Images in the mist

Images in the mist

3 IMAGES IN THE MIST An early morning walk along the lakeshore. The air was thick, and only the muffled sounds of seagulls could be...
JACKIE AND STEVEN (AND GWEN) MATERNITY SESSION

JACKIE AND STEVEN (AND GWEN) MATERNITY SESSION

JACKIE AND STEVEN (AND GWEN) MATERNITY SESSION G A SMALL SELECTION FROM THIS PHOTO SESSION CONTACT Need something different than what I have on my site?Want to book a photo session?Contact me: 616-560-3834 tony@tonyreidsma.photography NEWSLETTER SIGNUP Success!...
JUSTIN AND JUSTINE ENGAGEMENT SESSION

JUSTIN AND JUSTINE ENGAGEMENT SESSION

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Benjy and Marie Engagement Shoot

Benjy and Marie Engagement Shoot

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Hannah’s maternity session

Hannah’s maternity session

MATERNITY SESSION WITH HANNAH G A SMALL SELECTION FROM THIS PHOTO SESSION WITH HANNAH AND HER LOVELY SISTER BEKAH! CONTACT Need something different than what I have on my site?Want to book a photo session?Contact me: 616-560-3834 tony@tonyreidsma.photography...
Bekah’s senior pictures

Bekah’s senior pictures

SENIOR PHOTO SESSION WITH BEKAH G A SMALL SELECTION FROM THIS PHOTO SESSION WITH THE LOVELY BEKAH! CONTACT Need something different than what I have on my site?Want to book a photo session?Contact me: 616-560-3834 tony@tonyreidsma.photography NEWSLETTER SIGNUP...
MAY – PHOTOS OF THE MONTH

MAY – PHOTOS OF THE MONTH

The DeZwaan Windmill at sunrise.   Early Tulips after a spring rain.   Fern In The Woods – During an afternoon walk in the woods the light was catching this single fern, highlighting the vibrant green and yellow hues.   An early morning spring rain and then the...
ARIZONA TRIP

ARIZONA TRIP

G ARIZONA APACHE JUNCTION Apache Junction is a suburb of Phoenix where we enjoy the blessing of having family who are winter denizens.  Being located at the very southeast corner of the sprawling breadth of Phoenix, we were close to the Salt River and the...
WINDMILL ISLAND PHOTOWALK

WINDMILL ISLAND PHOTOWALK

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4.2017 SANDS OF TIME

4.2017 SANDS OF TIME

I was very surprised to see so much beach coming back, and this set of jetties almost covered with sand. There’s a seawall completely buried and the rocks are also almost buried. The difference in water level is less than a foot from last year at this time, but...
PHOTOWALK – 4.22.2017

PHOTOWALK – 4.22.2017

PHOTOWALK // 4.22.2017 Coffee with good friends at 205 Coffee Bar in Holland, then a photowalk to the Dimnent Chapel at Hope College. G [FAG id=27103] CONTACT Need something different than what I have on my site?Want to book a photo session?Contact me:...

BELIZE

G BELIZE APRIL, 2017   First 4 nights: San Ignacio http://www.sanignaciotown.com/ Maya Mountain Lodge: http://www.mayamountain.com/ Elmer: jungle@mayamountain.com Our trip to Belize was somewhat by accident, in that I was talking to a friend who had been to Mayan...
PHOTOWALK – 3.28.2017

PHOTOWALK – 3.28.2017

PHOTOWALK 3.28 A FOGGY EVENING WALK ALONG THE SHORELINE G CONTACT Need something different than what I have on my site?Want to book a photo session?Contact me: 616-560-3834 tony@tonyreidsma.photography NEWSLETTER SIGNUP Success! First Name Last Name Email...
FROZEN IN TIME EVENT

FROZEN IN TIME EVENT

WHAT: HEAR ME SPEAK ABOUT MY FROZEN IN TIME PROJECT HOW I WENT ABOUT MAKING MY BOOK Q&A WHEN: 7PM AT HOPE REFORMED CHURCH MARCH 21ST WHERE: HOPE REFORMED CHURCH 77 W 11th St, Holland, MI 49423 COPIES OF THE BOOK: I will also have copies of my book available at...
GERMANY

GERMANY

G HAN NOV ER NOVEMBER, 2016 My trip to Germany was mostly for work, the first segment spent at a convention in Hannover. The venue featured a huge wooden canopy, possibly the largest in the world. The following is from a website about the canopy: “Wood is a...
BOOK SIGNING EVENT!

BOOK SIGNING EVENT!

