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  • WELCOME!

    Hello!! My name is Christen Bordenkircher! I am a professional photographer that specializes in telling the stories of children, families, couples, and individuals through on-location lifestyle and portrait sessions. While I am currently based in West Michigan, I am still booking clients in Southern California and Northern Indiana so contact me about my next trip.

    Welcome to my very little 'corner' of the world, here on the blog, where I celebrate the stories of my clients and the daily beauty I see everyday. I hope you leave here feeling inspired, excited, and with a greater understanding of authentic beauty and the dignity of truth.

    Your life is a story that needs to be told. I will listen and learn about you and your loved ones with my lens. You have your own culture with distinct behaviors, vivid expressions, raw emotions, and sacred relationships. My vision is for you to have a renewed appreciation for your unique beauty that sets you apart from everyone else.

Jeff and Laura: Engagement Photographs: Capturing “Us-ness”

Meet Laura: joyful. loyal friend. encouraging. caring. sensitive. leader. adventurer. justice-minded. creates fun. beautiful heart.

Meet Jeff: witty. confident. wise. teacher. listener. asker of good questions. fun-loving. coach. competitive. committed. curious.

Together, Jeff and Laura are a joyful, witty, encouraging, listening, wise couple who care about their friends and the community around them while creating and inviting others into a life that is fun and full of authentic, meaningful relationships that point to God.

Laura, you are GORGEOUS!!

I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a couple enjoy simply being with each other as much as these two do. You two have a beautiful life ahead of you. 

I honestly can’t tell who is more smitten with who. It’s a mutual smitten-ness.

Constant playfulness and flirting with these two…

I wish I could remember what happened just before this shot… Leave a comment below if you want to guess!

Cherish: {verb} to protect and care for (someone) lovingly; to feel or show affection for; to hold (something) dear; to keep or cultivate with care and affection

These chacos hold beautiful feet that carry good news…

Laura and Jeff, it is an absolute honor to know you both and call you friends. I know that just as you cherish one another that there are hundreds of people who cherish {hold you dear} you in your newly formed ‘us-ness.’ I hope these images help remind you not only of your beauty, of which there is no question, but also of the playful spirit with which you interact with one another and the world around you. Thank you for allowing me to spend time with you during some of the most memorable moments of your lives. You are beautiful.

Love you friends,

Christen J

 

 

Laura & Jeff: West Michigan Wedding Photography: Part I

Laura and Jeff win the award for the most laid back couple to ever get married… Even on their wedding day, they were more focused on encouraging others and inviting others to enjoy the day.  Laura and Jeff planned a wedding weekend extravaganza for all of their friends and family.

  • They dressed up and participated in a community mannequin night in downtown Holland before they got married. (Pictures to be posted soon!)
  • They followed it up with a late night out at the Lake where they roasted marshmallows around a bonfire and embraced the beauty around them.
  • On their wedding day, they played ultimate frisbee,
  • dove into Lake Michigan (in September!),
  • and completely ENJOYED their day.

If there were brief moments of stress, I didn’t notice because they were always over-shadowed by joy and laughter.

Laura made an absolutely STUNNING bride.

Laura and Jeff’s first look was oh-so-perfect. Now, Jeff has seen Laura dress up in a variety of outfits just because she is that awesome and works with youth. Her outfits have included Wilma Flintstone, a crazy cowgirl, and all sorts of other characters…But this was the first time that Jeff saw Laura as a bride. She wore joy and anticipation with such grace.

Laura and Jeff’s first look was oh-so-perfect. Now, Jeff has seen Laura dress up in a variety of outfits just because she is that awesome and works with youth. Her outfits have included Wilma Flintstone, a crazy cowgirl, and all sorts of other characters…But this was the first time that Jeff saw Laura as a bride. She wore joy and anticipation with such grace.

Laura and Jeff’s first look was oh-so-perfect. Now, Jeff has seen Laura dress up in a variety of outfits just because she is that awesome and works with youth. Her outfits have included Wilma Flintstone, a crazy cowgirl, and all sorts of other characters…But this was the first time that Jeff saw Laura as a bride. She wore joy and anticipation with such grace.

