Monday, March 21, 2016

Couple Session: Leo & Kellee (Grand Rapids Portrait Photography)

March 12, 2016

Not surprisingly, I have been and always will be a proponent of getting your photos professionally taken often. Though I myself have the ability to take professional photos of my daughter and family, there's something great about getting a chance to be in front of the camera as well, and seeing yourself from someone else's professional point of view. Leo summed it up perfectly, say that having nice photos to share with your future grandkids is a good thing to do on occasion. Yes! Your family will love seeing your "back in the day" even in a world where everyone has a camera with them 24/7. There's just some thing special about getting a few shots of you from someone who actually knows what they are doing, every so often, anyway!

Leo and Kellee were married back in 2012, in an evening ceremony at Castle Farms in Charlevoix. That was a big wedding weekend for me, and, as always, it was a pleasure getting to reminisce with a couple that I haven't seen in quite awhile. These two are doing great, looking good, and enjoying life. I sincerely hope I get to see them again in a few more years! Check out their couple session from a few weeks back.

^Finding a good location that isn't urban this time of the year can be challenging but this old go-to of mine did the trick.

^Playing with foreground focus :)


^So in love, still! :)

^Real laughs are the best.

^Or maybe these are my favorites...

^Looking good, you two!

^Come back soon, Leo and Kellee!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Winter Red Wedding Styled Shoot (Grand Rapids Wedding Photographer)

February 27, 2016

This time around, I ALMOST didn't get to participate in this shoot, but I'm so thrilled that I was able to after all. Having spent the week with a sick baby (and sick myself!), it was a little hit or miss, but all worked out in the end and I got to work with the amazing Tracy of Park Place Design on yet another styled shoot. This time, she arranged for us to be at the Barn at Monterey Valley, a quaint and beautiful location down a back road in Allegan County. Though we were hoping for some snowy shots, and got lucky as we got another snowstorm the week before our shoot, the ones I love most are the ones we took inside the barn. All the styling was done by Tracy herself, mostly with items that are TOTALLY available to rent for your wedding from Park Place Design.

Our lovely model is none other than my beautiful sister. She was such a trooper as though it was a bright and sunny day, the temperature inside the barn was COLD. She toughed it out for as long as possible so we could get some amazing shots. She wore a lace Monique Lhuillier dress, with make-up thanks to Dollhouse Salon in Grand Rapids.

Tracy picked up some lovely sweets from the Continental Bakery in Battle Creek. The yummy red velvet cupcakes worked out perfectly with our color combination for this styled shoot. AND on hand to help was Laura of Munro Photography, who was ready to step in just in case I wouldn't have been able to show up for the shoot. She was able to grab some great shots as well, and made it a little bit more fun at the same time.

I'm already looking forward to the next time I get to do a styled shoot. I just can't get enough. But for now, check out this gorgeous one!

Location: The Barn at Moneterey Valley, Allegan, MI
Florals/Set Design/Props: Tracy Park, Park Place Design
Make-up: Dollhouse Salon, Grand Rapids, MI
Dress: Monique Lhuillier
Desserts: Continental Bakery, Battle Creek, MI

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