Baby Brooklyn

Well hello there, it is has been a bit since I have blogged a session! But Spring is here and the family sessions have started back up in full force! First up is sweet baby Brooklyn. You may recognize this sweet family from this fall (few sessions down) where we captured the announcing of baby number two on the way. Well she is here and came into this world on April 3 weighing in at 8lbs 13oz. She is one of the sweetest babies I have ever captured. II don’t think I even heard her cry once and she slept thru most of her session. Brother Beckett was a ham for part of the session as usual, but then he ditched us for preschool later on ;-). Thank you Stoner family for having me into your home to meet Brooklyn and capture these first few moments with her for you all! Congrats! And I am going to start with my favorite …

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I have a whole series of these and it was hard just picking 3 for here. Love those grins Beckett!

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Cheers to your new bundle!

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Baby Dillon

Welcome to the world baby Dillon Grey! Dillon made his arrival on Nov 11th weighing in at 7lbs and 11 ounces. I had the pleasure of meeting Dillon and his family one week after he was born. He is one of the quietest, sweetest babies I have ever captured. He was pretty much cool with whoever wanted to hold him and wherever we put him! Dillon has two older siblings Mila and Liam and they both were ever willing to hold and give him love. Big sister Mila was such a great help holding him and calming him for us and big brother Liam was ok taking breaks from playing with his train to give brother some attention too! Congrats on your newest addition to your family! He is a joy!

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Happy Holidays!

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The Alt Family

Meet the Alt family of six! I met this beautiful family last weekend and we spent an afternoon in our little downtown. We walked around a few blocks and then took a break in a local building to warm up and captured them all snuggled together and then headed back out to finish up! It was such a fun afternoon meeting this family and capturing them. The four kids tho, Charles, Simon, Amelia, and even little Juliette all did so well for as cold as it was. The kids were so much fun and I loved how each of their personailities eventually came out. I will say I think they all have a fan favorite of baby Juliette as their biggest concern was always who got to be the one to hold her or sit by her! She is well loved and protected by her older trio and it was so sweet to see! Dad, Andy and Mom, Stacie rocked the session as well and made it so much fun for the kids. Thank you for allowing me to capture these memories for your beautiful family! Enjoy!

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Charles you are such a character and I loved it!

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those smiles!

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this family rocked the “now just have fun & play”

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She is Loved!

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I don’t think these boys can get any more handsome and mom more beautiful!!!

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now thats a portrait line up! You nailed it kids!

oh my sweetness!

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Daddy’s Little Girls

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a fave!

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The Stoner Family

Meet the Stoner Family of three … soon to be 4! Yay! You may remember this family and their happy guy Beckett from his 1 year old photos. Well they are back and Beckett is still just as happy and smiley and he is soon to be an older brother! I met the family at one of my favorite fall locations and we took a stroll around the meadow. We stopped and played on some bridges and of course with it being fall we threw some leaves in the air. Beckett you were so much fun to spend the evening with and your joy is infectious! You are going to be a rockstar big brother. Congrats to you all again on your newest addition that is coming to join your family! I can’t wait to meet him or her! Enjoy!

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The Miller Family

Meet the Millers. Family of four who you most likely have seen on here before :-). I have been capturing this family since their oldest daughter Fiona turned 1 and I have loved every session with them since! They have the two girls Fiona and Violet who are just the sweetest and so much fun to be around! For this session we went down to Holland, MI and captured a night playing in one of the gardens there. The girls posed, twirled and danced all around them! It was such a fun eveing and we ended up with the sun coming out and a warm night which is rare for October here! Hope you enjoy these as much as I did capturing them!

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The Novoselich Family

Meet Iain, Erika, George and Doug … the Novoselich family of four! I photographed this family a couple years back when George turned one and now it is brother Doug’s turn to turn the Big One so we met up again to capture this milestone. We met at a local orchard one evening last week and we lucked out, as it was the only day last week it didn’t rain here! It ended up being an usually warm evening for October here in Michigan but it was perfect for the boys! We strolled through the orchard, took a little wagon ride and ended with a cake smash! Hope you enjoy these images as much as I did capturing them!

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Hold on to him tight for me George! haha

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Brotherly Love

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Oh My Sweetness

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We did a smiliar photo with older brother George at his one year old session … Doug had other ideas, but I honestly love it as it shows his personality of not sitting still!

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Bring him the Cake …

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I think that grin says it all! Happy 1st Birthday Doug!

