Photographers: West MI Pros for Senior Pics, Family Photos, Maternity & Birth, Mini Sessions, Head Shots, Candids, Boudoir & More

photographers in West Michigan

Area Photographers that Make You Look Good

Welcome to the list of talented, creative photographers serving the greater Grand Rapids area.

Whether you want to capture a special moment, do a just-because photo shoot, or get a fabulous fall photo for your holiday or Christmas card, this list is for you.

Senior Pictures, Wedding Photography, Maternity, Birth Photography & More

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 wedding or chronicle your pregnancy means that this person is going to work with you on some of the most memorable moments of your life.

It’s okay to ask questions and look at a photographer’s portfolio – making sure you’re a good fit for each other will help create a pleasant experience for all.

The Photographers

Crowned Creative Studio, photographer since 2018 offers: Family Photos, Mini Sessions, Maternity Sessions, Infant Photography, Senior Pictures, Head Shots, Budoir Photography, plus more, and is based out of Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Yuan Photography, photographer since 2021 offers: Family Photos, Mini Sessions, Maternity Sessions, plus more, and is based out of Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Emily Dykema Photography, photographer since 2010 offers: Family Photos, Mini Sessions, Maternity Sessions, Infant Photography, plus more, and is based out of Hudsonville, MI 49426

Chrystin Melanie Photography, photographer since 2016 offers: Family Photos, Mini Sessions, Maternity Sessions, Senior Pictures, Engagement Photos, Weddings, Budoir Photography, plus more, and is based out of Caledonia, MI 49316

Katie Cook Photography, photographer since 2013 offers: Family Photos, Maternity Sessions, Infant Photography, Senior Pictures, Engagement Photos, Budoir Photography, plus more, and is based out of Grandville, MI 49418

JD Expressions Photography, photographer since 2010 offers: Family Photos, Mini Sessions, Maternity Sessions, Infant Photography, Senior Pictures, Head Shots, plus more, and is based out of Middleville, MI 49333

Love; Photography, photographer since 2012 offers: Family Photos, Maternity Sessions, Infant Photography, Senior Pictures, Engagement Photos, Weddings, Budoir Photography, plus more, and is based out of Allendale, MI 49401

Emma Haigler Photography, photographer since 2021 offers: Family Photos, Mini Sessions, Senior Pictures, Head Shots, Engagement Photos, plus more, and is based out of Belmont, MI 49306

Inkling Pictures, photographer since 2011 offers: Family Photos, Mini Sessions, Maternity Sessions, Infant Photography, Senior Pictures, Head Shots, Engagement Photos, Weddings, plus more, and is based out of Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Awe Photography, photographer since 2013 offers: Senior Pictures, Head Shots, Engagement Photos, Weddings, plus more, and is based out of Kentwood, MI 49512

Kara Hanes Photography, photographer since 2010 offers: Family Photos, Mini Sessions, Maternity Sessions, Infant Photography, Senior Pictures, Engagement Photos, Weddings, plus more, and is based out of Allendale, MI 49401

Beyond Memories Photography, LLC., photographer since 2020 offers: Family Photos, Mini Sessions, Maternity Sessions, Infant Photography, Senior Pictures, Engagement Photos, Weddings, plus more, and is based out of Hastings, MI 49058

JLS Photography, photographer since 2012 offers: Family Photos, Mini Sessions, Maternity Sessions, Senior Pictures, Head Shots, Engagement Photos, Budoir Photography, plus more, and is based out of Wyoming, MI 49509

Honeywild Photography, photographer since 2022 offers: Family Photos, Maternity Sessions, Infant Photography, Senior Pictures, plus more, and is based out of Grand Rapids, MI 49525

LindaLurainePhotography, photographer since 2019 offers: Family Photos, Mini Sessions, Maternity Sessions, Senior Pictures, Engagement Photos, Budoir Photography, plus more, and is based out of Wyoming, MI 49509

Ryan Inman Photography, photographer since 2012 offers: Family Photos, Maternity Sessions, Senior Pictures, Head Shots, Engagement Photos, Weddings, Commercial Photography, plus more, and is based out of Grand Rapids, MI 49501

M. Bee Media, photographer since 2014 offers: Family Photos, Mini Sessions, Maternity Sessions, Senior Pictures, Head Shots, Engagement Photos, Weddings, plus more, and is based out of Walker, MI 49544

Elisabeth Marie Photography LLC, photographer since 2013 offers: Family Photos, Mini Sessions, Maternity Sessions, Infant Photography, Senior Pictures, Head Shots, Engagement Photos, Weddings, Commercial Photography, Budoir Photography, plus more, and is based out of Zeeland, MI 49464

La Reverie Photography, photographer since 2015 offers: Family Photos, Maternity Sessions, Infant Photography, Senior Pictures, Engagement Photos, Weddings, plus more, and is based out of Grand Rapids, MI 49546

