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Paxton Photography is your Traverse City wedding photography expert. For 17 years we have been traveling all over Northern Michigan capturing the most special of days and delivering the highest quality in service. We specialize in wedding photography, however we offer many other sessions such as Children and Family, Maternity, Seniors and Print Advertising and we make sure we do it for you at Affordable Prices. Call today and get a great price for your special event 231-883-9807

05/18/2020

If your 2020 wedding got postponed,
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If you still want to tie the knot this year,
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If you love northern Michigan,
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And if you’re up for a little adventure (ok, a whole day adventure),
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Then we have something you should win.
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THE GIVEAWAY (x2): a full day of elopement experiences highlighting the natural and historical beauty of northern Michigan with over 50 vendors providing flowers, food, local wines, an officiant, hair & makeup styling, transportation between locations, lodging, video coverage, and a LOT of photos to share.
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TO ENTER: Comment below with your original wedding date and venue, then comment on all participating vendors’ video posts to increase your chances of winning. Contest ends at 8pm EST on Sunday, May 24.
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2 WINNING COUPLES will be chosen by random drawing from two of the participating vendors’ social media feeds and notified after May 24. ADVENTURE ITINERARIES will be revealed the week of June 8 on The Four at @9and10news .
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ADVENTURE ELOPEMENTS commence on Friday, June 19. More details on the michiganmicroweddings.com website.
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Enter wherever you see this video posted to increase your chances of winning.
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Stay tuned! There is a super exciting thing in the works!  Just when you were super bummed out about your wedding being ...
05/14/2020

Stay tuned! There is a super exciting thing in the works! Just when you were super bummed out about your wedding being postponed, we have a contest coming your way! Look at all the amazing vendors coming into the mix!
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@sweetwaterfloral
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@foxandfernevents
@nature_michigan
@montage_media_films
@tableauevents
@kirkbridehall
@tonicandlimemi
@meg.paxtonphotography
@307events
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@hollythomasdesign
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@jessiebrave
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Northern Michigan Wedding DJs
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Since I’m not allowed to do my job, I have time.  Lots of time.  This is a very rare thing so I’m making the most of it....
05/08/2020

Since I’m not allowed to do my job, I have time. Lots of time. This is a very rare thing so I’m making the most of it.
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I’ve spent the last few days diving deep into the renovation project at the new building. First up is getting the fence in for the renter’s dog and the garden in so she can be self-sufficient for the fall. In the middle of that, I was interrupted by a new little pal. This baby goose came running across the neighbors yard at us and detoured straight into one of the fence post holes. It’s a 3 foot deep hole so I had to get creative on getting him back out. That was exciting. Next up was figuring out where he came from and what to do with him. Appears we have a Canada Goose gosling on our hands. I’ve named him Frankie. This morning he is going to join some others just like him over at the Association to Rescue Kritters in St. Helen. He’s going to love it there! I have no idea where he came from, why he went rogue from his family, or where the heck he thought he was running to; but he was loud, fast, and on a mission.
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Along with the plan for the outside work at the building, I decided it’s time to send a message. It’s my building so I can draw pictures on it if I want!! So we did. My arms aren’t working so well after hand digging 21 3’ holes for the fenceposts, so I put Mom on the graffiti project. She did great! We all need a little push toward the light right now. I hope my little message gives a least one person some happiness.
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I truly hope you and your family are well. I hope I get to do my job sometime this year. Until then, I’ll be doing outside things. Stop by if you see us making a mess in the yard downtown Maple City. We can chat about happy plans, while social distancing.
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I’m off to the 5 hour round trip to take Frankie to his new home.

#NorthernMichigan #Photographer #WeddingPhotographer #LeelanauWeddingPhotographer #LadyBuilder #COVIDsucks #NoRonaToday #BabyGooose #LeelanuCounty @ Maple City, Michigan

05/01/2020

Hey 4H families!
Sounds like the livestock shows are being cancelled which is a super bummer. I’d like to offer free a mini-session for each child who doesn’t get to show their project animal. I know the time and love you’ve put into these critters and would like the privilege to help you document that.
Session and digital files are free. Prints offered at my cost.
Give me a call to get on the schedule! (231)883-9807 Or message me here!

