{congratulations.2014} – 1.6.15 – west michigan wedding photographer

A little late for my year end post this year and I’m sorry! I took a few weeks off after completing my end of the season editing for the holiday this year, and it was so incredibly lovely. 2014. What. A. Year. We traveled a lot again (this year to Nashville again, a trip off to Seattle, and some fun in Chicago!) and kept a little more to home. I didn’t second shoot for any fabulous photographers in the area, but I look forward to shooting more with my colleagues this year! 2014 was also full of personal growth, some really fantastic ups, and some extremely unwanted downs. I’ve made some beautiful lifelong relationships with my couples and I really hope that 2015 will be just as amazing. I have attached the sneak post for each of the 20 weddings underneath if you’d like to see more from their wedding day!

As usual I had so many shoots I have to do an abridged wedding version of this post. But here’s a shout out to all the families, engaged couples, and little babies that I got the chance to meet too! Reflecting is one of my most favorite things to do and it was wonderful to leaf through all my shoots while compiling this post! Good luck with the new year to you all!



{olive&ben} – 4.26.14


{julie&jon} – 5.17.14



{lisa&jack} – 6.14.14




{maria&brent} – 6.21.14




{courtney&andy} – 6.26.14




{dana&cory} – 6.28.14




{sheena&ryan} – 7.12.14




{lyndsey&jason} – 7.18.14




{kate&brad} – 7.26.14




{jennifer&kyle} – 8.2.14




{andrea&kyler} – 8.8.14




{hannah&travis} – 8.16.14




{lia&zain} – 8.30.14




{jamie&rob} – 9.13.14




{bride.x&bride.y} – 9.xx.14

If you’re wondering why these two images are blacked out it is because we shot a commitment ceremony the two brides have decided to remain anonymous.



{ali&mark} – 10.3.14




{jess&mike} – 10.11.14




{emily&matt} – 10.17.14




{alex&aaron} – 10.18.14





{lydia&jabez} – 11.16.14



And that was all of ’em!


Thank you all for such an eventful year. :D

(And here are some links to my previous end of the year posts! 20132012, 2011, 2010 enjoy!)

{gif.time} 6.5.14 – grand rapids photographer

Just a fun little post for you today of more gifs I’ve been working on!





{congratulations.2013} – 12.31.13 – west michigan wedding photographer

Here it is! Another full year of weddings, engagements, families, seniors, and babies!

Paul and I have traveled to Ohio, Tennessee, Northern Michigan, Detroit and so many other places to experience and shoot some of the loveliest people and families I’ve ever met. Together we shot about 27 weddings in 2013, and I’ve even shot for a friend here and there in two other weddings :) There has been snow, icy rain, gorgeous sunsets, cloudy days, clear skies, colorful autumn leaves, and the new green spring growth. I usually post a few shots from each wedding I’ve shot in the previous year and this post is definitely no different! As I look forward to my next 15 or so bookings for 2014 (and any new bookings I will possibly get) I can’t WAIT to see what new shots I’ll get and what couples will inspire me next. Thank you all for so much awesomeness!



1.26.13 – Taylor & John


3.2.13 – Heather & Chad


3.16.13 – Lisa & Alex


3.30.13 – Erin & Louie


4.6.13 – Theresa & Jeff


5.4.13 – Emily & Bill


5.25.13 – Jon & Ashley


6.7.13 – Hannah & Kris


6.8.13 – Emily & Andrew


6.15.13 – Mary & Robert


6.22.13 – Alyssa & Nathaniel


6.29.13 – Natasha & Farai


7.6.13 – Sadie & Dustin


7.12.13 – Megan & Joe


7.20.13 – Emily & Caleb


8.3.13 – Beka & Andrew


8.9.13 – Emily & William


8.23.13 – Brandy & Josh


8.24.13 – Jess & Bennett


8.30.13 – Abby & Trevor


9.14.13 – Dana & Nick


9.20.13 – Hope & Chad


10.12.13 – Maia & Aaron


11.1.13 – Kalysta & Michael


11.30.13 – Amy & Mark


12.20.13 – Erin & Matt


12.27.13 – Caiti & Michael


And for the two couple’s I second shot for – here’s an image shout out! (you can see Heather’s blog posts for them here and here)

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Thanks again!

