exploring downtown Kalamazoo with the girls

Downtown Kalamazoo is quickly becoming one of my favorite spots to photograph families and kids, and the warming weather reminded me that I’m still not caught up on blogging last fall’s sessions. I couldn’t miss highlighting this session with two of my very favorite girls. I’ve known both of them since they were about a week old and see them every year…such a treat! The evening we met was warm with hints of fall, and just ideal for walking around to find interesting nooks, textured walls and fun colors. They’re big fans of Bell’s Brewery, so we also spent a few minutes in the beer garden there. In just a few blocks, we found a big variety of backdrops that we could use. Their mom always knows just how to coordinate them to an environment and to each other, too. We started out at the Whistle Stop, an updated and refurbished train depot with lovely brick walls and antique posts-

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and moved on to painted walls, corrugated garage doors and ivy- they all gave us a different feel

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Penelope’s eyes are always stunning, but they are ahh-mazing in black and white:

downtown-kalamazoo-portraitsCora’s getting so grown up- I can hardly believe it-

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-Now that the winter weather is (hopefully) behind us and it’s getting nice enough to be outside again, it’s time to start planning spring and summer outdoor photo sessions. If you’re interested in an urban setting, with brick walls, fun colors and interesting textures as backgrounds, think about using downtown Kalamazoo as your location. I’m always up for trying new spots, and love nothing more than a ‘photo safari’ where we take a walk to  see what we can find. Give me a call at 269-267-7083 if you have questions or want to schedule a downtown session of your own.