Brenda Hoffman Photography https://brendahoffmanphotography.com Grand Haven Wedding Photographer Fri, 13 Jul 2018 11:56:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.7 Engagement Photos – Grand Ravines North Covered Bridge https://brendahoffmanphotography.com/engagement-photos-grand-ravines-north-covered-bridge/ https://brendahoffmanphotography.com/engagement-photos-grand-ravines-north-covered-bridge/#respond Wed, 20 Jun 2018 21:07:50 +0000 https://brendahoffmanphotography.com/?p=119678 The post Engagement Photos – Grand Ravines North Covered Bridge appeared first on Brenda Hoffman Photography.

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Engagement Session – Grand Ravines North – Covered Bridge

Jenison MI

In anticipation of their May 2019 wedding at English Hills Country club, these two love-birds wanted engagement photos that reflected who they are together.  They want to share their story through the photographs and have wonderful memories attached to those moments.  So that is what we set out to do! The Ottawa County Park – Grand Ravines was a wonderful backdrop.

From the Bride:

How did you two meet?

We technically meet in 7th grade, but we really didn’t talk until our Senior year of high school. We rode the same bus to our vocational school, which is how our relationship started.

Tell us about the proposal!

The proposal wasn’t done in a grand fashion, but it truly fits us. Cody proposed on a Thursday morning as we were getting ready for work. He did it that way because he wanted to turn an ordinary day into a special day.

Where will you be getting married?

We will be getting married at the English Hills Event Center in Grand Rapids, MI.

Tell us about the engagement session experience

We had a great time at our engagement session! We previously had another photographer take them, but they turned into how the photographer thought they should look and how we actually wanted to look.

Brenda was awesome with us and listened to what we wanted. Our new engagement pictures are 1,000 times better then our first ones.

What are you most looking forward to about being married?

Continuing to build a life together and knowing that I have a partner for life to help me through the bad times and to celebrate in the good times.

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Grand Ravines Park – Family Photos https://brendahoffmanphotography.com/grand-ravines-park-family-photos/ https://brendahoffmanphotography.com/grand-ravines-park-family-photos/#respond Wed, 13 Jun 2018 17:37:44 +0000 https://brendahoffmanphotography.com/?p=119659 The post Grand Ravines Park – Family Photos appeared first on Brenda Hoffman Photography.

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Grand Ravines North – Ottawa County Park

Jenison, MI – Family Photo Session

I always love serving repeat clients.  It’s amazing to me how fast time goes and how much the children change in such a short time. Their personalities develop in such unique ways!  They will have these family photos to look back on and know that their parents cherished them.

The county parks have been in the news lately.  I am certainly glad for the opportunity to keep photographing at these beautiful locations.  Don’t you agree?

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Connor Bayou Family Photographs https://brendahoffmanphotography.com/connor-bayou/ https://brendahoffmanphotography.com/connor-bayou/#respond Wed, 13 Jun 2018 12:56:35 +0000 https://brendahoffmanphotography.com/?p=119645 The post Connor Bayou Family Photographs appeared first on Brenda Hoffman Photography.

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Connor Bayou Park

Family Photography Session in Grand Haven

Before the leaves were even fully out, the Connor Bayou Park showed it’s beauty and served as a wonderful backdrop for some very fun family photos!  As you can see from the results, there are three very distinct personalities for these kiddos.  It’s so fun to see how that plays out in the family dynamic!

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North Shore Beach Grand Haven Engagement https://brendahoffmanphotography.com/north-shore-beach-grand-haven-engagement/ https://brendahoffmanphotography.com/north-shore-beach-grand-haven-engagement/#respond Mon, 11 Jun 2018 14:13:38 +0000 https://brendahoffmanphotography.com/?p=119619 The post North Shore Beach Grand Haven Engagement appeared first on Brenda Hoffman Photography.

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North Shore Beach, Grand Haven Engagement

A lovely warm June evening provided a wonderful time for engagement photos for Amy & Randal.  But what is most interesting is input from the bride about the two of them.  Enjoy!

From the Couple:

Where did you meet?

We met each other online in Minneapolis, MN.  We had our first date at an Irish bar and tried to make ourselves seem smart during bar trivia.

About the proposal:

We had an intimate proposal at home. No big fanfare.

Where will you be getting married?

Shoreline Inn in Muskegon, MI

What are you most looking forward to about being married?

Being able to say that we chose each other forever and continuing on our journey to start our family.

Tell us about the engagement session experience:

We chose to get engagement photos at Lake Michigan (North Shore Beach and Grand Haven Park) because Amy grew up in the area and has a great love for the beauty of the lake. We were nervous because we neither of us are naturals in front of the camera and Randy has a hard time giving a genuine smile on cue but the engagement session went great.  It was good to see how Brenda was able to keep us in a loving mood with a series of sweet questions to whisper to each other.  We also learned that we need to work on our dance twirl moves!  We got some amazing photos and can’t wait to see what Brenda will capture on our wedding day.

