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Our Superhero Got a Sidekick! Sweet Baby C’s Fresh 48 and Newborn Shoot in Zeeland

Remember this favorite little superhero from Zeeland? He just got a sweet little sidekick!

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I love getting to work with families over and over again, and these beautiful transplanted French kiddos are no exception!

Big Brother Newborn Sister French siblings with O'Chung Photography

Baby C was born just after Christmas, so I couldn’t resist including some wintery magic in the mix. Can you tell her big brother is excited? He liked the hat I crocheted for him, but LOVED getting to hold his sweet little sister. And she just looked adoringly back!

Sweet christmas winter magic big brother newborn sister with crocheted santa elf hats and twinkle lights

One of my favorite things about newborns (besides their teeny tiny sweet snuggles) is getting to visit them in the hospital before they come home. I call them Fresh 48’s, since these are generally within 48 hours of the little one’s arrival, but in Baby C’s case I got to see, hold, and capture her within 8 hours of her being born at Zeeland Hospital!

Sweet Fresh 48 Session at Zeeland Spectrum Hospital with O'Chung Newborn Photographer

I’m pretty sure Baby C (and her mama!) enjoyed those first hours of quiet, uninterrupted sleep… when her big brother was around, she was much more interested in everything going on around her. Even the super-soft sweater grandma knit and her adorable snowsuit didn’t lull her off to Lala Land!
Sweet wide awake newborn with a knit yellow sweater and jean dress in West Michigan

Sweet big brother newborn sister French siblings in neutral browns with West Michigan's O'Chung Newborn Photographer

Sweet sleep eventually did come, but was short-lived.

Sweet sleepy chubby French newborn girl in pinks and purples with O'Chung Photography in West Michigan

Sweet Sleeping Chubby Newborn with blue flowers in Zeeland West Michigan

Then it was time for more food. Good thing I always build lots of time in for snacks during the session!Sweet chubby crying newborn with French Mom in Knit Yellow Sweater and Jean Dress in West MI

I know a lot of parents worry about how kids will act during a session, especially when it comes to newborns, as we just don’t know if they’ll be interested in sleeping or not! But I know life happens, and I’m all about capturing the real-life moments in-between the poses. Sometimes these are the shots that will make them smile the most, and I know parents treasure having these memories just as much as their little ones will someday!

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I am always so honored when parents entrust their sweet little ones to me, especially in the hectic, tiring time right after they’re born. These little international kids are currently soaking up time with grandma and grandpa who are visiting from France, which keeps things even more interesting! But everyone was smiling by the end, and these first moments of a little superhero and his sidekick together are going to be carried with them forever. I can’t wait to deliver their artwork and canvas to them soon!

In the meantime, I’m starting to think that quote might be true:

Being a superhero is awesome, but sometimes being a big brother is even better than being a superhero!
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Do you have a little one arriving this next year?and we’ll get you scheduled in now! I can’t wait to help capture precious memories that your children can pass down and treasure throughout their lives!

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Holland MI Garnett Family at Lake Michigan Sunset with O'Chung Photography

Colorful Fall Sunset Shoot with the Garnetts in Holland, MI

 

If there’s one thing I love, it’s sunsets. Especially in the fall.

There’s just something about glorious colors painted across the sunset sky, with fall leaves gently framing the edges, that brought me to tears as a child trying to capture the scene for others to enjoy. And as a photographer today, it was a fun evening indeed doing just that with a family we love!

With the Garnett Family’s two dogs in tow, we knew we’d need some help. My husband came armed with off-camera lighting, and some friends came along to keep the dogs’ attentions and just join in the fun. The team effort was worth it – we got incredible shots! Then again, it wasn’t hard. Check out the subjects! πŸ™‚

We started at Prospect Park, one of my favorite places to shoot in the fall. The golden light streams perfectly through the trees, and there were plenty of dogs around to distract our subjects!

