Samantha Impens : Senior 2018

“Be prepared for what will come.” Samantha Impens



East Kentwood High School Senior, Samantha Impens is most passionate about art, drawing and design. She grew to love it because she has been drawing and creating things since she was little and learned to get better and better as time went on. In her free time you’ll most likely find her doing just this.

Although she has dreamt of becoming a fashion designer since she was little, she plans to pursue nursing. Her plans are to attend Grand Rapids Community College after high school and then transfer to a university shortly after.

Sam I wish you the best with your last year in high school!

Are you interested in having your senior photos taken? There is only a small window of time left as we approach the end of fall. I will be accepting clients through November 4th and then I will be taking a break until January 2nd. Inquire a session by filling out my contact form.



The Rose Family

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


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.


Sophia Zolnierek : Senior

“Be all you can be, you are the best you you can be!” -Sophia Zolnierek


Sophia Zolnierek is a Senior at Grandville High School. She is passionate about faith and about being creative! She is in the process of choosing a college but is thinking either Michigan State or Grand Valley State. When she was a kid she dreamt of being a dentist but for now she is still exploring what she’d love to do long term. You may find it interested that this girl loves coconut, pumpkin and coffee (hopefully not all at once).

If I went back to high school (Which I graduated from Grandville!) I’m pretty sure Sophia and I would be the best of friends. This girl is the sweetest and we had so much fun as we walked around the beautiful Millennium Park Meadows and Downtown Grand Rapids.

Sophia I wish you the best year yet and I pray you change the world with your beautiful personality and creativity!

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Ashley : Senior

“Love yourself for who you are because that’s all that matters” Ashley, Senior at Hudsonville High School.


Ashley is entering her senior year and is passionate about music. She feels like music has the power to bring people together. After graduation she hopes to attend a four year college for music. Not only does she love music but she also writes short stories. Who knows, maybe one day you’ll get to hear her sing or read one of her books. I hope your year gives you amazing direction towards the amazing talents you have Ash!

Hair and Make-up done by Panopoulos Salon in Grandville

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Summer Bucket List : 2017

The start of a new season gets me excited. I’m most excited for summer. This will be my first summer where I get to explore and spend as much time with my kids as possible. I could not wait to plan out some of the things we’ll be doing. If your kids are anything like mine, all they want to do is stay inside and play on devices. Well this is going to change. I remember as a kid spending so much time outside that the rule was to be home by dark. Well, Today I’m sharing with you our family’s summer bucket list. I’m hoping this will inspire you on some ideas. I’d also love to hear from you, what are your favorite bucket list items?

Grand Rapids Airplane Viewing Center – Free

Air Zoo

Amusement Park: Michigan Adventures

Barbecue with friends

Baseball Game: West Michigan White Caps

Beach: Millennium Park, Grand Haven, Holland, Tunnel Park to name a few.

Bounce: Rebounderz, Sky Zone, Playworld, Jesters Court

Blandord Nature Center

Cooking class Host or attend one: West Michigan Kids Cooking Classes

Coopersville Railroad July 2017 “Train Robbery”

Day Camp: Spring Hill July 17-21 in Hudsonville, Hogwarts Academy June 15-16 Engine House 5 in Allendale

Fair: Hudsonville Fair August 21-26

Frederick Meijer Gardens

Hike- Free

Lazer Tag: The Lost City

Library: Allendale Library EventsKent District Library

Mini Golf: Craigs Cruiser, Locehners, Pirates Landing

Movie Theater:, Grand Haven 9 Free movies for frequent movie goers, Rivertown Crossings $5 movies all day Tuesdays, Free Kid Flicks at Celebration Woodland.

Movies in the Park: Allendale– Free, Grand Rapids– Free, Getty Drive In

Museum:  Children Museum, Gerald R Ford Presidential Library & Museum, Grand Rapids Public Museum

Picnic at a park: Highly recommended West, MI parks Ada ParkSeidman Park, Garfield ParkManhattan Park, and Rosewood Park, 

Race: Berlin Raceway  US 131 Motorsports Park

Splash Pad:  Local Splash Pads

Sleep Over- Free

Slip n’ slide: June 17th 12-5pm

Star Gazing- Free

Vacation Bible School: See Full List Here– Free life stream kids camp. June 12-14 6-8:30pm

Zoo John Ball Zoo, Boulder Ridge, Binder Park

Print out your summer bucket list worksheet here


I’d love to hear what plans you have that I did not list. Feel free to comment below.

