Rog and Judy | Lee Street Wedding

Rog and Judy held their fall wedding at Lee Street CRC in Grand Rapids.  Who would have thought that it would be almost 100 degrees at the end of September?  You just never know about that Michigan weather!  But, despite the heat, it was an incredible emotion filled day for Rog and Judy’s wedding.

Rog and Judy are both members of lee street, and that is where they met.  Therefore, it was the perfect place for their wedding!  We started the day with pictures in the sanctuary of the church.  Luckily, Lee Street added air conditioning last year and as a result, it was very comfortable.  Without air-conditioning it would have been miserable!  I for one was thankful for it, and so were Rog and Judy and their guests!

The afternoon ceremony was followed by an outdoor open house style reception at Grand Ravines North Park.  The park boasts beautiful scenic views of the Grand River.  We met at the park immediately following the ceremony for some pictures down by the river of the wedding party.  Tho old covered bridge provided a fun background too!

The newly remodeled lodge on the property served well for hosting the buffet food line.  Tim from Pietros/Three Chefs did a FANTASTIC job on the food! The friends and family celebrating with Rog and Judy enjoyed a time of fellowship and relaxing as they ate and relaxed either in the lodge or under the tent outside.

So, congratulations to Rog and Judy as you spend many happy years together as husband and wife!  Don’t forget to check out the slideshow here.

Lee Street Wedding

Grand Ravines Wedding








Therefore, come bring your family for an early Christmas tree “window shopping” day and have a new family portrait made to capture the moment! Kari will be at Bosch’s Tree Farm one day only! Saturday November 11th. It’s a quick drive from Grandville, Hudsonville, Jenison, Georgetown or Allendale. Because Bosch’s tree farm is fur baby friendly, that means you can bring your dog too! Therefore, this year’s Christmas Card portrait will be one you’ll cherish for years to come!


ONE DAY ONLY: Saturday November 11th!

Whether it’s sunny and 60 degrees, or 30 degrees and snowy. Kari will capture beautiful images of your family at Bosch’s Christmas Tree Farm! Call today to book your $49 session and take advantage of these once a year special prices! However, don’t wait you don’t want to miss deals:

$249 for all session digital files

$99 for 3 favorite digital files

$50 for additional digital files


  1. Call Kari to book your session 616.437.5603
  2. Pick out cute outfits for your family to wear!
  3. Kari will send you directions to meet her at Bosch’s Christmas Tree farm. (Their farm has two locations, one for the main farm, and a separate entrance down the road for the tree farm).
  4. Bring your family for a fun session walking through the acres of beautiful Christmas trees!
  5. Finally, in the comfort of your home, grab a cup of cocoa and your laptop (or tablet) because you can look through your proofs online. Choose your favorites (or ALL) and place your order!

IT’S THAT EASY! You can even choose shipping (check out online) if you’d like to have your order shipped right to your door! (If you order digital files Kari will send you a link to those).


kari@karidouma.com  {KDP}  www.karidouma.com

Engagement and Wedding Photography by Kari Douma

Engagement and Wedding Photography by Kari Douma {Grand Rapids Wedding Photographer}

Engagement and Wedding Photography by Kari Douma

At Kari Douma Photography we love to photograph weddings! For the past decade, we have specialized in capturing the unique, once in a lifetime moments that make each wedding day special.

Whether you’re planning a destination wedding or a small intimate gathering. We have the expertise, equipment, experience, and artistic eye to to create stunning images you’ll treasure for a lifetime.

Every one of the photography collections we offer for your wedding day also includes a complimentary engagement session! We like to take the time to get to know you before your big day. We think it’s really important for all of us to have time to get to know each other.

Therefore, when we all gather on your special day, you won’t wonder what it will feel like to be on the other side of our camera lens. Plus, there’s the added benefit of gorgeous engagement portraits to display on your wedding day!

We also love to recommend some of our favorite wedding venues!  If you’re planning a Northern Michigan destination wedding, you can’t go wrong with the stunning views at The Homestead, Crystal Mountain, Shanty Creek or Mackinac Island.