 They requested some time after their first look to exchange gifts to one another and have some time to connect with God. I (mostly) gave them that time but I couldn’t resist capturing the sweetness of this completely honest moment.

 A little bit of rain did not dampen their spirits.

These are their people.

Let me repeat, these are their people.

I love how much Laura, Jeff, and their family and friends enjoy life and don’t take themselves too seriously.

Laura’s fantastic shoe of choice were her chacos. Unlike bridesmaid dresses, you can wear these over, and over, and over again. Whether you are hiking mountains, forging rivers, or getting married, these are your shoes. 

SO GORGEOUS.

En vogue?

Laura and Jeff have a natural, authentic kind of love.

Thank you Maria!! 

There were many words of truth spoken over Laura and Jeff by many people who have been a part of there lives – both individually and together.

Laura and Jeff come from two amazing families that celebrated their marriage with enthusiasm and FUN. What a joy to see how two sets of parents can impact this new family being started.

Laura and Jeff, thank you so much for inviting me to capture this sacred time in your lives… Your love for God, for each other, and those around you is so inspiring and contagious. All that I experienced in both of you was a deep love for others that influenced every single detail of your wedding day. Thank you. I look forward to hearing about and capturing your love as it unfolds in the years ahead.

May you continue to feel your community wrap around you in the months and years ahead. And I will be posting Flintstone pictures in Part II of your blog preview.;)

~Christen

Megan and Dan: Anticipating Baby O

Meet Megan and Dan.

Megan: Pensive. Adventurous. Brave. Generous. Caring. Beautiful. Hard-working. Short.

Dan: Funny. Kind. Servant-hearted. Avid Rock Climber. Smitten with his wife. Tall.

Together, they are a pensive, hilarious couple who love to serve together, climb mountains, look at each other and embrace life with a deep-rooted love in and from God that compels them to bravely love others. Baby O is one blessed little baby.:)

 


Sweet at Three: Stubbornly Beautiful.

When I think about my own childhood of what I wore, I remember a few fights with my mom about not wanting to wear a dress or skirt to a various event or special occasion. I remember not feeling particularly pretty on certain days nor being especially excited to wear whatever it was that I needed to wear. I can’t help but think, as I review these Matilda Jane clothes, that my Mom and I may have avoided some of those typical mother-daughter battles over clothing if we had known about the beautiful MJC collection. I have always loved bright colors and unique designs. So, you can imagine my delight in seeing this sweet three-year old enjoy dancing around in this outfit from Matilda Jane.

I had to include some of the images of Sweet Iva with her mom because these images seem to reflect one of the values of the company itself. Creating beautiful clothes that you don’t have to fight with your daughter to wear — because they are unique, bold, and whimsical – your little girl will just want to twirl, play in the mud, and enjoy time with you.

 

Meet Iva: Sweet. Perceptive. Flexible. Joy-filled. Strong-willed. Affectionate. Intelligent.

She is twirling in the following:

Cloudy Puffer Tee

Love Bug Knot Top

Sweetheart Ruffled Leggings

Iva is stubbornly beautiful. She loves with boldness and she plays with passion. (My 2 1/2 year old son adores her!) It was absolutely adorable to see Iva put on this oh-so-comfortable assemble from MJC and continue to play. She wasn’t uncomfortable, irritable or begging her mom to change back into her ‘regular’ clothes. She was content to run around in this beautiful outfit! Once again, I was impressed by the details of each piece and just how COMFORTABLE the fabric was that was used for each piece. And it was just perfect that I could sneak some shots of Iva with her equally beautiful Mother! As Mother’s Day approaches, I am reminded of how sweet childhood can be when you are loved authentically and deeply by your mother. Here’s to hoping that the vision for Matilda Jane clothes will shed light on stories of the relationships between mothers and daughters! I’m bound and determined to help my own daughter find her sweet, expressive style as she gets older so she can twirl with confidence and play in comfort! Since we live in a city of 2 million, it’s even more important to find clothes that make you feel beautiful and comfortable – whether you are riding a bus, playing at the park, or exploring the ancient ruins!!! Life really is a wonderful parade!