GoenPlaces, photographer since 2018 offers: Family Photos, Senior Pictures, Head Shots, Engagement Photos, plus more, and is based out of Holland, MI 49423

Terence Frixen Photography, photographer since 2020 offers: Family Photos, Mini Sessions, Senior Pictures, Engagement Photos, Commercial Photography, plus more, and is based out of Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Kate Faber Photography, photographer since 2012 offers: Family Photos, Mini Sessions, Maternity Sessions, Infant Photography, Senior Pictures, Head Shots, Engagement Photos, plus more, and is based out of Grand Rapids, MI 49507

Karla Michelle Photography, photographer since 2018 offers: Family Photos, Mini Sessions, Maternity Sessions, Infant Photography, Senior Pictures, Head Shots, Engagement Photos, Commercial Photography, plus more, and is based out of Rockford, MI 49341

LM Photography, photographer since 2021 offers: Family Photos, Mini Sessions, Maternity Sessions, Infant Photography, Senior Pictures, Engagement Photos, Weddings, Budoir Photography, plus more, and is based out of Middleville, MI 49333

BlackWind Photography, photographer since 2019 offers: Family Photos, Mini Sessions, Maternity Sessions, Senior Pictures, Engagement Photos, Budoir Photography, plus more, and is based out of Jenison, MI 49428

Michelle Kristine Photography, photographer since 2020 offers: Family Photos, Mini Sessions, Senior Pictures, Head Shots, Budoir Photography, plus more, and is based out of Ada, MI 49301

Hailie Tebo Photography, photographer since 2019 offers: Family Photos, Mini Sessions, Senior Pictures, Head Shots, Engagement Photos, Weddings, Commercial Photography, plus more, and is based out of Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Images by Jennifer, photographer since 2012 offers: Senior Pictures, plus more, and is based out of Holland, MI 49424

Abe Lee Photography, photographer since 2015 offers: Family Photos, Mini Sessions, Maternity Sessions, Infant Photography, Senior Pictures, Head Shots, Engagement Photos, Weddings, plus more, and is based out of Hudsonville, MI 49426

Jules K Photography, photographer since 2006 offers: Family Photos, Mini Sessions, Infant Photography, Senior Pictures, plus more, and is based out of Grand Rapids, MI 49506

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Photographers Tips for Fab Family Photos

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

  • Moms… GET IN the photos (see below for tips for this one!) 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

How to Look Great in Photos

Maybe you’re the photographer in the family. When you’re snapping away, it’s hard to get into the frame yourself. If this sounds like you, take a few minutes to instruct someone else in your family (husband? oldest child?) on how to take a good photo. 

And then get in the picture!

10 Things Moms Can Do to Look Good in Photos

  1. Watch TikToks on how to pose. Not kidding 😉
  2. Look up. Make sure the photographer is shooting from above you for a flattering look.
  3. Stand at an angle. Shots from the side are more flattering than a straight-on photo.
  4. Look past the camera, not right at it.
  5. Think about how much fun you are having and give a genuine smile.
  6. Practice ahead of time. Yes, like a dorky teenager. Find a mirror, alone, and practice your smile and head tilt. Memorize these.
  7. Wear something that you FEEL good in. If you are uncomfortable it will show on the picture. Choose something that you feel confident in.
  8. If you are sitting in your picture – sit at the end of the seat – not all the way against the back of the couch/chair- this will naturally cause you to sit up straight and not get lost in the background.
  9. Nervous? Take a deep breath and let it out slowly – this will relax your shoulders and release any tension that may show up on camera.
  10. Enjoy the moment – it may not be the perfect smile, the perfect weather or your child may have refused to wear what you wanted him to wear. What is most important is that you are all TOGETHER. You will have captured a moment that you will be able to look back on in a month, a year, or a decade. You will be grateful that you took the time to document being a family – regardless of if it was a perfectly “posed” shot or not. Time goes so fast so make sure you get out from behind the camera and capture some moments with YOU in them as well.

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15 thoughts on “Photographers: West MI Pros for Senior Pics, Family Photos, Maternity & Birth, Mini Sessions, Head Shots, Candids, Boudoir & More”

  1. Christine Joy Photography – Hi, I am Christine Dykstra, owner and photographer , specializing in family photography, high school seniors, and newborns. I think it is important to have captured memories of loved ones because you never know what tomorrow may bring. High school seniors are my favorite to capture but I also love cuddling babies or chasing around two year olds or capturing the love between a couple that has been married for 50+ years along with their family. I have been capturing people for 15 years and started in 2007. My Facebook page is -Christine Joy Photography. Phone number – 616-308-7692, email- [email protected].

  2. 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. http://www.DianaLiang.com

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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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