Love radiated from this family. They were exuberant, happy, and a joy to photograph. From my experience as a mama, babies are usually happiest in the morning (see his ADORABLE smiles below). And this was the case with this awesome family visiting Grand Haven from out of town. I was honored to meet them by Lake Michigan to photograph their beautiful family on vacation. Their sweet babe fell asleep next to Lake Michigan crashing waves (hello perfect nap spot!) and we were able to get some great photos of this precious sleeping baby. If every couple can maintain a tiny amount of the true love that this couple have, they will have it made. Be sure to look below for when the couple gave it their ALL running down the dunes. Movement in photography is one of my favorite things to capture, because it's real. And authenticity is what I'm always looking for, you can just tell when a couple or a family is truly feeling it and completely present in the moment. What a gift to photograph! Thank you for the honor to photograph your family beach side!
Family beach photography // Grand Haven, MI
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Floral crowns, I tell you what. They are ALWAYS a good idea. I knew I was in for a treat when Jacqueline reached out to me to have a floral crown made for her darling daughter for their family beach session in Grand Haven, Michigan. She had one made that is so gorgeous, simple and pink and perfect for their sweet girl. We ran up and down the dunes, listened to the waves behind us and had a ball. I honestly love living near a beach town all year, in the summer I get to meet and photograph such great people visiting from all over the country. And in the winter I recharge and watch Lake Michigan start to freeze over. After living away from Michigan from many years, I forgot how much I love the seasons and love photographing in the different seasons. And I swear, whatever season I'm in, that's my current season. Happy summer in Grand Haven, MI friends!
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Early morning light and a sweet family loving on each other, that's my dream morning. We played in the Lake Michigan dunes and had an absolute blast. We chased the light, played ring around the rosie and it was carefree and full of laughter, just like it should be. No pressure to smile big at the camera, just be as you are and to me that's always the most beautiful. These days of babies being small go by so fast. I'm always honored to be invited into a family's life for a few hours to photograph their connections and love for each other. Taylor and Nick, you guys have a very special family.
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West Michigan is really such a beautiful place and we were lucky with a beautiful evening to celebrate McKenzie turning one! We played in the dunes and the light as McKenzie woke up from her nap. She is the sweetest and happiest little girl. I loved the gigantic pink balloon to celebrate this little one's 1st birthday. We even had a beautiful sunset which we snapped a few photos of her in love parents. I highly recommend making the most of your photo shoot to get a few photos of the two of you. Happy birthday sweet girl!