(And here are some links to my previous end of the year posts! 2012, 2011, 2010 My how we’ve grown :D)

{NOLA} 11.19.13

Hey everyone! I promised a New Orleans blog (and in case you’re wondering NOLA = New Orleans, Louisiana) and here it is! I won’t describe much of our trip, as I’m sure the actual details are kinda boring and not as fun as my photos. Let’s just say there’s a little bit of Nashville, Tennessee, a whole lotta Louisiana (including Baton Rouge,  Bourbon St., Avery Island, and the Garden District) I even dabbled a little bit with a GIF! Enjoy one of the funnest places ever :)

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{featured!} 2.26.13

Hey, this is cool! Andrea and Kyle’s post from their December wedding got a feature on Learn Love’s blog!


{congratulations.2012} 12.31.12

It’s that time of year again! Reflecting on the past year, I counted how many shoots I accomplished… the final count amazed me! 58 shoots (wedding, portrait, senior, ect!) averaging about one session or wedding PER week in 2012. I can not thank all of my supporters and clients enough for such a fun and creative year! And as I look ahead to 2013 I can count a handful of portrait sessions already booked, as well as 17 weddings already down in my calendar. I am incredibly blessed and humbled by all of your kind words and bookings and really look forward to another awesome year! Can. Not. Wait!

So, as per usual I am going to be posting my wedding couples of 2012 as I have done in years past! I would love to compile every shoot, but 58 is a LOT to work with… So every engagement session, senior, and portraits – you get high honorable mentions! NOW! Time for some pitchas!

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Also! I second shot for three weddings, and they totally deserve a shout out too! So to Lisa, Luke, and Brad – here’s to another collaborative year!

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So go enjoy the last few hours of 2012! I know I sure am – resting from the long weekend of shooting is going to do wonders :) Also a HUGE shout out to Paul! My loving amazing wonderful husband for second shooting all of these for me. Although I “fake fire” you for being better than me at times, your creativity is so incredibly good. And from the both of us – thank you all again!

{hooray.snow!} 12.26.12

My most anticipated event of the entire month. Ahh, and a day too late for Christmas!


Oh well. At least it finally feels like winter now :)

Drive carefully!


{products.i.love} 8.17.12

Well, I think it’s time for a post that isn’t really of clientele this time, but instead for doing a little show and tell! It isn’t very long and it’s not a full list of my products (I’m thinking a full product shoot and post will be in order for November, as a few of my things have now changed since last year!) But I was all giddy and excited yesterday about a few things I just updated that I did a little shooting in the beautiful sunset that happened right after the clouds cleared out from the rain. So I grabbed a quick few things and shot my little heart out!

So, I have shown these before – but this is one of my most favorite things to design. This DVD holder I generally use for any portrait packages I send out (engagement sessions, senior packages, family portraits, and ect!) I order these in a pearle linen paper and they are always custom designed to your shoot. :) As I grabbed a few things really quickly, I forgot to grab and envelope and DVD to photograph in the example, but this at least shows the design!

So moving on to your wedding DVD set!

My packaging used to be very simple for these, which wasn’t terrible – I just thought it needed a little more oomph! I now send wedding DVD’s out in a beautiful natural brown box with bow! Your lightscribed wedding  DVD’s still rest within a custom designed 4 page album with actual photo prints coated in a UV dura coating. The first thing you see when you open your box is your permission to print cards and other assorted cards and any other finishing documents you need (receipts, contracts, ect!) And I make sure your album doesn’t move too much within your packaging with a recycled material (either newspaper or brown craft paper. Craft paper shown in example) I want two things to happen. One, I want you to have a small memorable experience opening your photos. And two, I want to make sure you have something physical for you to cherish with your digital package. All DVD’s, including portrait sessions, are guarenteed one free replacement as well in case of accidental breaking (only your disc will be replaced, for full price list on another set please email me!)

So yes! Look forward to seeing more products in November! Have a fabulous afternoon :)

{reflections} 12.29.11

So it’s been getting super close to the end of the year, and I’ve been trying to decide to do this post or not. Finally I decided I’d take the time to do a quick version!