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Ashley & Oliver

My favorite mom & son duo is up today and this session is one that I truly look forward to every year! This is my 5th summer/fall photgraphing these two and it is always different and oh so much fun! Each year we focus on what Oliver is currently interested in and what he loves to do! This year they chose camping because it is what these two do together all summer long. We went to the campground they normally camp at and Oliver got to show me all his favorite spots to hike, catch frogs, climb, and play. They also win the award for the buggest photo session of the year! The mosquitoes were in full force this night, but Oliver being the awesome kid he is never actually complained once! It was mom and I hooping and hollering at them! Ha! Oliver you are such an awesome kid all the way from daredevil to having the sweetest spirit! I hope you both enjoy these photos as much as I did taking them (minus the mosquitoes)!

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Hey look a seat just for me!

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The Dare Devils …

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Oh Hey There Handsome …

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loved that he reached back and gave moma hand onto the logs

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Only Oliver can dance on a log & not fall!

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stopped and picked mom a flower :-)

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and all paths here in west michigan end at the beach …

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my fave of him … that sweet grin says it all

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the zen master

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Until next fall …

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and one to show you the bugs, I left this one in so they could remember the moment and all the bugs! ha! can you spot it?

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Corwin Family

Meet the Corwin Family of five! I have photographed this family before but it has been a couple years and I was so excited to meet up with them again! I began photographing this family with their now oldest son Cruz was just two and now he is in Kindergarten! It is always so much fun watching a family grow and expand. Cruz now has two younger siblings brother Colton and sister Cora. I met the family downtown in their hometown to capture a stroll around the block and what mom calls Corwin Chaos. What I always love about this family is they appreciate the in between moments captured and although it isn’t always picture perfect it is a memory! Enjoy!

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The Mooneys on Honeymoon

Meet Chad and Chelsey Mooney a recently married couple on their Honeymoon from Indiana. Chad is actually a cousin of mine who happend to marry this gorgeous girl Chelsey and they decided to come up to MI for their Honeymoon and specifically my hometown! So I loved when Chelsey reached out for me to do some photos for them while they were staying here. They also brought along their pups, Remington and Eve, to join in on the adventures! So I met them at one of my fave beaches one evening and captured them in their Honeymoon Bliss! Congrats again Chad & Chelsey and wishing you both all the joy & happiness! 

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Congrats and Best Wishes to you Both! 

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The Nephews

Finally getting around to blogging one of my fave sessions I did this summer, my brother and his family! They have been waiting patiently for me to edit these so I hope it was worth the wait! I went back home a few weeks ago and was able to squeeze in a quick downtown session in the small IN town I grew up in and where they reside. So it's always fun going into the downtown and seeing all the new restorations they have done to it. It is also always fun to capture these two guys, my nephews! This was an extra special session too because Sawyer, the youngest one, is currently going through chemotherapy for his battle with leukemia and it had been a rough few months for them and he hasn't really been himself until now and it was so good to see him laughing so much with brother Nolan and just being his silly self again! So we took a stroll downtown and we ended the session with getting some ice cream! Enjoy! 

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Bolingers at the Beach

I can't believe we are into August all ready! Summer is flying by and I have been enjoying capturing all these wonderful families at my fave place ... the beach! Meet Justin and Elizabeth and of course the star of the show, their adorable 2 year old, Lauren! I met this beautiful family at my fave beach and we played in the sand and water but mostly it was about chasing Lauren around ;-). Lauren is your typical on the go 2 year old and was so much fun to capture! She loved all things sand and running! It was such a fun eveing meeting this family. Enjoy!

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The Krugers from Kansas

This summer has been such a fun one for me as I have been able to capture many special friends! This time it was the Kruger family who came to visit/vacation in west Michigan from Kansas this summer. How do I know them, well believe it or not the mom and I met online! What?! It is true tho, we both joined the Instagram community around the same time and starting liking eachothers work. We tell our kids its like a modern day penpal! Well one thing lead to another and I met her and a couple other mom instagrammers in Chicago and made a new friend for life. So this summer when she sent me a text saying that she was bringing the whole family to MI I couldn't be more excited! Not only did I get to see her again, we got to introduce our kids and I also had the honor of taking some family shots for them one evening here on my favorite beach! It was an awesome few days together showing them west MI and watching our kids become instant friends. 

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A Texas Maternity

It’s not every day you get to fly to Texas and take a friends maternity photos, but when you do its quite awesome! Meet Ethan and Erica, a couple from Houston Texas who are expecting their first any moment now and Erica who also just happens to be my best friend from High School! This actually wasn’t planned this way, my husband and I had planned a trip a year ago to go down to Texas and visit them, but it just so happened that they ended up expecting during this time. So I of course packed the camera and captured them during our visit. We actually ended up in Galveston a couple days trying to beat the Texas heat, but it ended up being the perfect backdrop for some beach photos. The other ones were taken all around their home in Houston. Erica you are stunning even when 8 months pregnant out in the Texas heat and I am so excited for you to soon have your new title of Mom. Wishing you both the best in this newest adventure and already know you are going to be amazing parents!

