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!!! ;-) 

OK one minus the photo bomber ...

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 

sister kisses

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! 

Owen & Olivia

Meet Owen & Olivia a sweet brother and sister Duo! These two were so much fun and we had such a fun evening together! We took a stroll around downtown GH and even stopped off for some ice cream! Big brother Owen is just as kind as can be and was such a big help with sister. And little sister, Olivia is brother's shadow. She was always wanting to do whatever he was doing and you can tell the bond these two have is just the sweetest! Also they seriously have the best smiles and both radiate JOY! Thank you both for such a fun night and I hope you warmed up after eating ice cream in the cold! 

when you find a random bench in an Alley ;-) 

Holy Spring!!!! 

ice cream flavor picking time ... 

you scream, I scream, we all scream for all ice cream! 

we then moved inside to finish their cones as it was a little chilly that evening! and I also just loved how little sister looked next to brother on this bench ... 

Miller Family

OK so by now you gotta know this Family! The Miller Family and I can not believe it's already been 3 years since I started photographing them! This is the part of my job that I love the most, being able to watch families grow and capture all their milestones. I started with the Millers when Fiona was just turning 1 years old and now shes a big 4 year old with sister Violet by her side! We have shot everywhere from Downtown to the Beach and this Spring we decided to go with an Orchard in Bloom as it's perfectly fitting for these 2 sweet girls! Fiona is still as sweet as ever and was a big help in wrangling sister Violet who, as most toddlers, is going to do what she wants! And these two have the most amazing loving parents by their sides! It was a beautiful night with a beautiful family! 

The run away ... :-) 

Baby Dylan

Oh my goodness it is not Spring Fever over here it is Baby Fever! As I'm swooning over my newest littlest client, Dylan and she is a doll! Dylan decided to mix things up for us and instead of coming on her original planned c-section day she came a few weeks early on us! She just couldn't wait to be a part of this awesome big family. She makes number four for these parents and she is anything but lacking attention ;-). She has two older sisters who constantly want to be the ones holding and rocking her and are no doubt a huge help to mom! And let's not forget about brother Ozzy but at the current time he is more interested in his fire trucks than the new babe ;). Sweet Dylan rocked her session and I believe takes the award for the best baby at a session as I rarely heard her cry and she was pretty much ok with any position we put her in! Thank you for allowing me to capture these moments for you Howe Family and get my baby fix! 

her other two mamas... 

Mama gets the smiles

my fave part of this image is actually Ozzy's legs running around .. because thats the real moment ;-) 

mom & all her girls! 

All in the Frame! 

I'd say she's in good hands...

Coloring, Reading & Cars

Meet Linus and Violet a sweet brother and sister Duo. I have captured this family before and it is always a JOY. We spent the morning in their kitchen where they colored, read and played with Linus's favorite at the time Paw Patrol cars. They also baked some energy bars and Linus was the perfect taste tester for the job! It was so fun to capturing the kids just doing what they normally do and Linus even invited me to play him in a game of candy land at the end. I love how he was so inclusive with me and I was more of a friend than a camera lady ;-) Violet loves snuggling and feeding her pets and for the most part doing what brother is doing. 

such a sweet little mommy to her babies and animals

I've never seen anyone else love Paw Patrol as much as this guy! 

not always a fan of brothers reading ;-)

time to make some snacks 

taste tester :-)

thanks for a fun morning & playing with me kiddos! 

Baking, Painting & Giggling

My favorite kind of session just hanging around someones home and capturing their real life moments. Meet Natalie and Shauna the stars of this blog. I went over to their home a few mornings ago and just spent the morning with them. We had the music playing and both girls just did their thing. Natalie loves helping in the kitchen and was baking one of their families recipies for homemade hostess cupcakes and I was impressed how she pretty much did it all on her own! Her younger sister Shauna twirled, puzzled, and painted. They both worked on art projects and giggled all morning together.  These girls were seriously so much fun to spend the morning with. 

That Dimple!!!

I thought it was so sweet when big sis let little sis have some tastes 

And while big sister baked, and little sister wasn't tasting ;-)  .. she spinned... 

and puzzled ... 

and painted. 

Then they both worked on some art projects 

of course we took a hot cocoa break 

and ended with some mom snuggles :-) thanks for just a fun morning girls!

