mcquillan | family lifestyle photographer

Fall sessions with return clients who have become friends are one of  the reasons that I have chosen to be a photographer.  Anyone can take pictures of a lot of people.  But if those people don’t come back to you, you must be doing something wrong.  I want images that not only showcase my talent, but that tell a family’s story.

I know that most parents want every picture of their child smiling and behaving, but my favorite shots every time are the ones where the child lets down their guard and is comfortable enough with me to NOT smile.  That’s when I know I’ve won them over.  And those images, to me, are the most priceless.

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twenty two | lifestyle photographer

If you have known me long enough or visit this site often enough, you will know that I believe that I have some pretty amazing kids.  Maybe I’m biased, but I also think they are stinking adorable.  Every parent thinks that, right?  If you don’t then shame on you!

Even though she’s now 22, she still let me take her out into some fields and do a photo shoot.  It was a perfect day, she was home for the weekend, and it was her birthday.  But really, do I NEED a reason?  😉

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larson family | lifestyle family photographer

We could not have asked for a more beautiful or perfect evening when these pictures were taken.  We had had so much rain leading up to this session and more threatening to come later that evening.  We even talked about rescheduling again.  Yes, again.  The first time the kiddos got sick.  But I am so thankful we didn’t reschedule.

I have had two evenings like this in the nine years I have been a photographer.  Two!  This night was one of them and the other was a few years back at the same place when rain was on its way but we beat it.

Imagine, if you will, Nebraska with no wind, no annoying black biting bugs (or, as we Michiganders like to call them, “noseeums”) and perfect temperature.  I know, it’s hard to imagine but it happened people.  I’m telling you!  Throw into that mix my favorite set of triplets in the entire universe and their awesome parents.  Yeah, it was a perfect evening for sure.

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nautical nursery | lifestyle newborn photographer

This is one of the reasons why I don’t do studio pictures anymore.  I would miss out on the adorable nurseries that most newborns have.  What little boy wouldn’t want to grow up with sailboats and whales?

By the way, I love this little guy to pieces.  I snuggle him every chance I get.  This is the beauty of friends hiring me or strangers hiring me and then becoming friends.  It’s a fringe benefit far better than money can buy.

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holen girls | children’s lifestyle photographer

What started out as a dance portrait session, quickly turned into a sisters session.  Big sis wasn’t too happy that little sis got to have a session all to herself.  So, of course, I said she was more than welcome to join in on the fun.  Who wouldn’t want to take pictures of these two cuties?

The two of them together just crack me up and they quickly turned this into a full-on modeling shoot.  No directions from me whatsoever!

We had only two goals for this session.  To have fun and to steer clear of all mosquito infested grass and trees.  Success!!

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silly ballerina | children’s lifestyle photographer

When this one’s mama asked me if I would do a shoot with her in her ballet costume I was totally all over it.  You see, she missed her dance pictures and her dance recital this year so her mama wanted to make it extra special for her.  Of course, I will never turn down a chance to take pictures of a cutie in ballet.

She took it all as a chance to show off her modeling skills.  And show them off she did!

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