I’ve got to say, I’m at a bit of an impasse.I’m stuck. I’m looking at an annual sales loss of around 80%.  I’ve never be...
04/29/2020

I’ve got to say, I’m at a bit of an impasse.

I’m stuck. I’m looking at an annual sales loss of around 80%. I’ve never been here before. Certainly, I’ve been at zero before, but never in this unknown holding pattern. I’ve rebuilt from nothing just 10 years ago.

I planned on walking into 2020 and making it my redemption year. I made the biggest investment of my life this past October. I had the plans in place to jump on that big project, kick it’s big ass, and make a big impact for my community. And now all of that is on hold.

I’m back to scraping my pennies and saving my returnable cans. Still stronger and smarter than I was a decade ago, yet back to struggling. I’m pretty sad about it. Every day I am battling my depression demons and fighting back the anxiety just to function on the most basic levels. I suppose it’s a good thing that I have a lifetime of training here.

So in order for me to keep my head up and mind clear, I’m jumping into ALL the projects. I’m spending a lot of time in the dirt. I have the garden structurally built, my seeds are growing indoors, the good compost soil is coming Friday and I get to throw that 5 yards of dirt in the box. I have my chairlift chair ready to sandblast, paint, and hang. I have all the materials to build my renter at the new building her own garden and fence in the backyard for her dog. I’m ready to spend my extra time (let’s seriously hope it’s not an entire year) off, tuck pointing and painting the block walls of the new building. I’m ready to install all the new windows and bring a renewed life to a tired old place.

It’s time for me to quell the awful thoughts plaguing my brain and get to getting dirty while I wait for the world to right itself. I’m miss my job. I miss all my wonderful clients. I miss the chaos of weddings. I miss making people smile. I so hope I get to do what I do at some point this year.

Be safe. Be well. Keep hope.

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These handsome boys came in to the studio just before we all got locked in at home.  Bailor was a hoot with his ball.  H...
04/03/2020
Bailor & Tucker | Pets | Paxton Photography

These handsome boys came in to the studio just before we all got locked in at home. Bailor was a hoot with his ball. He loves that thing and is just the nicest, most gentle boy. Tucker was just interested in the special treats his Mom brought. It was nice to finally take a few minutes to run outside, too. Too bad it was still so brown out. [ 303 more words ]
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These handsome boys came in to the studio just before we all got locked in at home. Bailor was a hoot with his ball. He loves that thing and is just the nicest, most gentle boy. Tucker was just interested in the special treats his Mom brought. It was nice to finally take a few minutes to run outside...

It's funny how much dogs are like children sometimes.  You bring in two, thinking you know for sure who is going to beha...
04/03/2020
Big Dogs | Pets | Paxton Photography

It's funny how much dogs are like children sometimes. You bring in two, thinking you know for sure who is going to behave them selves best, and then you get the surprise that you were wrong. This beauty was the bestest girl in the studio. Her sister was uncertain of what the studio was all about. But wow, oh wow, did this gentle giant exceed all the expectations for her photos! [ 276 more words ]
https://paxtonphotography.com/big-dogs-pets/

It’s funny how much dogs are like children sometimes. You bring in two, thinking you know for sure who is going to behave them selves best, and then you get the surprise that you were wrong. This beauty was the bestest girl in the studio. Her sister was uncertain of what the studio was all about. ...

So here's the deal.  We are all concerned about our friends, family, and neighbors.  But I am super concerned about your...
03/18/2020

So here's the deal. We are all concerned about our friends, family, and neighbors. But I am super concerned about your wedding.
If you are choosing to go ahead with your event but are required to slim down your guest list, I have something for you! We can live stream your event so Grandma and your out of town guests can still be there with you.
Let me know if you need it!

Helllloooo from the land of deep thoughts! Here is a photo of Hazel to brighten your day. In my thoughts of how to help ...
03/18/2020

Helllloooo from the land of deep thoughts! Here is a photo of Hazel to brighten your day.

