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  • Welcome--feel free to grab your coffee and hang out for a while. You'll get to see what goes on in front of my camera and behind the scenes here at Simply Life Photography.

    Whether it is newborns, children, seniors, families, or weddings -- I love capturing the lives of my clients in the greater Grand Rapids area, all along the West Michigan lakeshore, and across Michigan. Please contact me at the studio via phone (616.212.8800) or through the contact link above with any questions you may have or to schedule your session. Thanks for visiting!  ~ Mary Beth

It seems like no time at all passed between Miss W’s newborn session, her six month session and this one year session! She just gets more adorable every time I see her – as does her big sister.

One year sessions can be the best ever or send you (and the parents) searching for the Excedrin. Maybe I should offer a complimentary bottle of wine to the parents as a session parting gift.

Just keeping it real.;)

One-year-old little cuties are FAST and often more interested in anything other than me and my camera. I still cannot help LOVING this age – their happiness to show off their newly learned skills like the drunken sailor walk, the plop & grin and the run & hide. Yes, those are the official terms (in my head). And of course, capturing every single part of being one is what I love the most – and Miss W does one in fabulous style.

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After a little more than 10 years of being a photographer, it isn’t often anymore that I get to experience a ‘first’.  However, this is the first time I have photographed all four beautiful newborn babies in one family and I truly feel so blessed they gave me this opportunity–and trusted me with the great responsibility of capturing this fleeting time–once again with pumpkin #4.  So, I thought this post deserved digging deep in the archives (old-school backups–climbing and dusting were involved!) and indulging in a trip down memory lane. Enjoy all the sweetness–this family has it in spades.

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This was the first downtown session I’ve done in a while.  It seems like I’ve been at the beach with my camera all summer.  While we do have the most gorgeous beaches here in Michgan for summer sessions – it was fun to shake the sand off and do a downtown session for a change!

One of my favorite things about photographing children is seeing how they have grown since my last session with them.  See this blog post for a trip down memory lane…  http://simplylifephotography.com/michigan-family-photographer/.  Awwww – right?

Due to the crazy heat this summer, we had to meet bright and early for our little urban adventure… aren’t they cute little troopers?!

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Kicking off the new year with a unique creative challenge!  I am once again privileged to participate with a group of super-talented & creative professional photographers from all over the world in what we call a Blog Carousel.  What is a Blog Carousel you ask?  Well, each month has a theme and we each link to the next photographer in the circle/carousel.  In each post you can follow the link to the next post and so on until you’ve traveled all the way around the carousel.  This month’s theme is alternative cameras… anything other than the norm.  Of course, there is always my iPhone that I simply adore for taking snapshots every day – and while I know some photographers that can ROCK their iPhone (which I’m sure you’ll see in the Carousel!) – I am not yet one of them.

I do have a few beautiful vintage cameras and wanted to use one of them – but yours truly is lacking the dark room for that.  So, I remembered another photographer telling me about how you could hook up a digital camera to shoot through a vintage viewfinder camera and I found this article with directions on how to make it.  So I got out my Argus (it looks like this) the cardboard, box cutter and lots and lots of duct tape and I was in business!  It is a clunky contraption and when you look down through it to shoot everything is flipped.  So if you want to shift the frame to the left, you have to move right, if you want to tilt it to the left, you have to tilt right.  I’m pretty sure I looked quite tipsy while attempting to wield this monstrosity, but hey – I was having FUN!  And, thankfully, even though this was one giant experiment – I did end up with some images that I truly love.  I hope you’ll enjoy them as well.

Much thanks to my beautiful little niece for being the most adorable model… love you J!

Next, take a look at the beautiful work of Teri Mason and what she thought of for ‘Alternateive Cameras’ – Georgetown and Austin Texas Senior Photographer.

  • Melissa - Gracious, she’s cute! <3

  • Calgary Baby Photographer -Bowes Photography -Baby Art™ - […] so much for stopping by. Be sure to follow along on the carousel and check out my friend MaryBeth, Grand Rapids Newborn, Family and Senior Photographer’s really awesome post about her alternative cameras. Posted in blog carousel, for photographers, […]

  • Corey - These are so cool, Mary Beth! Love the look and feel to these!

  • Anna-Karin - These are so great and I love the “historic feel” to them. Love that you found a way to use your old camera with your new digital camera. A true inspiration. Maybe one day I will be so brave to try my self!

  • christine plamann - wow, these are beautiful!

  • alpana - love these and they have a holga like look! Thanks for the article link too- will have to try it out sometime.

  • marmalade - MaryBeth, I love your interpretation on the theme. I love the combination of surreal mixed with modern digital. GORGEOUS images.

  • June - Love these, Mary Beth. Really an inspiration!

  • dena robles - I am so glad you finally tried this! Your first attempts blow my first attempts out of the water though. I sense a TTV fieldtrip coming on…

  • Julie - OMGosh, I must try this!! That is such a fantastic idea! These turned out amazingly!

  • Samara Hutcheson - What a great idea! I have some vintage cameras collecting dust on the shelf I really need to get out and try something fun with them!

  • Danna - these are incredible MaryBeth!! You have inspired me to research and look up new ways to play with my older cameras!

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Downtown Holland was a perfect location for photographs after the wedding and the reception at Baker Lofts was truly beautiful – a great venue fitting for two architects! Katie’s parents are friends of the family, so even though I am taking a break from weddings due to a very packed schedule, this was one I couldn’t resist. Andy & Katie – thank you so much for letting us be a part of your special day.:)

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