It's a given that I love photography, so I'll tell you a little bit about me that might not be quite so obvious... I love coffee, which is a recent discovery for me. I've always loved big dogs but now I want a cute, furry lap dog to keep me company in the office. I love soups but detest cooked green peppers. I used to think I hated cheese but it turns out I love cheese. Too bad it's the really expensive cheeses I love the most. I prefer to shop local and eat local. I am a big college football fan and we like to celebrate the beginning of the season like it's a holiday. I love holidays. Halloween and Christmas are my favorites. Oh, and when I was little I toyed with the idea of becoming a chef. Was that obvious with all this talk of food?
Some of you may want to know how it is that I came to live in Grand Haven and work as a custom portrait photographer. When I started college at Michigan State University I had my life all planned out. I was a psychology major and a city girl who was going to study abroad in France. I was going to move there and travel the world with my camera. Then I met a boy and fell in love and everything changed. Over a decade later Cory and I have two very spunky little kids, a house full of furry critters, and we'll celebrate another wedding anniversary this fall. So, that's the short of the long on how this city girl from Metro Detroit ended up in living in Grand Haven, being a mom and taking photos of just about everything.
Cory works as a staff photographer at The Grand Rapids Press. Cory's portfolio. And without him you wouldn't be seeing this. He is not only my web master but he is also an intricate part of Jennifer Morse Photography. With all of his help on the technical end it allows me more time to focus on my clients and their photographs.
I began my career working as a photojournalist and photo editor at The State News, MSU's newspaper. I went on to work as a photojournalism intern working at several newspapers alongside some of the state's most accomplished photojournalists. I will always be thankful for them and for all they invested in me. I won multiple awards with the Michigan Press Photographers Association, the Michigan Associated Press and the Michigan Press Association. In 2000, I was named the runner-up Michigan College Photographer of the Year by the MPPA. I love to photograph just about anything: weddings, births, newborns, children and even product photography for use in advertising and website imagery. Because of my background as a photojournalist I like to capture subjects in their unique and natural environment, but I'm also very comfortable in the studio setting. It is such a privilege when people invite me into their lives to document these amazing moments. I'm so blessed to say I absolutely love my job. There is nothing like it!
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Giving back to my community has always been important to me. I feel passionate about volunteerism because I've seen it change lives. I'm involved with several programs in the area and no matter how much I give to them I always get so much more in return. If any of these West Michigan organizations strike a cord with you I encourage you to consider volunteering!
I'm excited to be a part of the Michigan Heart Gallery for the first time this fall. The Michigan Heart Gallery is produced by the Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange, which is an information and referral service for prospective adoptive parents in Michigan. I am very much looking forward to working with these amazing youth!
Before launching my photo business I was involved with MSU Extension Journey 4-H Youth Mentoring for several years as a case manager. Journey pairs youth in Ottawa County with positive adult role models in an effort to reduce the frequency and severity of delinquent behavior.
I am also a board member for 3 Degrees Connected which works to unite women-owned, women-operated businesses in West Michigan by making connections, encouraging one another, identifying needs, and being of service to the community.
All photographs contained within these pages are Copyright © 2010 Jennifer Morse Photography, LLC and may not be republished or downloaded.