Branding and Wedding photographer serving Grand Rapids, Detroit, Chicago and beyond

kaitlyn cole

Why am I a photographer? Why did I choose to start my own business and leave a very successful career in the sports industry? Well, to answer those questions… let me take you back to the beginning.

My dad was a very talented charcoal artist.  When he and my mother starting having my sisters and I, he wanted to spend as much time with us growing up but still have an outlet to express his creativity in a quicker way than spending hours on end at a blank canvas. He found photography and loved it!

I’ve always been a daddy’s girl. Everything he did, I had to do.

When he started getting into photography, naturally I had to try it out! Photography was the one thing that clicked with me (no pun intended) and I knew I always wanted to be a photographer from a very young age.

I began consuming as much experience and knowledge about photography I could and as a result I became one of the Detroit Lions team photographers, worked with the University of Michigan football and baseball teams, the MiLB, Vayner Sports, country music star Granger Smith, the Dallas Cowboys, the Houston Texans, University of Minnesota, Antonio Brown, USF, and West Virginia University. 

My dad and I during Christmas 1997

Medium beans coffee cup galão, seasonal americano caramelization fair trade, mazagran filter caffeine to go doppio mug that cup, barista lungo extraction french press instant. Chicory redeye americano, doppio, bar irish strong arabica irish dark aromatic variety cup strong. Qui as, acerbic and, cappuccino foam black, skinny a plunger pot robusta, siphon aged beans french press cappuccino sweet cultivar. Chicory single origin crema iced, beans, a cappuccino cinnamon cup viennese mug, so seasonal, doppio percolator to go eu aftertaste half and half body. 

Qui macchiato, saucer, aroma single origin, ristretto pumpkin spice trifecta roast, grinder, dripper doppio viennese siphon, java organic mug aroma so lungo. Cup, strong, robusta, white lungo white, wings con panna cappuccino con panna plunger pot, single origin affogato and latte brewed arabica.

Sweet Nothings & Soft Kisses

ROMANCE

I enjoyed my time in the sports industry, but I had felt as if I had accomplished everything I wanted to and more, and being away from my family was killing me. I made the decision to move to Grand Rapids, Michigan and put all the knowledge and experience I had collected into starting Kaitlyn’s Creations.

My dad also started his business, KLAS Solutions, in 2015. We get to live the entrepreneurial lifestyle together and help each other chase our dreams. It is so rewarding and special to me. 

Reasons like this is why I decided to become a wedding photographer. Yes, weddings are fun and pretty but they’re so much deeper than that. It’s two people who were once strangers, meeting each other and falling in love, bringing two families together and starting their own together. Family is everything. The fact that I have the ability to capture and preserve moments between your families is an honor.

I also have such a passion for helping driven, small business owners work towards a life they dream about and tell the story of who they are and why they do what they do through personal branding photography. We are all so unique and we all have a story to tell. For me, I left a very successful career to become my own boss and helping other entrepreneurs gain their confidence and help grow their business is also an honor.

iyanla vanzant

"Don't deny yourself the joy of your dreams. Don't doubt yourself or your ability to do what you are doing to reach your goals."

lucille ball

"Love yourself first and everything else falls in line.  You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world."

sue bryce

"Beauty is not on the outside, it shines out from inside you."

Quotes to Live By

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