I also decided since I did it this way last year as well – I was only going to post wedding highlights. If I posted every session I did, this post would be too long! (well, is there really such a thing?)

So anyway, enjoy!



So there you have it! So many wonderful couples this year, thank you all for being so fun and creative! Have a happy new year :D

{i’m.still.here!} 7.20.11

Well as you all know, busy wedding season has sunk in and I’m craaaaazy behind on blog posts. I really can’t wait to show you my next four weddings – If only my editing fingers worked faster! Anyway, it’s been a pretty terrible week so far, so you can imagine why I choose the image I did for today’s post. It’s calming. Relaxing. And really makes me feel like there is a glimmer of hope for getting things done within the times I promised. Sorry if this post seems like a downer – because it really isn’t! I just wanted to bring a little sunshine to your and my day. :D

Now I feel like I should get some tea. If only it wasn’t so hot outside! (and if only I had air inside!)

{romance.patios.boudoir} 6.26.11

The weekend is almost over… my editing workload didn’t build up too much more this weekend but I did have a fun sexy boudoir session today!

So first another sneak preview of last weeks engagement session :D

Then, as summer gets more and more awesome, we’re able to get more and more yard work done… I snuck this one from our upstairs deck of Paul working on rearranging the stones in the back. We just keep on finding old patios just covered in dirt!

And now for the beautiful boudoir preview

Hope you all had a fantastic weekend!

{jumping.the.tracks} 4.26.11

So, I’ve been diligently working on my previous two sessions… but tonight’s weather had inspired me to catch this of my photographer friend right after that awesome hail thunderstorm. Plus I think I found a new place to shoot – AHmazing.

So, feel free to comment – and enjoy!

{editing.magic} 4.11.11

So usually I hate to put up any kind of unedited work, but I felt today that it was important to show you all how it’s such a good thing to wait to have your photographer – whoever it may be – edit your photographs. You don’t want someone to just throw all of your images on to a DVD or CD straight out of the camera. I think later, when I have the walls to be able to show it, I’ll also do a post about print size and importance of making some hard copies of your photographs. But that’s for later!

Below is an image I posted before of Brandon and Emily’s engagement session. On the left is the image straight out of my camera in the raw format without any editing at all. On the right, is my final edit. As beautiful as the photograph was before – Isn’t it so much more warm and beautiful after?

Just a few things to think about when booking a photographer!

{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!

{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!

{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!

{ps.it’s.snowing} – 2.20.11

In case you were concerned (the kittys sure were) it’s kinda snowing out there. >^.^<

{snow.tulips} 1.23.11

AHH! I’ve been itching to post about something recently! It’s crazy, when you’re busy and loaded up on images you want it to be over… but then when you’re finished you just want to do more! January has been a pretty low key month for me, but next week it is going to start right back up. I have an engagement session on the 29th, and then I have almost 4 engagements in Feb. Also, I’m excited to meet with three new brides next week! :D

So that’s what I’m up too. Any brides that I’ve booked (or haven’t, or past brides- I’ll still talk to you!) you can tell me where you’re in your planning, send me more details, or just to talk!

But for now – I’ll just leave you with a picture of my crazy tulip. Has anyone else had a tulip do this? I spread wide open and just stayed there! It wasn’t dying, because the petals were as strong as ever :D

Enjoy your day!

{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!

{let.it.snow} 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?


{bokeh.playtime} 11.22.10

It has been a while since I have gotten to take pictures for anything really (but I do have a wonderful engagement session tomorrow!) And tonight I had to break the spell. I always wondered how this effect was done (without photoshop! -the heart effect that is, I did have fun color editing-) and I took some initiative, free time, and a little creativity and I like my first trial results. I’m going to try and make a smoother cleaner result later when I have better light outside and better tools. Have fun looking at my experiments!

Oh! And for those of you that don’t know what bokeh exactly is – it’s that blurred effect that you get in the background of the focused subject.

Oh, and we’ll see if I can get inspired by any other fun shapes!


A post just because I felt like it! >^^<