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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 Maternity Photographer // Jen + Mike + Baby!

This may be my most favorite maternity session ever.  Jen is absolutely radiant in this overgrown field and endless evening light with her handsome hubby, Mike, alongside her.  Their son will be here in a few short weeks….I can’t wait to see his sweet little face!  

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I seriously LOVE this light!

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Isn’t Jen gorgeous?

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You can’t forget about their first baby….this sweet little pup (who loved running around the country fields!).

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Grand Rapids Family Photographer // Amari’s Family!

Amari is going to be a big brother…..what a fun time in this family’s life!

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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 // James & Molly!

Molly and James are having their first little baby.  Molly was my daughter, Addison’s, preschool teacher this past year and we simply adore her.  If she is even half as good at being a mom as she is a teacher, then her little one will be one blessed baby!  

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I love Molly’s style…..simply gorgeous!

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The beautiful evening light, their connection….perfect!

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Congratulations you two!  I can’t wait to meet Baby R!!

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Grand Rapids Photographer // Erin + John + Baby Girl!

John and Erin are awesome which means that their baby girl is probably going to be awesome too.  I love seeing couples that I photographed get married start their families.  Being there during all of their special moments makes me feel involved in their lives and makes me love my job even more.  Knowing that they will have photos to cherish and to pass on to their grandchildren makes every second sitting in front of this computer screen worth it.  I hope they treasure the images as much as I do!

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Erin is seriously gorgeous.  Doesn’t she make the prettiest momma to be?!

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See their wedding photos here

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Congratulations you two.  I can’t wait to meet her!

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Chicago Maternity Photographer // Aletha + Greg!

Greg and Aletha were in Chicago for her sister’s wedding.  I was the photographer, she was the fantastic wedding planner/bridesmaid.  Being over 20 weeks pregnant….what a better time and place to do a maternity session?!  We decided just a quick session would be best…..after all….shooting outdoors when it is 93 degrees isn’t always the greatest idea!

This is baby #2 for these two….making Eames a big brother.  They are waiting to find out the baby’s gender, but I’m guessing a little baby girl will maker her appearance in January!  I can’t wait to meet her…..!

(Disclaimer:  I don’t actually know if the baby will be a girl, that is just my guess.  No need to start any rumors 🙂  )

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Love these two!

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Yay!

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Grand Rapids Photographer  // Spring Mini-Sessions: Day 1!

Our mini sessions from last weekend were such a great hit!  We did them a little different this time, offering extended sessions (45 minutes) allowing for more photo time….which worked out wonderfully!  This 29 week preggo lady was exhausted and paid for it the next day, but six more families have photos to cherish for a lifetime….so that makes it all worth it!

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It’s always fun getting to make the big announcements….Matt & Jonice are having a girl!!

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I love these images of Elyse.  I may or may not have went out the next day and bought myself a big sun hat for our maternity photos this week!

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Haha!  Baby brother finally gets his hands on that hair!

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My sweet niece, Isabella.

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Michigan Photographer // Made My Week – Vol 57!

At our “Spoil the #hetlermamas” event a couple of weekends ago, we were able to photograph a couple you will probably recognize.  I have photographed their engagement & wedding…and they have been models for us several times.  Needless to say…..they are some of my favorite people ever!

So…..as exciting as it is….they are going to have one more awesome little person in their lives in a few months.  We can’t wait to meet little baby Rathjen when he/she arrives.  Congratulations you two!!

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West Michigan Photographer // Made My Week – Vol 55!

They say that each pregnancy is different and now I understand how true that is.  To say that the past few months of pregnancy have been trying would be an understatement.  They have been though.  I have had months and months of nausea, crazy back pain, emotional breakdowns and other issues that I don’t even want to mention!  It’s not easy giving your body over to someone to live inside for 40 weeks, but it is SO worth it. 

This week I am thankful for understanding.  Although I’ve always known, I feel like lately I have truly grasped the concept of giving your body over to someone else much more important than yourself.  Being able to carry a baby is such an amazing honor that I am proud and so very thankful to be able to do.  Many mothers have it way worse and some can’t even have the opportunity to have children, so my pain and discomfort is temporary.  Joe has been such an amazing man to call my husband.  He works hard at his career then comes home and works hard with me on our business.  He’s an amazing father who loves Addison and our new baby girl without end.  He treats me with such compassion and interest…..he is truly my best friend.  Getting married can be quite a jump of faith sometimes, but I feel like I hit the jackpot!  Who knew that my cute 20 year old boyfriend would make such an amazing lifelong companion…?

Here are a few maternity photos that our associates, Kristi and Isabel, took for us last weekend at the maternity event.  We are thankful for them!

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26 weeks down, 14 to go!

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