Natural Light Studio | Children & Families

baby toes photography pink dress white stoolMy kids (and nephew) are my dear little guinea pigs when it comes to trying new methods and putting concepts into trial-and-error mode. Sometimes these kids show signs of PKS (Photographer’s Kid Syndrome), like that little one in the pink dress, who had to fight back tears before we got her laughing. Most of the time, they are gems and put up with a lot of my directing and even become my valuable helpers when dealing with little clients!

Sharing some of my favorites from last year’s summer work in my makeshift Natural Light Studio.Studio photography children and families kalkaska

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Senior | Sidney | Summer Session

The incredible Sidney drove all the way up from SE Michigan on her 17th birthday to have her senior portraits done on a perfect summer evening! We planned and waited and waited some more until the conditions were just right for this kind of perfect evening light in this field and the perfect smoothness on the lake for reflections. It was incredible and I can’t tell you how much fun we had putting together these elements of style and place to create something memorable for Sidney.

And the best part? She came back in October for fall portraits, too! Those will be shared in another blog post coming up soon!IMG_3236 edit full

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Matt & Josie Minikus | Album Cover Art | Summer Session

I’m so excited to finally share some of these images! About 18 months ago Matt and Josie came to me for a photo shoot to gather some images for the cover art on their upcoming album. It was such an honor to be able to work with them on this project, and now I’m happy to share my favorites from their session and announce their album is available and ready to ship in time for Christmas gifts. I was so proud of this session but I couldn’t share it! It was so hard to be patient for me!

Please take a moment and go check out their new album here at their website!


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The digital download is also available here!

Or take a quick look at their facebook page and give them a “like”!

I can’t tell you what a thrill it is for me to see my work on their website, business cards, and now 2 albums! Their music and ministry has blessed me greatly, and I hope you are blessed as well.

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B. Family | Summer Evening Mini Session

This gorgeous Mama has been a friend of mine for more than a decade, and I’ve had the honor of photographing her many times over the years. We got together on one lovely summer evening for a quick mini session with her sweet family and I love how these turned out! I especially love it when I can coax mom and dad to take a few minutes to capture the connection they share as a couple!
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Fun Photo Shoot on Family Farm in Michigan

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I never could decide if I liked this one better in color or black & white!
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Nicholas and Riley : NICU Twins!

Photographing preemie twins while still in the NICU was one challenging project! But one that was incredibly rewarding and so very sweet! We had to work within the structure and rules of the NICU, without any natural light or any sort of flash, and I was not allowed to hold them (bummer!), but we were not to be out done by our circumstances.

I was really glad to be able to help share the little details of these precious new babies with those who were not able to see them yet in person, like their tiny little toes and the sight of them laying together, mommy holding them, and big sister helping out with the littlest of her 6 siblings!

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S. Family | Fall Portraits

It’s an honor for me to be able to photograph another photographer whose work I respect so much. Sarah of Beginnings Lifestyle Photography is not only a beautiful person on the outside, she has a sweet, generous spirit that has been a joy to get to know.

Our families have grown to be great friends, and we will miss them dearly as they begin a new adventure in Oregon next month. May God go with you and hopefully bring you back to Michigan before too long!

We managed to grab these family and couple shots right at peak color here in northern Michigan! And overnight the weather began to change, the light in the trees was lost, and snow soon took over the landscape. I’m so glad we were able to take this time and make this happen!

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