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The Snyder's // Family Session // Grand Rapids Family Photographer

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The Snyder’s // Fall 2013
I’m pretty sure family sessions don’t get better than this.
Aleigha, Stephanie + Jesse’s sweet daughter, has been in front of my camera before, and every time she is just a joy to hang out with.  Afterward, I had to go back and look at this session from 5 years ago to see just how much this little one has grown up!
Fun fact // Aleigha’s dad Jesse is my childhood friend Shannon’s little brother. When I used to hang out with Shannon, Jesse would pester us as only little brothers can.  Times have clearly changed and it’s so great to see him as such a loving dad and husband!
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The Geerlings // Family Session // Grand Rapids Family Photographer

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The Geerlings // October 2013

If you’ve ever had family pictures taken, you know that it doesn’t all just magically happen. That the outfits don’t come together as perfectly as the Pinterest boards you’ve been pinning. That today is the one day they don’t get their afternoon naps. There is rushing, hair brushing, missing socks, hungry kids and sometimes colds.  The weather isn’t exactly as you imagined your field-frolicking session going.  Basically it comes down to you wishing that you hadn’t scheduled a session at all.

I totally get it.

But sessions like this one…with the Geerlings…this sweet family…oh how I love how it came together! The session had been on the calendar for months. And the day arrives and it’s cold. The boys both have a cold. Should we reschedule? Just go for it?

We went for it. These sweet boys put on a brave face. Giggled while watching ponies and horses.  Cuddled with their mom and dad.  Was it perfect with the weather and feeling under the weather? I would argue yes…I love the emotions, and the love this family shares. I love the realness of families and being together.  I have thought and shared this many times, but I would have loved to have images like these with my whole family of us growing up. Let’s celebrate us not all having it together.  Who’s with me?

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Little Black Dress Bridal Shower >> with Hey Gorgeous Events!

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Can I just tell you all how much I’ve been looking forward to showing off these lovely images!?
Earlier this spring, the adorable and super talented Rhi from Hey Gorgeous Events collaborated with myself and Daisy of Pixel+Hank on a ‘Little Black Dress’-inspired bridal shower.  The result? Bright poppy colors, lovely models and a dream shoot. I was in happy photographer heaven!
If you haven’t had the pleasure of hopping over to Rhi’s blog, she gives a detailed account of our shoot with much much better writing.  So I am going to let you enjoy the pretty pictures and read more about it over on here.
Thank you also to the lovely wedding blog Green Wedding Shoes for featuring this earlier this week.  Enjoy all!
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Photography: Amy Carroll Photography / Venue: The Grand Rapids Art Museum / Floral design and styling: Hey Gorgeous Events / Videographer: Future Focus Media / Hair styling: Jennifer Grace of Tonic Salon / Make-up: Magen Dye of I Dun Salon / Dresses and jewelry: Spring Sweet, Holland, Michigan / Hair accessories: Pixel and Hank / Cake: A Piece o’ Cake / Rentals: Events by I Candy / Paper goods: Lemon and Lavender / Linens + napkins: La Tavola Linen / Models: (real life babes!) Jennifer Doornbos, Spring Sweet, Emily Newhof, Lydia Newhof, Karri Whitney and Kalee Verstrate

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Little Black Dress Bridal Shower >> with Hey Gorgeous Events!

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Can I just tell you all how much I’ve been looking forward to showing off these lovely images!?
Earlier this spring, the adorable and super talented Rhi from Hey Gorgeous Events collaborated with myself and Daisy of Pixel+Hank on a ‘Little Black Dress’-inspired bridal shower.  The result? Bright poppy colors, lovely models and a dream shoot. I was in happy photographer heaven!
If you haven’t had the pleasure of hopping over to Rhi’s blog, she gives a detailed account of our shoot with much much better writing.  So I am going to let you enjoy the pretty pictures and read more about it over on here.
Thank you also to the lovely wedding blog Green Wedding Shoes for featuring this earlier this week.  Enjoy all!
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Photography: Amy Carroll Photography / Venue: The Grand Rapids Art Museum / Floral design and styling: Hey Gorgeous Events / Videographer: Future Focus Media / Hair styling: Jennifer Grace of Tonic Salon / Make-up: Magen Dye of I Dun Salon / Dresses and jewelry: Spring Sweet, Holland, Michigan / Hair accessories: Pixel and Hank / Cake: A Piece o’ Cake / Rentals: Events by I Candy / Paper goods: Lemon and Lavender / Linens + napkins: La Tavola Linen / Models: (real life babes!) Jennifer Doornbos, Spring Sweet, Emily Newhof, Lydia Newhof, Karri Whitney and Kalee Verstrate