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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!

www.kthornphoto.com

krystal@kthornphoto.com

 

 

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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!

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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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Anniversary Shoot

This adorable and sweet couple just celebrated their 30th anniversary.  I have been trying to talk to these two into a photo shoot for a while and finally succeeded!  I am so glad they finally agreed.  Beth and Scott are naturals in front of the camera.  The love they have for one another is a love that all couples strive to have.  A love that is patient and kind and is shown through all aspects of life.  If I didn’t know them, I would seriously guess that they were still in their honeymoon phase the way they talk to each other.


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The original plan was to photograph at their house.  And, due to some landscaping projects that had been on hold and still were going on.  We decided to go to the park where Beth grew up close by.  And, where she raised her kids by.  Milham Park


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I have known Beth for several years now!  It has been a joy and pleasure to know her and Scott.  They are so down to earth, and genuinely caring, kind and absolutely the most wonderful people!  Beth and Scott Hunter (19 of 32)


Normally, most men do not like their photo taken and I usually get that the standard, “Well, that was fun.” Response from most people.  The reason for this is because I do my best to get people to just interact with one another.  I try to capture who they are.  I don’t want people to pretend to be someone they’re not because that doesn’t feel natural and it doesn’t look natural. I want all of my clients to feel comfortable in front of the camera and very rarely do I say “Ok, now Smile!”  I don’t have to say that usually because I can get natural smiles all on their own!


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It’s my goal for my business for my clients to look back on their photos in 10, 20 or even 30 years and say, “I had so much fun during that session, I wonder what Krystal is doing now?!”  If I can leave an impact on someone like that, then my business is a success!  And this is how I run each session.  I do my best to make my clients look great, to have fun and to leave positive lasting memories!


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I say this all the time, and I cannot say it enough.  When love is present it is easy to photograph!  If it’s there, it’s there.  And, if it’s not, it’s really hard to fake love in a photo!


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Couples Shoot

I was extremely excited when Ellen contacted me to photograph her and her husband, Mark.  Ellen and Mark are Hannah’s parents.  I met Ellen before I actually met anyone else in their family.  Ellen is a teacher, and you can tell by being around her because of her patience and vibrant personality.  A quality someone that works with children must have.


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One of my favorite memories of Hannah and Kaleb’s wedding was talking to Mark right before he saw Hannah for the first time.  I knew it was going to be an emotional moment, by the way, he talked about Hannah, that this was his little girl.  He was so happy for her and so excited for her to marry Kaleb.


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I made a point of photographing Ellen and Mark where I photographed Hannah’s maternity photos.  I wanted them to share a common special place.  Although neither of them knew it, I pointed it out after the fact.

I always say this, but you cannot pose love.  Either it’s there or it’s not.  And, when it’s there it’s easy to capture.


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The weather is always an issue when shooting outdoor photos.  Living in Michigan we never really know how it’s going to turn out.  Will the sun be out?  Will it rain?  Will the ground be wet?  Will it be overcast?  It’s always a guessing game up until the moment.  On this day it was perfect.  The temp was just right, and the weather could not have been better!


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Mark informed me that the only ‘kissy’ photo they had was the one on their wedding day.  So, it was only natural to get one.  Mark had just told Ellen all of the reasons why he loved her, and why she was the one.  This is true love at it’s finest!


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One request Mark and Ellen had was to get a photo just like their engagement photo.  And, this is their photo, the one we recreated to match their engagement photo.

It’s always important to get photos of you with your spouse, significant other or you with your family.  It’s not always easy to be in the photos, but it is necessary!!

 




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Marcie Kobriger and John Bollinger Wedding



News Channel 3 Anchor Marcie Kobriger and John Bollinger were married on September 3, 2016.  It was a gorgeous day.  Marcie and John were married on the Kalamazoo Growlers baseball field.  It was such a beautiful ceremony.  So many people showed up to celebrate these two.  It was a joy and an honor to be a part of such an awesome wedding and reception.  The day was AMAZING!!  I wish these two all the joy in the world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Hannah + Kaleb Wedding



 

I would have to say that this wedding was a huge success!  There was rain anticipated for days.  When the day finally arrived it was clear skies and warmth all day.  Although, it was warm, everyone enjoyed themselves.  The Bridesmaids and Groomsmen were amazing.  The wedding party and parents made this wedding day move without one hitch.

The wedding was held at Southern Exposure in Battle Creek, Michigan.  The venue was absolutely beautiful.  Hannah and Kaleb were able to have their photo taken with one of the two vehicles on location.  We decided to take the Bride and Groom photos during the reception at sunset.  This way their lovely guests didn’t have to wait any longer to start the party.

 



 

Hannah was able to have her ‘getting ready’ photos taken in front of this beautiful door with stunning light.  Hannah was so easy to photograph, she was a breath-taking bride!  I wish Hannah and Kaleb a lifetime of love, blessing and happiness!!!

This was my first wedding EVER!  I have never second shot or photographed a wedding before and was blessed enough to find Hannah and Kaleb to entrust me with their most precious memory.  It was such a beautiful day, I cried throughout every emotional moment.  It was unforgettable.

To watch the cute video of their day click HERE

Contact me anytime any questions you may have!

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(269) 599-2094

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