Travis & Kaylee ... A Winters Engagement

Even tho today is the official first day of Spring it is still quite cold here in Michigan. And this engagement session wins the award for the coldest session of the year thus far! Meet Travis and Kaylee the winners of this prestigious award! Kaylee contacted me a few weeks ago about having some winter engagement photos taken in the Michigan Winter Scenery. She has recently relocated to Ohio to where Travis lives but they still wanted their photos here in Michigan. I of course was super excited as I love winter and capturing it, but it is hard to find families and couples willing to brave the cold! Well these two not only braved the cold, they rocked it! We are talking no coats, 19 degrees as the snow swirled around them snuggling up on the banks of Lake Michigan! I hope you have both thawed out by now and congrats again on your engagement! Cheers! 

Bell Boys Turn 3

Welcome 2017! It is starting to warm up here in Michigan and honestly a little to soon! But with the more mild temps I am able to be back at it and had my first session of the year!  I can't believe these two are turning 3! I remember photographing them when they were just turning One! I will say tho this was the easiest session with them yet! Mainly because they are easily bribed now ;-). Before these twins would run in total opposite directions, but this year I didn't get quite the workout I usaully do! These boys love the outdoors and with a March birthday you never know what the weather is going to be like here in Michigan. We got lucky tho with a little snowfall the day before and then a more mild morning. We chose a local nature park that has gorgeous tall pines as the backdrop for these exploring nature boys! We spent an hour just hiking the path and climbing on the trees! Hope you all enjoy this first session and Happy Birthday Boys! 

They loved running through the trees!

those rosey cheeks!

That Dino never left his arms!

Take my hand Brother .. so cute!

Oh and a little glimpse behind the scenes of this shoot! Thanks to the Dad for being a good sport and wearing my prop to make the boys laugh :-) !!! 

Giggles and Windmills

This family needs no introduction by now, but I will give them one anyways! Meet the Millers, one of my fave and longest time shooting families! They were some of my first clients here in west Michigan when we moved here a couple years ago! I started photographing them when their now oldest Fiona was just One and now there is a new One year old to celebrate ... Violet! I can not believe it has been almost a year already since this gal was born! I meet them in their town of Holland which is known for its Dutch heritage. So it was only fitting we went and walked around the Windmill park there and explored this evening. The girls are just the cutest together and I loved watching Fiona trying to rangle her sister Violet to look at the camera for me! I can already tell they are and will be the best of friends! I just adore this family and always enjoy these shoots with them! I hope you all enjoy viewing them as well! 

Michael, Elise & Harper

Happy Fall All! I'd say with the recent drop in temps Fall has officially arrived in Michigan and not a minute to late for this session! You may remember sweet Harper from earlier this spring when we tossed her in a basket out in an apple orchard and she just ginned away .. well besides more hair and a few more inches her sweet self hasn't changed much! And she just turned the Big One!  This session was so much fun and I really enjoyed capturing these moments for them! Harper is the definition of JOY and was a delight to be around. I also did not stop smiling the whole time editing these photos! She loves to stand and this night was crawling everywhere! Of course her mom text me the next day to inform me she decided to walk after we had tried all our best efforts to make it happen! Ha! Thank you for allowing me to capture these moments for you all! Enjoy! 

Jake, Emily and Vayda

Meet this adorable family of 3! They were the first of my fall sessions even tho it didn't feel like Fall this evening. It was actually in the 70's and pretty buggy at this spot, but they were troopers and we made it through. Vayda took a little convincing to warm up and the bugs didn't help but she eventually warmed up to me and I got to see her sweet smile. She loved tossing leaves into the air and exploring the nature area. Her fave game tho was peek-a-boo and boy is she good at it! You can tell she is a sweet one and like to be by her parents side! Thank you for allowing me to capture these memories for you! 

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Seriously those Blue Eyes!!! 

Click the arrows for the cutest game of Peek-a-Boo

Love that Smile!

Ozzy

Meet Ozzy a sweet little one year old I had the honor of playing with one morning! This little guy started out pretty shy with me and it took about every trick in the book but I was finally able to get him to perk up and show me that handsome smile! I met Ozzy and his mom downtown Grand Haven one morning last week and we took a stroll around the block. Ozzy loved playing in the fallen leaves and playing peek a boo with me from behind the downtown brick walls! Ozzy it was great to meet you and I am so glad you warmed up to me in the end! 

when he would get shy on me ...

... but then he would perk right back up! ;-) 

Peek!!!