Archive for December, 2010

{congratulations.2010} 12.31.10

Last day of the year!

I feel that the last day of the year warrants a post of congratulations to every newlyweds that I shot this year! It was my first year of business… and I’ve come a long way since my first wedding on May 8! I have nearly 10 weddings now booked for next year (at this time last year, I only had one booked!) And I shot 12 in 2010 (for those of you who ask at our meetings!) And I find it also appropriate to post a photo from each one! I also did a ton of engagement sessions and seniors this year who all get honorable mentions – but to post a picture from each shoot would take me forever! So here you have it – Names and dates are below each picture. Congrats to all! (Even the couples I didn’t shoot for 2010) Happy new year!

5.8.10  {Jeannie&Shawn}



5.22.10 {Holly&Matt}



5.29.10 {Liz&Jenney}



7.10.10 {Kelly&Griffey}



7.16.10 {Becky&Daniel}



7.17.10 {Karen&Ryan}



8.21.10 {Chelsey&Mike}


10.1.10 {Laura&Derek}


11.27.10 {Helen&Mirko}


12.11.10 {Lauren&Dave}


12.18.10 {Stephanie&Kevin}


And finally!

12.28.10 {Sarah&Kris}


Thank-you everyone for making my dream of becoming a professional photographer come true this year – It means so much to me that you booked me (especially those in the beginning when I barely had samples to show you!) And thank-you to all of those that have booked me in 2011 – I can not WAIT to shoot all of your engagement sessions and weddings! I also look forward to all of those family, senior and portrait shoots that I’ve been mid-process in and those that I don’t even know about yet! I was scared when I left my full time photo lab job … but now I know I have nothing to fear because I have such amazing and awesome clients!


Happy new year! (again : D)



I forgot! I also second shot for my friend Natalie – which brings my count up to 13!

12.21.10 {jodi&kyle}



Ok…haha, I promise not to forget another one!

{annika&kyle} engaged – 12.20.10

I promised an engagement session soon, and here it is!


Annika and Kyle booked me for a wedding only about three or four weeks ago – and because of time concerns we needed to get their engagement session done pronto! She’s going away from interim at calvin, and he was going back to Tennessee after Christmas vacation. It is always risky picking a nice day in December because the sky is always so sketchy. It can be sunny and bright one day, and snowing and gloomy the next – that’s why I was soooooo happy that she picked a morning that it was not too bright and not too cold and gray outside.

Anyway! Paul and I both had so much fun shooting this session. Paul is a recent second shooter of mine, and although he’s somewhat new to the job he’s getting really good very quickly! He even thought of some really good poses for Annika and Kyle to try out that I probably wouldn’t have thought of.  Anyway, back to the happy couple!

We met at Lemonjello’s and started right outside of the shop after initial introductions.

It was fun getting them acclimated to the camera… I always say the first 15 minutes are super awkward!

(haha, I DID warn him that I was taking pictures…)

And who can resist a classic foot picture? Because I certainly can’t! I have at least three different versions of these – EXTREMELY hard to choose the best one!

Annnnnd bring on the dip kisses! LOOOOVE them!

I have to say that walking around downtown Holland was super fun and it was exciting to shoot somewhere different. : D

(A toasty warm fireplace is such a good place to rest!)

About halfway through our session we hit the road and drove to their church for the lovely woods. We even found some train tracks – which were super awesome! It’s always nice to have two different feels in one engagement session.

We also saw some children sledding. One child triiiied to get into pictures… but I was craftier than him! (he’s behind them in this next one below)

And there you have it! It is always super hard to choose the best out of every session… and this post is missing some I realllly wanted to put in – But then you’d be reading my blog forever. And remember, if you want to see something larger you can always click on the image. Enjoy!

{wedding.time} 12.28.10

Last wedding of the year! A very long, yet VERY enjoyable day.
Hope you’re all keeping warm this season!

{} 12.25.10

Nothing too long today – Just Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all! (lol, and a sneak from my Dec. 18 wedding with santa!)

Mmmm…. Can’t wait for dinner!

{lauren&dave} wedding – 12.11.10

Why, hello once again! I never in a million years thought my December was going to be this busy with weddings! Lauren and Dave contacted me a few months ago (August was it? AH! How time flies!) and we were trying to find a time to meet since they were from Chicago, and I obviously was in Grand Rapids. Fortunately Paul and I both desperately needed a little vacation we ended up meeting them during a beautiful weekend in September. We both (Paul and I) knew from the start that Lauren and Dave were going to be super fun! Their wedding was in Portage, MI – A little bit of a drive for being only booked for one hour – but SOOOOO worth it! I got there a little early – just in time for the end of people getting ready!