In my thoughts of how to help my fellow small businesses, what do you need? Do you need to take your sales online? What do you need to get there? For the next week or so, I’d be happy to photograph some of your products for your new push to online sales at no cost. Message me and let’s get you moving forward!!

*Yes, be reasonable, there are limits to the offer.

It was 24 degrees out the day after Valentine's at the lookout on the top of Alligator Hill in Glen Arbor, where Bob had...
02/17/2020
Kelsey & Bob | She Said YES! | Paxton Photography

It was 24 degrees out the day after Valentine's at the lookout on the top of Alligator Hill in Glen Arbor, where Bob had a plan. He'd been putting things in the works since New Years. He had asked Kelsey's Dad for permission and checked the ring in it's hiding place multiple times before their winter weekend trip up to their favorite vacation area. [ 370 more words ]
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It was 24 degrees out the day after Valentine’s at the lookout on the top of Alligator Hill in Glen Arbor, where Bob had a plan. He’d been putting things in the works since New Years. He had asked Kelsey’s Dad for permission and checked the ring in it’s hiding place multiple times before the...

This is the kind of family we should all strive to be.  They are all just the happiest people!  They play, poke fun at e...
01/10/2020
The Penny Family | Paxton Photography

This is the kind of family we should all strive to be. They are all just the happiest people! They play, poke fun at each other, hug, and give smooches. I so enjoyed the time with them. And just look at those boys in uniform, love it! [ 269 more words ]
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This is the kind of family we should all strive to be. They are all just the happiest people! They play, poke fun at each other, hug, and give smooches. I so enjoyed the time with them. And just look at those boys in uniform, love it!

Who got the best day of early winter for an engagement session on the shores of Lake Michigan?  Oh yeah, that would be R...
12/19/2019
Rebecca & Brett (and Kida, too) | Engagements | Paxton Photography

Who got the best day of early winter for an engagement session on the shores of Lake Michigan? Oh yeah, that would be Rebecca and Brett! These two and their gorgeous little beastling braved the chilly temperatures and ran around with me in the perfect winter late-afternoon light. We had some good laughs and lots of shivers. I wish them well on their journey; they will be having a destination wedding in a warmer climate. [ 343 more words ]
https://paxtonphotography.com/rebecca-brett-and-kida-too-engagements/

Who got the best day of early winter for an engagement session on the shores of Lake Michigan? Oh yeah, that would be Rebecca and Brett! These two and their gorgeous little beastling braved the chilly temperatures and ran around with me in the perfect winter late-afternoon light. We had some good la...

Seth's Mom called about a month ago to set this whole thing in motion.  We made a plan for a huge surprise for Samantha....
12/02/2019
She Said Yes! | Samantha & Seth | Engagement | Paxton Photography

Seth's Mom called about a month ago to set this whole thing in motion. We made a plan for a huge surprise for Samantha. Both her immediate family and his came from out of town and even out of state to participate in the surprise. They all knew. They've all known for months. Seth had 5,000 rose petals delivered, with a personalized wine bottle and box with the sweetest words, for us to arrange in the wine caves of beautiful Mari Vineyards. [ 376 more words ]
https://paxtonphotography.com/she-said-yes-samantha-seth-engagement/

Seth’s Mom called about a month ago to set this whole thing in motion. We made a plan for a huge surprise for Samantha. Both her immediate family and his came from out of town and even out of state to participate in the surprise. They all knew. They’ve all known for months. Seth had 5,000 rose p...

Oh Ebbadoo!  Just like human kids and photos, it's always the one you think will do the best, tends to be a little camer...
12/02/2019
Mya, Marvin & Ebbadoo | Pets | Paxton Photography

Oh Ebbadoo! Just like human kids and photos, it's always the one you think will do the best, tends to be a little camera shy. Ebbadoo had a hard time with the background paper. But what was interesting, was once we added the other 2 dogs, he did great. He's just the kind of guy who needs his friends for support. [ 303 more words ]
https://paxtonphotography.com/mya-marvin-ebbadoo-pets/

Oh Ebbadoo! Just like human kids and photos, it’s always the one you think will do the best, tends to be a little camera shy. Ebbadoo had a hard time with the background paper. But what was interesting, was once we added the other 2 dogs, he did great. He’s just the kind of guy who needs his fri...

