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Kalamazoo MI Commercial Photographer | The Garden Griddle

Adding commercial photography to my repetoire was a no-brainer for me when two Kalamazoo businesses inquired in the past year - especially when Sarah, owner of The Garden Griddle, contacted me. I had already worked with Sarah when I photographed her family on a local beach, as well as doing some interior photography of The Olde Mill where one of her restaurants is located, and knew how easy she was to work with. Not to mention the fact that she completely trusts my eye and artistic vision (and that is huge in a photographer's eyes!) I really love that The Garden Griddle is farm-to-table. They worked so hard prepping and planting on this specific day, and soon I'll be headed back to the farm to capture them harvesting. I'm so excited to see the results!

Fresh air, rich soil, sunshine, and some of the hardest workers I've ever met...Enjoy.   :)

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Mattawan MI Family Photographer | Chandler

When Sarah asked if I'd be willing to travel to their wooded home for their family session, I couldn't say yes fast enough. There's just something so special about doing a family session on your own piece of land. It holds memories and it's unique, and I love that. This family isn't just adorable - they're quite amazing. Mike works full time, plus runs his own very successful lawn business, and Sarah is the kind of mom every mom wants to be...she's patient, smart, and down to earth. Their two kiddos are as cute as they come, and you can easily see how much they adore their mom and dad.

I am so very thankful that you invited me to your home, Chandler family, and I hope you have the most wonderful summer on that gorgeous property of yours!

Enjoy.

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Scotts MI Maternity Photography | Moore Family

I've been lucky enough to meet some of the sweetest families since I started my business, and the Moore family is no exception. Ashley saw a session I did for a cousin of hers and hired me for a family shoot last fall. Then she booked this maternity session, which was incredibly fun to say the least, and at some point this month I'll be meeting up with them to photograph them with their new baby boy (*squeal!*). I just love this family. It always feels great to have a client re-book, but in addition, it gives me a chance to get to know the family on a more personal level. We're able to build a relationship. I get to know the kids, and the kids begin to trust me and know that I'm not just a big, scary camera in their face. :) I've also found with repeat clients that every session is better than the last, without fail. With relationships comes trust, and with trust comes a bit more artistic freedom. With that freedom, I'm able to give my clients an amazing experience. And really, that's what every session should be - a wonderful, effortless experience for the family. It should be more about enjoying yourself, and less about perfectionism, smiling at the camera, or worrying that you're not in the right pose.

The Moore family simply has it down. They take my direction and run with it, and I just follow their lead.

Thanks so much Bob, Ashley & Austin for being so easy going and fun to work with. I always look forward to seeing you, and I'm especially excited to meet baby boy #2!

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Kalamazoo MI Family Photographer | Rypma

I met Sarah just over a year ago when a mutual friend of ours introduced us to eachother and several other photographers. Our little group of 5 now gets together every month or so to chat over coffee about life, kids, Jesus, photography, and just about anything else, along with keeping in touch almost daily on Facebook. We support eachother 110%, and see our differences as strengths. It's been one of the biggest blessings in my life - meeting these incredibly loving, supportive women, who are amazing at what they do and on top of it, they share the wealth of knowledge they've gained over the years. I just love them. (By the way - if you don't already follow Sarah Rypma Photography on Facebook, you should! Her page can be found here.) Sarah's one request for her session was some shots of her with her children since she's usually behind the lens. As photographers, we know how important these images are, so I was on a mission to not only give her those shots, but to deliver a well-rounded gallery full of images that tell a piece of their family story. It's not that we need to document what we looked like or the clothes we wore -- it's much more than that. The way your little boy's hand fits perfectly in his dads. Or how your little girl is just small enough to still be carried on your hip. The wind blowing through your hair as you hug your oldest tightly after a heart-to-heart talk about a rough day... or sitting on a sunlit hill next to the love of your life while your beautiful children run around you laughing and playing. These are the moments that our children will love looking back on as they reminisce about their childhood.

Something I've been thinking about lately is the investment that each of my clients is making when they book a family session with me. Photography is an investment in your family's memories. It makes your home feel like home. Your children, my children.... they'll thank us someday for taking the time out of our busy schedules and investing in photography. (In fact, I just booked my family session for this summer & already have a spot on the wall for a 30x40 canvas I plan to purchase!)

I am so grateful for the opportunity to photograph your lovely family, Sarah! I've learned so much from you over the past year, and I'm so happy to call you my friend. I cannot wait to see what the next year brings for us.

Enjoy.

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Thinking of booking your own family session? Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns by clicking the CONTACT tab at the top of the site, or clicking here.

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Kalamazoo MI Family Photographer | Parsons

I have something to admit... I'm a bit addicted to light.

And by 'a bit', I mean when I see this kind of light, no matter where I am or what I'm doing, it takes everything in me not to drop everything, run for my camera, grab a poor soul to photograph, and start shooting.

So when the Parsons family said "7:30 AM is fine! See you then!" I was ecstatic for a sunrise session. We had to move the session once due to inclement weather, and we ended up with the most perfect of perfect mornings. It was a bit chilly, and you can probably tell from one year old Weston's face that he was feeling the chill, but as soon as we got out in the sunshine on that boardwalk, he was all smiles!

This beautiful family found me through a mutual friend and I'm so happy they booked with me! They are such lovely people, inside and out. They love hiking, Nascar, and anything having to do with the outdoors. This location was perfect for them. We hiked, explored and laughed.

Another amazing ERP family session. :)

By the way...I have just a few openings left for 2015 if you're thinking of booking. Feel free to contact me if you'd like more details.

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Scotts MI Family Photography | DeGroff

Spring has finally arrived in all it's glory, and this family session was a fantastic way to ring in the warm weather shooting season. When I told the DeGroff family we were going to trek out into the middle of a giant field at 7:30 in the morning, they probably wondered what they were getting into. (Coffee, anyone?) In the end, though, the field images came out beautifully with that early morning sun coming up over the horizon. Every session is an adventure, and I wouldn't have it any other way. Some days when I'm driving to a session I imagine myself back in my cubicle at my previous job, and I feel so, so blessed to have a career where I spend atleast some of my time outside in God's creation.

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