miles & veronica – lifestyle session in east lansing, mi

I have had the pleasure of photographing Miles and Veronica several times now and I love that I have been able to document them and their fabulous parents, Karin and Derek, as they grow and change as a family. For this session I got to chase after the family and photograph them doing some of the things they love to do together. And since it is still very wintery here in Michigan we of course that includes some fun in the snow followed by a batch of warm chocolate chip cookies. Karin is an amazing chef and baker and I know this family spends a lot of time in (their newly remodeled) kitchen so I am so glad I was able to photograph them in this beautiful space.

charlotte – newborn session in grand rapids, mi

I am so excited to post these photos of baby Charlotte! She is such a lovely and adorable baby and I couldn’t be happier for Drew and Kelly who are clearly very smitten with their little girl.  It was wonderful seeing and photographing these new parents who have slipped so easily into their new roles. And at one week old Charlotte has already become the consummate model and barely made a peep the entire session. Really, you can’t get much cuter than this family of five (because who can forget their fur babies Annie and Bentley who are also already ready to protect and love on this little girl).

xavier & savella – lifestyle session in east lansing, mi

I always love shooting at the Broad Art Museum and since Xavier and Savella’s mom, Shalynn, works there we had the pleasure of exploring the museum before it opened for the day. This is an incredible building and a fantastic location for this family session. Xavier and Savella are such funny and smart kids, not to mention super adorable. It was fun chasing them around the building and to document these siblings together (both the loving and not so loving moments) along with their great parents.

oliver – lifestyle session in haslett, mi

Meeting Oliver, who just turned one years old, was terrific and he reminded me so much of my two kiddos in so many ways. He is a sweet and energetic little boy and great at keeping his parents on their toes. I love that the secret to getting him to smile was playing with a box of granola bars. And it was nice meeting Oliver’s parents, Alissa and Bryce, and seeing the love they have for their very adorable little man. And while the cold weather kept us mostly indoors I am glad that everyone braved the cold temps so we could walk over to Lake Lansing and take a few photos there as well.

kelly & drew – maternity session in grand rapids, mi

Just looking at these photos makes me happy. Kelly is an amazing baker and I’ve had the pleasure of working with her in the wedding industry for many years and was privileged to photograph her wedding in 2012. Through the years we have become great friends and I am thrilled that she and Drew are going to welcome their first baby this December. Kelly is such a beautiful pregnant lady and you can tell in the images just how eager they are to meet this new little person. I am excited for this new chapter in Kelly’s life, which includes not just a new baby but also a new shop. Check out Kelly’s wonderful family at Le Bon Macaron where you can get amazing treats (and while you are at it, stop by A Piece ‘o Cake and say hello to Betsy the fabulous new owner). Can’t wait to post an update in a month with photos of their cute little on.

ari & norah – lifestyle session in east lansing, mi

It was a lot of fun photographing Ari and Norah a few weeks ago. I got to photograph Norah when she was just an infant so it was great to document this now family of four and to capture Norah as the big sister. We started out the session at Norah and Ari’s house where they spent some time playing and taking a required food break (with two kids I know that someone is always hungry). Then we headed over to the amazing Broad Art Museum on MSU’s campus. I absolutely love this building and it was the perfect setting since Norah calls it “her museum.” It was really cool to see these two kiddos run around the galleries and interact with this fantastic museum.

sam – lifestyle session in grand rapids, mi

November has taken an unexpected turn and it is blistery cold outside, so it seems like the perfect day to post my last fall colors family session. And I may be a little partial but I think this is one extremely handsome little man. My nephew Sam is one sweet one year old who also happened to be one very adorable little boy. It was fun getting to hang out with my sister and brother-in-law and document their life as a family of three. Sam is super active and way into trains so we started the session at their house and then headed to some beautiful fields to take advantage of the beautiful fall backdrop.

lilly – lifestyle session in st. john, mi

Tilly loved her time at EC3 in Lansing, MI so I was excited when Lilly and her parents (a current EC3 family) purchased a session with me at the daycare’s spring auction. Lilly wasn’t feeling the best for our fall session but we still got some great shots at her very beautiful home in St Johns, MI. The weather was just beginning to get really cold but we were able to photograph the last of the fall color under their really lovely willow tree. Lilly is a very sweet little girl and I am so glad I got to meet her and her parents.

everett, willa, & greta – lifestyle session in lansing, mi

It is always wonderful to re-visit a family and to see how the kids have grown and changed since our last session. It has been a year since I photographed Greta’s newborn photos and I was excited to photograph the beautiful Greta as she becomes a toddler along with her sister Willa and brother Everett. It was a blast photographing this threesome and loved watching what a dotting big sister Willa has become. Now that the seasons are officially changing we took advantage of some gorgeous fall light in the family’s home. It was great document the kids in their house—I love how natural and free kids are in their own element.

jack and his parents – lifestyle session in east lansing, mi

I love when a family books a baby’s first year package with me because it means I get to see them every few month and document not just how their little one is growing, but also how they are changing as a family. And since Jack and his parents, Maureen and Bill, are some of my absolute favorite clients I was pretty excited for our fall session on MSU’s campus. Jack is getting so big and at 9-months is already coasting around. And he is just the most charming little man, full of smiles and laughs and he is a pretty phenomenal little model. I absolutely adore seeing how Jack’s parents look at him with so much love and joy. What a great afternoon of beautiful fall weather with a fantastic family—can’t wait to see them again in a few months for Jack’s first birthday!