Hi there!

I'm Carly, the full-time photographer behind Wind & Waves Media, and I'm married to Daniel, the videographer. We currently reside in our cozy apartment on the beautiful shore of Lake Michigan. If you can't find us, we're probably on the beach or trying to cook something delicious in the kitchen.

Here's a quick list of our favorite things:

  • The Bible
  • Roadtrips
  • Chicken nuggets
  • Sweet potato fries
  • Dark chocolate
  • Coffee
  • Pickleball
  • Parks & Rec

We love to kayak, hike, and explore nature, and we don't mind getting a little messy and minimizing the posed moments during elopements and intimate weddings. We enjoy adventure, laugh a lot, and love deeply. And we prefer to serve couples that feel similarly about each other.

Whether you're exploring the mountains, hiking the sand dunes, or even reminiscing in your favorite ice cream shop, we would be honored to photograph and film your story.

Why I Do What I Do

Personally, I have an absolutely terrible memory. So I'm a huge journal person! I've documented my thoughts, emotions, prayers, and experiences in 7 or 8 notebooks over the years, and photography and videography seem to be a visual expression of journaling. When I look back at a photograph or a video, I'm able to re-live those memories through the way they were captured, and I'm also able to share with others things that I can't quite seem to put into words.

Wind & Waves Media has been such a gift from God, the One who historically calmed the stormy wind and waves in a mere breath when He walked upon this earth. Jesus fills my life with peace and joy every single day, and I am constantly in awe of His creative ability. It is awe-inspiring to photograph and film people because it gives me more insight into what our Creator is like.

Where are you traveling to this year?

Here are my 2023 travel destinations so far:

  • New Zealand
  • Wisconsin
  • Indiana
  • Michigan
  • Missouri
  • Kansas

“Carly is so caring and sweet! From the moment I reached out to her for her availability I knew I wanted her to capture our wedding day. She is so organized I'm surprised she isn't a wedding planner! Her and her husband are such a great team, they have an unspoken language that helps them navigate a hectic wedding day seamlessly. And I'll just leave some of my favorite photos here so you can see for yourself what a great job she does.”