We have sample albums in our studio if you would like to see some of the weddings we’ve photographed at these and other destination locations.

Right here in the Grand Rapids, you can’t beat the Amway Grand Plaza, JW Marriott, or McKay Tower. (Spectacular venues close to home!) One of our favorites on the east side of the state is The Dearborn Inn (across from Greenfield Village, Henry Ford Museum).

No matter where you are planning your wedding. We would love to meet you to hear all about the plans. We’re always happy to recommend other trusted vendors and give referrals.

Contact Kari to set up a complimentary wedding consolation at our Studio in Downtown Grandville. We look forward to meeting you and hope to be part of your once in a lifetime day!

Engagement and Wedding Photography by Kari Douma

Senior Sessions by Kari Douma Photography

Senior Sessions by Kari Douma Photography have been in full swing over the past few months!
Senior Sessions by Kari Douma Photography

Summer and early fall is the best time to book your senior sessions with Kari Douma Photgraphy! When you schedule a session in the summer or early fall months, you allow plenty of time for our pre-session design consultation at our Studio in Downtown Grandville. During this planning meeting, we’ll talk to your senior about their style, hobbies, and what special things they’d like to include in their senior portraits.

After the design consultation, you’ll go home excited and full of anticipation for the session! You can choose downtown, the beach, a park, a private airport, or a specific location that’s special to you. (Art Prize gives us new art to look for downtown every September and October!) Contact us if you have a special spot in mind! We’ll be sure to create unique images of your senior that will capture and express who they are to the world (and friends and family too).

Senior Sessions by Kari Douma Photography

When your images are ready, you’ll come to our studio to view the proofs on our huge 6′ screen! We’ll show you all the images set to music in a slideshow, then help you decide which images you love. (That could be a few favorites, or all of them)! Since we’re a full service portrait studio located at 4044 Chicago Drive in Downtown Grandville. (Near the intersection of Wilson Avenue).  Offering everything from gift prints, to digital files, to custom designed albums and wall galleries. We have something for everyone, and we include professional designs and printing for countless portrait products. Call Kari today if you haven’t booked your senior session yet. There’s still time to get in before winter: 616.437.5603 (Check with your school yearbook for the submission deadline).

Senior Sessions by Kari Douma Photography

Oh Baby! Newborn Sessions by Kari Douma Photography!

Oh Baby! Newborn Sessions by Kari Douma Photography!
Oh Baby! Newborn Sessions by Kari Douma Photography!

Oh how we love babies at Kari Douma Photography! We have raised multiple babies (of our own) and photographed countless newborns over the past two decades, so we know a thing or two about photographing tiny people.

Located in Downtown Grandville, our studio specializes in getting tiny babies snuggled in just right (but we’re not sharing those secrets here!) Pretty soon they’re breathing those restful deep breaths that let us create these peaceful sleeping baby images.

We’ve been photographing the family pictured above since mom and dad were married 8 years ago at Dimnent Chapel (on the campus of Hope College).

These sweet big sisters absolutely adore their baby brothers, and we couldn’t be happier for them! It’s a joy and honor for us to create beautiful images to proudly displayed on walls for years to come.

At Kari Douma Photography, we realize the images we capture will become treasured keepsakes when these babies grow up. (Faster than mom and dad can imagine!)  That’s why we work hard to create the time and space for you to enjoy a peaceful experience.

At KDP, it’s our goal to ensure both you and your baby will be able to relax and enjoy the photography session. By allowing plenty of time, we create a calm, peaceful environment. It’s our desire to make you feel right at home.

Last month we photographed the pretty in pink, sweet newborn girl (pictured below) at our studio. Whether it’s a hot, humid summer day… or freezing Michigan winter blizzard, the weather inside our studio is always perfect. Sweltering sunshine, or gloomy blustery weather outside won’t affect our cheerful, peaceful studio space. It’s perfect every day of the year!

