Category Archives: Family Photography

OK Google–Upton Middle School Benton Harbor Michigan

On Monday, February 12, 2018, Google presented to Upton Middle School 5-ways to be safe on the internet.  Google was introduced by Congressman Fred Upton.  I have actually met Fred on several different occasions and it’s always a pleasure.  Fred introduced the Google presenters by talking about how much the internet has changed.  From being completely non-existent to the most popular means of communication.

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The Google presenters discussed what happens when you share your password with your friends, and what happens when you post something on your social media and it’s not private. When you are not safe on the internet there could be serious repercussions.

Google Upton (18 of 255)My favorite example that Google presented was talking about a silly photo that one girl wanted to share with just two people.  She did not clarify that she didn’t want the photo shared.  Well, you guessed it the friends shared the photo and it went viral through the school.  In no time flat, the photo of the girl with the french fries in her nose was shared and everyone had a copy.  Google had placed a photo under the seat of several students and the students looked under their seat to see who received the ‘photo message’.

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Another game Google played was to see how ‘strong’ your password is.  There must be 8 characters with a mixture of capital letters, lower case letters, numbers, and symbols.  And, you must NOT use the same password for more than one program.

It was so awesome and an honor to photograph Fred Upton at Upton Middle School, and to photograph for Google to use the photos for their internal marketing.

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To go a different direction:

I have some answers to questions that I have received about photographing for Google.

Google found me on Google.  I was on the first page and the gentleman that I talked to at Google told me that he travels the US looking for photographers and that he knew by the way my site was set up that I would be great for the job.

There are two schools in Michigan where Google is doing the presentation, and I get to photograph both schools.  I will talk about the second school tomorrow.

This is a one time deal, no continual contract.

The people at Google are SUPER nice, bubbly, caring, fun, enthusiastic, everything you think Google employees would be, they are!


Contact me anytime with questions you may have!




Chelsea + Jimmy Wedding–Kalamazoo Michigan

My first wedding for 2018 could not have been any better!

I first met these two lovebirds when I photographed their engagement session.  I was a huge fan of these two right from the start!

The wedding day forecast anticipated rain, which changed for the better the day of the ceremony.  On January 27, 2018, the weather was perfect.  For a January wedding day, we had sun, and quite a bit of warmth coming in at a WHOPPING 47 degrees for a winter day. WOO HOO!

Chelsea and Jimmy met at the job they both currently work at.  One of the first things I noticed about Chelsea and Jimmy is that whenever they are within a close proximity of each other Jimmy will grab Chelsea’s hand to hold it whenever he can.  He looks at Chelsea like she’s the only person in the world, no one else, no worries, just calm, pure, love.

Chelsea got ready at their home in Gobles, Michigan.  Jimmy has gone through each room and has remodeled the entire house with his bare hands and Chelsea by his side.  He did his best to make sure the basement was done in time for the girls to get ready there.  Creating a bar, and adding a palette design to each pole in the basement.  The rustic feel fits perfectly with Chelsea and Jimmy.  They are definitely country at heart.

The style for the wedding fit these two perfectly with cowboy boots for the girls and just a vest for the guys.  The ceremony was held in Gobles, Michigan at the Gobles United Methodist Church, that Jimmy’s family attends.  The officiant for their ceremony was Paster John Brooks and Jimmy’s brother.  During the ceremony, they braided rope connected to a cross made by Jimmy with palettes from their yard.

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The Grimes have 3 pups Maddi, Ellie, and Sadie.  Ellie was supposed to be the ring bearer and they decided to keep her home so she wasn’t locked away from anyone during the ceremony.

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After the ceremony, we scooted back to their home to photograph the newlyweds with their wedding party and their pups.  We also went and re-created their engagement photo holding the Jack Daniels bottle.  After we were able to capture the photographs they wanted we headed to the reception hall which was located at Old Mill in Plainwell, Michigan.

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There were meatballs, chips, and salsa for an appetizer and a BURGER BAR for the dinner, and dessert was donuts from Sweetwaters.

The toasts were performed by Chelsea’s dad Ed, Best Man and Maid of Honor.

Chelsea gave a speech right before she danced with her dad that was quite emotional.  Chelsea’s dad had to have a major heart surgery in September, all while planning her wedding.  And I can understand how emotional, and stressful this can be during what is supposed to be the happiest time in your life.  Thankfully, Dad (Ed) pulled through quickly and is doing great!

The ‘Party’ started when Chelsea’s brother Ed rapped to Vanilla Ice, Ice Ice Baby and pulled everyone onto the dance floor. He is evidently a pro at this performing it at every wedding he can.  I’m pretty sure you can hire him, just contact Chelsea 🙂

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I wish these two all the happiness this world has to offer.  Congratulations Chelsea and Jimmy Grimes!

To book your wedding contact:

Krystal Thornton Photography

(269) 599-2094

Happy Anniversary to Laura and Nick–Kalamazoo Wedding Photography

Happy Anniversary to Mr. and Mrs. Nick Hunter. I was contacted by a friend asking if I would help photograph her son’s wedding.  So, happy I was there to share the day with them.  It started off a rainy day and then the weather broke.  It ended up being a beautiful day.  The church ceremony was perfect!  I had never photographed a church wedding and had the honor to do so that day.

Being a mother I know how much my boys mean to me and was honored when my friend asked me to capture her sons precious day.  I’ve known Beth Hunter for several years now and she is such an amazing person.  I absolutely adore her and was to honored she thought of me to capture her sons day.

(Funny story, my oldest son’s birthday is actually tomorrow.)

I had the pleasure to sit at the parents of the bride’s table during the reception.  What a lovely couple.  I found out I actually live close to where Molly works, less than a mile in fact. She teaches at a high school not far from my house.

