Allan Family: Purely Family

I was referred this fantastic family from a dear friend and was so looking forward to meeting them!!! Jennie first contacted me about taking Ian’s one year pictures and we planned a time to meet.ย  We decided on their house and I was delighted to find the light was *beautiful*!


Colin turned 3 not too long ago and is the best big brother in the world!ย  He is caring and helpful but is also teaching Ian the finer points in wrestling ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ™‚ 2014-07-27_0002One of Ian’s favorite things to do is read and when we put a book in his hands he was just content to look at the pictures and tell us all about it! 2014-07-27_0003I love getting to know my clients as we are working and this time I discovered that Jennie, Mark and I have a lot in common!ย  2014-07-27_0004First of all, we are pretty fun, laid back parents ๐Ÿ™‚ย  But aside from that we are animal lovers and GAMERS!ย  I am truly an honorary gamer but my husband is a gamer through and through ๐Ÿ™‚ย  So we had some great chats about fun games and life surrounding them ๐Ÿ™‚ 2014-07-27_0005Jennie’s parents stopped in for a bit to have some pictures with the boys and both boys lit up when they saw them come in the door!ย  2014-07-27_0006Ian was getting pretty snuggly closer to nap time.ย  Some of the sweetest moments I love to capture are the moments when mamas and babies are in their own world loving on each other!! And I even got to snap a few moments between Ian and Grandma doing the same thing, how special is that! 2014-07-27_0007Basil the fur baby wanted to make sure he wasn’t forgotten ๐Ÿ™‚ 2014-07-27_0008And while the big family pictures are so important, it is always important to remember who you were before you became a family-ย  a couple ๐Ÿ™‚ 2014-07-27_0009 2014-07-27_0010 2014-07-27_0011Thank you guys for letting me into your life and home to capture your beautiful family!! I had a blast and I hope to see you again soon!! Maybe in front of the camera or on the other side of a game!! 2014-07-27_0012

Until next time!

Run often, smile more!



Kari & Chris: Purely Love


Meet Chris and Kari!!!! Two beautiful and driven people who met at Kentwood Cat Clinic a few years ago!!! Since they first met they have run together, traveled together and of course, adopted a few cats together ๐Ÿ™‚ ย ย  2014-06-19_0030When we were planning their engagement session we were trying to find some places the represented them but also featured the beautiful area that surrounds them!!! (YEA GRAND RAPIDS!)ย  We settled on this adorable part of Cascade in East Grand Rapids!

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We also swung by starbucks, because really, who doesn’t love a good coffee ๐Ÿ™‚ 2014-06-19_0027They both took me to this awesome park by Reeds Lake where they used to run together!

2014-06-19_0026 2014-06-19_0025And we cannot forget that the Cat Clinic, where they met ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Where we met Harvey a very talented cat that Chris taught some awesome tricks ๐Ÿ™‚

2014-06-19_0024 2014-06-19_0023 2014-06-19_0022I had such a blast you guys, thank you for letting my capture your engagement and I wish you the best with your upcoming wedding, its only a few weeks away!!!!!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Enjoy it!


run often, smile more!

Amanda ๐Ÿ™‚

Simpson Purely Family

Happy Friday!!!

So this year I had set a few goals for myself, namely staying on top of my blog… and my financial books.ย  Both have proven to be quite difficult so far but I am proud of the *drastic* difference so far compared to last year!! For instance I am only about one month behind on blog posts compared to basically never blogging… and my quickbooks show that I have entries through midapril, compared to my doing all of last years in the beginning of this april ๐Ÿ˜‰ย  SO … I am quite proud of myself! Below you will see the result of my trying to stay on top of shooting, editing, blogging, finances along with, you know, everyday things… but I am embracing the chaos ๐Ÿ™‚


That being said I bring you a blog post that is a whole lot less chaotic! ๐Ÿ™‚ The Simpson Family!!!

