family photojournalism

family photojournalism :: the mciver family

If these faces are familiar to you, it’s probably because I’ve been photographing them since their eldest daughter was a very small baby. And what a privilege and FUN thing that is. Through all the seasons and life changes and challenges, to keep coming back around to see and celebrate them is really, really great.

Now I’ll leave you with a bunch of stinking adorable photos of these 4 fun-loving folks from their morning spent doing ordinary things at home like getting dressed for the day, playing hide and seek, reading books, drinking coffee and silly dancing to a little jaunt downtown.

I want to give a couple shout-outs to them here, too. Shauna is a REALLY good wedding photographer and Justin recently opened a new chiropractic center here in GR that focuses especially on families.

family photojournalism :: the dandamudi family

While the grandparents were visiting from out of town, Krishna asked me to come do a two hour in-home family photojournalism session for their family. Three generations spending rich time together, inside and out, for days on end, is a such a unique opportunity to make lasting memories (and photographs). These kiddos are SO cute, jumping on beds, crawling around naked while resisting clothing, having sink baths, playing in the sandbox and collecting sticks. And all the while, they’re lovingly surrounded by the presence of their attentive parents and doting grandparents. This is a beautiful family, inside and out. Come have a look…

family photojournalism :: the sellers family

These people are some of my favorite. I’m allowed to say that because they are my family. So many little details in the photos from this session speak to the kind of wonderful people they are. From the athletic clothes giving clues to their family adventures and commitment to caring for their bodies, to the involved coffee-making process that’s a clue to the emerging coffee roasting business my brother is working on, to the books and papers showing their priority attention to loving God and caring for the people of the Church… just a million small things that speak to a beautiful, vibrant family life.

And my favorite shot: the one where mom and dad are trying to have a moment on the back step whilst all four children watch them through the window. Isn’t that how it goes?!

Being a Grand Rapids family photographer is always great, but especially so when you get to turn the camera in the direction of your own family.

family photojournalism :: the vierregger family

It's been a big year for this couple: their baby born, a new job accepted, and a relocation from NYC to Grand Rapids, MI. And the once-baby is now on the brink of turning 1 whole year old. It baffles the mind, how time flies away. So here's to new beginnings in a new home, and with a freshly minted 1 year old. 

Friends, your family is worth this sort of documentation, this sort of telling and remembering, treasuring, and collecting. Reach out this week and schedule your own session. I'm booking into October and November currently. 


family photojournalism :: the saigeon family

Slow Sunday morning in a home beginning at last to feel like such. They ventured out from the city and dared to build a just-right home on some acres of green. The journey to get here was long, and the settling in takes time. Today it had the home vibes. Today they had a lazy linger in bed, a french toast breakfast, crafts made with the recycling, and plenty of coffee. Today there was time under the morning sun, blowing bubbles, playing catch with the dog and checking on the baby birds in their nest, then swinging, hammocking, and checking in on their garden. It was real good. 

I've grown so fond of this family over the years, and this set of photos is one of my favorites that I've made of them.