Rachael Holt Photography: Blog https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Rachael Holt Photography (Rachael Holt Photography) Fri, 27 May 2022 20:24:00 GMT Fri, 27 May 2022 20:24:00 GMT https://rachaelholtphotography.com/img/s/v-12/u839040504-o268829450-50.jpg Rachael Holt Photography: Blog https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog 80 120 Charley & Joey - Forest Hills Eastern Class of 2022 https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2022/5/charley-joey---forest-hills-eastern-class-of-2022 Charley and Joey were one of several sets of twins I had the pleasure of working with this year.  I loved how different they were from each other but at the same time you could see the special bond between them throughout the session.  I'm so glad we got some great ones of them together as well as a ton of amazing images highlighting their differences.  Congratulations on finishing your senior year ladies!  I loved working with you both!

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(Rachael Holt Photography) ada photographer grand rapids senior portraits twin senior portraits west michigan senior portrait photographer https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2022/5/charley-joey---forest-hills-eastern-class-of-2022 Tue, 31 May 2022 20:30:00 GMT
Ian - Forest Hills Central Senior Class of 2022 https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2022/5/ian---forest-hills-central-senior-class-of-2022 The class of 2022 was so incredible to work with and Ian was one of the first on my schedule to set the tone for the season.  He was so great and willing to go wherever I suggested, even when it sounded crazy.  I loved that one of his friends joined him towards the end of the session for a few photos.  Amazing how having your friends around can bring out that big, real grin.  Congratulations on all of your success during your senior year! RHP_4227RHP_4227 RHP_4245RHP_4245 RHP_4246RHP_4246 RHP_4250RHP_4250 RHP_4266RHP_4266 RHP_4277RHP_4277 RHP_4289RHP_4289 RHP_4296RHP_4296 RHP_4299RHP_4299 RHP_4314RHP_4314 RHP_4316RHP_4316 RHP_4330RHP_4330 RHP_4335RHP_4335 RHP_4340-2RHP_4340-2

 

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(Rachael Holt Photography) Ada Photographer Grand Rapids Portrait Photographer Grand Rapids Senior Portraits West Michigan Senior Portrait Photographer https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2022/5/ian---forest-hills-central-senior-class-of-2022 Fri, 27 May 2022 20:23:41 GMT
Rockford senior portraits - class of 2022 https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2022/5/rockford-senior-portraits---class-of-2022 I absolutely loved this session that found us in the photo studio and outdoors downtown Grand Rapids.  We were able to get such a variety of looks, it was amazing!  

 

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(Rachael Holt Photography) Ada Photographer Class of 2022 Grand Rapids Senior Portraits Rockford Senior Photographer Studio Photography West Michigan Senior Portrait Photographer https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2022/5/rockford-senior-portraits---class-of-2022 Sun, 22 May 2022 17:15:00 GMT
Ludington senior Class of 2022 https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2022/5/ludington-senior-class-of-2022 Tamberly came down from Ludington to have her senior photos taken with me.  It was an incredibly hot day but you would never know it by this beauty!   Thank you so much for the opportunity, it was so much fun to work together!

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(Rachael Holt Photography) Ada Photographer Ada Photography Studio best grand rapids senior photographer Grand Rapids child photographer Grand Rapids Family Photographer Grand Rapids Portrait Photographer Senior Portraits senior portraits in flowers https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2022/5/ludington-senior-class-of-2022 Sat, 21 May 2022 16:59:26 GMT
Jack - Forest Hills Central class of 2022 https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2022/5/jack---forest-hills-central-class-of-2022 Jack's family has vacationed in Grand Haven every summer so it only made sense for us to take his senior photos there and to sneak in a family portrait while we were out and about.  Sessions like this one always give me the chance to chat with clients and their parents as we walk from location to location and it was such a pleasure to meet such a wonderful family.  Jack was such a good sport and played along as we tried to get some fun photos that would reflect his personality best.  I think we nailed it. 

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(Rachael Holt Photography) Ada Photographer beach senior portraits Forest Hills Central Photographer Grand Haven senior portraits Grand Rapids Senior Portraits senior portraits on the grand haven pier West Michigan Senior Portrait Photographer https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2022/5/jack---forest-hills-central-class-of-2022 Mon, 02 May 2022 16:52:46 GMT
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(Rachael Holt Photography) Ada Photographer Ada Photography Studio Grand Rapids child photographer Grand Rapids Family Photographer Grand Rapids Portrait Photographer Kids studio portraits https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2022/4/simple-studio-portraits Tue, 19 Apr 2022 14:45:12 GMT
Samuel - FHC https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2022/3/samuel---fhc Sam's session was scheduled during a week when the temperatures were in the 90s.  It was hot and humid and he wanted to have his photos at a place near and dear to his heart, Roselle Park, where he trained with his cross country team.  The silos were a view that he wanted to include in his senior portraits and I wanted to deliver on that request.  Roselle Park is one of the most open places around, literally no shade to be found and Sam wanted to wear some cooler weather clothes (on a 90 degree day may I remind you...) so I suggested we go early in the morning.  He was a super good sport about it and we had an incredible time capturing some of my favorite images of the year.  I love stepping outside of my comfort zone and finding ways to be creative in a new place.  

 

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(Rachael Holt Photography) Ada Photographer Forest Hills Central Photographer Grand Rapids Senior Portraits West Michigan Senior Portrait Photographer https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2022/3/samuel---fhc Mon, 07 Mar 2022 18:08:27 GMT
Sports Montage - Gymnastics https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2021/4/sports-montage---gymnastics Did you know that Rachael Holt Photography offers amazing montages (custom designed collages?)  This one in particular is for an amazing gymnast here in the Ada area but these can be done for anyone at any age.  Sports, music or even just for fun!  Think of the possibilities!

Here is a look at an example of a montage followed by the images that were captured in studio to create it.    

Let's schedule your session today!

 

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Felicia & Josh https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2019/9/felicia-josh Felicia and Josh were married on August 17th at Hilltop Memory Makers in Coral, Michigan.  There was so much planning that went into this day and the details of it were simply amazing.  Just watching these two throughout the day was so magical.  If either of them felt stress, it instantly melted away when they were together.  The day was truly about the love between these two and the joy that being around close family and friends brings to their lives.  This was a celebration that everybody enjoyed to its fullest, including me.  Trying to narrow down images to really represent their day was nearly impossible so enjoy the long blog post!  Thank you to my incredible second shooter for the day, Tim Kamppinen.
 

