Welcome to 4ten Design & Photo!
About time I start a blog, I love sharing all of my recent photography adventures and design projects! I hope that many of you will follow this and keep up to date on everything involving my work, as well as like my Facebook page for updates as well.
A little about myself and the history of my business... My name is Shealyn, I grew up in Traverse City, MI and now have moved to the Grand Rapids area after college. I graduated from Traverse City Central High School in 2008 and from Grand Valley State University in 2013, double majoring in graphic design and photography. My interest in photography started around the age of 9, when my grandpa took my girl scout troop into the darkroom for the first time (earning our photography badge of course, before digital cameras!). I got my first camera at the age of 15 as a Christmas gift and started taking photos of flowers around my parent's yard. That then turned into exploring with landscapes, still life (generally my ice skates and trumpet) and eventually I found my way into doing portraits, weddings, etc. I am the official photographer/designer for the GVSU Laker Marching Band (as well as an alumna of!) and I also work full time as a graphic designer at SpartanNash (formerly Spartan Stores, you may be familiar with Family Fare, D&W, etc.). Oh, and in case you're wondering, the name 4ten comes from my height (I am 4' 10" tall).
My business started in Traverse City when I was requested by many of my brother's friends to do senior photos his senior year. After acquiring many clients for senior photos, I started getting requests for family photos before their seniors went away to college. Since then I've continued to do both senior and family photos, but have also begun doing wedding photos, newborn photos and product photos.