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One of my faves!

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and of course their current "kids" needed to get in some

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Senior Kelsie

It is 2019 senior session time and first up is Kelsie who is going to be a Grand Haven High School Senior this coming Fall. Kelsie is involved in the cross country and track teams at her school. She will be looking at colleges this fall and has an interest in engineering and business.  I met Kelsie up north for this senior session as her family was vacationing at the time. We did a little bit of everything. We hit up a restored barn, grape field, dock and of course the beach. It was such a fun night and Kelsie is so easy going. Kelsie you are so sweet, beautiful, smart and a joy to be around. I wish you all the best in your Senior Year! 

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The Winsor Family

And now for my last spring session to blog! I can't believe spring is already almost over and summer will be here so soon! Seemed like such a short spring since it was so late this year! And as always I save the best for last! Meet the Winsor family. You may remember sweet Owen and Olivia from last Spring where they ate ice cream when it was like 50 degrees outside but it didn't phase them! Luckily tho this year it was almost 80 and sunny! Mom and Dad decided to join in on the fun this year too.  I had such a fun evening capturing this family! We met in Grand Haven where they reside and took a stroll around the block and then ended down at Grand Haven's famous boardwalk to catch the last of the days sun! Owen and Olivia you both rocked this session (and so did you mom & dad ;-) ). Enjoy! 

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The Howe Family

Meet the Howe family of six. They have all been on my blog before at one time or another but this time we captured the whole family together! It was a busy night too with so much for them to celebrate. We were capturing two birthday milestones (Ozzy 4 and baby Dylan 1) and a first communion for big sister Scout. We headed to the beach this eveing to capture this family and celebrate all these firsts for them! We did everything from making sure we got those birthday portrait shots, running the dunes, first communion dress and ended with splashing in the still very cold waves of lake MI! It was a busy but fun filled night with this family and the sunset was almost as beautiful as this family!

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Just Beautiful! 

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The Young Family

Hello again! I am absolutely loving being back at it with all these wonderful families this Spring! Up next here is the Young family. I actually met up with the Young family at her parents home that live right in a downtown here in west Michigan. It was such a fun evening of walking around and exploring the old neighborhood and all its history. Most of the backdrops you will see are those of old buildings that are now musuems and historical sites that you can visit and tour! The two Young kids, Prudence and Oskar, are just the sweetest together. Prudence is actually in the same Girl Scout Troop as my daughter and that is how I have come to know this beautiful family! Thank you for such a fun night in a new place Young family and I hope you enjoy these as much as I did capturing them for you all! 

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and I pulled out my secret weapons at the end to make mom & dad smile :-) 

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Raha Family

Spring has finally Sprung here in West Michigan and next to fall it is my most colorful time of year to shoot! We are literally 5 weeks behind last years bloom but it has been well worth the wait as the Orchards are finally showing off their pink and white blossoms! I met the Raha family out at one of my fave orchards the other night and it was the perfect evening we had been waiting for! The Raha kids, Will, Logan, Gavin, & Luella definitely win the award for the most focused group of 4 kids! They came ready to smile! Also how dapper are those 3 boys! Serisouly mom nailed it on style for them all! And that Luella is just the sweetest little girl and so well loved by those boys. This family was a dream to photograph here and it was my honor to do so! I hope you enjoy these captures of this gorgeous family as much as I did taking them! Enjoy! 

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Schmidt Family

Ok so you have to know this family by now! They are definitely up there in one of my most photographed families! I love watching and capturing this growing family! I started capturing them when Linus the oldest boy was just two and every session with them has been so much fun! I also love that this family always wants to capture their hometown and go to the places they normally do with their kids. And that is exactly what we did this evening. Started out in downtown at some of their fave spots and even hit up the local candy store. We then swung by their home for some quick play time and ended by getting sandy at the beach/pier! Enjoy and Happy Weekend All! 

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loved how they both wanted to make her smile!

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one of my fave client smiles!

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Candy Store Time!!!

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decisions, decisions 

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Back at Home to play and warm up for a bit!

Ended with a Grand Haven Favorite ... The Pier!

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Baby Margot

Meet Baby Margot she entered this wold on March 31st and joined this beautiful family. She of course decided to come early while I was on Spring Break, but once we finally got some sun here in MI I was able to head over and capture her with her family. Big sister Charlotte is just adorable with her and already a big help to mom. Charlotte is also into my little ponies right now and I am pretty sure she can't wait til baby Margot is old enough to play with her! For now she will settle for holding her and showing her the ponies and books. I speant the morning with the girls and their beautiful mom Jeanette. It was such a fun morning capturing them as they would normally go about their mornings together. I then returned that evening once dad got home and was able to capture them as a family of four now. 

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