Grand Rapids Engagement Photographer // Jeff & Katie!

Jeff and Katie will be celebrating their marriage this fall and we can’t wait to be there to capture all of the memories for them to look back on for decades to come!  Kristi met up with these two recently to photograph some engagement photos with their adorable pup.  Photos with pets are always some of my favorites!!!  

Photographed by associate photographer – Kristi!

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Grand Rapids Engagement Photographer // Steve & Annette!

Many people call him Producer Steve, but Annette calls him hubby-to-be!  

Three-ish years ago, my lifelong friend, Annette, my husband and I (and some other fun friends) were at a Free Beer and Hot Wings Live Show.  Hubby, Joe, and I were waiting in line to go in and somehow had lost Annette.  She came running back to us super excited and said that she signed up to be on “The Dating Game” for a chance to win a date with Producer Steve!  Annette is a little shy, but super fun so we thought it would be a blast to see her up on stage, but we also assumed that she wouldn’t have much of a chance with a crowd that large……  Fast forward a couple of hours….time for “The Dating Game”….  Annette’s name is called!  She squeals with delight and heads backstage to prep for the game.  Without seeing Steve, in true style of the 1960s show, they went back and forth asking questions to the three contestants.  Eventually Steve chose one girl to win and he chose Annette!  The crowd went wild with laughter and they finally met!  Steve even provided me with a photo of their first meeting (even if it isn’t the best quality from a cell phone….)

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I asked Steve what it was that made him choose Annette over the other two girls.  He said because he honestly thought that she was the best match and that she seemed really down to earth and someone that he could get along with.  He also said that when she was asked what she would do with an entire day off of work and she said, “Take a nap”, that clinched it for him!  I have known Annette since before middle school so I know that is exactly her…..what a perfect match!!

The best part of the story that most people don’t know is that she didn’t even win a date with Steve.  What she actually won that night was a t-shirt and a gift card for a restaurant (that closed a week later….oh my goodness….isn’t that hilarious?!?!).  Annette actually contacted the studio and asked if she could really have a real date with Steve and he agreed.  Here we are three years later, planning a wedding!

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Annette’s mom is one of those second moms to me….so Mary, if you are reading this….you better grab the tissues <3

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He can’t stay serious for long….

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Steve & Annette – I am SO honored that I was able to be there for the VERY start of your relationship and even more honored to be able to be there for the start of the best part of your story.  It only gets better from here!!

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Grand Rapids Newborn Photographer // Baby Mathias!

There’s nothing sweeter than being able to photograph a newborn baby boy’s first days inside his own home with his mommy, daddy and adorable big sister.  My most favorite part of my job is being able to see a family grow.  I was lucky enough to be there for Jess and Eric’s engagement session, wedding, maternity photos and now this….their first little addition to their family.  Congratulations you too!!  I just love him.  He is SOOOO handsome!!!

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We all know that having a baby is hard work….but Jess makes it look easy.  Gorgeous momma!

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What a proud big sister!

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These photos of Mathias and his daddy breaks my heart into a million tiny little mushy pieces…so sweet!

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Yoda!  Come on….isn’t this hat the greatest?!

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Sleep tight little man…

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Grand Rapids Wedding Photographer // Modern Romance Wedding Inspiration!

Last spring I photographed a fun wedding inspiration shoot that was pulled together by a super talented team of wedding professionals.  The end result was nothing short of gorgeous.  Sparkles, glass, simplicity and perfection.  Our goal was to do something out of our norm with lots of texture and little color.  What do you think?  Did we pull it off?  

Our friends at Black Tie Bride featured it on their blog and we were so grateful!  And after a few months….it’s finally time that I share it with you!  

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These flowers are so pretty.  Linnaea Floral always does such a fantastic job with their arrangements!

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Aren’t these placemats so much fun along with the flatware?!  I love the contrast and lack of color…such a unique statement!

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In lieu of a traditional cake…why not have dessert cocktails?!

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Our models were not only easy to photograph (can we say gorgeous?!), but they were so kind and sweet too!

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What do you say, Michelle, I think it’s about time to do this again!!  Creating is so much fun!  I wouldn’t be able to take these pretty photos without an amazing team of vendors behind the scenes making it all happen….  

