Grand Rapids Maternity Photographer // Katie + Jake + Baby!

Katie and Jake are so excited to be welcoming their sweet baby girl to the world in a few short weeks…and I was lucky enough to be able to be there to photograph that excitement!  We can’t wait to see your little face, Gemma Rose!

Gemma Rose <3

Beautiful momma!

Grand Rapids Maternity Photographer // Megan + Josh + Twin Boys!

Josh and Megan are the sweetest couple!  We photographed their wedding not long ago, and now we are celebrating with them on their soon to be arrival of their twin baby boys.  I can’t wait to see those two cute little faces!

Megan – you are GORGEOUS!

Josh loves her so much…

Congratulations you two!  

Florida Lifestyle Photographer // Justine!

Justine and I were Facebook friends for a while, but during our most recent family vacation to Florida…we finally met in person!  She was just as kind and amazing in person as I thought she would be, but I was surprised by how blown away by her that I was.  She just radiated with positivity and confidence which made my day SO much better.  Here are a few of my favorite headshots that we captured around our rental house neighborhood…

Gorgeous!

What a contagious smile.

We had to take some with our Lucky Fin Friends too!

Chicago Wedding Photographer // Newlyweds – Joe & Victoria!

Name:  Joe & Victoria   Wedding Date:  September 5, 2015   Wedding Location: Prairie Production – Chicago, IL

Click here to view their full wedding post.

How do you like being married?  Does it feel any different than before?

We love it because we’re no longer in planning / spending $$ mode. Not much has actually changed, but we do feel super legit (and can’t wait to file joint taxes, wahoo).

Was there anything that you would have done differently on your wedding day or did it go exactly as planned?

We wish we had taken more time to enjoy our food and dine with everyone. We ran off to snap sunset pics, but came back feeling rushed… like we had to keep the party moving for our guests.

Did anything crazy or funny happen that we may not know about?

The wedding cake was dropped on or before delivery. The bakery wouldn’t bring a replacement or even white icing to the venue, so our caterer ran across town and we covered the major dents with flowers. Those jerks.

Did you have a favorite vendor and/or favorite detail from the day?

Our DJ killed it. Friends, family, and +1s were on the dance floor until midnight.  (I’d have to agree.  Their DJ was so much fun!)

What were your favorite images from your day? Was there any special meaning behind any of them?

Our favorite image is just the two of us before we walked down the aisle together. We were both nervous and like, “omg, hang on, we are doing this!”.

(And a few of my favorites….)

Do you have any advice for brides that are currently planning their weddings?

Plan the wedding you want — not the wedding your parents, extended family, or friends want.

Last one… Where did you spend your honeymoon? Tell us about it!

We went to Greece and it was a fabulous decision. Athens is a neat, walkable city with great history. The islands (Santorini & Mykonos) were relaxing and beautiful. Any place with great swimming, museums, food & wine are a win with us!

Update:  Since answering these questions quite a while ago…Joe and Victoria welcomed an adorable baby boy to their family…..  Congratulations you two!!

Michigan Wedding Photographer // The Wedding Album – Steve & Annette!

Steve and Annette’s wedding album is gorgeous!  A 12×12 album with 30 pages and a grey linen cover….simply beautiful.  I cannot wait to give it to them!

Grand Rapids Headshot Photographer // Kuirsta!

Kuirsta is gorgeous.  Not only is she beautiful, but she is kind too.  She was one of the first brides to take a chance on me wayyy back in my first few years as being a wedding photographer and I am so grateful for that.  Since her time as a #hetlerbride, she has become an amazing wedding photographer herself.  I have loved seeing her talent grow and grow into the photographer that she is today, creating stunning work every time her hands touch her camera.  What a blessing it is for me to watch!

The day that we decided to get together for photos ended up being such a dreary and rainy day, but we went with it anyway!  We quickly switched photo locations to her sister’s house (which happens to be one of my most favorite friends) and did a very casual shoot for updated headshots.  Kuirsta – I hope you love them!  I sure enjoyed talking with you and taking these images for you!!

