Gwen Baker Photography: Blog en-us (C) Gwen Baker Photography (Gwen Baker Photography) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:34:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:34:00 GMT Gwen Baker Photography: Blog 120 90 Monday Minutes- William Livingstone Memorial Lighthouse This past weekend we spent some time in Detroit, MI.  We walked around on Belle Isle to get to the William Livingstone Memorial Lighthouse. To learn more about the lighthouse click here.




(Gwen Baker Photography) Lighthouse Photography Michigan Lighthouse Monday Minutes Mon, 28 Jan 2019 22:35:03 GMT
Monday Minutes- Etsy Update Happy Monday! Lots of new prints are up on  My Etsy Shop! All prints are now matted!  Don’t see a size you are looking for?  Print sizes are customizable.  Send me a message and I’ll be happy to help you!

Thank you all for your support this past weekend! Great weekend even with all the snow.  I enjoyed the good conversations and meeting new faces. 

It was -11 when I woke up.  Today’s high is 10 degrees.  Stay safe and warm!


(Gwen Baker Photography) minutes monday Mon, 21 Jan 2019 15:55:18 GMT
Monday Minutes - Women's Lifestyle Wednesdays This Wednesday 5PM-7:30PM I will be at Boatyard Brewing Company for Women's Lifestyle Wednesday selling prints. I will be giving away a free mini session, be sure to drop your name in the box at my booth! Don't forget to purchase your ticket and stop on by to check out my photography and the other great vendors, while you enjoy your free wine samplings and appetizers. I hope to see you Wednesday!

For event page and tickets click here.




(Gwen Baker Photography) Monday Minutes Mon, 27 Aug 2018 14:46:45 GMT
Monday Minutes - Corey Lake Orchard Summer unfortunately is winding down but that means sunflowers! Last week I visited Corey Lake Orchard in Three Rivers Michigan.  I enjoyed wandering the orchard and also enjoyed the produce I brought home, it was delicious!  Below you will see some images captured. 



(Gwen Baker Photography) Corey Lake Orchard Monday Minutes Summertime Sunflower Mon, 20 Aug 2018 16:33:48 GMT
Monday Minutes- Summertime Mini Sessions It’s summertime!  Get your summer time mini session in before it’s to late.  Contact me here with questions.

(Gwen Baker Photography) Monday Minutes Summer time mini sessions Mon, 13 Aug 2018 21:20:08 GMT
Monday Minutes - Ghost Town September is fast approaching!  It is the beginning of the time of year I enjoy hunting out ghost towns and photographing in them.  Below are a few examples of previous years work.  Let me know if you know of any run down spaces I can go check out! Happy Monday!

(Gwen Baker Photography) ghost town monday minutes Mon, 06 Aug 2018 20:48:09 GMT
Monday Minutes - Car Show Season It's car show season! We love to go to the local car events in town.  I love to photograph the cars and my husband enjoys talking car with all the other car people.  We hear some great stories. 


These were taken at Gilmore Car Museum during the DM7: Deutsche Marques event. 

(Gwen Baker Photography) automotive photography deutsche marques 7 monday minutes Mon, 30 Jul 2018 22:50:26 GMT
Monday Minutes- Photography at Camp "Through the Eyes of a Child" Last week I had the opportunity to not only photograph kids at camp but teach photography to them as well.  Kids were grades K-7.  Each morning started off with an explanation, followed by examples, followed by time for them to practice what they learned.  It’s incredibly rewarding to answer their questions and help them through the class.  Their varying results showed me how differently kids see the world from adults. Each day we explored something different such as studio portraits, abstract photography, still life photography and lifestyle photography.  Tuesday, we covered the rule of thirds with a tic-tac-toe board and went on a photo scavenger hunt. The vast array of images and smiles on the kids’ faces taught me a thing or 2.  I loved to hear the stories behind their photos, they are so creative.  I very much enjoyed working with the children.

Here are some of their works from the week.

Still Life Photography

Scavenger hunt finds

Abstract Photography

(Gwen Baker Photography) Camp photography Monday Minutes Mon, 23 Jul 2018 17:08:14 GMT
Monday Minutes- Fireworks This year on the 4th was my first time trying to photograph fireworks.  I love to try new things, it was a lot of fun.  I can’t wait to use what I learned and give it another go this summer. 

To achieve this, I used a tripod.  I was set at f10, ISO 100 and the shutter speeds varied.  I manually focused the lens to infinity. 

