I am so excited to share these next images with you! I had the wonderful opportunity to take senior pictures for Stacey last month and it was a blast from my past. I met Stacey when I was 17 years old. Ah that is so crazy to think! When her mom contacted me to take her senior pictures, I about fell over. How is she old enough to be a senior in high school already? And how old does that make me?! Ha! I got to take her older sister’s senior pictures three years ago and I remember saying, I’ll see you in a couple years when it’s your turn. And that time is now.

Stacey, you are a beautiful, kind, fun and an amazing young woman. I absolutely loved catching up with you and your family while taking your senior pictures. I pray this last year of high school is filled with incredible memories, incredible people and is the stepping stone to a world of possibilities and lifelong friendships in college. I also pray for the decision making process of where you will attain college, but know you will be awesome wherever you choose. Dream big, but stay grounded. Trust yourself and your instincts. Love others. And have so so much fun!! Here’s to a fabulous senior year Stacey. Love and hugs girl!

Also, I couldn’t just pick a few of my favorites…. I chose 25 🙂

This is one of my favorite families and one of my favorite places. And the beach is where it all began, March 2016, where I took Amy and Mark’s maternity pictures. Since then, I’ve had the privilege of capturing this wonderful family for a newborn, fall, a one year birthday celebration and this summer session. Man, I’m spoiled. So much has changed in that short amount of time and I have loved watching little Andrew grow up.

We had a pretty beautiful summer night last week when I took these pictures. It makes me sad to see cooler weather in the forecast because it means goodbye to another Michigan summer and beach days. The summer always goes so fast! But I’ll cherish the times I got to feel the warm sand between my toes and when I got to watch this family play in the waves of Lake Michigan. I always have so much fun with you guys and I am so appreciative of how easy going and warm you are. Thank you for letting me celebrate some pretty great memories with your family over the years. I hope for many, many more!

This next post is such a fun one! I met Melanie and Michael a couple years ago when they asked me to be their wedding photographer. I took their engagement pictures that summer at Melanie’s parents cottage on this beautiful lake. I ended up getting pregnant and my due date was the month of their wedding. I was so incredibly sad I wouldn’t be able to be their wedding photographer because I loved their engagement session and getting to know them better.

Well, I was thrilled when Melanie contacted me earlier this summer and asked if I would be willing to go back to that same cottage and take some family pictures for them. And I would be meeting their son for the first time too! It was like deja vu when I drove up to the cottage as I remembered their engagement session so clearly. Except this time, I got to photograph this adorable little guy, which made everything even more wonderful. It was such an honor to be asked back and I had such a great morning with the Krook family. Thank you, all of you, for allowing me to come take these family pictures for you! I hope I get to do it again someday!

A little over a week ago, I walked around downtown Grand Rapids with Nick and his mother to take his senior pictures. It was a perfect summer night and I loved all the different backgrounds the city had to offer. Senior pictures are so different from my typical family pictures and a welcome change. I’m usually “entertaining” little ones and trying to get them to all look at the camera, and it’s a rare and wonderful thing when they look at me and smile. So taking senior pictures, where I can give direction and it’s actually followed, is awesome! And Nick couldn’t have been more perfect – easy going, fully prepared with outfit changes, up for trying anything and has a great smile.

Nick, I really enjoyed getting to know you and your mom better. I wish you the very best of luck in this next year as well as making the decision of where you are going to attend college. You have so many people who love and support you, and I know you will find the right school to fit what you are looking for. My advice (from someone who graduated from college almost 10 years ago, so take it with a grain of salt) – Dream Big. Work Hard. Learn from the people God places in your path. And Trust Him. You will be great, I just know it!

Summer means senior pictures for photographers and I am delighted that I just finished my third senior session in two weeks. Senior sessions are a great change of pace from my normal family sessions and I love them! It also makes me think back to my senior year of high school and it truly was one of my favorite years of my life.

I had the great honor of walking around Grand Rapids with Matthew and his mother a couple weeks ago. Matthew’s family and I attend the same church and when I got asked to take his pictures, I was excited and nervous. Nervous because his mother is a very talented photographer. However, his mother is one of the sweetest, most wonderful people I know so my nerves were quickly put to rest.

I thoroughly enjoyed my time spent getting to know you better Matthew. Thank you for being so cooperative and easy going. Being the son of a photographer, you’re a natural and a pro! I wish you the best of luck and blessings in this last year of your high school career and know you will succeed at anything you put your mind to.