Kids + Family Lifestyle Photography

with less posing + more PLAY!

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.

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 photographer for kids and families in bend oregon

fun lifestyle photography in bend oregon and southern california - 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 family involvement, and post-session guidance on what to DO with all your fabulous pics... 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 MEN are the ones to tell me this when we're done. Totally not even kidding.) 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 GAMES TO PLAY. For real. And utilizing my background in psychology, I'm able to read your moods and body language, tweaking things as we go along. We'll get the shots you want, all while PLAYING GAMES + interacting in fun ways... and without you even 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 and southern california - the suitcase studio

The Suitcase Studio offers fun lifestyle photography and documentary family photography services in bend, oregon, orange county, california 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 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 get the ENTIRE FAMILY on-board with the photo session, too! 

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. 

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 tips 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 and in-depth storyteller day in the life sessions. based in bend, oregon and available for travel 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 nearly 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.

what's it gonna cost?

My SIGNATURE SESSION is what is offered for family portraits, senior portraits, maternity sessions, newborn sessions and more. It’s just a $299 investment (with no minimum purchase requirement), which includes a $99 session fee + $200 credit towards your purchase. Most clients can expect to spend between $599 - $2499.

Check out my SUMMER SPECIAL… and get your family photo session + ALL digital images for only $549!

And if you have a TWEEN or TEEN between the ages of 9-16, they just might qualify for a FREE mini-session of their very own! Click here to get details on my WHO I AM Project. (Starting up again late 2019)  

the suitcase studio offers fun lifestyle + family documentary photography in bend, oregon, orange county, california, and nationwide

Remember... custom photography IS in an investment, but I’ll bend over backwards to make sure you're happy with your results, no matter what your price point.

Contact me below to get all the details.

get tangible products in your hands and on your walls!

I get it... you have a limited budget + need to make sure you're getting the most bang for your buck! That’s why my Signature Session includes in-person (or online) Viewing + Ordering of your images, so that I can make sure you get EXACTLY what you want.

I'm here to offer my guidance, every step of the way... by providing the most FUN + stress free experience possible from start to finish, so that you don't have to worry about a THING.

From Modern Albums to Canvas Wall Art (and MORE), I've got the perfect fit to show off your fabulous new photos in STYLE!  Signature Sessions also include a complimentary Wall Art Design so that you can virtually try before you buy, right on your very own walls! And most Product Purchases include Digital Images, so you have the best of both worlds… actual photos in your hands or on your walls, as well as high-resolution digital images to share online and print to your heart’s content when you have time to get creative!

Check out the video above to take a closer look at what I have to offer.

wanna SEE for yourself?

Check out this video for an example of a recent Signature Session experience.

And click here for a sample of a custom mobile app, which lets you take your experience with you wherever you go and relive the JOY over + over again when you need a lil pick-me-up.

Yeah… it’s all kinds of cool. And just one more perk to booking a Signature Session with me.



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 southern california and bend oregon