About Bird + Bird Studio
A long time ago, before digital imagery ruled the land, Adam Bird stole his father’s very nice camera, you know, the good one adults don’t let the children play with. In the years since, a camera has taken Adam everywhere. His career started early freelancing for local newspapers while in high school and throughout college. This evolved into working as a freelance photojournalist for regional and national newspapers and news-wire agencies, eventually with Adam covering western Europe for Wire Agencies, based out of London. In 2007, Adam saw newspapers were not adapting (making money) with the shift of entertainment and news online, so he started a studio and became Adam Bird, Photographer.
Over the next 10 years, Adam has worked with a variety of clients and grew a studio in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids. At the same time he also engaged with photography students by guest lecturing at local universities. Some of these students became assistants, second shooters, and first shooters. In 2015 the studio had grown so much that it pulled Adam’s wife Kristina from a national marketing agency to work in the studio full time. A new brand was needed, and Bird + Bird Studio was born.
Adam, Kris, and all of the other photographers, editors, assistants and support staff approach our work and our relationships with our clients with dignity and respect. Because this can get lost in the pace of advertising and marketing.
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Adam started photography early, in the backyard of his home in the 8 Mile and Woodward area of Detroit, Michigan with an old SLR and little money for film. Starting in the industry as a photojournalist for local newspapers in high school, photography took him across the state to Grand Valley State University for a few degrees, one in print journalism and another in photography. Making the transition from film to digital early, while in college, this also started Adam shooting for the Associated Press and regional newspapers. Education and career took him to London, covering Western Europe for international wire agencies and studying photography until visa restrictions prioritized a move back to the United States.
Since returning to the States, Adam discovered a love of all things cars, tweed suits and random acts in the community. Outside of the studio he is often in, or working on, old Mercedes diesel cars. He also volunteers on a few non-profit boards and committees in the community. When not doing cars and committees, he also spends time with friends and family (don’t we all?), and reading, lots of reading on just about every subject.
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Early in life Kristina knew that she liked special events. Her first job was in a banquet hall her family owned at an age probably too early to legally work. Enjoying the people, the occasion, and the attention to detail, she pursued her passion for special events at college to finish with a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Tourism Management from Grand Valley State University.
After college, Kristina found herself as an event planner at large marketing firm, and then founder her way into project management and operations. All of this helped Kristina develop a unique way of seeing event photography, and how imagery work within marketing.
When not creating images or marketing materials for the studio, Kristina spends her time dominating all comers at dominos, and any other game that she likes, playing with her and Adam’s young son, and practicing yoga. She might also admit to a love of procedural crime dramas on Netflix.