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Hollis and Kenny are two of the most fun and chill people I’ve worked with. Immediately we clicked and photographing them was a breeze! I’m going to be photographing their Belle Isle wedding next year and if it’s anything like this session I’m in for a real treat. We explored the industrial district of Grand Rapids near the river and had a blast. The sun was stunning and cooperated so well for us to get some stunning sunset shots. Enjoy some of my favorite frames!

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Jasmine and Cady // West Michigan // LGBT Engagement Photography

Dan and Paul | Stetson Chapel | LGBT Wedding Photographer

Nikki and Carolyn | Delton, MI | Queer Wedding Photographer

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When Nikki’s maid of honor contacted me about coming and snapping some bachelorette party photos I was pumped! Nikki wanted to celebrate the platonic love that she has with friends as well as her romantic love leading up to the wedding. The plan was super chill and we decided to meet at their airbnb on the Northwest side of Grand Rapids. I arrived being welcomed with warm voices and the amazing smells of Italian food as they finished up dinner. They all got cozy in the living room and gorgeous porch and we snapped some photos that I called “first day of school” on the steps! I loved the energy of everyone and we headed downtown to explore. Since it was raining we settled on a super cool parking garage that I love. It was perfect cover while still offering interesting backgrounds. These bachelorette party photos turned out so special and I am so honored that I was able to celebrate with them. I’m so down for doing more of these sessions so definitely let me know if you’d like to book!

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Michigan Backyard Wedding Photographer | Chelsea and Cody | Coldwater, Michigan

Jayme and Nikki | Rocky Gap Park | Same Sex Wedding Photographer

T and R | Mason, MI | LGBTQ Wedding Photographer

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Jasmine and Cady have some of the best laughs ever. During their engagement session they both had each other laughing the entire time. They had reached out looking for LGBT engagement photography as well as someone to capture their wedding! I was so happy that they found me, we mesh really well and they value those candid moments that I try and focus on. We headed to a new location for me, Bysterveld Park in Dorr, Michigan and had a great time exploring.

These two are planning a gorgeous day for summer of 2019 at Apple Blossom Chapel and Gardens in Fennville, Michigan. I’ve photographed there a few times and it promises to be a stunning day. I always love doing engagement sessions with my couples and LGBT engagement photography has a special place in my heart. Some of my absolute favorite photos have come from these sessions. As you will see in the photos Jasmine and Cady are a perfect match and I seriously cannot wait to see them get married!

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Katrina and Sasha | Grand Rapids, MI | LGBTQ Photographer

Morgan and Abe // Camp Merrie Woode // Michigan Wedding Photographers

Jayme and Nikki | Rocky Gap Park | Same Sex Wedding Photographer

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Day reached out to me a while back needing a kickass wedding photographer for their July nuptials. It became clear after our first phone call that we were officially new BFF’s and I was the one for them! Signed, sealed, and delivered, Day reached out and needed a last minute engagement session too! Their plans fell through and they needed a save the date photo so I became not only their wedding photographer but their Grand Rapids engagement photographer as well! We wiggled our schedules around and they were so gracious and willing to come to Grand Rapids all the way from Detroit on a chilly Sunday morning. They picked two amazing locations, a more floral and organic mural and then the parking structure. I loved the diversity of the lines we got to capture, and their outfits? NAILED IT! Needless to say I’m so pumped for July, hopefully it’ll be a little bit warmer than it was during the session and I’m sure the photos will be even more incredible!

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Kim and Guy | Bridgman, MI | West Michigan Engagement Photographer

Home for the Holidays | Grand Rapids, MI | LGBTQ Styled Shoot Photographer

The First 5 Things We Did When We Got Engaged!

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I am so incredibly excited to be working with Katrina and Sasha. I first met Katrina through a mutual friend (who’s now in her wedding party!) at a sleepover in middle school. It’s so weird to think about how our paths have crossed again as adults! These two have such a warm hearted spirit about them and I was so thrilled to hang out with them at their engagement session. These two are planning a pretty non traditional wedding in Kalamazoo this May. I shot another same sex wedding at their venue many years ago so it’ll be so fun to go back and create more magic. I think especially as an LGBTQ photographer it’s important to get couples in front of the camera before the big day. It gets them more comfortable and ready for the big day. I find most of my couples haven’t been in front of the camera much, but these two absolutely nailed it. Their playful personalities mesh together so well and we had a blast exploring the park.

I’m counting down the days til their wedding and cannot wait to see the magic we make, stay tuned!

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Dan and Paul | Stetson Chapel | LGBT Wedding Photographer

Emily and Ang | PJ Hoffmaster State Park, MI | Michigan LGBTQ Engagement Session Photographer

T and R | Mason, MI | LGBTQ Wedding Photographer

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2018 has been such an incredible year. It’s been filled with over 60 sessions between portraits, engagements, boudoir, weddings, and elopements. I’ve traveled all over Michigan, to Detroit, Fennville, Eaton Rapids, Lansing, Muskegon, and of course tons in Grand rapids. The amount of growth I’ve seen in myself makes me so proud to share this post with you all. I will never stop learning or growing as a wedding photographers, so I can only imagine how incredible next year will be!

Some highlights personally have been buying a house, a new car, and getting engaged to my best friend! This year included a bit of travel too, including Illinois, Indiana, and my favorite, Colorado. All in all it’s been a pretty fulfilling time. So now that I’ve rambled, enjoy my favorite images from 2018!

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Remembering 2017!

The First 5 Things We Did When We Got Engaged!

