DeBlaay Family

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I met Lindsey and her husband Matt when her and I were both pregnant with our girls and teaching preschool. Needless to say we have been great friends ever since. Not only friends but I’ve come to know her extended family and they remind me a lot of my own. Meet the DeBlaays, Mary (also known as Beppe to her grandkids), her sons Chris, Jake, Matt and Mike and their families. I think it’s fair to say that Mary has quite the beautiful family. During this session we continuously laughed, danced and said the magic word *FART* over and over to make those kiddos giggle and bring out their natural smiles (well, mostly the dads). Would you believe me if I told you that prior to this session it was 60 degrees and raining? We lucked out with beautiful mid day sunshine and a little bit of shade at Aquinas college. If you’d like to check out more from this session you can do so at Kara Hanes Photography

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Mommy&Me Sessions

I’m excited to announce my Mommy&Me Sessions. Today is the day that I have opened up the contact form to plan for yours. You might be wondering. What is involved in this session and how is it different from other mini sessions? Well I’m here to tell you that these sessions are special. It’s an opportunity for that Mom in your life to have her story told. Maybe you’re a mom and you have just been waiting for the opportunity to get photos with your kids. You’re a mom to be and you want to document that beautiful belly. Or maybe you’re a son or daughter and you want to give your mom memories with Grandkids to hold on to. Whatever it may be keep reading to see if this is something for you.

 

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Allison Jasperse at Yellow Door Salon

Wild tree with Katie Schepers

Baby Bijou Designs with Caitlyn Dykehouse

Calligraphy from Poppy seed signs

Agnes&Dora with Stephanie Haralson

Lemongrass Spa Products from Linnaea Kemp

and Joy Sparks Designs


Mommy & Me Sessions include: 30 Minutes in the studio (Allendale, MI), up to 5 individuals, 10-15 digital images, social media posts, free digital download, Release to print at your own lab. All for $130. Hurry now, this will book fast. Only May 2017. (Sorry coupons and/or discounts are not accepted with this offer)

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Grandma, Kathy and her younger grandkids.

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 Life isn’t always easy being a mom, show her how much you appreciate her by giving her an heirloom she’ll treasure!

Click Here: Contact Form, select Mommy&Me session and I’d be happy to help you start your planning process.

See more from this session (CLICK HERE)


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This isn’t the type of session you’re looking for? Maybe a gift certificate would be a better option for you. Go ahead and inquire a Gift Card by filling out the contact form here. What to expect from there : Receiving a Gift Certificate Brochure


 

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Organizing Your Photos

When I graduated high school my Grandma gave me an album full of childhood photographs she had kept. These were photos I hadn’t seen and she had hidden away until that moment. We all take for granted (myself included) the fact that we don’t have to print our photos anymore because for a lot of us, it’s right at our finger tips. The biggest thing I’m guilty of these days is taking photos but never printing them.

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(photos from the album my Grandmother gave me)

Yesterday I spent 20 minutes deleting 500 photos off of my phone that were duplicates, blurry, photos and selfies others did when I wasn’t looking. I had already uploaded my favorites to places like Facebook and Instagram. I had over 500 photos stored on my phone. That was just from the past 2 months. Crazy right? I’m pretty sure with social media outlets being a place to put photos it’s a huge reason why we never ever do anything with the photos on our phone. It’s just plain overwhelming. Can I just tell you something?

Less is more.

So if you are overwhelmed with all of your photos – remember that simple truth: less is more. You don’t have to document every tiny moment or every tiny thing. Just the highlights will do. Your kids, your spouse, and YOU will appreciate the gift of quality over quantity if you embrace this!

Here’s my sad truth

4 Years ago we had pushed our computer to it’s limits and it stopped working. You know, that computer that contained the PAST TWO YEARS OF OUR FAMILY PHOTOS saved on the hard drive. As any panicking person would do, I asked around if the hard drive could be recovered. My husband and I decided that we would try putting it in his parent’s computer to see if it would work for recovery. Well this didn’t happen quickly and we waited on it. During this time my In-laws sadly experienced a flood in their basement and the hard drive was destroyed. Now I don’t know what was on the hard drive entirely but I’m thankful that I had printed photos and kept them in albums for a while (until it got costly). Sadly I missed a couple months in there.

