Kids + Family Lifestyle Photography

with less posing + more PLAY!

it’s an ALL-INCLUSIVE photo experience…
(with digital images, a keepsake magazine + MORE)

Keep reading for full details!

it's the no-stress solution to getting family photos you'll LOVE!


By creating a FUN photo experience for all involved (cross my heart).

Kids think I'm all kinds of cool, and even parents think I'm a superhero of some kind.

fun lifestyle photographer for kids and families in bend oregon

Because everyone walks away smiling... for real. From start to finish, this will be the most STRESS-FREE photo experience you've ever had. Cross my heart, pinkie promise and all that jazz.

fun lifestyle family photography in bend oregon - by the suitcase studio

less posing. more play.

Let's face it... it's all kinds of awkward being in front of the camera.

And sometimes it's a headache just trying to get the family to cooperate.


And I take care of it all so you don't have to stress. 

With lots of pre-planning, tips on getting the entire family involved, and easy sharing of all your final images... you'll actually get the chance to relax + ENJOY the experience for a change!

And the session itself... yeah, it's all kinds of fun. (And the GUYS are the ones to tell me this when we're done. For REAL.) Here's why: Using your answers to the in-depth questionnaire I provide as guidance, I go in with a plan for shots to capture, how to interact, and I’ll even have a custom Spotify playlist ready for us, too. And utilizing my background in psychology + years spent working with the kiddos, I'm able to read your moods and body language, tweaking things as we go along to make sure that EVERYONE has fun. We'll get the shots you want, all while PLAYING GAMES + interacting in fun ways... and often without you realizing I'm actually posing you along the way.

I'm well versed in getting cooperation and avoiding the meltdowns... for both the kids AND the guys. Ha!

I couldn’t be happier with the outcome. We’re awkward. We don’t like being in front of the camera. Yet Michelle managed to keep us laughing & even got Guz comfortable enough that he was picking out photo spots. Thank you SO much for keeping us laughing + for the amazing pictures of my little family.
— Emalee Hatch
fun family photography in bend oregon - the suitcase studio

fun family photography in bend oregon - the suitcase studio

The Suitcase Studio offers fun lifestyle family photography services in bend, oregon and nationwide.

get ready for the BEST family photo session EVER!

Check out this FREE GUIDE that I've created just for you! 

It includes my top 10 tips (and LOOOADS of details) for getting the most STRESS-FREE family photos EVER. Sure, I cover things like location + what to wear, but it goes soooo much deeper than that, including tips on how to feel confident in front of the camera, why MINI sessions aren’t always a good thing, and even how to get the ENTIRE FAMILY excited for the photo session! 

Click here to view my guide to getting FUN family photos, and get ready to breathe  a huge sigh of relief. 

so... why ME?

I get it. 

You're scouring the web looking for the photographer that will fit you juuuuuuust right.

So why should you hire ME?

Because I'm MORE than just a photographer. 

With my degree in psychology and years spent working in children's group homes + art camps, I've learned to instantly connect with a range of personalities and work with all sorts of moods. I work hard so that you don't have to... creating the most stress-free and FUN experience from start to finish, including session planning (where + what to wear/bring), how to get the entire family excited, and even guidance on what to do with your photos AFTER you have them. 

I'm Michelle Simmons of the suitcase studio, and I offer fun lifestyle family photography in bend, oregon and nationwide.

Hey there... I'm Michelle Simmons. The camera has been an extension of my hand for most of my life, and I've been running The Suitcase Studio for over 10 years now... providing FUN + stress-free photo sessions for the adventurous, authentic + AWESOME. And I still use my psychology training and insight on each + every photo shoot as I calm the nerves of parents, maneuver kids out of meltdown mode, and help everyone connect in the most genuine of ways.

I see you the way your loved ones see you; quirks and all. And we celebrate that uniqueness, together. HOW? By creating a FUN photo experience for all involved (cross my heart). Yes, we'll be taking pictures. But by the end of it, I swear you'll forget I have the camera in my hand.

