The Gold Hope Project

Some of you know that aside from photography, I also work at our pediatric hospital here in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I love working with the doctors and nurses that save so many little lives each day, and I’m grateful to see and learn about every single one of the meaningful moments, big and small, that collectively make our hospital so important. From the volunteers to the bedside staff to our directors, everyone is there to make a difference.  And from time to time, I get to pull out my camera and capture moments for families. Some of those moments have

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Winter is for Sparkles – Grand Rapids, MI Photographer

Maybe it’s just the latest Taylor Swift song Bejeweled, or maybe it’s because we all know how gloomy winters can be in the Grand Rapids area, but I’m feeling GLITTER SESSIONS!! What is this you speak of, Ellie? Glad you asked 😉  Glitter sessions are your little one’s chance to bedazzle themselves in a sparkly dress, wear beautiful tiaras, and enjoy sparkly glitter blowing down upon them. These are always such a hit, and I’m excited to be able to offer these again.   I need details! Sessions are held in my in-home studio located just 20 minutes south of


2023 Model Calls

Welcome to my 2023 Model Calls!   Every year I spend months thinking about what areas of photography I want to either strengthen or dabble my toes in for the first time. While so much of my photography focuses on newborns and maternity clients, the model calls below expand on motherhood and family life as I’ve been dreaming of. These model calls will all take place within the Grand Rapids, Michigan area, and are either in my studio in Middleville, or in your home as noted in the postings.  I’ve placed a board above each listing to give you an

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I Just Like Pretty Things

Confession:  I just like pretty things. Pretty dresses, more specifically.   When meeting me, I may not seem like it.  I’m most comfortable in leggings and a t-shirt, and my naturally curly hair is best described by my daughter as “crazy.” The 40’s are hitting hard so I’ve only recently begun wearing a touch of makeup to make myself feel a bit more perky. But put me in a room with oodles of tulle and satin and beading and rhinestones and I’m instantly on cloud nine. I’ve tried understanding why I’m so in love frilly, poofy gowns and it all comes down



For me, photographs are so much more than a moment captured on camera—they’re memories. That’s why with every session, I strive to produce beautiful, timeless memories of your family that you can hang on your wall, place on your mantle, or tuck away in your wallet so you can relive them whenever you want.

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