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Foster/Adoptive Family Session and Wall Portrait Giveaway in May!

Foster/Adoptive Family Session and Wall Portrait Giveaway in May!

If you are a family who has fostered or adopted children in the past 5 years (2014-2019)
Kari Douma Photography wants to create an updated family portrait for you to display in your home!
1) Post a photo/selfie of your family on your Facebook or Instagram page!
2) Tag us @KariDoumaPhotography
3) Add hashtag #KDPadopt
4) Tell us why you would like to win a free family session

On April 30th, we will choose one family to receive a complimentary family session (at our studio, or a local park)
+PLUS a 16×20 Wall Portrait AND +5 Digital Files! (No purchase necessary to enter).

Foster/Adoptive Family Session and Wall Portrait Giveaway in May!

Guidelines to enter:
1) Must be a family who has fostered/adopted children (2015-2019).
2) Must be available to book your session during the month of May (2019).
3) Must be willing/able to have your photos posted on our Facebook/Instagram page.
4) Deadline to enter is April 30, 2019. Winner will be drawn (at random) and announced/notified on Wednesday; May 1, 2019.
5) Finally, in the event that winner is not able to schedule session in May, another family will be selected (at random) to receive the gifts.

Foster/Adoptive Family Session and Wall Portrait Giveaway in May!

*While KDP has gifted family sessions before, but this is the first time we are offering this gift
specifically for families who have fostered and/or adopted children within the past 5 years.
(Share this with your friends and family who have adopted or are currently a foster family!)
Finally, we understand with foster/adoption expenses, professional portraits are not always in the budget.
Therefore, Kari Douma Photography would like to offer a local foster/adoptive family this gift as a THANK YOU
for all you do each day to make this world a safer place for children who deserve a loving family.

Also noteworthy, the family pictured in the photo above is Jayne’s (KDP studio manager)
whose family was blessed to add another son & daughter through adoption in 2017.

 

 

Merry Christmas from Kari Douma Photography

Merry Christmas from Kari Douma Photography!

 

We love the holiday season! Therefore, of course we wish you a very Merry Christmas from Kari Douma Photography. Likewise, we love to create memorable moments for you to capture the joy of your family. Whether your kids are 2 or 20, we think an annual Christmas portrait is the perfect way to document the end of the year. Finally, as you prepare for the New Year, you’ll have a keepsake to remember how cute, silly and sweet your kiddos were in 2018. We had so much fun capturing these images during Daxton’s 4 month session! {His mom is so creative, she designed the set herself!} We know he’ll grow so much by next Christmas, his mom and dad will be so happy they took the time to create these memories this year.

 

Merry Christmas from Kari Douma Photography!

 

We cherish our clients, and we love to photograph families like this one below!  We have been honored to capture their milestones since the day they were married! Each new baby brings big changes, and it’s a joy for us to create once in a lifetime memories as they happen. These little ones grow so quickly. Before we know it, they are off to school, then we blink and they’re in high school. Graduating, and off to college! We have first hand experience in this area too, and we love to share our experiences with our clients. The families we photograph become treasured friends over the years, so we love to see them return year after year! Likewise,  we hope to see you back at the Studio in 2019! We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Kari Douma Photography!

 

Merry Christmas from Kari Douma Photography!

LIMITED EDITION RUSTIC BARN FAMILY SESSIONS

LIMITED EDITION RUSTIC  BARN FAMILY SESSIONS

AT KARI DOUMA PHOTOGRAPHY

LIMITED EDITION RUSTIC BARN FAMILY SESSIONSLIMITED EDITION RUSTIC BARN FAMILY SESSIONS

THE TIME IS HERE! ONE DAY ONLY: MONDAY NOVEMBER 19th.
LIMITED EDITION RUSTIC BARN FAMILY SESSIONS
AT KARI DOUMA PHOTOGRAPHY
CALL KARI TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT FOR ONLY $49
KARI@KARIDOUMA.COM

LIMITED EDITION RUSTIC BARN FAMILY SESSIONS

Bring your family to Kari Douma Photography for an indoor RUSTIC BARN SESSION and have a new family portrait made to capture the moment! Since we’ll be inside you won’t have to worry about wind or rain, sleet or snow! Therefore your Christmas Card portrait will be one you’ll cherish for years to come! Enjoy a donut and a cup of coffee or cocoa as you view your proofs in the comfort of our studio above Johnson’s Carpet in Downtown Grandville.

ONE DAY ONLY: Monday November 19th!

