Hello Oliver | Newborn Studio Portrait Session by Shannon Revelle Photography of Taylor, MI

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Oliver is the third boy in his family, so he has built in best friends waiting for him to grow and play. <3 His parents, Sarah and David, are doing an awesome job, they’re experienced pros and it shows.

Shannon Revelle Photography, Michigan Newborn Photographer in Metro Detroit, Baby Art Studio Session Photos

I prepared so many cute baby wraps for Mr. Oliver’s session, but he much preferred to stretch out and not be wrapped up snug, so we went with what he preferred and I am so glad. Baby rules.

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I love that no matter what kind of mood baby is in- sleepy or awake, wrapped or nakey, I can create whatever set up we like in Photoshop. For this image, Oliver was posed on a comfortable bean bag (still wearing his diaper even!) and I composited him into the bowl surrounded by this beautiful watercolor painting afterward in Photoshop. Happy baby = great photos.

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Shannon Revelle Photography, Michigan Newborn Photographer in Metro Detroit, Baby Art Studio Session Photos

Thank you, sweet boy, for allowing me to capture you and for reminding me to always be flexible. The photos that I captured of you far exceeded anything I had planned. <3 Thank you, Sarah and David, for trusting me to capture your sweet boy. I can’t wait to watch him grow. Take lots of photos; you know as well as anyone that they grow up so fast. xo!

Happy 1st Birthday Mav | Shannon Revelle Photography, Metro Detroit

Maverick is ONE! Wow, I am still trying to wrap my head around the first SRP Baby Boy turning one. This past year has flown by, and it has been absolutely incredible to watch this sweet boy grow. I captured his Mama’s Maternity photos followed by his newborn, 6 month and NOW first birthday photos. It has been an honor and nothing makes me happier than seeing him become the smart + handsome boy that he is. <3

Happy First Birthday, Mav's Birthday photos by Shannon Revelle Photography, Taylor, MI 48180

Maverick’s Mama is doing an awesome job with him. They really are inseparable. You can feel their bond and see how much this little guy loves his Mama. He really is a Mama’s boy. He looks just like his Mama too, and has the most gorgeous blue eyes.

The next year can slowwww down a little bit. Don’t grow up TOO fast, OK Mav?

Happy First Birthday, Mav's Birthday photos by Shannon Revelle Photography, Taylor, MI 48180
Happy First Birthday, Mav's Birthday photos by Shannon Revelle Photography, Taylor, MI 48180

The Palleschi Family | In Home Newborn Session by Shannon Revelle Photography

Everyone say hello to Gabriella! She is new to the Palleschi crew and has everyone’s heart. <3

Michigan In Home Lifestyle Newborn Session by Shannon Revelle Photography

Gabriella has the most amazing, thick dark hair just like her Mama. Her parents are just over the moon and surround her with so much love. Her amazing Aunt Andrea gifted a newborn lifestyle in home session to Daniela and Joe and I am so glad she did- this family was truly a joy to meet and capture. Plus, Gabriella’s family did such a fantastic job on her nursery, it was so fun to capture. I wish I had taken more photos of my son’s nursery- it now has a bright red car bed and it looks so different from just a few short years ago. Parents, take my advice and take as many photos as you want! You won’t regret it.

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Shannon Revelle Photography, Michigan in home newborn session, lifestyle photographer
Shannon Revelle Photography, Michigan in home newborn session, lifestyle photographer

Gabriella is the sweetest baby EVER and the first official SRP baby to sleep through her entire session. I never saw her eyes ONCE. She was so happy and sleepy. And she made me eat the words of my recent Instagram post stating that I am confident to always capture awake newborn photos. But, we really didn’t mind a bit because she was so content that we didn’t dare wake her. NEVER, and I repeat, EVER wake a sleeping baby. Just my two cents. ;)

Shannon Revelle Photography, Michigan baby photographer in Taylor, MI 48180
Shannon Revelle Photography, Michigan baby photographer in Taylor, MI 48180

Waiting for Baby | Michigan Maternity Session by Shannon Revelle Photography

This adorable family of three is soon to be FOUR. Their baby girl will be arriving in September, and they are all so excited. Especially big sister, Retanya. Soon she will have a bestie to run and play with. <3

Michigan Maternity Session by Shannon Revelle Photography, Taylor, MI 48180

Priya is stunning. She brought along different outfits and props to give a nice variety to her photos and I really can’t decide on my favorite of her dresses. We started the session with her wearing her saree, a traditional women’s garment from India. It is a gorgeous yellow (and pink), and she is simply glowing in it. It matched perfectly with the warmth of the sun, the flowers at the Taylor Conservatory, and her family’s love.

