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 .
Kam and Sara had a Ballroom at the McKay Tower wedding on New Year’s Eve! What better way to spend the New Year by ringing it in with friends and family at a Grand Rapids wedding. It was a perfect day that started at the Amway Grand Plaza hotel. Kam waited as Sara approached him in the lobby for their first meeting. I love that time when the groom turns around to see his bride for the first time! Such a special time, and I love to photograph it! After Kam and Sara’s first meeting, we stayed in the hotel lobby for some bride and groom along with wedding party portraits. The Christmas tree made for a perfect accent to their wedding portraits.
We then went outside for a few short minutes to photograph the wedding party. It was cold! But, they were tough, and we quickly took off jackets to get some beautiful outdoor portraits across the street at the DeVos Place. The girls were cold, but put on their smiles as they tried not to look cold! (The guys never do too bad when outdoors… the at least have jackets with their tuxes!) Next we went to Rosa Parks Circle to get just a couple more bride and groom pictures.
The beautiful Ballroom at the McKay tower in Grand Rapids was the location for the ceremony and the reception. It was absolutely stunning. I love the colored chandeliers and the led lighting for the reception. The colors really make the pictures pop! This is a top notch wedding venue if you ask me! We were also able to sneak out to the Blue Bridge at twilight to catch some evening portraits with Grand Rapids skyline as our backdrop. Congratulations Kam and Sara! If you want to see a few more of their wedding day pictures, watch their slideshow here!
Emily and John and a gorgeous day for their West Michigan wedding! The sun was shining, and the fall colors just started to turn. We started the morning at Design One Salon and Spa in Grandville. After Emily and her bridesmaids’ hair was perfectly done, they headed to Emily’s family home to finish getting her makeup done and dress on. Emily’s dress was beautiful! We couldn’t resist photographing it in the large window overlooking the scenery outside.
The ceremony was held at St. Joseph Church in Conklin, Michigan. John’s face was priceless as he saw his bride coming down the Aisle. After the ceremony we headed back to the scenic property that Emily’s family lived. There was a gorgeous overlook from the back of the house that had beautiful fall colors. It made a perfect backdrop for John and Emily’s wedding portraits.
Then, to make things more perfect, there was an orchard on the property right next to theirs. I LOVE photographing in orchards! Photographing in-between the rows, and using the trees in the foreground and background just makes the photo-geek in me get excited! As you can guess, the pictures of John and Emily in the orchard are my favorite. Th sun light was getting low in the sky, and the way the sun skimmed across the leaves was stunning.
After spending some time for wedding portraits at Emily’s family home, we went to English Hills Country Club. After toasting, cake cutting, and a fantastic dinner, they spent the evening visiting with their family and friends. It was such a fun evening for family and friends to visit and socialize with each other. Thank you to John and Emily for letting us share in your special day. We are truly honored! If you would like to see more pictures, don’t forget to watch the slideshow here!
John and Danielle were married in Grand Rapids last month. They started their perfect day with getting ready at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel. Danielle and the girls had a suite in the old Pantlind side of the hotel to get ready in, while John and the guys were in the Tower side of the hotel. Danielle and the girls had their hair and makeup done by the Amway Salon and Spa. We had a few minutes before we left for the church to photograph a few portraits in the hotel. The photography inside the Amway is always beautiful!
The ceremony was at the Basilica of Saint Adelbert in Grand Rapids. I love to take pictures inside old churches! The sanctuary was absolutely gorgeous! Anna had a special meeting in the courtyard before the ceremony with her dad, to see her before she walked down the isle. It was very touching! I think John was a little choked up when he saw Danielle walk down the isle in her wedding dress!
It had been raining on and off all day, and during the ceremony. Right after the ceremony the rain cleared up just in time for us! John and Danielle rented a horse and carriage to ferry them around downtown Grand Rapids, while we stopped to take portraits of the wedding party and bride and groom. We stopped at some downtown favorite places, which included the Gerrald Ford Museum, and the Blue Bridge.
We then headed back to the Amway Grand Plaza hotel for the reception in the imperial ballroom. The night was perfect with a wonderful dinner, dancing, and ended with some twilight pictures of John and Danielle lighting and releasing a paper lantern. If you would like to see more pictures of John and Danielle’s Grand Rapids wedding at the Amway Grand Plaza, make sure you check the slideshow here!
Dan and Courtney had a beautiful wedding at The Homestead in Glen Arbor, Michigan. They had friends and family from all over come to their destination, and celebrate with them! We started the day in the resort salon, and then had an outdoor wedding at Camp Firefly followed by the reception indoors at Camp Firefly. We were able to sneak away from the reception for a few minutes, to go to the lakeshore and do some portraits with the beautiful sunset! It was a beautiful sunset! Thank you to Dan and Courtney for allowing me to be part of their special day! If you want to see more pictures from Dan and Courtney’s wedding day, make sure to check out the slideshow here.