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DeBlaay Family


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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West MI Portrait Locations

Hey friends, I’m so excited to share this with you. When I first started photographing portraits I had the hardest time finding nice places to shoot photos outdoors. Most times it was because the places I knew of attracted a lot of people which made it very difficult to shoot kids who were over stimulated by the multiple things going on. I’d love to share with you some of my favorite places and maybe a few secret places I go.

1.) Motmans’s Orchard: 0-2617 River Hill Dr, Grand Rapids, MI 49534  Visit Their Website Owned by Bob and Marty Motman. Ran by Mike and Beth. Photographers should make sure to call ahead and ask permission to use the orchard.

2.) Rosy Mound: 13925 Lakeshore Dr, Grand Haven, MI 49417  Visit Their Website Cost to Park: $7 daily permits regardless of residency (Machines take credit cards) Only Applicable Memorial day through Labor Day.

3.) Spring Grove Park: 1800 Greenly St, Grandville, MI 49418  Visit Their Website FYI: This is also a wedding venue. For me, I find Sundays-Thursdays are the best days to come here.

4.) Downtown Rockford: I Park at Rockford Brewing Company 12 E Bridge St NE, Rockford, MI 49341 You’ll have the Dam to the North and the Metal Bridge to the south.($15.00 will be added for additional miles from studio for this location) .55/mile greater than 20 miles from studio.

5.) Grand Ravine Park North: 9920 42nd Ave Jenison MI 49428 Website For North & South To get to the covered bridge you’ll drive east until you come to a parking lot next to the Grand Ravines Lodge. The Bridge is down the hill.

6.) Grand Ravine Park South: 3991 Filmore ST Jenison MI 49428 Website For North & South (A VERY Popular Destination in the Fall)

7.) 8th Ave Park: 7050 8th Avenue JenisonMI  49428 Visit Their Website FYI Non-Resident Fee $5.00/person, or a maximum of $10.00 per vehicle. (I have yet to be stopped to pay the fee. Not sure when this is applied)

8.) Grand River Park: 9473 28th Ave. Jenison, MI 49428  Visit Their Website Not to be confused with the Ravines (A lot of my clients do)

9. Ada’s Covered Bridge: 7490 Thornapple River Dr SE, Ada, MI 49301 ($17.00 will be added for additional miles from studio for this location) .55/mile greater than 20 miles from studio.

10.) Downtown Grand Rapids: This spot is located right across from the Amtrak station: 440 Century Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 ($10.00 will be added for additional miles from studio for this location one time for all of Grand Rapids) .55/mile greater than 20 miles from studio.

11.) Downtown Grand Rapids Art Museum Fountain: 101 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 ($10.00 will be added for additional miles from studio for this location one time for all of Grand Rapids) .55/mile greater than 20 miles from studio.

12.) Downtown Grand Rapids: Stella’s Lounge 53 Commerce Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 ($10.00 will be added for additional miles from studio for this location one time for all of Grand Rapids) .55/mile greater than 20 miles from studio.

13.) Downtown Grand Rapids Beautiful White Brick 330 Market Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 ($10.00 will be added for additional miles from studio for this location one time for all of Grand Rapids) .55/mile greater than 20 miles from studio.

14.) Van Raalte Farm Park: 1076 E 16th St, Holland, MI 49423  Visit their Website

15.) Morning Side Park:  across the street from Covenant Presbyterian Church 1015 E 32nd St, Holland, MI 49423 (Parking Available at the church)  Visit their website

16.) Studio 3 is an indoor location found at 1111 Godfrey #330Grand Rapids, Michigan Scheduling and Pricing. For my clients I add this to the contract if this is the location chosen. Feel free to browse the Facebook page for other information and photos Studio 3 Facebook Page

17.) Aquinas College 1700 Fulton St E, Grand Rapids, MI 49506 Provides lots of shade for day time photos. ($10.00 will be added for additional miles from studio for this location one time for all of Grand Rapids) .55/mile greater than 20 miles from studio.


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