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Maternity Session Holland MI | Kern

Maternity Session Holland MI

Maternity Session  Holland MI

The Kern Family and I spent some time together last week to capture Christine’s Maternity Session in Holland MI.

We had a little hiccup during their maternity session. Sometimes, the right lighting for an outdoor photo session happens at the end of a long day for a 4-year-old. I usually have a few tricks in my bag to coach tired kiddos along during their session, but this little guy just wasn’t having it. His momma, Christine took him aside and the love and patience she had with him are characteristics of a great mother. I’ve been in her shoes before when your child isn’t cooperating, you have a goal in mind, and the behavior puts things at a stand still.

As an outsider to their family, it was a precious moment. The time taken to console her child was beautiful to me, and she shined so brightly while mothering her children.

Number 3

Maybe it’s because we had our third child less than a year ago, but spending time with them during their Maternity session really took me back to the weeks leading up to having baby number 3. The only difference is that we have all girls and they have all boys.

I can’t pinpoint the moment of when I finally felt like a had a handle on “mom-ing”. I was five years in with 2 kids and always second guessed myself.

Then my number 3 came along and I didn’t have time to second guess. Not that I really had much time for it with 2 kids, but with 3 kids you’re just forced to “do”. Not think, just do. My 5-year-old started calling “mom” more than “mommy” or “momma”. My middle child, who had been used to being the baby for four years, grew in her new “big sister” status. And I realized, that everything I had ever worried about with having 3 kids wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.

In many ways, life is so much better than I could have imagined.

And I’m honored to be able to capture these moments for families.

 

Maternity Session Holland MI

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I called Kari at 6pm (an hour before their session) because the radar wasn’t looking so good. We decided to keep their session at 7pm and hope for the best. It was down pouring at 6:15, but thankfully we had a window in between storms right at 7pm! This is why I don’t watch the weather earlier in the day or reschedule sessions until the last minute!

The Dykhuis’ are a family in our life group at church, and I have to say… I really am so excited when friends ask me to take their photos! It’s a good time and it’s special for me to be able to give my friends great photographs. 🙂


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Simplified Sessions

I’ll be honest… juggling 2 kids, a complicated pregnancy, and being self-employed last summer was pretty difficult. It was hard enough just getting the day-to-day things done… you know, cooking… cleaning… that my business really suffered. I found myself way behind on editing, sneak peeks, and writing on my blog, it was overwhelming.

But God is faithful, he knew I needed sweet Sadie in my life. And although I was struggling most of last year, in the past 4-6 months, I’ve realized just how much I love photography. For the past several years God has blessed me with the opportunity to be at home with my girls through creating memories for other people. I can’t tell you how thankful I am for that. Sadly though, my business suffered and I saw a decrease in the amazing clients I’m used to photographing each spring. This momma needs to get out of the house for a few hours a day and talk to adults – or at least photograph them! That’s some real honesty for you right there!

So, now that I have found a schedule that works for my family I’ve returned to photography full-time(ish). I’ve created our new Simplified Sessions that take all of the planning and hassle of scheduling your family pictures, and gives you a pretty spectacular deal. Simplified Sessions, in a nut shell, are photo sessions only available twice a month, at a set location. You’ll receive the session for families up to 6 people, 5 digital images with printing opportunities, and a $15 print credit all for $100. I’ve never offered digital images with printing rights in a portrait session EVER.

It’s a crazy good deal!

It’s super easy to snag your spot… just visit our booking page find the date or location you like, and pick a time. You’ll receive loads of information from me that will make your session a breeze.

Our classic Lifestyle Sessions are still available… these are completely customize-able for what fits YOU! These sessions can also be scheduled on our booking page. 🙂

Don’t need your kiddos photographed or aren’t ready to get in front of the camera for your family photos? No problem – I would love it if you would share this with someone who may be interested. A friendly reminder that we have always offered a $20 print credit for new referrals. 🙂

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Rosa – 3 months!

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This sweetie is such a little peanut! Her momma and I have been friends for a long time and I was sooo excited to find out we were both expecting girls only a few weeks apart. You may remember seeing her newborn pictures on our facbook page back in January with the deep plum background. Well for this session, I brought along my 2 helpers Audyn & Sadie and my new favorite teal blanket/background. It definitely makes Miss Rosa’s bright blue eyes shine. 🙂

It seems like my last photo session is always my favorite, but I think this one will stay in my top 5 for awhile. Maybe it’s because I just love getting to see my friends become mommas.

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Momma & Me Mini Sessions

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Hey you!

Yes… you, right there.

