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Thank you for checking out my site. I’m Dionel and I’m a portrait and wedding photographer based out of Grand Rapids, Michigan. I have a love for being behind the camera and a weakness for coffee and sweets. When I’m not taking your beautiful photos, I’m off having adventures with my family of five. I’m married with two adorable kids, and one furry beagle child.

I have a true passion for photography, and being able to capture those special moments and milestones in life is what I live for. Having the ability to do what I love has kept me in this business for over eight years, with a style of photography that is candid, colorful and clean. My hope is to make you laugh, make you smile and capture all that genuine emotion in a picture. Most importantly I want to make you feel comfortable and enjoy our time together!

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Engagement sessions are a favorite of mine. So, they are generally included in all my wedding packages, but if you are looking to schedule just this session I have a number of photography packages available!

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I would love to be there to help capture your special day! A full day of photography coverage begins at $2600, with associate photographer packages beginning at $2000. Contact me for more details on pricing!

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During our photo session, we are going to get you to laugh, play and have fun! I have a number of photography packages starting at $275 and designed to fit any type of dynamic, from just the kids to the whole extended family!

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Portraits sessions are shoots such as seniors, head shots and boudoir. These types of sessions are generally longer with multiple locations or outfit changes, and the additional option for a hair and make-up stylist on site!

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Q |Do you travel and how far?
A |I love to travel! Out of the city, out of the state, or out of the country. When my job is able to take me on the road, I’m all for it.
Q |Do you have a studio?
A |I do! I have beautiful studio space in Downtown Grand Rapids. It has lots of natural light, props and furniture which makes it a flexible space for nearly any style of session.
Q |For our photo session, do we pick the location or do you?
A |I prefer to do the location scouting prior to my sessions. I take into account a lot of different elements pertaining to lighting and the background when selecting the spot for our photos, but I want to know what you are looking for! The more information you have on the ideas you had in mind, the better.
Q |I’m not very good at posing in front of the camera, can you help me with that?
A |Absolutely! First, and most importantly, I want you to feel comfortable in front of the camera. I will guide you into poses that I feel are most flattering but to get the most natural photos I want you to laugh, smile and have fun during our session!
Q |Are digital files included?
A |Yes! For both wedding packages and nearly any style of portrait session there are a varying number of digital files with printing rights included, but all dependent on the package you choose.
Q |Can we bring our dog?
A |I welcome all furry family members! Make sure to bring some tasty treats along, and if you feel you’d like some extra help during our session, I work closely with a professional dog trainer to keep our puppies happy and cooperating.
Q |Are your wedding packages all that is available, or are you able to customize?
A |I have a number of wedding photography packages available, but with the understanding that each wedding day has it’s unique elements. So, I am happy to help customize a photography package that fits your needs.
Q |Do you photograph boudoir sessions?
A |I certainly do! I have photography packages customized specifically for boudoir sessions, which include hair and make up on site. Please contact me directly for more information on this style of session! Out of respect for my clients and the private nature of these sessions, I generally don’t post or blog these images.
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A: 2016 College Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507, United States
P:+1 616 485 3109
Open today · 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sessions scheduled by appointment