Grand Rapids Senior Sessions: Downtown, Beach & more!

It’s senior season for Grand Rapids area seniors at Kari Douma Photography… Grand Rapids Senior Sessions: Downtown, Beach & more!

Somehow summer always seems to fly by, and before you know it, it’s August and we’re counting down the days until school starts (and for all you seniors, that means your LAST – FIRST DAY of school)! We want to make sure you have a great experience for your senior portraits, so our senior sessions start with a planning meeting at our Studio in Downtown Grandville. We look forward to meeting all our new seniors a few weeks before their session, so we can spend time chatting about location, clothing options, and fun details like what sports, hobbies or activities we’re going to incorporate into your custom session. We like to get to know you before we start snapping photos, so that way when you come back for your session, we already know all the details of exactly what you’re hoping for, and we can spend your session time creating fun and exciting images!


We have a wide range of session options for you… from a quick 30 minute studio session for the senior who knows exactly what they are looking for (which is not lots of locations and outfit changes) to our Ultimate Senior session (which is 3 hours of unlimited locations and outfit changes). For those Seniors who don’t fall in the quick category, or the “I’ve been waiting for this for years, so we are going all out” category, we have the Just About Right session and Indoor/Outdoor session options too. Our goal is to create the perfect photography session that will give each senior the look they’re hoping for, and capturing their unique style and personality, all while having a great time!



Whether you’re thinking of a session at our studio, a local park, downtown Grand Rapids, a local beach along the lakeshore (or anywhere in between) we are confident that we can create a session experience for your senior portraits that will be everything you’re hoping for!

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 .


Photo Contest ~ Post a Selfie for a chance to Win Free Senior Studio Session!

Photo Contest from Kari Douma Photography!

Photo Contest from Kari Douma Photography!


Photo Contest from Kari Douma Photography! 2016 Seniors Enter to Win a Free Studio Session at Kari Douma Photography! Post your selfie on our instagram or Facebook page on or after March 1st, then make sure all your family and friends vote for you! Whichever photo gets the most votes (“Likes”) by March 10th will WIN the contest AND receive a FREE 30 minute Studio Session in our Downtown Grandville Studio, PLUS a $100 Gift Card.  (Session and Gift card must be redeemed by April 30, 2016. Any images posted before March 1st will be removed. Only one photo entry per person, which will give each entry the best odds for winning!) Grand Rapids Senior Photographer Kari Douma will photograph the FREE 30 minute session in our Studio in Downtown Grandville by appointment during the month of March or April (2016).

Senior Pictures!

It has been a busy fall taking senior pictures!  I thought I had better share some of them here!  Being Senior and having your Senior portraits done is such a special time!  I love to get to know each senior, and their different personalities and interests!

Grand Rapids Senior Pictures:

It was such an honor to photograph Sophie.  I have photographed her for many years… not quite sure how many, but probably eight or nine.  I can not believe she is now a senior!  Sophie started her senior portrait session in Grand Rapids.  We decided on a beautiful garden setting.  Sophie plays water polo and swims for Hudsonville High School.  So, of course we wanted to show case that!  We headed to her friends pool, and finished the evening with her swim and water polo pictures!

Grand Rapids Senior Pictures

Cascade Senior Pictures:

I have known Olivia since she was born!  I have had the privilege of watching her grow into a fine young woman.  Olivia’s started her session at our studio in Grandville.  Olivia plays the violin, and wanted to incorporate that into her indoor portion of her senior portraits.  After our studio portion, we headed to a park in Cascade where she just shined!  After the park in Cascade, we finished up at the Cascade fire department.  Olivia is in the Explorer program at the Cascade fire department.  She comes from a family of fire fighters.  Her dad and brother are both fire fighters.

Cascade Senor Pictures


Grand Rapids Senior Pictures:

I love photographing Kari’s senior portraits!  First off, we share a name.  Kari loves fashion! So, she had a car full of fun clothes and shoes as we headed to Grand Rapids for her session.  We stared her session at a garden area.  It was a perfect evening!  Kari wanted something a little out of the ordinary, that not a lot of seniors did.  So, she decided on a twilight session on the Grand Rapids skyline.  We headed downtown, and waited for the sun to go down, and for the sky to get to just the right color… It was beautiful!
Grand Rapids night senior pictures



Jaxyn | Grand Rapids Senior Pictures

Jaxyn is starting his senior year at West Michigan Aviation Academy in Grand Rapids.  Jaxyn wanted something a little different than most kids he goes to school with for his senior pictures.  After meeting with him at the planning meeting, we decided on a Downtown “City Lights” session in Grand Rapids, as well as a session in the studio.  We had a lot of fun bringing in some of Jaxyn’s hobbies into the session.  He brought his DJ equipment, his flight bag, and even his dog.  (Who is so cute by the way!)  We were a little surprised to find an event taking place on the Lawn of the Gerald R For Museum when we got there, but we just kept walking, and found some other great spots to photograph in.  I hope you have a GREAT senior year Jaxyn!  Congratulations class of 2016!

Grand Rapids Senior Pictures

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