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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And Baby Girl Makes 5

So I photographed this beautiful family back in June right when they found out they were expecting baby number 3 and now number 3 has made their appearance! And it was a Girl! Meet Andrea Elsaida who was born on Jan 18th. She is the baby sister to two sweet big brothers Eli and Finn! And they are so excited she is here and always willing to hold or help. I've never had two boys insist on photos with her right away like they did! It was so precious that they wanted to be captured holding her!  I met Andy right on her 1 month mark! I spent an afternoon with her and her family in their home and as you will see below she is well loved! I hope you enjoy these images as much as I did capturing them!

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Miller Family Fall

Ok come on you have to know this family by now! And if not you should! This is one of the first families I started capturing when we moved up here to Michigan 3 years ago!  At the time it was a family of 3 with their now oldest only being 1. Now they are four and it has been my honor capturing them along the way these past 3 years! For this session we headed to the same spot we actually did their maternity photos in. It was a pretty cold November afternoon so we did these pretty quick. The girls are getting so big and as always they were just the sweetest! The youngest Violet was a little cranky but you would never know it as she is all giggles in these due to her awesome Aunt being all sorts of silly and crazy behind me to make her laugh! Heather, the moms, family was in town so they tagged along to help & watch and the girls loved it! We just took a walk around this meadow, found some puddles to splash in and giggled along the way! Enjoy!

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we of course found some puddles to splash in along the way ...

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a quick capture of them all! 

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Penelope & Olivia

Meet Penelope and Olivia who are the two cutest sisters ever! I know these girls well as they are a close friends little girls and I was so excited to capture them on this day! Penelope who is four now is one of my daughters friends and I have been capturing her since she was one when we first moved here. Her sister Olivia who will be turning two this month I've had the honor of capturing since birth. These girls are getting so big and it is so much fun to watch them play, run around and giggle. Both are into dolls right now so we spent some time tending to their babies. We listened to some music and colored for a bit too! Mom and I may have had a cocktail in the middle of the chaos too ;-). I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I did capturing them! I hope to come back over and play again soon girls! 

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so incredibly beautiful! 

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my fave!

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mom says this is her ... always ... 

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an intense almost 2 yr story of how snow white ate the apple ... cutest story ever told! 

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i have about 8 more of her actually sitting up in the chair, but feel this one really captures her

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she has the best smile!

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gah! just the sweetest duo! 

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Peterson Family Fall

Meet the Peterson Family of three! This was my first time meeting this family and I instantly knew they were awesome! Elise contacted me a while back wanting to get some first ever photos done of them as a family of three and I couldn't wait to make this happen for her! They have the cutest 9 month old little boy who goes by the name of Magnus. He may take my award for the most chill go with the flow baby I have ever captured. We took a walk around one of my favorite parks to visit in the Fall and captured this family here. They recently just moved into the area so it was fun to show them a new place. This family was a true Joy to capture and this was such a fun night! I hope you all enjoy these photos as much as I did capturing them! 

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oh those smiles!!! 

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his expressions were priceless!!! "hey lady I am going to grab this grass and then eat it ... that cool?" 

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that side smile is my fave! 

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and ending with this sweet face!!!! 

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Bell Family Fall

Fall has finally set in up here in Michigan and we are finally seeing those beautiful colors and feeling fall temps. My first official fall family session was the Bell Family as I'm sure you all know by now. The twins Brooks & Caleb were just awesome and loved running around, laughing it up and throwing leaves. Their little sister Jordan wasn't all that happy this evening due to some new teeth coming in but we managed a few moments of smiles from her! It was also the dad's (Chris's) birthday so I guess there's no better way to document the day than with a family photo shoot! Hope you all enjoy this first fall session!

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So Handsome!

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Loved those giggles!

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they of course found the one puddle at the whole place! ;-)

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we have been trying to get this photo since they were born and finally nailed it!

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Sweetness from Caleb

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and thats a wrap ... 

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Fall Downtown Vibes

Meet the Hubbards my first fall session of the year! And even tho we didn't do the traditional fall leaves in the countryside, downtown was already putting out some Fall Vibes. These family friends were so much fun to capture! The girl Laila is one of my daughters best friends and they have been in school together for 3 years now, so needless to say my daughter was pretty jealous I was going to go hang out with her bestie this evening so I let her tag along for part of the shoot. Laila and her brother Tristan are such the sweetest siblings to each other! I can always see how much they truly care for eachother and love one another! These two also earned their high jump and dance moves awards at the end where it was a free for all for the camera! Hope your enjoy these as much as I did capturing them!

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Time for some free for alls ... pretty sure she is a secret ninja ... 

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... and clearly he is a secret hip hop dancer ... 

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Such Fun Night with you Two! 

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Beachy Fall Play

Yay for one last beach "family" session of the season! And it was the perfect one to end on as I had so much fun with this beautiful family of four! And the warmer fall temps made it the perfect eveing! I met them at the beach and we got right to playing and posing! They have two beautiful girls Ellee and Faye! Ellee is friends with my daughter as they attended the same preschool together and my daughter was quite jealous I got to come play with her this eveing at the beach! ha! And Faye is just the sweetest thing and loved snuggling with her mom & dad. This family jumped in the waves, played in the sand and was full of smiles the whole time! Enjoy!

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Faye says thats a wrap ;-) 

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Biking & Beaching

My favorite DUO is blogged! This is my 4th summer capturing these two and each year it just gets more and more fun! This year we stayed in their home town and had Oliver just pick what he loves to do. We ended up starting the morning off at the skate park and ended in the evening with splashing in the waves at the beach. We also stopped off at the farmers market for breakfast and walked along the boardwalk. Oliver is such an awesome kid! He is so brave in all that he does and ties!  I couldn't believe the tricks he was doing at the skate park and I've seen him in action on the ski slopes in winter! He also knows how to make us laugh! Mom and I were constantly laughing at his silliness. Mom of course is just as gorgeous as ever and just plain rocks at being his mom! These two are just the sweetest, kindest and most adventurous duo I know! Thank you both for allowing me to be a part of capturing you all! It is my fave way to end my Summer Sessions! 

