Rustic Vintage Winter Wedding

Mike and Caroline’s winter wedding brought the outdoors in and tied every detail back to their artistic, outdoorsy, and warm personalities. It was such an honor to be part of the community that celebrated with them on their special day. I am so excited to keep working on these photos and will share them as soon as I finish!

My Third Country

My Third Country is a Documentary series focusing on my Polish Grandma and her home. I spent yesterday exploring and documenting the many artifacts and got to ask her questions about their origin. Here are just a few of my favorite images!

Snowy Grand Rapids Engagement

Worried about snow putting a damper on your engagement session? Have no fear! This snowy engagement session in an enchanting forest put all those worries to bed. Bradon and Jen hiked with me to some pretty magical spots. We spent time chatting about their upcoming wedding plans, and took advantage of the fluffy flurries in the air.

This was my first snow shoot, it was so much more fun than I could have imagined. Their love for each other warmed the air and seeing their smiles made the sub zero temperatures worth it. I hope they love these images as much as I do, and I can’t wait to see them marry each other later this year!

Clean Slate by Kate

For those of you who follow along on my Instagram you’ve already had the chance to be introduced to Kate Wert, an amazing professional organizer, and wedding/event planner. So essentially she’s superwoman, and a kick butt momma to a sweet little boy. I met Kate through a mutual friend and I am so grateful I did, she’s not only helped me with referrals, but she’s such a great friend now.

Kate needed some professional images for her upcoming website launch, so I happily obliged. Home sessions are my favorite, and her house is AMAZING! This lady is the thrifting queen, and I absolutely love how eclectic her style is. Walking into her home, I instantly felt like I knew who she was. Picture lush plants, huge windows, mixed patterns, and luxurious textiles. This girl knows how to live!

Looking to 2017

WOW! I cannot believe another year is over. This year was major for me, in so many ways. I was able to meet and connect with so many amazing families and couples, I feel so lucky. Moving into 2017 there will be a lot of changes.

I will be graduating in May with my Bachelors in Fine Art, and moving into focusing on my photography business even more. I have 7 weddings of my own scheduled and I’ll be second shooting for another. I’ve connected with a videographer and a caterer/wedding planner, who will be able to provide more services to my brides!

This is just the beginning of a fantastic year, and I am so excited to see what it holds. In the spirit of looking towards the future, I think it’s also important to revisit the past, so here is a selection of my favorite photos from 2016.

Moerdyk Headshots

Ruth is a long time family friend and I was excited that she asked me to photograph her and her partner. We focused on professional headshots but got a few fun shots too. It was fun to play around with flash and not being able to rely on natural lighting.

The Eager Twins

Last Thursday, in the middle of a snowstorm, two beautiful babies made their arrival into the world. Wynne and Kai were born naturally in the evening at 32 weeks. Brynn had been going through some preterm labor in the two weeks prior, so much so that she was admitted to the hospital exactly two weeks before they were born due to steady and strong contractions. Little Wynne was just so excited to meet everyone that she moved things along a bit quicker than everyone had hoped. I’m pretty sure Kai is not on speaking terms with his sister, who so rudely interrupted his nice cozy space.

Due to hospital protocol Brynn needed to deliver in an OR regardless if they were born naturally or not. She was a bit bummed, but knew this was best for the babies and herself if it turned into an emergency situation. By the time I arrived Brynn was so close to delivering. She was in great spirits and so anxious to meet her babies. It was amazing to see her confidence and how naturally she fit into her motherly role.

Wynne was born first, breathing room air and generally kicking butt! Kai was a bit reluctant, and was on a CPAP for a bit, but quickly transitioned to room air as well. The babies are currently in the NICU purely based on how early they were. Both are doing fantastic and will be trying breastfeeding soon! Once they get that down pat and their weights up, they’ll be headed home. I am so excited to finally meet these little squishy babes, they are so perfect in every way.

A Peaceful Princess

During the epic snowstorm we enjoyed yesterday I was fortunate to witness a little miracle enter this world. Logan was born at home, very quickly I might add. This experience was truly eye opening. It was everything I had wanted for a home birth and the photos came out gorgeous. The amount of strength and courage Katie had was truly amazing. Little Logan already is surrounded by so much love, and I am so lucky to be a part of this process. Katie is a doula herself and has been so helpful in answering all my questions and allowing me to be a part of her birth experience in such an honest way. I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I do, and help me welcome little Logan to the world.

Beukema Babies!

Such a joy to see Brynn and Matt at their shower today! They are expecting twins in January and are the 3rd and final birth for my project. Their road has not been short or easy but these babies are already so loved. Brynn has been such an outspoken voice for those struggling with infertility and I am so honored that I can help share their important story.