MEET HALLIE KOHLER
I revere (and delight in capturing) organic images and unposed moments, full of beautiful light and honest emotion. Recording the world around me in one medium or another has always been a part of my life — from ball point pen doodles on airplane napkins to the bright fill flash of a disposable camera pulled from the bottom of my backpack at a party. But it wasn’t until I set foot in my Italian art school’s darkroom that I became truly captivated with photography. That was where the magic happened. I would spend long afternoons roaming the cobblestone streets of Florence with my mother’s old Olympus 35mm, and returning to the darkness to unveil these imprints of light. What a romantic tale! I know, I know. So let’s be real — it’s sometimes hard to bring back that magic, late at night, sipping stale coffee over glowing blue screens and edits that blur my vision. It’s no darkroom, but I’m just as enamored as ever. As a wedding photographer, I am honored to be able to record and create for a living, telling stories of love, partnership, and human connection — and finding delightful humans to spend my Saturday nights with on the dance floor getting down to “Jump Around!”
To close this out here, I’ve tried to create a slightly-more-original, and definitely true, “things-I-like” list. Including, but not limited to: unpredictable weather, cartwheels in an open field, anything with cheese, wildflowers, outdoor cooking, watching a storm sweep across Lake Michigan, rye whiskey, olive green, details.
Based in Traverse City, Michigan
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WHAT CLIENTS ARE RAVING ABOUT
“Hallie was extremely easy to work with for our wedding! Her personal style and fun and laid-back personality were a perfect fit for our special day. With an outdoor wedding and a large guest list, it was important to us not to spend large amounts of time taking posed pictures, but rather we wanted to enjoy our setting and guests in full. Hallie was not only able to accommodate this request and our large party, but she also produced amazing and beautiful candid shots that truly captured the spirit of our day from start to finish. Hallie used unique angles to create unexpected and fantastic shots that we were absolutely thrilled with upon receiving our finished photos.”
– Drew B