Garnett Family Funny Labradoodles Distracted Dogs in Fall Leaves at Prospect Park with O'Chung Photography

Come on, dogs, look at the camera! πŸ˜‰

Eagle Crest Family at Golden Hour in Prospect Park with O'Chung Photography and Labradoodle Dogs in Colorful Fall Leaves: O'Chung Family Teen Photographer

That’s better… good thing we had such great helpers!

Prospect Park Garnett Family in Colorful Leaves at Golden Hour with Labradoodles: O'Chung Family Teen Photography in Holland MI

Prospect Park Family in Colorful Leaves with Labradoodles: O'Chung Family Teen Photography in Holland MI

Eagle Crest Academy Family at Prospect Park Collage Bench with Labradoodles Leaves and Red Frame with O'Chung Photography

Prospect Park Fall Family Shot on Bench with Labradoodles with O'Chung Family Photography in Holland MI

After some time playing in the leaves at Prospect Park, we hurried over to Lake Michigan to catch the sunset next to Big Red. We stopped along the path to catch this one…

O'Chung Family Photography's Big Red Sandy Sunset Sesion on Lake Michigan in the Fall with Labradoodles

…and then made it to the beach at just the right moment! What a beautiful family!
Breathtaking WOW Church Family Reflected Sunset over Lake Michigan with Labradoodles by O'Chung Family Photography

The dogs wanted their turn too… πŸ˜‰
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…and so did the people!
Lake Michigan fall Sunset with Eagle Crest Family Garnetts and O'Chung Family Teen Photography

As the sunset disappeared over the horizon, and the light faded away, we took a few more fun pictures by the lighthouse in front of the gorgeous fall foliage before heading together to a fun, friend-filled dinner.
Big Red Folliage in the fall sunset with Eagle Crest Family Garnetts and Labradoodle Dogs

 

 

One of my favorite things about photographing new friends and old is helping people to find creative ways to share their favorite photos. I worry when people “simply” buy a CD of their images after their shoot. I know people have the best intentions, but all too often the time a family takes to organize, plan, and take fun pictures at their shoot simply never gets to be enjoyed when life gets busy, the CD gets lost, and/or images never end up printed. I’m more than happy to provide the CD for families as a backup, but my goal is to do the hard work for them and help get their precious memories up on their walls in creative ways to be seen and remembered, as the family deserves. In this case, the Garnett Family decided to display their sunset artwork as a gorgeous canvas on their wall where they can see it and smile every day, along with smaller professional artwork in holiday frames around their house to enjoy. Even their dogs have a great view of the family from their cages! πŸ˜‰

We were honored to help create the perfect Christmas message for them along with their gorgeous pictures to share with family and friends in a card over the holidays, as well. So fun!

O'Chung Christmas Cards 2016 Fall Prospect Park Lake Michigan Sunset 1

O'Chung Christmas Cards 2016 Fall Prospect Park Lake Michigan Sunset 2

Thanks again, Garnetts, for the chance to help capture part of your family – fluffy members included! And many thanks to all the fabulous behind-the-scene helpers (Morgan, Eric, Sang Mark) who made the day a success. I just hope everyone had as much fun as I did! πŸ˜‰

 

 

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The Linda Family’s Sleepy Newborn Shoot in Grand Rapids, MI

 

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Remember this super-fun couple? Soon after their maternity shoot around Holland, I had the honor of capturing their precious, sleepy son in action. I’ve heard he didn’t stay sleepy for long, but he sure did a good job for me at his first-ever photo shoot! This adorable little guy was NOT one to be swaddled… but he WAS ready to jump into the great wide world outside, and was happiest when he could STRETCH out during his naps and put his hands on his ears!
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I can never get over the tiny details of a sleepy newborn! His parents will treasure these memories for a lifetime.
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This blanket backdrop and teddy bear were his mama’s when she was born, and I just happened to have a bear hat on hand. Joy is just a teddy bear (and sleepy, snuggly newborn) away!
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Did I mention he likes to stretch as he sleeps? πŸ˜‰
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After a quick feeding and diaper change, we took some life-style pictures with mom and dad. Their room was a bit cooler (without the lovely heater beside us), so Baby B decided to wake up for this part of the shoot. But it didn’t seem to matter – awake or asleep, this guy was chillaxed and knew how to handle himself in front of a camera!
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Check out this gorgeous pillow Baby B’s aunt made!

