Michigan, In a Series of Squares

Michigan, In a Series of Squares


There are times when pictures say more than words. I plan to thoroughly blog about my trip to Michigan and the epic time we had with Amy and David Wenzel, but I didn’t take my professional camera so I fear I don’t have the fanciest of photos to display. I did, however, take my point and shoot camera to document our days in order to help me remember just how beautiful life is. Because it is. Beautiful.

JD teaching me how to play poker with pretzels on our way to Grand Rapids.
Grand Rapids was heavenly.
I used the coster on the left, and David used the one on the right.
Experiencing David’s new vegan and juicing lifestyle with a mix of beets, apples, carrots, and oranges.
Driving to Lansing, Michigan.
Presenting at MTPPA.
We’re excited to visit Lake Michigan for the first time in our lives.
Amy and JD run toward the beach.
David documenting JD first experience with the icy water.
Blatant self promotion.
Amy doing what she does best.
Synchronized swimming. Sorta.
Trying–and failing–at a cooler version of happiness.
Jump David Jump.

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  1. Shannon Phillips -

    I got married on the beach of Lake Michigan in Grand Haven. I am glad you got to see it’s splendor. Only you could have point and shoot pics look so good!

      9.17.09 - 9:16 pm

  2. jamie delaine -

    this makes me so happy.

      9.17.09 - 9:22 pm

  3. vanessa -

    very cool Jasmine, even with a point & shoot!

      9.17.09 - 9:25 pm

  4. sharon snow -

    Happiness! Thanks for sharing this Thursday afternoon Jasmine! It’s such fun to click on a nd see a new blog post from you!

      9.17.09 - 9:29 pm

  5. Bobby Earle -

    Love it.

      9.17.09 - 9:34 pm

  6. Jenny Duffy -

    yay! to Grand Rapids being heavenly….Isn’t the grand body of unsalted water awesome?…even though it’s frigid?

      9.17.09 - 9:40 pm

  7. Cassandra -

    My husband and I are in Indiana, but we love trips to Lake Michigan to lounge on the beach and jump off the dunes! It’s so great that you thoroughly enjoyed your visit to this part of the country! Creative PNS pictures, by the way!

      9.17.09 - 9:48 pm

  8. Melissa Papaj -

    Looks like you had WAY too much fun!

      9.17.09 - 9:53 pm

  9. Jaleen -

    LOVE your version of "happiness"!

      9.17.09 - 9:57 pm

  10. tiffany zajas -

    I can feel the happiness just by looking at these pictures! 🙂 Thanks for sharing with all of us.

      9.17.09 - 9:59 pm

  11. Brooke Snow -

    This just goes to show you absolutely have an eye and talent for photography… even with a point and shoot these images are awesome! Way to go! Love it!

      9.17.09 - 9:59 pm

  12. Amy Wenzel -

    Could I BE any sadder? I woke up this morning and didn’t know what to do with myself that you guys were gone!! I sat on the couch and made a conscious decision not to be depressed. I can’t wait for our next adventure. L.A. here we come!!!!

      9.17.09 - 10:04 pm

  13. Gail -

    The light is TOTALLY different in the Midwest, isn’t it Jasmine? Looks like you guys had a BLAST!

      9.17.09 - 10:07 pm

  14. TM -

    Hey Jasmine! Love your blog, you are a true inspiration for someone like me who loves looking at beautiful photographs but knows nothing about the technical end of it. I would like to know what point and shoot camera you use or would recommend buying?

      9.17.09 - 10:14 pm

  15. Brian Fletcher -

    Love that blue sky….looks like it could be in CA 🙂

      9.17.09 - 10:22 pm

  16. Cathy Crawley -

    These just make me smile 🙂

      9.17.09 - 10:32 pm

  17. Savannah -

    These are lovely. 🙂

      9.17.09 - 10:50 pm

  18. kristen holly -

    Michigan!! Woot! 😀 Welcome, Jasmine and JD! 🙂

      9.17.09 - 11:03 pm

  19. Lauren Bauer -

    I love how you think you won’t have the fanciest pictures to blog.. because this clearly shows your awesomeness.. even your point and shoot pictures look GREAT!! lol..

      9.17.09 - 11:08 pm

  20. cassandra m -

    Good FRIENDS…Good TIMES! What could be better…Life is beautiful. Thanks for sharing some of your trip. (ps…David’s juice looks yummy…except for the beets part. ha ha)

      9.17.09 - 11:26 pm

  21. Raquel -

    You’re amazing no matter what kind of camera you’re shooting with! Love it!

      9.17.09 - 11:48 pm

  22. kristi klemens -

    Oh my goodness! I LOVED reading your view of Michigan, I grew up just south of GRap! 🙂 AND very close to these beautiful farms! It’s unfortunate, but I just now realize after 5 years of being gone how beautiful it is and how much i miss it – like a few people said, the 4 seasons are amazing. Thanks for sharing love! x0x0

      9.17.09 - 11:52 pm

  23. Tira J -

    I LOVE the Midwest! Wonderful people, wonderful backdrops, and amazing light! Looks like a great time was had by all!

