Welcome to my little home on the web! I am a documentary family photographer offering baby, children, wedding and birth photography services in West Michigan. My style evolved from my experience as an award-winning newspaper photojournalist and as a custom portrait photographer. I strive to capture the personalities of my clients in a natural, candid and creative way.
There is a time just after dawn that is referred to as the golden hour. Morning light is amazing, soft, calm and wonderful. It lasts only a little while before the sun is bright and high in the sky. There is also a time, just after a baby is born, where he or she is the most delicate, squishy, sleepy and wonderful. Much like daybreak, this time for newborns is fleeting, lasting only a few days. It's a brief calm that is gone before bleary-eyed new parents even realize it. I love, love, love to photograph newborns in their first few days of life. Even at this young age every baby has a personality, likes and dislikes. I enjoy discovering whom that little baby is and how he or she wants to be photographed.
Being a documentary photographer by nature it just seemed natural to begin documenting the births of my clients. Many people don't understand birth photography and think it's like having your nosy aunt in your face flashing a camera during labor and delivery. Nothing could be further from the truth! I work with each couple to design the type of service that is perfect for them. It can be as detailed or as modest as you please. Because of my years as a photojournalist I am able to capture the event in a calm, quiet and respectful manner.
I know first hand how quickly that new baby grows into a walking, talking child hopping on the Kindergarten bus for the first time practically over night. Children grow and change so quickly and if you don't stop once in awhile and document who they are that very day it'll be gone in a heartbeat.
I love to photograph children because of their honesty. What two year-old have you ever known to be able to give you a good fake smile? Not one of those cheesy, squinted eyes, toothy smiles but a real genuine smile? Children don't care what kind of camera you have, what kind of light there is, or how much time you have. They care that they feel happy, secure and are having fun. I enjoy building a relationship with the children I photograph so we can have fun and together I am able to capture true smiles and happiness from them.
I love variety, which is good because no child is the same as another. And no one family's needs are the same as the next. Some parents love the clean, classic look of a studio shot and others are looking for the feel a beach shoot at sunset offers. I enjoy finding those things that make your family unique and creating amazing portraits for you.
There is such a joy in the air at a wedding that I can't imagine anyone not loving them! I find myself smiling all day long at wedding shoots. Having a background in photojournalism, documentary photography comes naturally to me and so I love weddings. They are fast paced and high energy, even if it's a small intimate affair. I enjoy getting to know my brides and grooms as individuals and shooting their day in a way that tells their unique story.
Photography sessions can be scheduled at your home, favorite park, Lake Michigan beach, rural or downtown setting. In addition to taking portraits of my clients in their unique and natural environment, I can also bring a portable studio to almost any location.
Jennifer Morse Photography is based in West Michigan, including but not exclusive to Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg, Muskegon, Muskegon Heights, North Muskegon, Norton Shores, Roosevelt Park, Fruitport, Twin Lake, Whitehall, Montague, Rothbury, New Era, Shelby, Hart, Mears, Pentwater, Ludington, Fremont, Newaygo, Port Sheldon Township, West Olive, Holland, Zeeland, Saugatuck, Nunica, Marne, Ravenna, Coopersville, Allendale, Hudsonville, Jenison, Grandville, Walker, Wyoming, Rockford, Ada, Cascade, Kentwood, East Grand Rapids, Forest Hills and Grand Rapids.
I have been commissioned for custom photography services around the country and internationally.
All photographs contained within these pages are Copyright © 2010 Jennifer Morse Photography, LLC and may not be republished or downloaded.