January 5, 20171 Comment

New Zealand | Week One

This past December, I went to the most overwhelming beautiful place on earth for three weeks. Three far too short weeks, but so filled that even three days there would have been worth the travel. I have been asked constantly how my trip was, but I'm no poet, and every time I try to express how overcome I was every moment of being in that mountainous perfection, the inadequacy of my words stops me. So, even though photographs also fail at fully displaying the wonder that is New Zealand, hopefully they'll do a better job than my flimsy words. There's only so many ways to say "beautiful", but a picture is worth... you know ; )

Oh, and I also got to experience this country with one of my very favorite people on earth, my big sis. It doesn't get better than that 🙂

| day one |

Actually several days, as we left Grand Rapids on Nov. 25, and landed in Auckland late on the 27th, skipping my birthday (the 26th) by crossing the international date line and successfully surviving around 25 hours total sitting on a plane. But surprisingly not so tough when the views out airplane windows are endlessly fascinating. Also had a 10hr layover in Sydney, where we wandered around the city jet-lagged and bleary-eyed, and I mostly forgot about my camera until we got to the botanical gardens. Hence why my Sydney photos are all trees and plants and no Opera House.


 

| day two |

Auckland city wanderings. Included: an embarrassing lack of photos. To be compensated for by an overabundance to follow.

 

| day three |

Picked up from our host family's house by a dear friend I hadn't seen in ages who took us on a delightful hike where we promptly went off-trail and clambered up boulders through a mountain river for the next few hours, including a swim in a pool which I will describe as FRESH. aka GLACIER-RUN-OFF-COLD.

| karamatura falls |

 

| day four |

HOBBITON. Need I say more? Lord of the Rings fans rejoice. Impossibly idyllic.

Enjoying a drink at the Green Dragon to end our tour. The life.

 

| day five |

Rotorua. Home of Maori Haka dances and turquoise hot springs.



This village is named Whakawrewarewa. Try saying that three times fast. Or even one time slowly.



| day six |

Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Also where Mordor was filmed and where Mount Doom (or Mount Ngauruhoe, if you prefer its non-LotR name) is located. Yeah, we hiked around Mount Doom. No big deal.

But seriously, this 7hr hike was magical and spooky and desolate and rich. The scenery and the winds and light were constantly changing; one second you'd be sweating under stark sunlight with crowds of hikers all around you; the next you'd be entirely enveloped in mist without another soul to be seen. Feast your eyes.


 

 

 

| all of these photos are available as prints; contact me here if you have interest in any of them |

November 19, 2016No Comments

Baby Brynn | Lifestyle Newborn Session

Baby Brynn in black and white. Simple and sweet.

I loved this in-home lifestyle session. There's something so special about capturing a baby in her own home, with her parents and brother and dog all gathered around 🙂

And then, because all newborn sessions have to include some tears:

November 18, 2016No Comments

Demmon | Senior 2017

One of my favorite senior sessions to date -- Demmon is such a kind soul, and also RIDICULOUSLY photogenic. Made my job too easy 🙂

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November 16, 20164 Comments

Karl + Mandy

Woke up at 6am to drive to Lansing and photograph this sweet sweet couple. Every minute of it was worth it. Can someone say MODELS.



October 24, 2016No Comments

Caleb | Senior 2017

I love love LOVE when I get asked to do sessions for relatives, because not only does that mean they're supporting you're passion, it means they also actually think you're good at what you do, and that is a GREAT feeling.

Also, my cousin is the coolest and super handsome and FUN.

October 19, 2016No Comments

Lisa | in-home lifestyle session

I met Lisa when I second-shot a wedding for her last year; since then, we've shot several more weddings together, and I've thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it. Lisa is spunky, passionate about what she does, and super creative! A lady after my own heart 😀 When she asked me to do a lifestyle portrait session of her at her new home, I jumped at the chance. I love in-home sessions; they're so personal and comfortable, and it's wonderful to have images where your surroundings bring you joy and good memories.

Also, Lisa is just the most adorable person ever, which made this session that much better 🙂

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September 12, 2016No Comments

Charleston | Travel

That moment when you realized your last summer was so busy that you never got around to editing photos from your trip to Charleston... Well, better late than never!

If you're interested in purchasing prints of any of these photos, head on over to my Etsy shop or simply contact me 🙂

You can see more of my personal travel work here.

September 12, 2016No Comments

Stacy + Jake | 8.13.2016

This wedding was such a joy to shoot. Stacy and Jake, thank you so much for letting me be part of your day in such a wonderful way! You two are lovely together <3

July 29, 2016No Comments

Stacy + Jake | Aquinas Engagement Session

 

I had the pleasure of living with Stacy when I first moved out to West Michigan, so I was thrilled when she asked me to be her wedding photographer! For their engagement photos, we picked a lovely, sweltering July evening to wander around Aquinas (her alma mater). Stacy and Jake, you two were great to work with! I can't wait to shoot your wedding! <3

 

 

 

Jake did a killer job of picking out the ring. Look at that beaut!

 

 

And as a blooper to end with: Stacy brought her dog along, hoping to get a few photos with him. Before a single photo was taken, he managed to jump straight into a muddy pond. Way to go, Koda 😉

 

July 28, 2016No Comments

Marcus + Christine | Engagement

Easily one of my favorite sessions ever. It is just the greatest to see two people I care about so much be so happy together. Marcus and Christine, you're the best! <3

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