BOOK SIGNING, LIVE MUSIC, AND WINE: I will be at C2C Gallery in Grand Haven on November 4th from 6 – 8 pm. Stop by and say hi, buy a book and have it signed. C2C Gallery is at 104 Washington Ave, Grand Haven If you know anyone who would be interested in this,...
FRANKFORT MICHIGAN

FRANKFORT MICHIGAN

QUICK TRIP TO FRANKFORT MICHIGAN G We decided to take a quick trip to Frankfort, MI. Honestly we didn’t really have any plans, other than to head towards Sleeping Bear Dunes and see what we could do and explore in 2.5 days. We ended up having one of the...
WALKING THE BEACH WITH A LEGACY LENS

WALKING THE BEACH WITH A LEGACY LENS

G Needing to breathe some fresh air, and to give my brain a workout, I headed to the beach with my SONY A7 and an old film era 135mm / f2.8 lens to do some manual focusing. I didn’t really have a formal agenda, only go and see if I could create a story in a...
INK ON PAPER

INK ON PAPER

NOTHING LIKE THE SMELL OF FRESH INK IN THE MORNING! Today was the day, I press checked my book. I have to say that I hadn’t done a press check in many years, and I’m totally pumped. It went way better than I expected. Everything is turning out better than...
8.14.2016 – Beach Update

8.14.2016 – Beach Update

Went out yesterday to try and photograph the same spots as I did in past years. Here’s one before / after I think will help people visualize what’s happening. Before = 8/2014 After = 8/2016 Where there was sand, is now water. I went out to my chest to get...
SEAWALL – 3.19.2016

SEAWALL – 3.19.2016

G Now that it’s spring, and the ice is gone, I’m picking up where I left things off late last year before snow and ice moved in. I went to the beach expecting to see more beach and a receding lake, but I was very surprised to see just the opposite. I...
SEAWALLS 10.24

SEAWALLS 10.24

I decided to visit a part of the beach I haven’t seen much this year, but I do plan on making it back more as time permits. I like this set of jetties because of the uniqueness, and all the large rocks. They are difficult to get to, but worth it if the conditions are...
BRUISED BUT NOT BEATEN

BRUISED BUT NOT BEATEN

This jetty took a beating over the past winter, and throughout this past year. It’s interesting to watch the changes of not only the beaches, but also the seawalls and jetties. Many times in the Spring I’ll notice significant changes, with a plank missing...
LAKE LEVEL UPDATE: 9.30

LAKE LEVEL UPDATE: 9.30

LAKE LEVEL: 579.63′ Seems the lake has begun receding for now, which is a good sign for those living on the shoreline. Last year the water level didn’t peak until November, so perhaps this is a sign that the water will begin receding next year, and our...
ARTPRIZE 9.26

ARTPRIZE 9.26

For all who showed up. Thank you! I didn’t know what to expect, and I’m so thankful for you all and for all the votes, and kind words. It was busy and I didn’t stop talking for 7 straight hours! Awesome! For those who didn’t show up after the open house to shoot with...
SUMMER REFLECTION

SUMMER REFLECTION

Spent the evening with my family walking the south side beach and pier, and then watched as the sun set….. it was a beautiful way to reflect on this past summer. BUY FINE ART PRINTS – BUY THE ABOVE IMAGE ALL IMAGES ON THIS SITE ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE,...
PICTURED ROCKS

PICTURED ROCKS

DAY ONE // LEAVE FOR PICTURED ROCKS HURRICANE RIVER AND BEACH We headed out early on Sunday morning so we could get to our cabin in Grand Marais, Michigan and have some time to check the place out. Being that we’d never been to Pictured Rocks we had no idea what to...
THERE’S A STORM BREWIN’

THERE’S A STORM BREWIN’

It was all I could do to shoot while the wind howled around me. I was at the beach to shoot the sunset, seawalls and waves. As I shot, I noticed some flashing behind me, which I figured was someone shooting with a flash. However when I stood up to dry my camera lens,...
MANISTEE NATIONAL PARK – CAMPING

MANISTEE NATIONAL PARK – CAMPING

MANISTEE NATIONAL PARK // CAMPING MANISTEE, MICHIGAN Day 1: We arrived to the camp site at mid afternoon, and after setting up camp, and eating diner, we headed to the beach for a nice swim. This time we went to the beach which requires about a 1.5 mile hike through...
SEAWALL // WATER LEVEL UPDATE: 7.24.2015

SEAWALL // WATER LEVEL UPDATE: 7.24.2015

JUNE 2015 AVERAGE: 579.69′ CURRENT:580.00′ + 8.28″ + 6.5 TRILLION GALLONS OF WATER – 50″ OF BEACH When you look at the comparison below in the gallery, realize that the seawalls are approx. 12′, so the majority of the wall is under...
GRAND HAVEN LIGHTHOUSE