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Josh and Felicia's dog, Diesel was the "ring dog."  He did a great job!  

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Venue:  Hilltop Memory Makers 

Dresses:  David's Bridal

Rings:  Zales

Real flowers:  Eastern Floral

Food:  Miss Piggies BBQ

Big Cupcakes:  Cookies and Cupcakes by design

Small Cupcakes:  Arnies

DJ:  Kevan & Robyn Scarbnick

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(Rachael Holt Photography) Ada Photographer Barn wedding Grand Rapids Wedding Photographer Hilltop Memory Makers Michigan Wedding Photographer Rachael Holt Photography https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2019/9/felicia-josh Tue, 03 Sep 2019 17:08:53 GMT
Brynn is 9 months old! https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2019/6/brynn-is-9-months-old I love these milestone sessions that take place during a Baby's First Year package!  Brynn is 9 months old now and seriously the most happy baby girl I have ever seen.  This session was so much fun and I can't wait to see what she is up to in just a few short months for her big one year session!

 

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(Rachael Holt Photography) Ada Newborn Photographer Ada Photographer beautiful baby girl Grand Rapids child photographer Grand Rapids Newborn Photographer Grand Rapids Photographer Grand Rapids Portrait Photographer Milestone Photos https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2019/6/brynn-is-9-months-old Sat, 29 Jun 2019 18:35:23 GMT
A birthday party photoshoot! https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2019/6/a-birthday-party-photoshoot What kind of activity do you have for your friends at your birthday party now that you are a teenager?  How about a super fun photoshoot?  I would love to capture your friendships and provide a memorable party experience for you and your friends.

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(Rachael Holt Photography) Ada Photographer Birthday photoshoot Fun idea for a teenage girl birthday party Grand Rapids Portrait Photographer Teenage girl birthday party activity https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2019/6/a-birthday-party-photoshoot Sat, 15 Jun 2019 04:45:00 GMT
Rachel - Pewamo Westphalia senior https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2019/6/rachel---pewamo-westphalia-senior I love working with seniors like Rachel, smart, sporty and genuinely sweet.  She made it so easy for me to create amazing images like these ones.  This session in particular was so much fun because it took place at a farm that belongs to a family friend and we got to explore all around the area and take advantage of the beautiful locations we found.  I think we were able to show off all sides of her personality which is always my goal for a senior portrait session.  Thank you so much for the opportunity and best of luck in your future endeavors!

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(Rachael Holt Photography) Ada Photographer Forest Hills Preferred Photographer Grand Rapids Portrait Photographer Grand Rapids Senior Portraits high school athlete senior portraits outdoor senior portraits West Michigan Senior Portrait Photographer https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2019/6/rachel---pewamo-westphalia-senior Thu, 13 Jun 2019 16:24:06 GMT
Family portraits in Downtown Lowell https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2019/5/Family_portraits_in_downtown_lowell This family knows the value of having a portrait session every single year.  Kids change so much and it is such a blessing to be able to look back on those changes that were captured year after year.  This year we took a little stroll in downtown Lowell and simply had an amazing time capturing these portraits that showed off the love between these family members and the personalities of the kids.

 

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(Rachael Holt Photography) Ada Photographer Family Grand Rapids child photographer Grand Rapids Family Photographer Grand Rapids Portrait Photographer in Lowell Lowell photographer MI" portraits urban family portraits https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2019/5/Family_portraits_in_downtown_lowell Wed, 15 May 2019 15:43:57 GMT
A walk in the woods - A family portrait session https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2019/5/a-walk-in-the-woods---a-family-portrait-session This family is always one of my favorites to work with.  The kids are a blast and leave me laughing every time.  This time we decided to do a bit of a woodsy look for their session and the photos turned out so amazing!  Thank you for continuing to trust me to capture your beautiful family!!!!

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(Rachael Holt Photography) Ada Photographer family portraits in the woods Grand Rapids child photographer Grand Rapids Family Photographer Grand Rapids Portrait Photographer Lowell Photographer https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2019/5/a-walk-in-the-woods---a-family-portrait-session Mon, 13 May 2019 14:30:00 GMT
Emily - Forest Hills Central Senior Portraits https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2019/5/emily---forest-hills-central-senior-portraits I loved all of the different locations we were able to get to during Emily's senior portrait session in Grand Rapids, MI.  We cruised around downtown for a bit and then ended up by the river for some gorgeous sunset nature photos.  Thank you Emily and good luck in your endeavors!

 

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(Rachael Holt Photography) Ada Photographer Class of 2019 Forest Hills Preferred Photographer Grand Rapids Portrait Photographer Grand Rapids Senior Portraits Outdoor portraits for senior girls Senior Portraits West Michigan Senior Portrait Photographer https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2019/5/emily---forest-hills-central-senior-portraits Sat, 11 May 2019 18:00:00 GMT
Chase is One! https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2019/5/chase-is-one Chase came in for his one year portraits and to do a little cake smashing.  In my life I have never seen a baby sit down and try to eat a whole cake.  Handful after handful of cake, shoveled in his mouth during his cake smash session.  So hilarious.  I seriously thought he might explode.  Happy birthday Chase!!!

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Hanna - Forest Hills Northern Senior https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2019/5/hanna---forest-hills-northern-senior I seriously get to photograph the most amazing seniors.  Smart, beautiful, sporty, super chill... it really doesn't get much easier than Hanna.  She was totally game for whatever ideas I came up with.  We had a blast just strolling through Ada stopping at every little corner for a photo.  Thank you again for such a fun afternoon and best of luck next year!

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(Rachael Holt Photography) Ada Photographer Forest Hills Preferred Photographer Grand Rapids Family Photographer Grand Rapids Photographer Grand Rapids Portrait Photographer Grand Rapids Wedding Photographer Senior Portraits West Michigan Senior Portrait Photographer https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2019/5/hanna---forest-hills-northern-senior Fri, 03 May 2019 15:30:00 GMT
"Terrible Two's" squared https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2019/4/-terrible-twos-squared Ok this one is for all the Moms out there with young kids.  So many people come to me and constantly apologize for their kids not looking at me or getting up and running around.  PLEASE STOP!  Every Single Two year old is like that.  This mom came to me with her adorable two year old twins and her 5 year old son.  Their attention spans lasted about 38 seconds and then the interest in everything else in the studio kicked in and they were off.  It literally took 4 adults to keep this show rolling.  In the end, we of course got a lot of super adorable photos that would make you think it was all calm and perfect but in reality it was anything but that.  I made sure to include plenty of the "outtakes" so that you can see that it is TOTALLY NORMAL that your kids act like kids when they come to see me.  I can handle it and will enjoy the madness.  You can seriously sit on the couch and enjoy a cup of coffee if you like.  You've earned it.