Whether it’s sunny and 60 degrees, or 30 degrees and snowy outside. It won’t matter because it’s always a perfect 70 degrees inside our cozy studio in downtown Grandville .  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

HOW IT WORKS:

  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 our studio in Downtown Grandville.
  4. Finally, in the comfort of our studio in front of our large projection screen, grab a cup of coffee, cocoa or hot cider and we’ll look at your images.
  5. Choose your favorites (or ALL) and place your order!

IT’S THAT EASY! You can even choose shipping if you’d like to have your order shipped right to your door!

LIMITED EDITION RUSTIC BARN FAMILY SESSIONS

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

Family Sessions in West Michigan by Kari Douma Photography

Family Sessions in West Michigan by Kari Douma Photography

Family Sessions in West Michigan by Kari Douma Photography

Family Sessions in West Michigan by Kari Douma Photography. Wondering what to do on a cold, snowy, blustery night in West Michigan? Dream about beautiful summer days! We’re ready to plan your outdoor session for spring 2018! Don’t let the cold weather dampen your imagination. {For inspiration, here are two sessions we photographed last summer} When the sun was shining and the trees were green. Believe it or not, we’re only 3 months away from spring! Call Kari today to set up a planning meeting to come to our cozy warm studio, and we’ll create a plan for your family portrait session! Before you know it, the warmer wether will arrive, and you’ll be ready to soak up the sun. Then you’ll be ready and so will we!

Because we’re a full service studio, we will take the time to learn about your family before it’s time for the cameras to come out! During our design consultation, we’ll plan a session that’s customized just for you! What are your favorite activities? Do you love the great outdoors? Maybe Downtown? Maybe you enjoy lounging by the lake? We’ll even come to your home to photograph your family there! What’s your favorite season? Finally you can enjoy Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall on your walls, all year long! When we create family portraits of your family for every season, you can enjoy every season. Because we’re not afraid of cold weather, we’ll even brave the snow to capture this current winter wonderland if you’d like! Call Kari today to set up a time to let us  create a dream come true session for you. Kari@karidouma.com or 616.437.5603

Family Sessions in West Michigan by Kari Douma Photography

Family Sessions in West Michigan by Kari Douma Photography

Family Sessions in West Michigan by Kari Douma Photography

 

LIMITED EDITION FAMILY SESSIONS AT CHRISTMAS TREE FARM

LIMITED EDITION FAMILY SESSIONS @

BOSCH’S CHRISTMAS TREE FARM

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11th
LIMITED EDITION FAMILY SESSIONS CHRISTMAS TREE FARM

LIMITED EDITION FAMILY SESSIONS CHRISTMAS TREE FARM

THE TIME IS HERE! ONE DAY ONLY: SATURDAY NOVEMBER 11th.
LIMITED EDITION FAMILY SESSIONS ON LOCATION
AT A BOSCH’S CHRISTMAS TREE FARM!
CALL KARI TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT FOR ONLY $49
KARI@KARIDOUMA.COM

LIMITED EDITION FAMILY SESSIONS CHRISTMAS TREE FARM

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!

LIMITED EDITION FAMILY SESSIONS CHRISTMAS TREE FARM

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

HOW IT WORKS:

  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).

LIMITED EDITION FAMILY SESSIONS CHRISTMAS TREE FARM

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

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.

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

Family and Children: Studio and Park Sessions by Kari Douma Photography

Hello! If you’re just finding our website… welcome!  We are Kari Douma Photography, a professional portrait studio located in West Michigan, in Downtown Grandville. We specialize in family and children photography, as well as weddings and seniors (and newborns too!). Ok, we love to photograph pretty much everyone 🙂 We offer private studio sessions, as well as at local parks, downtown, and beaches along the lakeshore. Basically, all of West Michigan!

These two cuties came to our studio in Grandville for some updated family portraits! (Don’t you just want to squeeze those cheekers?!?) So adorable 🙂 We appreciate the privilege it is for us to photograph your sweet kiddos over the years! We love to watch them grow and change right before our eyes (and cameras).

Family and Children Studio and Park Sessions by Kari Douma Photography
We also encourage families to have annual family portraits taken too! Lots of parents are great about photographing their kids, but not always as eager to be in the photographs themselves. You know what? Life’s too short to not be photographed! Don’t wait (for whatever it is you’re waiting to “do” before you have that family portrait taken). You can’t get the years back, and some day you will look back at how marvelous you looked “way back then” and wish you had a gorgeous portrait to prove it!

That’s one of the reasons why we offer a complementary family session for the seniors we photograph! We want to make sure that our senior’s don’t just have a great senior portrait on their parent’s wall before they head off to college, but also have a beautiful portrait of their family to take with them when they go.

When they’re little, the days are long… but the years are short. (Believe us, our kids are growing up faster than we can believe!) Capture these moments today. Before we know it, these cute little guys will be graduating and heading off to college!

