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Tonight I wanted to write something kind of special that is near and dear to my heart.  For those who don’t know me well, I was very close to my dad.  As a matter of fact, from the age of 11, my dad raised me as a single parent. A lot of my upbringing has been mainly unconventional, but regardless of my unconventional upbringing, I was daddy’s girl.  It’s been sixteen years, since my dad passed away, but I still carry so many great memories of him.  He taught me how to fish.  He encouraged me to play sports. He wanted me to travel and see the world. He even gave me my first camera.  It wasn’t until after I graduated that my dad and I were beginning to be friends.  Unfortunately, due to his declining health, our friendship was very short lived.  Looking back, my dad tried his best to stay connected with me, spend time with me, and, at times, really try to hear me  when most of the time, as an angry teenager, I would try to push him away.  He was persistent. icon smile //FATHERS DAY//

I’m really, truly grateful for having grown up with a father who was present for me.  I know it wasn’t easy to raise a child on his own, let alone a girl, and I know he did the best with what he had.  Lucky for him, I wasn’t as big of a jerk as I claimed to have been to him. But because of my dad, I really did have a solid understanding of what it means to unconditionally love someone, and, because of him, I learned to be empathetic towards others.

People have asked who is Emery in regards to the name of my business.  Emery is my dad.  I love being a photographer and I love my dad.  When I first started my business in 2006, I knew I wanted to honor him and be a representation of him.  They best way I knew how was carrying his name with me.  In my eyes, my dad represented Love. I have a great deal of love for my work.  I have a great deal of love for the people I meet and photograph.  I know that my photographs are for the love my clients have for those who are near and dear to their hearts.  It’s an honor to have my dad’s name be the headline of my business and it’s an honor to photograph the amazing and courageous people I meet, and I don’t regret for keeping the name as my business has transitioned over the years.

There are times I dreadfully miss him. However, I learned recently that he’s been with me this whole time.  He’s never actually left.  Knowing that, my heart feels full again….not that it’s really ever empty but it’s that feeling of wishing he was here that I realize he really is here.  I know my dad is proud of me and I know, as he has always done, love me unconditionally.

From my dad and I to all of you who are still Daddy’s girl …. and Daddy’s boy, Happy Father’s Day!

Xo.

Jesamin

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February 14
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12913 122 Gauge Your Self Love:  6 Questions To Ask YourselfThroughout all the moments, creations, accomplishments in life, these are only pieces to life’s puzzle; or seasons to your ultimate collection-You!

 If this question goes unanswered, it can affect your life, even small moments in your daily living.  Not being self-aware will trickle…

into negative energy radiating off your body broadcasting to the world, 

unconscious living,

possibly what you are inviting into your life without full awareness, and

what others are feeling towards you.

It is your duty to live true to yourself!  To learn to love what you have, to create to love and love to create.  If you do not love yourself, how do you expect to fully be able to love someone else?  Issues will always arise even if you may be blinded by the love for someone else in current moments.  There will also be an emptiness in which you will try to fill…searching, yearning, seeking…endlessly not seeming to go anywhere.

I ask you to subtly pay more attention to yourself.  When you wake in the morning, be present in the morning and honor yourself.  Set your intention for what you want to accomplish for yourself that day-regardless of everything else you HAVE to do.  Create time and space to honor yourself each and every day.  Ask yourself important questions:

Do you love yourself enough to:

Forgive yourself and others?

When your level of forgiveness comes into question, then your level of respect is in question as well.  If there isn’t a certain standard set, everything is a loose cannon.  Knowing what you are willing to forgive and not forgive is respecting yourself in what you are willing to tolerate, which is the level of love your have for yourself and those in your life.

Improve your body’s current condition with exercise and nourishment this world of ours gives us as energy?

If you don’t love your body you are willing to feed it processed, lack of nutrient food while cruising through life on the couch.  If you love yourself, you feel the respect your body deserves by making its physicality the best it can be to support you through life.

