This was a year for me to find my voice. If you know me, that might sound funny because I’m quite a chatty person. Nonetheless, it’s taken work and time and patience to get to know myself and learn how to say what I really mean and not say what I don’t really mean. And how to take the photos I want to take and not the ones I don’t want to take (or can’t take!). Thank you so much to my community for supporting me and listening to me and giving me space to learn and grow. And thank you thank you THANK YOU to all my amazing clients. I literally would not be able to do this without you; you are what makes my job a dream come true.
This year I loved:
- geometric landscapes
- warm + soft colors
- a photo for the sake of the memory + a story, not just the aesthetic
- out of focus black + whites
- dancing brides
- crying grooms
- a shot that looks like a still from an old french film
- romance, romance, and more romance
This year I took photos in:
- Dominican Republic
- Whistler, BC
- Seattle, WA
- St. Paul, MN
- Northport, MI
- Leland, MI
- Grand Haven, MI
- Grand Rapids, MI
- Fennville, MI
- Coloma, MI
- Sweet home Holland, MI
Cheers to send 2017 out and cheers to welcome 2018 in!
To be honest, I’ve written about 6 different first sentences to this post. This year was… everything at the same time. You know how you come inside from the freezing cold and can feel your fingers thaw? They tingle, throb and feel hot and cold at the same time. Your knuckles ache a little, and you know they wouldn’t ache if you hadn’t scooped some snow in your bare hands to toss to the dog. But you did, and they do, and that’s that. For me, 2016 was my life freezing up and thawing out again. Many photos from my year have hours of a story behind them. The last photo I took of my Paka before he passed away, Easter Sunday the week I came home after a major surgery, my younger brother’s wedding, our nephew driving the boat, the pregnancies and newborns… the whole of life in those photos. I love to share these photos with you, but I mostly need to share them with myself. These photos show me that there was life in that year. 2016 had light and growth and giggles and kisses and water and green and birth and good.
This year I loved:
- a little bit of dark mixed in with all the light
- the imperfect, out of focus, blurry black + whites
- that moment right before a kiss happens
- children telling each other secrets
This year I took photos in:
- Lancaster, PA
- Seattle, WA
- Chicago, IL
- Ely, MN
- Minneapolis + St. Paul, MN
- Milwaukee, WI
- Whitehall, MI
- Detroit, MI
- St. Ignace, MI
- Grand Rapids, MI
And of course many, many, manymanymany photos were taken on the ever-lovely Lake Michigan in my sweet home of Holland.
I’ll stop writing soon, but must thank Susie Herwig and Kaitlin Grace Photography for second shooting for me; they are kind and talented photographers!
My last and highest tribute is to my husband. Eric believes in me like he believes in the ground beneath his feet. Don’t ask me how, but he does. This year he fought for me. Not only did he fight for our life together and my health, but he fought for my creativity and my joy. This is for you, Eric.
This summer has been such a whirlwind! We’re in the middle of new jobs, anticipating grad-school for Eric, moving into our apartment, weddings, birthdays, vacation… all the most wonderful things a summer can offer! It’s quite a beautiful crazy stage.
My evening with Shanley was an adventurous one! We hopped in my Honda Accord and drove in circles through the countryside at golden hour- and I have to say, we hit the jackpot! It was the perfect way to do this girl’s photos. I’ve watched her grow up like a little sister to me, and love how adventurous and expressive her beautiful spirit is. Shanley’s one of a kind and I can’s wait to see her go make her mark on the world.
I recently spoke with a very experienced and successful local photographer who told me that every person is a work of art, and that photographing people is an endeavor to capture their artistic psychology. If you know me well, you have probably heard me geek out about psychology and how I love the arts of psychology and photography together. They are both my vehicle to the study of people, the effort to see both those things we all have in common as well as the infinite uniqueness of humans. And both continue to astound me in the beauty I find.
I love senior portraits because I get to spend time one on one with someone who is in a really fun time of life. Kari was so easy to work with, and I loved getting to know her in our time together. I look forward to working with her and her family more in the future!
I’ve been saving this wonderful bunch of photos for a rainy day. Today’s not rainy in the least- it’s wonderfully sunny! It’s also absolutely freezing though, so I thought I’d momentarily transport us to the warm balmy version of my favorite Holland beach. I’m also currently quite cozy at my local coffee shop with my mug and gluten-free zucchini bread and not nearly ready for the frigid walk home.
There was a day this summer that Eric and I decided to hit the beach despite the fog and clouds. No sooner had we arrived than I texted Sophie and told her I was going to need to take some photos of her! Holland is notoriously humid most days of the summer, but this day was something else. Sophie and Abby have been friends all through high school, and they were so much fun to capture in the beautifully dramatic fog. Friendship is such an important part of life that we rarely celebrate. It’s an opportunity to care for another person just because we choose to- not out of obligation or some condition. I love seeing these two sweet friends grow together and I know they’ll remain close through the coming changes that graduation and post- high school life will bring.
Well, people, it snowed last week. Also, it’s Novemeber. I think it’s safe to say that it’s finally socially acceptable to listen to Christmas music!! (I’m ok with not being socially acceptable- which is why I started listening to it 3 weeks ago…) And for those of you who think it’s not time yet: JUST DO IT! Christmas music is scientifically proven to increase joy, fulfillment, and life expectancy for 100% of listeners. Probably. So now that we’re all in agreement there, let’s move on.
I had a great time taking Anders’ photos over the summer! He was such a good sport and we had a lot of fun running around the south side of Holland. I love it when my clients come with some ideas and creativity of their own- it’s such a gift to me that their personalities can come out in their photos. Anders was definitely one of those people, and he was so easy to work with.
Ok, world. I guess it’s high time I share these with you! I’ve been hoarding them for a while now, mostly because I’ve had no idea how I would choose which ones to post when I want to post them all! Alas, here they are.
Sophie is someone who you can relax around. She’s that person who brings a feeling of calm and that everything is ok into every room she’s in. She’s always been that way. When we were little, it looked like little-toddler-Sophie bringing me all my stuffed animals, one by one, when I was crying on my bed about who knows what. Now, it looks like all-grown-up-Sophie always taking the time to listen, always having a hand to hold. I’ve watched my little sister grow up this way. If you know me and my spit-fire, impulsive, clumsy personality, it should be no wonder that her patience and calming spirit baffle me. Sophie has watched her 5 older siblings grow up and move away to college over the past 10 years, and now it’s her turn! I know that this young woman is going to continue to bring peace and right-ness into all the future rooms she is going to walk into.
Alright, now that I’m crying I guess I’ll show you some pictures. Love you to pieces, Soph!