Family and Children: Studio and Park Sessions by Kari Douma Photography

 

Family and Newborn Sessions… Welcome Babies Max and Isaac!

Eizans Family

 

We are were so excited to photograph two of our favorite “growing” families this winter! We are thrilled when a family we’ve photographed over the years calls to let us know they will be welcoming a new baby! When we schedule a newborn/family session, we like to allow lots of time, especially if there are siblings we’re going to photograph too. We want to make sure mom and baby are calm and comfortable, and brothers and sisters have time to re-acclimate to our studio before we get out the camera and our lights start flashing.

We think the most important part of building a relationship with a family is making sure you can trust us, not just to document the milestones, but to create the best experience we can for you to have your new baby photographed. We want you to be happy with the entire session, not just the end results (so you’ll want to keep coming to see us over the years as your family grows). We look forward to seeing you and your children, because you allow us to be part of some of the most intimate and precious moments of your new baby’s life… we also strive to be a place your kids are excited to go when it’s time for a new family portrait!

You want your photographer to capture the precious moments between the people you love the most in this world, and we take that job seriously. We cherish the relationships we’ve built over the past 10 years with the families we’ve been trusted to photograph! With each newborn baby, as each family grows over the years, your families become like family to us too. Congratulations to the Eizans Family and the Parniske’s on their beautiful babies! We celebrate with you, and thank you for allowing us to capture these memories for you.

Parniske Family

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Welcome to Kari Douma Photography!

Kari and Jayne

Welcome to Kari Douma Photography
If you are just finding our website and blog, we’re happy you’re here! It’s been awhile since we’ve introduced ourselves here on the blog, so we’d like to take a few minutes to tell you who we are and how we choose the profession of Photography! 

Kari’s passion for photography grew from a love of capturing the fleeting moments of her four children growing up, and has since grown into an exciting and successful career! She decided to launch Kari Douma Photography out of her home based studio over 12 years ago, and since then the business has continued to grow! In 2009 she decided to move the studio out of her home, into a professional studio with more space, located in Downtown Grandville, Michigan. We’re located just 7 miles west of Grand Rapids, which is famous for gathering artists from around the world for the annual Art Prize competition, and also known as Beer City for it’s famous Founders Brewing micro-brewery (among many others). West Michigan is also home to the largest freshwater lakes in the world, the Great Lakes… the beautiful, sandy beaches of Lake Michigan are only 20 miles from our studio!

After moving to the new studio, Kari also hired an employee. Kari mentored multiple interns over the years, and in 2009 she decided to hire Jayne (after she completed her one year internship with KDP). Jayne graduated with a minor in Photography from Central Michigan University, and after years of always being the “unofficial photographer” for every family event, she decided to further her education to become a professional photographer (and has felt blessed to work with Kari ever since)! We really enjoy photographing weddings together (people always ask if we’re sisters) and love meeting with new clients to create the custom photography experience and beautiful portraits each one is hoping for!

Over the past decade Kari’s passion for learning and striving for excellence has taken her all over the country learning from the top photographers in the world! She earned her Master of Photography degree in 2012, and her Craftsman’s Degree in 2014. Kari has used her vast knowledge and unique skill to create award winning images that have earned her accolades too numerous to mention (in the categories of portrait, wedding, landscape and commercial). A few of her most recent awards are the ASP District Elite Award (covering 12 U.S. states and 4 Canadian provinces) as well as being named Michigan Photographer of the Year (2016) as well as Photographer of the Year (2012-2016) by the Professional Photographers of West Michigan. She has also earned many national awards and honors over the years. Kari absolutely loves to compete in Print Competition, and that passion shows through in the portraits she creates for clients also!

More than any award, at Kari Douma Photography we just love people! Part of the reason Kari has earned so much national recognition is due to the amazing clients we have been blessed to photograph over the years! The weddings, newborns, children, families, and seniors we photograph become dear friends, people we grow to love over the years! We can’t explain the joy we feel when a family we’ve photographed for years sends their child off to college with the portraits we’ve created displaying their story along the walls of their home. We’re thrilled when we’re asked to to photograph the wedding a few years later, and then beyond excited to meet and capture the amazing details when they welcome their first baby into the world. There are no words for how abundantly blessed we feel when each family chooses us to record all those precious memories over the years, and we love creating those priceless images that will be cherished for generations to come.

We absolutely love what we do, and we can’t wait to meet you! Please don’t hesitate to call or email Kari to set up a time to meet with us at our Studio… we look forward to getting to know you, and anticipate creating a beautiful photojournalistic story to tell your family’s journey too. You can reach us at our Studio by appointment: 616-437-5603 or email Kari at kari@karidouma.com .

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