 

Grand Rapids Wedding Photographer // 2017 Weddings!

What a wonderful year 2017 was for beautiful weddings.  It was a slower wedding season by design, but lovely nonetheless.  Here is a quick recap!

Steve & Iris – The Grand Rapids Public Museum

(Photographed by associate photographer – Isabel)

Geoffrey & Amanda – The BayPointe Inn

(Photographed by associate photographer – Isabel)

Ryan & Amanda – Fox Hill Event Center

(Photographed by Kellie)

Bosko & Megan – Camp Newaygo

(Photographed by associate photographer – Isabel)

Will & Brittany – Private Residence

(Photographed by associate photographer – Isabel)

Jeff & Katie – Stonewater Country Club

(Photographed by associate photographer – Kristi)

Nate & Beth 

(Photographed by associate photographer – Kristi)

Steve & Annette – The Goei Center

(Photographed by Kellie)

Destination Wedding Photographer // Brad & Kristen – Married in Punta Gorda, Florida!

Brad and Kristen were SO fun!  I met them in Punta Gorda, Florida to photograph their day which was a treat for me.  Such a different landscape with new textures and backdrops than I am used to here in Michigan.  I just LOVE destination weddings!  

They had friends and family join them from all over the country to celebrate their wedding which made it even more special.  Here are some of my favorite images from the day.

I loved the detail in Kristen’s dress.  So delicate and pretty.

According to Brad, they are self-proclaimed “NASA-nerds”.  Because of this, the dark grey in both of their rings is from a meteorite that a friend gave to Brad.  So unique and special!!

They decided to get ready together before the wedding….which I thought was such a fun idea! 

Those cute little birds on the invite below play an important role throughout their wedding.  They met through friends on Twitter, so you’ll see lots of birds later at the reception dinner..

Kristen is stunning!

Brad looks quite dapper in his grey suit.  Perfect!

Time to get married!

The new Mr & Mrs!

These two were so happy together….made my job easy!

Trading in my usual pine trees for palm trees was pretty nice this time of year…

The sun disappeared behind the clouds and the wind picked up….but that gave us some different light for a little moodier photos.  Love!

Kristen grew most of the flowers herself for the wedding.

More birds!

I always try to capture another ring shot during dinner if time allows.  I had to get one with these cute love birds….

Congratulations you two!  Thank you for asking me to be such a big part of your day.  We had a blast!!

Wedding Day Vendors:

Ceremony Location: First United Methodist Church – Punta Gorda, Florida

Reception Venue: FM Dons – Punta Gorda, Florida

Flowers: DIY

Cake: Kakes by Karen – Naples, Florida

Bride’s Gown: Lulus

Hair: LaTeDa Salon and Spa – Fort Myers, Florida

Photography:  Us!

Grand Rapids Maternity Photographer // Katie + Chad + Baby!

Right before Christmas, I met up with Katie and Chad and their sweet family to photograph a fun maternity and family session at their horse farm.  What a fun (and cold) time this was!  We walked around and found so many different textures….what a beautiful place!

Beautiful Etta…..the momma to be horse!

I asked Chad to lean in and give Katie a kiss…..next thing you know Etta is jumping in the frame to pass one out as well!  

Congratulations on your newest addition.  I can’t wait to meet this little one!

Grand Rapids Family Photographer // Hunter & Cole’s Family!

JoEllen is a friend from high school.  She and I actually are birthday twins….so she is extra special to me 🙂  It has always been on the top of her dream list to have family photos taken in the snow and this year we finally have enough pretty snow before Christmas to make that happen.  I hope these photos live up to what you were hoping for!!

Hunter and Cole.  Two of the sweetest boys I know.

Josh and JoEllen are such wonderful people!  No wonder they have such great kids….