December 5, 2018No Comments

KELSIE + HARLEY | GRAND RAPIDS, MI COUPLES SESSION

Kelsie and I first met several years ago while last-minute filling in as models for another photographer's styled shoot (since I know y'all are curious, I'll include some of those shots at the end ;)). We instantly connected over our shared passion for goofiness and photography, and have photographed lots together since then (pretty much all the photos I ever post of myself were taken by her) and shared the joys and challenges of our respective photography journeys.

I was so honored and excited when she chose me to do this portrait session with her and her husband. They wanted something that showed their personalities, so we got as weird and silly as we wanted to and it was great. We were kicked out of a parking garage, hid behind a dumpster, and recreated a section of Michelangelo's "The Creation of Adam".

And now! For the photos from the day Kelsie and I met, shot by Paige Gabert Photography

Wardrobe: Lamb Bride

Florals: Damsel Floral

Hair + Make-Up: Cheeky Strut + Siren & Proper

Film scanning + processing: The FIND Lab

 


August 23, 2018No Comments

ASHLEY + MITCH | DOWNTOWN GRAND RAPIDS URBAN ENGAGEMENT SESSION

Ashley + Mitch love Grand Rapids, brightly colored murals, and each other. Pretty sure Ashley laughed for 95% of time we were hanging out taking engagement photos, and I say if you've found someone who makes you smile incessantly, you're doing it right. I can't wait to photograph these two lovebirds on their wedding day in just a few months!


 

July 19, 2018No Comments

MEGAN + MIKE | GRAND RAPIDS PROVIN TRAILS ENGAGEMENT SESSION

Megan and Mike look good in green and in each other's arms. We had a great time hiking around Provin Trails and got to catch some lovely spring blossoms at the nearby apple orchard.

May 4, 2018No Comments

Alex + Corey | Laketown, MI Wedding

Alex and Corey had a beautiful October day for their wedding. They recited personal vows surrounded by lush greenery and loving family and friends, then danced the night away. Their day was full of fun, donuts, goofiness, and so many personal touches. Corey is a firefighter; keep an eye out for all the firefighter-related details they incorporated throughout the day--gears in the boutonnieres, the flower girl's petals in a helmet, and--my personal favorite--cutting the cake with an ax.

A huge thank you to Alex and Corey for choosing me to capture their infectious love for each other, their kindness and goofiness, and their fantastic dancing skills.

Cheers to you both!

 

 

 

Thanks to the awesome vendors who were part of this beautiful day:

Venue: Laketown Golf & Conference Center

Florals: Andy Lous

Videographer: SJK Productions

Cake: The Oven Mitt

Catering: West Michigan Caterer

Hair + Makeup: Bombshell Blow Dry Bar

DJ: DB Family Photography & DJ

January 10, 2018No Comments

Best of 2017 | drone photography

One of the unexpected highlights of 2017 was becoming a drone pilot. I begrudgingly went through the hassle of getting my remote pilot license for the real estate photography work I do, viewing it as an inconvenient necessity, but as soon as I flew the drone for the first time, I was hooked. There's something magical about seeing the earth from a new perspective; it's always good to shake up your point of view in life, right? So, take a gander through my take on a goose's eye view.

(apologies for the terrible wordplay. I can't help myself)

If you love any of these photos enough to want to hang them on your wall, prints are available! Just send me an email (caedyconvisphotography@gmail.com) and you can have some brand new awesome art on display in your home.

 

 

 

August 3, 20172 Comments

Remy | Lifestyle Newborn Session, Grand Rapids

From the first moment I showed up to Remy's house for his in-home lifestyle newborn session, my heart practically melted away, and all I wanted to do was tell him over and over again that he is the most perfect, precious baby. There's something so special about being invited into a family's home to document the new little miracle that they have just added to their life, and I'm so thankful to have been chosen to photograph Remy. I loved every second of his photoshoot, and loved documenting mom, dad, and the sweet, shy Loki (their darling dog) loving on the new addition to the family.