You’re the one I’m talking to. The one who is so exhausted from the everyday life as a mom. You’ve been dropping off and picking kids up from school, covered in glitter from the school project that was due with 2 days notice, your dishwasher is full and your dryer has a heaping pile of clothes on top… unfortunately, you forgot 3 days ago if they were clean or dirty. Your brain hurts from the argument discussion with your 4 year old about how many bites they have to eat at dinner, and you may or may not have spit up on your shirt.

The very last thing that you want to do is get in front of a camera. I’m right there with you, trust me. All that listed above is my life, 3 kids, laundry, and spit up. But as we look ahead to Mothers Day– hey, May can’t come soon enough in my book! — we think about a gift that is not only something special for you, but that is a precious document for your children about their mom… who in their eyes… has it all together. Because you do.

Every hug, Eskimo kiss, tear wiped away, time spent coloring, the every day tasks of providing a safe and comfortable home for your children are all pieces of the amazing mom that you are.

I want you to step away from the chores and have your time in front of the camera with your kiddos. Photos with your children are truly the best gift that you could give them. A documented moment of a kiss or a squeeze from momma. <3

The Details

>> Mini session dates are as follows: March 26, April 16, & May 14
>> Locations TBD but will be within 10 miles of Holland/Zeeland
>> $40 deposit to reserve your spot
>> Photos will be ready within 7 days of your session
>> High-Resolution images w/ print release chosen will be emailed
>> All high-resolution images available to purchase for $150

Momma & Me Mini Sessions Include

>> 20 minute session
>> 2 high-resolution images with printing rights up to 8×10
>> 20% off your next regular family session package – to be used in 2016

And if you still aren’t convinced, please watch the video below…


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I used to think that maybe, just maybe, our family was complete with two children. After the pregnancies I had suffered through, I didn’t think I could bare to be pregnant again. God had other plans for us though, and on Easter of last year we found out that we were expecting a tiny baby.

Once the sickness began, I prayed every day to fast forward and not be pregnant anymore. I cried “Why me? Why, why, why?” every day. Literally, a hundred times a day. Every time I threw up so many times I couldn’t see anymore. Every time Kenlie and Audyn watched me from the bathroom door while I crouched by the toilet, wondering if mommy was okay. I tried and I tried to hold it together as best as I could. But there were many days I couldn’t get out of bed. Many days I would go to the emergency room to get the much needed bags of fluid that would sustain my life and yours.

The guilt I felt for missing out on Kenlie’s last few days of preschool. How worried I was, as I sat in the ER just hours before her preschool graduation, unsure of if I would miss it. Finally giving in to the prescription medicine that was sure to make me feel somewhat better, but had the possibility of effecting your growth. Would it cause you to have heart defects? Without it, would I make it through the pregnancy? I so desperately needed to be a mommy to Kenlie and Audyn again. I needed to finish out the promises I had made to my clients. I needed to get better, so that you could grow.

With weeks of trying the right combination of medication, I would eventually start to have one good day thrown into the weeks of sickness. I could begin to go out with daddy and your sisters and do normal family things. I would usually pay the price for it the next day, taking my sickness back to square one. But I would treasure the time of feeling almost like a normal pregnant mommy.

For months I worried. How was this pregnancy going to effect my girls. All three of you. But now you are here. You have been with us for 12 weeks, and I can’t imagine life without you. Your big sisters love you to no end. And when they see you, they shine. I worried for so long, that my pregnancy would change who they are. And it might have. But YOU changed who they are. YOU have changed who we all are. A family of 5. A precious little baby, who loves to snuggle. Anytime you are upset, all I have to do is touch my cheek to yours and all is fine again.

In the long months of my most severe pregnancy, I never imagined the impact you would have on my heart. I’m so glad that God knew just what I needed. I’m so glad you are here.

Love, Mommy


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The Sprick Family

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The Sprick family is a very special family… you see, just a few short months ago, they brought their son Michael home to his forever family.

Many of you may know that Andrew and I are in the process of doing foster-to-adopt. I won’t go into too much detail with that in this post, but it’s important to why the Sprick’s session came about. Through the training that Andrew and I have done, gathering of information related to adoption, and time spent praying, I’ve come to realize just how special adoption is. Not just from the point of view of a mother gaining another child, but from that of the child being welcomed into the new home. I’ve spent time thinking how I will welcome our child… of course photos are so very important to me. I thought about how it may affect a child to see (or not see) themselves in the family photos that are on the walls of their new home. Because of this, we are now offering a free family lifestyle session to those who have recently adopted. If you or someone you know is walking this path, please have them contact me.

And now, some more photos of the Sprick’s. 🙂

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