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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.

Reflecting on 8 years of business: Holland and Grand Rapids Portrait and Wedding Photography

I have loved reflecting on images from the past 8 years of my photography business that were captured in: Los Angeles and San Diego, CA; Istanbul and Antalya, Turkey; Grand Rapids, Saugatuck, and Holland, Michigan; Fort Wayne and Indianapolis, IN; Philadelphia, PA; and even Corpus Christi and Dallas, Texas. It has definitely been an adventure as I’ve  hiked off the beaten path for some of the sessions and explored new cities to discover beautiful, unexpected settings in which to capture each person’s story.

Thank you to those of you who have entrusted your lifestyle portraits, family gatherings, wedding photographs, head shots for your newest books or blogs, senior pictures, children’s portraits and major events to my care. What an honor it has been to get a unique perspective into your lives and the sacred relationships that you have. I’m excited to see what this next season has in store as I begin scheduling portrait sessions and event photography again. It will be a limited number of sessions until we can catch our breaths a bit more. As a way to say ‘thank you,’ you will get a referral credit towards your own photography needs for each person you send my way!

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March 25, 2016 - 11:52 pm

Jada - Beautiful and creative Christen.

West Michigan Family and Children’s Portrait Photographer: Down but not out :: {insert cricket noises here}

It’s been a quiet stretch here, thus the cricket sounds on the blog, between living overseas and dealing with some medical issues. You can see our family’s update on our personal blog here,   here, or  here.  While stateside this summer and in-between surgeries, I was able to shoot a beautiful Dimnent Chapel wedding and a family portrait session. I’m not able to book a lot of sessions, but I will do a few more if it works out with scheduling — contact me if you are hoping to squeeze in a session while we are stateside.

 

You know it’s been a tiring season when you’ve hardly taken any portraits of your own children… although I did throw my mother’s childhood velvet red dress on Ada that both my Mom and I wore when we were Ada’s age. It was a rushed session, but I forfeited perfection for completion.

Here’s a sneak peak of my darling daughter.

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Becca & Curtis: West Michigan Wedding Photography: Dimnent Chapel

Meet Becca: loves to laugh. compassionate. content. happy. calm.

Meet Curtis: caring. dedicated. Patient. funny.

Together, they are a beautiful, calm couple who laugh together, care for others, stay committed to pursuing their dreams side-by-side, and enjoy a game of  baseball when they get a chance.

It was a picture-perfect, hot July Saturday with Becca and Curtis surrounded by their beautiful family and friends!

STUNNING.

Gorgeous sisters, kindred spirits.

*I hope I look this young and beautiful when my daughter gets married! Sheesh!

Becca and Curtis are both from simply beautiful families – on the inside and out. And yes, I could assess that after just a few short hours with them. 

There are so many people who shape the bride and groom in the days and years leading up to their wedding day.. and I have a hunch that these brothers and sister, along with her parents, are a few of them.


Helloooooo Becca!

Meanwhile, on the opposite side of the chapel…

Thank you Maria for doing such an amazing job of second shooting and helped me conquer that whole dilemma of “You can’t be in two places at once…” With only 4 hours of time, we divided and conquered!:) 

This family portrait reminds me of the strength found from generation to generation

These socks are seriously amazing. Well chosen, Curtis.

Love this shot.

Becca’s emotions mirrored Curtis’ as they both tried to stay strong as they saw each other for the first time…


love. the. sprinkles.

this shot just makes my heart smile.

I love everything about this shot.

are you KIDDING me??! Beautiful couple.

This bench in front of the library is where Curtis would wait for Becca to finish up her classes.

It’s also where he asked her to spend the rest of her life with him.

Becca and Curtis,

May your story together continue to be full of laughter, and beauty with loving friends and family around you. Congratulations on your marriage!! Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your day. It was an absolute joy and honor. 

~Christen Joelle 

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