 

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Ottawa Country Requires Photographer Permits https://brendahoffmanphotography.com/ottawa-country-requires-photographer-permits/ https://brendahoffmanphotography.com/ottawa-country-requires-photographer-permits/#respond Thu, 07 Jun 2018 14:42:18 +0000 https://brendahoffmanphotography.com/?p=119565 The post Ottawa Country Requires Photographer Permits appeared first on Brenda Hoffman Photography.

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Ottawa County Parks Require Photography Permits

Commercial Photographers need permits starting fall 2018

Yesterday I was interviewed by WZZM regarding the new policy to take effect in the fall of 2018 requiring commercial photographers to have a permit to use the parks for their businesses.  Link here

Since 1987, according to the Ottawa County, the use of the parks for commercial purposes, so unbeknownst to me and many others, we were violating that law which hadn’t been enforced.  Due to overzealous photographers taking advantage and the risk of liability, the parks system will be now requiring permits for paid work.

When I first heard of this on Monday, I called Ottawa County and spoke with them about the rules

Then on Wednesday, June 6,2 018, I was approached by WZZM to do an interview with them about my thoughts.  I didn’t realize that my thoughts that it was a nominal fee and I didn’t mind the permit was in the minority.

I use the parks often for personal and business use and will purchase a permit as soon as it’s implemented.  Many say that they already pay for the parks in their taxes.  This is true.  You pay for the parks for personal use.  When you use the parks for commercial purposes, I can see that it reasonable to 1.  have a permit   2. have insurance.  The insurance, in my opinion, is required regardless of whether you’re at a county park.

For those that say they are already paying taxes, let me put it to you this way:  You sell photos to clients for personal use.  Are you ok with them selling them to a stock photography site to make money off of them?  It’s a very similar concept.  The taxes we pay for the parks are for personal use.  If you want to make money off the well-kept parks, be legit and have insurance and a permit.

I hope this helps.  I will continue to use the parks because they are gorgeous!

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TCM Counseling Derby Night https://brendahoffmanphotography.com/tcm-counseling-derby-night/ https://brendahoffmanphotography.com/tcm-counseling-derby-night/#respond Wed, 09 May 2018 19:29:13 +0000 https://brendahoffmanphotography.com/?p=119490 The post TCM Counseling Derby Night appeared first on Brenda Hoffman Photography.

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TCM Counseling Derby Night

Spring Lake Country Club

Here’s is a peek at the great fun that was had the the TCM Counseliing Night at the Derby fundraiser. It was an honor to photograph this fun and important event again this year.  TCM serves the tri-cities area with excellence and I encourage you to reach out to them whether you are in need of help or you would like to contribute.  Either way, I’m certain they will be happy to hear from you!

As always, the staff at Spring Lake Country Club really knocked it out of the park.  Their venue is beautiful and the food is ALWAYS excellent.

 

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Grand Ravines Park Winter Engagement Session https://brendahoffmanphotography.com/grand-ravines-park-winter-engagement-session/ https://brendahoffmanphotography.com/grand-ravines-park-winter-engagement-session/#respond Sat, 24 Mar 2018 15:58:31 +0000 https://brendahoffmanphotography.com/?p=119102 The post Grand Ravines Park Winter Engagement Session appeared first on Brenda Hoffman Photography.

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Grand Ravines Park Winter Engagement Session

Snow and rustic barn pair beautifully

The snowy evening in February made for a lovely setting for this winter engagement session. The barn’s freshly painted red exterior coupled wonderfully with the fresh white snow.

The respect and honor these two show each other shows that they are focused on the true meaning of marriage and understand the unity that it brings.

May God bless you with many years together!

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Grand Ravines Engagement Session

McKenzie and Austen braved the snow

These two were brave souls who met with our team during a winter weather advisory!  The snow was falling so fast that I had to keep scooping snow out of the view finder of my camera.  But the cold temps and abundance of snow falling didn’t stop these two from showing how much they love each other.  They faced it like true champs.

I thinks this bodes well for their future together.  Life will bring they adversity but if they face it together, they can still put a smile on each other’s face.

Grand Ravines Park was the lovely location for this snowy winter engagement session.

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Winter Engagement Holland MI https://brendahoffmanphotography.com/winter-engagement-holland-mi/ https://brendahoffmanphotography.com/winter-engagement-holland-mi/#respond Sat, 10 Mar 2018 23:38:54 +0000 https://brendahoffmanphotography.com/?p=119218 The post Winter Engagement Holland MI appeared first on Brenda Hoffman Photography.

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Winter Engagement – Holland, MI

Outdoor snowy engagement session

Amanda and Jamison braved the February cold for their snow winter engagement session.  The fresh snow fall created a nice, clean backdrop for their photographs.  The clothing choices set them apart enough but not so much that it was a distraction.

We celebrated their love and they each enjoyed hearing things from the other that warmed their hearts.  Their safe place is obviously in each other’s arms and they look good there!

Thank you, Amanda and Jamison for allowing me to journey with you a bit and capture some wonderful memories for you!

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