We have several options to capture precious images of your newborn. You can choose a full service 2 hour newborn session, or sign up for our Bebe Premier Plan (which includes 4 sessions to document baby’s first year) with extra perks and bonus gifts. Either way, we would love to meet your new bundle of joy! Call Kari to find out more: 616-437-5603

Oh Baby! Newborn Sessions by Kari Douma Photography!

West Michigan Family Photography Sessions

West Michigan Family Photography Sessions by Kari Douma Photography

West Michigan is a beautiful location for outdoor family photography sessions! Our studio is conveniently located in Downtown Grandville, half way between Downtown Grand Rapids and the shores of Lake Michigan.

We are so fortunate to live in an area of Michigan with so many local parks, rivers, forests, fields, farms, barns, lakes and beaches. The options for gorgeous backgrounds for your family portraits are almost limitless. Grand Rapids and the surrounding areas offer a wide variety of locations. We have everything from city to country. Urban to rural. Whether you prefer rolling fields of wildflowers, or clear blue waters as far as your eyes can see, West Michigan has it all.

Late summer and early fall are the perfect time to book an outdoor family session! The weather is cooling off. The sun is setting a little earlier. Every year we have families calling for fall sessions at the end of October, but September and early October are really some of the most beautiful weeks for outdoor sessions. Don’t put off your family portraits until the end of fall!

We love to photograph families over the years, watching children grow from toddlers to teens. We  customize senior sessions for each child, then they head off to college. A few years later they become engaged and call us to photograph the wedding. When they call us to photograph their newborn babies, we are are especially excited! Watching the generations grow up right before us (and our cameras) is the best part of what we do. It’s such an honor and blessing for us to capture those fleeing moments for each family.

Let us capture your family and create beautiful memories and wall art for your home. Before you know it, you’ll blink and wonder how in the world the time went by so quickly? (Packing your children up and sending them off to college has a way to make us nostalgic! Those days of hearing their little feet padding around the house when they were little slip by much too fast). Thank you for trusting us to create those moments and memories forever.

We cherish the images, and we cherish our clients who become dear friends over the years.

St. Nicholas – Amway Grand Plaza Wedding

Rick and Lexy started their day at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel by getting ready in their suites.  It was picture perfect for their wedding day!   The sun was shining, and love was abound.  They were surrounded by friends and family as they prepared for one of the most of the important days of their lives.  Excitement filled the air while make up was applied and hair was styled. Rick and Lexy exchanged gifts (by way of family members delivering them to each other.)  After taking a few pictures in the hotel lobby, we finally headed over to the church.

Amway Grand Plaza Wedding

Rick and Lexy exchanged their vows in the beautiful St. Nicholas Antoichian Orthodox Church in Grand Rapids.  Lexi’s brother had the honor of walking her down the isle, to give her to Rick to be his wife.  The ceremony was filled with tradition and beauty as Rick and Lexy became husband and wife!

St. Nicholas Wedding Grand Rapids

After the ceremony we got on the limo bus and headed to downtown Grand Rapids.  We stopped at the infamous “Blue Bridge” for some fun relaxed wedding pictures in addition to one more stop.   The wedding party was full of smiles and fun as they celebrated with Rick and Lexy and therefore the pictures reflect that!

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We made it back to the Amway Grand Plaza just in time for Rick and Lexy to have their reveal of their reception room.  It was absolutely stunning and also breathtaking. Every detail was perfect. Rick’s mom did a fabulous job planning all the details.  In addition to a great dinner, there were plenty of catered treats!  Finally, they danced their hearts out as the band played into the night.

Amway Grand Plaza Wedding

If you want to see more pictures from Rick and Lexy’s wedding day, make sure you check out the slideshow here!

Senior Photography

It’s time for senior photography again!  If you have a high school senior for the 2017-2018 school year, it is time to book that senior session!   Late summer and fall is our busiest time of year. Make sure you schedule your session before all the appointments are taken!

We love to photograph seniors and love to showcase their interest and talents.    This is the one time in their life to document who they are as they enter adulthood.   We can either showcase those talents/interests in the studio or at a location that defines your senior’s personality.

