Michigan Family Photographer

Miller Family

These are certainly 5 of my very favorite people- my brother Scott, his wife Katie and their outrageously adorable little ones. Ted and I are so lucky to live close to family, and over the past years we have spent so much time being an aunt and uncle before being a mom and dad.  These three cuties are some of the sweetest little ones, and we often say we hope Leland takes after them.

Photographing family can be tough.  These kiddos are use to seeing me and running around, being tickled, and cannonballing into the pool.  So asking them to have a little more subdue time together can be a challenge, but they did great!

Ted and I had taken them to see Incredibles 2 in the morning and after their photoshoot we joined the rest of our family for a pool party at Grandma's house.  Right before they left to go home for the night their oldest son looked at me and said, 'Aunt Caryn this was one really special day.  Movies, pictures at the park, and swimming.  I wish it didn't have to end.' And then my heart melted right there on the spot.  We love you, Miller family!

Combs Family

I know fall is here, but I just had to share this summer shoot! We had to reschedule this session a few times because of rain, and then on the morning of our session it was 90 degrees by 9:00am! Thankfully the Combs family had picked the perfect location for a hot, session- the lake! We explored the park, and then when everyone got too hot, we just hopped right in the lake.  

Having three little ones for family pictures can always be challenging, and my favorite thing about the Combs family is how mom and dad always take it in stride.  They never stress if someone is taking a little longer to warm up, or needs a break, or at this session- just wants to jump in the lake! It keeps our sessions lighthearted and fun, and allows us to really capture the personalities of their kiddos.

I am so thankful I have been able to capture so many memories with this family over the years.  These three little cuties each have big personalities, and it has been so much fun to watch them grow and develop.  I hope you got to spend many more days together at the lake this summer, Combs family! 

Meadow Rose

I had actually heard all about this sweet family before we met.  I photograph some of their closest friends and throughout the years I had heard stories about their friendship and that they were expecting a little one of their own.  It is always so fun to feel like you know a family before you arrive at their home, and to have some similarities to chat about as you get to know each other.  Not to mention they were beyond kind, so I think either way we would have become quick friends!

Little Meadow made us work for her pictures, but it was so worth it! I love how many things the Shankin family included in the session that brought out their personalities.  Dad loves baseball and mom is part Native American, so including those two aspects of their characters made the session so personalized.  And as always, the pups had to jump in for the last few pictures.  To be honest, it was seeming like there was no chance we were going to get a picture of everyone looking at me.  Meadow was ready to be done, and the dogs were anxious to be up on the bed, but somehow it happened! That last pictures in this post just makes me laugh because if you could have seen the few moments of chaos leading up to it.  But it was so worth it! 

Shankin Family, thank you so much for inviting me into your home to photograph your sweet, baby Meadow.  I hope you are loving every moment with your new bundle of joy! 

Baby Douglas

Baby Doug was so great for his session.  I had to keep reminding his mom and dad, 'just so you know it doesn't typically go like this.'  I typically spend a lot of time during newborn sessions just cuddling and swaying newborns, waiting for them to fall into a deep sleep.  Doug was sleepy and ready for his session right when I arrived! A photographer's dream!

I loved getting to know Doug and his family.  His mom and dad made me feel like we had known each other for ages.  I love when I come into a family's home and I immediately feel at home, and that is exactly what happened at this shoot.  Their space was light and bright and made everything simple and enjoyable.  And when a little guy is born with a head of hair that awesome, it needs to be documented!  Katie and I started talking about if the wives tale about heartburn and hair is true.  I have been experiencing a good amount of heartburn lately, so we will see if that means our babe will come out with a full head of hair!

And of course we had to end the session with a few family photographs.  Which means Doug's two pups got a chance in front of the camera! They were so sweet around Doug, and even though they were so excited to finally be included in on the action, they were cautious and calm around their new baby. It was such a peaceful session with so much love, and I am beyond grateful to have captured this exciting time.  Enjoy all of your new baby snuggles, Kilbourn Family! 

Kang Family

Last time I saw the Kang Family it was just mom and dad anxiously awaiting the arrival of their little guy.  We captured their maternity session at the park, and I had such a great time getting to know these two.  I actually think Esther and Dustin may have been the first people I told I was pregnant (besides Ted!) They were asking me if I had any little ones, and I couldn't contain my excitement to share with them I was expecting.  They were so sweet about it and shared in my joy, since we were still keeping it a secret from family and close friends for a few more weeks.  

Now their little one is here! Esther had the sweetest idea of doing a photo session on Carter's 100th day.  I love that she made the sign that says, 'today we have loved you for 100 days.'  Carter was so great for his session, and can we just talk about those big brown eyes?! What a cutie!  Carter is just learning how to smile, so we had to click fast when we saw those little giggles.  We were pushing him right up to his nap time, so that last image really was his way of announcing he was done! No tears, just some big yawns! 