Follow your heart and honor your soul?

We can always gain knowledge and expand our minds, but our heart always leads up to where it wants to be happy.  Respecting yourself means respecting your heart.  Living in the present moments shows true value in the fact you want to listen to yourself and see where your heart and soul are most loved.

Expand your wealth and knowledge your brain thirsts for?

Do you spend time learning or do you wander aimlessly through life feeling slaved to others?  Some of us feel that we are happiest when we are helping others.  I am not saying that isn’t true but there is still a certain level of respect you must have for yourself to be able to help others the best you can.  Challenging yourself through expanding your mind can help keep you tip top and know a little more information each day that may be valuable to help others around you.

Be vulnerable and completely open to others and life?

To be vulnerable and open is to have trust.  If you don’t love yourself, then you don’t trust yourself and if you don’t trust yourself then you can’t trust others.  Let this soak in and evaluate your level of vulnerability to the world and those most important to you.

Reading this may seem pretty scary to some of you, but the good news is that is the first step to loving yourself.  Realizing and becoming aware of things in which you need to work on to be the best version of yourself-your ultimate collection, is like opening the floodgate to self-love.  Yes there will be moments when you feel extremely overwhelmed, but peace and beauty will come from it-this I can promise you.  It may not be as soon as you’d like, but if you are open to loving yourself it will be.  The love for yourself will arise; others around you will notice it too.

Questions that used to bother you will no longer seem important…things will seem to just fall in place with less worry, anxiety and stress.  You must love yourself to love the world around you.  How will you love yourself today?

 

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August 24
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Clouds filling up the sky.  Sand sifting through your toes.  Tiny little waves crashing on the shore.  This was the setting for Susie and Kellen’s  Part I of their wedding on the beaches of Grand Haven.  Their wedding was filled with only the closest friends and family members as they witnessed Susie and Kellen exchange nuptials.  It was simple, smalled, and filled with so much love.  Kellen’s two little girls were also participants with the ceremony, including the sand pouring as a gesture of uniting the four of them as a family.  I loved that Susie was delivered to the ceremony site in her soon-to-be Father-in-law’s pink Cadillac and that her colors were teal and orange for a beach wedding.  It’s a great reminder of how fun and vibrant summer can be and how Susie and Kellen are.  Kellen was so calm, collected and so absolutely sweet as he waited for his bride to arrive.  There was no doubt you can see the love in their eyes and what their really meant for them.

Part II of their wedding weekend extravaganza took place the following evening at the Knights of Columbus.  Their reception stayed true to the fun beach theme from the day before.  There was hula hooping, an ice cream sundae bar, lots of dancing, alot more friends and family, and tons of love and laughter.  It was a great night for 2 nights of wedding fun.

Congratulations Susie and Kellen!!  Your wedding was fun and beautiful and I’m so honored to have been a part of such a fantastic weekend with you guys!

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July 11
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Katie and Mark have been dating for a couple of years and met during med school.  What they have learned about each other since then is that Mark doesn’t put tupperware away and Katie’s a little crazy.  So I asked them what’s the one thing they like about one another and Katie tell me she loves Mark’s hair and Mark said Katie’s a little crazy (hmmm :)).  Their sweet little aussie pup, Cassidy, joined in on their Be Loved session at Robinette’s Apple Haus and Orchard.  We roamed around the orchard and got a little silly and got a little sweet; so sweet I even cried.  Good thing I was hiding behind the camera.  What I know about the both of them is that they are head over heels for each other.

Mark and Katie, you both are a beautiful couple.  I had so much fun photographing you and getting to know you guys just a little bit more.  I am so excited about your Traverse City wedding in August!!

