I have two kids in grade school and they always came home with the traditional school portrait and I knew that I could take a portrait that truly shows their personality. This is not me saying there is anything at all wrong with the usual school portrait; this is me saying that I wanted a more artistic and authentic portrait of my children as they grew up. And as I inquired around, I found that I was not alone and quickly began taking portraits of a local preschool, daycare center, and schools in the Ada area of Grand Rapids, MI.
I found that it took just a few moments to make the kids comfortable with me and willing to show me a bit of their personalities. I started to get emails from parents asking if I would take their children’s portraits that attended different schools and parents who home-schooled their kids who didn’t have the opportunity for school photos, requests for the family dog to have their portrait taken, and for grandparents to have their portraits done.
As I’ve continued taking these fine art portraits, I fall more and more in love with them. I love hearing the baby giggles that no longer fill my house, telling bad jokes to grade school kids and seeing their reactions, and hearing the amazing stories that grandparents are so willing to share from their life’s journey. I try to capture all of this as these stages in life are so short lived and meant to be cherished.