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Thank You, Michigan: A Kalamazoo Photographer's Gratitude for Shared Stories in 2023

As I reflect on the incredible year that was 2023, I am thrilled to share the highlights and memories that defined my photography journey here in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Family holding newborn baby

 We shared in the joyful moments as families welcomed new members on a cold winter morning

Couple standing under flowering tree

We witnessed the love of this amazing couple who celebrated their 2020 marriage and baby on the way with family and friends...

Father holding son in air

We said goodbye to this family as they prepared for a move to a new state

We felt the joy that comes with a piece of sidewalk chalk on a summer evening with this family

family hugging dog

Young girl walking dog

and somehow, 10 years of photographing families flew by. My earliest clients, those wide-eyed toddlers, and cooing newborns, are now entering their teenage years.

When I wasn't photographing families, I was working with local businesses to tell their stories. I worked closely with the Michigan Department of Education to photograph Michigan-grown food from farm to school in support of locally-grown food and Michigan businesses.

Being able to witness firsthand the dedication and passion Michigan farmers put into raising their crops from seed to harvest has been a highlight of my career.

And thanks to my ongoing partnership with Taste the Local Difference, I've had the immense privilege of bringing the stories of Michigan's passionate food businesses to life. Their dedication to craft and the local bounty make Michigan a true culinary haven.  Here are a few of my favorites from these sessions...


Freshly picked radishes from Flatwater Farms

mother pig with piglets on a farm

Piglets at Tiger Valley Ranch in Fennville Michigan

bees in a bee house

Busy bees at ValleyHUB in Kalamazoo

onions growing in a row on a farm

A row of sweet onions at Crisp County Acres in Holland

drone image of a jogger on a trail

Drone image of a jogger on a trail at Marken Glen Park for Kalamazoo County Parks

woman working on an urban farm in Detroit mIchigan

Woman harvesting beets in downtown Detroit at Keep Growing Detroit

peanut brittle

Peanut brittle from Papa's Peanut Brittle of Kalamazoo

woman holding eggplant

From Comstock to Detroit, every session pushed me to discover new perspectives and refine my storytelling skills. But, what truly made these sessions extraordinary were the remarkable people who shared their lives with me.

To my clients, collaborators, and the incredible people who trusted me with their stories, I can't thank you enough. Your support and trust have made this photographic journey as a Kalamazoo photographer not just rewarding but profoundly meaningful. I look forward to the adventures that 2024 holds!


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