The Beauty of Morning Photography Sessions - Rochester, Michigan, Family Photographer

If you’ve ever inquired about an outdoor family session with me, you know that I recommend shooting during Golden Hour, one or two hours before the sun goes down.  But did you know, there is another Golden Hour?  Yes, there is, and it happens the first hour or so after sunrise.

Now, I’ll be completely honest and tell you I have typically preferred to shoot in the evening, because, I’m just not a morning person.  And sunrise happens really early.  And on weekends, I enjoy sleeping in, lounging in my PJs and drinking like 17 cups of coffee.  But I recently had to reschedule a family session due to a bit of uncooperative weather, and the only time that worked was…you guessed it…morning.

So I woke up before dawn that day and took my coffee to go.  As I pulled up to the park where we were meeting, I was in awe of the dreamy light.  The sun was just starting to peek through the trees that were showing off Michigan’s lovely fall colors.  And at that moment, I asked myself, “Self, why don’t you shoot morning photo sessions more often??”

Besides the amazing light, there are several other reasons that I am now in love with morning family sessions. 

Happy Kids.  

Do you have kids that NEVER let you sleep in?  Then a morning family photo session might be right for you!  A lot of kids are early birds (I’m looking at you babies & toddlers!).  They are up at the crack of dawn and ready for action.  Morning is their happy time, and this translates to wonderful, happy pictures!  This is not to say you can’t get wonderful, happy photos in the evening.  I still love shooting in the evening, and if your kid is a night owl, like mine (I think it’s genetic), then you're golden.  But often, little kiddos are early to rise and early to bed.  In that case, a morning session might be right for your family.  This little guy was definitely happy to be at the park on this beautiful fall morning!       

Smaller Crowds. 

Public parks in the Rochester and Metro Detroit can get really busy.  But when you arrive at sunrise, you will barely bump into anyone.  I’m not anti-social or anything, but I do love having free reign of the space in which I’m shooting.  Less people means less of a chance of photo-bombers.  This beautiful path probably would have been full of joggers, walkers and bikers later in the day.  But in the early morning, we had the place to ourselves!   

Abundance of Light.

Every minute is precious during golden hour.  When you shoot in the evening, eventually you run out of light.  In the morning, you are gaining light every minute, which means we can shoot as long as needed to capture all the photos we want.  Of course, as time goes on, the sun will move overhead and give us more harsh lighting, but that’s when I seek shade and we're able to capture a few more shots.  This adorable picture was taken towards the end of our session, after the sun had gotten pretty high.  We laid this cutie down on a blanket under a tree and, with the help of her daddy, captured some adorable baby smiles.  

Get on with your day!

Morning photo sessions are awesome because you are finished early and still have the entire day ahead of you, so you can get on with your weekend!  And if you have a baby/toddler, they will probably take the best nap ever!  You can head home and make another pot of coffee.  That’s what I did after this shoot! 

And of course, THAT LIGHT. 

As I said earlier, I’m not a morning person…it’s just not in my blood.  But when I have a morning family session, for some reason I can pop out of bed no problem!  And when I do get out to take photos in the morning, I realize what I am missing by sleeping in. 

I know outdoor photography season is just about over for this year, but it’s never too early to get your family photo session on the calendar!  Next year I’m making a pact to do more morning sessions.  Who is with me??  

Denise Button is a child and family photographer located in Rochester, Michigan and serving the Metro Detroit area, including Birmingham, Royal Oak, Clarkston, Oakland Township, Bloomfield, Rochester Hills, Troy and beyond.  She focuses on fun, lighthearted, candid moments and real connections.

Why I Love In-Home Sessions - Metro Detroit Family Photographer

Hello!  Does it finally feel like fall here in Metro Detroit, or what?  Leaves are changing, the air is getting crisp at night, and all I want is a warm cider mill donut (or 2, or 3, okay just give me the entire bag).  October is almost synonymous with family photos here in Michigan, and I totally get it.  It's a beautiful time of year, not to mention the perfect time to update your photos for holiday cards.  Yeay Fall!

But, can we talk a little bit about the months that follow?  You know...the next 6 months when many of us just want to hibernate indoors?  Michigan winters can be brutal, but this doesn't mean that family photos have to be put on the back burner!!  In fact, I absolutely love shooting family photos on-location, in clients' homes.  Besides Michigan's uncooperative weather, there are several of other reasons why I love in-home family photography.

