How to Capture Genuine Emotion in Your Photo Session

maternity photos in a field

Enjoying The Experience of Being Together

One thing I hear a lot from clients is that they’re nervous to be in front of the camera because they feel awkward or they aren’t “a natural in front of the camera like all of my other clients.” Let that idea go right out the window! It’s rare that any of us are. It’s not about being a “natural”, it’s about being fully present in the moment, soaking in this time together, and just being you. It’s so important to let go of any fear and focus instead on the memories you will be creating that will last a lifetime! So instead of fretting about being awkward, or worrying about your shape, or if your kids will behave – sit back and relax and enjoy this quality time being together as a family. My job is to create beautiful portraits that convey genuine love and connection; yours is to enjoy the experience.

mom and dad hugging two sons
maternity photo in a field at sunset
mom holding daughter and laughing

Organic Approach to Posing

During our session, I will direct you into natural and flattering poses in a way that perfectly portrays your personality and your best angles. I take a very organic approach to posing by leading you into genuine moments that happen naturally, and are not forced. This is your time to enjoy each other; laugh, snuggle, giggle, and let your kids be kids. So instead of feeling the need to direct your child to look at the camera or say cheese, leave it to me! I will naturally interact with your children in a way that makes their personalities shine. I love to capture the true essence of your child’s personality by coaxing out those smiles naturally! Letting me guide you and your family in this way will result in natural poses, genuine smiles, tender moments, and organic movement that evokes emotion.

toddler hugging moms belly

Some of the best images I’ve ever taken are the ones that happen in the most candid moments. Being naturally guided into poses is one thing, but then letting you be you is when I like to click away. Those images are the ones where you can actually hear someone’s laugh just by looking at them, or where you fall in love all over again just by seeing that gleam in your partner’s eyes as they turned to look at you. Those images are the ones that are not directed, that occur naturally, and that will be cherished forever.  

family of four laughing on bed
toddler in momslap laughing

Trusting Your Photographer To Take Your Best Photos

Hiring a photographer means you are putting your trust into their hands to take the best portraits of you, and to document this special and fleeting season of your life. That is why is so important to make sure your photographer is the right fit for you. It is my absolute goal to make my clients feel pampered and their most comfortable by giving them a stress-free luxury experience – not just during their portrait session, but before and after too!

maternity photos in a field

Complete Wardrobe Styling Service

It’s so nice to sit back and let my team take care of all of your styling needs so you don’t have to worry about a thing. Before our session, we meet for a styling appointment and pre session consultation to discuss your hopes for your session, style you in the perfect wardrobe, and give you a feel of what it’s like to work together. I have a generous and luxurious selection of timeless pieces to style you in that will create soft, dreamy, and stunning imagery. We also offer hair & make-up services to make you look and feeling absolutely gorgeous the day of your session. Nothing is overlooked for your portraits, so that you can look and feel beautiful on the day of your session and truly enjoy your time together. It’s all part of the luxury experience.

mom holding son and kissing his nose
big brother looking at newborn brother on bed

Leave With Images You Will Absolutely Love

Afterwards, we will meet again for our ordering and design appointment where we turn your images into beautiful heirloom artwork that will take your breath away. From custom designed gallery walls to luxurious heirloom albums, we create heirloom artwork to fit every clients. This is more than just another photo session where you walk away with digital files that sit on your computer or make an appearance on social media…it’s a luxurious and intimate experience of capturing your most beloved memories that will last a lifetime in your heart, on your walls, and on your coffee table.

family of four snuggling on bed
black and white dad hugging son in field

To book your portrait session, please contact me for portrait session details and dates available! I can’t wait to create the most beautiful & magical memories of your family – ones that you will want to frame, put in an album, and enjoy everyday, always.

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    michelle's photography style is composed of capturing emotion-filled images in soft & neutral tones. her use of natural light with simple, authentic beauty allows your family love and bond to capture the focus.

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