DAn Johnson Photography & Modern photographics are now "blue lake studios"!  here's our story....

WHY THE NAME CHANGE?

It is a fair question.  It is true that we built our business around photography, so at the time, our studio names "Dan Johnson Photography" and "Modern Photographics" accurately described what we did.  However, as we have added services like video, photobooths, and consulting, our studio names no longer accurately described what we provided.  In addition, since 2013 we have been advertising under 2 studio names in 2 separate towns, which was not cost-effective.  It became clear to us that it was time for a new name that would more broadly convey what we do and also a name that we could market more efficiently.  "Blue Lake" is a place that inspires our creativity.  It is a place that circles around family and friends.  It is a place where we make memories and where we try to treasure every moment.  These are the same goals we have in business.  Welcome to the new "Blue Lake Studios".  Find more about our story below.  


OUR STUDIO


OUR TEAM

DAN + JODI Jodi and I met in the summer of 1979 (we were about 8 years old) at a Christian Camp called Camp Ao-Wa-Kiya. Neither of us actually remember meeting then, but we both have camp awards that prove we were there together.  After High School we ended up at College together and I roomed with Jodi's fiance...yes...her fiance. After a while things didn't work out for them.  Because of our long-term friendship Jodi and I spent a lot of time together just having fun in the safety of our friendship. I figured if we were ever going to meet anyone else and get married we'd better date others, so we talked it over and decided just to date each other. The rest is history. We were married in 1995...best friends....and now have 4 kiddos that we call our "tribe". Dan does pretty much everything for BLS.  Photographer, Videography, Photobooth, Office manager, creative director, Trash emptier, any everything else. Jodi is a wedding photography specialist and she shoots along with Dan.  Jodi is bubbly and outgoing and absolutely loves to be with people.  She watches all the details and is every bride's best friend on their wedding day.  I call her the "bridal room ninja", but don't tell her that.  :) Dan and Jodi have a very vivid and colorful style.  Some call it a modern style with deep colors and interesting angles.  They have an even mix of traditional and photojournalistic style.   We call ourselves The Johnson Tribe Dan, Jodi, Hayden, Ethan, Trey, Ellery

DAN + JODI

Jodi and I met in the summer of 1979 (we were about 8 years old) at a Christian Camp called Camp Ao-Wa-Kiya. Neither of us actually remember meeting then, but we both have camp awards that prove we were there together. 

After High School we ended up at College together and I roomed with Jodi's fiance...yes...her fiance. After a while things didn't work out for them.  Because of our long-term friendship Jodi and I spent a lot of time together just having fun in the safety of our friendship.

I figured if we were ever going to meet anyone else and get married we'd better date others, so we talked it over and decided just to date each other. The rest is history. We were married in 1995...best friends....and now have 4 kiddos that we call our "tribe".

Dan does pretty much everything for BLS.  Photographer, Videography, Photobooth, Office manager, creative director, Trash emptier, any everything else.

Jodi is a wedding photography specialist and she shoots along with Dan.  Jodi is bubbly and outgoing and absolutely loves to be with people.  She watches all the details and is every bride's best friend on their wedding day.  I call her the "bridal room ninja", but don't tell her that.  :)

Dan and Jodi have a very vivid and colorful style.  Some call it a modern style with deep colors and interesting angles.  They have an even mix of traditional and photojournalistic style.  

We call ourselves The Johnson Tribe
Dan, Jodi, Hayden, Ethan, Trey, Ellery

BRANDON + EMILY Brandon is one of our lead photographers with extensive experience in wedding, portrait, and event photography.  He can pretty much photograph anything at any time with excellence.  Brandon adds an element of fun and goofiness to his sessions.  He also has a wonderful knack for classic images with a vintage feel.   Emily is one of our wedding specialists and she shoots along with Brandon.  She is Brandon's quieter half.  She is a self proclaimed introvert, but she watches every detail to make sure you get the images that you want.  She also keeps Brandon from climbing on things he should not climb on.  Emily is also a gifted editor and often works to create custom cards and albums for our clients.  See their wedding portfolio here. Brandon and Emily have 2 kids, Lily and Silas. 