 

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(Rachael Holt Photography) Ada Children's photographer Ada Photographer Grand Rapids child photographer Grand Rapids Family Photographer Grand Rapids Portrait Photographer milestone photos https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2019/4/-terrible-twos-squared Tue, 30 Apr 2019 17:45:00 GMT
Forest Hills Senior Portraits - FHC https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2019/4/forest-hills-senior-portraits---fhc Senior guys are notorious for not wanting their photos taken.  Luke was no exception but we still had a lot of fun downtown Ada creating these great portraits for his senior year.  If you are looking for a photographer to create for your senior portraits call today!  (616) 389-5152. Forest_Hills_senior_portraits-1Forest_Hills_senior_portraits-1Forest Hills Central senior portraits
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(Rachael Holt Photography) Ada Photographer Forest Hills Photographer Forest Hills Preferred Photographer Grand Rapids Portrait Photographer Grand Rapids Wedding Photographer West Michigan Senior Portrait Photographer https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2019/4/forest-hills-senior-portraits---fhc Sat, 27 Apr 2019 14:45:00 GMT
Celebrating three generations https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2019/4/celebrating-three-generations I absolutely loved the idea that in addition to Brynn's 6 month portraits that we also incorporated all of the ladies in her maternal family for a three generation session.  Brilliant! 

 

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(Rachael Holt Photography) Ada Childrens Photographer Ada Newborn Photographer Ada Photographer Grand Rapids child photographer Grand Rapids Newborn Photographer Grand Rapids Photographer Grand Rapids Portrait Photographer https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2019/4/celebrating-three-generations Thu, 25 Apr 2019 14:30:00 GMT
Pewamo Senior Photographer https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2019/4/pewamo-senior-photographer I love working working with seniors to create portraits that showcase their personality.  I love that Rachel is a really cool mix of athlete and quiet, conservative student.  I'm pretty sure we successfully captured both sides!

 

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(Rachael Holt Photography) ada photographer forest hills preferred photographer grand rapids portrait photographer grand rapids senior portraits pewamo senior portraits https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2019/4/pewamo-senior-photographer Tue, 23 Apr 2019 14:16:14 GMT
Kade and Melissa | A lakefront wedding https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2018/7/cade-and-melissa-a-lakefront-wedding Weddings come in all flavors and this one was my very favorite kind.  This celebration was all about love, family, close friends and LOTS of fun at the bride's favorite place in the world, her family's lake front cottage in White Cloud, Michigan.  The weather called for severe thunderstorms all day and this was to be an outdoor party at it's finest with water sports, lawn games and all the fun of lake life.   While many people were feeling concern for the outlook of the weather, Melissa put on her waterskis and said don't worry about it and I'll see you in a bit.  The day turned out amazing.  The rain held off for most of the day, right up until dinner moved everyone into the tent for the evening but even then it didn't keep anyone from enjoying the cottage and all it had to offer.  Thank you so much to Melissa and Kade and their families for allowing me to be there and capture the day.  Melissa, you have such a special family and it was an absolute honor to be there and meet Kade and his family.  Congratulations my dear friend, I hope this little preview does any kind of justice to what a wonderful day it was.

 

 

 

 

Maybe my favorite bride and groom picture, ever.  I so love this one.   Yep, there I am with my girl.  Melissa was one of the first girls I coached and she has always had a special place in my heart.  I have so many fond memories of her as a teenager and I'm so happy to call her my friend as an adult. I I loved these moments between Melissa and her Dad. The bride and groom's first dance had a special partner who wanted to be part of the action.

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Ada Family Photography | Fun in Lowell https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2018/7/ada-family-photography-fun-in-lowell This family rocks my camera like nobody's business.  They update their portraits every year and it is so much fun to document the changes that happen in these amazing kids.  Once again, they win the award for most cooperative children ever.  Enjoy these sweet photos from our fun morning exploring downtown Lowell.

 

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(Rachael Holt Photography) Ada Family Photographer Ada Photographer Family of 6 poses Grand Rapids Family Photographer Grand Rapids Portrait Photographer Urban Family Photos https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2018/7/ada-family-photography-fun-in-lowell Tue, 10 Jul 2018 19:50:41 GMT
Meredith | Caledonia senior portraits https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2017/6/meredith-caledonia-senior-portraits This session in East Grand Rapids was so much fun.  Meredith is a natural in front of the camera.  Thank you for the opportunity to photograph you!

 

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Business Headshots | Grand Rapids Commercial Photography https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2017/3/business-headshots-grand-rapids-commercial-photography Environmental headshots are my favorite because they incorporate a little bit of the business' personality into them, like these of an architect's team.  

 

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(Rachael Holt Photography) Ada Commercial Photographer Environmental Headshots Grand Rapids Commercial Photographer Grand Rapids Photographer https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2017/3/business-headshots-grand-rapids-commercial-photography Mon, 20 Mar 2017 04:15:00 GMT
Newborn Vivian | Grand Rapids Newborn Photographer https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2017/3/newborn-vivian-grand-rapids-newborn-photographer Having a baby is such an miraculous time for any family but when it is a third baby, it is an even bigger adventure for the older siblings.  This newborn session was such a statement in the reality of parenting, I had to chuckle.  Parents are always so apologetic when their kids are "not behaving" or a newborn won't sleep, or I get peed or pooped on... it is all part of what I do, and it all happens during EVERY newborn session.  Part of the adventure of photographing kids is working around their quirks and hopefully getting the shot to remember.  This middle child wanted NO part of this session.  None, nada, zilch.  So... we do the best we can, and then we maybe swap out his head in photoshop.  ;)  What can I say, I do what must be done.    

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Baby Vivian would not go to sleep no matter what we tried.  She did not want to miss a second of her newborn session!