 

 

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March 13
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Lately, I’ve been finding myself to make changes.  Changes to my mind.  Changes to my heart.  Changes to my soul.  I recently came back from a trip from Las Vegas that not only inspired me in improving my work as a business person and as an artist but also myself as a person.  Ironically, Las Vegas seems to be the least likely place to have this kind of reconnect with oneself, but that is just what happened.   I was there for a week with some of my good photography friends from Grand Rapids and I could not have spent a better week as I learn and grow in the business.  I am inspired by humble people.  People who make a point of not taking the relationships they make for granted.  People who love people and are grateful to have people in their lives.  My heart is warm right now.  My heart is open and I’m ready for every next step in my life.  I’m ready to walk.  I’m ready to run.  I’m ready to dance.  And I’m ready to sit and watch for others like myself to do the same, because, that kind of energy only feeds off of each other.  That’s how all of us can pay it forward.

In the past 10 years, I have learned to realize the kind of blessings I have had for myself despite my adversities.  The choices I’ve made through and after those adversities not only make me stronger but also proof that anyone is capable of being a better person.  I’ve learned that, hands down, I have the best friends that any girl could ever ask for.  I have a wonderful family who continues to open their home to me and treat me no different.  I have an education.  I have a roof over my head.  I have a job that not only keeps that same roof over my head, but pays my bills, and keeps food in my refrigerator.  I have a husband who loves me…who truly loves me…and I love him.  All of these things make me grateful, that deep down, I have unquestioningly (if that really is a word) a wonderful life.

Overtime, you will notice some changes.  Not just appearances but the way I express to you who I am.  Because I am cynical.  I have a sense of humor.  I have ideas. I’m loud.  I make mistakes…lots of them.  I learn from my mistakes.  I try.  If I say I’m going to do something, there is a 99.2% chance that I will, and if I do decide I’m going to do something, there is a 98.7% chance I’m going to finish it.  (I just wanted to throw out percentages because I wanted to sound all scientifical)….I’m going to finish the the things I start.  I get anxious.  I get scared.  I get lazy.  I get hungry.  I get tired.  I go to sleep.  Then, I start my day all over again and try to do better than the next day….and I hope you are still with me as I grow to be a better version of who I am.

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October 27
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There is something about fall and being with your loved during the cooling color changing season.  I think it has to do with all of the snuggling up that I love so much.  I’m definitely a snuggler and a snoozer for that matter.  When the weather gets colder, I’m like a bear who needs to go into hibernation.  There’s no waking up until it’s time to eat.  icon smile Shawna and Mike Eat, snuggle, and sleep should be my personal motto for the next 6 months.

Sunday was spent with Shawna and Mike at Grotto Park.  They were so cute and snuggly together.  The park was full of color and I always love the stream running through it.  Shawna kept making me laugh because she couldn’t look at Mike without giggling.  I get such a kick out of things like that.  Nonetheless they are such a sweet couple and I enjoyed capturing the silly little cuddly moments with them.

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On August 29th, 2009, Gretchen and Ryan exchanged personal vows in Williamsburg, MI at the Turtle Creek Casino and Hotel.  Gretchen and Ryan come from Pickney, MI and their plans were to hold their ceremony outdoors on Turtle Creek’s balcony.   Due to the uncooperative weather, their ceremony moved indoors and nonetheless, they remained to have a beautiful and heartfelt ceremony.

Gretchen looked absolutely stunning her wedding gown.  It was so simple and elegant and I could tell just fit her personality.  Both sisters were her maid of honor and both shared funny stories of her growing up.  As for both brothers of the Groom and both Best Men, they shared their undying love towards Ryan.  But the tears didn’t well up for me until Gretchen’s dad stood up to speak.   It just melts my heart when I hear a parent express their unconditional love towards their child especially when it’s from a father to her daughter.  Gretchen’s oldest sister later sang for the couple’s first dance.  Might I say, what a talent and so very sentimental!!  She also  sang another song for both parents of the couple.

What an amazing day as well as evening that I had the honor and privilege to be a part of.

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Ryan and Gretchen, thank you so much for allowing for me to be a part of your special day.  Congratulations to you both!!!!

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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!!