What to Expect During a Family Photography Session - Plymouth, MI

Hey all! If you know me even a tiny bit, you probably know I am a type-A, cruise director.  Because of this, the way my photography sessions flow is super important to me.  I like to have a plan, a roadmap.  I've worked through this roadmap for the last year and I've finally figured out what works best for me.  I wanted to share how my family (and most newborn) sessions flow, what to expect, and some go-to poses that can be seen within my family galleries.  My hope in sharing these poses and photos is that you have a better understanding of what your final gallery will look like (and if you're type-A like me, this will put your mind at ease).  Enjoy! xo

The "Grandma" Pose
Yes, Grandma. Because Grandma is the only one who loves this photo.  Everyone looking at the camera and me saying "1, 2, 3, PICKLES!"  I rarely share these photos on Facebook.  Why?  Because it is not the reason I want to book sessions.  The magic happens after the Grandma Pose.

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family photographer plymouth mi - family smiling
family photographer plymouth mi - family in front of white barn
family photographer plymouth mi - brand new baby
family photographer plymouth mi - family of five on couch
family photographer plymouth mi - family on wooded trail

Everyone Look at Each Other! 
This immediately follows the Grandma Pose.  I might ask your family questions to get genuine interactions.  Or maybe I'll take a step back and observe.  I'll ask siblings to tickle each other or encourage hugging.  Either way, these are some of my favorites. 

family photographer plymouth mi - mom and dad with 6 month old son
family photographer plymouth mi - family on couch
family photographer plymouth mi - family of four
family photographer plymouth mi - family in field morning sun behind
family photographer plymouth mi - mom and dad snuggling daughter
family photographer plymouth mi - family together in rocking chair

Siblings
I always try to get siblings together every session.  It can be tough if the kids are smaller, but I do my best. It typically involves a lot of hugging, booger investigation, and maybe an ice-cream bribe or two. 

family photographer plymouth mi - boy siblings
family photographer plymouth mi - girl siblings hugging
family photographer plymouth mi - newborn with big brother

Mom + Kids / Dad + Kids
I love to give Mom and Dad some solo time with the kiddos.  I'm typically asking the kids to hug mom or tell her why you love her.  For dads, I tell the kids to "get dad!!" 

family photographer plymouth mi - mom and older son
family photographer plymouth mi - mom and her girls
family photographer plymouth mi - proud dad holding newborn
family photographer plymouth mi - mother and two children on bed
family photographer plymouth mi - dad and two daughters
family photographer plymouth mi - mom snuggling newborn

Child Portraits
Every parent deserves a portrait of their kids. Classic, simple, authentic. I usually take the kids aside, get on their level, and ask them questions.  If the kids are older I ask them about their friends, school, or favorite activities.  If they are younger, I'll make silly faces or play peek-a-boo.  I'll ask to see their happy face, sad face, surprised face, and scared face. Portraits will always have a special place in my heart.

family photographer plymouth mi - newborn boy portrait
family photographer plymouth mi - baby with big cheeks
family photographer plymouth mi - lifestyle portrait
family photographer plymouth mi - boy staring at camera
family photographer plymouth mi - toddler girl laughing at camera
family photographer plymouth mi - infant boy portrait

Mom + Dad
Last, but not least - Mom and Dad. More likely than not, Mom and Dad haven't have a professional photo taken since their wedding. Family sessions are usually all about the kids, but I like to take a few minutes and focus on the parents. 

family photographer plymouth mi - mom and dad
family photographer plymouth mi - parents hugging in hallway
family photographer plymouth mi - husband and pregnant wife

Play time! 
At this point in the session, everyone is a little more relaxed.  We got the important photos out of the way so the pressure is off.  Sometimes I'll pose the parents on a blanket, pile the kids on top, and start shooting.  Cuddling and hugging come easier.  If there are older kids in the session, I let them run around and burn energy.  If it's a newborn session, I simply observe.  It all depends on the family vibe.

family photographer plymouth mi - family on blanket
family photographer plymouth mi - family jumping for joy
family photographer plymouth mi - family on couch playing
family photographer plymouth mi - brothers jumping on the bed
family photographer plymouth mi - dad tossing kid up in the air
family photographer plymouth mi - mom and son in room

I hope this gave you a little more insight into how my family photo sessions work.  If you're interested in a family session, contact me today! xo