Hey Everyone, thanks for coming by to check out Veldman Photo's blog. Feel free to check back often, as we will keep you updated with not only our work, but we'll sneak some of our life in as well. Who doesn't love a good, funny story because you know that there's always something strange and odd happening around these woods!

If you are interested in booking Veldman Photo for a wedding or portrait session, or have any other questions, feel free to contact us.

Thanks again for coming by!

Abby (& Todd)

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Happy Memorial Day!

Happy (one day late) Memorial Day and what a beautiful Memorial Day it was...

I was so excited that we had such a great weekend, consisting of great back-to-back weddings, great people, great weather, great all around fun times!

I even have the photos to prove it...



I will have more to post this week as a stomach bug caught up with me last week and I swatted that thing out the door.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day as well!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Home Sweet Home

What a great week it was last week, minus the rainy weather!

I had the opportunity to spend some time with my family in Indiana and it was absolutely wonderful!

But you know the phrase, "There is NO place like home"? That is exactly what it's like to be here at home with my hubby & pup!

I think both of them missed me a TON anyways... so it's good that I came back when I did... I came home to the Adams Family or something because I walked in the door and there was no lights on, no windows opened, all the blinds were closed, it was so dark and stuffy in here that I immediately opened everything possible, which is how I usually keep the house, so that there is tons of light and air to flow through all the cracks and crevasses possible! I LOVE IT!!!

I'm pretty sure this guy missed the best part of his day too... SUNBATHING!!! Ha...


I'm so excited to share all the fun sessions we will be having in the coming weeks with you all... but until then... Happy Tuesday!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Where does the time go?

This year is surely flying by...

It seems like we were just ringing in the new year and here we are almost half way through 2011! Crazy!

I kind of wish it would slow down a bit as life is going to be changing here in just a few months in a really different way, but in a good way!

This past weekend Todd and I travelled down to Indiana for the first celebration of this life-changing time... my first Baby Shower! That is really weird saying that, but what a fun time it was and I got to see lots of great friends that are down here, along with my family favorites... including this little burger....

Not sure who it is???


Yes, it's Miss Izzy B... (she's not much of a camera fan anymore... bummer!)


But she is a HUGE cuddle fan, including with her Uncle Todd... (PRICELESS moment)...


And a HUGE fan of her Aunt Abby... (at least that's what I think... haha!)


But the main event was awesome! I had a wonderful time with friends and family celebrating this part of life we are about to enter into. My bestest, sister, and mom threw the most wonderful shower filled with so much love, smiles, and laughs... it was PERFECT!


My sister made the most wonderful cake and OH-MY-WORD was it deeelicious!!!


Our baby boy was blessed with lots of amazing gifts... everyone was so generous, which was sooo thoughtful!


Todd even showed up at the end to see some of the wonderful people who came all the way out to support us... what a great guy and an even better "Dad-to-be"!!!


I even decided to spend a couple extra days in Indiana for some QT with some special people since this will be my LAST trip here with our wedding schedule and before our baby boy makes his way to us. But I do think it's a good thing because I have a lot to learn, including how to handle this stage... Haha!


Oh where does the time go? It seems like just yesterday this little girl was born into this world and now she's such a big girl!

Enjoy those moments people because life sure does fly by...

Happy Monday!!!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Angelo & Ann :: Wedding

April 29th is a GREAT day!

To me, April 29th is the day before the love of my life's birthday and I'm usually rushing around trying to find something for him because he is the HARDEST person to buy for... haha! But then April 30th is awesome because I get to celebrate the birth of my love. But to a certain couple, April 29th is the BEST day of their lives.

Angelo & Ann started dating on April 29th 5 years back, so why not make this day an even more monumental day, and turn this into the day to say "I DO!".

I LOVE that! What a great day to make it an even more special day in their lives, and next year they plan to make this day an even MORE special day by having a celebration with friends and family for a celebration/reception of their relationship! Awww... I'm in love with this couple!

Angelo & Ann said their "I DO's!" in a small intimate ceremony at the Conservatory on Belle Isle with a few family members, but before their "I DO's!" we had a really fun time making this day even more special by going around downtown Detroit to all their favorite places for some photos capturing not only the extremely beautiful day, but their extremely beautiful relationship. I know both Todd & I had the best time just being able to hear more about their relationship, their love, laugh with them, smile with them... what an awesome day!

Check out some of my favorites from their day along with a slideshow with more... (there were SOOO many favorites!)

Dress: David's Bridal
Venue: Belle Isle Conservatory
Flowers: Affordable Flowers

Ann was SOOOO gorgeous...



Before their first look, Angelo's phone started ringing... Haha! What a funny moment to start the day...Ha!


LOVED their first look!!!



Angelo looked so charming... LOVED that he chose the white tux!


The DIA... the sight of their first look and one of Angelo's favorite spots...


