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2015 | Year in Review | Kalamazoo MI Photographer


2015 | Year in Review | Kalamazoo MI Photographer

2015 year in review

9 commercial shoots, 29 family sessions, 11 newborn sessions, 9 maternity sessions, 1 engagement session, 1 personal project, + 1 wedding (as second photographer)
that's a grand total of 61 amazing moments in time.

twenty fifteen. 

the year full of growth and change. the year I realized I no longer wanted to put clients into picture perfect poses - instead I went after real, authentic, genuine moments. 

I redesigned my website (quite the undertaking), upgraded to a MacBook Pro, purchased a new lens, and took the leap of faith and signed up for an intensive workshop with the one and only Joy Prouty of Wildflowers Photography. (I'm still in shock that I'll be meeting her.)

What a year.

Thank you to each of you who trusted me as your photographer - it's such an honor to be asked.

Wishing you many blessings in 2016!



Spring is coming!

Spring is coming. Spring is coming. SPRING IS COMING. I've been telling myself this over and over for the past few weeks. The bitter Michigan cold mixed with too many dreary days can make even the most optimistic person have a rough day month. So, when I received an email a few days ago from Shoot & Share saying that I was a finalist in the global 2015 Shoot & Share Photo Contest, it suddenly felt like Spring had arrived. (Okay, it may have helped that the sun was shining, and the forecast is showing 50s for the next week!) But honest to goodness, it was such a pleasant surprise & completely lifted my mood.

At this point, I'm still not certain if I placed, nor do I know when they'll be showing the results. However, I do know the contest started with 110,928 photos and that my photo made it into the top 10% for the Children's category. So, now it's just a waiting game while they tally the results.

Here's the photo in case you're wondering .... :)

FB (1 of 1)-5 Shoot & Share also asked me to submit the story behind the photo for use on their site, and here's what I told them:

This image was taken about a year and a half ago, when I was still learning my camera inside and out. My son fell asleep on the couch, and his peaceful state demanded I snap a few photos. Within a few minutes I had exactly what I wanted. I captured his sweet features -- those lashes, lips and button nose.  The image also represents that precise moment in time to me... when we had nothing but time. No other siblings yet, my photography business had just begun, and all of my time was devoted to being his mama. This photo allows me to look back... reminisce.

Whether this photo goes beyond being a 'finalist' or not, I'm grateful my work was seen & admired by someone. And more than anything, I'm thankful that Spring is around the corner.


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Lane | Kalamazoo Michigan Family and Children Photography

The Lanes. One of my very favorite families. Fun-loving, easy going, and up for anything. I've been photographing this family for a couple of years now and I always joke that they're one of my VIP Families because I've gotten to know them so well through their regular sessions. Getting to know my clients on a friend-level is one of my favorite things about this amazing little thing I call a "job". Not only do I love making new friends, but it really makes the photos come naturally since everyone is more comfortable.

For this session, we chose the Vicksburg Train Station since Mason is 3 1/2 and all boy. He loved the old tractors, trains, and ample space to run. And really, location, along with keeping session lengths within reason are the key to a successful family shoot. About a half hour into the shoot, I knew I had exactly the shots I was looking for, but I kept my camera out and ready because I knew I'd miss something great if I didn't. And sure enough, all of the shots of Brendan holding Madi were taken right before we left.


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Full Circle Moments | Elyse Rowland Photography

A little less than a year ago, I gave up a wonderful job as Project Coordinator at a local credit union to stay home with our little boy Remington and pursue my photography career further. I had no idea where it would lead our family, but I prayed about the decision for months (and honestly, ran the budget about five trillion times) before I gave my notice. It was difficult to say the least - I loved my co-workers, and honestly, it was the best company (besides my own) that I've ever had the pleasure of working for. Fast forward to a month or so ago, and I received an email from a friend in the Marketing department at the credit union I left - asking if I would be interested in shooting headshots for about 10 employees. I was thrilled when a couple days later I received word that I was officially hired for the job, and began planning the details for the shoot.

I believe God gives us these "full circle moments" because, atleast for me, it's sometimes hard to know if you're on the right path. I pray and listen. Pray and wait. And I get wishy washy, wondering if I'm doing a good enough job of balancing this motherhood thing with the photographer thing. But doors have continued to open, and even when things don't seem to be going the way I want them to, I can see that God is in control and I really have nothing to worry about. One of the Bible memory verses I've been working on with Remy is Proverbs 3:5, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding". This verse has become so real to me.

You see, even if I never booked one more session, God has given me this gift of capturing incredible life moments in photos, and that's something I will cherish forever. Through it all, He has been by my side, and it's as if he's whispering "Stop worrying, just trust me".

I really like this quote.... career plus passion quote

That's exactly how I feel - that God gave me a passion, and then gave me the desire to make it into a career.

I am so grateful to my hardworking husband, each of my family members, our friends, and my amazing clients for your support. For hiring me before I mastered Manual mode or even proper focus in my photos. For believing in me when I wasn't even sure I believed in myself. And for praying for me as I continue to follow this passion. I love you all.

With heartfelt thanks, Elyse

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