detroit wedding photographer 

I've always loved photographs, but the heartbeat of my work is YOU.

I remember being eight years old just before the age of social media and Netflix, and my favorite past time was flipping through all the photo books I found.

I was fourteen when my sister introduced me to the PicMonkey and Picnik era (IYKYK), and I was known for editing my Facebook friends' profile photos.

At fifteen, I became obsessed with the world of Tumblr, so I began taking my own photos, editing a dramatic quote on them on PicMonkey, and proudly sharing on the internet.

Once I got my hands on my first DSLR camera at sixteen, (the good ole Canon Rebel T3) I spent HOURS on YouTube and Google learning every single function, and took every chance to practice.

These days, I can shoot manual in my sleep and can differentiate between "cool" white and "warm" white. I'm passionate about serving the people that see the value in my craft within this profession. I have immense gratitude for those that choose me, and I vow to be just as invested in YOU as you have invested in me.

since we're trading love stories, here's the short version of how the wild phern came to be:

your bonus bridesmaid & your newest #1 fan!

I’m Phern, 

+ Handwritten vows (catch me hiding behind my camera SOBBING)

+ the morning of atmosphere when everyone is getting ready and the excitement is building

+ that JUST MARRIED thrill right after the ceremony

+ portraits of the couple where we laugh a lot and make ART

+ 'til death do you PARTY – see you on the dance floor!

kindness. always.










i stand for: 

My favorite moments on wedding days include:

1. Traveling! I've had the incredible privilege of visiting 4 countries and 17 states!

2. MMA! When I'm not working your wedding, you can find my husband and me watching UFC fights every Saturday.

3. Boxing! I'm giving this one it's own bullet point because I've come to LOVE the workouts at Title Boxing Club GR. I don't keep up much with the pros though!

4.) Our FAVORITE place to eat when we are celebrating something is Tupelo Honey. I always get the Mac & Cheese chicken & waffles. YUM!!!

A few of my fave things:

I live on the East side of Grand Rapids, MI with my husband Austin, our daughter Emma, & our two dogs named Dexter & Queenie! We really love summer bike rides that end with ice cream, hiking (preferably in the mountains), & eating pasta. 

When I'm not serving my clients, you can find me at the club (Title Boxing Club), soaking in some sunshine, or getting a little treat at Caribou Coffee. I really love spontaneity when traveling almost as much as I love the views. My comfort show is HIMYM, and you can usually find me listening in to a UFC fight replay when editing. 

My favorite part about your wedding day is getting to celebrate  YOU.

This is my family & i like doing life with them