If your senior is in a fall sport, you should try to schedule your session before school starts.  Once school starts, your child will be in school during the day,  in practice after school, making it difficult to find time for that senior session.

Kari Douma Photography is a full service studio.  We start with a design consultation meeting to make a plan for your session.  The plan will include locations, clothing options, interested, and what type of products you are interested in.

The day of the session we have a ton of fun capturing your senior’s personality!  After the session we will schedule a time for you to come back into the studio, to view and order from the session.  Here you will view your images on a large projection screen, comparing them, and helping you to select your favorites.  We offer a full range of products from digital files, to books and albums, to wall art and gift prints.

There are sessions to fit every senior’s need.  If you want just a shorter session in the studio or local park, or if you want to go all out and drive all over the city for a few hours, we can accommodate your needs.  Call today to schedule your session.

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Studio Newborn Photography

Studio Newborn, Infant and Toddler Photography at Kari Douma Photography in Grandville

Newborn Studio Photography

We love babies! We realize everyone says that, but it’s really true for us! Our babies are all grown up now, ages 13-23. Therefore, when we have babies come in to the studio, we put all our years of motherhood to the test. We make sure you and your little one feel comfortable, so we can create those precious portraits you will treasure forever. So when you look back and wonder how those years went by so quickly, you’ll have beautiful portraits to help you remember these fleeting days.

We’ve seen every personality possible! Sweet smiley babies, even colic-y newborns that cry. So far we’ve never met a newborn that we can’t calm and cradle to sleep. Are looking for a nice, quiet studio, one where you’ll have time to sit down and unwind on a comfy couch? If so, we’re the studio for you! We’ll cuddle your baby until they’re relaxed and ready for us to create beautiful photos!

Newborn Photography

We have lots of options from full newborn sessions (2 hours) to a quick Wacky Wednesday 20 minute session to capture those older baby and toddler smiles. We also have a Bebe Premiere Plan which includes 4 sessions for baby’s first year. Newborn, 4m, 8m and 1 yr sessions, including extra discounts and bonus gifts! You can contact Kari@karidouma.com for more details. See more of the cute babies we’ve photographed this year by watching a slideshow here.

We love to watch babies grow over the years right in front of our eyes (and camera) as we photograph each of their birthdays after the first! There’s no greater joy for us than to document the years as each family grows. A few we’ve even photographed from birth to high school graduation!

Newborn Photography

We know there are lots of you out there looking for a studio in the Grand Rapids or Grandville area. Search no longer, we’re here and ready to photograph your newborn, infant, toddler or older child! We would love to meet you and get to know you, and we’d be honored to tell the story of your child. We’re booking indoor or outdoor sessions for summer now, so contact us today 616.437.5603

Amway Grand Plaza Spring Wedding

Ben and Ashley’s Spring Wedding at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church & Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
Amway Grand Plaza Spring Wedding
April 29th was a beautiful day for a spring wedding at the Amway Grand Plaza in Grand Rapids Michigan!

Ashley and Ben gathered with their extended family at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church for a beautiful ceremony. Two families who have been friends for decades were formally united into one. Since Ben always had a special place in his heart for Ashley, his dreams came true the spring day she finally became his wife!

Following the ceremony was a grand celebration with a stunning reception. A gorgeous ice sculpture carved with two interlocking “C’s” showcased the Coleman name overlooking a colorful spread of tasty appetizers in the ballroom lobby.

The Ambassador Ballroom was decorated from top to bottom with beautiful bouquets from Modern Day Floral. A fairytale atmosphere was realized as a result of the bride and her mother’s creative vision.

Guests were thus directed to find their seats to greet the wedding wedding party upon their arrival. A a result, the live band kicked the night off with a song to welcome the new bride and groom. While the cake was being cut, guests oohed and ahhed over the decadent table full of various chocolates!

After the guests completed the five course meal, the live music became an all night affair, wooing guests to dance the night away. April 29th was a night to remember forever for the bride and groom as well as their guests. Watch the slideshow here to see more images from their beautiful wedding!

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