      9.18.09 - 12:11 am

  24. Kate -

    wow! you took all of those with your point and shoot?! you are just amazing girl!

      9.18.09 - 12:14 am

  25. Keri J -

    It’s hard to remember when you live in GR that it is beautiful. Thanks for the reminder 🙂

      9.18.09 - 1:08 am

  26. Courtney Pooler -

    Point and shoot? You kill me. I lie here in a pool of my own shock. And very supportive jealousy. Meaning I’m jelly, but I couldn’t possibly do what you do so it’s not malicious. love.

      9.18.09 - 1:37 am

  27. Bobbie Brown -

    I love these! They are so bright and fun and happy feeling!

      9.18.09 - 1:52 am

  28. Lydia -

    How’d you like the juicing lifestyle? My friend tells me carrot juice can taste like chocolate milk. I’m not quite sure I believe her! You’ve pretty much convinced me that I need to visit Michigan someday!

      9.18.09 - 1:58 am

  29. jill -

    G-RAP represent!! stoked to see you lovin’ my city. there’s a reason they call this state america’s high five, ya know 🙂 glad you are smitten with the mitten!

      9.18.09 - 2:09 am

  30. David Wenzel -

    J* – So I hear that when you left our house at 4:30 this morning you offered Pegasus and Other Kitty a mini field-trip?! It was so great spending time with you two. Seriously, can’t even begin to describe how much like family you both felt. Thanks again to MTPPA and to you for making the trip. We’ll see you soon. About to book some flights to LA.

      9.18.09 - 2:21 am

  31. jean smith -

    yay!!! keep blogging about my state…i love it! love the pictures and i love to read about your adventures with amy and david here as i love them (through reading their blogs) as well!!!

      9.18.09 - 2:29 am

  32. Katherine Bowman -

    How fun!

      9.18.09 - 2:40 am

  33. michelle leigh -

    were you at the grand haven beach?? I live there! how sweet would that have been to see you all jumping off the dunes! also, what point and shoot camera do you have?? I am in desperate need of one and the pictures from yours are rockin….you manage to turn something simple into extraordinary every time. love your blog.

      9.18.09 - 2:50 am

  34. Feuza -

    Life is beautiful, and so are these images and the people in these pictures,

      9.18.09 - 3:02 am

  35. Jason Grubb -

    These are great! Totally fun and vibrant…love the J* in the sand 🙂

      9.18.09 - 3:14 am

  36. Gina Meola -

    How wonderful! What a fabulous set of shots!!

      9.18.09 - 3:21 am

  37. Kim Kalyn -

    4 people admire I so much, having a blast together … love it !!! PS that tall grass by the beach = AMAZING 🙂

      9.18.09 - 3:37 am

  38. Amber Perona -

    What point and shoot do you use?

      9.18.09 - 3:45 am

  39. Pascal -

    Hahaha that’s great! I am really happy that you had such a good time!

      9.18.09 - 7:48 am

  40. Lindsay -

    Looks like you had so much fun! I used to be a synchronised swimmer and I have to say those legs aren’t bad at all! 🙂

      9.18.09 - 8:44 am

  41. Joe Anna -


      9.18.09 - 12:54 pm

  42. Dennis Bullock -

    Looks like a heck of a trip….yeah I said heck!

      9.18.09 - 1:39 pm

  43. Alexandra -

    Very cool 🙂 🙂

      9.18.09 - 1:54 pm

  44. tiana -

    point and shoot my foot. these are great. and you guys look like you had a great time.

      9.18.09 - 2:01 pm

  45. Megan -

    Sooooo good to see Amy and David out with you guys having a good time, livin’ it up!

      9.18.09 - 2:03 pm

  46. Michelle -

    Jasmine your camera is amazing, what is it? I have a Fuji and my pictures don’t look anywhere near as clear as yours!

      9.18.09 - 2:03 pm

  47. Karyn May -

    Yay, Michigan!! I just *love* these pic’s! Looks like you guys had a great time. Can’t wait to more!!! 🙂

      9.18.09 - 2:17 pm

  48. Darina -

    Such beautiful clear pictures! Life is totally worth living up!

      9.18.09 - 2:37 pm

  49. Ricki Ford -


      9.18.09 - 2:38 pm

  50. SYNDA -

    WOW, I had no idea Michigan is so beautiful. The four of you are magic!-and of course you captured it Jasmine.

      9.18.09 - 2:40 pm

  51. Alejandra -

    HAAA! Love these pictures!!

      9.18.09 - 3:08 pm

  52. Stephanie Stewart -

    What a fun trip! So glad you had a blast in Michigan and have such cool, fun images with your cool, fun friends! Yay!!!
    And, pretzel poker sounds fun! On my to-do list for next trip on a plane!