Dan and Paul | Stetson Chapel | LGBT Wedding Photographer

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Zoey, Jake, and Harrison are three of my favorite people. I’ve been photographing Harrison since he was about the size of a strawberry when Zoey was pregnant. I might be a little biased but I love being their Grand Rapids portrait photographer. In fact I photographed them on a Sunday, so that just shows you how much I love them. Anyway, we headed to Huff Park on the Northeast side of Grand Rapids. It’s a hidden gem with some great walking trails, a brand new playground, some bridges, baseball fields etc. It’s one of my favorite little spots.

Luckily Harrison (and Whistler) were super cheery and alert, which made for the CUTEST photos! Don’t worry, we snapped some of just Zoey and Jake too because, let’s be honest, after you have a kid you rarely get photos of just the two of you. Needless to say we had a blast and I’m super happy with the photos!

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Kyra and Kray | Grand Rapids, MI | Grand Rapids Wedding Photographer

Ashley and Dan | Grand Rapids, MI | Grand Rapids Family Photographer

Winnie and Eric | Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI | Michigan Engagement Photographer

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Kim and Guy are my people. I’m so thankful that their google search for “West Michigan engagement photographer” pointed them to me, the stars aligned, and here we are! They had reached out to me early this year and life happened and we lost touch. Kim emailed me a few weeks back hoping I was still available, which thankfully I was, and booked on the spot!

I was so excited to see the spot they picked for the photos. A family member was selling the house, read lakeside mansion, and knew it needed to happen soon. Luckily we picked a day and when I arrived I was blown away. Not just by the house, but by both Kim and Guy (and their pup Lulu). Instantly we bonded over our love of The Office and it was such a breeze from there. Kim is a hairstylist and does AMAZING work in Illinois. She also does tons of weddings too so swapping stories was a blast.

I found out that this was the place where Guy asked Kim to marry him and it made the day that much more special. They were a little nervous at first but after cracking some “that’s what she said” jokes they were modeling like pros! The beach we were on was nice and private, also helped that it was a Monday morning too! Being a West Michigan engagement photographer I get to go to the beach fairly often for sessions and this one might be my favorite!

These two are such a joy to be around and I absolutely cannot wait until they tie the knot next October! There are plans for a Date Mike cardboard cutout and if you know me at all you’ll understand how freaking excited that makes me! But for now enjoy these adorable photos with their sweet little Lulu!

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Ashley and Dan | Grand Rapids, MI | Grand Rapids Family Photographer

Winnie and Eric | Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI | Michigan Engagement Photographer

Ann Katherine and Jermaine | Meadowbrook Country Club Wedding | Detroit Wedding Photographer

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Ashley has been doing sessions with me throughout the year and it was so fun to be her Grand Rapids family photographer as well! We’ve gotten to know each other pretty well over the last few months! Ashley runs a disney blog and instagram so our photo sessions are so fun and whimsical. This time she wanted to include her beloved pups and husband!

I arrived at their house which has a perfect little dead end next to it. This allowed us to be in the street and photograph! Ashley brought out some super cute elements to be included and of course the pups loved every minute! As a Grand Rapids family photographer who’s worked with pups before I knew that having treats in my hand as I snapped away would help everyone. It worked perfectly and everyone sat so perfectly the whole time. Admittedly it was a quick session including the dogs before they got put back inside, but nevertheless it went super well!

Ashley and Dan hadn’t really gotten engagement photos so this was a perfect redo for it! We got some great photos just the two of them which will be perfect for them to hang in their home! It was a lovely time meeting Dan as well and seeing exactly how perfect they are for each other! I hope you guys enjoy the new photos to decorate your home with!

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Deana | Grand Rapids, MI | Grand Rapids Portrait Photographer

Emma and Josiah | Boston Square Church | Grand Rapids Wedding Photographer

Meredith and Greg | Apple Blossom Chapel, Fennville, MI | Grand Rapids Wedding Photographer

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Julia and Robert might be one of my favorite couples! Their sweet loving energy is perfect in front of the camera and this Grand Rapids engagement photographer LOVED it! Julia reached out a while back looking for a wedding photographer and when I suggested doing an engagement session as well they were excited! It always helps couples get to know me and become more comfortable in front of the camera before their wedding day!

Julia is a barista at Madcap and Robert works at Spoke Folks, a bike shop! They both have a passion for bike polo, seriously look it up, so cool! It’s been fun watching them on social media enjoy that passion together! We ventured out to Riverside park in Grand Rapids, Michigan which is one of my absolute favorite places. It spans a few miles along the Grand River and offers lots of great scenery for engagement photos. They both love being outside and it was the perfect setting.

From the first photos I snapped I could tell this would turn into an amazing session. Julia and Robert felt a little uneasy but when I told them that awkward means you’re doing it right and gave them some prompts they opened right up. As a Grand Rapids engagement photographer I love when couples aren’t afraid of being silly and going along with my fun ideas! Between the pond, weeping willows, dock, and trees, we got so many great images.

I seriously cannot wait until their wedding next year, if it’s anything like their engagement session it will not disappoint! Keep an eye out for those images! There will be lots of woodsy elements and tons of greenery which is going to be amazing. Plus they have both had lots of practice in front of the camera now!

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To see more from Liv Lyszyk Photography or to hire her as your Grand Rapids engagement photographer head over to the website! Feel free to read through the blog posts linked below for more!

Lindsey and Ruben | Kalamazoo, MI | Kalamazoo Portrait Photographer

Michigan Backyard Wedding Photographer | Chelsea and Cody | Coldwater, Michigan

You Put a Ring on it! Now What? | The First 5 Things to Do When You’re engaged

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