Hi there!

I'm Carly, the full-time photographer behind Wind & Waves Media, and I'm married to Daniel, the videographer. We met at Texas A&M University and currently reside in our cozy apartment on the 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
  • Chicken nuggets
  • Sweet potato fries
  • Dark chocolate
  • Coffee
  • Judah & the Lion
  • The Gray Havens
  • 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 are just the visual expression of journaling, in my opinion. 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.

As far as building Wind & Waves Media, I owe everything to Jesus. He fills my life with peace and joy every single day, and I am constantly in awe of His creative ability. Photographing and filming people gives more insight into what He is like, which awes me. God has given me amazing clients to work with, and I would not be where I am without Him!

Here are my 2022 travel destinations:

  • Alaska
  • Colorado
  • Kentucky
  • Wisconsin
  • Indiana
  • Texas
  • Michigan
  • Missouri
  • Illinois
  • Kansas


“"Carly and her team were nothing short of amazing on our wedding day! They were so easy to work with and so personable. We had a blast with them and all the photos turned out amazing. Carly is super easy to contact, easy to work with and has your best interest in mind while shooting your wedding. We got sneak peaks just 2 days after the wedding and all the pictures back really quick. I highly recommend Carly and her team for your wedding, you wont be disappointed!"”

“Carly did a fantastic job taking our engagement photos! She never ran out of posing ideas, while still including our ideas and personalities. She had us laughing, dancing, and walking to create natural, flawless photos. She improvised, and did great in all the locations, and was genuinely fun to spend time with. When we got the photos back, I was so impressed at how well our personalities were displayed in the pictures. I would highly recommend Carly for your photography needs!”

“Carly and her husband were wonderful wedding photographers for our small wedding! We had to replan like many people recently, and contacted her about a month out. I liked her modern yet timeline style and that her pictures focus on natural shots. She was quick to respond and listened to what we were looking for while providing great feedback on timelines and what the day could look like based on what we had planned. Everything the day of our wedding went extremely well and she took all the important photos!”

“Carly was wonderful to work with! This was our first time taking professional pictures together so we were nervous going into the experience, just soley on the fact that you never know what to expect! Carly helped with the posing and had fun prompts for us to make us laugh or smile to get really candid and "in the moment" photos. As for the days leading up the photoshoot, Carly was was very professional, responsive and organized.”