Sparta Family Photographer // Emma’s Family!

The only other Hetler family that I know!

Aren’t my nieces beautiful?!

Noah looks just like his dad!

The twins….and two of my daughter, Addison’s, best friends.

I love these three!  

Grand Rapids Engagement Photographer // Andy & Kristi!

You may recognize this beauty of a lady….  She is Kristi, the talent behind the camera as one of our associate photographers on our team.  I met her and her boyfriend, Andy, out in the middle of a gorgeous pine forest for a fun photo session last week…and I have to say…it is probably one of my favorite sessions from 2017.  Just scroll to the bottom to find out why!!

I love the way the sun sparkles through the trees and leaves…

So, so pretty!

Then this happened…..

If you were wondering….she said YES!!

Andy chucked the ring box behind him to get it out of the photos….that made me laugh so hard!

I think Kristi was never going to forgive me for keeping the secret from her….but how could I tell and ruin that awesome surprise?!

Gorgeous ring!

Congratulations you two.  I was SO honored to be there for such a special moment in your life.  Thank you for asking me, Andy!!

Rockford, Michigan Newborn Photographer // Baby Reese!

Baby Reese made her appearance earlier this week and is as cute as can be.  Her big sister is in love and had fun showing me all of her fingers and toes.  Girls are seriously the best (or maybe I am a little biased since I have two of my own….?).  Enjoy the images of these cuties and their mom and dad.  Hopefully they make your day just a little brighter…!

Oh my!  So, so perfect.  She looks like a little baby doll….

It took a while, but she finally fell asleep (at the end of the session….ha!)

I love this shot of Reese and her momma.  Beautiful!

Grand Rapids Wedding Photographer // Steve & Annette – Married at The Goei Center!

This wedding was so much fun.  Although it was one of the rainiest and darkest wedding days that I have ever photographed….you would never have known it.  If you asked Steve and Annette….they didn’t care one bit about the rain.  That is what I love about them!   They are so laid back.  All that they cared about that day is that they were becoming husband and wife.  Finally!

I posted their engagement photos a few months ago with their incredibly fun story about how they met…..catch up with that story here!

Here we are, three years later, at their wedding day!  It brings tears to my eyes typing this because it feels like such a long time coming to see my sweet friend finally marry her best friend.  When they are together you can tell that they were made for one another….it just took a silly dating game to make it happen.  I am SO thankful that Joe and I were able to be there to be a part of it all….what a blessing to us!  (On that note, be prepared for a mega long post….!)

I loved Annette’s dress.  I was seriously one of the prettiest I have ever seen!

Annette’s godfather gave her this set of pearls.  Each year he added a few on, turning it into this stunning set for her to wear on her wedding day.

We realized the next day that the guys never actually put on their boutonnieres…but here is a photo of how nice they were anyway!

In true Steve fashion…..

What a stunning bride you were, Annette.

It was literally pouring….all day.  That didn’t stop this bride from looking gorgeous!

Married!

They thought I was crazy….but where else are we going to get cover from the rain and decent light other than a parking garage?!

Steve’s navy suit was perfect.

The Goei Center was beautiful and so were the tables.

They forgot their cake knife so they ended borrowing someone’s pocket knife from the crowd….haha..!

Annette’s dad…I don’t think this one needs much explanation..

What a fun day!  Congratulations you two!

Wedding Day Vendors:

Ceremony Location: Lee Street CRC – Grand Rapids, MI

Reception Venue: The Goei Center – Grand Rapids, MI

Catering: Yo Chef Catering – Kentwood, MI

Cake:  Connie’s Cakes

Flowers:  Eastern Floral – Grand Rapids, MI

Bride’s Gown:  Bonny Bridal from Caela Scott Bridal – Holland, MI

Bride’s Hair & Makeup:  Helena DeYoung – Allendale, MI

Bridesmaid’s Makeup:  Jackie Blankenship

Music & Entertainment:  WOW Factor DJ – Grand Rapids, MI

Photography: Us!

Sparta Family Photographer // Hannah’s Family!

Hannah makes my job easy.  With her cute smile and sweet little cheeks….I had plenty of adorableness to photograph!  Enjoy her and her family today!!

Who said you need lots of fall color left on the trees for photos to look good?!

Oh my….her smile just melts my heart!

West Michigan Wedding Photography // Nate & Beth – Associate Wedding!

Nate and Beth were married a few weeks ago at a private family chapel in West Michigan.  All of their closest family and friends were there to celebrate their special day and Kristi was there from our team to photograph each second of it!  I loved Beth’s bouquet and the green sash that each bridesmaid wore…..so pretty!!

Photographed by associate photographer – Kristi

Those shoes!

First look!

I just love that old truck.

Does’t Beth look gorgeous?!

Married!

Wedding Day Vendors:

Ceremony: Private family chapel

Reception Venue: Christ the King Church – Hesperia, MI

Catering: Pork N’ Stein

Cake: Jennifer Neece Owens

Flowers: Chic Techniques – Fremont, MI

Music & Entertainment: Ron Farqual

Hair & Makeup: Main Street Hair Design

Bride’s Gown:  Stella York from Here Comes the Bride – Addison, IL

Photography: Hetler Photography Associate – Kristi

West Michigan Newborn Photographer // Baby Bennett!

Bennett is finally here!  I was lucky enough to able to photograph his parents earlier this fall during their maternity session so seeing him in his first couple of weeks after birth was such a joy!  What a little bundle of love he is….and all that hair!  Perfect!!  Mike & Jen – congratulations on your little man….I bet you can’t get enough of him!

Their house was a photographer’s dream for photos….SO much natural light!

Baby yawns…!

I can see them playing catch in the backyard already.

Bennett’s nursery is seriously a dream.  I think I could move in there!

Jen – what a beautiful mother you are.  He is lucky to have you.

Sparta Family Photographer // Easton & Leighla’s Family!

As the weather gets colder and colder, the photo sessions seem to get shorter and shorter.  Every year this seems to happen which just means that my fingers have to work a little faster!  Thankfully these smiling faces were easy to photograph 🙂

This is a gorgeous family that was new to my camera this year…..I just hope to be able to photograph them again!  I hope you enjoy some of these Christmas inspired portraits!

Michigan Family Photographer // Arden’s Family!

We have been nonstop busy with mini sessions this fall and I have to say….I love it!  I am so lucky to meet so many wonderful families each and every year like this one.  Arden’s family met me one weekend morning at my house and it was COLD.  I think this was probably the quickest mini session that I have ever taken!  I’m pretty proud of that little cutie though….she was freezing but still had fun!

Mom!  Don’t embarrass me……

Of course….dads are always the ones to do the crazy stuff 🙂

Grand Rapids Children Photographer // Oliver!

Oliver is just about the cutest little man ever.  At first he was a little shy, but with some pretend falling by his grandma….his smiling kicked into overdrive!  He has an infectious laugh that never gets old and made my weekend so much better.  The world is a better place with this cutie in it!

Kisses from mom and grandma!