Our Creatives

Anora O’Connor.

Owner & Lead Creative

Hello Lovelies! I’m Anora: Wife, Mom, Girlfriend, Sagittarius, and your new bestie. I’m quirky, fiercely authentic and a courageous, free spirit. I’m wildly passionate about empowering and inspiring others by showing up vulnerably and loving unconditionally. As an LGBTQ business owner, I want all of my clients to feel welcomed, no matter their gender identity, sexual orientation, or relationship orientation. 

I’m all about creating experiences that have you loving yourself a little bit more. I want my clients to walk away from their session with a pep in their step, ready to take on the world, feeling confident and beautiful. Just the way I see you. 

After managing Castle Farms for 15 years, I took a break from hospitality and worked as our local United Way Executive Director. Fortunately, my heart missed the events industry as I found myself setting up a brand-new venue in our hometown, East Jordan, Michigan. The Boathouse on Lake Charlevoix is an absolute gem in our region, right on the lake with an elegant, modern, industrial indoor space for events. The geeky part of me thrives on creating processes and streamlining systems, it’s part of what I love to do. It has been an absolute dream to develop this beautiful addition to our community. 

I started my photography journey in college over 22 years ago (oof, how?!) on a film SLR. When I was gifted my first digital camera, I started photographing my friends, family, and anyone who requested sessions with me. Over the years, I’ve honed my craft, upgraded my gear, and turn beautiful images and memories into fine art. 


Julie Schroeder.

Hair and Makeup artist and business partner

I have been a licensed cosmetologist for 13 years. I grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona, and five years ago, I became a Michigander. When I graduated from cosmetology school, I started doing hair and make-up for weddings; I fell in love with everything about it. The hugs, happy tears, and all the thank yous are what I live for!

Jaime Soulliere.

Associate Photographer

Jaime has quite an eye for detail as a nature photographer, perfect for helping with weddings and events. Jaime has partnered with A13 Creative for the last six years as an Associate Photographer and is the ideal partner in crime as we capture excellent images during weddings and events. She also photographs solo, breaking out her camera when something unique and beautiful catches her eye here in northern Michigan. Jaime is a mother of two teenagers, wife and works full-time in the healthcare industry in purchasing.

Creating Amazing Experiences


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