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(Rachael Holt Photography) Ada Newborn Photographer Ada Studio Photographer Grand Rapids Newborn Photographer Grand Rapids Studio Photographer https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2017/3/newborn-vivian-grand-rapids-newborn-photographer Mon, 13 Mar 2017 15:15:00 GMT
Grand Rapids Family Photographer | East Grand Rapids Extended Family https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2017/3/grand-rapids-family-photographer-east-grand-rapids-extended-family Saying goodbye to a home you have lived in for decades is a really big deal, for the whole family that built their life there.  I was so fortunate to be able to capture one last extended family portrait at this family's home before Mom moved on to her next big adventure.  

 

This home had the most beautiful yard but we really wanted to include some of the house in a few of the portraits.

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(Rachael Holt Photography) Ada Photographer East Grand Rapids Family Photographer Grand Rapids Family Photographer Grand Rapids child photographer https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2017/3/grand-rapids-family-photographer-east-grand-rapids-extended-family Mon, 06 Mar 2017 14:30:00 GMT
Brotherly Love | Grand Rapids Children's Photographer https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2017/2/brotherly-love-grand-rapids-childrens-photographer These adorable boys came in to document little Felix's 6 month milestone and it was clear from the moment they walked in that they were as tight as brothers can be.  These three were such cooperative little subjects, I wanted to photograph them all day!  Thank you for such a fun session!

 

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(Rachael Holt Photography) Ada Newborn Photographer Ada Photographer Ada children's photography Grand Rapids children's photography https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2017/2/brotherly-love-grand-rapids-childrens-photographer Tue, 28 Feb 2017 13:48:00 GMT
Studio Backdrops https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2017/1/studio-backdrops Welcome to the studio!  When planning for a session I like to talk about color and style and the kind of "look" you are hoping to achieve.  I totally understand that when you haven't been to a photography studio before you might not have any idea what to expect SO, lucky for you I put together this little blog post about my backdrops. I collected some examples of my backdrops in use so you can see in advance what might be of interest to you.  Keep in mind that colors can look very different depending on how I light them so you will see the same backdrops shown in multiple examples so you can see how they can look under different conditions.  Backdrops also come in all sizes so I tried to group them together by the amount of people I can comfortably photograph on them.  I photograph a lot of kids in the studio so if you are bringing your family, some of the backdrops may not be big enough for all of you and you will want to focus your attention on the top two collages. 

Let me know which ones you think will help me best achieve the look you are going for in your portraits and I will have them ready to go when you arrive.  There is a chance I have a few more up my sleeve but this will at least give us a place to start.

 

This first set includes my largest backdrops that can accommodate most sized groups.  You can see that I have the standard paper roll type backgrounds in white, cream, dark gray and pink, I also have sage green which is not pictured.  I also have several varieties of traditional style backgrounds in blues, browns and creams as well as some more modern and fun styles if you are feeling adventurous.

 

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This next set contains backdrops that can comfortably fit a couple of kids in any position or a small family of 4 or 5 sitting.

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Holland Children's Photographer | Claire's 6 month portraits https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2016/6/holland-childrens-photographer-claire-s-6-month-portraits It seems like just yesterday that I was taking Claire's newborn photos and here we are already at her 6 month photoshoot.  She was so excited to be outside in her yard on a beautiful morning getting her photos taken.  She was so happy and full of the best smiles.

 

 

 

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(Rachael Holt Photography) Ada Newborn Photographer Ada Photographer Grand Rapids Newborn Photographer Grand Rapids Portrait Photographer Grand Rapids child photographer Holland Children's photographer https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2016/6/holland-childrens-photographer-claire-s-6-month-portraits Mon, 27 Jun 2016 20:31:28 GMT
Grand Rapids Family Photography | Ada Bridge https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2016/6/grand-rapids-family-photography-ada-bridge I got to photograph this extended family at the Ada Covered Bridge a couple of weeks ago.  What better reason to get together than a 1st birthday celebration?  Happy birthday Eli!

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(Rachael Holt Photography) Ada Covered Bridge Ada Photographer Grand Rapids Newborn Photographer Grand Rapids child photographer https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2016/6/grand-rapids-family-photography-ada-bridge Sun, 26 Jun 2016 16:01:26 GMT
Grand Rapids Family Photography | A family photo session downtown Grand Rapids https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2016/6/grand-rapids-family-photography-a-family-photo-session-downtown-grand-rapids I love when the weather forecasters are completely wrong. It was supposed to be a rainy morning when I was scheduled to photograph this amazing family but it turned out to be completely sunny and gorgeous. Thank you mother nature! I enjoyed meeting this family so much. They are all athletes so we had a lot to chat about as we strolled around downtown Grand Rapids capturing these adorable portraits. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful family with me!

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(Rachael Holt Photography) Ada Photographer Family of 4 poses Family portraits at the blue bridge Forest Hills Preferred Photographer Grand Rapids Portrait Photographer Grand Rapids child photographer Grand Rapids tween photo sessions teenage sibling photography https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2016/6/grand-rapids-family-photography-a-family-photo-session-downtown-grand-rapids Thu, 16 Jun 2016 23:25:23 GMT
Gun Lake Family Portraits https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2016/6/gun-lake-family-portraits I love it when a family hires me to photograph their family as a gift.  In this case it was to be a surprise birthday present for Grandma from her kids.  It was such a pleasure to hang out with this beautiful family and capture the individual dynamics of each generational family as well as the craziness of the whole group together.  Photographing extended families is no small feat but I think we nailed it this time!  Thank you for the opportunity, I had a blast!

 

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Forest Hills Senior Photographer https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2016/5/forest-hills-senior-photographer I had so much fun checking out Eastown in Grand Rapids with this Forest Hills Northern senior.  We found some great spots to take these creative senior portraits.  Thank you so much for the opportunity to work together!

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(Rachael Holt Photography) Ada photographer Forest Hills preferred photographer Grand Rapids Portrait Photographer Grand Rapids senior photographer Senior guy poses outdoor senior photos senior photos in Eastown https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2016/5/forest-hills-senior-photographer Mon, 16 May 2016 17:30:00 GMT
Rockford Senior Photographer https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2016/5/rockford-senior-photographer Downtown Rockford made a gorgeous backdrop for this stunning Rockford Senior.  It is so much fun to photograph seniors in their hometown, capturing memories that will last a lifetime.  Thank you so much for the opportunity to work with you!

