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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Chris & Relin Engagement

I am seriously obsessed with these two!

A while back, Chris messaged my on Instagram and asked if I would be interested in an engagement session for him and his fiance. I met Chris years ago in a college English 101 class! I felt like we had a bond because our prof was wild and our table of four made it through the course as a team. We all exchanged our socials and phone numbers and have kept up with each other online since!

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I had never met Relin until we had our consultation over coffee but I could tell she was a gal with a vision! I was so excited to take on the challenge of bringing her ideas to life. Her inspiration was the Addam’s family, dark colors, spooky woods, and candle light!

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Our first location was outside Fountain st Church. It would have been a bonus if we could have gotten inside, but the architecture outside seemed like a perfect complement to the wooded photos we would take at sunset.

I had scouted out Townsend park to be the perfect place for these photos! The way the light still comes in through the tall skinny trees is stunning.

The best surprise of this location was how the color of the sun hitting the trees brings together Relin’s firey hair and the flames of the candles.. holy harmony!

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Moral of the story: If you ever take photos at dusk/ sunset in the woods, bring candles.

These photos were so romantic and perfectly depicting the style of this couple! They were so much fun to work with and so prepared! I brought a couple candles along with me, but Relin brought multiple tea lights, candle sticks, and a rose. She also bought that dress at Burlington and sewed the sleeves on herself! How bad ass!!

I am so excited to announce as well that I will be photographing their wedding next summer. This is my first wedding booked for 2020 and I am beyond honored and excited that these two trust me to capture their special day and to capture it in their own specific style. Thank you Chris and Relin! Congrats!

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