reach me via the contact form or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Business hours are
8-4 Monday - Friday
Although I am based in West Michigan I am available and eager to travel worldwide