12/02/2019
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Grandma and Great Grandma brought Toby into the studio for her 2 year photos. Some times, when you are two, you really don't want to do what the adults want you to do - - - like take photos. But that's okay. Because I agree, playing would be much more fun. This little doll, though, did seem to enjoy the car I finally finished. [ 263 more words ]
https://paxtonphotography.com/little-miss-october-toby-children/

When you are two, sometimes having your photo taken is not what you want to do.  But then you are handed a puppy and a c...
11/24/2019

When you are two, sometimes having your photo taken is not what you want to do. But then you are handed a puppy and a car and your attitude changes quickly.

Then again . . . that completely describes me. Gimme all the dogs and all the cars! Toby may be wise beyond her years.

I believe I heard Gordon Lightfoot crooning about the gales of November, through the pines as we walked up the path at C...
11/18/2019
Michelle & Joe | Wedding | Paxton Photography

I believe I heard Gordon Lightfoot crooning about the gales of November, through the pines as we walked up the path at Ciccone Vineyard for a first look between Joe and Michelle. Lady Michigan was being a little cranky this day, but nothing a few hand warmers, my spare jackets, and loaning out my winter Muck boots couldn't resolve! Michelle and Joe took the weather and some planing changes all in stride. [ 316 more words ]
https://paxtonphotography.com/michelle-joe-wedding/

I believe I heard Gordon Lightfoot crooning about the gales of November, through the pines as we walked up the path at Ciccone Vineyard for a first look between Joe and Michelle. Lady Michigan was being a little cranky this day, but nothing a few hand warmers, my spare jackets, and loaning out my wi...

What do you do when it's rain/snowing on your Halloween wedding? You take a hayride anyway!  The family was loaded up on...
11/18/2019
Jen & Derek | Wedding | Paxton Photography

What do you do when it's rain/snowing on your Halloween wedding? You take a hayride anyway! The family was loaded up on the wagon and taken down to the lower cabin at Pahl's Pumpkin Patch in Buckley, where we had a quick ceremony performed by the bride's brother. We got to pet goats, talked with baby cows, and used lots of hand warmers! [ 275 more words ]
https://paxtonphotography.com/jen-derek-wedding/

What do you do when it’s rain/snowing on your Halloween wedding? You take a hayride anyway! The family was loaded up on the wagon and taken down to the lower cabin at Pahl’s Pumpkin Patch in Buckley, where we had a quick ceremony performed by the bride’s brother. We got to pet goats, talked wi...

Haley and Andy were the big winners of the 2018 Grand Wedding Expo at Castle Farms during the Grand Bridal Expo.  They e...
11/09/2019
Haley & Andy | Wedding | Paxton Photography

Haley and Andy were the big winners of the 2018 Grand Wedding Expo at Castle Farms during the Grand Bridal Expo. They enjoyed their gorgeous fall day for a wedding in the Knight's Courtyard for the Ceremony and Knight's Castle for their Reception. It was so great to see the love and overflowing joy from both of them. Haley had a first look with her dad and then Andy, both reactions were so much fun! [ 425 more words ]
https://paxtonphotography.com/haley-andy-wedding/

Haley and Andy were the big winners of the 2018 Grand Wedding Expo at Castle Farms during the Grand Bridal Expo. They enjoyed their gorgeous fall day for a wedding in the Knight’s Courtyard for the Ceremony and Knight’s Castle for their Reception. It was so great to see the love and overflowing ...

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Thank you to all the vendors that made this day possible! Castle Farms, A Matter of Taste, DJ Ryan Rousseau, A Touch of Spring, ShutterBooth, Ken and Judy Grimes of Northern Michigan Ministers, Weathervane Terrace Inn and Suites, and 97 Films