Sunday, September 20, 2009


For Lauren's newborn session, her family requested mostly color images, which is a slight departure from what I normally do for newborn sessions. Lauren had perfect skin, so the color images looked fantastic! I also had to add this bottom image, because I love the little oops pictures I end up with. This little guy wanted to look right into the lens, and the resulting family portrait cracks me up. Congratulations on the new addition!

Thursday, September 17, 2009


Carmen has such a cute smile for a two month old baby! She is already very strong, holding her head up for quite a while and I was in love with her little gummy baby smile! My favorite though is the last image where she is asleep. her chubby little cheeks and adorable lips in a cute pout. She is a little Cherub.


Some of my favorite shots are the ones of kids pouting. It shows a side of them that is rarely photographed, but still adorable. I know at home the last thing I think of when my son is pouting, or about the throw a fit, is to grab the camera and take a picture... So I love when these little guys share a glimpse of their moodiness with me. If only it were that cute when adults got cranky :)

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Tyler Take Two

After Tyler's newborn session, we decided to schedule another time when he would be sleepy to take some portraits of him by himself. He was perfectly happy and even had a few smiles for us at the start of his second session and by the end, was perfectly, peacefully asleep!


Erica's school year pictures are a bit different this year.. And I love them! Check out her sister Victoria below!


Victoria and her sister Erica had their school year portraits with me this year, instead of the school studio. I too remember the days of plastic combs, the blue/gray background and squeaky stool. I could break out some seriously hilarious pictures from each of those years in elementary and high school. (Especially the year I forgot it was picture day and wore a sweater with a hole in it and my bangs about a mile high!) This year, the ladies decided to do something a bit more fun and personal, so we spent some time at the park to remember this year in their life!


Newborn babies constantly remind me of the amazing creation that we are as humans, and the awe inspiring power of God. Little Dawson really put that in my mind during his session, and for the following couple of weeks. Dawson was born at only 24 weeks gestation, weighing 1 pound, 11 ounces. His parents didn't even have the chance to hold him until he was 35 days old and finally took him home four surgeries and four months later. He is now five months old, and for his 'newborn' session two weeks ago, I am guessing he weighed just over six pounds.

He was just amazing to me. Here we are in one of the most blessed nations in the world, complaining about petty things, aches and pains, while a newborn baby is fighting for life every single day, as his parents watch with their hearts basically bleeding. I am so grateful that we have doctors that can help a baby born so early, and a God who understands our pain and struggles.

For those of you who do not know, we are expecting our second child in February, and I have been pretty sick with this one. I may have even complained a couple of times :) After meeting Dawson and his amazing family, I am overwhelmed by this amazing blessing of another child, and cherish every moment this baby is safe and growing inside me, even when I feel like throwing up... again.

Congratulations Sarah and Ryan. Welcome home Dawson!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Leanne & Adam

Leanne and Adam were married in Kalamazoo on August 15th. In the top image, you can see the amazing purple and pink light streaming into the sanctuary. It was beautiful! The reception was held at Kalamazoo College, which also had tons of interesting places to take portraits. I love visiting new locations and having the chance to try out new poses, sometimes I just wish we had more time.... This couple and their bridal party were hilarious. They had the coolest shoes of any groomsmen I have photographed and kept me laughing pretty much the entire day. What more can you ask for really?
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Wednesday, September 2, 2009


One of the blessings of my job is that I am able to share it with family and friends. I love when they bring their kids over, Austin gets a fun little play date, and I get to spend time with their beautiful little babies. Cole was very happy and smiled a lot during his session. When I photographed Kara, Cole's big sister, during her first year, I was lucky to even glimpse a smile, let alone capture it on camera! So I consider this session a huge success!