Michaeleen & Ridley

Michaeleen and I were two ships in the night when we first met! I actually was her replacement at the coffee shop after she landed a dream job at a local church. We never actually got to work a shift together, but we always had such easy and kind interactions in passing.

As I’ve been dog sitting more as a side hustle, I have been photographing pups and sharing them on instagram :) She reached out to me and asked if we could do some photos with her best pal!

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Ridley was such a sweet and kind border collie! We even talked with a gentleman on our walk who told us all about how he had a border collie and how he believed they were hands down the smartest dogs out there. He even suggested we watch a video about a pup named Dazzle. He told us to look it up on “that thing.. whats it called.. the internet?”

Worth a watch.

Thank you Michaeleen and Ridley for a great afternoon walk and refreshing coversations :)

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Devin, Damien, Autumn

This was a pretty special photo session to me for a few reasons. I met Devin when I was still in school, she was actually my graphic design for the illustrator Professor! At this time, I am still pursuing illustration in school but I was photographing in most of my free time. Photography was starting to become more than just a hobby for me. I began using my graphic design and marketing skills for my photos and less for my illustration… I suppose the thing you spend your free time doing is usually a good indicator of what you really love to do.

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After Devin saw my photos, she suggested I reach out to a friend for an opportunity to be a wedding photo intern. I ended up working for a wedding photographer for a summer and learning lots about the flow of a wedding day and what to expect day of. I now use this base for how I run the photos when I shoot my own weddings now :)

Post-grad Devin ended up hiring me as a nanny a few days a week after I had babysat here and there for her. Damien and Autumn have such strong and bad-ass personalities! I grew so much watching these kiddos this past spring, but ended up giving up nannying to be Devin’s design assistant for her business Hatch. I was able to help her accomplish some projects, take the lead on some designs, and offer photography for her through her business. I learned so much while I was working for her, and have taken everything along with me as I hustle my way into the world of freelance and entrepreneurship.

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This session was a celebration. A celebration for Devin being a single, bad-ass, mom boss. This woman kill s it! She runs Hatch Creative Services, Devin DuMond Fine Art, Women Who, and is raising these beautiful humans.

I knew we had to find an area to photograph that would highlight their fun, artistic, and rad style. We started right in my own neighborhood, Creston, Grand Rapids. Lions and Rabbit’s had recently hosted Creston After Dark where multiple artists were commissioned to paint murals in the area. These efforts are keeping true to the saying “Keep Creston Funky!”

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To go in hand with the fun black patterned outfits and funky murals, I wanted to capture the more quiet and soft side of this family. Devin’s home is BEAUTIFUL. I love the soft bright fabrics, dark and solid wood furniture, and classic windows. With so much natural and dramatic lighting, I didn’t even need to add any flash or artificial lighting.

I love these bedroom photos because they show the reality of a photo session with kids. They move. They cry. And sometimes the want to jump on the bed. These are just some of so many photos of the reality of parenthood and the goofy, wild nature of children. This is why they are probably my favorite subject to photograph. To be able to capture this pure joy is truly a gift!

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