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

    September 17th, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    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!

  2. jamie delaine

    September 17th, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    this makes me so happy.

  3. vanessa

    September 17th, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    very cool Jasmine, even with a point & shoot!

  4. sharon snow

    September 17th, 2009 at 9:29 pm

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

  5. Bobby Earle

    September 17th, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    Love it.

  6. Jenny Duffy

    September 17th, 2009 at 9:40 pm

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

  7. Cassandra

    September 17th, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    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!

  8. Melissa Papaj

    September 17th, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    Looks like you had WAY too much fun!

  9. Jaleen

    September 17th, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    LOVE your version of "happiness"!

  10. tiffany zajas

    September 17th, 2009 at 9:59 pm

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

  11. Brooke Snow

    September 17th, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    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!

  12. Amy Wenzel

    September 17th, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    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!!!!

  13. Gail

    September 17th, 2009 at 10:07 pm

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

  14. TM

    September 17th, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    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?

  15. Brian Fletcher

    September 17th, 2009 at 10:22 pm

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

  16. Cathy Crawley

    September 17th, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    These just make me smile 🙂

  17. Savannah

    September 17th, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    These are lovely. 🙂

  18. kristen holly

    September 17th, 2009 at 11:03 pm

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

  19. Lauren Bauer

    September 17th, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    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..

  20. cassandra m

    September 17th, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    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)

  21. Raquel

    September 17th, 2009 at 11:48 pm

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

  22. kristi klemens

    September 17th, 2009 at 11:52 pm

    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

  23. Tira J

    September 18th, 2009 at 12:11 am

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

  24. Kate

    September 18th, 2009 at 12:14 am

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

  25. Keri J

    September 18th, 2009 at 1:08 am

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

  26. Courtney Pooler

    September 18th, 2009 at 1:37 am

    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.

  27. Bobbie Brown

    September 18th, 2009 at 1:52 am

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

  28. Lydia

    September 18th, 2009 at 1:58 am

    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!

  29. jill

    September 18th, 2009 at 2:09 am

    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!

  30. David Wenzel

    September 18th, 2009 at 2:21 am

    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.

  31. jean smith

    September 18th, 2009 at 2:29 am

    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!!!

  32. Katherine Bowman

    September 18th, 2009 at 2:40 am

    How fun!

  33. michelle leigh

    September 18th, 2009 at 2:50 am

    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.

  34. Feuza

    September 18th, 2009 at 3:02 am

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

  35. Jason Grubb

    September 18th, 2009 at 3:14 am

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

  36. Gina Meola

    September 18th, 2009 at 3:21 am

    How wonderful! What a fabulous set of shots!!

  37. Kim Kalyn

    September 18th, 2009 at 3:37 am

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

  38. Amber Perona

    September 18th, 2009 at 3:45 am

    What point and shoot do you use?

  39. Pascal

    September 18th, 2009 at 7:48 am

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

  40. Lindsay

    September 18th, 2009 at 8:44 am

    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! 🙂

  41. Joe Anna

    September 18th, 2009 at 12:54 pm


  42. Dennis Bullock

    September 18th, 2009 at 1:39 pm

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

  43. Alexandra

    September 18th, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    Very cool 🙂 🙂

  44. tiana

    September 18th, 2009 at 2:01 pm

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

  45. Megan

    September 18th, 2009 at 2:03 pm

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

  46. Michelle

    September 18th, 2009 at 2:03 pm

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

  47. Karyn May

    September 18th, 2009 at 2:17 pm

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

  48. Darina

    September 18th, 2009 at 2:37 pm

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

  49. Ricki Ford

    September 18th, 2009 at 2:38 pm


  50. SYNDA

    September 18th, 2009 at 2:40 pm

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

  51. Alejandra

    September 18th, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    HAAA! Love these pictures!!

  52. Stephanie Stewart

    September 18th, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    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!

  53. Marilyn

    September 18th, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    You guys are awesome!

  54. ashley o.

    September 18th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    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)

  55. Rae Mati

    September 18th, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    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!

  56. Becka @Studio222 Photography

    September 18th, 2009 at 8:42 pm

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

  57. khristen

    September 18th, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    Oh you guys are so funny!!!

  58. Darcy

    September 18th, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    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???

  59. Megan Beth

    September 18th, 2009 at 10:38 pm

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


  60. Kelly Braman

    September 19th, 2009 at 1:38 am

    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?! 🙂

  61. Shannon Schwabe

    September 19th, 2009 at 2:05 am

    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!

  62. Julie

    September 19th, 2009 at 3:08 am

    Love the pics!! Life in FULL COLOR. 🙂

  63. Heather Thorne

    September 19th, 2009 at 3:23 am

    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!

  64. Elizabeth

    September 19th, 2009 at 9:29 am

    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!

  65. Karen (Mikols) Bonar

    September 19th, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    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. 🙂

  66. Lindsi

    September 19th, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    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!!

  67. Trish

    September 19th, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    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 😉

  68. Life with Kaishon

    September 20th, 2009 at 5:50 pm

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

  69. Kelly

    September 21st, 2009 at 2:01 am

    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.

  70. Cristen

    September 21st, 2009 at 12:30 pm

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

  71. Michelle Guzman

    September 21st, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    SO FUN! The best point and shoot photos ever!

  72. Carla

    September 21st, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    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.

  73. Jackie L.

    September 21st, 2009 at 8:19 pm

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

  74. Regina White

    September 22nd, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    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.

  75. Ann Christine

    September 23rd, 2009 at 12:01 am

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

  76. amanda thiessen

    September 23rd, 2009 at 11:09 pm

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

  77. Tina dela Rosa

    September 26th, 2009 at 10:26 pm

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

  78. Leyla N

    September 27th, 2009 at 2:57 am

    So cool! Love it!!