5 Tips for Family Photos with a Baby

Lansing family photographers

The first year of a baby’s life is such a whirlwind. I’ve already found that it’s so true what they say—the days are long, and the years are short.

If you’re thinking about documenting your young family, here are five tips to make it a success.

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1. Bring a Helper

A helper will make such a big difference for your photo session. Bring along Grandma, Grandpa, an aunt or uncle, or a favorite friend to help get smiles out of baby, to help you carry any necessary baby gear (diaper bags, clothing, etc.), and to give you a chance to get a few photos of just the adults.

Lansing family photographer for young kids

2. Bring Extra Clothes

We usually don’t have to do clothing changes with babies, but it’s not a bad idea to have a spare photo outfit just in case the original ends up with a bit of drool (or other unexpected events).

Lansing family photographer outdoor photos

3. Leave Time For a Few Photos With Just the Adults

As we have children, it’s easy to find that we have less and less photos of just the two of us. Have your helper hold baby for a few minutes so you can get a few nice photos of you as a couple.

Lansing family photographer outdoor photos

4. Bring a Small Towel or Burp Cloth

It’s always handy to have a little something to keep baby’s face dry and drool free during the session. Have your helper hold onto it and jump in with it when needed.

Lansing family photographer outdoor photos

5. Plan Your Session During Warm Weather (or Inside)

Babies are happiest when they’re warm, so the best time to plan your outdoor family session is late May – early September. If you want to plan a session with baby outside of that window and avoid the fuss, consider taking it inside for a lifestyle documentary session at home.

Lansing family photographer outdoor photos

Lansing family photographer outdoor photos

Wedding Photos From the University of Michigan Stadium – The Big House

Big House Wedding Photos at University of Michigan

Alexis and Chris have a special tie to UofM’s Big House. Chris played football at University of Michigan before going on to play for the Baltimore Ravens.

They planned every last detail with Table6 Productions while living out of state, and it turned out beautifully.

I had another wedding that day, so Alexis and Chris chose to have Heather as their lead photographer, and I couldn’t be more proud of the phenomenal job that and Diana did as a part of this wedding.

It was such an honor for our team to be a part of such a unique wedding day. Many thanks to Heather for taking the lead on this wedding and Diana for doing an amazing job as second photographer, as always. Scroll to the bottom to see a full list of vendors who contributed to the wedding day.

wedding invitation suite

getting ready photos at The Graduate Hotelgetting ready photos at The Graduate Hotel

getting ready photos at The Graduate Hotel

getting ready photos at The Graduate Hotel

getting ready photos at The Graduate Hotel

getting ready photos at The Graduate Hotel

getting ready photos at The Graduate Hotel

first look wedding photos at Nichols arboretum

wedding photos at Nichols arboretum

wedding photos at Nichols arboretum

wedding photos at Nichols arboretum

wedding photos at Nichols arboretum

wedding photos at Nichols arboretum

wedding photos at Nichols arboretum

wedding photos at Nichols arboretum

wedding photos at Nichols arboretum

Big House wedding photos at UofM

Big House wedding photos at UofM

Big House wedding photos at UofM (wedding on the field)

Big House wedding photos at University of Michigan (on the field)

Big House wedding photos at UofM

Big House wedding photos at UofM

Big House wedding photos at UofM (wedding on the field)

Big House wedding photos at UofM (wedding on the field)

Big House wedding photos at UofM (wedding on the field)

Big House wedding photos at UofM (wedding on the field)

Big House wedding photos at UofM (wedding on the field)

Big House wedding photos at UofM (reception photos)

Big House wedding photos at UofM (reception photos)

Big House wedding photos at UofM (reception photos)

Big House wedding photos at UofM (reception photos)

Big House wedding photos at UofM (reception photos)

Big House wedding photos at UofM (reception photos)

Big House wedding photos at UofM (reception photos)

Big House wedding photos at UofM (reception photos)

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Quiz: Which Lansing Wedding Venue is Right for you?

East Lansing wedding venues

I’ve spent years helping couples put together their wedding day schedules and planning out the little details that help the wedding day run smoothly, but by the time couples come to me, they almost always have the wedding venue booked. I’ve photographed weddings at most of the Lansing area wedding venues, so I thought it would be fun to put together a little quiz to help couples find the best Lansing wedding venues for them based on their needs and personalities—it’s a simple way to be helpful from the very beginning.

If you’re recently engaged, you can access the quiz here:

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How to Prep for Michigan State Senior Photos

Michigan State senior photos on campus

Most people think about senior photos as a rite of passage during high school, but Michigan State senior photos have become more and more popular over the years as a way to celebrate and commemorate four (or more) years transitioning into adulthood on campus.

Michigan State senior photos on campus in spring

When to Schedule Michigan State Senior Photos

If you’ve been thinking about planning your own college senior photos, the best time to schedule your photos will be the last two weeks of April and into early May. The colors on campus are incredible during that time, and it’s a time of celebration on campus.

We’ll schedule the photos in the evening based on the best light of the day.

I recommend scheduling your session in late winter or early Spring to guarantee a spot.

Michigan State senior photos on north campus

When to Wear to Your College Senior Photos

I have a styling quiz that will help you figure out exactly what to wear, but most women choose to wear a white dress to wear under the traditional cap and gown. We usually take a mix of photos – some with the cap and gown, and some with the dress only.

Michigan State senior photos on campus

Who to Bring to Your MSU Senior Photos

I always have seniors bring at least one friend along to help with the cap and gown and to stand off camera and take part in a few little verbal prompts to help you relax and laugh naturally. And have your friend come photo ready to jump into a few photos during the session.

Michigan State senior photos on campus with cap and gown

How Many People can Participate in One College Senior Photo Session?
  • Mini sessions (30 minutes) can be shared with two seniors (or one senior with a few friend photos).
  • Full sessions (60 minutes) can include up to five seniors
  • Extended sessions (90 minutes) can include a group of up to ten friends. Keep in mind that the more people you add to the session, the less time we’ll have for different locations, but this is a great way to share costs and get a few great individual photos of each person, plus a mix of professional group photos.

Michigan State senior photos by Beaumont Tower

Michigan State senior photos by Beaumont Tower

Michigan State senior photos by Beaumont Tower with boyfriend

Michigan State senior photos by Beaumont Tower with friends

Michigan State senior photos by Sparty

Michigan State senior photos by Sparty

Michigan State senior photos by Beaumont Tower

Michigan State senior photos on north campus

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