How to avoid hearing "I'm bored" from your kids

My little one is still to young to tell me she is bored. I however am damn well old enough to say I'm bored!! These past couple of days of all day rain have been driving me crazy. I love them for the cozy feel they produce. I hate them because it means we are stuck in the house and Winter is coming (game of thrones reference...)

I got creative and created a list of fun things to do on rainy days like today and the upcoming Michigan Winter. I would love to hear some of your ideas too!

-Go to a friends house
-Target + Starbucks!! Need I say more?
-Square play cafe in Holland
-Catch Air
-Pumpkin train in Coopersville
-Pottery painting
-Chick fil A play area
- East GR library
-Bakery for a treat
-Public museum
-Childrens museum
-Air zoo
-Kroc center
-Play with play-doh
-Color learning with the game Twister
-Jesters court
-Grandville mall play area
-Kangaroo palace in Muskegon
-Great harvest bread (for a treat of course!)
-Plan a night away at the Holiday Inn waterpark
-Attend a mom-n-me class
-Thrift shopping
-Dollar menu lunch out
-Great wolf lodge in Traverse City
-Crayola color wonder
-Roller skating
-Movies
-Build a bear
-Bowling
-Chuck E cheese
-Lakes mall play area in Muskegon
-The fun spot
-Air time

Most of these are within the Grand Rapids area unless otherwise stated. I would love to hear some of your go to fun things to do on a rainy day or in the Winter!

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Fall Bucket List

This year I have made it a point to live intentionally. So easily we can get sucked into the Go, Go, Go that we don't stop to enjoy life. As part of living intentionally I have made a Summer, Fall and Winter bucket list. Now that Fall is here I thought I would share my bucket list with all of you and encourage you to go make one too!

-Apple picking
-Make grandmas pie
-Trick or treating with Sophia
-Go on a nature hike
-Carve or paint a pumpkin
-Make leaf art with Sophia
-Go to a craft show
-Browse Art Prize
-Watch football
-Make a photobook (Loooooong over due!)
-Go to a pumpkin patch
-Go to a shooting range as a double date

Have any other suggestions? I would love to hear some of your favorite fall things!

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What To Wear For Your Engagement Session

Besides your wedding day, when is the next time you will have an excuse to get this dressed up? During your engagement photo session you want to go above and beyond your every day wear. Be flashy and have fun with it!  Don’t forget to wear layers with pops of color. More than what you are wearing - talk to your photographer about bringing unique props to show your wedding theme or something you two love doing together.

Your hair, makeup and nails should not be neglected. Make them wedding day ready and have them done professionally. You will want to look and feel your best and a little pampering can be just the ticket you need! Don’t forget about the groom. Make sure he has a fresh hair cut at least two weeks prior to your session date.

All dressed up and no where to go? After your engagement photo session plan a date with your significant other. Skip the wedding talk and only focus on each other to make this date truly fulfilling. At the end of the day, you will have photo evidence of you two looking so fly and have all the memories of a fun day together.

Written by Snap Shot Moments Photo
Co-writer and by Christina Byrd

Why you should consider doing a First Look!

First looks...


What is it?
It is the grand moment you see each other before your ceremony.


Why should you do one?
I hear time and time again people say they don't want a first look because it's not traditional and they always dreamed of his reaction as she walks down the isle.
Spoiler alert! First looks are way more intimate and personal! You will still get his reaction, maybe even more with a first look because it is a moment set aside for the two of you...and your photographer. You can write a letter to each other, give a gift, make it personal! Your wedding day is fast paced and surrounded by your friends and family. I encourage you to set this private moment aside before your ceremony for just the two of you. I promise he will still have the reaction you are looking for as you walk down the isle. That is a HUGE moment in your life!

Of course doing a first look also helps with your timeline. It ensures enough time for all of your portraits without making your guest sit around and wait. We still suggest capturing your family portraits after your ceremony. Typically this is during your cocktail hour. Doing a first look sets the mood and timeline for the whole day.

Clearly we are huge supporters of doing a first look. Are you still in search for your perfect photographer? We would love to document your first look and your big day! Message us your wedding day dreams at photographyssm@gmail.com. We are offering $200 OFF all remaining 2017 dates!


Will you be doing a first look?