Winter Scenery

Last week a friend asked me if I had any scenic winter photos and after looking through my archives I realized I did not have many.  I love being outside in all seasons and I always take a ton of photos in the fall, but never think to walk around a park with my camera to capture the beauty of fresh snow.  West Michigan is due for a warm up this weekend so I went to Aman Park Tuesday after work and captured a few photos before the sun set and before I slipped and fell on the ice that was hiding under the snow ;)  I'm now hoping for more snow before winter is over becasue there are more places around Grand Rapids that I want to explore and take photos!

Baker Family

My last photo shoot of 2017 was a fun winter afternoon with the Baker family at Wedgwood Park in Grandville.  This family attends church with me, but it was fun seeing them outside of there :)  Despite initial complaints about the cold- Shanna and her 4 kids all trudged through the snow with me to find good spots for photos!  These pictures were a Christmas gift for the kids Grandma so I had to wait to post them until after the holiday, but I'm excited to share my favorites with everyone now!

Ethan and Angela

While the snow was still here last weekend I squeezed in two more 'mini' sessions at Wedgewood Park in Grandville and one of them was of my co-worker Ethan, his wife Angela and their two dogs.  The park was not very large but has a creek running through it which looked so pretty in the fresh snow.  Due to the cold we only got a couple pictures with the dogs before they were put back into the car to wait but here are some of my favorites from their session.

Budrick/ Griffin Family

Yesterday was one of those rare moments this time of year where a last minute photo shoot was able to be scheduled when everyone was free the weather was also cooperating! Two years ago I took family photos for the Budricks at this same locations in the fall and they had been hoping for updated photos before Christmas this year, but wanted snow which was late to arrive in west Michigan this year.  We also added Gia's brother and his son to the family photos this year and it was fun watching the cousins interact with each other and play in the snow between photos.  The location looked so beautiful with the fresh snow and I appreciated how everyone was patient with me despite being cold- here are some of my favorites from this session!

DeJager Family

It's been such a joy to photograph so many special moments for Jess and Jason this past year and a half.  From their engagement to their wedding and now their first family photos with baby Josephine I love that they keep asking me to document these occasions! Though the fall colors were still bright the weather was a little cold for the baby so we purposefully chose a location that had some good indoor photo spots as well.  Here are some of my favorites from the new family of 3- I can't wait to finish editing the rest :)

Pearl's Senior Photos

I've known Pearl since she was in elementary school and in the neighborhood kids program I used to volunteer with at The Other Way.  It's crazy to think that she is a senior this year but I was thrilled to take her photos in some of my favorite spots downtown Grand Rapids.  The days we chose for pictures there was a chance of rain all afternoon, but thankfully it held off until we were done and all we had to put up with was wind during her session!  Pearl has such a big heart and it was a joy hearing about her desire to educate people about homelessness and try to make a difference.  Good luck with the rest of your senior year Pearl, hope you enjoy this preview of your senior pictures!

Still Family

This fall has been filled with family photo sessions and so many cute kids!  Little Emma was no exception at almost a year old she is full of personality and was in a good mood for most of the photo session.  I've taken many photos of Chris and Sarah over the years and look forward to many more in the future as Emma grows.  Here are some of my favorites from our unseasonably warm day at Millennium Park in Grand Rapids.

Beverage Family

I love taking photos of growing families and the Beverages are no exception!  Karen and I have been friends for several years and I had the joy of photographing her and Doug's wedding as well as taking newborn photos of both their kids.  Their yard makes a beautiful backdrop for fall photos and we were luckily able to schedule this shoot on a perfect fall evening.  Here are some of my favorites!

Brian's Senior Photos

I've known Brian since he was a kid in the neighborhood program I used to volunteer with.  He has grown into a nice young man who is hoping to go to college for something relating to the medical field.  After rescheduling due to rain on a Saturday, Brian and his parents were kind enough to meet me on a weekday evening at Millennium Park in Grand Rapids.  Brian was a good sport and walked all around the park with me looking for fall color.  Here are some of my favorites from his session, I can't wait to edit the rest, but enjoy this preview!

Johnston Family

I love photographing growing families and I love returning clients.  I had the joy of photographing the Johnston family last fall and was excited to see them again a couple weeks ago.  Though the fall colors have been disappointing in Michigan so far this October, we found a few good backgrounds.  These two little boys have grown a lot since last year and in just a couple more months they will be welcoming a little sister into their family!  Here are some of my favorites from the Johnston family!