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(Rachael Holt Photography) Ada Photographer Forest Hills Senior Photographer Grand Rapids Senior Photographer Grand Rapids Senior Portraits Rockford Senior Photographer Senior Girl Poses https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2016/5/rockford-senior-photographer Wed, 11 May 2016 16:17:31 GMT
Fall Family Photos - Grand Rapids Family Photographer https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2015/9/fall-family-photos---grand-rapids-family-photographer Can I just say how much I love this family.  They are so generous and so adorable that I could literally photograph them all day long.  They have the most amazing home and surrounding property and we had a blast wandering around and exploring.  I love being able capture moments where people live, the images just feel so genuine that way.  Thank you for the fun afternoon!  I hope to see you all again soon!  

 

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(Rachael Holt Photography) Fall Family Portraits Grand Rapids family photographer Michigan photographer Outdoor family photography What to wear for fall portraits family photos with pets posing a family of 4 https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2015/9/fall-family-photos---grand-rapids-family-photographer Fri, 25 Sep 2015 15:37:10 GMT
Forest Hills Central Senior Class of 2016 | Grand Rapids Senior Photographer https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2015/7/forest-hills-central-senior-class-of-2016-grand-rapids-senior-photographer Seidman Park offers some gorgeous wooded backdrops for a senior portrait session.  It is especially fun when the senior spent a few years attending Goodwillie and knows a thing or two about the park.  We navigated a couple fallen logs, swatted a LOT of mosquitos and captured a ton of great images.  Thanks to this family for a fun evening!

 

 

 

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(Rachael Holt Photography) Ada Photographer Forest Hills Preferred Photographer Grand Rapids Senior Portraits Senior Photos at Seidman Park Senior guy poses https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2015/7/forest-hills-central-senior-class-of-2016-grand-rapids-senior-photographer Sun, 05 Jul 2015 15:00:00 GMT
Forest Hills Central Senior - Class or 2016 | Grand Rapids Senior Photographer https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2015/7/forest-hills-central-senior---class-or-2016-grand-rapids-senior-photographer I had so much fun with this Forest Hills Central Senior out at Cascade Hills Country Club, the golf course he grew up playing at with his family.  We had some rocky weather moments but they actually made for some awesome, dramatic skies so we took advantage of it!  

 

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(Rachael Holt Photography) Forest Hills Preferred Photographer Forest Hills Senior Portraits Grand Rapids Portrait Photographer Grand Rapids Senior Portraits Senior Photos at Cascade Hills Country Club https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2015/7/forest-hills-central-senior---class-or-2016-grand-rapids-senior-photographer Fri, 03 Jul 2015 14:35:11 GMT
Grand Rapids Family Photographer | Twins are double the fun! https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2015/5/grand-rapids-family-photographer-twins-are-double-the-fun When a client is driving an hour to have you take their family photos, you want to do an amazing job. Now add in the fact that the session was to take place at 7:00pm with a 2 1/2 year old and 6 month old twins, I'm not ashamed to say I was a nervous nilly! As it turned out, the 18 mph winds from earlier in the day died down, the sun came out and the kids were all perfect. We had a great time and finished the session just as the twins started to let us know they were done. Thank you so much for making the drive, I think we got some keepers! :)

 

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(Rachael Holt Photography) Ada Photographer Grand Rapids Newborn Photographer Grand Rapids child photographer Grand Rapids family photographer Photos at Fillmore at the Bend https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2015/5/grand-rapids-family-photographer-twins-are-double-the-fun Sun, 31 May 2015 18:08:15 GMT
Baby L | Grand Rapids Newborn Photographer https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2015/3/baby-l-grand-rapids-newborn-photographer This little sweetheart was so sleepy and adorable.  I had so much fun working with him and his sweet big sister who did such an amazing job, especially considering she isn't quite 3 years old!  

 

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Baby B | Grand Rapids Newborn Photographer https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2015/3/baby-b-grand-rapids-newborn-photographer This was such a wonderful session.  It absolutely melts my heart when the love between children and their newborn sibling can be captured.  Baby B was not super happy about having his portraits taken but he sure loved it when his big Sister and big Brother were near him.  This family is so adorable and I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to share in this special time with them.

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(Rachael Holt Photography) Ada Newborn Photographer Ada Photographer Grand Rapids Newborn Photographer Grand Rapids child photographer https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2015/3/baby-b-grand-rapids-newborn-photographer Tue, 10 Mar 2015 13:29:59 GMT
Grand Rapids Newborn Photography https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2015/1/grand-rapids-newborn-photography Newborns can either be the easiest thing in the world to photograph, or the most challenging.  This little sweetheart was in such a bad mood the day of his big photoshoot that we ended up having to reschedule because NOTHING we tried could calm him down.  Our second attempt was a bit more successful but he was still so interested in what we were doing that he would barely close his little peepers for more than a minute at a time and then he would wake himself up and start wiggling all over.  He is just the cutest thing, and it was hard to go wrong, even with him squirming around.  Thank you so much for inviting me into this precious time in your lives!

 

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A Mother's Gift - Grand Rapids Family Photographer https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2014/8/a-mothers-gift---grand-rapids-family-photographer I was so excited to take photos of these three gorgeous kids for their mom who received this special photo session as a gift from her awesome husband.  Way to go Greg!  This family is so special to my husband and I.  The first time I met both of them was in the hospital, right after their son was born and then that next year Greg was the best man in our wedding.  To take photos for them now, 9 1/2 years later is a reminder of how fast time goes and how important good friends are.  Thank you for sharing your beautiful children with me and I look forward to the adventures the NEXT decade will bring!

 

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(Rachael Holt Photography) Ada Photographer Family Photos at the blue bridge Family Photos downtown Grand Rapids Grand Rapids Portrait Photographer Grand Rapids child photographer Urban family photos https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2014/8/a-mothers-gift---grand-rapids-family-photographer Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:00:00 GMT
Wedding fun at the JW Marriott in Grand Rapids, MI https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2014/8/wedding-fun-at-the-jw-marriott-in-grand-rapids-mi It was such a pleasure to work with Jennifer and Jonny on their wedding day.  They traveled from North Carolina to celebrate their marriage in Jennifer's home town of Grand Rapids.  They had friends and family travel in from all over the country so it was perfect to have the entire day take place right at the JW Marriott.  The wedding party snuck off for a little trolley ride for some fun time together away from the hotel and a few photo ops in a more natural setting.  It was a crazy, hectic day but at then end of it, an amazing time was had by all.  Thank you for including me in your celebration and here's to many years of happiness together.

I love this "voila" moment when the bridesmaids finally figured out how to bustle Jennifer's dress.  It was classic.