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May 4, 20172 Comments

John + Mary | Proposal

This was the second proposal I shot in the course of a month, and I don't mind one bit. I think proposals are fast becoming one of my favorite types of shoots. The unposed, unplanned moments and emotions are what real art is made out of. It's easy to disregard the hard midday light and the bare trees and dead-looking grass when I have two people so delightfully in love as John and Mary in front of my camera.

When John and Mary first started dating, they would often walk the trail in Wedgwood Park and sit on the bench at the end, and that's where he took her to ask her to walk the rest of their lives on the same path together. I love proposals like these--personal, simple, sentimental, and filled with love and joy.

Thanks to John for being a smart guy and thinking of hiring a photographer, thanks to the weather for letting this day be the one day that week it did not rain, and thanks to love for continuing to inspire me every day 🙂

 

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April 26, 20173 Comments

Annie + Stephen | Proposal

This was one of my favorite shoots of the year thus far. The lighting was terrible restaurant light, the shots were taken hurriedly and surreptitiously, and therefore these photos aren't technically perfect. But I've found that genuine emotion is what makes an image truly memorable, and boy were the emotions in abundance for this night.

When Stephen asked me if I would photograph his proposal to Annie, I ecstatically agreed and immediately cancelled all my previously made plans for that weekend. Annie is a dear friend, a truly delightful person, and a kindred spirit, and I was thrilled at the thought of being there for that moment for the two of them. There was so much joy that came from seeing someone I love so dearly agree to spend the rest of her life with someone who treasures her as much as she deserves.

As a photographer, this shoot was stressful and difficult--unpredictable moments, the challenge of keeping myself inconspicuous while also getting all the important moments, and the difficulty of dealing with terrible restaurant lighting and waiters swirling all around me. But I loved every second of it. One of the things that delights me about being a photographer is capturing real moments of emotion and creating art out of them. There is something so beautiful about the genuine love these two have for each other, and I'll take photographing that any day over a shoot in a perfect location with perfect lighting and perfect posing.

Because there is nothing more perfect than love.

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Stephen proposed with a journal -- he had many of Annie's closest friends write her notes in the journal, and interspersed throughout their writings, he had notes of his own and memorabilia from dates they had gone on.

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At the end of the journal, he had burned a hole in the pages and nestled the ring down inside the hole, and had written "will you marry me?" on the page opposite. She checked "yes".

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Cheers and all my love to you two <3

p.s. Many thanks to Sava's Restaurant for being so accommodating and providing the perfect setting for the start of this happily ever after story 🙂

February 1, 20178 Comments

Sarah | 1.17

Winters in Michigan are always tough, and this year has been hitting me harder than most. We had 11% sunshine this past month, and Grand Rapids hasn't had an actual clear sky day since November 13. The constant gloom has affected me more than I'd like to admit, but it's also made me desperate to create beauty, and I've been photographing more for personal pleasure than I do in the warm, colorful time of year - and for that, I'm grateful. It's been helping me to appreciate winter in a different way. It gives me the chance to seek out beauty where I would not naturally look for it; to make art on a canvas of grey which I would not ordinarily gravitate towards. This season is usually a slow time for photographers, so it offers the opportunity and freedom - and creative need - for personal projects, and to create just for the sake of creating without worrying about a paycheck.

So on one of those repetitively monochrome days last week, a fellow photographer friend and I wandered around a muddy field in the freezing cold and made art together. Sarah is such a sweet soul and the wonderfully talented photographer behind Rey Creations. It was refreshing and delightful, and I hope you enjoy these moody, sometimes funky photos as much as I enjoyed creating them.

 

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And, surprise! Here are a few photos that Sarah snapped of me.

 

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And, because I had too much fun making these double exposures and couldn't decide on just one:

 

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Caedy is a Grand Rapids, Michigan based photographer who loves the mitten state and loves to explore outside of it.