Thank you so much for welcoming me into your home, Kang Family, and trusting me with capturing these exciting life changes with you.  I hope you enjoy the next 100 days of loving your little guy even more than the first 100! 

Smith Family

Oh goodness, how sweet is this family?! I got to meet these two older siblings last spring, and it was so much fun to reconnect with them and meet the newest addition to their family.  These two are so proud to be big siblings!  

We started off our session with sibling pictures.  After we finished that part of the shoot, mom let the two older siblings know they could head downstairs to play.  I love that these two decided they wanted to stay with baby Lachlan instead. This sweet older sister even went and got her own baby doll and blanket and imitated each pose I did with Lachlan.  These two would get as close as possible to me just to make sure they had a close eye on their baby brother and all of the action.  It was so adorable! 

Lachlan did so great during his pictures and was such a trooper with letting me change his swaddles and having two older siblings hold him and smother him in kisses.  He is going to be a tough one! And can we just talk for a minute about his hair.  You can really see his faux-hawk in the last picture! How cute is that?! Enjoy loving on your newest addition, Smith Family!

Barlage Family

I have been lucky enough to be photographing the Barlage family for a few years now. Last year I was able to meet baby Shea just a weeks after she was born, and now she is a whole year old! I am always amazed by how quickly little ones develop a personality.  In a year Shea has become an independent, strong little lady.  She giggled at her big brother, stole his snacks, and had some pretty incredible dance moves when her momma asked Siri to drop a beat. 

Big brother, Cam, has a personality just as big and kept me laughing the entire shoot.  I remembered from our time together last year, that Cam really loves to be in front of the camera.  I think he has watched Project Runway or something, because he has faces and poses that are totally his own.  And it is so awesome!  We would be trying to get some photographs of just Shea by herself, and we would look over to see Cam slowly sneaking into the background.  He didn't want to be left out of the fun! 

Catching up with this family is always my favorite part of our shoots.  I love the way this mom and dad just laugh together the whole shoot, even when little Shea just wants to be cuddled by mom and all we want her to do it play with dad.  They have a whole lot of love between the four of them and it is so sweet to see.  Thank you for letting me capture these memories with you, Barlage Family! 

Henrik Edward

How sweet is baby Henrik?! This guy was so small.  He was born just under 6 pounds, and although I regularly hold newborns, this little guy just seemed like the smallest!  He was so good for his session, and decided he wanted to sleep the entire time we were together.   He really didn't make a sound, and loved being snuggled in his big, soft blanket. 

Henrik's dad is one of my best friend's brothers, and it has been so much fun to watch their family grow.  In the past year they have added three little babes to their family, and I have had the pleasure of photographing all of them! Babies bring so much joy into life, and these three have brought so much joy to their family.  I have loved getting to watch, and photograph, this exciting year for all of them.

The sweetest part of Henrik's shoot had to be watching his older puppy brother love and protect Henrik.  Henrik's mom and dad said their little pup has served as Henrik's watchdog sine he arrived home from the hospital.  They showed me pictures of the puppy standing close guard to his new baby during Henrik's first few days at home.  He was no different in our pictures! The pup wanted to be up close in all of the family pictures.  I can't stop smiling at the pictures where the puppy is covering Henrik in kisses and Henrik is laughing at it.  I think these two are going to be close friends!  Welcome to the world, little guy!

Hoback Family

It is officially that time of year when I make a bold attempt at catching up with all of my editing from the past year! Phew! During the fall I do so many shoots and I know the most important thing is making sure my clients get their photos back in a timely manner.  So, sometimes blogging and social media posting take a backseat and I just power through editing all day long.  So now I get to go back and relive some of the fun from 2017! 

How pretty is this barn session with the Hoback family?! I absolutely love this setting at Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm. Not only is it gorgeous but it is also the perfect space for little ones to explore.  With a barn, river, trails and bridges there is plenty to keep us occupied and always something new to check out.  These big brothers certainly love their little sister, and they were quite confused when she didn't want to hang out and explore with them.  She was attached to mom and dad, and was content to spend the afternoon with her parents while her brothers ran around and explored. 

Thank you for letting me capture these memories with you, Hoback Family! I hope you cherish them for years to come! 

Bonnette Family

This little lady was so ready to celebrate Christmas! We started the shoot out with Charlie in her pajamas, which if you think about it is really how every shoot should start.  She showed me all the ornaments on her Christmas tree and a few of the presents that had been wrapped early.  Watching little ones during the holidays makes everything so much more magical, don't you think?

Charlie did eventually change out of her pajamas, which was much easier for her than it is for me on a typical Saturday! This lady was all giggles and made our time together so much fun.  I have gotten to watch Charlie grow up since her newborn session and it has been so much fun to see her personality grow.  She is talkative, silly and kind.  She taught me a few new songs and was constantly on the look out for the big bad wolf while I had my face buried into my camera.  

This was such a fun way to kick off the Christmas fun.  I hope you have a wonderful Christmas together, Bonnette Family.  Thank you for letting me be a small part of your celebrations!