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! 🙂

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! 😉

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… 😉
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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! 😉

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! 😉

 

 

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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? 😉
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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. 🙂

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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!

 

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J’s Gorgeous Quinceañera Celebration in Holland’s Baker Lofts and Kollen Park

 

“Beauty is a radiance that originates from within and comes from inner security and a strong character.”
– Jane Seymour


There are moments in every girls life that make us grow up, with or without our knowledge, and I consider it a distinct privilege to be invited into these precious moments and help capture them for all time. J’s 15th birthday quinceañera celebration at Baker Lofts was one of these occasions for this young woman and her family as she took yet another gorgeous step into her future. It was a celebration of a faith that is fully her own, of an extended family that has stood beside and behind her, and of the amazing faithfulness of a God who has and will continue to make her more and more beautiful inside and out each day as she grows fully into the radiant and joyful woman she was made to be!

I met J and her family for pictures at sunny Kollen Park after a lovely service at our church. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the chance to photograph the ceremony at the church, but all the accessories (shoes, jewelry, tiara) she’s wearing in these pictures were given as symbolic gifts at the service beforehand. Each represented her moving forward into her own faith and not just relying on that of her parents. I love the strong spiritual symbolism!

 

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the event, a quinceañera is a Hispanic and Latin American coming-of-age celebration for girls that has a lot of similarities to a wedding… without the groom, of course! There’s the gorgeous 15 year old girl…

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…and her party of damas and chambelanes (girl- and boy- friends), including a “man of honor” who accompanies her throughout the big day.

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Of course, what young woman can come of age without a picture with all her uncles? Watch out guys! I’d say this gorgeous girl is in good hands! 🙂Jade's Quince - Low-Res (32)

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After a few more family and friend pictures, they fixed her dress so she could breathe in the heat, and we grabbed a few more precious pictures with her father before heading to Baker Lofts for the reception.

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That dress! And I thought I had a hard time getting into the car after my wedding. I love these shots of her father helping her in!

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In the interest of space, I will be sharing the rest of the fun in a follow-up post later this week. Get ready for more pictures of this incredible young woman (and that dress!), food, choreographed dancing, lots of cell phones (hey, they’re teenagers after all), and of course, a birthday piñata!

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A World of Fun at Tulip Time’s Kinderplaats!

 

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This year was my first real chance to experience Tulip Time. As a Hope student, we always seemed to leave before “the big event,” and last year we were too busy planning a wedding to stop and smell the tulips! But this year I was determined to enjoy the week to the fullest.

And boy, did I come to understand what the locals mean when they say the week is crazy! My husband and I were glad we lived within walking distance of everything, since we wouldn’t have been able to park any closer anyway.

I got the chance to volunteer as a photographer at Tulip Time’s Kinderplaats, which is a fun and games time for the littles at Kollen Park. The wind off Lake Macatawa brought shivers, but the smiles on kids faces shone brighter than the sun! It was a blast watching the kids get stickers on their “passports” as they raced from one Netherlands province to another and rode fun rides at the carnival.

Here are a few of the pictures from the day (posted with parental permission, of course!)

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Exploring a fire truck is FUN! And so is a rescue boat 🙂

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they were almost as fun to photograph as the people!

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Did I mention it was a bit cold?

Petting Farm Tulip Time Kinderplaats Holland MI Collage

The petting zoo was a big hit for the people AND animals 🙂
Score one for creative parents in the cold!

Camel Kinderplaats Holland MI Collage

I’ve never ridden on a camel before, but it looked like fun!
It was great watching from the sidelines, too 🙂

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This warrior found his own way to stay warm – and made it all the way to the top!

And then there were all the fun Tulip Time carnival rides…

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This guy was having a blast!

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And so were these girls… 😉

Measuring Up Collage

…while these littles saw how they measured up against the height restrictions!

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But this one did!

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What a great end to this fun day!

 

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