Rajesh is an amazing Father, he makes Retanya laugh and smile so big. Soon he will be surrounded by women, and it seems to me he will be just fine. :)

Michigan Maternity Session by Shannon Revelle Photography, Taylor, MI 48180
Michigan Maternity Session by Shannon Revelle Photography, Taylor, MI 48180
Michigan Maternity Session by Shannon Revelle Photography, Taylor, MI 48180
Michigan Maternity Session by Shannon Revelle Photography, Taylor, MI 48180

Isn’t Retanya the best BIG sister already?! I can’t wait to see this family again after their newest addition arrives.

Michigan Maternity Session by Shannon Revelle Photography, Taylor, MI 48180
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Michigan Maternity Session by Shannon Revelle Photography, Taylor, MI 48180

Happy 2nd Birthday Maggie | Shannon Revelle Photography

Maggie is turning TWO! She is the sweetest girl around, so what better way to celebrate her upcoming birthday than a donut smash? Donut grow up, Maggie, it’s a trap!

Shannon Revelle Photography, Happy 2nd Birthday Maggie, Michigan Cake Smash Lifestyle Photographer, Thorn Park Brownstown
Shannon Revelle Photography, Happy 2nd Birthday Maggie, Michigan Cake Smash Lifestyle Photographer, Thorn Park Brownstown

Before Maggie had her donut smash, we snapped some updated family photos too! <3 Thank you, Jessica + Nick for allowing me to capture your family to celebrate your little one’s birthday!

Shannon Revelle Photography, Happy 2nd Birthday Maggie, Michigan Cake Smash Lifestyle Photographer, Thorn Park Brownstown
Shannon Revelle Photography, Happy 2nd Birthday Maggie, Michigan Cake Smash Lifestyle Photographer, Thorn Park Brownstown
Shannon Revelle Photography, Happy 2nd Birthday Maggie, Michigan Cake Smash Lifestyle Photographer, Thorn Park Brownstown

We finished up the session with a fun time at the park on the swings and slides! Maggie is so careful and curious. I loved watching her explore. She is so smart and talks SO clearly for not even being two yet! She let us know where she wanted to go, and we followed! She was leery of the big tunnel slide, but after seeing her Daddy go down it himself, she happily followed. <3 Parents who play at the park are the best parents.

Shannon Revelle Photography, Happy 2nd Birthday Maggie, Michigan Cake Smash Lifestyle Photographer, Thorn Park Brownstown

Your toddler DOES NOT care about your photos…. {by Shannon Revelle Photography, Detroit}

I mean this in the most sincere way possible:

your toddler doesn’t care about your photos.

They don’t care how your photos turn out, they don’t care about smiling at the camera and they definitely don’t care about any of those bribes you mentioned earlier on the car ride over. Don’t even attempt to get down on your knees and beg them to behave, it’s not gonna work.
They just don’t care.

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It’s not because toddlers are trying to make our lives difficult, or seeing how much they can push our buttons. They simply don’t understand yet why these photos are important to us. Or they do understand, and still think it’s hilarious to make every attempt to wreck them. Either way, toddlers don’t care how your family photos turn out. They haven’t paid for them, they likely didn’t hand pick their outfit, or even get themselves dressed. They vaguely remember a promise of ice cream after the shoot if they are well behaved, but that becomes a distant memory once they show up at the park for a super awesome adventure and want to CHECK OUT ALL THE THINGS.

I won’t go any further without first saying that the clients I’ve had the joy of working with have all been awesome with their kiddos. Everyone who comes to me seems to know and love me for my lifestyle images, and embrace it during their shoot. I’ll also mention that I have captured many toddlers, including years spent capturing my own, and know that the techniques I have up my sleeve work pretty well. Every child is different, but I like for my families to mention to their kids “we are going to the park to have some fun, and our friend Shannon will be there to take some photos”, rather than “you’d better behave yourself while Shannon takes our photos”. The former tells your kids it’s going to be fun before you’ve even shown up, which sets the scene for them.

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what DO toddlers care about?

FUN. They care about having fun through PLAYING. The more fun we have together at your session, THE MORE BEAUTIFUL YOUR PHOTOS WILL BE! They care about having fun and in turn, we will capture real laughs and smiles. Being yelled at = not fun. Being asked to RUN to their Daddy and jump into his arms = soooo fun.

