Archive for March, 2011

{lateweek.inspiration} 3.31.11

So I’ve finished my wedding editing, and I’m really itching to finish up their blog post. I’ve also been working on my last engagement session in between too! Sometimes I like to mix my editing up a little to feel a bit more refreshed and everything doesn’t stick together.


So it’s no secret that I love dip kisses…

Paul (my husband and second shooter) told me once that I posted way too many of these and that I needed a different look for my sneak peeks. I think he’s wrong! :P


So you can look forward to two bigger blog posts in the next few days! I just hope I can look forward to warmer weather in the next few days :P.

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Drove to CMU today, and got some fantastic engagement pictures – sneak below!


{invitations&ice} 3.24.11

Well, I’ve gotten a ton done today already!


I finished editing this invitation set of pictures (all brides of mine remember – send me an invitation and I’ll photograph it!) Annnnd I’m extremely happy with the result!

Also, o.mi.goodness it was pretty outside!

oh oh oh, and more fun wedding editing!

I also have been working with my professional photo lab and I’m REALLY happy with the new DVD holders in a linen texture. It took a little longer because they don’t quite offer it all the way, but they were able to do a good test run for me and I L.O.V.E. it! So this week has been pretty awesomely busy for me. Woo! I hope you all are having good weeks too :D!

{} 3.23.11

Well it’s been a while since I posted anything… so I figured I would keep you updated on what I have been working on!


First of all, I’ve been working with one of my labs about getting my DVD covers (see lower product post) in a linen texture which is really exciting (for me at least anyway!) And second I’ve been working on editing this wedding from the 12th and I re-discovered these little gems below –

So have a lovely icy day! And be careful on those roads :D

{baby.grant} 3.10.11

Hello everyone!


Well, it is that time again, time to post an absolutely adorable blog that is! So I’ll have to admit it, I haven’t done very many infant sessions in my career as a photographer. Only two before this if I’m counting correctly. I was a little hesitant because posing babies is a LOT different than posing an engagement couple or a senior but I think I rocked it! (If I just say so myself :D)


Grant was an ADORABLE little model to work with! I’m glad I did some posing research, but it was great that Stephanie (aka mommy) had so many awesome posing ideas of her own which made for some great portraits. But enough of me talking – on to some pictures! And might I add, as always, TOO HARD to choose which ones to go on the blog!


Stephanie had some of the best baskets and blankets for props. I was insanely jealous! Now I want to go out and buy a whole bunch of props for my next baby session!

Eeeee! Feetsees!

Tee hee… baby expressions. He wasn’t impressed with my 85mm lens, it was all in his face I could tell!

Ending with the cutest one, of course!


So as usual, feel free to comment and feel free to click on any image to make it just a little larger for just a touch more detail! Have a lovely day!


{wedding.sneak} 3.12.11

First wedding of the year (WOO!) and it was loads of fun :D

Here’s your sneak!

{baby.lovely} 3.10.11

EEEE!!! I couldn’t WAIT to get this up as soon as I finished editing it… First infant session in a while, and Ohmigosh – I had forgotten how adorable they could be! I’m going to post the B&W version of this on my facebook fan page wall too. It was so hard to decide!

{product.shoot} 3.8.11

Well, I’ve finally found the time to post this one! People have always wondered what a few of my different products looked like, and I know that I used to have some product shots before, but I thought that since I’ve changes and tweaked a few things around since then that I would do a product re-shoot!

So actually the first thing I’m going to show you is what I’ll be sending engagement DVDs and other session proofs/final DVDs in too. I was super excited (and those of you who have met with me know this is very true about me and new products!) to finally order my first one and I LOVED my first result. There is a little bit of tweaking left on my design – but it is fully customized to YOUR session with YOUR pictures! Nothing cookie cutter, yay! :D

I can still give you my old style of disc presentation if you prefer, but it nearly isn’t as fun or desirable as this!

So next are my MINI albums! I love putting these together! When I was printing in the dark room during college I almost nearly printed smaller than 3 1/2 x5 (so in other words, tiny prints!) and this love of smaller photos definitely carried over to my professional life.  So you can imagine my super excitement when I discovered these little gems. I actually made one of these myself for my OWN wedding album! They come in their own little box, which makes it even easier to bring these around to show your friends and family without the ‘white glove’ feel of the bigger more bulky album. These are also super perfect for show off parent albums! Again, all custom designed to your photos. All albums take 3-4 months after you’ve decided what photos you want!

I offer these in both the chocolate color and the black! And as always, they are 50% off after your first one purchased. So order as many as you like without breaking the bank!

So next, many of you have definitely seen at meetings. So below are my awesome super dooper DVD albums for weddings. Again, aaaasssss always custom designed! This is actually what you get your purchased wedding DVD set in. Again, I was SO excited when I found these a year ago. What is so great is that you will have some actual prints and a small album (only 2 pages ((or four sides)), but still! Something!) to physically show someone as soon as you get your DVDs. The photos rarely do this justice, seriously!

Oh, haha, I thought I might have had more than just one to show you… but on to my last section!

So last but not least – prints! Prints are pretty simple :D. I print everything at my most favorite professional lab right here in Grand Rapids! You don’t have to worry about me sending anything off to a far away state to get something that is even more beautiful and professional than a huge lab that handles way too many photographers at once. These prints will last way longer than something you can print off at home or even something you will print off at Meijer or Walmart. Many of my packages actually offer prints. I actually recommend ordering both prints AND the DVD set for a few different reasons. Yes, you will get your DVDs with all of your files, BUT 90% of the time you plan on printing anything it actually never happens. I made sure I received my discs from my photographer, but it took me a year and a half to even get one photo printed. And, yes, it was actually only 1 print. Not too soon after I did make my album, but it took me a super long time. Also, what is nice about prints is, just in case (in extreme cases only) your house is broken in to, or something like that it is most likely they won’t go for actual printed photos/albums. Whew, that was wordy… let’s look at some pretty pictures now!

So, I know that was a little wordy… but I hoped you liked it!

I’ve also had interest expressed in maybe some kind of workshop for shooting and/or post processing. Send me an email/write a comment if you’re interested. Right now I’m really just going to get the feel of interest and if it’s a popular idea I might do something in April!

{yay.march!} 3.6.11

It’s been march for a week now, I have a wedding next week… but for now an impromptu shoot with my friends Katie, Kori, and Lisa!

{hello.sun} 3.2.11

Two canceled shoots makes my fingers itchin’ for some clicking and editing… add a little sun and all is well. Mmmm I sure love me some beautiful sun!

Enjoy your lovely day!