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Welcome to the family, Baby B! Keep growing strong, and get some sleepy time in for mom and dad. Their lives will never be the same. πŸ™‚

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It was such a blessing to be able to capture this little guy in the first week of his life. By the time I met with his parents a couple of weeks later to share his shoot, he had already changed! It’s for this reason that I love to help preserve these moments professionally for parents to look back on and smile. The tiny features are so quickly lost in the midst of those first sleepless nights and long days… then suddenly he’s enjoying tummy time, smiling back at you, and showing his personality… and you realize it’s time for his 3-month shoot later this week!

 

Do you have a little one coming or know someone who does?O'Chung Photography Contact Me Buttonand we’ll get something scheduled. I can’t wait to help you preserve these precious memories for all time!

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Senior Family O'Chung Photography Holland MI

Theo’s Holland High 2017 Senior + Family Session

Sometimes, the idea of a Senior Shoot just seems a little intimidating. It’s all you, just one person, trying to be yourself with a (granted, friendly and fun-loving) photographer you’ve met once or twice before in your pre-session consultations. Why not have your family jump in and have a few laughs along the way!? Especially when you’re shooting at the park you grew up playing in with your brothers, and even more so when your last family pictures were 12 years before?! In this case we combined two sessions into one, but other seniors have opted to do an add-on and take just a few shots with their family or a few friends.

Theo and his family were a joy to photograph. They were fun, easy-going, and so photogenic! The light was perfect, too… a storm had rolled in right that afternoon, in typical Michigan fashion, but the light broke through just before their shoot.

Here are a few favorites from this sweet, welcoming, adventurous, Star Wars-loving family!

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O'Chung Senior Teen Family Photographer Holland High School Brothers Composite

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Aren’t “little sisters” great!? πŸ˜‰

And then we focused on Theo. And he rocked his session!

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Holland High School O'Chung Senior and Teen Photography Silhouette golden light collage

“In my experience, there is no such thing as luck.” “Do or do not – there is no try.” “Now, be brave and don’t look back. Don’t look back.” – Star Wars

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O’Chung Photography – or, What’s With The Name?

 

A lot of people have been asking where the “O’Chung” in O’Chung Photography comes from, so I thought I’d fill you all in on the story! πŸ™‚

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It all began… well, in a lot of different places. Which is kind of the story of my life. About 4 years ago I was in Michigan visiting family and friends in-between stints teaching missionary kids with Wycliffe in East Africa. I took a trip up to Holland, MI to say goodbye to some good friends before heading back overseas, but when I got there, they had a surprise.

“So… there’s a guy coming tonight that wants to meet you… wouldn’t it be funny if you hit it off?” my friend asked.

“Seriously?” I was incredulous. “No way! I’m leaving in a week to teach in Tanzania for TWO YEARS!” I couldn’t imagine how anything good could come of this.

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Christmas in East Africa with K-2 Students

Turns out we did hit it off – and spent almost two hours that night talking about our faith. But despite this, I was leaving for Africa and really didn’t know if or when I’d be coming back to the States long term. It wouldn’t be fair to try to start something under the circumstances. And besides, I just knew this amazing guy would be snatched up long before I got back to American soil! So despite his kind, friendly and prayerful Facebook messages over the next 18 months, I pretty much ignored him and tried to focus on where I was.

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Unbeknownst to me, the guy had his own interesting back story. Several years before our ill-timed introduction, Sang Mark and his brother had moved to Seattle from Seoul, S. Korea to do a study-abroad program. When his family immigrated to Canada a few years later, the people translating their birth certificates got a bit confused and left it to the family to choose a single spelling for their last name. Although Jung would have been a lot more phonemically accurate, they settled on the popular spelling of Chung. (Who goes for accuracy when there’s a new culture to assimilate into, anyway?!)