BRANDON + EMILY

Brandon is one of our lead photographers with extensive experience in wedding, portrait, and event photography.  He can pretty much photograph anything at any time with excellence.  Brandon adds an element of fun and goofiness to his sessions.  He also has a wonderful knack for classic images with a vintage feel.  

Emily is one of our wedding specialists and she shoots along with Brandon.  She is Brandon's quieter half.  She is a self proclaimed introvert, but she watches every detail to make sure you get the images that you want.  She also keeps Brandon from climbing on things he should not climb on.  Emily is also a gifted editor and often works to create custom cards and albums for our clients.  See their wedding portfolio here.

Brandon and Emily have 2 kids, Lily and Silas. 

SPENCER Spencer is one of our wedding specialists, but he also occasionally photographs portraits and events for us.   Spencer is also one of our videographers and photobooth attendants. Now that I think about it, Spencer pretty much does anything we ask him to do.  He has a quiet spirit but he is not an introvert.  He loves the outdoors and loves to laugh and have a good time.  He ranks right up there on the "nicest people I've ever met" list.  Apparently he also like riding dinosaurs.    Spencer's photographic style is light and airy, romantic and sun-drenched.  He somehow makes "noisy" and "crunchy" photographs wonderful.   Spencer speaks Spanish and is studying to become a teacher.  He is also engaged to be married sometime in the next 10 years.  See Spencer's wedding portfolio here.

SPENCER

Spencer is one of our wedding specialists, but he also occasionally photographs portraits and events for us.   Spencer is also one of our videographers and photobooth attendants. Now that I think about it, Spencer pretty much does anything we ask him to do.  He has a quiet spirit but he is not an introvert.  He loves the outdoors and loves to laugh and have a good time.  He ranks right up there on the "nicest people I've ever met" list.  Apparently he also like riding dinosaurs.   

Spencer's photographic style is light and airy, romantic and sun-drenched.  He somehow makes "noisy" and "crunchy" photographs wonderful.  

Spencer speaks Spanish and is studying to become a teacher.  He is also engaged to be married sometime in the next 10 years.  See Spencer's wedding portfolio here.

HALLEY Halley is one of our wedding specialists. She most often shoots with Spencer to create a dynamic male/female team.  One look at Halley's Facebook page and it is evident she loves photography and people.  Halley loves her time with family and friends and is simply a joy to have around at any wedding or event.   Halley's photographic style is very similar to Spencer's, very light and airy, romantic and sun-drenched.   

HALLEY

Halley is one of our wedding specialists. She most often shoots with Spencer to create a dynamic male/female team.  One look at Halley's Facebook page and it is evident she loves photography and people.  Halley loves her time with family and friends and is simply a joy to have around at any wedding or event.  

Halley's photographic style is very similar to Spencer's, very light and airy, romantic and sun-drenched.   

HEATHER Heather is our elite and illustrious photobooth specialist.  She loves to be around people and brings great energy to eveyrthing she does.  Heather somehow makes the photobooth run smoothly in any event no matter how chaotic.  She is amazing.   Heather loves time with her family and friends and loves it when we post very close-up selfies of her for her bio.  

HEATHER

Heather is our elite and illustrious photobooth specialist.  She loves to be around people and brings great energy to eveyrthing she does.  Heather somehow makes the photobooth run smoothly in any event no matter how chaotic.  She is amazing.  

Heather loves time with her family and friends and loves it when we post very close-up selfies of her for her bio.  

TAMARA Tamara is another one of our wedding specialists.  She is also paired up with Spencer for wedding photography.  It is difficult to find a picture of Tamara alone.  Really.  She loves her time with family and friends and she loves photography.  Tamara is super easy to be with and knows how to get things done.  Tamara brings some event planning experience with her to every wedding and does a great job! Tamara's photographic style also nicely matches Spencer's:  Light, airy, and romantic.  Tamara is a joy to have at any wedding.

