West Michigan is an amazing place to call home (just in case you were wondering, even Forbes agrees. We have called this area home for most of our lives, but we know many people are just starting to realize this. In our photography adventures, we photograph many couples that are getting married. In addition though, we meet and mingle with businesses and organizations in many different arenas.
We thought a short introduction to a few organizations and people might help you learn about some of the wonderful folks in the West Michigan area. We are constantly trying to raise awareness of organizations and below are just a few we have the privilege of working with on a regular basis!
Do you know of other great organizations and people in West Michigan? We would love to learn about them and what they are doing in the community!
The Saint Mary's Doran Foundation is all about philanthropy and stewardship and fostering good health throughout the Grand Rapids community. From the Annual Ga*La, Shoppe Soiree and Up on the Roof events, the Foundation is celebrating it's 50th Anniversary this year!
We have been blessed to know the Foundation staff for several years and have become the "resident photographer" for all their events and publications. President Michelle Rabideau has put together an amazing team of ladies that continue to serve the Mercy Health (and greater Grand Rapids) community day after day.
LWM is a program of the West Michigan Chamber Coalition and is the first leadership program to focus on leading change versus managing change. The program helps local leaders identify and understand regional challenges and opportunities.
For the past several years we have been blessed to photograph each new class of LWM. We provide individual portraits for each participant along with the annual class photograph.
Founder Deb Minton created her Michigan based boutique consulting and fundraising firm to help nonprofits and their leaders reach their full potential.
We connected with Deb while she was in the process of rebranding and relocating her company in Grand Rapids. Her new location at Blue35 offered an amazing venue for portraits and we helped deliver a great library of images for her business' needs.
Recently ranked in the Inc. 5000 fastest growing companies in America, The Service Professor continues to add services to it's company. Originally a resident electrical service company, in the past several years, the Service Professor has added not only plumbing services, but also heating and cooling to its range of services.
If you see their logo on a vehicle around town, more than likely we photographed Rob, the technician snapping his fingers on the back of the truck. If you ever hire them, you'll get to meet your technician before they ever come as they send a photo and bio over to every customer they work for.
Here is the "About Us" section from their website:
12,000 young people. Four neighborhood zones. One common goal: Close the achievement gap by 2025.
We have been blessed to work with Believe 2 Become the past two years as they continue to develop relationships and help neighborhoods overcome the challenges they face. This past year we photographed several events that had to do with the changes students and families have seen in the Grand Rapids area. The experience was empowering and we look forward to seeing what this organization can do next!
We know there are other great organizations in the area that we have not heard about yet.
Do you know an outstanding organization that is helping build and develop the Grand Rapids area? We would love to hear about them!
Leave a comment below and let us know who we should know about and tell their story through the power of photography!