 

The biggest dilemma of the day was which earrings to wear!  Jennifer had two beautiful pairs and after much discussion, decided to go with the pair that best showed her fun loving side.  Great choice, they were perfect!

Jonny is simply one of the funniest guys you will meet.  He had so much fun all day and I really enjoyed watching him soak in every moment and enjoy each second to the fullest.

Jonny was so excited to have found a Mariache band to play at the reception.  He and Jennifer will be having another wedding in Mexico with the rest of his family that couldn't make it.

 

 

Thanks to the following vendors for helping make Jennifer & Jonny's day spectacular!

-flowers: Designing Dreams
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(Rachael Holt Photography) Grand Rapids Wedding Photographer Michigan Wedding Photographer Wedding at the JW Marriott Grand Rapids https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2014/8/wedding-fun-at-the-jw-marriott-in-grand-rapids-mi Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:30:23 GMT
Forest Hills Senior Photographer https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2014/8/forest-hills-central-senior-2015 I had a great time with Madelyn during her senior photoshoot.  She is simply beautiful and full of smiles.  We started out downtown Grand Rapids to get some fun urban shots and then headed to Watermark Country Club for some more natural photos and of course, a few golf shots.  

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(Rachael Holt Photography) Downtown Grand Rapids Senior Photos Forest Hills Preferred Photographer Grand Rapids Senior Photographer Outdoor Senior Portraits Watermark Country Club urban senior photos https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2014/8/forest-hills-central-senior-2015 Fri, 08 Aug 2014 12:35:20 GMT
A Romantic Engagement Session https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2014/7/a-romantic-engagement-session This was a dream engagement session.  We had the most amazing locations to photograph at, starting with a beautiful alfalfa field and barn, followed by a quaint canoe ride on a private pond and ending with a gorgeous sunset at Sleepy Hollow State Park in Laingsburg, MI.  It was absolutely magical.  I am so excited to photograph this beautiful couple's wedding soon.  The love they share simply radiates when they are together and I can't help but smile the whole time I am with them.  Thank you for including me in your love story.

 

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(Rachael Holt Photography) Canoe Engagement Country Engagement photos Engagement photos in a field Grand Lansing Wedding Photographer Michigan Wedding Photographer Photographer" Rapids Sunset engagement photos Wedding https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2014/7/a-romantic-engagement-session Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:10:55 GMT
Eva - Grand Rapids Children's Photography https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2014/6/eva---grand-rapids-childrens-photography They say the third time is a charm, well my session with Eva was certainly charmed.  She was the third beautiful baby to return to me this spring, 6 months after their newborn shoots, to show off her new skills.  She was so adorable and crazy strong.  She was sitting up like it was no big thing and she was excited to flaunt it!  She was all smiles and we were even able to capture a couple of her and big sister.  

 

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(Rachael Holt Photography) Ada Photographer Grand Rapids Children's Photography https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2014/6/eva---grand-rapids-childrens-photography Sun, 01 Jun 2014 20:29:29 GMT
Andrew is 6 Months Old! https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2014/5/andrew-is-6-months-old I continue to be surprised by how quickly time passes when there are babies in your life.  It seems like just yesterday that I took Andrew's newborn photos and here we are already at his 6 Month photo session.  He was such a happy boy during our chilly morning session at the barn in downtown Ada.  It was clear that he was enjoying getting to be outside in the sunshine for one of the first times in his life!  I can't wait to see what he is up to  at his 1st birthday!

 

So anyone with a baby just thinking about crawling has seen this pose.  I will always love the "flying" that these little people do.  It never ceases to crack me up.

 

Of course, I made Mom & Dad jump in for one.  :)  

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Happy 1st Birthday Jayce! https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2014/5/happy-1st-birthday-jayce Well, I had this GREAT plan for Jayce's first birthday cake smash session.  Or so I thought... I went to the park, picked out a fabulous spot and started hanging these adorable paper fans in the trees to make his backdrop a little more festive.  Of course, the wind started to pick up and the fans were not looking as adorable as I thought, and then Jayce and his family arrived and he IMMEDIATELY hurried right over to the colorful toys hanging in the sky and promptly destroyed them like any small child would do.  You would think I would have seen that coming having two little tornadoes of my own at home.  Well, it made me laugh and I caught a few photos of his destruction before we got going on the REAL fun.

Jayce wasn't so sure WHAT he was supposed to do with this cake in front of him so big brother stepped in to help him out.  Seriously, it doesn't get any cuter than that.

So NOW it is all making sense!  He enjoyed a few nibbles of the delicious cake but he really LOVED demolishing it.

Oh, and did I mention Jayce is a Cinco de Mayo baby?!?  Look at this hat his parents brought along!  I love it and see a tradition in his future.  Happy Birthday sweet boy!

 

 

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Mom & Me Mini Sessions are here! https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2014/4/mom-me-mini-sessions-are-here Looking for a great Mother's Day gift? Capture this special moment in time between Mom and her kiddos with a photography mini session by Rachael Holt Photography! Don't forget about Grandma! Sessions available for a limited only time so book now!

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(Rachael Holt Photography) Ada Portrait Photographer Grand Rapids Portrait Photographer Mom & Me mini sessions https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2014/4/mom-me-mini-sessions-are-here Mon, 28 Apr 2014 17:58:11 GMT
Newborn Gannon - Grand Rapids Newborn Photographer https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2014/4/newborn-gannon---grand-rapids-newborn-photographer I had the pleasure of meeting Gannon on his 5th day of life.  As with most newborns I have worked with, he was so excited for his big debut that he was awake most of the time!  He was so sweet and cooperative.  I can't wait to watch this little guy grow up and follow in Dad's baseball footsteps!  Welcome to the world Gannon!

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(Rachael Holt Photography) Ada Newborn Photographer Grand Rapids Newborn Photographer Grand Rapids Studio Portraits https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2014/4/newborn-gannon---grand-rapids-newborn-photographer Fri, 04 Apr 2014 13:59:57 GMT
Laura is One! https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2014/3/laura-is-one I can't believe Laura is already ONE!  It seems like just last month I was taking her newborn photos!  We had a great time during her photo session with her big brother and sister.  We also had a little fun trying to get her to go crazy with a little birthday smash cake but she was more interested in the bling on the cake stand.  Typical girl!  Happy Birthday Laura!