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HAPPINESS. Toddlers want to see their parents happy. They want to see you having fun and enjoying yourself. They want to see your happy face. The more relaxed and carefree you are at our session, the better your photos will be. They don’t want to hear how you’re embarrassed by their behavior. TRUST ME when I say this: I have a toddler myself, and your kids are ANGELS. Do not be embarrassed by anything your kid does- mine has likely done it twice before. I haven’t captured a single child that I didn’t leave wanting to take them home with me because they are the most well behaved child(ren) on the planet. Kids are meant to run and laugh and play. So, take an hour off from the hard stuff in life (aka parenting) and let’s have some fun.

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CANDY. Toddlers care about candy and sweets and positive rewards, like surprises. If you’re OK with this (I always ask in my questionnaire), I will bring along candy and surprises for your kids. If we are having trouble getting them to engage and interact with us, we’ll bring them out. Same goes for pups- I always bring the treats. POSITIVE rewards are the way to go (in my humble opinion). I am not in any way trying to change anyone’s parenting style - I simply want your session to run smoothly and be a joyful and memorable experience for all.
Candy helps.

Happy First Birthday, Amelia's Cake Smash by Shannon Revelle Photography, Taylor, MI 48180

Why am I blogging about this? I am not in this business to capture photos of people “cheese” smiling at the camera. I do capture these, and I know that people generally love them, but it’s not the heart of my business. The heart of my business is in the moments in between; the genuine smiles, kisses, laughter and the time we share together. The experience we share and the memories you are making during the hour we spend together is the most important, the photos come second. I am capturing what is happening right in front of me; your family and your love. My number one priority is for you and your family to have a fun hour together; to smile and laugh and look back at the photos like it was one of the most fun hours you’ve spent together in a while. <3 Plus, toddlers usually don’t know how to fake a smile yet, so we’ve gotta get those real smiles to show regardless. I decided to write this blog for any parent (including myself) who has struggled to capture a photo of your wild toddler and wondered why it wasn’t easier. It’s not the easiest, but the things above help. And I mean this, even for the photos that we capture with our phones, you are going to LOVE the photo when you look back and remember how cute and silly your kiddo was being, not that you yelled out in complete exasperation “PLEASE LOOK AT THE PHONE AND SMILE”. (ps-we’ve all been there, I don’t judge ;) …)

What can you do? As a parent, let your kids know that family photos are FUN and make them fun. Before your session, let your kids know you’re going to have some fun together at the park, while a friend takes some photos. During your session, relax and let the events unfold. Try your best to take off your parenting hat for an hour (within reason, I don’t obviously want your kids to ride away on a strangers motorcycle) and show your kids some love, snuggles and tickles. You know when you were a kid and were on vacation with your parents and wondered- who the heck are these people and why are they SO HAPPY right now? Be that parent. Take an hour off. Take a mini vacation with your fam. Show your kids you ARE fun when you’re not doing laundry. And make your kids laugh and smile like you always do when the camera isn’t around to capture it. After your session, tell your kids about how you had fun and ask them what their favorite part was. Get them excited to see their photos. Share the photos with them when they arrive, and print out their favorite for their bedroom wall. Hang your favorites on your walls to remind your kids every day how much you love them, and how much fun you had that day.

Lifestyle in home Photography by Shannon Revelle Photography, Taylor, MI 48180

Nick + Rochelle | Trenton, MI Maternity Session by Shannon Revelle Photography

Nick and Rochelle are expecting a sweet baby girl. They are so excited to become parents, and best of all, to watch their first baby, a furbaby named Sox, become a BIG brother! <3 Sox is well prepared and is already loving on his baby sister in the form of snuggling Moms belly for treats. Great job, Sox!

Shannon Revelle Photography, Michigan Maternity Session at Elizabeth Park, Trenton
Shannon Revelle Photography, Michigan Maternity Session at Elizabeth Park, Trenton
Shannon Revelle Photography, Michigan Maternity Session at Elizabeth Park, Trenton

Isn’t Rochelle absolutely GORGEOUS?!? All of the heart eyes for this Mama. She is making pregnancy look easy, even if she may be counting down the days until her sweet girl is here. Summer pregnancy is SO tough. I was lucky to be pregnant from July to March, and never had to experience a summer pregnancy (yet!) So I give mad props to all of the amazing Mamas who do. It is HOT out there, and this summer has been especially humid.

Shannon Revelle Photography, Michigan Maternity Session at Elizabeth Park, Trenton
Shannon Revelle Photography, Michigan Maternity Session at Elizabeth Park, Trenton
Shannon Revelle Photography, Michigan Maternity Session at Elizabeth Park, Trenton

I can’t wait to see this couple again after they’ve officially become parents and are holding their baby girl. <3

Shannon Revelle Photography, Michigan Maternity Session at Elizabeth Park, Trenton

Hello Max | Michigan in home Newborn session

Shannon Revelle Photography, Michigan Newborn and Family Lifestyle Photographer in Taylor, MI 48180, Detroit Baby Photographer

Meet Max! He’s the newest addition to this adorable family of three and fits right in. He is super chill and his family is so in love. I got to visit their home and capture this new family of FOUR!