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SM and I visiting his family in Vancouver

Fast-forward a few years and over a couple continents. After those 18 months of learning more Swahili, teaching amazing kids and actively ignoring that friendly Korean who I’d met just before leaving, I realized that I’d most likely be heading back to the States permanently. I figured it might be time to see if said guy was still around and interested in talking. Turns out he was, so we started emailing, and texting… and then dating, once I was back on the continent. And eventually this sweet, patient guy with the last name of Chung asked me to marry him, and I said yes!

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Soon after announcing our engagement, my mom made a cool 3D-printed key chain for me as a gift with my soon-to-be last name. When she showed it to her middle school students, they all looked at her and asked, “Wait! Her new last name will be O’Chung?”

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Upon hearing the story, my now-husband SM and I laughed, and realized it was the perfect blend of his Korean heritage and my own European but almost non-existent Irishness. The name just seemed to stick, and when it came time to create a name for my photography business a few months into our marriage, the answer was obvious.

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The name O’Chung encompassed not just a fun blend of last name mix-ups, but also the mixture of cultural experiences, international friends and multicultural lives that our marriage (and my passion for photography!) brought together. And just as we had both been welcomed in by families and individuals around the world when we were far from home, I hope that people from all languages and backgrounds will feel equally comfortable and completely themselves both in our home and in front of my camera.

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So no matter where you’re from or how YOU spell your last name, we look forward to welcoming you into our lives as both clients and soon-to-be friends! Until then,Β  I’ll be here editing pictures and practicing my pitiful Korean skills in a cool Irish accent… πŸ˜‰

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The friends who brought us together 2 years before!

The Linda’s Adventurous Maternity Memories in Holland, MI

 

There are stages in everyone’s life that are both precious and that we wish could hurry up. Don’t we always look longingly at the next stage of life and almost miss the here and now? Graduating from HS, for instance. Meeting the man you’ll marry. I haven’t yet had my own children, but I can only imagine the joy, anticipation, and nervous impatience all wrapped into those 9 months of carrying your tiny child before they’re born!

I was honored to capture these maternity moments for the Linda couple/family. They may be excited to finally see the face of their new son, but they weren’t too busy looking forward to have fun together in the now! They were truly a blast to work with and we laughed the whole way through. I know sometimes photography sessions aren’t the most comfortable for guys, but this soon to be daddy took it all in stride and even seemed to enjoy the process. I loved his positive go with the flow attitude, the mama’s willingness to step out on rocks, and how neither hesitated to get their feet wet, clothes sandy, and be a little bit silly for some fun shots. By the end of the evening, we not only had way too many amazing pictures to choose from, but my assistant husband and I knew we had found some amazing new friends!

I’m eagerly awaiting the call to go meet their tiny son at the hospital to capture the next miraculous stage of their lives. But in the meantime, I’ll share some of our favorite shots from their super-fun maternity shoot.

It’s always fun when the very first shot of the day becomes one of your favorites. Isn’t she gorgeous?

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Then we brought dad into the picture.
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…and the little one… πŸ™‚
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I knew we were in for a great time when one of the first things the couple agreed to do was go walking with the Wright Brothers at the airport. They’re going to be such fun parents! πŸ™‚
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When I learned that this daddy was just as much of a car guy as my husband, I knew we had to get some pictures with his car! One of these just might adorn their little guy’s room someday πŸ™‚
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Then we were off to the beach for some sand between our toes and more laughter along the way. This couple’s adventurous spirit made my job easy!

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beach collage O'Chung Maternity Holland State Park

 

…and because dad didn’t want to be left out…
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From there we headed to the pier and took some gorgeous model shots of this soon-to-be mama!
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…and we finished up with a couple of last-light shots of them just being themselves… both serious and fun! πŸ™‚
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Did I mention how great they’re going to be as parents?!