(Gwen Baker Photography) Fireworks Fourth of July Monday Minutes Photography at night Mon, 09 Jul 2018 20:43:24 GMT
Monday Minutes- Pet Photography Meet Eve!  She loved posing for the camera.


Does your pet love to run or swim?  Maybe your pet just likes to lay on its back in the sun.  Show off your pets personality with an updated portrait.  

(Gwen Baker Photography) Monday Minutes Pet Photography Mon, 02 Jul 2018 19:34:22 GMT
Monday Minutes- Anniversary This weekend was our 1 year anniversary.  Each year we will take the previous years photo off of the wall and hold it in our hands for an updated photograph.  

The image below is from this weekend.  Next year this photo will be in our hands.

Whether you are dating, engaged, newly married or been married for several years, it's never to late to start this or something similar with your entire family.  You can send me a message here to discuss keeping your photographs updated on the walls.  I look forward to talking with you.

(Gwen Baker Photography) anniversary photography monday minutes Mon, 25 Jun 2018 21:00:15 GMT
Monday Minutes- Etsy 13th Birthday Sale Sale time! Check my Etsy shop to see what’s on sale for Etsy’s Birthday Sales Event June 18- June 22. #EtsyTurns13

(Gwen Baker Photography) #etsyturns13 monday minutes Mon, 18 Jun 2018 13:18:12 GMT
Monday Minutes- Geocaching Have you heard of geocaching?  Geocaching is an outdoor activity, in which you use a GPS and go treasure hunting. I love geocaching because it exposes me, and of course my camera, to new areas to explore.  This find was at the West Lake Nature Preserve in Portage, Michigan.

A screenshot from the app. 

The smile is found, the green icon is a geocache I have yet to locate.  The app has a compass to help navigate with a description and a hint if you need it.


Some of the areas I walked through on my treasure hunt.

The geocache I found.  Each time I have found a geocache the container is different and so is the item inside.

Brought my puppy with me.  Her first time on a nature walk. Kodak's bark scares away the wild life I try to photograph.  We will work on that. 

Download the app and try it out.  It's a great way to adventure.  I'd love to see your finds.

(Gwen Baker Photography) geocaching monday minutes west lake nature preserve Mon, 11 Jun 2018 22:20:38 GMT
Monday Minutes- National Cheese Day Today is National Cheese Day.  I was never a huge cheese lover like my husband is.  When we first started dating he opened my fridge and saw Kraft singles.  Without asking me he threw them away and told me "That is not cheese".  It was the only cheese I would eat.  Since that day he has not allowed Kraft singles in the fridge and I now enjoy cheese on and in my foods, a far less amount than he does.  Are you a cheese lover?


These images will soon be available for purchase on my Etsy shop


(Gwen Baker Photography) monday minutes Mon, 04 Jun 2018 22:47:02 GMT
Monday Minutes- Memorial Day In honor of those American soldiers who have sacrificed their lives, Happy Memorial Day.

Fort Custer National Cemetery Augusta, MI


My fathers flag. 


Avenue of Flags

(Gwen Baker Photography) monday minutes Mon, 28 May 2018 19:23:47 GMT
Monday Minutes- Kodak Moments Another passion of mine is photographing the fur-baby family members.  Last week we got a puppy, her name is Kodak.  Kodak is a loving, joyous, handful to have around.  She loves my camera strap, looks like a chew toy to her!  Here is Kodak's first photo shoot at 8 weeks old.

   See Kodak Run!  Ready, set, jump! Hi five!

Fill out the contact form to get more details on your next fur-baby portrait. 


(Gwen Baker Photography) kodak moments monday minutes pet photography Mon, 21 May 2018 21:04:20 GMT
Monday Minutes- Holland Tulip Time 2018 Last week’s outing was to Holland Michigan.  This year Tulip Time was celebrated for the 89th time.  This was my first time going.  I visited Centennial Park, Window on the Waterfront Park and Windmill Island Gardens.  It was absolutely beautiful, I look forward to going again and exploring some more next year.  Here are a few shots from my trips to Holland.




Click here to see the video of the process of planting the tulips from their website.

(Gwen Baker Photography) monday minutes Mon, 14 May 2018 21:44:07 GMT
Monday Minutes- Past Work In my last post Meet Your Photographer, I mentioned exhibiting my art.  Today I would like to take a minute to talk about my senior thesis exhibition.  Since I graduated in 2015, I put most of my focus into my career at Meijer.  I am glad to have the time to focus on my career as a photographer and continue to research and produce art.

The way the memory works inspired many of my projects during school.  Below is my Artist statement.


