life with a newborn :: liesel

After years of living around the Unite States, Meghan came home again. Because home is the place you go when it's time for a daughter to be born. Especially when that home includes your mother and grandmother (your baby's grandmother and great grandmother) and nearly a century of history in that small town, and nearly as long of a history in the very house you're renting out. There are roots here, and from deep roots one can grow the tallest branches. 

Liesel is a lucky baby. 

mini sessions :: spring 2017

Spring! Glorious spring! And mini-session day couldn't have asked for better weather, although a bit less wind might have been preferable. Six awesome families came out for the minis and we strolled around Provin Trails making conversation and photographs, playfully. 

As you know, I usually only do minis once or twice a year. But this year -- because I KNOW they're in high demand -- I'm going to be doing a bonus round of them in JUNE. See the bottom of this post for more details.

But for now, have a look at the results for the Spring edition!

The bonus round of Summer Mini-Sessions will be happening June 18th. Park location TBD (somewhere in the Grand Rapids or surrounding area). But save the date! And follow me on FB and IG (@brookecollierphoto) to be the first to know when tickets go on sale in a couple of weeks! 

life with a newborn :: naomi rae

Since their freshly-turned-6 son was born, I've been photographing this beautiful family. I can't tell you what an honor that kind of longevity is, and how amazing it is to see them expand and make room each time for another tiny human. This time, a daughter, their first daughter, sweet Naomi Rae, the one whom the Father promised and predicted in answer to their son's prayers. He is good. All the time. 

Lindsy (the mama) has begun homeschooling their three sons this past year as well, and so their home has this beautiful flavor now of curiosity, experimentation, creativity, and learning. I ended up taking many detail shots that give evidence of this beautiful venture in their home and family life, as I hope that that also will be sweet to reminisce about with the help of these photographs in the years to come. 

life with a newborn :: arlie jack

Sweet Arlie Jack was born almost exactly 24 hours after my little Maeve! Since I've been photographing his family for over a year now (including his big brother's birth and newborn session) and have grown in friendship with his mama, Karissa, I was really excited to be able to come out and spend a little time with him. He's so squishy and yummy! Oh my! 

This family loves one another so well and so heartily. Together with their bullies, they're a pretty darn adorable family. See for yourselves!

family photojournalism :: the menkveld-tiedt family

A baby changes everything. For this family, it meant moving to a more family-friendly city where they could raise their baby boy. They've made such a lovely home here and are adjusting to life in a new city all while caring for one very busy and happy little son. He's not quite 1 year old, and I'll bet it's been one of the fullest and most rewarding years of their lives so far.