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The Gift of Photography–Blog Carousel

When the crisp air kisses his cheeks, and the leaves crunch under his feet, and the fading sun shines low in the afternoon sky, I give him the gift of remembering.  Basking in the memories of a glorious summer.

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dena robles gift of photography printed books

As the world becomes  more and more virtual there is something increasingly important about the art of tangible ink on paper, and the immediacy of printed photographs.  I know the task of gathering, sorting, and printing our photographs can be so overwhelming.  For my portrait clients I am thrilled to put printed artwork into your hands.  For my friends and neighbors, near and far, I would like to challenge you to get your own photographs off your memory cards and hard drives and get them into gorgeous books or canvas collages.  I would also like to help you do that by offering my time, expertise and design services.  You know where to find me!

As a Blog Carousel theme of “The Gift of Photography”, I am anxious to see what some of my colleagues have decided to share this month.  Click over to Kitchener Waterloo Photographer Julie Tauro to view her blog carousel post!


Marmalade - October 18, 2013 - 9:14 am

Love this, the sentiment and your execution (as always). Beautifully done Dena!

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Julie - October 23, 2013 - 6:09 pm

What a fantastic gift and reminder of fun adventures! I love the book design you created here. Just wonderful!

My Sweet Friend in Photos

I have been photographing this sweet girl since she was 6 months old.  Watching her grow and change through the lens of my camera has been a wonderful blessing.  Now she is the big sister.  So many wonderful things await you Averie and I hope to be there to continue to help document your own amazing little life.


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black and white photograph of little gir in her home with daddy

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This photo session was conducted in her Grand Rapids area home.  We always seem to have the worst luck with weather on our sessions and this time once again, the skies were dark and threatening rain.  We’ve learned to find all the best sweet spots in the home and have a big furniture moving party to utilize as much available light as possible.   This is always a challenge here in Michigan!

If you are interested in an in-home session for your child and are worried about the amount of light in your home, don’t worry, after 20 years of photographing in homes, I have a few tricks up my sleeves and some pretty hefty furniture moving muscles.  As always, you can inquire about your own custom portrait session by dropping my a note at and also by visiting my website,  Michigan Child Photographer.




Anna-Karin - October 21, 2013 - 5:18 pm

Such a great series of portraits of this beautiful little girl!
I really like the feel of them and you can tell she was very relaxed and at ease during the session. You are clearly doing a great job getting your subject to relax and end result is timeless portraits for their family.

Julie - October 23, 2013 - 6:14 pm

She is adorable! I love these portraits taken in the home. I have a similar lighting challenge in Ontario, but its so worth moving the furniture and not waiting for the weather. In home portraits are wonderful, just like these show.

Season Moore - October 24, 2013 - 12:03 pm

I know that feeling of milk panic when you show up to shoot and the weather turns! You made it work and I actually really love the “moody” shadowing. It very much works with her sweet face!

PamN - October 24, 2013 - 12:38 pm

So timeless and well done. I adore the lifestyle feel, and of course you used the light to perfection!

Lauri - October 27, 2013 - 9:46 pm

She’s going to make a great older sister! Lovely photos of her as she enters this new chapter..

Grandville Baby Photography

Well, helloooo bright eyes!  It was so lovely to meet you. And cuddle you.  And play with you.  And photograph you…you handsome little man.

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Just a reminder, the first Holiday Mini Session event is this Saturday October 5th!  As of this minute, there are only 3 spots left.  Get ahead of the game and check “Holiday Photos” off your list.  All the details can be found on the News section of the website here:  As always, you can email me at to book in.  Can’t wait to see some familiar faces this weekend and meet a few new ones as well :)

Anna-Karin - October 8, 2013 - 9:00 pm

What a handsome little baby boy!
He looks ready to take off. Love how you captured alert and what looks like mid way to moving around. This is such a great fun age and you captured this sweet boy beautifully!

It’s time for Fall Mini Sessions

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You know how quickly the holidays creep up on us every year. If you need an updated photograph of the kids and family to don your Christmas cards this year, or hope to give the gift of portraiture now is the time to book in for a holiday mini session.  October 5th is the day, my downtown Grand Rapids studio is where I will be.  These sessions tend to book up very quickly and I only do these events two times a year.  Email me at to get on the schedule and for all the details!

Photographing Summer — Blog Carousel

photographing summer on the great lakes

Summertime is…finding the sweetest sun-warmed peaches at a farm stand on the way back from the tastiest fish-n-ships lunch ever

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Summertime is…long, lazy, sun-drunk afternoons on the lake letting the water cradle and cool you under the hot sun

Lake michigan on film

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Summertime is…fishing in the evening with a friend, hoping to contribute to the bonfire dinner that night

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Summertime is… cottages at the lake, escapades with the girls, clotheslines in the late afternoon sun

clothes hanging on the line

Summertime is…braving the waves in a storm, the whip of the wind on the beach, and letting yourself be taken away

wake boarding on lake huron

flying kites with dad on the lakeSummertime is…bonfire dinners on the beach, soaking in the sunsets and adventurous nighttime swims

nighttime swims on Lake Michigan

sunset swimming on lake huron

Summertime is…the sun kissed memories you make as a child and knowing you can wake up the next morning and do it all over again.


Welcome to a slice of our summer in Michigan.  This is a Blog Carousel post which means you can follow the link to the next person in our circle of creatives and visit “summer” wherever they are.  Dallas Child Photographer Kate Parker has been hard at work on her rendition of summer– click on her link to see her post!

In this month’s Blog Carousel

Anna Karin  /  Danna  /  Dena  Kate  /  Lauri Julie



xoxo dena

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Julie - September 12, 2013 - 10:16 pm

I am in LOVE with your summer images, especially the beach ones (my favourite place to be!) Really lovely! You clearly had a wonderful summer

Anna-Karin - September 12, 2013 - 10:59 pm

Lovely and happy joyous photographs capturing your summer experience!

Kate Parker - September 13, 2013 - 10:25 am

Beautiful photos, Dena. I especially love the first one of the lake with the sailboat… it has that slightly eerie but ever-so-peaceful quality that I love. Glad you had a good summer!

lauri - September 13, 2013 - 11:01 am

That farm stand is adorable! Your beach photos are lovely…The kite flying one is an instant classic, as is the one next to it.

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