SEPTEMBER 1988 Brian and Kathy, two arty MSU students, meet at the local record shop in East Lansing. The first order of business was to check out each other's record collections. Brian thought Kathy liked The Beatles a little too much. He was right. 

SEPTEMBER 1988

Brian and Kathy, two arty MSU students, meet at the local record shop in East Lansing. The first order of business was to check out each other's record collections. Brian thought Kathy liked The Beatles a little too much. He was right. 

MAY 1992

After four years of being best friends, Brian and Kathy decide to actually start dating. It is about time.

AUGUST 1993 In the woods near campus where they used to take walks (and drink beer), Brian asks Kathy to marry him. She says yes.

AUGUST 1993

In the woods near campus where they used to take walks (and drink beer), Brian asks Kathy to marry him. She says yes.

MAY 1994

Brian and Kathy get married at the Detroit Yacht Club. Kathy wore her mother's wedding dress and the DJ got a ticket speeding on Belle Isle. 

MAY 1994

Brian and Kathy leave on their honeymoon for a cross country camping trip where on the first night they came back from the bathroom to find a raccoon on top of the picnic table enjoying a bag of their tortilla chips. 

SEPTEMBER 1995

Brian and Kathy move to Grand Rapids for Kathy's first real job at the Grand Rapids Press. They welcome the first addition to their family - Sherman, the Jack Russell that will drive Brian crazy for the next 17 years.

DECEMBER 1995

Brian begins working at a large photo studio and expands his photography business to include editorial and commercial photography. 

JANUARY 1997 Kathy lands a job at the Lansing State Journal and it is off to Lansing where they start restoring a 1927 craftsman-style foursquare home. Brian can rip out kitchen cabinets like a boss. 

JANUARY 1997

Kathy lands a job at the Lansing State Journal and it is off to Lansing where they start restoring a 1927 craftsman-style foursquare home. Brian can rip out kitchen cabinets like a boss. 

MAY 1997

Brian and Kathy photograph their first wedding as Widdis Photography. Pat and Terri were married at the Botanical Gardens at Michigan State. 

AUGUST 2000 Their first son, Evan, is born. They are thrilled. Sherman is not. Kathy leaves the Lansing State Journal to begin a freelance career so she can be home with Evan. More mouths to feed means more weddings for Brian.

AUGUST 2000

Their first son, Evan, is born. They are thrilled. Sherman is not. Kathy leaves the Lansing State Journal to begin a freelance career so she can be home with Evan. More mouths to feed means more weddings for Brian.

AUGUST 2001

Kathy and Brian move back to metro Detroit for more freelance opportunities and to be closer family

OCTOBER 2001 Their second son, Owen, is born. Sherman is still not thrilled, but with Evan around he got used to babies. Evan takes a wait and see approach.

OCTOBER 2001

Their second son, Owen, is born. Sherman is still not thrilled, but with Evan around he got used to babies. Evan takes a wait and see approach.

FEBRUARY 2003

Kathy joins the Detroit Free Press as a picture editor. Brian expands the wedding business in metro Detroit and perfects his diaper changing skills on the home front. 

APRIL 2007 Kathy wins first of four National Emmys from Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in the News and Documentary category. Those statues are heavier than they look.

APRIL 2007

Kathy wins first of four National Emmys from Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in the News and Documentary category. Those statues are heavier than they look.

JANUARY 2007 Brian begins 'Can't Forget the Motor City,' a long term project looking at the people and landscapes of Detroit. Yes, Virginia, there was a Tiger Stadium. 

JANUARY 2007

Brian begins 'Can't Forget the Motor City,' a long term project looking at the people and landscapes of Detroit. Yes, Virginia, there was a Tiger Stadium. 

OCTOBER 2012

Kathy is named visuals director at the Detroit Free Press. Her days are all about meetings. Lots of meetings.

 

Brian's client base continues to grow and includes publications like The New York Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, NPR, The Guardian UK, Education Week, Hour Detroit, and AAA. Phew!

Brian's client base continues to grow and includes publications like The New York Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, NPR, The Guardian UK, Education Week, Hour Detroit, and AAA. Phew!

DECEMBER 2012 Sherman heads to the big dog park in the sky. Sigh.

DECEMBER 2012

Sherman heads to the big dog park in the sky. Sigh.

FEBRUARY 2013 On Valentine's Day, Oscar and Felix, two Schnorkie brothers, are rescued from a animal shelter near Belleville. It was instant puppy love.

FEBRUARY 2013

On Valentine's Day, Oscar and Felix, two Schnorkie brothers, are rescued from a animal shelter near Belleville. It was instant puppy love.

MARCH 2013 First annual Freep Film Festival, a documentary film festival co-founded by Kathy, kicks off at the Fillmore Detroit. This coming festival is March 30 - April 2, 2017. 

MARCH 2013

First annual Freep Film Festival, a documentary film festival co-founded by Kathy, kicks off at the Fillmore Detroit. This coming festival is March 30 - April 2, 2017. 

NOVEMBER 2015 Brian's work on a story for Bridge Magazine about a homeless college student's resilience sparked an outpouring of support. A GoFundMe account set up in his name collected more than $25,000 in just six days from donors across the country. 

NOVEMBER 2015

Brian's work on a story for Bridge Magazine about a homeless college student's resilience sparked an outpouring of support. A GoFundMe account set up in his name collected more than $25,000 in just six days from donors across the country. 

JANUARY 2016 Brian wins first place photo story in the Michigan Press Association's annual contest.

JANUARY 2016

Brian wins first place photo story in the Michigan Press Association's annual contest.

FEBRUARY 2016 Kathy and Brian fulfill a lifelong dream of owning a vintage travel trailer. Brian drives to Calgary to pick it up. Yes, that Calgary. The one in Canada. 

FEBRUARY 2016

Kathy and Brian fulfill a lifelong dream of owning a vintage travel trailer. Brian drives to Calgary to pick it up. Yes, that Calgary. The one in Canada. 

NOVEMBER 2016 Kathy and Brian are currently remodeling their basement, driving kids to cross country and marching band, watching movies with dogs in their laps, dreaming of camping season and building a new website for their wedding business.

NOVEMBER 2016

Kathy and Brian are currently remodeling their basement, driving kids to cross country and marching band, watching movies with dogs in their laps, dreaming of camping season and building a new website for their wedding business.