Safety First ...

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I loved how brave mom was to jump in the middle has he rode on the walls all around her!

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oh just stop!  

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those freckles across his nose get me every time! Love!!!

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time to play ...

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Hey you guys wanna go swim out to those rocks? No hesitation from either just started going right towards them! I was up to my chest holding my camera up above the water to capture these and it was soooo worth it! 

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and my fave ... 

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Ballerinas, Bridges and Beaches

Meet the Taber family ... all the way from Omaha, NE!!!  So they win the award for the farthest traveled so far this year! The mom, Cassondra, contacted me a few months ago letting me know that they were going to be in town on vacation visiting. They are orginally from the area, but had moved out west years ago and this was going to be their first time back where they would have the opportunity to show their two girls all their fav spots where they grew up and met! Cassondra knew me from Instagram and knew I was in this area of Michigan and I was so honored when she reached out for me to capture these family memory moments for them! We did this session in two parts so we could include everything they wanted to see that day! We started in Grand Rapids and met at a fave coffee place and then toured downtown to their fave spots. The girls literally danced and twirled their way thru the city!  We then met up again in the evening at their fave beach so the girls could splash in the waves! Their girls Avril and Vera are just as sweet and awesome as can be! They were a true JOY to be around and I loved this day! Hope you all enjoy these moments as much as I did capturing them for you! 

Mom & Dad got in on the action! The girls were loving it!

Beach Time!

Ready ... Set ... Go ...

I loved how Avril kept holding Vera up in the waves! 

Until next time Girls! Thanks for an awesome time!

Meet the Muellers

Get ready to view my most fun session of the year! Seriously I did not stop laughing the entire time! Meet Jack & Becki the parents of this crazy group! I met Jack & Becki and their two sons along with one fiance and one girlfriend up at the their lake house here in Michigan. Becki had warned me multiple times that this group gets pretty wild & crazy when they all get together and well let's just say they did not disappoint! It was actually Becki's Birthday this evening and she had been trying to get family photos done for years now so I was honored she asked me to help get the job done! So get ready to laugh and I hope you enjoy these as much as I did capturing them all! 

When you ask the guys for a photo ... 

My fave ...

Framer!!! ;-) 

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thanks for the awesome time and laughs guys! 

Beckett Turns One!

Get ready to smile from ear to ear when viewing this photos! Mr. Beckett is turing one and he rocked his session! I met up with him and his awesome parents in downtown to take a walk around the block and end with a first taste of cake smash! Beckett was so much fun and I literally smiled while editing all these photos the whole time! We literally just walked and stopped and played along the way. We ended with Beckett getting his first taste of cake, that was made by mom herself! It was so fun to watch him inspect it and then enjoy it! I'd say he was a fan from all the smiles! Hope you enjoy viewing these photos as much as I did editing them! ;-) 

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when you give your parents the side eye right before you take off ... 

Oh that sweet grin!!! 

Cake Time!!!! 

Happy 1st Birthday Beckett! Hope its as awesome as you! 

Lenhart Family

Get ready for fun overload as this session was so much fun to be a part of! The mom in the photos is actually a girl I went to High School with and we both ended up here in Michigan and it has been an honor to capture her growing family! Their two kiddos Alex & Issac just keep getting bigger and bigger (as kids do) and more and more fun to be around. Alex even brought her camera along to take pictures of the flowers afterwards as after our last session I inspired her! Which is so sweet and that little Issac is such a ham and quite the drool monster these days too! These kids are some of the sweetest most well behaved ones I capture and it was truly a fun night with them! Of course mom & dad rocked this session too and I loved watching the four of them play together! I also way over posted this session, but I just had to many faves! 

Just Beautiful! 

I loved this one, I loved her constant dance moves and him with this teething finger in his mout #reallife 

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Beach, Brothers & a Breeze

Meet the Lacombe family! Consisting of Dad (Travis), Mom (Kelli) and brothers Eli and Finn! Such a awesome family to capture for my first MI beach session of the year! We headed to one of my favorite beaches thats a little more secluded and had so much fun! Such a playful family that were a joy to be around and capture. The boys had so much fun running around and exploring the sand dunes. Eli is a fast one and had so much fun running up and then back down the dunes over & over. Finn is a little slower but was always wanting to do whatever brother was and be where he was! Thank you for such a fun evening Lacombe family! Enjoy! 

When one goes up ... they both must! Dad got his workout this session! Click the arrows to see them both flying high! 

Will the Thrill

Loving all these spring babies! This guy William Jacob aka "Will the Thrill" his dad has nicknamed him was just 9 days old at this session. Although currently he is not living up to the "Thrill" part of the nickname as I don't think I heard a single cry out of him and he pretty much stayed awake the whole session, but just chilled. So I am leaning more towards "Will the Chill" but time will tell ;-). He also was the most alert 9 day old baby I have ever captured too! He was always looking right at me and so awake! Big sister Vayda was more than willing to pose for me too and she was so sweet and gentle with her new baby brother! You could just feel the love! Thank you for allowing me to capture these first moments for you as a family of four! 

sister was more than happy to put on a spin show for us ;-) 

I love how alert he was and staring up at his parents ;-) 

Sister got out her newborn baby photo book for mom to read to her 

stepped outside for some fresh air 

we finally wore him out!

Grandma was there helping out so of course we got her in the frame too!