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Little Shop of Horrors

Stopped by the Cedar Springs High School’s production of Little Shop of Horrors. Of course, I had a vested interested since my nephew was playing the role of Mr. Mushnik, the shop keeper. As this is Austin’s final performance of his senior year, I wanted to help capture some moments for him. Great job to everyone involved and congratulations on a wonderful production!

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Damion Van Slyke
Redhawk Showcase

The 5th annual Red Hawk Basketball Showcase brought some of the best teams in the state to Union High School on Saturday, February 2. Featuring four of the top teams in the state, as well as Michigan’s top three players in the state, these guys brought the heat that ended the polar vortex.

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Purple Out

I recently attended the 2nd Annual Purple Out game, hosted by the Jenison/Zeeland Varsity Hockey Team. The game is a fundraiser for cancer research at the Van Andel Institute. 100% of the funds raised go to research that takes place right in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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Damion Van Slyke
Torn Allegiance

I really enjoy being on the sidelines for these basketball games. I’ve always enjoyed the game and while I never played for my school, Friday night basketball was a big part of my high school experience at Union. The school and gym have been virtually untouched so it brings me back just parking my car and walking in.

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Justin + Kristen

“Sorry. I don’t do weddings” was my immediate response when I was asked to photograph Justin + Kristen’s wedding. Yet, there I found myself, on a cloudy November day, capturing the forever story of two truly unique individuals. It was a beautiful, intimate ceremony at Lions & Rabbits in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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Little Red

This was a fun session with a little red riding hood and a wolf in pursuit. We got lucky with a very mild November day where the sun would peak out of the clouds at times, creating very dramatic light through the trees.

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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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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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Damion Van Slyke