GRAND HAVEN LIGHTHOUSE

I have only been to Grand Haven’s lighthouse a handful of times with the intent to create some nice images, and though I managed to get some shots with waves, and ice, I have never seen the it with the lights on, and with the catwalk lit up. The sun sets at...
SEAWALL UPDATE: 7.8.2015

SEAWALL UPDATE: 7.8.2015

SEAWALL UPDATE: 7.8.2015 CURRENT WATER LEVEL: 579.96′ LAST MONTH WATER LEVEL: 579.54′ DIFFERENCE: + .42′ = 3,950,000,000,000 gallons of water Though the air was cold, and I was fighting the wind and the sprays of the waves, the sights warmed my...

BANFF CANADA

HIGHWOOD PASS Highwood pass is the highest paved road in Canada, and though it takes longer to get to Canmore than taking Highway 1, it’s definitely worth every second! The mountains are everywhere, and the rawness of nature is almost overwhelming. As luck would have...
SEAWALL UPDATE 6.1 – TIME TO MOVE ON…

SEAWALL UPDATE 6.1 – TIME TO MOVE ON…

Well, I think it’s time to put this project to rest, or at least, stop the photography portion and focus on developing the story and history behind it. Besides the occasional photo, I won’t be making specific trips to the shoreline to shoot the seawalls...
NEW SEAWALLS

NEW SEAWALLS

“FROM OUT OF THE SAND” A friend of mine told me about some seawalls at Kirk Park, just North of the dog beach, so ever eager to see some new seawalls Joan and I headed out to check ’em out. The conditions were perfect for B&W, with just enough...
SEAWALL UPDATE – 5.20

SEAWALL UPDATE – 5.20

I went out to shoot some comparison shots, which I did, but as the evening progressed, the fog rolled in. The fog was thick, and air was cool, so I didn’t even consider color for these images, and shot with B&W in mind. Bone...
THE SANDS OF TIME

THE SANDS OF TIME

Well, I did it. Not for the money. And certainly not for any recognition. I entered ArtPrize​. Enough people have suggested I exhibit in art prize, and I have enough documented for my seawall project to exhibit. My exhibit will feature the seawall project I’ve...
IMPROVISING….

IMPROVISING….

Spent an entire week behind my desk, staring at my monitor, and in desperate need of fresh air, and creativity. I keep saying to myself, “I really need to find other things to shoot.” But the beach continues to draw me, dominating my thoughts regarding...
BREWING

BREWING

Sometimes I need to leave to wake up the mind, re-connect with God, and find creativity. Yesterday was one of those days. The sky was brewing up some creative weather in the form of hail and snow….
Travel to Oregon

Travel to Oregon

I’ve never been to Oregon, so when I found out that I’d be going there, I began researching for all things interesting in Oregon. I’m beginning to appreciate the challenge of finding as many things and scenes to shoot in a compact period of time, and...
SEAWALLS: 4.5.2015

SEAWALLS: 4.5.2015

This seawall is the only thing keeping the sand behind it from adding to the beach. Last fall the wall was barely visible, but today it’s about 5′ tall. By the looks of it, I suspect it will give if pounded by some rough water.   These seawalls and...
INTO THE SUNSET

INTO THE SUNSET

The first day which the temps were into the 60’s, so with a warm breeze, and clearish sky, I went to the beach to clear the mind, and fill the soul. The above image is available for sale – SHOP NOW...
SEAWALL UPDATE – 3.30

SEAWALL UPDATE – 3.30

I’ve been documenting the seawalls / jetties along the Lake Michigan shoreline for the past 2+ years. Over time I’ll be updating this blog to include my past posts which can be found at my business website – streamllc.com/seawalls Here are a few...
SEAWALLS: 3.26.2015

SEAWALLS: 3.26.2015

(Above image) Early 2014 the only thing I could see of this image was the top portion of the pole with the pulley on top of it. None of these other jetties and seawalls were visible.   I shot these last year and there was dry beach in front of the seawalls, and these...
KNOWING WHEN TO STOP

KNOWING WHEN TO STOP

Common sense says “danger, stop”, but adventure says “a little further”. Last night was cold. REALLY cold! I don’t really know what leads me out in these elements every day. I suppose it’s the challenge, or perhaps the mystery of...
SEAWALLS: 2.22.2015

SEAWALLS: 2.22.2015

I have to admit. This winter is beginning to depress me. To combat this, I went out today with the intent of facing it head on. I went out to my friend’s house on Lake Michigan with nothing particular to see or shoot. I just went. The most challenging of...
I made the cover!

I made the cover!

