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Amanda Lindahl-Lemke stands in her studio, A. Lindahl Creations, at 948 Butternut Drive in Holland Township.
Holland Township

Amanda Lindahl-Lemke sometimes shoots pictures with her grandfather’s camera, a Rolleiflex that still uses film. It keeps her sharp, she said, because she has to figure out the lighting and exposure to capture the truest image on film.

Lindahl-Lemke, who was born in Fennville and studied photography at Western Michigan University in Florence, Italy, has brought her photography experience back to West Michigan after attending college and living in Portland, Ore. For seven years, she ran her award-winning business.

This year, though, she returned to her roots to open her new photography business, A. Lindahl Creations, 948 Butternut Drive in Holland Township.

“I wanted this smaller community,” she said.

Lindahl-Lemke opened her new business about two weeks ago in the same studio where Nelson Photography had been for 40 years. Rick Nelson, the previous owner, has been supportive in her remodeling of the space.

“Amanda knows her stuff and is completely accomplished to run this studio for another 40 years,” Nelson said.

Lindahl-Lemke’s family, including her husband Roy and parents John and Darlene Lindahl, have been helpful in handling the renovations and details that go along with starting a new business, she said.

She handles senior portraits, family pictures — she has one of a girl in a tiara and gown holding a glass ball with her brothers inside dressed as knights — sports photos — she’ll be taking the Saugatuck team pictures starting with the basketball season — and contract work for business advertising. Her special focus, though, is photographing pregnant women and newborn children, especially eight to 10 days old.

“I love the newborn as art,” she said as she sat in her studio surrounded by images of babies asleep on a guitar, in a basket and in a box. “I’m flexible and fun with kids. I get along with kids.”

The shape of a pregnant woman “is like fine art or abstract,” she said.

Lindahl-Lemke will soon get to experience what her clients feel. She is expecting her first child.

For more information on A. Lindahl Creations, visit alindahlcreations.com or call (616) 283-0423.

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