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Firsts: Jessica & Tim by Corinne Keener

I met Jessica in 2008 as we nervously unpacked our things in our bedroom at GVSU. It wasn't long before we were as close as could be, laughing and quoting Step Brothers to one another from our bunk beds. Jessica's hilarious and kind boyfriend, Tim, would visit on weekends from Ferris.

In August 2011 Jessica and Tim got married. They were my first wedding as a photographer.

Now, they're expecting their first baby and I am absolutely thrilled to share in their love and joy as they take their next step together as a family.

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Congratulations to these three!

So Long, So-Long Winter by Corinne Keener

Frozen lakes perfectly sum up my love/hate relationship with winter: the quiet, surreal landscapes, and the bone aching, bitter cold which either make me thankful and thoughtful or force me further underneath a pile of blankets and deeper into a Netflix rabbit hole until the thermometer hits 45°.

Luckily, yesterday Maggie and I managed to make it out to Lake Michigan on one of the first warmish days this year, so the lake was still the icy land of your most/least favorite Disney feature from the last two years without being a total death trap (even though we were a tiny bit, kind of, probably unnecessarily scared to be out there). And did we ever need this little excursion. The sun, the cold, the unpredictable sand and snow mix on the beach that'll swallow your leg whole to the knee, the laughing, the photo-making. It was a much appreciated farewell to a season that can sometimes - okay, that will always - make me go completely stir crazy, and a great reminder of how a little sun and some time out with a good friend can wake up a whole lot of hope inside of me.