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(Rachael Holt Photography) Ada Photographer Grand Rapids Studio Portraits Grand Rapids child photographer One Year Portraits One Year Smash Cake poses for 3 kids https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2014/3/laura-is-one Thu, 20 Mar 2014 14:39:26 GMT
Spring Fever https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2014/3/spring-fever I am so over this LONG, COLD winter here in Grand Rapids, MI.  It was perfect timing to have a couple of adorable sisters in the studio for some fun spring photos!  We had a blast playing with all kinds of props from feather boas to bubbles.  These girls were so much fun!  Their smiles warmed my heart!

 

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You're my Best Friend https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2014/1/youre-my-best-friend I was so excited to take family photos for my best friend's extended family.  I have known her parents since I was all of 12 years old (when I wasn't the nicest little "only child" mind you) so I know these personalities and what the REAL dynamics and expressions SHOULD be.  It was quite a challenge, as usual, to get everyone on the same page but I think we finally did it and managed to capture the love and craziness between all of these amazing people.  I love you guys!

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THESE, are not what I would call REAL smiles.  Nice, but not what I know is hiding in there....  let's try a little trick or two for the next couple and see what we get...

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Ok, the boys are getting there....

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There we go, a HAPPY family!  Love you Jen!  

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And some serious love out of the serious sister!  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this picture.

 

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Mom and Dad, still got it after all these years.

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Anyone else have these moments with their sibling in-laws?  I know I do!

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This was my experiment with my two favorite boys on the merry-go-round.  I'm still shocked it didn't end badly... 

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(Rachael Holt Photography) Ada Family Grand Rapids Newborn Photographer Grand Rapids child photographer Portraits" https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2014/1/valentines-day-mini-sessions Fri, 17 Jan 2014 01:44:53 GMT
A Day at the Beach https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2014/1/a-day-at-the-beach I love living so close to Lake Michigan, especially when a family vacationing in the area takes advantage of the opportunity to capture some gorgeous family portraits!

 

 

 

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(Rachael Holt Photography) Holland Photographer Lake Michigan Family Portraits West Michigan Family Photographer vacation portraits https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2014/1/a-day-at-the-beach Tue, 07 Jan 2014 19:54:22 GMT
Newborn Andrew https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2013/11/newborn-andrew I have to admit, when I received the call to take Andrew's newborn photos I was a little nervous.  He was going to be one month old the day of the session and I wasn't sure what to expect.  My concerns were totally put to rest the minute he and his mother arrived at my studio.  He was simply the best baby ever and that is saying a lot considering I had one super baby of my own (I had one grumpy one of my own as well so I know all about those...)  Andrew literally let us take pictures with no crying, no fussing, just complete fascination with the props and the lights.  It was so much fun.  Thank you to his mom and dad for inviting me into this precious time for their family and congratulations on their beautiful baby.

 

 

 

One month old baby boy

 

 

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I love this picture.  I know Andrew's dad from my time coaching swimming and this picture is so appropriate as it looks like he either just won a race or is cheering for his teammates.  Perfect.  Go Andrew!

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Alexis - 2014 Dewitt Senior https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2013/9/alexis---2014-dewitt-senior Alexis and I had so much fun exploring her Grandparent's farm in St. Johns, Michigan.  We found great locations everywhere including lots of  old barns, a vintage truck and a pool deck!  I lucked out again getting to photograph such a naturally beautiful young woman.  Lexi, you made my job an easy one!  Thank you!

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(Rachael Holt Photography) Dewitt Senior Portraits Grand Rapids Senior Portraits Posing Senior Girls Vintage truck West Michigan Senior Portrait Photographer https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2013/9/alexis---2014-dewitt-senior Fri, 27 Sep 2013 15:15:00 GMT
Alan - 2014 Grandville Senior https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2013/9/alan---2014-grandville-senior I had so much fun with Alan during his senior portrait session.  He was up for the adventure of exploring downtown Grand Rapids with me and did an amazing job during his whole photo-shoot, willing to try whatever I asked, crazy ideas and all.  Thank you Alan for being such a good sport!  

 

 

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(Rachael Holt Photography) Grand Rapids Senior Portraits Grandville Senior Portraits Posing Senior Guys Senior Pictures Downtown Grand Rapids West Michigan Senior Portrait Photographer https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2013/9/alan---2014-grandville-senior Thu, 26 Sep 2013 14:39:56 GMT
Meghan - 2014 Rockford Senior https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2013/8/meghan---2014-rockford-senior _KMT9641

 

 

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(Rachael Holt Photography) Grand Rapids Portrait Photographer Grand Rapids Senior Portrait Photographer Grand Rapids Senior Portraits Rockford High School Senior Portraits https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2013/8/meghan---2014-rockford-senior Mon, 12 Aug 2013 22:15:00 GMT
Austin - Rockford High School Class of 2014 https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2013/8/austin---rockford-high-school-class-of-2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

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(Rachael Holt Photography) Grand Rapids Senior Portraits Rockford High School Class of 2014 West Michigan Senior Portrait Photographer https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2013/8/heather-2014-rockford-senior Fri, 09 Aug 2013 22:01:25 GMT
Casey & Jessica are getting married! https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2013/7/casey-jessica-are-getting-married

I am so excited for Casey and Jessica.  I have know Casey for 17 years and the minute I met Jessica, I knew she was the one for him.  The love and fun that you feel when you are around them is so amazing.  When they asked if I would take their engagement photos while they were vacationing back in Michigan I jumped at the chance.  Congratulations to two beautiful people.  Your life together is going to be magical.

 

Of course, I had to get a shot of the RING!  

 

 

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(Rachael Holt Photography) Grand Rapids Wedding Photographer outdoor engagement photos https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2013/7/casey-jessica-are-getting-married Thu, 04 Jul 2013 15:01:24 GMT
A Mother's Day Portrait Surprise https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2013/6/a-mothers-day-surprise When Shawn contacted me about giving his wife a family photo session for Mother's Day I was excited to say the least.  As a mother, I knew this surprise would be a special one for Tonya.  I even hinted to MY husband what an AWESOME idea this was by this AMAZING dad, he didn't pick up on it...  After speaking with Tonya and finding out this would be their FIRST family photo session I could not wait to do my very best for her.  These children were absolute rock stars.  They were so cooperative, had so much fun and literally made my job super, super easy.  Thank you so much Shawn and Tonya for letting me photograph your beautiful family!!!

 

These kids LOVED the covered bridge at Fallasburg Park.  They wanted to pose themselves all kinds of fun ways.  I think they would have stayed there the whole session.  Except Peyton, he would have posed anywhere as long as he was the center of the picture!  He was hilarious.