Memory is one of the most essential bodily functions. Individuals who lose the ability to recall history, culture, personal life experiences or even how to function in society on a daily basis suffer with personal identity challenges.  Memories fade and become difficult to access overtime; they are altered with each recollection or are forgotten completely. 

Inspired by my desire to hold onto my past with my father whom I can no longer create new memories with, I experimented with in camera techniques to illustrate the confusion, disorientation, alterations, fading and lack of information that come along with the process of recalling.  My subject matter comes from locations or objects in which I explored in some matter with my father.  I faintly overlaid images from past experiences to illustrate how it once was compared to how little and strenuous it has become to recall these experiences when revisiting the same situation.

Originating from a coping journal, the titles enhance the understanding of the pleasure and sadness caused by struggling to remember something from the past and wishing that it could be experienced again.


The exhibition, Re:Construct at The DeVries Student Gallery, Western Michigan University

Title: Embrace the cycle, memories fade into dreams.

Title: It’s all a blur, like peering into water or looking through dense fog.

Title: Memories are irreplaceable but they will disappear.

Title: With each recollection the departed remains with me.

Title: Until I fear there is nothing, nothing more to hold onto.

The reception and some of my beloved supporters. 

Proud Mom!


Stay tuned for updates on my new work.

(Gwen Baker Photography) monday minutes Mon, 07 May 2018 23:12:19 GMT
Monday Minutes- Meet your Photographer Meet Your Photographer

My name is Gwen and I live in Kalamazoo, MI.  Spending time with family means everything to me.  I come from a fun, loving, supportive, sarcastic family.  I married my husband June 24, 2017.   He is every bit of fun, loving, supportive and sarcastic I could have asked for. 

I enjoy cooking and love the outdoors.  I enjoy kayaking, nature walks, disc golf, skiing and geocaching. 

While I do not have an interest in living in a busy city I sure do love to explore and enjoy the culture of different cities. 

As a child I loved the arts.  For good grades, I asked my parents for sketch books, painting tools, and of course photo albums to store my photographs.  After school I didn’t play sports, I drew in my sketch book.  Like my dad, at family events I’m always the one behind the camera.

My first photography class was at Kalamazoo Valley Community College in the darkroom. At first, I was upset that I couldn’t jump right into digital photography. I thought I was losing my way of creativity but it was just the opposite.  After I started the class I loved the darkroom.  The element of surprise was so much fun, it added that sense of adventure to what I was doing.  I truly wish I had more time to spend in the darkroom.

During my bachelor degree I exhibited my art at the Grand Rapids Art Prize and several times at Western Michigan University.  I graduated from WMU in 2015 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Photography and Intermedia. 

Today I enjoy photographing many different things.  I use photography as a means of expression and communication.  In my free time, I enjoy experimenting in the studio and meandering off to photograph.  My passion is in lifestyle photography.  I love the art of capturing life’s milestones in a candid manner.  I shoot mostly on location to tell stories about people’s lives in a setting that fits their personality.

Recently I launched my Etsy shop where I will be selling my prints.  Click here to stop by and check it out.  Thank you for your continued support.  For those of you I have not met yet I look forward to meeting you.

(Gwen Baker Photography) meet your photographer monday minutes Mon, 30 Apr 2018 18:48:26 GMT
Monday Minutes- Camera-less Photography An assignment from a few years ago I enjoyed was to create a photogram, an image produced with light sensitive paper without a camera.  This weekend I stumbled upon them. 

PhotogramsPhotograms from a few years ago. PhotogramsPhotograms from a few years ago.

These photograms sparked my interest in camera-less photography again, so I decided to experiment with scanner photography. Here is my first go at it.  I used a sheet of transparency film for copiers to protect my scanner.  All images were captured with the scanner bed open.

First try with the scanner.  This was done with flower bed marbles and the lights off.


Then I experimented with food. Here is my set up.  I was in a closet.  

The set up. The set up.  


The images with a black background are produced in the dark.  The images with the white background are captured with a large led closet light on. 


I loved this.  More experimenting to come.  Have you ever used your scanner to create art? Did you enjoy it?

(Gwen Baker Photography) camera-less photography scanner art scanner photography scanography Mon, 23 Apr 2018 13:27:22 GMT
Monday Minutes- National Orchid Day April 16th is #NationalOrchidDay.  Orchids are beautiful, I loved them all over on my wedding day.  Do you love Orchids?  Share a picture of yours in celebration of National Orchid Day.  The story behind today is touching and beautiful as well.  I found the story here...


(Gwen Baker Photography) national orchid day Mon, 16 Apr 2018 13:32:00 GMT