Family Reunion

So tonight’s first GET REAL mini-session got about as real as it could get. In a fantastic turn of events, my neighbors grandma had JUST arrived from Mexico, and they were having a family reunion! There was family from Chicago, and a backyard just full of life, love and sensational grilling. Considering the cause for…

The Race.

The race. For some, it comes naturally. For others, it’s an activity of anxious butterflies and labored efforts. On this day, I watched my five-year old slump down just a little lower, and frown just a little sadder, every time an award was announced and he was not the recipient. This high level academic achiever…

$50 GET REAL mini-sessions

Often I find myself in places and times and I say to myself, “Self, this would be SUCH a perfect time for a photo session.” Some incredible sunrise, or a fog that has rolled in over Lake Michigan; there are these displays of God’s awesome creation that just set your heart on fire with His majesty…

Sara + Josh

“Let’s go to a greenhouse”, she said. Well played, Sara. Well played. 4 weeks and counting!  ❤

A Friday Night

Sometimes the week is long, and hard, and sleep depriving. Sometimes the little ones get scrapes, and boo boos, and illness. Sometimes Mom’s pretend that everything is ok, just so their child can feel safe, and loved. This Friday night, we celebrated family…and Mother’s. A mother that keeps it together, and gives every last ounce she…

Spring + Summer Package

So, I don’t normally do a “package” for my portrait sessions, BUT…lately I’ve been loving these great softcover albums from Artifact Uprising. They fit my style well, and are a GREAT way to get your pictures where they can be enjoyed, rather than stuck on a computer somewhere. I’ll design them, so no work for you. Just…

Critter Barn

Twenty-five years ago, a family started a fantastic journey. They started, Critter Barn. Today it is a rural gem, especially for many youngsters who never knew the difference between hay and straw, and who might not otherwise get a chance to hold a duckling, watch a nursing lamb with his mother, or tug their coats out of…

Post Family Farm

My oldest went to school when he was three. I never thought I would be able to let go that early, but we decided that he seemed ready, and we were really confident in his incredible Pre-k teacher. With that release of precious time, I still maintained constant connection through volunteering. Yes, that’s right, if there’s…

Spring Babies

I heart Spring! It’s my favorite season, hands down. I can always know as it nears our wedding anniversary, April 22nd, that those almost neon green buds will begin to literally pop from their branches, and the air will be sweet, dewy, intoxicating. Things are brand new. Alive! Babies. Unmarked by life, fragile, fresh, and breathtaking….

All in the Family

There’s a woman on my street that I have come to know. She’s dear, and real, and dedicated. Her situation is complicated, and blended, and she does what she thinks is best so that her family unit can be supported, and celebrated. Blended families might be a tough thing, there might be times when they…

A Birthday Lunch

On this crisp fall day, I spent time Downtown Grand Rapids with a dear friend and her daughter as they celebrated Christian’s 9th birthday. Love it when friends visit GR!