Kim and Corey are the perfect mix of kind-hearted/calm and talented/unique.

Working with them as an international couple- many things could have been difficult.

But not with these two. We emailed, we shared inspirations and boards and stories, and we even skyped! Everything was timely and organized and incredibly clear from the beginning. I felt very secure booking these two.

The wedding day came and everything started out as planned. Corey put up with a huge group (over 10) of mostly German men who had never been in a wedding and do not know our culture- but his getting ready captures were still as classic as could be (what I wanted-cue the groom getting ready pics) yet candid and natural. Kim came to us girls (we were at a different location!) and found all the best spots to get photos I couldn’t even dream of- I am very pleased with the getting ready photos.

Then coming to Bay Pointe Inn for the first look pictures- things started to go not as planned. New rules and grumpier neighbors limited Kim and Corey’s normal photography; Bay Pointe Inn was also surprised by these changes. Nevertheless, they improvised, and despite a bit of unforeseen stress and grumpy neighbors (I guess they must have had some bad experiences, you never know). Kim and Corey handled it with grace and got every single shot we could imagine, plus more! Working with our group was not easy, though I hope still a lot of fun, and the Inner Light Photography captured just that- our Inner Light.

We had so much fun with these two and the best part everything was natural and we weren’t really taken away from our guests. It was flexible and the timing worked out perfect.

AND THEN WE GOT OUR PREVIEWS AND IF I COULD GIVE 10 STARS OUT OF FIVE FOR THEM I WOULD. True. Artists. For. Real. Capturing the exact essence of us- which is what we wanted most of all!

Thanks Kim and Corey! We will forever recommend you :).
— Aimee + Jan
I can’t say enough good things about Kim and Corey! My husband and I hired them after researching over 25 different photographers for our wedding. They were the best we found!! They captured our wedding day in the most beautiful way possible. All of our family and friends were amazed at the photos from our wedding. To top it all off they are an extremely nice and laid back couple and made the day as stress free as possible!
— Christine + Joe
Kim and her husband Corey are the best! I would and have recommended them to anyone looking for a photographer! We worked with them for our engagement session and our wedding. All of their photos are gorgeous, and they took so many of them! The saddest part of the day being over and having all of our photos is that we don’t have more of their gorgeous work to look forward to!
— Alyce B
Words cannot simplify justify how amazing Kim and her husband are. After months of looking for photographers at wedding shows, the internet, and referrals my husband and I just could not find what we were looking for - non traditional wedding photos, a little artsy yet vintage and unique. We wanted someone to capture the love and real magic of our special day without all of the structured and posed wedding shots. Kim and Corey did just that. The price was extremely reasonable, Kim was so accessible throughout the wedding planning (even from across wedding planning across the state), and we felt so comfortable that we did not even “meet” until the day of the wedding. When we met, everything just clicked and we knew we made the right choice. The day went seamlessly; no staged photos, both Kim an Corey knew when to capture the natural magic but also knew when to take control when necessary. Everything was so natural to the point where the night was over and I almost was worried because we hadn’t posed too much for the camera. Lo and behold, the photos were absolutely magical. Thank you Kim and Corey for a day we will never forget, you were huge part of making our dream day a reality.
— Brit & Brian
We were delighted that Kim was willing to capture our love in the Spring of 2015 in Traverse City. We could not have had a better session among the cherry blossoms and on the shore of the spectacular Grand Traverse Bay. Kim helped us feel natural and not too posed. In the middle of our session on the pier we were drenched by Mother Nature, and instead of packing up and calling it a day Kim stayed committed and made our photos beautiful even while we were soaking. It’s so rare to have this inherent confidence in an artist and you trust she will make your love look as wonderful as it feels.Kim is a true artist and we look forward to her capturing the rest of our journey.
— Chloe Joyner
My husband and I can not sing praises enough about Kim’s work. We hired Kim & Corey for our wedding photography in 2015 without even a second thought. Kim’s artistic eye and ability to bring out the beauty of every situation (we got married in a field.... on the rainiest day I think Michigan has had in 100 years) and her professionalism (not only was she working in pouring rain, but she was 9 months pregnant) is what we were drawn to, and also what makes us want her to be our family photographer for every life event.
We appreciate her special touches (hand written notes & beautifully packaged deliveries) which is just a reminder of how much she loves what she does!
— Erica Heminger
Working with Kim Swain as her on call MUA has been one of the greatest experiences. She is not only amazing at what she does but puts so much love into her work. She truly has passion for this field and that is something you should value when hiring a photographer. Her style is, and always has bee her own ~ and it stands out among all others. She knows how to communicate so well with her clients, knowing when to listen but also when to take control. She is incredible at posing clients during photoshoots, keeping the clients looking natural, but also in a different light. She lets her creativeness flow always knowing beautiful locations for different types of shoots. I always trust Kim’s opinion when it comes to any aspect of our work together. I get asked about her work consistently because I know that when you see her work you instantly fall in love! I look forward to working with her any chance I get! She is a great mentor and I truley look up to her. For all of your photography needs make sure you take your business to The Innerlight Photography & Design
— Allyson Young
Kim did an AMAZING job on my wedding reception photographs, to say the least. She was very personable, fun, and made us feel super comfortable. She had such great, unique ideas for posed photos using natural light and also captured beautiful pictures of us ‘in the moment’. I would highly recommend The Inner Light Photography to anyone looking for a photographer who takes artistic rather than cheesy photos and whose editing is impactful but not overdone. We have received so many compliments on our photos; Everyone comments on how Kim is clearly passionate about her work. We wanted artsy, unique, vintage-style, bohemian photos and The Inner Light Photography delivered spot on!
— Kayla Meddaugh
LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! Cannot express how great of an experience my husband and I had with Kim and Corey! In 2014 my now husband and I hired The Inner Light for our wedding in August. We started the process with an engagement shoot, we were both terrified. I personally hate having my picture taken and my husband is not so fond of it either! Kim makes the whole experience SO EASY, from making you comfortable and giving you kind direction, which makes your pictures turn out great! For our wedding it was so great to have the two person team to capture everything we wanted and so much more. The quality of their work is outstanding but what I will remember most is the ease they have with their clients. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
— Leanne Tanner
I have been a client with The Inner Light Photography for two years. Kim always does the best photos of my family and kids. I sometime wonder how she catches such good photos in between my kids not behaving but she always does. She has an incredible eye. She is always so professional and timely on getting proofs back to us. I will never use anyone else as long as she is photographing. LOVE HER!!!!
— Mashaun Schabloski
I had my first family session with TIL in June of 2014 and I cannot rave about Kim enough. The quality of her work is exceptional, she was great with my children and made them feel very comfortable, and captured beautiful, raw, and genuine images of them that I would not have been able to capture on my own. Her prices are reasonable, and she is worth every penny! She has become the only photographer I will book with, and the only one I will recommend!
— Ariana Curey