Tristyn's Senior photos

I can not believe that Tristyn is a senior this year! I've known this boy since he was a baby and it's been a joy watching him grow up.  Tristyn has never enjoyed having his photo taken and his mom started a tradition several years ago of me taking pictures of the kids instead of her buying school pictures.  Taylor is now a junior in college, Tristyn a senior in high school and Ty a freshman in high school so I might have to stop calling them "kids" soon!  He knew some great spots around Plainwell and it was worth going off the trail to get there.  After exploring went back to their house for photos of the extended family.  Take a look at some of my favorites from the day.

Alvarez Family

A few weeks ago I met up with Betty, David, and their three sons downtown Grand Rapids for some family photos.  It was an unseasonably warm weekend in Michigan, but they were good sports, didn't complain and were wiling to walk around to some of my favorite photo spots in the city!  Last time I photographed this family it was snowing so I was more then happy to oblige when Betty reached out to me about doing a "fall" photo shoot.  I also loved their Michigan/ Grand Rapids themed shirts which were perfect for the city backdrop.  Here are a few of my favorites :)

Mackenzie's Senior Photos

My first class of 2018 senior photo session this year was with Mackenzie!  She came to the photo shoot with some great ideas and great props - her dog and her guitar :) Mackenzie is very talented and she's planning to move to Nashville after finishing high school to pursue a career in music since she not only plays guitar but also plays piano and she sings.  She is definitely a country girl at heart and we found some great photo spots at a mutual friends barn and some nearby railroad tracks.  Have a great senior year Mackenzie and enjoy this preview of your pictures! 

Stoub Family

Last month I had the opportunity to photograph one of my favorite families in a few locations around downtown Grand Rapids.  Since it had been just over 5 years since I last took family photos for them and their oldest daughter was moving off to college -it was definitely time for some updated pictures! Thanks to everyone who gave my suggestions on "industrial" locations around town we found some great spots and I learned that no matter how old of a kid you have - using ice cream for a bribe to take good photos still works :) Here are some of my favorites from the Stoub's family session.

King Family

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting the King family at Douglas Walker Park to take their family photos.  I love that they got my name from a family I photographed earlier this summer (referrals mean that people are happy with their pictures) who also had little boys.  It was fun getting a glimpse of these two boys personalities and of course they wanted to carry around sticks the whole time!  Here of some of my favorites from the session.

Northern Michigan Scenery

It's been a busy summer but I've managed two quick trip "up north" and wanted to share a few of my favorite photos from Ludington, Mackinaw, and Fish Town.  I am not much of a nature photographer but am so thankful to live in a state that has places like this within a days drive!  Pictures don't do it justice but I had to try :)

 

Zach and Stephanie's Wedding

Zach's sister is a good friend of mine and Stephanie works for the same company I do so when I was asked to photograph their intimate wedding ceremony I happily agreed.  Although our first attempt to take photos at a park was quickly stopped by swarms of mosquito's the wedding party were good sports and we managed to find some good locations outside the church for photos.  Zach and Stephanie had punch and cake then a bonfire (which I didn't photograph) rather than a traditional reception, but it was clear they are loved by many friends and family!  Here are some of my favorite images from their wedding.

Matt & Sarah Ruth's Wedding

About a month ago my youngest brother Matt married Sarah Ruth who he met while working at Camp Beechpoint a couple years ago.  It was a humid day, but thankfully the rain held off until the end of the reception and we all stayed dry!  Though I didn't have an official "job" at this wedding I had a great time catching up with people from the church we grew up in and friends from camp.   Plus, my older brother was home from his job teaching in China so I got to spend some time with him as well.  Of course had my camera with me and since their photographer left before a lot of the dancing started I decided to capture some of those shots for them :) 

Tim & Anna's Wedding

Tim and Anna's wedding was such a joy to photograph! They were ahead of schedule all day (which never happens), the weather cooperated, we had some great photo locations, and everyone in the wedding party was so helpful!  Plus, it seemed like everyone was having fun at the reception because I don't think I've ever been to a wedding with so much dancing!  I've known both Tim and Ana several years, they were high school sweethearts and were dating when I first met Tim and took his senior pictures.  I love that they are both so comfortable in front of the camera and that they trusted my ideas for locations and poses.  It was definitely a challenge to narrow down my favorite pictures from their wedding to make this blog post and I can't wait to finish editing everything else.  Enjoy this preview!

Kreh Family Photos

A few weeks ago (on my one Saturday without a wedding) I met the Kreh family at the Dutton Shadyside Park for some family photos.  The family had purchased a photo session from me at a benefit auction supporting Camp Beechpoint this spring and I loved meeting more people who have a heart for the work this camp does!  Tiffany had warned me ahead of time that her four young boys might not cooperate for photos, but they actually did a great job and here are some of my favorite photos from their session!