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    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.

Lucy Lu is One!!: Matilda Jane Clothing Review

Lucy Lu is the sweetest little one. She exudes joy and passion for the world around her. It is only fitting that we captured her sweet beauty in an outfit that gives her the freedom to explore, enjoy, and chase sunlight, bugs, and giraffes.  Once again, I fell in love with the latest adorable outfit from Matilda Jane’s “Paint By Numbers” Collection. The three pieces that Lucy Lu wore for this session seem to match her boldness, playful spirit, and rough and tumble stage of life. The three items that she is wearing are:

The Turtledove Knot Top is incredibly durable that I am sure that it would last through many years of playing in the mud, climbing trees, and twirling around. While it fits a bit more like a dress now, it would look great when it fits more like a tunic. While it’s a 12-18 mo. size item, I think it could be worn much longer since Matilda Jane has created such a versatile line of clothing!  The details on the Turtledove Knot Top fit with the reputation of all of the other MJ clothing: beautiful colors, stylish designs, patterns that remind you of what childhood should be about, and plenty of buttons, ruffles, and ties!
The gallery leggings and stipple tee were so soft that I’d be tempted to let my own daughter sleep in these clothes at night and then wear them all day. 
I remember crying as a young girl when I had to wear scratchy or uncomfortable dresses… but I don’t see ANY tears from Lucy Lu as she is so comfortable that she doesn’t even realize how cute she is!
Absolute delight.
Lucy Lu is simply precious!!
We had to go outside for a few shots since the sun had finally broken through after several days of heavy rain! Lucy Lu shows her feisty spirit and passion to explore the world in the following few photos.
When you live in a big city like Lucy Lu, a colorful outfit stands out even more against all the concrete!

This adorable outfit from Matilda Jane’s “Paint By Numbers” Collection adds a sweet style to this 1 year old girl’s natural beauty as she delights in the world around her. Each piece fit together in a funky and unexpected way to create a look that was unique to Lucy Lu’s unique personality. The Turtledove Knot Top is a perfect way to be sweetly feminine while tackling the challenges of each day — jumping over puddles, crawling after a street cat, and for this sweet girl, pulling herself to standing so she can grab her little giraffes on a nearby chair. The Gallery Leggings worked perfectly with the Turtledove Knot Top and Stippling Tee but each of these pieces can be paired with so many other clothing items in your closet to add just a little extra style.  The stippling tee would look adorable with a pair of blue skinny jeans too! These items are made to last for many years and won’t fall apart after just a few months or few years. I’ve seen far too many clothing companies these days create items that will literally fall apart after you’ve worn them just a few times so while Matilda Jane may seem ‘expensive’ compared to your trip to a local big box store – you are ‘investing’ (yep, I said it) in just a few items that can be mix and matched to create the same number of outfits for the same budget.  I’d much rather have several Matilda Jane items in my daughter’s closet than have a closet packed full of cheap quality clothes that fall apart when they are worn by girls who are beautiful but also love life with such zeal that they aren’t going to sit quietly in a dress and just let the world pass them by. What a sweet opportunity to capture Lucy Lu as she turns ONE AND get to review such a beautiful outfit from a great company! Thanks Matilda Jane for the opportunity!! And thank you Corrie for the opportunity capture your daughter’s beauty and playful spirit!!

Matilda Janes Collection: Paint by Numbers: Children’s Portrait and Commercial Photography

The news that I will soon be giving birth to a sweet baby girl became even more exciting when Matilda Jane Clothing sent me this ADORABLE little outfit from their Paint By Numbers Collection. You have to check out the Paint by Numbers collection if you have a daughter or are expecting one on the way! This collection is full of vibrant colors and all the style that defines a girl warrior and explorer of beauty and play! It is exciting for me to see a clothing company that focuses on empowering a girl to express herself as she gets older and finds her voice.

I LOVE the three outfit pieces they sent me because they are so versatile with the ways to mix and match them and yet, while together, they still form an adorable and complete outfit!! The Atmosphere Dress by itself is enough to make anyone get excited and works perfectly for this late summer we are having!! And then, when it cools down and school begins, you can add the Plum Kitten Cardigan and Arrow Wood Bennys for a warmer and even cuter outfit possibility! Even the details on these pieces show a flair for creativity and beauty. Check out the buttons on the dress and the cute stripes on the back of the dress which coordinate perfectly with the cardigan.

Below, you will see two of my favorite two year olds showing off the gorgeous details and fanciful, playful frills of:

the Atmosphere Dress

the Plum Kitten Cardigan

the Arrow Wood Bennys

I love Haddie and Gwen’s personalities shining through their photos while wearing this outfit. At just 2 years old,  they seem to offer a refreshing authenticity to the very basics of what Matilda Jane clothing is all about: letting a girl… be a girl.


There are many more photos to share, but I didn’t want to overwhelm you. :)

September 16, 2013 - 8:20 am

Lisa - love these! and sweet little Gwen praying.

Sweet Julia: Holland, MI Children’s Portrait Photographer

Meet Julia, the girl who’s eyes sparkle with joy…

Sweet. Content. Avid Reader. Observer. Kind-hearted. Curious. Gentle-spirited. Serious Snuggler.

Andrea, thank you so much for entrusting these portraits of sweet Julia into my care. It was an absolute joy to spend time with you two… and I LOVED seeing your relationship with her that exudes tenderness and love. While I know you didn’t plan on being in any shots, I had to end with this sweet photo of you two. For not getting ready for pictures, you certainly radiate BEAUTY in all of the shots that I quickly captured. Blessings to your family of three in this next year of her life. May Julia grow in her curiosity, confidence, and joyful spirit.


A Life Enjoyed: West Michigan Children’s Portrait Photographer

Meet beautiful  Adeliza: curious. sweet-natured. easygoing. happy. energetic. friendly. ONE. 


You can tell how much she enjoys life (and she especially enjoys her parents) by her sweet expressions below.

(And the hands on the belly?? PRECIOUS!!)

I love having a bird’s eye view on how this sweet girl interacts with world…


I cannot get over the beauty of her smile!!!

Caitlin and Barrett,

thank you for hiring me to capture your beautiful daughter at this huge milestone of exploration, joy, and delight. It was such a blessing to capture your daughter’s unique personality.

~ Christen