A Relaxed + Fun Family Portrait at Home in Ann Arbor
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A Relaxed + Fun Family Portrait at Home in Ann Arbor

What family portrait session would be complete without a little bit of crazy? Because, honestly, that’s life with kids. Fortunately, part of my job is to make the portrait experience be fun for the whole family… and we definitely succeeded during this portrait session.

When Cynthia and I chatted about what she wanted from her portrait session, she told me she was really just looking for one good portrait of everyone together. Well, I think we accomplished that — and more. The kids definitely had me improvising, but that’s what I love about working with little ones!

We planned the family portrait session to take place at their home in Ann Arbor. So, on the day of the session, we started out the session in the family room, and when I asked Samuel, Joseph, and Elijah to sit on the couch for me… the older two boys listened a bit better than their younger brother. No worries. He got to hide behind the couch for some portraits. I convinced him to come out for a few portraits to check and see if my camera was working — and told him that he was invisible for my camera’s pictures.

That trick lasted pretty much the whole session…. and didn’t get old!

Once the rest of the family was ready, I photographed everyone on the couch before we headed outside to the backyard. We did a series of portraits outside…. most of which were casual and on the fly. I try to get a couple posed family portraits during a typical session, but am totally willing to create family portraits where kids can be kids. Ryan and Cynthia were so patient with their kids’ antics, and I am glad they trusted me with creating their family portrait.

By the end of the session, I could tell that we were losing the two youngest kids. It’s hard to try and sit still, right? I used a few tricks to get a few last portraits in, and then we called it quits.

Well, almost. We realized that Liliana hadn’t been wearing her bow during the portrait session — so Cynthia asked if we could give it a shot. Of course, I said yes! It didn’t take long for someone to figure out how to take off the bow, but I captured several adorable portraits of her wearing it. After a few more rounds of Mom putting on the bow, snapping a photo, and seconds later Liliana pulling it off…. we were all set.

I hope you enjoy these family portraits as much as I enjoyed creating them. It’s always so much fun to work with kids — I love their energy and vibes!



P.S. When we got the whole family to fit on the couch for a portrait, the boys were really excited because I told them they could stand on the couch “just this once!”



Location: Ann Arbor, MI.