      9.18.09 - 6:05 pm

  53. Marilyn -

    You guys are awesome!

      9.18.09 - 6:36 pm

  54. ashley o. -

    i love this post. i love the squares, i love the simple p&s, i love all the love, and i love getting to see amy and david (i’ve been following his very inspirational story b/c of you). so thanks! i’m glad you guys enjoyed your trip :c)

      9.18.09 - 7:39 pm

  55. Rae Mati -

    I’m so bummed I wasn’t able to attend. I was not able to find a babysitter. Oh well, maybe next time. I just love reading your blog, and it is good to see David looking good!

      9.18.09 - 7:44 pm

  56. Becka @Studio222 Photography -

    We’re going there next year! I’m so excited.

      9.18.09 - 8:42 pm

  57. khristen -

    Oh you guys are so funny!!!

      9.18.09 - 10:17 pm

  58. Darcy -

    I see others have asked about your point and shoot camera
    , but I can’t see if/where you’ve answered. Looking for a good point and shoot…any suggestions???

      9.18.09 - 10:31 pm

  59. Megan Beth -

    David seems to be a MUCH more experienced synchronized swimmer. He schooled JD in form alone.


      9.18.09 - 10:38 pm

  60. Kelly Braman -

    Oh, J*! How awesome that you have found such amazing friends in the Wenzels! I don’t know them personally, but MI rocks and well…I am not surprised they do too:) Thanks for always being so open and encouraging! God is good and he is moving throughout the photog community~I personally have so many "God Stories" as I call them…can you feel it?! 🙂

      9.19.09 - 1:38 am

  61. Shannon Schwabe -

    It looks like the rest of your trip was amazing! So glad you could make it to Michigan, it was great to meet you and your presentation was so inspiring! Thank you!

      9.19.09 - 2:05 am

  62. Julie -

    Love the pics!! Life in FULL COLOR. 🙂

      9.19.09 - 3:08 am

  63. Heather Thorne -

    I’m a TX girl that moved to MI for four years for my husband’s job. I love seeing you discovering the beauty of the state as well as the beauty of the friendships you have made there. Keeping the Wenzels in my prayers!

      9.19.09 - 3:23 am

  64. Elizabeth -

    Oh Michigan is beautiful. We have a 100 year old lake house "up north". I would move there in a heartbeat. Plus I LOVE snow and they get tons of it!

      9.19.09 - 9:29 am

  65. Karen (Mikols) Bonar -

    A great tribute to the fact that the gear doesn’t make the photo; the photographer + her skills can do things with a point and shoot that are just as beautiful. 🙂

      9.19.09 - 1:18 pm

  66. Lindsi -

    Michigan is great in the summer…but that only lasts about 3 months out of the entire year. The rest of the time it’s stinkin’ COLD!!

      9.19.09 - 2:01 pm

  67. Trish -

    Yes, Michigan is awesome… I live in Holland, MI about 5 minutes from Lk. Micigan 🙂 LOVE it! You should see the lakeshore in the winter… yes it’s freezing, but the icecaps are amazing!!! Looks like you had fun in G Rap 😉

      9.19.09 - 8:03 pm

  68. Life with Kaishon -

    LOVE your pictures. Look at those pretty blue skies! I love your self promotion in the sand. So sweet: )

      9.20.09 - 5:50 pm

  69. Kelly -

    I am so grateful you made the trip. I had the honor of sitting in the audience Tuesday night as the guest of a member. Your energy, ambition, and honesty is captivating and inspiring. Thank you for sharing part of yourself.

      9.21.09 - 2:01 am

  70. Cristen -

    Looks like such a great weekend with some great friends! 🙂

      9.21.09 - 12:30 pm

  71. Michelle Guzman -

    SO FUN! The best point and shoot photos ever!

      9.21.09 - 3:15 pm

  72. Carla -

    Your point and shoot photos are so good, I see that some people have already asked, but what point and shoot do you have? I haven’t seen if you have answered.

      9.21.09 - 8:13 pm

  73. Jackie L. -

    I love these squares! They are sooo summery and just fun!

      9.21.09 - 8:19 pm

  74. Regina White -

    I hadn’t had a chance to post a comment so here is my comment a week-late. LOL!
    I just wanted to say it was great to meet you & JD. Your speech was very inspiring. I know some time we photographers get in a slump and just coming to your blog daily lifts many of us up! Your awesome; we are lucky to have met you, and know a little more of you each day.

      9.22.09 - 11:01 pm

  75. Ann Christine -

    What fun you guy’s had…. keep on keeping on:) Loveyaalot’s

      9.23.09 - 12:01 am

  76. amanda thiessen -

    i love these squares!! you can feel the love and friendship in each one!

      9.23.09 - 11:09 pm

  77. Tina dela Rosa -

    Jasmine, these images are simply stunning! You truly are a master of the craft. Well done!

      9.26.09 - 10:26 pm

  78. Leyla N -

    So cool! Love it!!


      9.27.09 - 2:57 am

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