I feel like I’m one of the ONLY wedding photographers who hasn’t had a wedding of their own, who isn’t even in a relationship. Sometimes I feel at a disadvantage but I really have so much love for my couples (on average I cry at least twice behind my camera each wedding) that I learn from their love. The grooms that I photograph teach me what to expect in a guy by the way they treat their brides, I learn about selflessness and passion, and I learn about having the foundation of love being your best friend. My couples teach me so much each and every moment I spend with them. I love sitting back and hearing them explain how they met, how they fell in love, how they proposed, the way they are each other’s half, etc. My couples are role models for myself and they make me so excited to be loved & love someone one day. 💕
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Josh: “uh, I can’t really see outside of the window. it’s too bright.” me: “it’s okay, just pretend you can, it’ll be a really cool profile picture.” _ thankful for clients who sacrifice their eyesight for my artistic visions 👀
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These Colors
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last weekend we were able to photograph a wedding at the most incredible venue. last night I created a blog post dedicated to 5 of the best Michigan venues we have worked at during 2017- head to www.athornsphoto.com and click on the “blog” tab to read about them. I cover pricing, why we loved them, what they are near, their features and some samples at each location.
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last night we had the most incredible wedding at @thecheneyplace in Grand Rapids. dozens of you messaged me about this venue, it was absolutely stunning. 3 stories- TONS of natural lighting, so many vintage couches, colored walls, open spaces, beautiful lights. I highly recommend this venue. _ this weekend we had a mini roadtrip to celebrate Nick’s birthday, photograph the wedding and enjoy an indoor pool for a few days. I am grateful for the mini trip and I am now refueled to sit down and answer all of these emails! I currently have TWENTY brides pending for 2019 and TWO inquiries for 2020..... absolutely insane. (somebody else get married THIS year please.) I hope that 2018 continues to bring more traveling 💙 _ tonight we have a maternity session for one of our previous couples! it’s currently a snowstorm as I sit here in the parking lot waiting for the session to start, and as much as I HATE driving in the snow I absolutely love photographing people in it. 💙
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Here’s a picture of us when we got dressed up on a weekend. Much different from tonight. . . #grandrapids #thecheneyplace #westmichiganwedding
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In honor of the 50 degree weather yesterday, here's a little ray of sunshine to start your weekend ☀️ @shuttersam #poshpetalsgr #michiganweather #centerpiece #thecheneyplace #summervibes #weddinginspiration #gardenstyle #wildflowers
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We all know and love The Cheney Place but I feel like I’ve been noticing new warehouse venues pop up in GR. What are some new favorites? #grandrapidsvenue #thecheneyplace #tifanilynphotography
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Just delivered this gorgeous gallery.
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Best MOMENTS of 2017 are on the blog. You know I love every part of a wedding day but the photos that matter most are these. You would hardly believe I didn’t sneak one detail photo in there 😂. Thank you to my couples for trusting me with these once in a lifetime moments 🖤 more on the blog #grandrapidsweddingphotographer #grandrapidslifestylephotographer #feltmansion #thecheneyplace #newvintageplace
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The day I met you, I knew I loved you. Cheers to the new year and the start of forever ❤️🍾 📸@lindybethphotography #newyearnewname #flipthatmisstomrs #married #wifey #grandrapids #thecheneyplace #michigan #winterwedding #kisses
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Where has the year gone? Here's to 2018 and making it memorable! Starting the day with some self-care and organizing! 🎉 Thank you to everyone who has supported me this year through encouragement in both photography and teaching! I am excited to see what God has in store for 2018. Signing off for today + see you next year 😉
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Someday I think I will want to throw an adult tea party, and I hope it can be as elegant as this. And I would even settle for half as elegant as this, because that would mean it would still be flipping elegant. Let me know if anyone would ever go to an adult tea party...sign me up! 😂
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I choose to live by choice, not by chance; to make changes, not excuses; to be motivated, not manipulated; to be useful, not used; to excel, not to compete. I choose self-esteem, not self-pity.  I choose to listen to my inner voice, not the random opinion of others. I choose to be me.
