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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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Michigan Maternity Photographer // “Spoil The Mamas” Maternity Event!

This past weekend we had a fun-filled maternity event for all of our #hetlermamas.  Pregnancy can be rough and no one knows how much until they actually go through it!  Since Joe and I are adding our second baby this summer, we thought it would be fun to spoil our expectant mamas with a free mini photo session and a fun goodie bag!  I think we accomplished that!

We also used this event as training for our team…..to warm up for the upcoming portrait and wedding season.  Because it was so quick paced, it proved to be challenging, but everyone walked away learning a thing or two…..!  All in all, I’d say it was a success!

Here are some photos that I took of these lovely ladies……minus one who took some announcement photos we can’t share yet.  Soon enough!!

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I love how happy everyone looks!

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I photographed several of these couple’s weddings in the past..so it was so fun to see them again and watch their family grow!

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Payton had her baby girl yesterday!  We made it just in the nick of time!

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A few favorites from Isabel:

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A few from Kristi:

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And a few more from the coolest guy I know, Joe!  This was his first maternity session ever….I’d say he did a pretty awesome job!

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Making sure our team continues to grow in experience and talent is SO important to us.  People may think we are crazy for doing free events, but what’s wrong with blessing people and learning at the same time?!  I’d say nothing!  I can’t wait to see all of these new little ones…!

Grand Rapids Photographer // Made My Week – Vol 43!

Remember these two??  They were married in 2011 and we were lucky enough to photograph it!  Fast forward a few years….and here we are!  Getting ready to celebrate with Sean & Lauren one more time!

So…what made my week this week?  Sean & Lauren are expecting a baby and I was, once again, lucky to be able to photograph their announcement!  Congratulations you two.  We can’t wait to see that little peanut!

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Michigan Maternity Photographer // Chad + Danielle + Baby Boy!

Do you ever have an evening that you just love?  The weather, the colors, the company?  That was the evening of this session for me!  Chad and Danielle were married last summer (check out their wedding photos here) and are now expecting their first child….a sweet baby boy!  I have a feeling he will be good-looking!

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Danielle is stunning!  She’s gorgeous, but more importantly, she’s sweet and kind too!

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The fall colors are just starting to peak here in West Michigan and I’m in love!  My absolute favorite time to take photos!

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Good thing my clients trust me….  They probably thought I was crazy trying to explain the photo below, but I’m glad they went for it!

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Chad & Danielle – Congratulations on your baby boy.  I can’t wait to meet him!!

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Grand Rapids Maternity Photographer // Mike + Cristina + Baby Girl!

Cristina is absolutely glowing…..waiting for her baby girl to arrive.  These two are so fun and so silly together…..I know they will be great parents! 

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Doesn’t she look stunning?!?

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I love these images and this dress.  <3

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I remember these days….only weeks away from meeting your little girl…wondering what she will look like and how perfect she will be. 

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Congratulations Mike & Cristina!  I can’t wait to meet your sweet baby girl!!

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