The Rose Family

Today I’m welcoming back the Rose Family, Rob, Courtney, Sophia and Sawyer.

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The two of us dreamt of what it would be like to have a family. In fact we practiced many times with her American Girl Dolls when we were at the ripe age of 7 years old. Courtney and I have been friends for as long as we can remember. Many times I look at her daughter Sophia and I brings me right back to those days when the two of us were in Sunday school in our little laced dresses chatting away. This family has been having me take their photos since Sophia was born. I love seeing these kiddos grow and remembering  what they were like for each stage. This year was especially fun because we were all relaxed and had time to enjoy one another’s company. Little Sawyer is celebrating his 4th birthday and if it’s even possible has become more and more cute as the years go on. When asking him who was his favorite he listed off some of my favorite people as well. Papa Lyons, Papa Biondo, Noni, etc. These specific individuals have been a huge part of who I am today and I hope they are able to treasure these moments even more than I do.

 

The Poll Family

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Meet the Poll family; J.R., Jenna, Zach and Audrey. I’ve known this family for a few years. Their son was in my class back when I was teaching preschool. It was such an honor when they contacted me to take their photos. There is nothing I love more than to meet up with old students and families from my teaching days. I knew they were perfect to work with because they are laid back and easy going. They just played I was able to capture their beautiful family interacting together (Even after I stepped in dog poop. Yes this really happened). Thanks again Poll family for hanging out with my on this gloomy day and I hope you have a wonderful fall.


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Clark Family

Darin and Heather met many years ago on a blind date. Fast forward to today where they have two handsome boys (Will and Weston) and enjoy being near the water and traveling. You can see it in Heather’s eyes that she is still in love with the man she met long ago. Moodboard

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Expecting Rain?

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The forecast is calling for rain the date of your session. What do you do? Panic right? Scheduling sessions outside can be a bargain. I usually wait until the day before to check the forecast and ask clients what back up plan they would like to choose. Due to weather being fickle, I allow my clients to wait 2-4 hours before their shoot to make the call about their session. Scared to make that call? Here are some options moving forward;

1. Choose a different start time. If there are not other sessions scheduled we can move your time around. I find most “rainy days” turn out to be some sun and some rain. We can just move you to a better hour. I can’t even begin to tell you when it’s been pouring all day and then when the session time hits, there is a break in the clouds and it’s perfect weather.

2. Do it anyway. Bring your umbrella, some cute rain boots and channel your inner Donald O’Connor and sing in the rain.

3. Turn your session in to a lifestyle shoot. Have me come to your home and photograph you doing everyday things. Bake together, start a fire and roast some marshmallows, brew some coffee (or hot cocoa) and cozy up to a good book. Not only will your house smell amazing but it’ll capture you in every day life. You did your hair and make-up, why not live it up.

4. Studio Session. Come to my studio. I have a small one in my home for small children and families of 4 or less.

5. Reschedule. Please know this is subject to availability and I can’t guarantee the new date will have better weather. (This is especially true as we approach the colder months when the sun is limited and sessions are most popular)

I know it can be stressful deciding what is best. I’m always willing to shoot in a light drizzle but I leave the decision up to the client. I want to make sure he or she is not stressed and is their very best self when I shoot so if they are relaxed about it, I say go for it and see what happens.

Have you done something fun in the event of rain? Comment below. I’d love to read about it.

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Koetsier Family

Months ago I had the privilege of meeting Andrea when her kids joined my spring mini sessions. This past week I enjoyed meeting the whole family, taking a stroll on the beach and hearing their beautiful love story.

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4 years ago Andrea met Kevin’s mom at the hair salon. After hearing about her son, Andrea checked him out on Facebook, made the first move and the rest is history! As a family they love to travel and experience new places together. Their newest adventure is camping.

 

Session took place at Rosymound Natural Area and Kirk Park Beach


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Newell Family

When I first met Dawn it was a few years back. Her and I met in one of the most interesting places, the woman’s bathroom of our church. Now before I lose you I must explain that the two of us were dripping with water from head to toe in our clothes. We had just made the plunge and were baptized. I’d say this was a great time to start a friendship.

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Kevin met Dawn while they were living in Ohio through mutual friends. The two fell in love and the rest is history. You can see how much fun the two of them have together along with their sweet kids Kyle and Addison.

Recently I learned that Addison loves gymnastics and being the family clown. Kyle has musical talents. Not only does he love Christian hip hop music, he plays the guitar and will be learning to play the trumpet this fall. Both he and his dad love sports.

Dawn loves to binge watch Netflix but has also taken up running. For many of us this isn’t something we just do for fun. She is doing this for a bigger purpose. She is part of a ministry called Hope Water Project. Her along with many others are running in the Grand Rapids marathon to plant wells in Africa. How does this work? Feel free to check out her page here.

Session took place at Grand Ravines North Park in Allendale, MI


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Bekkering Kiddos

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My dear friend Michelle and I met this past week at Aquinas college where we played with her 3 kids playing hide and seek while smelling the beautiful flowers. I can not believe how much these kids have grown since the last time I saw them. You can see how much energy these cuties have and all the life they are soaking in. feel free to check out more from the session at www.karahanesphotography.com


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Thatcher Family

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Meet Chad, Erika, Olivia, Cole, and Kaia. This family is near and dear to me. I met them at our church and their youngest Kaia is in my small group of girls that I mentor. 3 of them are in the medical field, 2 of have the most amazing voices and love to sing, 3 like to run for fun and 1 loves fishing. In their free time you can find them volunteering at church or vacationing in some of their favorite spots. Check out Facebook or instagram to see more from this session.


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Plaggemeyer Family

 

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Meet Joe and Emily and their beautiful kids, Emmia, Aaliyah, Shaylee, Jakob, Emmie and Ismael. Emily babysat me when I was little and is the oldest of the cousins in our family. That’s right, her and I are related. I remember when her and Joe started dating (over 22 years ago!) Their best friends were dating each other and set them up to join them one evening and the rest is history. Together all of them are so fun to be with and just hearing their laughter is contagious in itself.

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Session at Rosy Mound Natural Area in Grand Haven.


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Deemter Family

They met through their friends, married and years later have 3 amazingly handsome boys. Meeting Tim and Renee for the first time I could tell they were amazing parents who have a lot of love their children. This family enjoys being outdoors and loves golf. Most nights you can find them riding around in the golf cart or chasing one another around. I had fun playing peek-a-boo through the apple trees and hearing about the upcoming school year for the two oldest (Logan and Dylan). Little Levi just soaked it all in as he picked wild flowers for his momma and felt the tall grass through his tiny little fingers. It was such a pleasure meeting them all and I hope to see them again real soon!

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A special thanks to Motman’s Orchard for allowing our visit. The boys enjoyed counting the apples and talking about their favorite ones to eat.


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