What a beautiful day and such a beautiful couple...


Comerica... loved it there and they love the big tiger!




Oh My... I'm in love with how beautiful it was... and how beautiful they are!!!


Work it!




Check out more of their day... along with their ceremony as well!!!

Monday, May 9, 2011

My trip to Haiti... through Todd...

Well a few weeks back, Todd took the trip of my life. I say it that way because I was not able to go, but I felt like I was there for that week. I thought about it for so long and dreamed of it so much, that when Todd left to go on the trip, I was pretty heartbroken.

Todd along with about 18 other people made the flight down to Miami, then to Port au Prince, then by bus to Jacmel, then by dumptruck to Seguin, Haiti with an organization called Raincatchers. This organization is awesome and they provide gutter systems to Haitians for them to have clean drinking water. LOVE THAT!

The minute he left, which was about 4 in the morning a few Saturday's back, I was an emotional wreck. I could not believe for one that I was going to be alone for the next week, not that I get super lonely but let me remind you he was going to be in a third world country with people he did not necessarily know too well an no form of communication with me, along with me being pregnant is not a good combination, and for two, this was suppose to be a trip with myself included, so I was pretty upset I was not going to be there.

After the initial shock wore off that he was going to be gone for awhile, I had more peace about him being there because I knew he was going to be doing some MAJOR goodness to this world and what an opportunity to do that.

Fast forward through that week and the Saturday came when he is to fly back in to Detroit... I was so excited! I stayed up so late because I wanted to be able to go to the airport and pick him up. It was like our wedding day all over again... I had butterflies in my tummy because I was so anxious to see him, the anticipation was killer... but the time flew by and there he was all tan and 10 lbs lighter. Ha! It was perfect seeing him again...

We stayed up even later talking about his trip and I was in awe of all of what he got to experience and super jealous! But knowing my situation, it was not the time to be brave and bold and risk anything dangerous to happen.

I'm so excited to share some photos from his trip because not only are they a huge testimony on what this organization does to help, but it is also a reminder of what we have and should be thankful for each and every day!

Haiti had a HUGE earthquake last January that pretty much destroyed most of the buildings in Port au Prince... this is just ONE of the many buildings that were destroyed and most of the destroyed buildings are still looking this way with not a lot of hope for it to look much different than this anytime soon...


A lot of people lost their homes, so they have formed "tent cities" where they now live...


This was their form of transportation up the second half of the mountain...


On roads like these for 4+ hours... and this is a 'NICER' part of the road...


But the trip is worth all the trouble because THIS is where most get their drinking water... notice that this one pond is where animals bathe, people bathe, people wash clothes, and much more uses for the same water as it is to drink from...


And THIS is a RAINCATCHER! Basically, when it rains the water streams down the roof, into the pipe, through a filter, and into the barrel... which in turn is clean water to drink...


Haiti has some terrible deforestation problems... way up in the mountains with NO trees... terrible situation!


Soooo cute!!!


Look at all those kids that just follow them around... adorable!




So sweet!!!


This makes me so sad... poor guy!


There are some really beautiful spots in Haiti, this is on the way up the mountain...


Todd, and this particular team that went, were able to provide more clean drinking water to 57 more Haitian families while he was there... so AWESOME! I am in awe of the impact they made to those people, and every little step counts towards a better world.

Please keep Haiti in your prayers as there is so much corruption and destruction that is there, that it is so hard for people to make a better life for themselves or for their children!

If you are interested in more information on Raincatchers, check out their website. I know Todd would be more than happy to share any information as well as he has expressed how much he wants to return for more.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day!!!

What a great day it is...

I think this year is a little different than most years. This year, I am celebrating the fact that I am continuing to having two awesome mom's in my life. I'm so grateful to have two of the most beautiful ladies in my life, showing me an example of what mom's should be like.

But this year, I'm celebrating the fact that here in a few months, I'm going to be one of those ladies, hoping to earn that AWESOME title one day. We'll see how well I do with that part, but I'm doing pretty good with all the "Pre-Mom" stuff... so I would think I'm earning my badge of AWESOMENESS as we speak. Right, big guy???


Haha! Let's hope he doesn't come out looking like that, but that's the visual you get for a few more months... well that's how big he supposedly is, I'm thinking he's twice that size by the way I feel him move! Haha!

But I hope everyone has a wonderful day and one that they take the time to soak in all the goodness!

Happy Mother's Day!!!!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Another Beautiful Day!!!

I'm in love with the last couple days and how beautiful they have been.

I'm sure EVERYONE can agree that this weather is too good to be true. But it is May now, and we should start expecting a lot more of this...

Aaaaa... so great!

It's been a busy week and I have not been able to enjoy much of the outside because I've been trying to get this last weekend's wedding done, but here is a sneak peek of how gorgeous they had it...


So excited to share the rest with you all!