Autumn Family Portraits

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Samantha Michalak


After finding my passion for unique lighting as a wedding photographer, I wanted to be able to carry the interesting, powerful imagery for my portrait clients. Family, maternity, and newborn portraits don't have to be boring. They can be full of power and emotion leaving you blown away.

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Dreamy late October golden hour family portraits.

a family of 3 smile together during their session with a family photographer
a family of 3 smile together during their session with a family photographer

Family Portraits at Maybury State Park

We took the Toscano’s family portraits (with a sweet twist) on a late October evening. Sam had a vision of an autumn golden hour session and we absolute lucked out with this unseasonably warm October. Even though it was approaching Halloween, we were able to fit in this beautiful golden hour family portraits session at Maybury State Park in Northville, Michigan. This is another one of my favorite spots to shoot outdoor sessions. I just love the way the sunsets look in this park with the long, tall grass and the brush.

The Toscano’s are longtime clients of mine. I had the pleasure of taking their first son’s newborn photos and now, family portraits to announce the upcoming addition to their family! It is a special thing to document your family in all of its different stages.

a family of three sit smiling in a field while holding a letter board that reads "big brother june 2023" during a session with a family photographer

Outdoor Baby Announcement + Family Portraits

This was a sweet family photography session, documenting their family as it is growing. It also happened to be an opportunity to share that they are expecting again! They brought along a little letter board to share the news in their portraits.

I suggested wearing neutrals to complement the autumn tans and earth tones in this field, especially since it was towards they end of fall when most of the leaves have fallen. Their outfits went together really well and gave us lots of fun textures.

It was a really fun evening to grab some more traditional family portraits as well as some candids. Dad blowing bubbles, baby Ren running around and cheesing with those precious curls.

a boy smiles while running in a field with his family in the background during family portraits photography
a boy with curly blonde hair smiles with joy while eating fruit snacks during a session with detroit family photographer

a dad blows bubbles with his son during family portraits

Sunset Family Portraits Photography

The Michigan sunset added such a beautiful element to this session. Everything went so well with the light to create this really emotional imagery.

You can feel their excitement, the happiness for what is and what will be, the pup’s joy just to be there, baby Ren’s sometimes minor indifference (fruit snacks for the win), and major giggles from Dad’s tickles. We not only captured the way that their family looks RIGHT NOW, but the way they feel.

a boy sits on his father's shoulders as they smile at the family photographer
a couple sit together in a field with their pup during family portraits photography

Family Photographer in Metro Detroit, Michigan

I also happened to be photographing some of the Toscano’s friends that evening, so towards the end they jumped in for a group photo, which was so fun! I love this part of my job SO much; getting to connect with people and meet others through my clients. It’s fun to meet my client’s friends and family and get to know everyone even more. It makes my circle even bigger. Connection is joy.

Never sleep on family portraits. Take the photos while you can and document the little things. The baby hair, the scraggly teeth, the sweet giggles. Take the photos. You can see family photos and more on my Instagram page and blog. Explore the Sammy Mich Photo experience and book your family portraits consultation!

a father tickles his son while standing with his wife during family portraits
a couple stand with his arms around her shoulders as she looks back at him during family portraits

a little boy walks with his parents while holding his dad's hand during a session with a family photographer
two couples stand in an open field at golden hour with their smiling dogs

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