2014-07-18_0001I met Malissa and Matt at Niki and Matt’s wedding last May!ย  After the wedding Malissa told me they had not had family pictures since the girls were basically in preschool…. needless to say , they were over due forย  session ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Check out those orange Chucks!!!! I need to get me a pair of those pronto! I mean they match my logo… so business expense right? 2014-07-18_0002We had to reschedule (several) times due to some crummy weatherย  but thankfully this last date not only turned out, it was fantastic! 2014-07-18_0003It isn’t often I get the opportunity to photograph families with more mature kiddos so it was a real treat to not have to stand on my head and twirl around like a monkey to coax some smiles ๐Ÿ™‚2014-07-18_0004Everything about their session was just so enjoyable!! You could see how much everyone really cared for each other!ย  2014-07-18_0005Such a beautiful family!!ย  2014-07-18_0006This series of Matt and Malissa are my favorite!!! โค 2014-07-18_0007Thank you guys for choosing me to capture your amazing family ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope to have you in front of my camera again before another ten years passes :p


run often, smile more!

Amanda ๐Ÿ™‚

Sarah & Anthony: Purely Wedding

Sarah and Anthony and I officially met over skype after her mom had found me searching for Ann Arbor wedding photographers, I don’t think I could have been more thrilled that whatever google search her mom had done brought my page to the top!

When we first met Sarah told me their main priority was a small intimate wedding with really amazing food…. and they pulled that off without a hitch!


Sarah and Anthony got married in the Arb surrounded by their closest friends and their family members!! It was a beautiful day in the arb, not too hot, just the right amount of bugs and just enough breeze to keep the bugs at bay.

2014-07-15_00022014-07-15_0003When we first started talking I was excited to hear that both were entomologists… you see I had heard them incorrectly and thought they had said etymologist which is the study of origins of languages which I am totally geeked about…. (nerd alert!) but they are in fact ENtomologists.ย  This means they study bugs, specifically beetles.ย  Still equally as cool but something I know nothing about so I was super excited to be surrounded by some awesome people to ask all kinds of bug questions about!ย  I even have a contact to send future iphone pictures of bugs my son catches ๐Ÿ˜‰

2014-07-15_0004Along with being surrounded with family and friends they had Anthony’s sons. Iggy and Enzo.ย  These two were just adorable and absolute hams!

2014-07-15_00062014-07-15_0005I like to encourage silliness in between pictures ๐Ÿ™‚ย  2014-07-15_0007We spent some time taking some pictures at the Arb before we headed over to Zingermans for our *delish* dinner and both Sarah and Anthony were fantastic!!!! Their love and affection towards each other coupled with countless excursions they have been doing research abroad led to many funny moments and even a little research of their own. ๐Ÿ™‚2014-07-15_0008 2014-07-15_00092014-07-15_0010

Next we met up with everyone at Zingermans…. per normal, it was fantastic!! If you are ever in town and are looking for a great restaurant, I would highly recommend Zingerman’s Roadhouse, you will not be disappointed!

2014-07-15_0011 2014-07-15_0013The boys were much more relaxed at the restaurant and even let me take some pictures of just them ๐Ÿ™‚ 2014-07-15_0012And of course we had to nab some father/son portraits!ย  2014-07-15_0015Their gifts were *fantastic* Zingerman’s brownies… they even had a gluten free one for me!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ย 2014-07-15_0014There were these adorable chairs all over and I could not get enough of them… I am 100% positive I need at least two in my house!ย  2014-07-15_0016 2014-07-15_0021I think another favorite part of this weddingย  (ok most of that day was a favorite part!)ย  was their CAKE.ย  Zingerman’s made their cake and made them a BEETLE cake!!!! 2014-07-15_0019The beetles on top are the actual species of beetles that Sarah and Anthony study… how cool is THAT!ย  And the markings on theย  inside of the ‘bark’ are called galleries and it is where Beetles live! (see I learned some cool things while working too!)2014-07-15_0020Everyone loved the cake, even the boys!ย  Any I think I have made little photographers out of them ๐Ÿ˜‰