Planning & Design:  Red Heels Events 

Flowers:  Linnaea Floral

Chairs & Glassware:  The Rental Company

Event Decor Rentals:  Events by I Candy

Linens:  Special Occasions West 

Makeup:  Makeup by Mariah Hansen 

Hair:  Shay Wilson

Dress:  Bianka Bridal 

Invitation Suite:  Events by I Candy

Photography:  Hetler Photography – Kellie

 

West Michigan Photographer // Michigan Mortgage!

At the end of summer last year, I photographed this fun group to help update their new website with new head shots and group photos.  I never posted the photos because I wanted to make sure that I was able to include the link to their website with these photos included….so here it is!  Everyone involved was so easy to work with and extremely kind & fun!  Go visit their website…and if you are in the process of moving, consider checking them out for your mortgage needs!   (I even saw one of the images on their billboard one day while driving down the highway!  What a fun surprise!)

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Orlando Maternity Photographer // Shannon & Rick!

Do you remember Rick and Shannon’s beautiful wedding from a few years ago?  Well…..these two are adding a sweet little one their family in a few weeks!  Seeing families grow is the best part of my job.  From engagement session to wedding day to baby #1, #2, #3……..being a part of your family is what I love!!

While on our family vacation in Orlando, Florida this February, I met up with Shannon and Rick for a few hours to capture these images.  I hope you two love them and enjoy your baby girl even more!

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It was a little hazy that morning which gave us a little glow for the first half hour….

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Shannon is such a gorgeous momma-to-be!!

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I loved all of her dresses, but I think this one was my favorite.  So, so pretty!

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Grand Rapids Maternity Photographer // Eric + Jess + Baby!

Do you remember these two?  I was lucky enough to be able to photograph their wedding a couple of years ago on a gorgeous super snowy November day….and here they are having their first baby together.  A sweet little boy!  I can’t wait for him to arrive!!  Thankfully we didn’t have quite as much snow to fight through during this session, but I just love these images.  Sweet Natalie and their adorable pup too….the whole family came along for the fun :)

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Jess – You are simply gorgeous.  

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Michigan Children Photographer // Ella – One Year Old!

Little Miss Ella is one year old now and she just happens to be my birthday twin!  I’m a little late in sharing these images because I let her mommy post them first.  Isn’t she the sweetest?!  I just love her sweet and adorable personality, not to mention those kissable cheeks!  Happy birthday princess!

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Michigan Wedding Photographer // 2016 Wedding Recap!

2016 was such a fun year with so many beautiful weddings.  Each year we are so blessed to meet new brides and grooms that make their way right into our hearts and this year was no different.  I love how Kristi and Isabel have become such an important part of our Hetler team…without them the past few years wouldn’t be the same!  I can’t wait to see what 2017 has waiting for us!

Let’s take a look back on the past year before the new one gets under way.  One last chance to stop, take a breath, enjoy all the hard work and love poured into each and every one of these events.  We hope and pray that every one of our couples has a lifetime of happiness and adventure ahead!

James & Stephanie – Photographed by associate photographed, Kristi

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Mitch & Jen – Photographed by Kellie

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Mike & Alicia – Photographed by Kellie

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Tyler & Becca – Photographed by associate photographer, Isabel

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Matthew & Kristina – Photographed by associate photographer, Isabel

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Kevin & Katie – Photographed by Kellie

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Mike & Christina – Photographed by associate photographer, Isabel

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Chase & Katie – Photographed by Kellie

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Matt & Jamie – Photographed by associate photographer, Kristi

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Andy & Mary – Photographed by associate photographer, Isabel

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Andrew & Nicolette – Photographed by associate photographer, Isabel

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Bill & Honnie – Photographed by associate photographer, Isabel

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Grand Rapids Family Photographer // The Chapman Family!

The best Christmas gift is a family portrait.  I may be a little biased, but as a mom, being able to look back on how your children change over the years is sure to make you shed a few tears.  You may remember Matt and Jamie from earlier this fall when they said I do, but this time Kristi photographed Jamie’s entire family for an early Christmas gift.  Enjoy these fun photos!

Photographed by associate photographer – Kristi!

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