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Kristen Drozdowski is the badass girlboss and creative force behind screen printed paper goods company Worthwhile Paper. Her focus is on bringing positivity and joy to her customers, and she draws much of her inspiration from nature. In her words – “In effort to spread happiness using art, we create energy-filled designs inspired by nature, plants, feel-good experiences and modern design.”

She invited me to her home to capture her studio and a bit of her creative process. That process includes cat cuddles, sketching, and taking iPhone snaps of plants for inspiration. We spent the afternoon hanging out at her house and took a trip to the UofM Botanical Gardens – one of her favorite spots to recharge and get inspired, especially in the Winter months.

Her studio is full of collected works from other talented artists, bits of nature she’s collected, and of course her own sketches and creations in the works. -xo- Laura Jude

Sidenote! – It also happens that SHE is the one who designed my amazing logo, blog header, price guide, and wedding magazine! Yep, she rules.

So excited to finally share this wedding! Wendy and Daniel are one of most loving and welcoming couples I know. They made me feel right at home with their friends and family, and welcomed me into their lives with open arms. It made being a part of their wedding day a total breeze and SO much fun! I knew this day would be amazing as soon as they said they’d be flying me out to Nashville, TN for their engagement session. It’s always such an honor when a couple values you and your work so highly that they have complete faith in you to capture their day your way!

Some of my fav things:
+ the many little, meaningful details like the bracelet Wendy’s mom made for her, the gorgeous, ancient family bible they used for their ceremony, and the heirloom ring pinned to the bouquet.
+ BOTH of their huge, amazing smiles
+ the table full of family wedding photographs at the ceremony
+ lots of time for couple portraits at sunset!! This is one of my favorite parts of the day, and when there’s no rush and the light is just right – magic happens!
+ our last-photo-of-the-night-selfie — seriously thinking I should make this a necessity

Everything about this wedding – from the gorgeous locations, to the florals, to the moments big and small, to every last sweet and thoughtful detail was awesome. Enjoy!  -xo- Laura Jude

Kaylie and I went to high school together and actually met in my first ever photography class! We’ve kept in touch since then, and I was so excited when she asked me to be her wedding photographer. She and her fiance Martin love Detroit, so we visited a few of their favorite places around the city for their engagement session. They brought along their dog and Kaylie’s sister Danielle to help out, and we finished up at Atwater brewery for dinner and beers! – xo – Laura Jude

I met Rachel and Dominic through our mutual love of craft beer, and we immediately connected! We shot their engagement session around Downtown Rochester, and sorry not sorry, but there are a LOT with their dog Tribute (and also some beer). I cannot say enough how much I LOVE including pets in portrait sessions! They are such an important part of our families, and they deserve to be in on the love. Plus, they are cute and fun and bring an extra element of life to the images! – xo – Laura Jude


Last Winter was full of snowy Michigan adventures for me. The Eben Ice caves in the Upper Peninsula had been on my bucket list for a long time, and it was SO cool to see in person! It’s a short little hike through the woods to this pretty epic little ice cave formation. It’s on private property, but the owners are gracious enough to let people park and hike in. They even have porta-potties and a little hot chocolate stand, which is an awesome treat after a cold hike! The day after our visit to the caves, we hiked out to a frozen water fall and watched the sunset by the lighthouse in St. Ignace, MI. I love going on little weekend trips to new places in Michigan; even in the Winter, there are awesome things to see! – xo – Laura Jude