Archive for September, 2008

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September 22
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I had a photo session with my girlfriend’s two nieces, Yamilet and Cassandra.

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Both of these girls have an opposite end of the spectrum kind of personality.  Yamilet is chatty, energetic, and silly, while Cassandra is shy, quiet, and reserved.

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But both girls together are just as sweet as can be and both are absolutely stinkin’ pretty.  I can’t even get over it.

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We headed out to Riverside Park for an outdoor session underneath the willow trees and next to the river.

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I was a little concerned on how the weather would be earlier this afternoon but needless to say the weather just happen to work in our favor.

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The images from this session came out stunning and they won’t need their yearbook pictures after all.

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I have known the Burke Family since I was 9 years old.  Kitty, Megan, and I used to play in their basement and build little forts in the corners of the room.

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As a child, life was pretty upbeat because we were together almost all of the time.  Since then we’ve all graduated from the same high school and moved on living our lives.

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So I was honored when Megan asked me to photograph her wedding to the man in her life, Greg.  This guy is so nice and I can see why Megan would want to spend the rest of her life with him.

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The ceremony began at Zion Reformed Church in Grandville.  On my way there, I actually thought it might rain for a minute but it cleared right up and the day was as beautiful as it could be.

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Megan was given away by her brother, Joe.  This kept the water welled up in my eyes because I know how much their Father meant to them and how close they all were to him.   I understood the feeling of him not being able to be there.

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After the ceremony, the bridal party headed down to One Trick Pony to get the party started and shortly afterwards toward the Masonic Temple where the reception was held.

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What was nice about knowing the Burke family my whole life is that we all graduated from the same high school together, so I had a chance to see alot of old and familiar faces and catch up with people I had not seen years.

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Sort of like a high school reunion, if you will, since I missed out on my 10 year reunion this year.

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Congratulations to Megan and Greg!!! I am so excited for the both of you and I hope you have a fantastic time in Puerta Vallarta!!

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September 22
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Miss Ava Rose Vander Boon!!!

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On September 1st of 2008, my very dear and closest friends, Jenny and Jay, gave birth to an absolutely beautiful little girl, Ava Rose.  This little bundle is as sweet as can be and I can’t even explain how happy I am for my friends.

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Seeing her for the first time made me so excited for all of my closest friends who are due this year and who have already had a baby this year!!  I just know life is going to be a whole new adventure for them and I have nothing but profound joy in my heart for them as well.

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Again, I want to say Congratulations to your new addition, Jenny and Jay!!!  I love you both so very, very much!  And I love you, little Ava!  I can’t wait to teach you your first swear word.  icon wink Welcome to the World...

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Lisa, the blushing bride, was referred to Emery & Company Photography by a friend whose wedding I photographed a few years ago.

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Lisa had proposed to Joe this past Februrary and then, they were planning a wedding.

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I love Lisa and Joe’s laid back style and their enthusiasm.  The wedding ceremony and the reception were to take place at Lincoln Country Club located in Walker, MI.

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As humid as it was, it was a fine day to have an outdoor wedding.  Lisa’s dress was beautifully accented with classic red details.  It was beautiful and she stunningly stood out.

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The reception held a live band to whom the bride and groom are close friends with, Fled Five.  This band is so talented and they did such a fantastic job performing at Lisa and Joe’s reception.  These two have been blessed with great friends and a very loving family.

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Thank Huegel’s for letting me be a part of your wedding day.  It was fun and you two are great!!  Keep on Rockin’ Out!!

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September 18
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My friend, Jenelle, her two year old son, Julian, and myself headed out to Holland State Park for the day to photograph her maternity portraits.

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Julian is such a ham!!

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He was far more interested in the sand, water, and seagulls to take any interest that there was camera around photographing him and his antics.

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Truthfully, I think Julian maybe my soul mate.  I like someone who can keep me on my toes and Julian fits that mold.   As far as Jenelle goes, she will be expecting a little girl in November.

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Needless to say, she is very excited about meeting her little girl.  And quite frankly, so am I.  I am so happy to have had the opportunity to photograph Jenelle and her son.  We had so much fun at the beach.

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It was such a beautiful day.  I wish we would have packed a picnic.  I can’t wait to photograph her family when they are all finally reunited in November.

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September 18
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Traci is a long time client of mine who has had me photograph her baby girls in the past 3 years.  Now that her youngest is one year old it was time for them to update their family portrait all together.

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We headed to Millenium Park for the session and I have to say, for my first time ever being there, I was very impressed how nice the park was.  Especially for it being located in a fairly suburban area and so close to the city.

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The expressions her little girls make during our sessions always have all of us in bits of laughter and they are so much fun to chase around and photograph.

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As for this young man, Zach, he is such a great older brother.  I was so impressed how good he is to his baby sisters.  When you see them together, you can tell they love their brother and they have so much fun together.

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To keep updated with the Zimmer family, you can check out their blog here.  Thank you so much, Traci, for once again, photographing your fun family.

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September 10
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At least once a year, my loyal clients, Janet and Chris, call me to photograph their children.  This year they had a new addition to their family, Ari.

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So clearly the portrait update was necessary.

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I love photographing their children because they just have the best smiles, especially now while they are going through tooth fairy season and waiting for those adult chompers to come in.

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And really, their kids just make me laugh.  When Isaac and Norah are together they always do something they are not supposed to.

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Although, this particular session they were much more laid back then usual.

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Thank you, Chris and Janet, for once again allowing me to capture your family’s beautiful faces.  And Congratulations to your new little man Ari!!

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To stay updated with the Carpenter’s and their antics, you can check out their blog here.

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September 10
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The 13th of August was the last Blues on the Mall down at the Rosa Parks Circle.  It was the first time I had been to Blues on the Mall all summer, let alone in the past 10 years.

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It was amazing to see how much different the atmosphere is down at the Monroe center since it has been renovated, but the crowd still seems the same.  I caught up with some old friends and checked out the street dancers.  I love hip hop.  I love break dancing.  And I especially love seeing little kids do both.

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It just puts a smile on my face.  I dream that someday my children will all be little street hip hop dancers.

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September 10
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One of my favorite things to do in the summer time is river tubing, particularly down Muskegon River.  I especially love going during those dog days of summer when it’s so hot you can’t even stand to really be outside.  There is something about having your butt sit in fresh cold water while the sun beats down on your skin and you’re thirsting your quench with a nice cold beer that I find the experience to be as close to being spiritual as going to church regularly and religiously every Sunday.  My girlfriends and I had a day planned in August to make our way towards Newaygo and enjoy our little trip down the river.

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Unfortunately, it was only 70 degrees outside which was far too cold to be floating lazily upon 60 something degrees of water.  Instead, we made a little day trip to Saugatuck and ended up spending our afternoon having lunch out on the patio and people watching at the park.

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I will say this.  There is something about spending time with my girls that make any activity worth doing and worth missing.

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September 08
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For anyone of you who are looking to update your family portraits, October is a great time to do it.  Not only are the colors of the season changing but it’s also a great head start to get some holiday greeting cards made just in time for Christmas.

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Also, portraits are great gift ideas for grand parents and distant relatives who don’t get to see their family as often as they would like.  If you are not interested in family portraits but you know of someone who does then gift certificates are also available for purchase.

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Any family portrait session booked in October will receive either a $25 credit towards greeting card purchases or 2 complimentary 8x10s.  Please, be sure to contact me to schedule a session in October as availability is becoming sparse.  This offer is only good for the month of October and for Family Portrait sessions only.  You may contact me at 616-893-1576 or email me at emerycophoto@hotmail.com

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I look forward in photographing your family’s faces and smiles.