A Handmade Summer: mL photography

Yay!  It’s here!  My series of lovely, wonderful handmade/small businesses that I want to share with you!

I am so honored to kick off the series with someone who exudes the awesome.  She is my very wonderful in real life friend, Missy.

Missy is the powerhouse crazy lady behind mL photography.


why yes, that is Eddie when he was 6 days fresh

Not only does she take amazing photographs, but she is a ball of fun.  I am serious.  She is non-stop hilarious and will stop at nothing to get you to smile genuinely for that perfect picture.


she can even make boys smile!


Missy will dance and sing and stand on her head just to get you to reveal your truth.  That is what she wants to capture…your truth.

I have watched her in action.  This woman has scaled building and rickety swing sets.  She has laid herself on the cold, wet ground.  She has hiked up sand dunes almost 9 months pregnant.  Just to find the perfect shot.


i'm sure she was balancing on one toe and her ear to get this shot.

Did I mention that she is hilarious?  And that she is one of my best friends on this whole earth?  Because she so is.


even her kids love me

I wish I could send her to every single one of you, but alas she is local to me.  She will travel to the surrounding West Michigan area…and she has even been known to do a shoot in Chicago if it coordinates to a trip her family was taking anyway.  So I would definitely recommend checking her cute self out.


she has a special love for the beach

I used to say she specialized in the itty bitty baby pictures…but she has come so far!  She handles children WONDERFULLY!

People are always amazed that she can capture the innocence and mischievousness of children so well.  I think it is because she is such a child at heart.

She relates really well to teenagers too.  Her senior pictures always show off the unique personality of each teen.  She definitely doesn’t used boxed ideas for everyone.

She wants to make sure your personality and truth come through via her lens.

She is amazing.

And she is the only person I trust to take my photo.

Cuz she can make Sluiter Nation look good.

Interested in mL photography?  You should probably go like her on facebook.  Even if you are nowhere near local, you can at least see when she does Eddie’s 2 year shoot this weekend!

And if you ever are local?  Hit her up.  She so wants to take your picture.

The Legal Stuff:  mL photography did not compensate me in any way for this highlight/review of her services.  I told her I was going to do it and she said, “yay!”  But I am using her for our pictures because I lurve her.  So there is that.


  1. missy widener says:

    holy moly batman. you are WAY too kind. but I like it. ahlot. and I love photographing your super cool family as watching you grow together. love.every.moment. and reading this made me realize I *have* come a long way and mL photography has really grown into its own entity and it just amazes me. I *love* interacting with families and capturing the moments in between their love for one another. it makes me all giddy. I think I am a big kid. who likes to dance. and eat peanut m&m’s. with popcorn.
    and I am oh so thankful for the so many amazing people I have met along the way.
    thank you my dearest friend for being there from the beginning supporting me and believing in me. you should know I feel the exact same way about you. you are the bee’s knees. and that is pretty damn great. lobe you.

  2. may i just say – this is the sweetest post i’ve ever read! you did a fantastic job describing Missy and what she does! i have known this ‘crazy lady’ for many years and she can make me smile like no other! i have never been in front of her camera professionally, but i know she would bring out the best in me and anyone she shoots – the proof is already there! her photos bring a lot of joy to me just as an outsider, i cannot imagine being a mom or dad and seeing myself and my kids in her photos – i am sure it is a glorious feeling. keep on keepin’ on, Kate! i can’t wait to see more on your blog 🙂
    sara b.