Family studio portrait photography

This is a recent session of 3 siblings as a surprise for Mom for Christmas.  Dad called and arranges a time for the kids to come to my studio in Clarkston.  As a family portrait photographer I like to, need to get the best, most natural poses and expressions for the subjects.  Sister and two brothers were very easy to work with and are naturals in front of the camera.  Mom has seen the proofs and is already planning for an order for grandparents, aunt and uncles.

Family Portrait photography at the lake

Another family portrait of really good friends.  Last time we photographed in their Clarkston home is a snowstorm.  This year we are in their Waterford MI home on the lake.  I really liked the stone steps they put in and used the steps for the location.  We had a bit of a grey day, so I brought in some subtle additional off camera lighting.  I’m hoping they will love them so much they will get a large canvas print of the wall.

Fall Family Portraits

I had the opportunity to photograph a wonderful family this fall.  We chose to shoot at Depot Park in Clarkston and had wonderful overcast light with the sun peeking through from time to time.  Depot Park is a wonderful location for family pictures. We started the portrait session with the whole family group and then did just the boys, Mom and Dad, the whole group again and then the boys having fun.

Yellow Chair Portraits

As I have many times in the past years I spent Thanksgiving Saturday photographing family portraits.  This year I was in Fellowship Hall at our church Clarkston United Methodist Church .  I did it in conjunction with my second time participation and first time lead for Help-Portrait .

I tried my new gold background and used The Yellow Chair.  The Yellow Chair was a birthday gift from my lovely wife a few years ago and I have used it a handful of times and thought it would work well with the families.

Bad photo day with daughter

I wanted to fill a photo cube of our daughter for Mother’s Day, so the Friday before I asked to shoot our daughter.  Evidently having her pictures shot was not what she wanted to do.  As you can see we did not have a typical smiley session.  She complained through the entire shoot.   My wife loves the cube.


Kids on a merry-go-round

I’m reviewing old file for family prints to print and frame for a big wall at home.  These images are a refesh of family on a merry-go-round in Caseville MI.  This is in the last days of film, excuse the film watermarks.ashley14sm-copy1

Lil guy Dean


Here are a couple shots of friends of ours latest family addition.  A few years ago, I shot our friend’s first son and we both liked the results so much, we did it again.  I thought I would be able to shoot with natural light, but the skies above Sylvan Lake clouded over.  I set up two simple strobes to add to some light coming in the living room window.  I get a real kick from shooting children and adding to a family photo album

Little Dean

I finally got to my friend’s house to shoot their newborn.  Only he was not so newborn, closer to 11 months.  Here is a bit of what I shot.  I really had fun photographing Dean and his older brother.  I tried all natural light first, but had to add a softbox and some fill, because it clouded over outside.dscf40211