Monday, August 24, 2009

Ryan & Jessica's Wedding

August 21, 2009

Our first "east side" wedding took place this past weekend. It was a little nerve-wracking to begin with, especially since the dark clouds were looming as we left Grand Rapids that morning of August 21st, but when we pulled up to Addison Oaks, Josh and I were amazed at what we had to work with. The bride had just arrived with one of the bridesmaids so we knew we had time to explore and it was so BEAUTIFUL! We were thrilled at the location. Now the rain just had to hold off.

It didn't. Around 3pm, while we were waiting for the rest of the bridal party to show up, there was a downpour. But when it cleared, it was a perfect day. Sun with no high heat or humidity. Jessica and Ryan couldn't have asked for a better day.

Ryan is a cousin of mine (our grandmother's are sisters!) so it was nice to see some of my relatives, most of whom I hadn't seen since I was 10 years old! Everyone was very nice and easy to work with, so that made things a lot better for photographing. The ceremony was beautiful (and we got some of our best ceremony shots ever, THANK YOU JOSH!) and although we didn't have a lot of time between then and the reception, Ryan and Jessica were willing to do some nighttime shots (YES! that's a first as well!).

I was overall very happy with the way the day turned out, even if we didn't get leave home until midnight, and we had to drive up north for our second wedding of the weekend, yikes! But the wedding, the dresses, the location, the reception, EVERYTHING was beautiful. So congrats to Ryan & Jessica, and thank you for a wonderful photography opportunity.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Shawn's Senior Photos

August 18, 2009

It took about two months (no, NOT kidding) but it seems summer finally showed up. I'm referring to the heat of course! AND humidity... two parts that I don't desperately need to feel completed during June, July, and August. But we got, either way. Luckily, the heat kept itself to a decent level and the humidity took a couple days off just in time for Shawn's senior photos! Perfect timing to have the perfect day.

Earlier this summer, I meat Shawn and his family while photographing his brother, Chris's wedding. They were great people to work with so of course I didn't mind doing some photos for them when his mother called me up and set up a date for us all to get together. Perfect timing too, because the wedding crunch starts this weekend!

Shawn was very obliging and climbed all over his uncle's property to get good shots for me. This was a short shoot, but I really like a lot of the photos we got. Congrats on being a senior, Shawn, and I hope you like your photos!

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