A Family Through The Years // 2016 – 2019

I’ve had the distinct honor of taking photos for the Van Drunen family at their house every spring starting in 2016. Completely undirected – Rachel, Lucas, Asher, Iris and Juniper have let me into their home and try my best to document life as it’s happening. In 2016 there were only two kiddos – and Iris was a fresh baby. Now – 2019 – they’ve added Juniper to the mix. In going through these photos it’s so cool to see what has stayed the same. Asher still loves trains and toys and loves to show them to the camera. Iris still sticks her tongue out and makes faces. The kids all still share the same room. But some things have totally changed. In the first year – Asher is being carried up the stairs. In the last year – he’s the fastest going down the stairs. Almost every year they need help putting their shoes on before going outside – but a little less this time. They all still fit on Lucas’ bike – but it’s changed who rides in front and who rides in back. For me – these are the kind of photos that make me want to continue doing this. These are the kind of photos that I hope 20 years down the road they will look at and get a tiny glimpse into what life looked like. Some families might stress over finding the perfect location to do photos, what outfits match best and making sure you get that golden sunset light. But for me – documenting life where it happens is what creates the most magic. I’m so thankful for this family for letting me do my thing – and I hope we can continue to do it in the years moving forward. It’s only been four years – but so so so much has changed. And my favorite quote of all comes from Asher this time around, who as he was running down the stairs said to me, “Wow! You sure are taking photos of literally everything!” To which I say – yes yes yes 1000x yes. I will forever be taking pictures of everything. 2016 – 2019

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The Children’s Home Project in Honduras // April 2019

If there is one gift that carrying a camera has given to me – it’s the introduction to the community of The Children’s Home Project in Honduras. No matter how hard I try – my time spent there has broke ...

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Downtown Grand Rapids Engagement Session

Lauren and Lucas are the kind of people who when they get in front of a camera, their nervousness translates to the cutest most authentic reactions with each other. They were constantly holding hands, bumping into each other and wrapping ...

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Silver Lake Sand Dunes Engagement Session

Laura and Austin picked me up in Austin’s amazing giant red truck and I squeezed between their two daughters (greyhounds) named Sasha and Rita. We had the most incredible night at Silver Lake Sand Dunes. It was the kind of ...

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Orchard Lake Country Club Wedding

Paige and Taylor treated me with the kind of love and kindness that you treat someone you’ve known your whole life. Their wedding day was a celebration of love and selflessness and I’ve never seen two people truly move together ...

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2018 in Photographs

I don’t even know if the world looks at these blog posts anymore – but I know that I do. Every year I take a week to sit at my computer, go through every shoot I did in the year, ...

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Camp Blodgett Weekend Wedding on Lake Michigan // Mary & Chris

Chris and Mary are the perfect example of what can happen when you decide to make a wedding your own. Who says you can’t spend all weekend sleeping in cabins with your closest friends and family? Who says that instead ...

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The Masonic Wedding // Detroit, MI

Valerie and Kile’s day was an overflow of emotions and unique style. I feel so lucky to have been a part of this day – and highly recommend that you watch the wedding film that Clark Motion Picture Co made. ...

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Luna GR // Grand Rapids, MI Wedding

Laura and Tyler’s wedding at Luna in Grand Rapids was the perfect example of how a wedding can be simple but yet still one thousand percent meaningful. Their day was shorter than most, focusing on the parts that mattered to ...

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New Mexico Museum of Art Wedding // Santa Fe, New Mexico

Casey and Chris asked me to join them in Santa Fe (one of their favorite cities) for one of the most special weddings I’ve ever documented. Immediately following their ceremony, the couple, along with everyone in attendance paraded through the ...

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