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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
We love to create Executive Business Portraits that you are proud to display on your company website and social media! We have been photographing business executives and creating professional heashots for years now (it’s our job to make you look good!) No one wants to look at an unattractive portrait every day when they open their email or webpage, so if you don’t love your corporate headshot, come see us to let us create a portrait you will be proud to share! We have lots of options from a quick 15 minute head shot taken at our Studio on your lunch break, to full service executive portrait for your entire office.
If you’re looking for a quick updated professional head shot, call us to schedule a 15 minute appointment (you can even come in during your lunch hour). We’ll give you a few options for background and poses -more formal and more casual- and you can choose your favorite image on the spot and be on your way (and still have time to grab lunch)! If you’d like to take a little more time to create a few different looks with several outfits and different backgrounds, we can set up a traditional executive session and allow more time for more options.
If you are looking for a photographer who can produce corporate head shots for your entire staff, we do that too! We will bring our lighting equipment and backdrop to your location to offer executive portraits right in the convenience of your office. We won’t require your employees to miss productive work time (or miss a lunch hour) they can be photographed in a matter of minutes. We also offer the option of photographing your employees in “real life” scenarios, if you’d like some business causal images to display on your website for clients to get a feel for how your offices works on a daily basis. We can also photograph your space (offices, equipment, warehouses, etc) if you’d like to have those images as well. We can also create stunning outdoor shots to show your business in the best light possible as well.
No matter what type of Business Portraits you’re looking for, we’ve got a solution for you. Contact Kari at 616-437-5603 (or email@example.com) today for details. We can set up a plan and customize it to meet the specific needs of your business.
Makayla was all smiles for her 6 month old portrait session at the studio! Her mom brought her in for our Wacky Wednesday special, and dressed her as cute as can be. As soon as I saw the pink bottoms and pink headband, I knew she was a girly girl and needed to be photographed on a pink background in a pink chair! We made sure to capture a few images of Makayla and her mom too. I loved the ones where they interacted with each other! These are the 5 images they chose as part of their Wacky Wednesday package.
Vivian came into the studio for her 8 month session! She was absolutely full of smiles this time! I loved how she giggled and laughed the whole session! Then, she thought she was hot stuff because we had her stand up by the side of a chair and hold on. She hadn’t done this before, but she LOVED it! I heard that was her new trick at home after we were finished too! We were also able to take a few pictures of her brother, and some family portraits too. It had been a while since the whole family had their portrait done!