I’ve learned my lesson and it’s taught me one thing. BACK UP EVERYTHING!


Learn from me, I’m telling you my new secret

 How I organize our photos.

Step 1. Put a Computer File Folder System in Place (see images below)
Step 2. Gather ALL of your digital images and put them onto that external hard drive, in order by date and folder (I recommend storage with 2 Terabytes).
Step 4. Back them up

Take a peek at my File Folder Organization System

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As you can see, everything is organized by Year, then Month, My favorites, and raw (all the rest).

A few KEY tips for you to remember as you organize your digital photos:

  • Gather all images from all over the place (laptops, phones, computers, CD’s, USB’s, etc) and put them onto ONE harddrive: your new most prized possession!
  • It’s helpful to create the entire file folder system on the Harddrive first, then drag your images into the properly organized folders
  • You have to remember to also back those images up! I use SmugMug to back up my Favorite Images but you can use other platforms like Dropbox and google photos (plus they are free).

Happy Organizing My Friend!

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Oliver Koetsier

Meet Oliver. This past month he celebrated his 1st birthday. He is walking with the help of toys, is super sweet and loves his big sister, Amelia. I hope your day was filled with love, friends and family little buddy!

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Advice to them from dad, Kevin and mom, Andrea. “When you have your own kids someday enjoy the little things because they turn into the big things. Try to remember every smile, hug, cry and temper because they won’t last forever. Love fiercely.”

Check out more of Oliver’s mini session here 


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Huisinga Family

Did you know penguins and humans have a lot in common when it comes to marriage and relationships. They fall in love and present a special gift to one another… a pebble. Not just any pebble but one that is just perfect. You may be wondering… Why I’m telling you about penguins? Well Mandy reminded me of this type of love story as I talked with her and John I got to know their’s a little bit. They were both married back when big hair was really in and photography was way different. Remember when you would wait weeks at a time to develop your photos? Well time has changed over the years and John and Mandy have added to the family since. Meet Patrick, Asher and Gabriella. Much like penguins the Huisingas love to be around family and friends and dearly love their children.

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Did you know that once two penguins meet that stay together forever?

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After 6 years it was time to update their memories and I’m honored that I got to help tell their story.

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Something you may not know is that this past Saturday they had held a family election where even the dog had a say in the matter. With today being election day it’s only fitting to announce to you publicly that Madam President Gabriella had won. I do wonder what her first political family move will be… Either way, isn’t she just the cutest?

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Mini Sessions

Every year come October I love to take time to go outside, take a long walk and soak in my favorite season of the year. This year I was able to combine this with one other thing I love to do in the fall. This past Saturday I had 9 sessions. Yes you read that right, 9! My aunt and uncle introduced me to the most beautiful trail in west Michigan. I don’t tell many people about it because I like to think of it as a little hidden treasure. For one day I decided to share it with several different families to capture their family story of fall 2016.

My Favorite part of the day was that I got to see some of the families I had in school from when I was teaching. It’s crazy how old the kids get and it seems like just yesterday I would hear Ms. Kara over and over. (I still get that title when taking photos but it melts my heart to hear it once more) Until Next time…

Enjoy the little sneak peek! Please feel free to “follow me” on this blog. I feel like getting in to the spirit of competition a little bit. For the family that gets the most “follows” by the end of October will win a free 8″x 10″ of their favorite family portrait from the session.

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Dykehouse Family

You guys, these are dear friends of ours Chad, Caitlyn and their daughter Lillian. I’m am so honored to shoot their family now that they are in Michigan. For the last couple years they have gone back and forth from living in Japan to the US. If I could have any say in it I would never let them go back. Now they are here I get to see them a lot more.  Also, Lillian and I are the best friends and I absolutely love her so they can’t separate us right? You should check out Caitlyn’s blog. lilliandykehouse1lilliandykehouse18lilliandykehouse14

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It’s Fabulous!