Modern Editorial & Lifestyle Maternity Photos

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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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A unique studio session with both modern editorial and soft, lifestyle maternity photos.

andy presses a kiss to nats head as they sit on the ground with their dog
andy presses a kiss to nats head as they sit on the ground with their dog during lifestyle maternity photos

Nat & Andy’s Lifestyle Maternity Photos

Nat and Andy really loved the idea of part of their gallery being these classy, editorial style photos with my signature editorial style lighting and the other part a more soft, natural light lifestyle maternity photos.

My (brand new!) private studio in Downtown Ann Arbor is able to accommodate both styles of lighting to make that happen! That means that they sky is the limit for creativity there and I am loving it!

Nat and Andy wanted to include their dog in their session because—really—he is their first baby. His name is Marshall, he is an Australian Shepherd, and he was SUCH a good boy for the shoot. It is so special to me to be able to capture what is truly important for this family and above all, celebrate this time in their lives with them!

andy presses a kiss to the back of nat's head in the background of this photo of their dog from their lifestyle maternity photos
nat and andy's puppy is tounges out in sammy's ann arbor studio for lifestyle maternity photos
nat and andy share an embrace during lifestyle maternity photos

Modern, Editorial Maternity Photos

We set those natural light, lifestyle maternity photos in front of the walls and windows in my studio. Meanwhile, the editorial style shots we set up in front of both light and dark backdrops.

The combination of the elegant, editorial shots and more casual, lifestyle maternity photos come together so cohesively. As a result, we have created diversity in their final gallery without feeling separate. It gives SO many options for sharing as well as cherishing.

There is a world of individuality in what we can create even indoors at the same studio. It amazes me how each look and combination of space and lighting we can use to make each session unique.

nat and andy hold up nat's belly during her lifestyle maternity photos
andy and nat smile at each other while holding a handmade pair of ice skates for a baby

Michigan Maternity Photographers

I am always honored by each mama that chooses to book me as their maternity photographer. Whether it is your first or fourth child, capturing how you feel is something that you will thank yourself for.

No matter if you prefer the buttoned up, editorial style or more casual, lifestyle maternity photos – we will find a look that perfectly fits YOU.

Take a second to explore some of my past maternity sessions. Then, book your own, mama!

nat basks in the studio light during her maternity shoot at sammy's ann arbor studio
nat and andy lean into each other in this studio lifestyle maternity photo
andy kisses nat's forehead during their lifestyle maternity photos

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