 

 

Just as with any shoot, we created some custom artwork for this couple. Except that with so many great shots, we couldn’t just choose one! So here they are πŸ™‚

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Thanks again, Lindas, for allowing me to join you for this super-fun memory-filled evening, and for welcoming my husband and I as new friends. We can’t wait to meet your new little one in just a few days! πŸ™‚

 

 

 

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Kids Will Be Kids… (or) What to Expect at Your Session








So often, we expect our kids to be mini-adults at the flick of a button. Don’t get me wrong – I’m a huge believer in holding kids to high standards and expecting them to be respectful and kind! But there are times and days when the filter we wish they had over their mouth… simply disappears. And that gorgeous dress we just put them in? Gets covered in dirt the moment they step out the door. The truth is, there are some things our favorite little people just aren’t capable of doing. Like sitting still for a 30 minute session in their perfectly arranged dress. (Let’s be honest… adults can’t do that either!)

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And that’s ok. As a K-3 teacher of 6 years, and a lover of littles, I get it. I know kids will be kids, often at the moment we most want them to be mini-adults. I know kids need breaks, and that they need to move. Be ready for your child to be tired after playing hard during their session! Bring a water bottle and a non-messy snack along for break time – these real-life moments make some of the best pictures too! πŸ™‚ Know that you’ll probably be in front of the camera for a few shots as you interact with your child. And be ready for us to transition from one thing to the next just as fast as your child can move.

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I often say that I’m a β€œreal-life” photographer. I love to incorporate fun, play, and daily life into my sessions, and I am all about helping capture images of your child in the midst of daily life. While I can’t realistically come to your home and follow your child around for a full day, I WOULD like the pictures I take to be some of your favorite memories of this stage of their lives. It’s helpful if you prepare them ahead for the idea of what’s going to happen, but I also know that things rarely go β€œas planned.” That serious expression, a few tears, or just being a goofy kid having fun? We can work with that!

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So prep your child, tell them my name, and by all means let them know I’m someone you expect for them to listen to and respect. But then, chillax! Remember that your child feeds off of your emotions – they can read us better than we know! So if you’re stressed and worried about getting everything perfect before the shoot, chances are your child will be grumpy and stressed too. Talk with me ahead of time about your concerns*, get everything ready the night before, and then the day of, relax. Bring something to do during the session, and let me do my job. And with a little love, and a lot of running around, I’ll get you some of your most treasured keepsakes that you’ll look back on with smiles for years to come!

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Notes and Ideas:

*I meet with clients before their shoot either in person or via email to brainstorm and plan together. I love to learn about your child(ren) so I can capture what makes them tick. This consultation time is extra fun if parents come with ideas already in hand or a Pinterest board of styles and ideas you can share! We’ll work together to make this shoot all about your child and YOU!

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Is your child obsessed with Thomas? Have him bring some trains to tell me about and a conductor’s hat to wear. Super-hero lover? Grab a partial mask and a cape and let them role play. Budding drummer? Bring a few pots and pans for us to set up and a couple of wooden spoons and we’ll let them express themselves as they do at your home. Does your daughter love all things princess and still sings “Let it go” continually? While I’ve found that the super-plasticky Halloween costume dresses don’t make the prettiest pictures, give her a twirly dress and the appropriate hair bows… and whatever other props she plays with continually at your home. I believe in capturing the passions, joys, and favorite aspects of whatever stage of life your child is in. So let me know a few of your child’s favorite things, and we’ll work together to incorporate them in to the forever-memories were about to create and that you’ll love for years to come! They’ll enjoy their time more, their expressions will be more real, and you will forever remember (with a smile) those days of pan-drumming that led to an all-state soloist in high school!

 

Did you know?!?

Princess O'Chung Photography Inspirational Artwork

Every O’Chung Photography session comes with a free inspirational artwork design, created just for you! Do you have a favorite verse, quote, or something you want your child (or family) to be encouraged by every day in a unique way? Check out a few of our designs, then start dreaming up your own ideas to bring to your consultation before the shoot. We’d LOVE to help make you and your child smile every time they come in the door!

 

 

Excited to get your session booked? Contact Crystal Chung O'Chung Photographyand we’ll create a stress-free, fabulous and fun session just for you!
I can’t wait to help you get timeless artistic memories on your walls
that make you smile every time you walk in the door!

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