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Davis Family // Spring 2019 // Kalamazoo, MI

Davis Family // Spring 2019 // Kalamazoo, MI

Kalamazoo, MI Family Photography

Sophia is 4! // Kalamazoo, MI Family Photographer

Sophia is 4! // Kalamazoo, MI Family Photographer

Kalamazoo, MI family photography studio session featuring the ultra cute, super adorable, sweetest ever 4 year old, Sophia!

Christian - Class of 2019 // Kalamazoo, MI

Senior pictures, hands down, are my favorite. To me, they are so important…it is such a huge milestone in a young person’s life to be graduating from high school, and I am always so honored to be chosen to capture that moment in a teenager’s life. For Christian, it was really awesome for me because I had done his sister’s photos a couple of years ago, so seeing his family again and drawing comparisons with siblings is something I really just love…I had forgotten about how with his sister, Tori, that when we placed her in a certain spot for the photos that apparently we had awoken an ant hill that went bonkers on her, and it was fun to reminisce. Both Christian and his sister were so easy to work with and just easy to be around. Christian put up with my terrible humor at trying to get him to laugh, and he was just amazing to work with as you can see by his photos! It was really difficult for me to narrow down his session because, seriously, all of his pictures were just amazing! I loooooooooooooooooooooooove his photos, so I hope that he an his family love them just as much as I do! I am pretty confident in saying that this young man will do great things in life!

Tannehill Family - Fall 2018 // Kalamazoo, MI

It is just crazy to me that I met the Tannehill family for Aiden’s 3 year session, and our last session was memorializing his 5 year milestone! Time really flies! Since then, I have had the honor of watching the Tannehill family grow to a family of 4 with little Landen! They are such a beautiful family! My own son will be turning 5 soon, and it is so bittersweet to see them change from really needing us to becoming more independent…just the height is what gets me! I notice the same thing when I see Aiden each time! The boys both change so much in what seems like such a short period of time…before we know it, it’ll be time for his senior pictures! AHHH!! SLOW DOWN, BOYS!! :)

"...BUT I ONLY WANT DIGITAL FILES..."

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"...BUT I ONLY WANT DIGITAL FILES..."

I hear this about 95% of the time. I am guilty of this as well. As a photographer, I take thousands of pictures of my own children. Most of them are digital files, and most of them are on a hard drive somewhere, never to see the light of day again. One time, my dog knocked the hard drive over, and...GASP...EVERYTHING WAS GONE!!! Photographers are not responsible to hold your files after delivery after an agreed upon time, so what would you do?! CRY! That is what I did anyway...

WHY ARE PHYSICAL PRODUCTS IMPORTANT?

This is your legacy. This is your family. This is you! This is your family's record. By printing your photos and ordering tangible products, you are preserving your family's record and ensuring that your children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren have your record. You want it in your hands. You want it displayed. You should be proud of what you have created! I practice what I preach. I have walls and walls of framed photos, StoryBlocks, gallery wraps, and metal prints proudly displayed in my home. My children love seeing them! They tell people who visit about their photos. It boosts their self-esteem to see themselves on the walls of their home and see how proud we are of them. At family gatherings, we remember the days together when we took our photos. These are our memories. These are your heirlooms! It is your art. You want to own it.

"BUT OTHER PHOTOGRAPHERS DO DIGITAL FILES ONLY...ALL I NEED IS A USB OR DVD..."

Photographs stand the test of time. It was not that long ago that we had VHS, large camcorders...no cell phones!! Wow! USB drives didn't even exist that long ago! The digital age is upon us, and its future evolution is unknown. Things are being stored on smaller and smaller devices. We have countless logins to cloud storage, social media...these things actually make our photos less accessible in the future. Will you give your children and grandchildren passwords and logins to cloud-based storage when you are old and gray? Are we going to gather our grandchildren around in a circle and pass around a laptop or tablet? (Do we even know if laptops will exist in the future?) One thing is certain in our technology-based world - physical prints, gallery wraps, albums...these things will continue to exist, and it is so important to preserve your history. 

LET YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER DO THE WORK FOR YOU! 

I am not talking about using local labs in the grocery store and the online retailers that like to hand out coupons for free things with every random purchase you make. (Please explain to me why I am receiving a free photo book coupon with my online clothing order?! Back up off me, unnamed company! #youknowwhoyouare). These places are great for Xmas cards, invitations, etc., but NOT for the art in your home. (Don't get me started on how their discolor the images and basically undo all of the hard work your photographer has done for you!) I work with professional labs that ONLY work with photographers, and I am very serious about the quality of products that I deliver to my clients. I have spent hours upon hours researching labs, comparing products, color matching, and ensuring that the quality is there for you so that you don't have to worry about it. When you are hiring a photographer, you should let the pro do the work that he/she is trained to do. 

 

Some of the photos on the wall to be attributed to Emily Jayne Photography & Where the Heart Is (Audrey Schultz)!