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Lynell + Dan + Ellie / Maternity and Family Session / Grand Rapids Family Photographer

084_MillerMaternityGallery  Just as this family is nearing their time as a family of three, I thought I would post this session from last month of my dear friends Lynell+Dan and their little Ellie. As tradition holds, I have photographed some pretty big moments for these sweet friends. Their engagement session, their wedding day. Their maternity session with Ellie, Ellie’s grand entrance into the world, and now as they await their baby girl Lilly…set to arrive…well, soon (and hopefully while I’m IN town and around to be there for Lilly’s birth too!), will round out some pretty big moments in the past 3.5 years.

Knowing many friends who have gone from one baby, to two, and then more…I know how hard it is…especially on those mamas, about giving their next baby the same and equal love the first one(s) have enjoyed. I know that Lynell has been holding tight to these precious last moments with Ellie before she becomes a big sister, and I tried hard to encapsulate their sweet bond they all have. I also have absolutely no doubts that Ellie will be an incredibly excited and doting big sister to her little Lilly!

It makes me incredibly joyful to have the privilege to document these moments. Not perfectly choreographed moments. But real ones. In a field of sheep. 078_MillerMaternityGallery   111_MillerMaternityGallery 109_MillerMaternityGallery 108_MillerMaternityGallery 105_MillerMaternityGallery 144_MillerMaternityGallery 143_MillerMaternityGallery 139_MillerMaternityGallery 157_MillerMaternityGallery 154_MillerMaternityGallery 167_MillerMaternityGallery 153_MillerMaternityGallery 150_MillerMaternityGallery 147_MillerMaternityGallery 168_MillerMaternityGallery

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A little cameo of the back of my own little Mayer Grey. My family was along for the shoot and these two babies are seriously the sweetest together.
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Ashley + Teddy / Maternity Session / Grand Rapids Maternity Photographer

014_AshleyTeddyMaternity Give me an evening with rolling fog, Lake Michigan and two of the sweetest people on the planet and I’ll give you one of my favorite maternity sessions to date.
Ashley+Teddy are welcoming a sweet baby girl soon and I couldn’t be happier for them. I love that I get to document so many of these big life moments..I first met these two as they were planning their wedding and now their family is growing. I’m such a sap but I just love this so much!   013_AshleyTeddyMaternity  018_AshleyTeddyMaternity 021_AshleyTeddyMaternity copy  022_AshleyTeddyMaternity   061_AshleyTeddyMaternity 063_AshleyTeddyMaternity 066_AshleyTeddyMaternity 068_AshleyTeddyMaternity 072_AshleyTeddyMaternity 078_AshleyTeddyMaternity  086_AshleyTeddyMaternity 087_AshleyTeddyMaternity 093_AshleyTeddyMaternity
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Nicole + Steve / Maternity Session

AC3_7988 copywe are well into the new year. 2016. and here is my first blog post to ring in the new year, nearly a month late, and featuring a maternity session i shot last summer. no time like the present, right?

nicole+steve are now parents to the sweetest baby girl. just before she arrived, we met at a foggy orchard to document a family about to change. enjoying a quiet few moments and beautiful talks about a new life about to arrive. it was a favorite from this past year.

get ready for a lot of new posts coming your way friends. and i hope the new year has been a lovely one for you all!
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Karissa + Nick / Maternity Session / Grand Rapids Maternity Photographer

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Maternity sessions are always a joy to photograph. Babies are fun to talk about and new, expectant parents have a beautiful, nervous excitement about them that you can almost feel.

Karissa and Nick are full of personality, spirit and the kindest souls. The moment I met Karissa I felt an instant kindred heart. We found out we share a birthday and a lot of other commonalities which made me want to go shopping and grab a latte with her afterwards.

Enjoy a session full of love and personality. These two will be welcoming their sweet baby later this month!

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 This last image is from a few weeks after their original maternity session. Karissa wanted a few images at their home, telling the story of the natural beauty of carrying a baby. Less clothes, more belly, but this image here just encompasses that raw emotion and beauty of this time and I wanted to share this last image that happens to be one of my favorites.AC3_2804 COPY

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Sam + Matt / A Vow Renewal / Michigan Wedding Photographer


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Oh my sweet, neglected blog. I know that this phrase is overused and stated often, but seriously…where has the summer gone?

I have so many pretty posts, weddings, shoots and images to share with you all from the past few months (and I promise new posts are on their way soon!). One I’m incredibly excited and proud to share with you all is none other than our dear friends Sam+Matt and their family. This was a day that both Jeff and I got to take part in and be keepers of a fun secret that Sam and Matt had planned for their family and friends.

Sam and Matt celebrated 15 years of marriage this year. To celebrate, they planned a vow renewal among their family and friends. A secret vow renewal as to surprise everyone! It would be at Lake Michigan. My husband Jeff was to be the officiant. I, the photographer. Sam had a beautiful dress handmade for the event and all of the details were coming together perfectly.

Before the vow renewal itself, we went out to take family pictures of the whole family together and dressed up. Afterward, we all celebrated in a beautiful dinner together. It was an evening filled with love and all the good things that make me happy to be their friends.

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AC3_9068 copyAC2_5157 copyOur sweet son Mayer in his blog debut! 
AC2_5188 copyOur whole friend gang together. And a rare shot with me in it! Thank you Taylor for taking this for us.
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