This year marked the 16th Mayors’ Grand River Cleanup hosted by the West Michigan Environmental Action Council. However, it was only my first time attending and I was so happy to have been asked to come as the photographer! There were over 1,000 volunteers and four city mayors who showed up to support the work, and there was a general buzz of excitement and service that morning. The Grand River is an important fixture for not only scenic beauty in our region, but as a freshwater resource and recreational spot. If you want to learn more about environmental initiatives happening locally, there are people who know way more than I do on the subject. You can find their contact info at www.wmeac.org. I hope you enjoy some photos from the cleanup below.
This summer, I have been participating in the Grand Rapids Chamber’s Emerging Leaders Series, and last week Thursday, some of my cohort members and I were able to enjoy a sangria happy hour at the new Embassy Suites hotel in downtown Grand Rapids! It was a unique chance to learn about this beautiful new space and also a great place to take professional headshots of my classmates. Thank you to everyone who came and brought your co-workers. :)
If you weren’t able to attend this event or would generally like a headshot session of your own, feel free to reach out to me via my contact page.
Over the first week in July, I had the opportunity to travel to Ireland with my sister to meet up with my roommate, who had been working in Dublin for a couple of weeks. We decided to take full advantage of our time by renting a car and doing a road trip around the country after spending the first two days in Dublin. Our route took us South through the Wicklow Mountains down to Cork, and after staying in what we all agree was the most charming Airbnb ever, we headed toward the famous Wild Atlantic Way (the West Coast). We drove both the Beara Peninsula and the Dingle Peninsula loops, skipping the tourist-trap Ring of Kerry, and then went North toward the Cliffs of Moher through County Clare. Finally, we stayed in Galway and explored the Connemara National Park area before driving back to Dublin to catch our flights home to the United States.
It was a whirlwind six-day journey with moments of stillness along some of the most stunning scenic outlooks. The Beara Peninsula was an especially favorite part of the journey for us and I highly recommend it if you find yourself in Ireland. Below, I have included just a few photos of some of my favorite scenery and I hope they inspire you to add Ireland to your must-see list!
As someone who has recently had their own professional headshots taken, I know it can feel awkward, especially when you don’t know the photographer very well. However, I would say that everyone I met at YNPN’s Headshot Happy Hour earlier this month weathered it very well (maybe it was the cocktails and beer cheese from Brewery Vivant that helped)! It was so fun meeting active local professionals in our community and I hope that these portraits showcase each of their uniqueness. If you weren’t able to attend this event or would generally like a headshot session of your own, feel free to reach out to me via my contact page.
The Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Grand Rapids is a super welcoming group of people and if you have any interest in learning more or becoming involved, don’t hesitate to check out their website for upcoming events, many of which are open to non-members.
I met my friend Pasha in 2015, while we both worked at the same office at our university. Since then, she has been one of the most important supporters in my growth as a photographer and has continued to connect me to professional gigs. Last weekend, we had the opportunity to team up to photograph an event called Barley, Barbecue, & Beats benefiting Hospice of Michigan. BBB is a an annual whiskey, barbecue, and music festival and it was just as good, delicious, and entertaining as it sounds!
See some photos below and check out the Hospice of Michigan website for more details.