I loved all the small holiday details that were around the church. The tree, the candles, and Christmas lights. I actually heard (since I didn’t get to observe their ceremony) that the service was going to be in a dark church with candlelight… That was just about the most romantic thing I’ve ever heard of.

Ready for some AH-dorable dip kissing? I warn you all, dip kisses are basically my most favorite thing ever… so I do use that pose a lot if you let me!

I’m glad we were able to walk around outside for some pictures – That december lighting was working so well!

AAANNNNNNDDDD back inside! Mmm, toasty warm.

And to top it all off – the whole bridal party!

I love the personality I get from every one of my couples and how it influences my photographs that I take for them. Thanks for letting me see the small portion of the day that I did Lauren and Dave – It was beautiful!

{second.shooter} 12.21.10

Hello everyone!

A wedding on a Tuesday? Why not! Mine was on a Thursday :D. (Actually my next wedding is exactly one week from now – excited!) You probably won’t see a full post on this one, but here is a preview anyway! I actually second shot for my good friend Natalie today and it was super fun. Also crazy different second shooting for someone as opposed to being a main shooter! Thanks for asking me to help today Natalie!


{engagement.peek} 12.20.10

A chilly day in Holland, but also a SUPER fun engagement session! (Three previews in a row – busy month!)

(click on the image for a slightly bigger size!)

{wedding.preview} 12.18.10

A wonderful white christmassy wedding today!

{another.preview} 12.16.10

It’s been a day or so since I’ve posted and I was just thinking how adorable this one I just edited was!

Hope your season is going well!

{helen&mirko} wedding – 11.27.10

First of all – I totally apologize to everyone for the length of this post! It is my first official blogged wedding , so I’m having a hard time picking and choosing what is best. As soon as I have finished a few more, I’ll have a better feel for what will work. But for now! You may remember Helen and Mirko from their engagement session. They were super fun and their wedding was no different! It was the earliest I have shown up for a wedding, but getting the available light was sooo worth it! Their ceremony was held at Neland and their reception was also there as well! So with the morning ceremony and afternoon lunch reception it was also one of the shortest weddings (at the time) I had done. The girls got ready in one of the rooms in the basement – My sister eleanor did her hair! (quite beautifully I might add!) They didn’t actually use the bathrooms with these labels, but I loved them so much!

She had such a lovely dress that had such cute vintagey flair! I also like her hand made veil.

That room was just amazingly big! I loved all the stuff in there that also was great for propping things for photos. Yay!

Since it was a small wedding party – boys were definitely not up to much, just a little video-gaming…

First looks are always exciting to witness – so much fun!The church was very unique and extremely beautiful.

(I couldn’t resist an adorable photo of my nephew!)

The reception had such delicious lunch dishes including ham buns, chicken salad croissants and a tasty salad to top it off… mmm getting hungry just thinking about it!

haha – I have strange uncles…

And there you have it! My first wedding blog – It is so much more refreshing than just uploading files to a facebook album! I think it is slightly easier to read too! Again – sorry for the length… I’ll try to cut it down next time, I swear!

Hope you enjoyed it! Feel free to leave comments any time!

{wedding.preview} 12.11.10

There was a wedding today!


{another.technique} 12.8.10

Its been a while since I’ve posted anything, so I have another sneak update! I’ve been working on a new editing technique (as always! keeping my work fresh almost requires it!) and I think I have it down to a science now. The photo with the taxi/cars is a shot I took in NYC and the first time I used this – with my old lens and camera! It sure doesn’t look like it however.

And this next image is from my cousin’s wedding that I’ve been working on… it looks sooo cool with buildings.

Anyway, back to work!

{} 12.1.10

Hello everyone!

Taking a break from my wedding editing and going to meet a potential bride I decided to bring my camera along to capture the first snow of the season! It was falling so gracefully yet super fast at the same time!

I was going to starbucks on the corner of 28th and East Beltine – and to my joy there was a Christmas tree place in the parking lot of Krispy Kreme. The cute little bulbs and trees attracted the snow so nicely!


(the East Beltine)

Then in Starbucks… one sample coffee and hot chocolate with a shot of hazelnut later…

I also took the time to shoot some of my samples, including a sample MINI album I just made of Laura and Derek’s wedding this last October! Oh, and I started doodling a little camera since I showed up a little crazy early :D

Back outside in the snow!So that’s it for December 1! Boy, where did 2010 go?