My tulip image has made the cover of Holland’s magazine! I am honored and am glad to have my image grace the covers of all the magazines. Word has it my image will also be on the front of their van, envelopes and other items…. pretty cool! Prints are...
Frozen Harbor

Frozen Harbor

The channel had a thin, mirror like, sheet of ice which made a unique “twang” when it cracked. It was fascinating to look at, and quite eerie to listen to. All images are available in the store.                    ...
SEAWALLS: 2.4.2015

SEAWALLS: 2.4.2015

I know it’s been a while since I updated this, but work has been very busy, for which I am a blessed person. However I am working through my images, trying to put them in an order that will make sense to you. This is no easy task. Trying to help people who...
SEAWALLS: 12.27.2014

SEAWALLS: 12.27.2014

A saw a fog front come in so I headed to the beach to see how the seawalls and jetties were doing… As many times as I have been to the same spots, I am always stunned to see the differences from one day to the next. I wanted to make some images which has an...
Sun kissed

Sun kissed

You know…. as much as I complain about winter, I do wish it would snow, at least for Christmas. Then it can go away… Went to the beach last night to relax, clear my mind, and take a few pictures.
Then and Now

Then and Now

The best way I know how to capture the erosion going on is visually, so I’ve put together a “then and now” to show what’s happening.   The top image is from August 2014, and the bottom one I took yesterday (December 7th, 2014).       These are...
SEAWALLS: 12.7.2014

SEAWALLS: 12.7.2014

The best way I know how to capture the erosion going on is visually, so I’ve put together a “then and now” to show what’s happening. The top image is from August 2014, and the bottom one I took yesterday (December 7th, 2014).       These are...
SEAWALLS: 11.30.2014

SEAWALLS: 11.30.2014

The last time I was at the beach was November 13th, but I went out yesterday to shoot the sunset and to see what’s happening…. My friend who lives on the lake was telling me he’s going to get flood insurance, and at the time I thought he might be exaggerating, but...
SEAWALLS: 10.1.2014

SEAWALLS: 10.1.2014

I try to get to the beach several times a week, but work has kept me from this goal, and though I am blessed and thankful for being busy with work, I have missed spending time walking the...
Niagara Falls and Canada Roadtrip

Niagara Falls and Canada Roadtrip

I had the opportunity to spend the night at Niagara Falls, and what an amazing place! Last week I was shooting client video in Canada, just an hour North of Niagara, so when we wrapped up the shoot Wednesday afternoon we headed to Niagara to find a place to...
SEAWALLS: 8.18.2014

SEAWALLS: 8.18.2014

The land pushes while the water pulls. Where there was once a beach extending 30 + feet, there’s now water pulling the foundation from under the dunes, causing serious erosion.
SEAWALLS: 8.13.2014

SEAWALLS: 8.13.2014

The challenge with shooting a wavy sunset is knowing when to stop shooting. Truth is, I finally just said to myself, “Stop already”. So I did and left, and I missed one of the most dynamic sunsets I’ve ever seen…. and I didn’t...
Guardian of the Beaches

Guardian of the Beaches

20 years ago Lake Michigan was causing an unprecedented amount of erosion to the shores, threatening the homes which sit 30 feet above the water… The same thing is happening this year. The sea walls which laid dormant under the sand for the past 20 years are now...
BEACH ADVISORY ALERT

BEACH ADVISORY ALERT

I looked at the weather app on my phone, which presented me a big red alert symbol, with the title “BEACH ADVISORY ALERT”! So I grabbed my camera and tripod and headed to the beach for some sunset and wave photography. I was successful in staying warm, but...
SEAWALLS: 7.15.2014

SEAWALLS: 7.15.2014

The seawall in this image is the only thing keeping the 8 feet of sand above it from being swept out into the lake. For 20 years these seawalls have been buried under the sand.
Ice Age – 2014

Ice Age – 2014

THE ICE AGE PROJECT   I figured, since I need to live in this weather, I might as well do something productive, so I set out on a self imposed mission. Document this winter with my camera. The goal of this mission was to document the weather, the ice coverage, and so...
Sunset with Big Red – South Side

Sunset with Big Red – South Side

I’ve never been to the South Side Beach, so when I saw that the sky was going to be clear, I decided tonight was going to be a good time to see Big Red from the side that I’ve never seen it from before… It was a beautiful night, and couldn’t...
SEAWALLS: 5.21.2014

SEAWALLS: 5.21.2014

The beginning of my new project… Capturing the seawalls on the shores of Lake Michigan. In the late 80’s and early 90’s the owners of homes along the beaches in North Holland, Michigan were faced with erosion of the dunes, and there were cases of...