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East Grand Rapids High School Senior Portraits

It is hard to believe that summer is threatening to wind down with the start of the new school year just around the corner.  As I watch  my own son and his friends enter senior year at East Grand Rapids High School my heart beats an extra step to see how much these kids have grown and matured.  We have a deadline of October 7th to have senior portraits completed and turned in, which give us a deadline of September 18th to conduct your full Signature Session.  Head Shot Only and Mini Sessions have an extra week, ending September 30th.  If you haven't booked in with me yet, quickly send an email to denarobles@gmail.com to reserve a spot.

This is a sneak peek for Emma of our recent full Signature Session together here at Reed's Lake.  I can't wait to get her full gallery to her.  Don't ever let her tell you she isn't photogenic!  

EGRHS West Michigan Senior portraits
East Grand Rapids High School Senior photos
Emma Stafford's senior photographer
East Grand Rapids High School Class of 2017 portraits, senior photos
East Grand Rapids Michigan high school senior photographer

Grand Rapids Family Photos--Downtown

Here is a gorgeous family with three energetic young men, all with distinct and individual personalities roaming the streets of Downtown Grand Rapids for photographs...the possibilities are endless with this combo!  It is very hard to pick favorite photos to share here, these boys were pros.  

Fall mini sessions are starting to book.  This is the only time of the year for family mini sessions. Check your calendars for October 8th and 9th (and a reserve rain date of October 15th.) Watch the blog and facebook for more details or email me at denarobles@gmail.com to get on the schedule.

Grand Rapids Family photographer 
Family photos downtown grand rapids
Film photo session and head shots for kids
Get better school photos!
West Michigan family photos
Downtown Grand Rapids Michigan family photography
Grand Rapids family photo session on film
ReThink the school photo, modern school photos
Downtown photos of brothers, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Family photos at The Blue Bridge Grand Rapids, Michigan
Urban family and couple portraits by Dena Robles, Michigan
The Mitchells were photographed downtown grand Rapids, Michigan on Kodak Portra 400 with a Contax 645 and Canon Eos-1v, processed and scanned by the lovely pros at ProPhotoIrvine

10 on 10 February 2016

Last month I posted a series of ten sun drenched film photographs from our holiday trip to Puerto Rico.  We experienced more than a bit of climate shock to return to the frozen north and we seemed to develop this 'look' between us.  The silent look that whined "I want to go baaaaack." 

Back to reality.  This month's series of ten film photographs were shot on January 10th.  Winter in Michigan, the direct contrast of winter in the Caribbean.  Winter in Michigan, where I cower indoors under multiple wooly layers, feeling like a bear hermit-ing  away deep in a cave, always looking out the windows. And since I have no choice but to go outside many times a day, always yearning to be back on the warm side of the glass.

winter in michigan, editorial photography by dena robles
editorial film photography by dena robles, grand rapids michigan
grand rapids michigan film photographer dena robles
Pure Michigan, winter photos in grand rapids michigan by dena robles
home interior editorial and lifestyle photographs, dena robles grand rapids michigan photographer

Today the ground is bare, the snow has melted and the sun shone for a day, but it is frigid cold and the snow will likely return.  I take my dog for her daily walk and as I dream about hot days at the lake and tending my vegetable garden in bare feet, I notice the tiniest green crocus and daffodil sprouts braving their way through the earth.  And I know the worst is behind me.

Fellow photographers Bethany and Charlene also shared 10 film photos this month.  Please go view Bethany Petrik's blog from Woodland, CA which will then lead to Charlene Hardy's.  


10 on 10 January 2016

Winter and I are not the best of friends.  Too much cold, grey, lack of sunshine, and outdoor activities I enjoy.  However, I am thankful for the forced hibernation for a month or so and for the chance to slow down, reflect and hunker down into my craft a bit.  I do imagine if I were living in a milder climate I would still find a way to  do all this though, so snow and frigid temps are not necessary!  

As always, I have a few photography projects brewing in the background of my commercial photo jobs.  This year I am focusing on a weekly project I will unveil soon and also this monthly project: 10 on 10.  On the 10th of the month I will release 10 film photographs on a theme.  Simple as that really.  The following photographs were actually created on Christmas day during our Puerto Rico vacation while my daughter and I shared a walk up the shore of Playa Flamenco.  Enjoy!  

Beautiful Playa Flamenco Culebra Puerto Rico shot on Fujifilm by Dena Robles
Editorial and Lifestyle Photographer Dena Robles in Culebra Puerto Rico
Playa Flamenco Culebra Puerto Rico Fashion and Lifestyle Photographs
Travel and Lifestyle Photographer Dena Robles at Playa Flamenco Puerto Rico
Fisherman at the tank on Playa Flamenco Puerto Rico
Photographs on the beach from Culebra Puerto Rico