Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Jasmine: Class of 2012 (Grand Rapids Senior Photographer)

January 29, 2012

Even though the end of the school year is in sight, I still have a little more senior work to do. Jasmine is one of the lovely ladies I am working with on her portraits. I met her and her mom in the middle of a snowstorm at the studio. That kind of put a damper on our plans for outside photos that day, but we rocked the studio session nevertheless.

Jasmine is a gorgeous girl, and knows a thing or two about working the camera, I'd say. Beautiful smile, great attitude, and she took direction well. You'll see her again when we get that outdoor session rescheduled, but for now, enjoy this lovely lady's indoor smile!

^Give me some of that attitude! :-)

^Love it!

^Awesome boots, Jasmine!

^She's a natural.

^One of my favorites, I think. Gorgeous.

^Finishing up with a comfy outfit.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Bride's Choice Awards 2012

{Grand Rapids,MI} – January 23, 2012 – WeddingWire, the nation's leading wedding Marketplace, is excited to announce Jenna Rose Photography has been selected to receive the prestigious WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2012 for Photography!

The esteemed annual awards program recognizes the top local wedding vendors from the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism within the wedding industry. While many industry awards are selected by the organization, Jenna Rose Photography was selected based on its stellar reviews from past newlywed clients.

Jenna Rose Photography is recognized as part of the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire local vendor community, comprised of over 200,000 wedding professionals throughout the United States and Canada. The Bride’s Choice Award recognizes the best local wedding vendors across 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, based on their overall professional achievements throughout the past year.

“WeddingWire is thrilled to honor the success of the top-rated wedding professionals within the WeddingWire Community,” said Timothy Chi, CEO, WeddingWire. “Since the launch of the Bride’s Choice Awards™ program four years ago, thousands of outstanding wedding professionals have been recognized by the bridal community for their supreme service and dedication to the wedding industry. It is with great pleasure that we congratulate Jenna Rose Photography for their continued professionalism and commitment to enriching the wedding planning experience for engaged couples.”

We are happy to announce that Jenna Rose Photography is one of the very best Photographers within the WeddingWire Network, which includes leading wedding planning sites WeddingWire, Project Wedding, Brides.com, Martha Stewart Weddings, and Weddingbee. We would like to thank our past clients for taking the time to review our business on WeddingWire. Thanks to their positive feedback we were able to receive the WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ for 2012.
To learn more about the Bride's Choice Awards™, please visit http://www.weddingwire.com/.
***Thanks to all my 2011 brides for making this possible!

Baby Avery Elizabeth (Michigan Baby Photography)

January 20, 2012

Angela and Cody (two of my friends from high school) had a baby this past November. Little Avery (I LOVE that name!) is so cute, and just barely two months old, but she was SO good for us when she came to my house to have her photos taken with Mom. Angela is visiting home for a few weeks -- Cody is stuck at work in Pennsylvania and couldn't make it up with his girls. We chatted for a long time, while unsuccessfully trying to get a real smile out of Miss Avery. She would only oblige when the camera wasn't in her face.

Cody and Angela got married WAY back in 2006, and they were actually the first wedding I ever went to where I had my "big fancy DSLR" with me. I wasn't their wedding photographer but I had just gotten my D50 and took a few shots as a guest. It was the first time I even did anything that might loosely be described as wedding photography! It was great talking about this and lots of other things with Angela, since I think it's been years since we've seen each other! And of course I was thrilled to meet her daughter. Such a doll! Let's get to the cute baby, shall we?

^She's such a pretty little girl, and so good too!

^First she was fascinated with her toes, and then the fuzzy blanket. She wouldn't look up for us!

^My parents' cat, Puddles, came along to check out the baby.

^Haha, it's not a great photo but it's definitely a funny one!

^She just didn't want to smile much for us!

^But we occasionally caught a coy smile or two!

^So cute! We couldn't get many tummy photos because Avery isn't a fan. But we snuck a couple in.

^Baby toes!

^I think she's getting bored of this!

^Smiling for Mom.

^And she's out! Thanks for being so cute, Avery!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Doug + Sarah: Engaged (Grand Rapids Wedding Photographer)

January 14, 2012

I've been dreaming of this shoot for years. Then Doug and Sarah came along to make it happen! I met these two back in October, where we discussed their wedding for THIS October, and they mentioned that for their engagement session, they'd like to do something with ice skating. Yay! I FINALLY get to do my ice skating session at Rosa Parks in downtown Grand Rapids! Up until this weekend, we haven't had any snow sticking on the ground here in West Michigan, so I was worried our cute little city shoot might be a little gray and gloomy, but just as Sarah predicted, it started snowing on her birthday -- the Thursday before -- and just wouldn't stop. The result was a gorgeous winter wonderland in downtown Grand Rapids.

Despite the cold and snow, we spent the better part of two hours hanging around about a two block span of downtown, hopping from one location to the next, with me there all giddy and excited. Took a quick stop in a coffee shop to wait for the ice rink to open, and traipsed around in the newly fallen snow. You know I'm dedicated when I even lay on the freezing cold ice to get a shot! Even though the most of the session wasn't actually spent skating, it was great fun and we had a blast. Life is good.

Sarah is a girl after my own heart. She's excited to plan the exact wedding of her and Doug's dreams. Not to mention it's going to be at Castle Farms in Charlevoix (yay!) and feature DESSERT as the main course. Exciting! She's got some great ideas for her bouquets and colors, and I just cannot wait to work with her and Doug in another seven months or so. But for now, enjoy their engagement session!

^This blue wall (AMAZING!) has been eluding me for months. However, it turns out it was hiding in plain site all along!

^Ahhh, it's love!

^A good way to warm up.

^Sarah did this cute scrunchy face when Doug kissed her cheek. I love it!

^I think this is my absolute favorite!

^Don't let them fool you; it's cold out there!

^Loving me some candid snow walking shots.

^Time for some skating action!

^The burden of the seasoned skater... when you skate with someone less seasoned, you almost always have to lace up their skates for them ;-)

^This is about the only time Doug can toss Sarah around with out too much in the way of repercussions!

^Really like this one too!

^From down on the ice ;-)

^Time for the Red Wing's game!
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