So let's PLAY!

client testimonial for The Suitcase Studio - Bend Oregon family photographer
Wow! This was such an amazing experience from the beginning. I emailed Michelle with some questions when I was still researching photographers for newborn and family photos. She got right back to me with a personalized video answering all my questions, and providing even more info that I hadn’t thought to ask. When she showed up the day of photos she had toys for our toddler to play with that she let her keep, and went at our pace the whole day. She stayed longer than agreed to get every photo we wanted, and we felt like we were just hanging out as a family with no stress. When it came time to order she laid everything out so it was easy to understand, and provided us with visuals of how the photos would look on our walls with a program on her computer. Her prices were very reasonable, and I’m so happy to have gotten such precious memories captured with no stress, which with a toddler and newborn I thought would be impossible.
— April G.

wanna SEE for yourself?

Check out the videos below to see what a SIGNATURE SESSION experience is actually like…

drumroll, please…

This is an ALL-INCLUSIVE photo experience…

(Because no one has time for the a la carte life!)


digital images ARE included!

But it gets even better...

You'll receive HIGH-RESOLUTION digital images (with no print size restrictions), as well as WEB-READY images for easy online sharing! 

Digital images are delivered as downloadable files, presented to you in an online gallery which will remain securely backed up for TEN YEARS and is accessible at any time. Your photos are safe + sound, and always at your fingertips. And the gallery can easily be easily shared with the rest of your family (ie., the grandparents), so that they have access to the photos they want, without you getting caught in the middle.   

For your convenience, the online gallery comes with a shopping cart attached so that you can quickly purchase the most popular print and canvas sizes, as well as create your own photo album! I’m offering these products direct from my favorite print lab at deeply discounted prices, so that I can ensure that you’re getting high-quality products.

And if you’d prefer to print elsewhere, your gallery also includes a Print Release for just that reason!

and you’ll also receive a MAGAZINE of your photos!

This way, you’ll get a tangible keepsake to enjoy right away!

I get it… you’ve got ALL the best intentions to create a photo book, order some prints, and do lots of OTHER fun stuff with your photos. But let’s face it… life is soooo crazy busy that you might not get a chance to do those things right away. So in the MEANTIME, I’m including a printed MAGAZINE of images with your photo session so that you have something tangible in your hands soon after your session.

but, wait… there’s MORE!!!

Watch this VIDEO to see my WHY behind it all (and get all the details)…

or just keep scrolling down to READ about all the good stuff that’s included with your family photo session…



(AN ALL-INCLUSIVE Photo Experience)


  • up to 90 minutes of camera-time at the location(s) of your choice

  • a MINIMUM of 50 final digital images (high-resolution for printing, and low-resolution for easy online sharing)

  • a printed MAGAZINE of your images, so that you have a tangible keepsake in your hands ASAP (just in case it takes you a while longer to get around to printing photos or creating your own photo book)

  • a long-term gallery of your images, safely backed online up and accessible to you for TEN YEARS (more than just a backup solution for your peace of mind, the online gallery means it’s also suuuuper QUICK + EASY to share photos with the rest of your family (ie. GRANDPARENTS) so they can get aaaaall the photos they want without you getting caught in the middle)

  • for your convenience, a shopping cart is attached to the online gallery, featuring favorite print + canvas sizes, as well as a DIY photo album creator… and all at DEEPLY DISCOUNTED PRICES (so I can ensure you’re getting high-quality products direct from my favorite print lab, at a low cost)

  • a discount code for MINTED, so you can get beautifully designed cards and announcements at a reduced price

  • a Print Release, so you can print your photos anywhere else you’d prefer, too

  • a custom MOBILE APP, so you can take a reminder of your experience with you everywhere you go (it’s like a digital photo album for your smartphone… just click here to see an example)


  • a questionnaire for you to fill out, which helps me get to know your family and be able to better customize your photo experience

  • a custom Spotify playlist will be created specifically for your photo session, so you can groove to all your favorite tunes while we take photos

  • a client portal, so all of our email communications, signed contract and any payments made can ALL be found in one place, at-a-glance

  • diligent communication, with emails to help you plan + keep you informed every step of the way, and the ability to schedule any desired phone calls with me for a time that fits your schedule

for just $599

(payment plans are available upon request)

the suitcase studio offers FUN family photo sessions in Bend oregon and surrounding areas, with travel sessions available upon request



Expect a reply within 24 hours during Office Hours (Sun-Thurs, 10-5). 

You may also contact me directly via the following:

email: michelle@theSuitcaseStudio.com

phone: (541) 633-7598 (no text messages, please)

fun family photos in bend oregon