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Critter Barn

The Critter Barn is dedicated to teaching about farming and agriculture while inspiring people of all ages, and all abilities, through the miracles in nature found at the farm

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Damion Van Slyke
Chris LaPorte

Walking into Chris LaPorte’s studio, is like a trippy time machine destination that brings me back to my art school days. It is filled with reference materials, paint, pencils, finished art work and stuff in progress.

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Jenison Band Invitational

The Jenison Band is a consistent state contender (and champion) in the State of Michigan. Of course, the annual Jenison Invitational occurred on the coldest night of the month. While I only attended the very last exhibition as the competition ended, I was blown away (again) by another group of hardworking students from Jenison High School.

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JPS Fall Orchestra Concert

Jenison Public Schools has an exceptional fine arts program with talented teachers and hardworking students. The cherry on top is the state of the art performance center (The Jenison Center for the Arts) that highlights the top talent these kids possess.

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Red Hawk Pride

Over the last few weeks, I reconnected with my old high school by following a couple of teams with my camera. It would be easy for me to sit here and feel like I am somehow giving back and helping these guys by documenting some games for them - and I know that they appreciate it. However, the reality is that they have shown, taught and given me much more.

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Union Champs

Braved the cold to witness these guys capture the conference championship. It truly was a joy to be there photographing these moments and seeing all the smiles and excitement. Best of luck to you all in the district game, go Redhawks!

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Union vs Jenison

The serene, pleasant fall weather was a stark contrast to the intense, physical match between these two teams. The perfect juxtaposition that provided lots of great action shots. I had just attended my 25th High School reunion (from Union) and knew this game was on the schedule.

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Lecrae

Stopped down to Cityfest to catch Lecrae performing live. Was really excited to get the chance to capture his performance.

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High Contrast Train Ride

It's something I've seen before and have admired in passing - and as I planned my latest trip to Chicago, I knew I wanted to be ready with camera in hand. The industrial landscapes outside my window seat on the train, combined with the morning overcast did not disappoint.

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Jasmine + Jack

Had a great studio session experimenting with some dramatic lighting. I was hoping to portray some grit and intimidation. For as sweet as these two are off the field, fierceness clearly runs deep in the family. 

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The book is officially done!

This project presented me with so much freedom to update overall photography standards. We were given the opportunity to shoot on location, using Leland’s native environment to create an authentic collection of images that really stand out in the final product.

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