Grand Rapids and Lakeshore Photography Guide for Families

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Welcome to our spotlight on maternity, newborn, children, and family photographers serving the greater Grand Rapids area.

West Michigan is blessed with an array of talented and creative family photographers.

Our Photographers’ Best Tips for Fab Family Photos

Combined, the photographers in this Grand Rapids guide have years and years of experience. We asked them to share their best tips for capturing family pictures and memories –  here’s what they had to share:

Moms… GET IN the photos! If we keep making excuses until we find the perfect outfit, lose 10 lbs., get our hair done, etc. we will miss out on a lifetime of memories with our families! NOW is the time to freeze these memories! Life is short. – Cathy Alvarez

What I’ve learned over the years is to bring lots of snacks, and to be patient with the kids especially. Do not stress! Your photographer will know what to do to ease everyone in – they are used to it and have seen it all. Don’t worry! – Katie Cook

My tip is this…once you’re at the session, relax and let your photographer wrangle the kids. The more relaxed you are and the more fun you have at the session, the more smoothly it will go. – Julie King

I suggest getting your clothes ready the day before and have snacks ready for your kids (bribery works wonders). Make sure to explain to your kids what to expect during the session the few days leading up to it. It helps parents to know that most kids have a hard time sitting still and smiling during the session, so don’t be embarrassed if they aren’t acting the way you hoped. –Erica Bacon

Senior Pictures, Wedding Photography, Maternity and Birth Photography Specialties

Getting a photo to say just what you want it to is an art. Photographers practice for years perfecting their style, their craft.

Some naturally love taking photos of babies and newborns, others can’t wait to document your wedding or take pictures of your graduating senior. Choosing someone to be a part of your child’s birth or chronicle your pregnancy means that this person is going to work with you on some the most memorable moments of your life.

It’s okay to ask questions and look at their portfolio.

Making sure you’re a good fit for each other will make for a more pleasant experience for everyone involved.

The Photographers

*These photographers have been screened and approved to appear in this promotional section of

Carrie Anne Photography

Carrie Anne Photography
Family, Children, Senior Portraits, Couples All About Carrie ...
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Genna V Photography by Cathy Alvarez

Genna V Photography by Cathy Alvarez
Maternity, Newborn, Children, Family, Senior Portraits, Wedding ...
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Chrystin Melanie Photography

Chrystin Melanie Photography
Maternity, Family, and Wedding Photography in GR ...
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Mia Murray Photography, LLC

Mia Murray Grand Rapids Photographer
Children, Family, Wedding, Senior Portraits in GR ...
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Katie Cook Photography

Katie Cook Grand Rapids Photographer
Family and Children's Photographer based in GR. ...
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Jules K Photography

Jules K Photography
Newborn and Family Photographer in Grand Rapids ...
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Electric Elm Studio

Electric Elm Studio Grand Rapids Photographer
Child and Family Photographer based in GR ...
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Evermore Studios

Evermore Studios Grand Rapids Photographer
Newborn and Family Photographer in Grand Rapids ...
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If you’re interested in being part of this photographer’s guide please email [email protected]

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12 thoughts on “Grand Rapids and Lakeshore Photography Guide for Families”

  1. I specialize in photographing families. I shoot on location, typically we start at home where all the kids feel the most comfortable. They typically enjoy introducing me to their stuffed animals. I like to photograph you in your natural environment doing the things that you usually do. I like to capture those little moments that you will some day like to remember. Please, feel free to contact me with any questions. I would love to hear from you.

  2. We have used Erica Bacon with Evermore Studios for the past 6 years. She dies any amazing job and is wonderful with kids and babies. She should definitely be on your list! I have a included her website.

  3. If you are looking for a newborn photographer check out Kety Studio on facebook. Sara is absolutely amazing! She did our family photos too and I love those too!

  4. Jules K Photography did a photo shoot for our family. Julie and Bonnie did a great job! They were patient with the kids and got some great shots. It is really nice that they Julie works with an assistant especially when taking photos of kids and newborns. We would recommend Julie for your photos!

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