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It's back // hey, hey!!! we (@mindypeterson + @amycarrollphotography) are teaming up for a super fun workshop (photo party is more like it!). you will learn how to take better photos with your phone, all about our editing techniques & apps, using photos for social media and how to get those amazing pics printed easily and actually up on your walls!  plus, we will have a time afterwards to enjoy some appetizers & drinks, while mingling with everyone!  this could be a fantastic last minute present for someone or even yourself.  hope you can join us!  cheers & happy holidays! 💕 * DATE:  sunday, february 11, 2018 * LOCATION:  the cheney place * TIME: 2:00-4:00 workshop  4:00-5:00- appetizers, drinks and mingle! * https://www.eventbrite.com/e/get-your-phone-on-iphone-photography-workshop-tickets-41482211411 to register! * 20 spots available
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It’s a Christmas miracle— I blogged a beautiful @thecheneyplace winter wedding just in time for the holiday weekend! I’ll be closing my laptop for the next few days now and enjoying every Christmas moment! Enjoy this gorgeous day after Thanksgiving event, link in profile! #ashleyslaterweddings
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When “yes” means forever. Happily forever, @kerryvandis & @ryanellis621 💍 #youjEllis
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Kerry Ellis, you were the most breathtaking bride. ✨ Yesterday was absolutely magical and I’m so happy you have found home within Ryan. The love between you two is undeniable and I love to see you happy. Thank you for being my friend the past 15 years, our memories together are beyond special to me. Thank you for letting me be part of your special day and your life. Love you to the moon and back Chicken! 💍🥂👰🏽#youjEllis #breathtakingbride #loveyoualways
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Because there was never a more perfect cake topper for a couple 😽 @kellamarnon knocked it out of the park ❤️ . . . . . #wedding #weddingcake #cakegoals #cattopper #caketopper #weddingday #weddinggoals #catsofinstagram #thecheneyplace #cakabakery
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The announcement of Pantone’s color of the year for 2018, Ultra Violet, has me looking forward to working with flowers in the different shades of purple.
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Happy Birthday to my best friend + lover! Today is a very special day, even though you have figured out ALMOST all of your gifts already 🙄 I love you soooo much, Jaron 💞 my heart is so full. 26 is going to be a wonderful year! You are an incredible husband to me. Thank you for never letting me take life too seriously, and always making me laugh when I️ try to be upset. You keep things silly, and I️ need that in my life 💞 Thank you for being patient, gracious, and understanding, especially when I do stupid stuff like put a wet comforter on our bed 😭😂 💞💞💞💞 you truly have put a new meaning to unconditional love ❤️ hope you feel better soon babe 😘 . . . . . . . #birthdayboy #husband #unconditionallove #thecheneyplace #junewedding
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Full of gratitude. For amazing clients. For partnerships with incredible vendors. For a stellar team that is the heart and soul of Heyday. And for friends who support and cheer me on all along the way. Happy Thanksgiving pals! / photo by @louieabellera
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Remember when our wedding day was perfection @thatsalecpinder & the best part is Ethan playing in the background #thecheneyplace #rickjennischphotography #nephewsarethebest
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"Take my hand // Take my whole life too // If I, can't help falling in love with you" ❤️ - Elvis Presley
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So, the bride actually made her bouquet 30 minutes before walking down the aisle. Boss. • • • • • #thatsdarling #grandrapidsphotographer #michiganweddingphotographer #thecheneyplace #puremichigan
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Wrapping up edits on this Grand Rapids wedding, so I'm going to be annoyingly posting a lot. • • • • • #klavoyphoto #michiganphotographer #thecheneyplace #midwestphotographer #couples #belovedstories #authenticlovemag #radlovestories
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Mini grilled cheese + tomato soup = appetizer success 😍 #maddalenascaters
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The sweetest Bride in the sweetest venue. All vendors tagged ⬆️💕#katetouzelphotography
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Popcorn bars 😍😍 #maddalenascaters
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Ain’t no wedding like a fall wedding. 😍 #maddalenascaters
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A sweet moment for this wonderful Sunday.
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The Ellis kids, their significant others and an aunt! #atlastellis #thecheneyplace
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Mr. & Mrs. Samuel Ellis!! #atlastellis #thecheneyplace
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Those first looks get me every time
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