Baby Bijou Designs

Hi everyone! My name is Caitlyn and I’m a West MI mommy creating unique baby clothes and nursery decor for my company, Baby Bijou Designs. I am super excited for the opportunity to guest post here for Kara and share a little bit about what starting my business has been like so far.

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Several months ago I started thinking seriously about opening my own business. I was working part time at Starbucks, and the rest of the time I was hanging out with my super sweet one year old daughter Lillian (and you know, working at home!). I mentioned to Kara my thoughts on opening a shop that featured baby clothing and accessories, as well as nursery decor. Being the supportive and knowledgeable person she is, Kara immediately started asking me about branding, my logo and more. She even offered to help me figure out how to get started with my business – something that was starting to seem like an overwhelming task!collage2

As Kara and I talked more and more, I decided to quit Starbucks so I could have more time to pursue my business. I chose to name my business after my daughter’s nickname: Baby Bijou (you can read all about the story behind that nickname here!) Before long with lots of work, research and also some great advice from Kara, I was ready to launch my business. I was able to work with a really talented photographer and get beautiful pictures of some of the onesies I had designed (can you guess who that photographer is?), and after a few weeks I got my very first sale!

As I’m just starting out, the tasks I have yet to do with growing my business can sometimes seem insurmountable, but by setting goals and making lots (and lots!) of lists, I know I will get to where I want to go. It also helps to have a huge support network. I learned from Kara that family and friends are important to encourage you to achieve your goals, but also the community at large. Because of her, I am beginning to learn how to connect with other people and businesses, and Baby Bijou Designs is starting to feel like a part of me and a passion rather than just some business venture.


I am so excited to learn more and more as I expand my shop and continue to work with Kara and other great entrepreneurs. I’d love for you to join me on my journey with Baby Bijou Designs and read about other fun stuff like craft projects, travel, dinner parties and more on my blog, my Instagram, or my Facebook page. I’d also love to hear about your experiences with starting a business. What parts of starting your business have been the hardest or the most rewarding? Do you have any good advice?

Thank you so much for letting me share about starting my business with you today!

xx Caitlyn

P.S. Enjoy 10% anything in the Baby Bijou Designs shop with the code BIJOUTHANKSYOU before June 30th, 2017!

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Hudson VandenBerg

One of my most favorite things to photograph are newborn babies. This past week I met 4 day old Hudson. Both Hudson’s mom and I go way back. Her and I are both Grandville Alumni (Go Bulldogs!) and recently worked together for a year. When I found out she was pregnant with their second child I was beyond excited (mostly because they have one other fun, adorable boy already).

Dave and Emile VandenBerg along with their son, Welsey welcomed baby boy , Hudson John VandenBerg on April 10th 2017 at 10:55am weighing 6lbs 4oz. with a length of  19.5in. When Emile told me that her favorite thing Hudson did was make faces I knew exactly why in just minutes. This little guys has some adorable expressions. I’d love for you to take a peek and see more from last week’s session.

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Noah Bellmer : Spring Mini

Noah is a very energetic almost 7 year old who loves his dogs, riding bikes, reading and anything grandpa is doing! When spending time with Grandma he loves playing cars, building legos, and reading.

After spending only a few minutes with Noah you will find he is one awesome dude with a contagious laugh and great smile. Enjoy what’s left of Kindergarten little buddy and I hope to see you again soon!


Noah’s Grandma discovered Kara Hanes Photography through Facebook, joined the e-mail list and won half off a spring mini session during the contest. If you’d love to be a part of the Kara Hanes Photography experience you can join the list here. I’ll see you on the inside!


Harper Tenbrink : Newborn

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139: 13-14 (NIV)

Let me tell you how sweet little Harper is. This little girl cried once for me and only for a second. She is such a sweet little peanut and has the most wonderful parents.

Harper Leigh TenBrink was born on February 11th at 3:37am weighing 5 pounds 9 ounces. She came in to the word at the amazing Zeeland hospital. Mom Stacey says, “she is such a blessing from God!!! So easy going” and you can tell just by looking at her.




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Kyle and Kathryn 9 months

Little Mr. Kyle and Ms. Kathryn were back in the studio this week for their 9 month shoot. It’s amazing how many changes are happening with the both of them. They are sitting up on their own. Kyle was sporting his bottom teeth this time…

…while Kathryn her beautiful baby blue eyes!



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Bekkering Twins 6 Months

Okay can we just pause a moment in this crazy world of social media and take in these adorable babes? Recently Kyle and Kathryn turned 6 months! Can I just say that raising twins deserves a major award? Juggling feeding and sleep schedules, when one baby cries the other might start and then for a brief moment you get a smile and then… Poop. Yup, those of you who have had little ones know exactly what I’m talking about. I’m just keeping it real.



Well despite the struggles there are the best moments where you get a little bit of laughter and my all time favorite thing, a snuggle. When coming in the the studio I was ready to call it a day when Kyle laid his head on my shoulder and we hadn’t even started. (you know I’m kidding) For real though it’s probably one of the biggest things I miss about my kids being so little.


Well, as we gawk over their cuteness I just want to congratulate my good friends Curtis and Michelle on making it to 6 months with 3 kids under the age of 3. You two are amazing parents and I just cherish our friendship!



Welcome to my Studio

Hey Guys, I’m so excited to show you my fabulous studio. This has been a dream of mine since I bought my first professional camera. In 2006 my husband and I bought our first home which was around 900 square feet. with a growing business and dream I was unable to fit clients in to the home and I didn’t want to spend money renting a place. I would lugged my studio equipment to homes and back which was a lot of work! Last year (2015) my husband and I were blessed to move to Allendale where I could have my own space!

Welcome, lets have a visit.


(as of February 2017 I now have seamless paper backdrops available)

Here I love to display the multiple different swaddling wraps and outfits available to newborns. 4y1a2133


Straight ahead and to the right is my changing room. hang your hat and lets take a peak.4y1a2131

 to the left when entering, baby can enjoy a comfy spot to be changed instead of trying to do so on the cold floor or risk soiling a backdrop. My goal is to make you feel as much at home as possible.


Behind you is where you’ll find the many blankets, seats and backdrops I have to offer. This is only some as I am always growing my collection. Have a favorite color? no problem!


To your left is the entrance to the studio along with a pocket door that leads to my office. Hope you’ll come visit again soon.4y1a2134

Thanks for stopping by!