The reception was located at the YMCA Sherman Lake Camp.  My daughter attended 5th-grade camp there and recognized the fireplace right away. The food was amazing and the fruit and vegetable table was so elegant and very fall-ish.  I absolutely loved the s’more station and all of the games on the deck.  This reception was meant to be fun for everyone including the kids that attended. I was impressed with all of the things that people were able to do during the reception.

I think my most favorite part of the reception was when Michigan beat Wisconsin 14-7 and the DJ played the Michigan Fight Song.  The guests erupted in song and it was the official start of the party!

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Magnificent Michigan

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My husband I recently succumbed to the idea of moving out of state.  Next year, 2018 we will no longer be Michiganders. While we love Michigan my husbands job requires him to move to move up.  So, with that being said we decided to have one last hurrah with wonderful sights Michigan has to offer.  We were a little upset when we got to the bridge and it was so rainy, cloudy and just plain gloomy.  However, I was able to capture a few of the slow motion water photos of the Mackinac bridge, which I absolutely love!

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The soft view of the Mackinac Bridge is one that I thought I would not be able to capture and was blessed enough to do so.  All of the photos I take, take time and a lot of patience!

Another wonderful place we visited are the amazingly powerful Tequamenon Falls.  It’s amazing to see and feel the power of the rumbling waterfalls. The upper and the lower falls have so much to offer.  You can tell how beautifully dangerous they are to enter.

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The love I have for Michigan is like no other.  I have lived here my whole life and have just recently been able to view the amazing wonders this gorgeous state has to offer.  One of my favorite places we visited was the Kitch-iti-kipi Big Springs also known as the ‘Mirror of Heaven‘.  You could see the bottom of this breathtaking spring fed river. In fact you could see the spring bubbling at the bottom of it. It was quite the sight!

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We were also able to visit Munising, Michigan and see the gorgeous cliff view of the Miner’s Castle and the Miner’s Falls.

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We finished off the Michigan Trip with the beautiful night sky of Michigan.  And the amazing view of the Milky Way!  The night sky was amazing finish to such a beautiful vacation!

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Damenick and her ‘Joe-Joe-Bear’ are MARRIED!!

OH! MY! GOODNESS!  Could this couple be any more precious?!  The weather was beautiful, it would have been so much hotter if it wasn’t for the crazy wind!  On June 10, 2017, two hearts became one in front of family and friends who traveled all the way across the world to witness this occasion.  It’s not hard to believe these two were meant to be, by the way, Joe looks at Damenick when she walks in the room.  Or the way he looks at Avery their daughter when she’s playing off to the side.  These two can lock eyes from across the room and know what the other is thinking.  I have seen it first hand.

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The day went off without a hitch Thanks to the wonderful and lovely Lisa Heeter and all of the amazing vendors.  The flower arrangements were from Holiday Floral.  They were stunning and lasted forever considering the heat and the wind. The chair covers were from Julie Fell at Julie’s Chair Covers.  Great quality and absolutely beautiful!  Dj was Rich from Encore DJ. Great music, and super nice guy!  And the ceremony and cocktail music was provided by Adam Newton.  Such a talented Musician.  His voice was so perfect and played the guitar with such ease and grace.  The coordinator from Railside Golf Course was Donna and her lovely assistant Kelsey.  Thank you for being so accommodating, helpful, generous and such wonderful people!

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I first had the pleasure of photographing Joe and Damenick with Damenick’s side of the family for a family photo session in Fall of 2016.  I was able to meet a ton of family members and it’s easy to fit in with how accepting, patient and kind everyone is.  It’s not every day you meet people that are so laid back and truly believe in what happens, happens. And, are completely comfortable with the ‘go with the flow’ attitude.

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From the girls getting ready, to the guys getting ready, to the first look, it was a day full of love and laughter.  Friends and family witnessed two hearts becoming one on a day that will be remembered and cherished forever.  It was a joy and pleasure to be such a huge part of their day.  One that I will truly remember forever and will always hold a special place in my heart!D and J (36 of 135)

After all of the necessary items on a wedding day.  We slipped away to take bride and groom photos, and it could not have been any better.  The beautiful venue at Railside Golf Course was perfectly set up for us.  From the trees to the green, to the flowers, stairs, and tunnel.  There is not one thing I would change, and cannot wait to one day go back!

D and J (2 of 2)Love is such a beautiful thing, and when two people are destined for each other, they will find each other.  There is nothing to be done except follow it’s lead…

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Family Reunion Photo Shoot

I know it was just a Memorial Day weekend gathering, however when it extends beyond just siblings and parents.  I personally call that a family reunion.  And it was parents, kids, aunt, uncle, cousins, and grandkids.  So, I would call that a Family Reunion!


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The weather was supposed to rain for several days on this Sunday.  We waited until that morning to fully decide if we were going to do the photo shoot because they really wanted morning photos.  With the direction of the sun, and the view of the lake.  It turned out to be a perfect Memorial weekend this year.

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Okay, we have to talk about the kids first.  Of course, right!  These kids were absolutely adorable!  They were amazing to work with and honestly, when you get this many kids together you have a tendency to have chaos.  And, in fact, we had the exact opposite.  I was able to organize 21 people including the kids and didn’t have to Photoshop a single head!!  (Just kidding I don’t do that anyway! That’s not the type of photography I do!)  The two young ladies were so helpful with their cousins!  It was their help that truly made this photo!

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Of course, we had to get a photo with all of the girls in it.  There’s something about having all of the girls in a family and all of the guys in a family to take a photo. Probably my favorite part of family photos is doing this.  There’s such a special bond between them.  Like almost a family secret that no one knows except them.

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YES!  That sky is real!  I did not add a fake sky to it!  It was seriously that beautiful outside!!!!!

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