 

 

This is hands down my favorite sibling image I have taken.  SO adorable!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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(Rachael Holt Photography) Fallasburg Park Family Portraits Grand Rapids, MI Grand Rapids child photographer https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2013/6/a-mothers-day-surprise Fri, 14 Jun 2013 16:10:18 GMT
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Family portraits!  

Family portraits are a perfect gift because they last forever and you will always be remembered when your loved ones look at their beautiful images.  Please contact me to purchase gift certificates for that special person in your life who has everything!  

 

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(Rachael Holt Photography) Grand Rapids child photographer photography gift certificates https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2013/6/ever-wonder-what-to-get-the-person-that-has-everything Fri, 14 Jun 2013 15:23:48 GMT
Welcome to the world Evie! https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2013/5/welcome-to-the-world-evie Evie is such a precious little girl!  She was such a good baby through all of our posing, headband switching, basking moving... you name it, she was totally content.  Now, pictures with big brother Carter were another story... 

 

 

 

 

Not very many happy faces in this group!  

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(Rachael Holt Photography) Grand Rapids Newborn Photographer Grand Rapids child photographer newborn with siblings https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2013/5/welcome-to-the-world-evie Thu, 16 May 2013 19:20:13 GMT
Bob & Jane tied the knot!!! https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2013/5/bob-jane-tied-the-knot Bob and Jane are such a beautiful couple that I am proud to call friends.  They chose to have an intimate family wedding that was absolutely magical.  They are both such wonderful people and they have so many friends that are anxious to see moments from their amazing day so I am so particularly excited to present these images.

 

 Bob and Jane's intimate wedding on April 27th, 2013 at Keystone Eastside. 

 

 

 

Bob really enjoyed sharing a few special moments with his son while he was getting ready.  These cufflinks are a family heirloom.

 

During the exchange of rings Bob and Jane came down from the alter and had their families stand with them to share in their promise to each other.

After the ceremony I had a little fun with the newlyweds.

 

 

I always love the details!

 

 

 

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ReShay - Jackson High School Senior https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2013/3/reshay---jackson-high-school-senior When I met ReShay at our first session location I asked her if she "knew anything about posing" or if she needed specific cues to position herself.  She mentioned she might know "a little bit" already.  That was an understatement.  Five minutes later I knew we were going to have a very fun, very successful shoot.  This beautiful young lady is a natural. During our time together we had some laughs at our different locations on our steamy 90 degree day.  Our first stop was an old farm that ReShay was convinced was haunted.  It was quite comical to joke around about the faces peeking out of the windows at her.  Then we headed to the beach where it took her about 30 seconds to be IN the water cooling off.  I was not sad to follow her in, camera and all to get some great Lake Michigan shots.   

 

 

 

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Newborn Laura Lillian https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2013/3/newborn-laura-lillian I am so excited to post photos of 8 day old Laura Lillian!  I have had the pleasure of taking pictures for this family since their oldest son was only ONE so it is particularly amazing to see how the family dynamics change and to see how much big brother and big sister ADORE their new baby sister.  Best of luck to a wonderful family I am so lucky to call my friends!  Get some sleep Momma!!

 

 

Look at those blue eyes!  Those are all natural, no photoshoping those beauties!

Love that Big Brother and Big Sister were having so much fun with this one.  They thought that I wouldn't be able to see their faces so it was okay to really ham it up!

 

 

 

Mom was so excited that we captured Laura's FIRST smile!  What an amazing moment.

 

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(Rachael Holt Photography) Grand Rapids Newborn Photographer newborn with siblings west michigan newborn photography https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2013/3/newborn-laura-lillian Sun, 24 Mar 2013 15:11:37 GMT
Brady is ONE! https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2012/7/brady-is-one I love documenting my sweet little cousin's growth, as lightening quick as it seems to be.  Brady is just the sweetest little guy and I had so much fun chasing him around McCormick Park in Williamston.  Happy 1st birthday Brady!

 

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(Rachael Holt Photography) Grand Rapids child photographer One year old pictures https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2012/7/brady-is-one Fri, 13 Jul 2012 00:30:31 GMT
Megan's Photoshoot https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2012/7/megans-photoshoot Megan is a beautiful Rockford Senior who was willing to give me a chance at taking her Senior Portraits.  We had a great time at Fallasburg Park in Lowell checking out all of the great places to use as our setting.  Megan also braved a path covered in poison ivy to get some great train track photos.  They were worth it and I think we were all spared any itchy consequences.

 

 

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(Rachael Holt Photography) Affordable Grand Rapids Senior Portrait Photographer Fallasburg Park Portraits Rockford Senior Portraits https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2012/7/megans-photoshoot Thu, 12 Jul 2012 22:02:31 GMT
Jess & Andy - A Saugatuck Wedding https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2012/7/12 I had the opportunity to second shoot with Misty Minna at Jess & Andy's beautiful ceremony at The Belvedere Inn in Saugatuck, Michigan.  

 

I loved that I was able to capture this image as Jess headed down the stairs after getting ready with her bridesmaids.

The whole bridal party wore matching sunglasses during the ceremony and that gave me the unique chance to capture Jess's reflection in Andy's glasses as they exchanged their vows.

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(Rachael Holt Photography) Belvedere Inn Wedding Grand Rapids Wedding Photographer Saugatuck Wedding https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2012/7/12 Thu, 12 Jul 2012 22:01:49 GMT
Twice as nice https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2012/6/twice-as-nice Matt and Jessie were sweet enough to share their 5 week old twins with me for a warm, June afternoon photo session.  The babies were simply perfect and even shared a couple smiles for the camera!

 

Look at this beautiful mother!  Can you believe she has 5 week old twins?  Amazing.

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(Rachael Holt Photography) babies family newborn https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2012/6/twice-as-nice Thu, 14 Jun 2012 22:39:42 GMT
Jon & Lauren https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2012/6/jon-lauren May 5th was the day the most amazing couple, Jon and Lauren, invited me to photograph their wedding.  Their beautiful day will always be a special one for me as it was the very first wedding in my fledgling professional career that I was solely responsible for.    I'll admit, it was a bit intimidating!  See for yourself, it was a spectacular occasion! 

 

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(Rachael Holt Photography) bride wedding https://rachaelholtphotography.com/blog/2012/6/jon-lauren Thu, 14 Jun 2012 22:39:11 GMT