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Kalamazoo Michigan Family Photographer | The Combs Family

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Kalamazoo Michigan Family Photographer | The Combs Family

Photographing this family felt like a dream come true. I've already told Sara (the gorgeous mom pictured below) that I've been a fan of hers and looked up to her for as long as I can remember. The heart she puts into her photography and the way she serves her clients is something to be admired. Several years ago when I was just beginning on this journey, I remember looking at her website and praying someday that I'd be able to photograph families the way she does... in a beautifully authentic way. Fast forward to last year when I hired her as our family photographer, and we became fast friends... quickly learning we even attend the same church and have similar passions -- for God, for our kids, and for our art. I'm so thankful our paths crossed and that I can can call her a friend. Thank you Combs family for such an amazing night together!

Enjoy.

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Kalamazoo Michigan Family Photographer | The Schultz Family

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Kalamazoo Michigan Family Photographer | The Schultz Family

Every session begins the same way - an email, a questionnaire, some back and forth emails or phone calls and then this beautiful creative process that envelops me. I literally have to slow down for a while, close my eyes, and visualize the location we'll be shooting in. I envision the light, the amount of direction I'll provide, the flow of poses or the way I'll ask them to move to get natural interaction and exchange. I know now that if I just show up at a session without a plan, I walk away feeling defeated, like I missed out on who the family really is - and that's not fair to my clients, my friends. 

And this session was no different. Audrey is a fantastic Kalamazoo wedding photographer. Was that intimidating? Maybe just a little bit. I'd be lying if I said no. But I absolutely love shooting for other creatives. We have that common thread and know exactly how much heart goes into every session or project. (By the way, you can check out Audrey's beautiful work here.) 

Audrey's family has this warm, relaxed, go anywhere, do anything sort of vibe. They're country folks like us and I was immediately at ease with them. We spent the evening playing in the field and picking wildflowers, and all the while they were snuggling and laughing and bear hugging and soaking eachother up. Enough of me telling you... here's just a sampling of the 142 photos they'll be receiving in their gallery. Enjoy!

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