TAMARA

Tamara is another one of our wedding specialists.  She is also paired up with Spencer for wedding photography.  It is difficult to find a picture of Tamara alone.  Really.  She loves her time with family and friends and she loves photography.  Tamara is super easy to be with and knows how to get things done.  Tamara brings some event planning experience with her to every wedding and does a great job!

Tamara's photographic style also nicely matches Spencer's:  Light, airy, and romantic.  Tamara is a joy to have at any wedding.

HAYDEN Hayden is one of our videographers and photobooth attendants.  He is a creative young fella that lives for his time with his friends.  Hayden loves basketball and running.  He has great camera skills and eye for catching things that others would miss.  He loves to be around people and is great to have at any wedding.  

HAYDEN

Hayden is one of our videographers and photobooth attendants.  He is a creative young fella that lives for his time with his friends.  Hayden loves basketball and running.  He has great camera skills and eye for catching things that others would miss.  He loves to be around people and is great to have at any wedding.  

CLAYTON Clayton is a hard guy to find, but when we can get our hands on him we love to have him around.  Clayton is one of our amazing photobooth specialists.  The dude dresses so nice you will think he is part of the wedding party.  He is loud and quiet all at the same time and in his spare time he likes to swing dance with total strangers.  

CLAYTON

Clayton is a hard guy to find, but when we can get our hands on him we love to have him around.  Clayton is one of our amazing photobooth specialists.  The dude dresses so nice you will think he is part of the wedding party.  He is loud and quiet all at the same time and in his spare time he likes to swing dance with total strangers.  


MORE ABOUT OUR STORY...WHEN DID OUR PHOTOGRAPHY JOURNEY BEGIN?

I'm pretty sure my love of photography began in high school.  I always carried an incredibly cheap point and shoot camera at my side everywhere I went.  I took it on roller coasters, to summer camp, football fields during marching band performances, and especially those carnival rides that spin you around until the floor drops out and you are just sorta stuck to the wall. 

During college in 1991 I connected with my high school Youth Pastor and learned the art of taking wedding photographs, developing them after the ceremony in a portable dark room, and then showing them at the reception.  It was always a huge hit.  I had a great time with Pastor Bill, and learned a lot about photography.  Most importantly, I learned how photographs effect people.  The images we caught would generate laughter and tears, giggles, and even sometimes screams.  It was awesome!  At that time we called the business "Pictures and Videos, LLC".

In 2004 Jodi and I decided to change the name to Dan Johnson Photography.  This began our formal journey into portrait and wedding photography.  We created a small studio in the basement of our home and away we went.

Today we have a much larger....much cooler studio in Grand Rapids and a home office that enables us to process images with the best technology, and capture incredible moments in life.  Families, kids, babies, seniors, weddings, and corporate imaging.  We absolutely love where we are and what we do.

We believe that the best photography captures real life and, for the most part, is not posed.  We like to get spontaneous expression of real joy.  We have found that family jokes, tickling feet, and being personally joyful and relaxed help make this happen.

We believe in taking different, unique, fun, cool, stunning, and modest images.  If you want pictures in your bathing suit. or are an underwear model...well....we can refer you to other good photographers.

We believe that God created everything and that there is inherent beauty in everything and everyone.  We think beautiful images capture the beauty of God's creation.  This is our goal; to freeze moments in life and creation that others can enjoy and show off.

God has been continually good to us.  We cannot deny it.  

So life is about stories. We love watching our own story and we love being part of other people's stories. Better yet, we try to capture these stories through images. It has become clear to us that life changes every moment and pictures are a way for us to freeze a moment forever. This is our favorite thing to do. Families, kids, weddings, seniors, whatever. You live it, we capture it.

Life goes by quickly.  Photography is our medium to freeze moments in life that can be treasured for life.  We would be honored if we could be part of your story and we would be honored if you would be part of ours. Share life!

Dan & Jodi