(Pssst....I'll be offering an awesome discount on in-home family sessions this winter!  Make sure you read all the way to the end of this post to see how you can get in on the action.)

Relaxed Setting

Where else are you more relaxed than when you are at home?  I totally notice a difference when I show up for an in-home family session versus when I’m meeting a family at a park or other public location. Everyone just seems more at ease when they are at home, especially small children.  In fact, they are usually excited to show me their room and their favorite toys.  This allows me to connect with them much quicker and really capture their true personality.

More Options

You might think that shooting in-home will limit your options on the number of shots/backgrounds, but that is not the case!  I actually find the opposite to be true.  Sometimes, outdoor/park settings can be limiting because the light is only good in certain areas and at certain times.  There can be random passersby that we need to work around.  Shooting in-home, however, does not have those limitations.  I love to utilize many different locations:  everyone piled on the sofa, kids playing in their bedrooms, snack time in the kitchen, and of course my favorite, cuddles on mom & dad’s bed.  Bonus:  the lighting indoors is usually very flattering and easy to work with. I love me some soft window light!  And, of course, weather permitting, I do love to get outside in the backyard for a few shots.  

Everyday Moments

In-home family photography lends itself to capturing organic, everyday moments.  As a mom myself, I completely understand how fast it all goes by, and I have some real fears associated with forgetting all the little things (or being too busy to appreciate them in the first place!).  These “forgettable moments” are the moments that I never want to forget.  In-home family sessions provide so many unscripted moments that make beautiful photographs.  You will be so happy that we captured them.   

"But Denise, my home is too dark / not big enough / not perfectly decorated enough..."

Nonsense!!  This is your HOME, your PEOPLE, your STORY.  That’s all the beauty we need.  And if you think your house is too dark…do you have windows and a front door?  Yes?  Then we’ll be fine.  I’ll find the light and make pretty pictures for you... promise!

Now here's the really good part.  I'll be offering $50 off your next in-home session scheduled November 2017 - March 2018.  All you have to do is sign up to receive my newsletter to receive this awesome discount!  (I only send the newsletter out once every couple/few months, so I promise I won't be spamming your inbox.)  Click the button below to subscribe, and I hope to be seeing you this winter!

Denise Button is a child and family photographer located in Rochester, Michigan and serving the Metro Detroit area.  She focuses on fun, lighthearted, candid moments and real connections.

K & J - Metro Detroit, Child & Family Photographer

“A dad is a son’s first hero.” - Unknown

Yes, I was on Pinterest earlier looking at cheesy, father/son quotes.  :)

Here are the two guys that inspired my cheesy Pinterest quote search.  Jason is a long-time friend of mine, and Kaiden is his little mini-me, who I have photographed since he was just 3 months old.  They moved over an hour away, which I am bummed about, but I'm so glad they make the trek down to Rochester, MI every year for their family photos.

A few things about Kaiden:  He’s SEVEN;  he has eyelashes for days (#jealous);  he has some sweet new Vans;  he’s really excited for Halloween (but is still undecided about this year's costume...it's a BIG decision!);  he’s very silly and adorable with a killer smile (aka future heartbreaker).

A few things about Jason:  We used to work together in the advertising biz;  he no longer works in the advertising biz (#jealous); one of my favorite memories of him is when he karaoke’d “Busy Child” by the Crystal Method (In case you are unfamiliar, this song barely has any words and mainly consists of a repetitive screeching sound);  he is a kick-ass dad and all around great person (hence my cheesy quote, above).  :) 

And now I've just spent the last half-hour listening to 90s electronic music on You Tube, but I digress...

I love photographing these two together.  First of all, Kaiden is like THEE easiest kid to photograph, so it’s nearly impossible to take a bad picture of him.  But more importantly, these two have such a sweet connection, and I just love to capture that....that is why I am a family photographer!  If I did my job, you will see and feel the love in the photos below.  Here are some of my faves…enjoy!!

Denise Button is a child and family photographer located in Rochester, Michigan and serving the Metro Detroit area.  She focuses on fun, lighthearted, candid moments and real connections.