Little brother, you are so loved. <3

Those sweet baby yawns! &lt;3

Those sweet baby yawns! <3

Bea is already an awesome BIG SISTER!!! :D

Bea is already an awesome BIG SISTER!!! :D

Shannon Revelle Photography, Michigan Newborn and Family Lifestyle Photographer in Taylor, MI 48180, Detroit Baby Photographer
Shannon Revelle Photography, Michigan Newborn and Family Lifestyle Photographer in Taylor, MI 48180, Detroit Baby Photographer

The photos above were taken in a vintage baby outfit that Max’s Grandparents saved- his Dad, Matt, wore them as a baby! Oh my heart. How sweet is that?! Vintage baby clothing is the best and especially when it has sentimental value.

Max’s Mom, Aletha, is also very crafty and made one of the blankets he was captured in, and crocheted the adorable brown outfit with suspenders. <3

This kid has some pretty amazing parents + an awesome big sister! I can’t wait to watch them become Besties as Max grows and is able to play more and run around with his big sis.

Thank you, Matt + Aletha, for allowing me to capture your beautiful family!

Shannon Revelle Photography, Michigan Newborn and Family Lifestyle Photographer in Taylor, MI 48180, Detroit Baby Photographer

Happy 1st Birthday Amelia! | Shannon Revelle Photography

Amelia Rose is turning ONE!!!! We celebrated with some family photos and a cake smash at Elizabeth Park. She rocked her entire session, and LOVED her cake that her Mama made.

Shannon Revelle Photography, Amelia's First Birthday 48180, Trenton MI Family Photographer
Shannon Revelle Photography, Amelia's First Birthday 48180, Trenton MI Family Photographer

This sweet little Miss is an early walker, walking well before her first birthday! Go Amelia!

Shannon Revelle Photography, Amelia's First Birthday 48180, Trenton MI Family Photographer

The many faces of Amelia- she really is darling. <3

Shannon Revelle Photography, Amelia's First Birthday 48180, Trenton MI Family Photographer

I have never seen a baby, especially an eleven month old, know how to blow out her birthday candles.
Is this not the cutest thing ever?!
Her Mom and Dad are teaching her so much and she is so very smart!

Shannon Revelle Photography, Amelia's First Birthday 48180, Trenton MI Family Photographer
Shannon Revelle Photography, Amelia's First Birthday 48180, Trenton MI Family Photographer
Shannon Revelle Photography, Amelia's First Birthday 48180, Trenton MI Family Photographer

Happy Birthday, sweet Amelia! Thank you, and your parents, for allowing me to be there to capture
you from newborn to your first birthday.
It has been a joy to watch you grow and we can’t wait for your first birthday party! :)

Hello Eli | Studio Newborn Session by Shannon Revelle Photography of Taylor

Hello Eli, Michigan Lifestyle Newborn Photography, Taylor MI

Say hello to Eli! He is the sweetest little man,
and his parents, Brandy + Rob, are so in love.

Eli was so happy and sleepy for his photos. He is such a good baby,
and his parents are doing an amazing job as first time parents! <3

Hello Eli, Michigan Newborn Studio Photographer, Wayne County MI

He has the best lips!

Hello Eli, Michigan New Baby Photography 48180

This pose is my new favorite. SO sweet.

Hello Eli, Shannon Revelle Photography of Michigan

Daddy got the biggest smiles from his new little buddy.


I can’t wait to see this family of 3 again soon for family photos! <3

Sweet Family of Three, Golden Hour Lifestyle Session in Michigan

This adorable family and I had so much fun together during their golden hour session at Heritage Park in Taylor. Tameria, Aubrey + Aila got all dressed up and we danced around the park!

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Shannon Revelle Photography, Michigan Lifestyle Family Photographer 48180
Shannon Revelle Photography, Michigan Lifestyle Family Photographer 48180

This sweet girl is turning ONE next month and I can’t wait to see her again for her birthday photos! <3

Shannon Revelle Photography, Michigan Lifestyle Family Photographer 48180
Shannon Revelle Photography, Michigan Lifestyle Family Photographer 48180
Shannon Revelle Photography, Michigan Lifestyle Family Photographer 48180

I really am so very lucky and thankful to have such amazing clients. Watching this sweet girl grow has been nothing short of magical. <3