Zingermans gave the boys a little special sparkling cider for toasts and I think someone was a bit excited ๐Ÿ™‚ 2014-07-15_0017 2014-07-15_0018Thank you guys for a fantastic day!!!ย  I am so honored you choose me to capture and share in your day!! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Hope you had a great honeymoon!


run often, smile more!
Amanda ๐Ÿ™‚

Becca & Wyatt: Purely Love

Meet Becca and Wyatt! I am so excited to blog this session because it is in one of my favorite towns ever, Holland Michigan! ย  2014-06-19_0031Both Becca and Wyatt grew up in the area and were pros at finding all of the beautiful alley ways to sneak behind!ย  2014-06-19_0032Check out this light and everything about this nook!! I just love this! 2014-06-19_0033We just putzed around town and found this adorable store front!ย  It was appropriate because not only did Becca love the dresses but they are hoping to plan a September 2015 wedding! ๐Ÿ™‚ 2014-06-19_0034After walking around town for a bit we decided to stop into to one of my favorite places (and Wyatt’s too!) New Holland Brewing Co! We enjoyed some of their local brews and I got to have my favorite their hard apple cider… from TAP! ๐Ÿ™‚ 2014-06-19_0035We wrapped up the evening visiting Windmill Island an adorable Dutch Themed Park!ย  Becca works there so she knew all of the great places to visit ๐Ÿ™‚ 2014-06-19_0036 2014-06-19_0037This adorable pavilion is where weddings take place so we tried out the spot with a kiss! 2014-06-19_0038This shade-y area was one of my favorite spots, they were so relaxed and comfortable! 2014-06-19_0039Thank you so much for having me out to capture your guys’ love and I hope I get the honor to work with you in the future!!! โค (And thanks to Allison for thinking of me! ๐Ÿ˜€ย  )


run often, smile more!


Jenni & Dave: Purely Love

Meet Dave and Jenni!ย  Aren’t they adorable!??!

2014-06-19_0013Jenni and Dave I met because I am shooting Dave’s brother Ryan and Ashley’s wedding in August so I get to see both of these awesome couples twice! 2014-06-19_0014We met downtown Ann Arbor at the law quad and had some amazing light and beautiful weather after we had to reschedule twice due to freezing rain and freezing weather so we were so thankful for this perfect evening! 2014-06-19_0015 2014-06-19_0016These two are so natural with each other and you can see their love! 2014-06-19_0017 2014-06-19_0018 2014-06-19_0019we closed up the evening with some awesome sun flare photos by a fountain! ๐Ÿ™‚ 2014-06-19_0020 2014-06-19_0021Thank you guys for choosing me to capture not only your engagement but your big day!! Can’t wait to see you in August for Ashley and Ryan and again next year! ๐Ÿ™‚


run often, smile more!
Amanda ๐Ÿ™‚

Gatewood: Purely Family


Introducing the Gatewood Family!ย  I first met April through a mom to mom group on facebookย  (thanks Michele!) as I was scouring forums for a jogging stroller!ย  Thankfully April had the answer to my quest and even better, was willing to BARTER for it! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  So we met in Troy at Firefighters park and got to work on their beautiful family session!ย  2014-06-19_0006Her family is just amazingly adorable and she has an awesome and informative blog to boot!! Check her out at Mama on a Green Mission! 2014-06-19_0007Working with families with littlesย  is sometimes difficult as every (kid) has their idea of how the session is going to go… so to get everyone in one place and smiling is always a minor miracle as well as a circus act!ย  But we managed and over all the session was nearly flawless! 2014-06-19_0008 2014-06-19_0009

My favorite part of the session was when we went to go play in the dandelion field!ย  We had a blast picking, blowing, running and rolling around in child-like wonder!ย  2014-06-19_0010My favorite part of a family session is always photographing the parents alone.ย  Often couples have not had their portraits taken alone since their wedding day!!!! So it is a beautiful thing to be able to take some time and focus on the foundation of the family!ย  2014-06-19_0011Look at their bliss! 2014-06-19_0012Thank you so much for inviting me to capture your beautiful family!!!