Monday, March 26, 2012

Out of the Office

March 27 to April 2

Vacation! Well... not exactly. I will be heading off to steamy, sunny Florida to take photos of three (potentially four) adorable babies (J'aime, Jeriann, Lacey and maybe Laurelye) and the lovely couple, Dennis and Jacquie, who are gettng married this Saturday in Jacksonville. Can't wait to get a tan... I mean, take photos!!!!

This means we'll be a little light on the blog posts (although I'll probably have some FB photos to share throughout the week, thanks to my trusty iPhone!). But I will still be answering emails and calls, but only when I can. Just leave me a message and I will get right back to you as quickly as possible. Have a great week!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Josh + Michelle: Engaged (Grand Rapids Wedding Photographer)

March 17, 2012

It was hot. On Saint Patrick's Day. In Michigan. Huh? It's been so gorgeous, almost like it's time for summer! Couldn't have asked for a nicer day to meet up with Michelle and Josh for a mini engagement session in Eastown, Grand Rapids. Eastown is such an awesome place. I regrettfully have not spent a whole lot of time there, however, when I do, it's always a treat. Great, eclectic little shops and restaurants are all over the place, and the surrounding neighborhood is so nice, quaint, and even pretty darn fancy, depending on where you are!

Anyway, I digress... Michelle asked me to be her wedding photographer at the end of last year and of course I was thrilled. We went to school together, so I've known her a long time. Josh is new to me, but he seems a pretty good guy. He dealt with my photographing like a champ anyway ;-)  We stayed in a pretty tight area, since we were just doing a quick session, and ended up inside of Yesterdog, which is an awesome hot dog joint. It's a really cool little spot, as you'll see below.

Josh and Michelle will be back very soon. They are tying the knot in Traverse City at the end of June, and of course I will be there. Looking forward to it!

^A shaded alley! How nice!

^One of my faves... in a booth at Yesterdog.

^Haha, I knew I liked Josh. He's got a little "silly" in him!

^Such a cute couple.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Couple of the Month - March

Josh & Michelle - June 30, 2012

On the official first day of spring - although we pretty much have wandered into summer already, lately - I thought it was about time we introduce our next couple of the month... Josh and Michelle. They are a little late because we just did their session this past weekend. I'm very excited for their wedding, which will be held in the beautiful Traverse City. A little bit of beach, a little bit of backyard, so it should be a great combination. I won't talk too much as I will do their full engagement photo post later this week, but for now... meet our third couple!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Maria (Grand Rapids Maternity Photographer)

March 9, 2012

As the weather gets warmer, I'm getting so excited for spring! I have so much coming up, including my first wedding of the year, lots of engagement sessions, and TONS of cute little babies to photograph. And coming up real soon, another little baby girl will be joining us... little Maci. I met her mama, Maria, last week.

Maria is the second of my baby contest winners. And her new addition should be here any day now! But in the meantime, before little Maci makes her appearance, we made sure to get Maria in the studio for her maternity photos. Allie, a friend of mine, who did a Trash the Dress with me last year, is one of Maria's best friends (and the one who nominated her for the contest) and she came along with her to the studio. She helped out with some styling and helped us both out a ton!

I can't wait to meet Maci next month when she finally makes it into the world, so keep any eye out for her and Maria again very soon!

^Looking beautiful!

^Very serious stuff... well done, Maria.

^Such a pretty smile!

^Awesome shot!

^This top was so cute. I'm glad we used it.

^Best friends... and baby!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Jasmine: Class of 2012 (Part 2)

March 10, 2012

Jasmine is one of my 2012 seniors, and you may remember her... Part of her session was supposed to be outside, but blizzard-like conditions prevented us from managing that. We stayed inside in the studio to keep warm instead! However, it worked out nicely for us as Jasmine's mom, Shauntrice, also wanted a few shots of Jasmine in her cotillion gown. It just came in earlier this month. Perfect! We took her out in the windy weather, being extra careful not to get the dress dirty (the big event is yet to take place), and got a few photos of her in it. She looked gorgeous, as I'm sure she will on the day of her cotillion. Good luck Jasmine, and it was great to see you and your mom again!

^My favorite. She's such a beautiful girl!

^A little sassy.

^Once we got out into the open, the wind was relentless! I still thought this shot was pretty awesome, though.

^Rocking the EK red.

^Best luck to you, Jasmine!

Friday, March 9, 2012

All About Me

March 9, 2012

Last week, I launched my new site. So exciting! I love it, but there was something missing... me! I only have a very select few photos of myself with my camera, so I didn't post any. Well today, I took some time to take a few photos for my site. It's not the easiest thing to do, but I think they turned out okay. Take a look!

^Love my chair :-)

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