Destination photography is always fun because, well I guess it’s hard to find someone who wouldn’t enjoy traveling somewhere new and fun on occasion. I’ve had some great opportunities to travel and explore. I really don’t get tired of it, but there are certain cities that are just favorites for me. Well, to be fair, I should probably tell you I’m a city person to begin with. You can contrast this with my husband. The man I married is a wide-open-spaces, let’s get a farm-someday-kind-of person. Now before you judge me too harshly and tell me about how nice it is on the farm, let it be known, I like the farm. I do. I like the trees and the space, the quiet. It’s all super. For about a week. But my goodness, by week 2 I need a skyline and noise.
When I lived in California, we had the wide open spaces of home in the mountains in Big Bear, but we were still only 2 hours from Los Angeles. (Moment of silence…#iloveLA ok we can continue ;-)) There is something about being near all the culture, the museums, music, art, ballet, sidewalks. LOL! Um, yes please. When we moved here to south Florida, I was a little scared at first. It was so… quaint. Kinda open, lots of pretty fields. Sigh… as a photographer, I love pretty fields. But….within a few weeks and close to a moment of panic, I found Miami. I literally came home from one of my early trips to Miami and said to my husband, ‘ok, we can probably stay.’ . 😉 I love everything about Miami and it’s a new amazing city to explore. Yes, please. Except the traffic. Are you kidding me??!!??! Hmmmmmph. I digress.
It then took me about 6-9 months here to discover West Palm Beach, which is kind of the perfect happy medium. It has a skyline. It’s cute and little, but it works, it’s still a skyline. They have good malls, nice shopping, art, culture and when you’re driving home from the ballet at 11pm, I’m literally just down the road from home. Perfect. It’s kind of my happy place and has cut my Miami trips down significantly.
Being a city person, there are a few places I really love to visit. LA; it slays me with it’s homey beautiful craziness. San Francisco; the buildings, the trolleys the rolling everything. Chicago; the jazz, the art, the museums…well, did I mention the jazz? But guys, Grand Rapids, Michigan is seriously right up on that list.
It has all the perfect combinations of big city with a small town feel. Super old amazing random architecture and new downtown vibe. Art, shows, everything on earth comes there, but the suburbs are just around the corner. Plus they feel like you’re out on a farm somewhere. Gaaaaaaaahhhhhh. Grand Rapids. You’re my favorite. Don’t tell Chicago.
Sooooooooooo….combine my absolute love of this beautiful city with a high school senior who is willing to wander for way too many hours because I just want to check out “one more building over there really quick” with my camera intow. I would call this senior portrait session a #winner. 😉
Although, there were so many images I could include here. It’s out of control, seriously. I hope you have as much fun looking at them as we had making them. Aka running around Grand Rapids. 😉